Errors in Iowa’s felon list keep some people from voting

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Errors in Iowa’s list of felons cost at least 20 people the right to vote in November’s midterm elections, and officials have known about problems in the list since 2012.The Des Moines Register reports the list of roughly 69,000 people who aren’t allowed to vote includes several inaccuracies.The newspaper reports that the list includes people who were charged but not convicted of a felony and some people who received a deferred judgment, which means their records were expunged after they completed probation.The American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP and other civil rights groups have expressed concerns about the errors in the list.last_img read more

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Ronaldo vs Lewandowski kicks off Euro quarter finals

first_imgMarseille, France | AFP |The Euro 2016 quarter finals start Thursday with Cristiano Ronaldo seeking a new step towards his first international title when Portugal take on Poland in Marseille.In the battle of Europe’s top strikers, Poland will be counting on Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to deaden the Ronaldo threat by scoring his first goal in the tournament.The match starts four days of tense and historic encounters which will see Germany seeking a first win at a major tournament against Italy, Wales playing for British honour against Belgium and France face giantkillers Iceland.Poland and Portugal, whose game starts at 1900 GMT, have both underachieved at Euros and the World Cup and both now have a golden opportunity to make a name on international level.The winner will face Belgium or Wales in the semi-final avoiding the favoured heavyweights.Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos said neither side should be confident. “There is no favourite, it is 50-50.”Much focus will be on Ronaldo, a regular match-winner for Real Madrid who has never enjoyed success with Portugal.But the 31-year-old is just one goal away from more European history by matching French legend Michel Platini’s record mark of nine goals in the Euro finals. He is already the first player to score in four Euros.Santos said the superstar can handle the expectations.“It is a natural thing some are mentioned more than others because they are amazing players. Ronaldo knows how to deal with that,” said Santos. Injury concernsLewandowski got the most goals of any player in qualifying for the finals. But he has not scored in four games in France. Poland must thank its powerful defence for much of its success at Euro 2016.Poland coach Adam Nawalka insists he still has full confidence in Lewandowski. But he is also wating for Ajax Amsterdam striker Arkadiusz Milik to come good for Poland.Milik said he has tried to learn from Ronaldo. “It will be special for me to play against him tomorrow, but of course I will try to focus on my team instead of looking up to him.”Portugal have fitness concerns over Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Gomes and Joao Moutinho, so 18-year-old Renato Sanches could start for the first time in the tournament.Sanches showed why German giants Bayern Munich paid Benfica 35 million euros ($38 million) for his services as he came off the bench to win man-of-the-match in the last 16 victory against Croatia.However, Santos said: “He only started working with us in March. He is still growing and it is up to me to analyse and decide if he can be useful for the team.”The match is followed by Wales against Belgium in Lille on Friday. The stadium could be dominated by Belgian fans who are expected to flood across the nearby border for the day.World champions Germany play Italy, with their powerful defence, in Bordeaux on Saturday hoping to end a run of eight defeats by their opponents in major tournaments.Iceland are looking to put pressure on another major European side when they take on hosts France at the Stade de France on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Woman Charged with Abusing Corpse of Missing Broward Man

first_imgA suspected accomplice to a man who is accused of abusing the corpse of a missing person faced a Broward judge through video conference Thursday morning.Police records reveal that 38-year-old Blythe Gregg, of Pompano Beach, is seen on video alongside 39-year-old Michael Sullivan last summer inside a storage unit where investigators say the body of missing Fort Lauderdale resident Michael Babbit was being temporarily hidden.Officials arrested Sullivan last September.According to detectives, he was keeping Babbit’s body in a deep freezer in the Oakland Park storage unit.When it began to smell, detectives say that Sullivan placed the body into a rental van and dumped it in the Everglades, where Fort Lauderdale found and identified it as Babbit’s.Records also show that Gregg rented the van.Gregg is facing charges of abuse of a dead body and tampering with evidence.The judge doubled the standard bond on Gregg’s charges of abusing a corpse and evidence tampering.She also faces a $1,000 bond for possession of methamphetamine, raising her bond to a total of $41,000.last_img read more

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Monmouth Park Continues To Bet On Gambling

first_imgMonmouth County would have received something, with an agreed upon, but legislatively unapproved, enabling bill that would have given the park a percentage of revenue and provided some financial support for the county horse breeding and equine industry.“Only in New Jersey would you have a constitutional amendment with a side deal attached to it,” Coffey observed.“It wasn’t the right bill,” Drazin said, acknowledging it became apparent given the polling and the public relations efforts of some groups that it wouldn’t pass. But track operators did eventually support the ballot initiative as they entered into a last minute deal with the prospective Meadowlands casino developer to ensure a specific amount for Monmouth Park.The issue at hand is that Monmouth Park is challenged by surrounding states allowing casino-style gaming at racetracks. That draws the crowds and brings in money which allows those tracks to offer larger purses than Monmouth. And that attracts the higher profile horses and trainers, which in turn attracts a larger number of horseracing enthusiasts.Darby Development has expressed an interest in building other attractions on the track grounds, like an amphitheater for concerts, and a boardwalk area. The track this summer just opened a high-end restaurant, the Blu Grotto, as another attraction. However, the operators stress they would need the gambling revenue to support those new projects. Locally, officials said Monmouth Park could be easily adapted to allowing a casino environment, has beautiful grounds as an added attraction, has its own NJ Transit site and plenty of on-site parking. The referendum didn’t specifically say where the casinos would go if voters approved it, but the likeliest locations would have been at the Meadowlands and Jersey City. There have been discussions with legislators about different bills that would allow different types of gaming at the park, Drazin said. Drazin, however, declined to name those lawmakers at this point, simply saying the bills do seem to have some “bipartisan support.”On another front, New Jersey has been waging a legal battle in federal court, looking to let New Jersey allow sports gambling. That proposal has been successfully blocked in court so far by the efforts of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL) and others. Drazin has filed a petition seeking to have the U.S. Supreme Court take up the matter.The nation’s highest court is expected to decide whether to hear it early next year, according to Drazin.Revenue for the 2016 summer racing season was “down,” Drazin acknowledged.“They’re going to go through another season of tightening their belts,” Coffey believed, “in order to provide the best racing programs they can with the limited resources they have.”While it may be lean times for the immediate future, Drazin said he is convinced that “within three to five years” there will be sports betting at the park. And there is no chance that Monmouth Park won’t continue as a premier racetrack. “Not on my watch,” Drazin said.Monmouth Park remains Oceanport’s largest taxpayer and employer. A longer term strategy could be looking to have another ballot referendum, that, instead of allowing for additional casinos, would permit slot machines, something the track operators would support.On Election Day voters decided to fold ‘em and walk away from the table for a state constitutional amendment that would have allowed for two new casinos outside of Atlantic City. Coffey and the Oceanport Borough Council along with some elected officials in Monmouth County voiced opposition to the referendum. Their gripe with it was it was drafted purposely to exclude the county and its racetracks, requiring new casinos to be at least 72 miles away from Atlantic City, in hopes of protecting that struggling city and its gaming industry. Gaming estimates show about 28 percent of Atlantic City casino revenue comes from Monmouth and Ocean counties. By John BurtonOCEANPORT – rejection of last month’s gambling ballot referendum has Monmouth Park supporters continuing to look for ways to maintain the racetrack’s viability.And that viability continues to be seeking alternative gambling options for the track.“Now there’s a chance for a restart,” said Oceanport Mayor John “Jay” Coffey, given the referendum’s Nov. 8 defeat.“Basically, everything that’s out there that would be a revenue builder or alternative gaming is on the table,” said Dennis Drazin, a Red Bank lawyer and advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Darby Development, LLC, the operators of Monmouth Park thoroughbred horseracing track.Coffey said this week he’s had “countless conversations with Mr. Drazin regarding the opportunity that can be afforded to Monmouth Park,” looking for alternative means to bolster income for the struggling track.“There are a myriad of possibilities,” Coffey said. Possible gaming opportunities include discussions of being able to install video lottery terminals on the racetrack grounds.That step, both Coffey and Drazin explained, wouldn’t technically require a constitutional amendment or state legislative action. The reason, Coffey noted, is that while the terminals would be in Oceanport, the actual gambling is done in Atlantic City, where gambling is permitted – much like gambling from one’s home computer, wherever home is.“Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some challenges,” from special interests looking to block that move, Drazin said.Also under discussion is to establish internet cafes at the track to allow other forms of gaming, such as instant racing video terminals, which offer gamblers a random selection of races. But that would require action on the part of the state Legislature, Drazin said.last_img read more

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson a game-time decision vs. Lakers

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors guard Klay Thompson is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers (5:30 pm PT, ABC) because of an unspecified illness that also sidelined him during Thursday’s loss against Philadelphia.“Klay was not here today,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about the team’s optional day. “He’s still sick. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow.”Thompson was in the Warriors’ locker room before Thursday’s game, but then reported feeling sick. The Warriors then …last_img read more

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Automatic Emergency Brake Found on Molecular Motor

first_imgIn this article, guest writer Ross Anderson (PhD, biochemistry professor) discusses a new finding about how an ’emergency brake’ works in one of the most vital of all molecular machines, ATP synthase. First, he explains the molecular rotary motor and what it does.Review of “Extrinsic conditions influence the self-association and structure of IF1, the regulatory protein of mitochondrial ATP synthase” by Boreikaite et al., PNAS.Evaluated by Ross S. Anderson, Ph.D.First let’s take a brief look at what the ATP synthase (here referred to simply as the Synthase) is and its importance to life. In eukaryotes the Synthase is located in the mitochondrial inner membrane. In prokaryotes, such as E. coli, it is located in the cell membrane as these organisms lack mitochondria.Why ATP Is ImportantAdenosine triphosphate (ATP) is one of several high-energy compounds used by all cells to drive reactions necessary for life. Without it, life as we know it would not be possible. While it is not the only high-energy compound in the cell, it is the one most widely used by cells. To carry out its moment-to-moment activities a cell must have a constant supply of ATP. Most of the cell’s ATP needs are supplied by the ATP synthase molecular motor.In eukaryotes, such as humans, the mitochondria are the “power houses” of the cell as these contain the Synthase. In order for the synthase to synthesize ATP, there must be a steady supply of oxygen. Oxygen is delivered to the cells via hemoglobin in the red blood cells. The oxygen is then transferred to another protein in the cell known as myoglobin (responsible for the red color of muscle), myoglobin then carries the oxygen to the mitochondria where it serves as an electron acceptor to form water. The electrons come from food molecules eaten by the organism. They are removed by a variety of metabolic pathways and given to electron-carrier molecules such as NAD+ and FAD to form NADH and FADH2, respectively.Optimizing the MotorsElectrons from FADH2 and NADH are then transferred to protein complexes also located in the inner mitochondrial membrane. As the electrons are passed from one protein complex to another and ultimately to oxygen, they are used to power what are termed proton “pumps” which pump protons (H+) out of the mitochondrial matrix (the inner most part of the mitochondria) to the intermembrane space (the space between the inner and outer membranes of the mitochondria). This sets up a proton gradient with a high concentration of protons outside (intermembrane space) and a lower concentration inside (matrix).As protons travel back into the matrix down the gradient, the potential energy in the gradient is used to synthesize ATP. The inner membrane is impermeable to the protons, so to reach the matrix, the protons must travel through the Synthase. As they travel through the synthase, they cause an internal rotor, called the γ subunit to rotate in increments of 120°. As the γ subunit rotates, its contacts with the α3β3 subunits that comprise the knob part of the Synthase protruding into the matrix, cause a series of conformational changes in the 3 β subunits leading to the binding of ADP + Pi, the synthesis of ATP, and the release of ATP.The Role of OxygenAs stated above, in order for the synthase to synthesize ATP, there must be an ample amount of oxygen. However, if the blood supply to an organ is blocked, ischemia, then oxygen delivery is compromised. Under such hypoxic conditions, the Synthase would tend to rotate in the reverse direction and degrade precious ATP. For cells of the heart, the brain and other highly aerobic organs this can be life-threatening. To prevent this from happening, a small polypeptide of variable length, depending on the organism, has been designed to become active and bind to the α3β3 and γ subunits in such a way as to prevent the γ subunit from rotating in reverse and consuming ATP. This polypeptide is called IF1 (inhibitory factor 1).Mitochondrial membranes are optimized to concentrate protons where the ATP synthase motors are. They, in turn, are aligned in pairs to optimize ATP production.An Automatic BrakeUnder hypoxic conditions (low oxygen), the pH of the cell decreases (becomes more acidic), and this causes the IF1 to form dimers which are active and bind to the F1 region of two adjacent Synthases and cross-link them. There is a modest investment of 2 ATP consumed per binding of an IF1, but the savings in ATP can be significant. If conditions return to normal, and the pH rises again, the IF1 dimers form inactive tetramers and higher oligomers. One might compare it to the “hill stopper” function found in many newer cars. This mechanism engages the brakes if it senses that the vehicle is starting to roll backwards down a hill. It stops the wheels, allowing the driver to shift gears without fear of rolling into something behind them.Interestingly, under hypoxic conditions the E coli Synthase is allowed to run in reverse and consume ATP to pump H+s out of the cell; i.e., there is not an IF1-like polypeptide. This is because bacteria use proton gradients for many other purposes, not just the making of ATP. Even under hypoxic conditions the maintenance of these gradients is essential. The bacteria can increase their yield of ATP under these conditions by greatly increasing their consumption of glucose, as ATP can be generated from glucose via the glycolytic pathway which does not require oxygen.The energy demands of eukaryotic cells are greater than prokaryotic cells. Consequently, it is imperative that their mitochondria be supplied with ample amounts of oxygen in order generate the necessary quantities of ATP. While eukaryotic cells also have pathways to generate ATP that do not require oxygen; e.g., glycolysis, these cannot generate the sustained quantities of ATP needed. Any situation that would lead to the consumption of ATP unnecessarily without getting useful work out of it would quickly threaten the life of the cell. Anyone can recognize the “hill stopper” function used in many cars is obviously a designed feature. Similarly, the IF1 is also a design feature in living things used to prevent the unwanted consumption of ATP. It had to be in place and fully functional with the first eukaryotic cells.Good Science Doesn’t Need Evolutionary SpeculationNow that we’ve briefly looked at the Synthase and IF1, and their roles in the cell, let’s look at the article in PNAS.This paper is a good example of scientific research carried out and reported without invoking an evolutionary perspective. No doubt the authors believe in evolution, but they refrained from mentioning it here. This illustrates that important research can be done without a belief in evolution to guide it as nowhere in the article did the authors refer to evolution as a guiding principle. Indeed, no mention of evolution was made.Science, as illustrated by this article, is well equipped to address three questions:What is it? The answer to this question is to provide merely descriptive details as to what it looks like, what kind of molecule is it etc. These authors answered this question quite easily in describing the structure of the bovine IF1; an 84 amino acid polypeptide that binds to the F1 region of ATP synthase and inhibits it.What does it do? This question addresses the function of the object of study. This question was also easily addressed by the authors which explained how this polypeptide binds to the F1 portion of the ATP synthase and how this leads to its inhibition. They discussed how pH, protein concentration and Ca2+ concentration influence the formation of active dimers from inactive tetramers.How does it do what it does? This question asks how the object carries out its function. This question, too, was addressed by the authors. Under low oxygen conditions, such as hypoxia due to ischemia, the pH in the mitochondria decrease, the electron carriers in the inner membrane of the mitochondria are no longer able to pass the electrons onto oxygen and thus become progressively reduced. This leads to a collapse of the proton motive force used to power the synthesis of ATP by the Synthase. Under these conditions, the Synthase tends to do the reverse reaction and degrade ATP to ADP and Pi, thus quickly depleting the ATP concentration of the cell. To prevent this from happening, the lowered pH destabilizes the tetrameric complex of IF1 causing it to be dismantled into the active dimeric form. The dimeric form binds to the F1 portion of the Synthase and interacts with both the α and β subunits as well as the γ Interaction with the γ subunit inhibits its rotation and thus prevents the Synthase from working in reverse to destroy ATP.All too often authors of books and journal articles introduce a fourth question into the mix after addressing the first three in some detail. The fourth question is: How did it come to be? Detailed answering of the first three questions leads the reader to unwittingly have confidence in the answers to this fourth question; they assume that the author(s) know what they are talking about and uncritically accept their answers. What many fail to understand is that in addressing the fourth question one steps out of the arena of science and into the arena of philosophy or worldview. To their credit these authors did not do that, but instead they treated the data and its interpretation as they should have without trying to prop up a belief in evolution.Dr. Anderson’s expertise is in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology. He has taught Biochemistry and helped to direct research projects of graduate and medical students at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Anderson was a post-doctoral researcher in the Molecular Genetics Division of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Houston Neurosensory Center.Dr. Anderson was a member of both the undergraduate and graduate faculty at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. There he taught and directed the research activities of undergraduates and Masters of Science degree candidates in Biology. Currently he is professor of biochemistry at The Master’s University in southern California.Dr. Anderson’s research interests include structure-function studies of DNA polymerizing enzymes and the synthesis and expression of synthetic human genes in bacterial hosts. He has authored or co-authored several publications in major, peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi Research Society.(Visited 456 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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BJP expels gun-toting Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion

first_imgThe BJP on July 17 expelled its Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion from the party for six years, days after a purported video of the legislator brandishing guns and dancing at a house party became viral on social media. Party media head and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni told presspersons that the party had taken cognisance of his serial public misconduct.Mr. Champion was first sent a show-cause notice by the State unit before the expulsion orders were issued. He was already suspended from the party for earlier instances of alleged misdemeanour.last_img read more

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Durham rues Meralco’s poor endgame in Game 2 loss

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary That’s what Durham thought.From that point on, Ginebra’s defense clicked as they held Meralco checked for the remainder of the game as the Gin Kings went on to fire a 17-1 run to end the game and claim the 86-76 Game 2 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had a six-point lead in the fourth quarter. You got to be able pull a win out when you got a lead on a good team like that,” rued Durham, who was bestowed with his second straight Best Import award before the game.The 29-year-old big man did all he could for Meralco to claim Game 2, uncorking 25 points, hauling down 22 rebounds, dishing out seven assists with two steals to boot. The Bolts’ performance on Sunday was indeed an improvement from their listless showing in Game 1, but Durham noted that his team still needs a lot of fine-tuning, especially with the way they finished the game.“We played a whole lot better than Game 1. I think everybody was focused,” he said. “But down the stretch, we didn’t execute. We missed our free throws at crucial moments. I think the officials made some questionable calls at crucial moments, but that’s in the past.”But Durham isn’t putting too much thought on this game now, as he knows that the spotlight is now on Meralco to rebound in Game 3 on Wednesday.“[The loss] spoiled a little bit of everything. When you play good for 44 minutes, and then we come out with a loss, it’s kind of hard to take. But you got to move forward. The good thing is we’re not too deep in the hole and we still can come back. But we got to find a way to get that win on Wednesday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Allen Durham. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham truly believed that Meralco already had Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals in the bag.Leading 75-69 with 5:56 remaining, the Bolts were primed to equalizing the series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Pat Riley’s 50th anniversary in the NBA has arrived Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

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Blizzard Cancels Islanders Game

first_imgBROOKLYN — The NHL has postponed Saturday’s game between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers in Brooklyn because of the massive snowstorm hitting the East Coast.The league did not announce a makeup date.The NHL also postponed Sunday’s game between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington’s game on Friday against Anaheim had been moved up two hours before the league postponed it that day. Makeup dates have not been set for either of those games.The worst of the blizzard was yet to come. According to the National Weather Service, strong winds and heavy snow were expected to produce “life-threatening blizzard conditions” throughout Saturday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric on Ballon d’Or: Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenal

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric on Ballon d’Or: Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric isn’t getting carried away with his Ballon d’Or triumph.Not since Kaka in 2007 has another individual lifted the Ballon d’Or aside from Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, at least until Modric was given the award, yet he feels as though the duo have marked an era of the sport.”These are two phenomena, they have played a dominant role in the sport for 10 years and that’s because of their quality,” he admitted.”The Ballon d’Or is about a seasonal performance and it relies on the votes of coaches, players, legends, journalists and fans.”If we are going to vote on the quality of players then it’s necessary to immediately divide all the trophies between Messi and Ronaldo whilst they are still playing, abolishing any vote.” last_img read more

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