Kentucky AG explains why Breonna Taylor case decision is taking so long

first_imgBreonna Taylor FamilyBy KARMA ALLEN and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Kentucky officials offered new details on Friday in the investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, a young Black medical worker who was fatally shot in Louisville, Ky., by plainclothes police officers who had entered her home.Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has said little about the case since taking over the investigation in May amid ongoing protests and calls for immediate charges against the officers involved.Taylor’s death on March 13 helped ignite civil unrest across the country as people protested against racism and police brutality. Louisville police officers had executed a no-knock search warrant and used a battering ram to forcefully enter the young woman’s apartment. She was not the person they were looking for, according to police.Amid mounting pressure for a decision in the probe, Cameron reiterated his commitment to the case, but he said investigators were still gathering information.In a statement Friday, the AG’s office said it was still waiting for key evidence, specifically related to the guns and bullets involved in the shooting.“Attorney General Cameron remains committed to an independent and thorough investigation into the death of Ms. Taylor,” the office said in a statement Friday. “The investigation remains ongoing, and we currently await additional testing and analysis from federal partners, including a ballistics test from the FBI crime lab.”The FBI confirmed that it collected a “significant amount of ballistic evidence” after searching Taylor’s home in June.“As many saw on June 19th, FBI Louisville returned to Breonna Taylor’s apartment to execute a federal search warrant,” FBI officials told ABC News in a statement Friday. “Over two days of searching, the FBI collected a significant amount of ballistic evidence and completed a shooting reconstruction. This evidence is being tested and analyzed at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.”Cameron has routinely refused to put a timeline on his office’s decision.Officers had executed a no-knock entry “due to the nature of how these drug traffickers operate,” according to the arrest warrant obtained by ABC News.Taylor was accused of accepting USPS packages for an ex-boyfriend whom police were investigating as an alleged drug trafficker who used her address, according to the warrant.Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, got out of bed around midnight when they heard a commotion outside. After a short exchange with police, Walker says he fired his gun in self-defense, saying he thought the home was being broken into, according to police.The plainclothes officers returned gunfire, firing several shots and fatally hitting Taylor, police said.Attorneys for Taylor’s estate claimed that more than 20 shots were fired into her apartment, hitting her multiple times.“I haven’t had time to sit and grieve,” Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, told ABC News in June. “I’m still trying to figure out why my daughter was killed. I’m still trying to figure out, why did it have to come to her being murdered. Why did Breonna have to die?”ABC News’ Luke Barr contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Viterbi hosts ITP Gaming Industry Career Night

first_imgOn Tuesday night, the Viterbi School of Engineering hosted the Information Technology Program Game Industry Career Night in the Ronald Tutor Hall which featured a panel of gaming professionals with years of experience in the industry.Tom Sloper, video game designer and producer who has taught in the ITP department at USC for the past seven years, moderated the event. Panelists discussed a range of topics such as synthesizing creativity within programs and motivating yourself while creating large projects.Sloper started working for Activision in 1988 and has worked on projects for Atari and Sega, as well as doing freelance games for Xbox Live and Nintendo DS.David Dalzell works for Treyarch as the Principle Technical Artist. He began working at Activision 20 years ago and has worked on games such as Call of Duty. He worked in the corporate and publishing sectors of the company and now does game scripting.“My job right now has a bunch of artists, designers and animators who make content and my job is to make all the stuff fit on the plastic disc,” David said.Dalzell said he was always interested in doing art on the computer, but joining a large gaming company was a career he did not anticipate.“The adaptability part is important,” David said. “You have to be able to change jobs very quickly because you will do 20 or 30 different things.”Game designer Karen McMullen got an invitation to visit Ensemble Studios, which has produced games like Age of Empires and Halo, while interning for an architecture firm out of college. Inspired by the facility, she started learning 3D art and within three months, the studio’s executive producer had her build a game level that eventually launched into a massive campaign. She worked there for 10 years.“Architecture prepared me well for that career,” McMullen said. “When you get opportunities like that, grab them.”Currently, McMullen teaches at the Los Angeles film school and stressed the importance of the people you meet rather than each individual project.“The people you work with are gong to be more important than any project you work on,” McMullen said. “Beyond that, you have to love what you do.”Jeffrey Buchanan, who worked at the Department of Defense with technology such as the eight-inch gun system and weapon systems on standard ships, designed some of the first virtual fighter games and worked with Sega in Japan. He stressed the importance of staying committed to a project, which can often be exhausting and require hundreds of thousands of hours.“When you start a project, do your best to finish what you start,” Buchanan said. “Don’t burn bridges. Hang in there. Get the project done. Get that project on your resume and keep the friendships you make.”Bill Black began working in the music business and has worked on sound effects design and directing voiceovers. He worked on an exclusive contract with Activision from 1993 to 2001 and a company in Irvine that designed World of Warcraft.“My early experiences really helped me learn everything such as animation, programming, production and all the areas of art,” Black said. “I really learned end-to-end development.”Panelists gave their advice on balancing creativity, technical knowledge and connections.“When you get older, it’s more about experience than the technical skill,” Black said. “You get to a point where you have to manage that next generation; you’re more valuable; your wisdom, experience, knowledge and contacts in the industry are more important than you actually doing the job.”Dalzell described synthesizing creativity with the logistics of translating that onto a program.“The main task of making games is solving problems,” Dalzell said. “Lots of people start [making games] as artists with creative ideas … once you learn how to get things in the game and you make it less [sic] complicated.”McMullen said the industry has been incredibly self-motivating and rewarding for her.“I’ve found being more technical empowering,” McMullen said. “I ask myself, ‘How do I get this in the game?’ Well, I figure it out.”The panelists told attendants to anticipate the stress of a project’s “crunch time,” the time when a company deadline is fast approaching, and to expect some disastrous projects as well as immensely successful ones.“The difference between the nightmare project and a project that’s just hard is the success of a project,” David said. “When you’ve worked seven days a week and 20 hours a day and it doesn’t go anywhere, that’s pretty awful. When I worked on the last Call of Duty, it was completely worth it because people knew about it.”Buchanan advised students not to get discouraged by difficult or unsuccessful projects.“Sometimes you’ll work really hard on a project and just like anything in life, the pieces just might not all fit together,” Buchanan said. “You did your best; be proud of your work and know the work you put into it.”McMullen urged students to continually work on gaming projects throughout their careers, even if only for personal practice.“Never stop making games,” McMullen said. “You should always have games that you’re kicking around and showing people for fun.”The panel concluded with a Q&A where students had the opportunity to ask questions about gaming.“I want to get into the game industry, so it was useful to hear firsthand from professionals about their opinions on the industry and get their background about how they got involved,” said Zach Hyter, a senior majoring in natural sciences and minoring in video game design.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that the name of one panelist is Jeffrey Ken. His name is actually Jeffrey Buchanan. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Abuja Open: Mugabe Upsets Fourth Seed as Q’finalists Emerge

first_imgUgandan Duncan Mugabe caused one of the upsets of the second round by beating fourth-seeded Tucker Vorster of South Africa 6-4, 7-6 as the second leg of the Abuja Open holding at the Tennis Centre, Package B, National Stadium, Abuja reached its home-stretch with quarterfinal places decided wednesday.Also, top seed Aldin Setkic of Bosnia marches on with a straight 6-4, 6-3 win over David Pel of the Netherlands as the men are now being separated from boys in the ITF Pro Circuit tournament.Mugabe, who upturned a set deficit to beat Nigerian youngster Sylvester Emmanuel 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round, stepped up his game and was rewarded with a big win.On his part, Setkic, the winner of the opening leg of the 2015 Lagos Governor’s Cup ITF Nigeria Futures 2, struggled against Spain’s Aaron Alcaraz in the first round needing a final set to scale through but the world no 208 was in full control over Pel on Centre Court needing just 46 minutes to go through i the ITF Pro Circuit tournament. It was a similar scenario for second seed, David Perez Sanz of Spain as he strolled to a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 win over Egyptian Issam Taweel in a match that lasted an hour.First Leg winner, Dutchman Antal van Der Duim, continued his majestic form with an easy 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Germany’ s Pirmin Haenle.The fifth seed is holding on to his unblemished record as he is yet to drop a set since the first leg which he capped with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Egyptian Mohamed Safwat of last Saturday.The third-seeded Safwat, on Wednesday, survived a scare as he came from a set down to beat Serbian qualifier Ilija Vucic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 in 2hrs 23mins.The world no 272 had been through the same experience in the first leg as he needed a comeback win over Lenny Hampel in their quarterfinal tie last week. He heads for another showdown with van Der Duim in the peak of the last-eight matches.Hampel showed promise as one of the players that could spring surprises against the seeds following his performance in the first leg but the teenager’s run was halted by sixth seed, Nicolas Meister of the USA who triumphed 6-2, 7-6, Both players paired in the doubles in the first leg where they reached the semi-final. Meister (359) will meet Sanz (258) on Thursday for a passage to the semi-final.Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun progressed with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Mark Fynn of Zimbabwe and will meet Mugabe in the quarterfinal.Yan Sabanin upsets his fellow Russian, Evgeny Tyurnev, the eighth seed 6-3, 7-6 and the reward for his hard work will see him confront Setkic for a place in the semifinal scheduled for Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Berry field night July 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers wanting to know more about production of a variety of berries not traditionally grown in Ohio can learn more about how these crops can add income to your farm during an upcoming workshop conducted by horticulture and viticulture experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.A Super Berry Field Night will be offered July 7 to help new and experienced growers learn more about black goji berries and other so-called “super fruits,” including blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, aronia and red goji berries, said Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon.Super berries or super fruits are fruit crops that are known to have high antioxidant content and many health benefits, Gao said. The fruits’ health benefits have created a strong market for local growers who can increase farm incomes thanks to increased consumer demand for more Ohio-grown super fruits, he said.“Black goji berries, which is a fairly new crop to Ohio fruit production, are growing in consumer popularity because they are known to have more antioxidants and health benefits,” Gao said. “Although this new variety of berries can be difficult to grow, it’s a new and exciting crop that has many growers and consumers very interested.”The workshops will also offer information on pest management, trellis construction and how to use containers for extended-season fruit production, he said.“We’ll show growers how to produce fruits such as blueberries, raspberries and black berries in containers as well as how to identify diseases and insects,” Gao said. “We’ll also discuss how to manage vineyard canopies to expose grape clusters to more sunlight, which helps to improve fruit quality.“Growers will also learn about different container fruit production systems and practical trellising techniques to keep plants protected from weather.”The program is 6 to 9 p.m. at the OSU South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road, in Piketon.Conducting the workshop will be researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, including Gao, viticulture outreach specialist Dave Scurlock and research assistant Ryan Slaughter.The workshop will focus on:* Blueberry cultivars and production techniques.* Summer vineyard management practices.* Blackberry production systems.* Introduction to elderberry, aronia and goji berry production.* Container fruit production.* Chemigation for pest management.A field tour is also scheduled.Registration for the workshop is $15 and includes the program, handouts and a light dinner. Contact Charissa Gardner at 740-289-2071, ext. 132, to register or for more information. The deadline to register is July 5.last_img read more

Epix Launches Premium Movie Channel for TV and the Web (Invites)

first_imgWe got a chance to test the web site over the last week and the site, which will feature an exclusive Madonna concert to celebrate the launch this weekend, feels very similar to Hulu – just with a different kind of content. It’s completely Flash-based, so users won’t have to install any new plugins to use the service. This, Emil Rensing stressed when we talked to him today, was done on purpose to make the user experience frictionless. The quality of the videos on the site, which scales up to 720p HD depending on your connection’s speed, is exceptionally good. A user needs to have at least a 500kbps connection, though this shouldn’t be an issue for FiOS subscribers who are watching at home. The site currently features about 300 movies, including relatively recent releases like Iron Man and the latest Indiana Jones movie. Rensing told us that he expects to be able to offer over 3000 movies by the end of next year. Because of Epix’s close connection to various movie studies, the site will be able to feature movies about 9 months after their theatrical release. Most premium channels like HBO have to wait about a year before they can show a movie.More Than Just Movies: Extras & SharingIf Epix was only a premium movie channel on the web, it would be interesting in its own right. The site, however, also offers a number of interesting additional features. Epix, for example, features DVD-like extras like interviews and behind-the-scenes specials for almost every movie. Right now, most of these are produced by the studios, but Epix will add more original programming over time.Another feature is the sites ‘watch with a friend’ functionality. This allows users to watch a movie together with up to 5 friends, no matter if they are FiOS subscribers or not. The host remains in full control over the video playback and can start and stop the video at any time. As Rensing told us, Epix wants to recreate the feeling of inviting your friends over to your house, so it doesn’t care if your friends subscribe to the same channels you do. Get Your Invites (Even if You Don’t Have FiOS)If you are interested in giving Epix a try, you can request an invite for a three-day pass here. These will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Epix also provided us with 180 30-day VIP passes. If you want to claim one of these, you have to follow these instructions: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… follow @epixHD on Twittertweet “@epixHD Experience Epix #readwriteweb” Tags:#news#web frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Almost every TV channel offers some programming on the Web these days. Epix, a new premium movie channel that will launch this weekend, goes a step further. If you are a Verizon FiOS subscriber, you will be able to watch the same movies that Epix shows on TV on the channel’s Internet site. Epix is a joint venture between Viacom, MGM Studios and Lionsgate. If you are not a FiOS subscriber, you can still take a peek at the service. You can request a three-day pass here or read on for instructions on how to claim a 30-day pass.While only FiOS subscribers can currently access the programming on Epix’s site, the channel’s chief digital officer Emil Rensing today told us that the company is actively pursuing deals with other Internet and cable providers as well. The company, though, isn’t ready to make any announcements about these partnerships, yet.last_img read more

Search for colours of India comes to an end at this bangle shop in Chandni Chowk, Delhi

first_imgBallimaran street in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk is a squalid, narrow lane only wide enough for a small car. Yet, a seamless traffic of men, beasts and old, rickety rickshaws push through it every day. Groaning grey tenements and matchbox sized hardware shops, some over a hundred years old, line the,Ballimaran street in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk is a squalid, narrow lane only wide enough for a small car. Yet, a seamless traffic of men, beasts and old, rickety rickshaws push through it every day. Groaning grey tenements and matchbox sized hardware shops, some over a hundred years old, line the dirt road on either side. The only relief is Babu Ram Churiwala’s bangle shop. You won’t miss it even if you wink.It’s a colour riot. All the hues of the rainbow spill over on to the grey street from the little shop, no more than 4 ft wide. And Babu Ram, 47, portly, balding and pear-shaped as he squats on his linen seat in a corner, occupies most of it. In his spotless white kurta, he looks the stereotype prosperous shopkeeper.Ram’s treasures are all up on the walls, thousands of them glistening in glass enclosures running on all sides. A ceiling made of broken glass bits mirrors the colourful excess beneath. Along one wall, there’s space for a small wooden bench for “visitors”. That’s what Ram calls them. Not customers, but “visitors who keep coming back”. And this is what separates Ram from the thousands of other bangle-sellers in India.His visitors are kings, queens and sundry celebrities. “I even made bangles for Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter when she got married,” says Ram, quickly wondering if he should have divulged this bit of information.Some like Julia Thompson, an anthropology student from Massachusetts, US, make it a point to call on Ram every time they’re in India. “This little shop has all the colours of India,” she says. Ram stuffs a whole box of acrylic bangles into her palm as she prepares to leave. “It’s a gift,” he insists.advertisementRam gets an unending stream of visitors. People who drop by just to say hello, and women who brave the bulging rickshaws and the lustful looks of the men on the street just to take a peek at his latest wares. “Some of them have been coming to me for generations. They are like family now,” says Ram, whose great grandfather set up the shop four generations ago. In those days, gloats Ram, their clientele included the Mughals.He recalls accompanying his father on bullock carts across waterways and channels to the homes of royal families in Delhi and Jaipur. “My father even made bangles for Indira Gandhi when she was a girl, and Queen Victoria when she came to India. I too have celebrity regulars,” he says. Ram even loads bangles in sacks and makes house calls if there’s a special request. He does this when he makes bangles to order, especially for weddings, matching them with the colour and embroidery of the bride’s trousseau.Ram’s fame has spread far from his little shop. He gets orders from the US and Europe. He has even been invited to attend Indian festivals in Paris and Los Angeles. Unlike others of his tribe, Ram’s speciality is that he designs and crafts the bangles himself. Every day, his wife, three daughters and son crowd into a room in his ancestral house in Old Delhi and make bangles. There are remnants of some of his father’s masterpieces too bangles that could well be over 150 years old but are “too old-fashioned to sell now”.”Churis are back in vogue,” says Ram. “In the West, it has been a craze ever since Madonna started sporting bangles and bindis. Today’s teenager does not mind wearing it with her denim jeans.” He thinks it is necessary to give his bangles nicknames and constantly innovate to keep customers happy. Some of them are named after Hindi films: Chandni, Yaadein, Lagaan, Souten, the list goes on. One glass case is even named Crorepati.The range is not just cut glass and plastic though. Pastel-coloured acrylic bangles – the craze now, says Ram – come encrusted with dazzling Swarovski crystals. A four piece set comes for Rs 100. He even has “blood sugar bangles” bearing stones with magnetic properties and meant to be worn against the pulse.Ram’s designs are new: the more expensive “bridal bangles” come with elaborate kundan, zardosi, meenakari and lac work, with rates ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 1,500. “I don’t want to make money cheating my customers,” he insists. “Bangle making is an art and I want to keep it from dying.”With such business practices, Ram ensures there’s always a rainbow over a grubby street in Old Delhi.last_img read more

Seattle outrage after cop ducks killing charge

first_imgAPTN National NewsA series have recently unfolded in Seattle, Wash., over the fatal shooting of Aboriginal woodcarver John T. Williams.The District Attorney announced that the city police officer who killed Williams would not face criminal charges.The officer, however, has been forced resign.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more.last_img

Purpose Financial to acquire small business lender Thinking Capital Financial

first_imgTORONTO – Financial services firm Purpose Financial LP has signed a deal to acquire financial technology startup Thinking Capital Financial Corp., a lender to small business.Terms of the deal, which includes a combination of cash and securities, were not immediately available.Purpose Financial says the agreement will create a business with significant balance sheet strength, strong financial backing and a diversified funding model.Thinking Capital is expected to keep its headquarters in Montreal and all of its employees will remain with the company.Jeff Mitelman, CEO and co-founder of Thinking Capital, will also become a managing partner of Purpose Financial and hold a meaningful equity position in Purpose Financial alongside existing investor TorQuest and Thinking Capital’s management.Purpose Financial is the parent company to Purpose Investments, Purpose Advisor Solutions and Purpose Innovation Labs.last_img read more