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NSU’s Steels stuns field, snags NCAA Indoor long jump crown

first_imgThe College Station, Texas, native climbed among the elite champions in school history: the 1981 4×100 meter relay team of Victor Oatis, Joe Delaney, Mario Johnson and Mark Duper; Brian Brown, the 1990 men’s indoor high jump champion; and the 2011 women’s discus winner, Tracy Rew. Head track and field coach Mike Heimerman said he could not be prouder of Steels’ ground-breaking accomplishment. Associate head coach Adam Pennington said the first jump set the tone for Steels’ victory. The advantage held up through the final round with Acquah fouling, locking up the stunning victory for Steels, who previously owned a personal best of 20-9 ¼. She was unbeaten in four long jump competitions this season until she was upset at the Southland Conference Indoors, finishing second with a 20-4 ½ mark in the same venue, the Birmingham CrossPlex. Steels broke a 15-year-old school record set by four-time All-American Stephanie Sowell on her very first jump of the evening in the 16-athlete preliminary round. That 21-2 ½ mark was matched in the fifth of six rounds by Deborah Acquah of Texas A&M, but Steels retained the lead because her second-best jump Friday was 21-1 ¼ to 20-0 ½ by Acquah.Last night Jasmyn Steels came through with the stunning win in the women’s long. Jumping a PR 21-2½ to win her first NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! pic.twitter.com/4q6Un7rCjc— NCAA Track & Field (@NCAATrackField) March 9, 2019 Steels’ second-best jump, which was her second attempt in the prelims, would have beaten all competitors except Acquah’s best and tied the third-place leap by Yanis David of Florida. The rest of the NSU track and field teams open the 2019 outdoor season Saturday morning at the McNeese Cowboy Relays/Bob Hayes Challenge in Lake Charles. With a school record 21-2 ½ leap, the junior from College Station, Texas, won the fourth NCAA championship in Northwestern State track and field history in her first career appearance in a national meet. “She went out there and popped off that first jump and that’s really what set the momentum for her. More than anything, I think she kind of rattled some of the other girls in the competition after she set the standard,” said Pennington, who was in Birmingham with Stewart and Steels. “She was consistent across the board, and being consistent is what won her that national title. “I’m so proud of what she accomplished and I believed in her the whole way. Leading up to this championship she has been looking great, but she’s been looking great all year,” said Stewart, a five-time All-American long and triple jumper at Texas A&M who won the 2014 USA Indoor long jump title. “The foot foul she had in round five would’ve been close to 22 feet. I am very proud of her. It’s an awesome day to be a Demon. We are going to relish this win.”Priceless reaction from NCAA Indoor long jump champion @JasmynSteels on the podium! “I did THIS? Why, YES, I did!” Thanks to @Coach_AdamP for the pictures, congrats too to @Jumps_CoachStew on his greatest coaching moment #NCAATF #SouthlandStrong #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/BUGrVg3lGn— NSU Demons Track (@NSUDemonsTF) March 9, 2019 Stewart knew Steels was in the right state of mind and was eager to see what she would do. Friday night, in her return to the arena, she had the greatest series of her life. Four of her six attempts were better than any previous career jump. Her four best marks ranked first, third, sixth and eighth in the field. The top national indoor qualifier, Rougui Sow of Florida State, placed ninth at 20-6½.          Steels joined Rew as Lady Demons who have captured a national championship for NSU and became the first to do so indoors. Sowell’s second place indoors in 2004 was the previous best by a female competitor from Northwestern. Her career best was a winning 20-10 ½ at the 2003 Southland Outdoors. BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Northwestern State long jumper Jasmyn Steels entered the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday night ranked ninth in the country. She walked out an instant NSU legend. Friday night, Steels bettered that on her first two attempts, equaled it on her third, and topped it again on the fifth (20-11 ¾). “I am very ecstatic. This is an unbelievable night,” said Heimerman. “Like I said Thursday, she was capable of placing anywhere from first to last, but tonight she was on fire. (Jumps) coach Tyron (Stewart) had her set up to jump her best. “To be second in the conference championship and then turn around and win it all, is just an amazing story.” “This feels great. I came in really ready to jump,” said Steels. “Ever since the conference meet I’ve been thinking about this and I’ve been super tuned-in. I’ve been ready and focused for several weeks to be honest, and it all worked out.” “She really went out there and executed it the way I wanted her to and followed the game plan perfectly. Everything she has done this season leading up to this has made me a proud coach. I can’t ask for more than this right now.”last_img read more

Gil Marín: “Decisions like the Federation’s only serve to confront”

first_imgAsked if Atlético is considering adopting any type of measure, such as Valencia, which has sent a letter to UEFA expressing its disagreement with the system chosen to designate the clubs that would play European competitions if LaLiga is not over. Gil Marín considered that “it is not the moment to generate more instability”.“I do not think it is time to generate more instability, but it is clear that we are not going to stand idly by what we consider an injustice for all fans. It is a time to be together, forget about the disagreements of each and private interests and work for the good of football as soon as activity recovers, “he argued.However, the maximum shareholder rojiblanco warned that they can not “allow an injustice like this to get ahead.”“Atlético de Madrid fans deserve that their team can fight on the field of play to qualify for a new edition of the Champions League, the opposite would be to steal their enthusiasm,” he added.Gil Marín, first vice president of LaLiga, considered that it is this body that must manage professional football, “and amateur football, as well as the absolute and lower teams, by the Federation.” “And for those aspects in which they must agree, there is the coordination agreement that regulates the relationship between the two,” he recalled.As for whether the competitions can be completed, the CEO of Atlético was optimistic that both the league days and the pending crossings of the European competitions can be played in the months of June and July.“I am convinced that the European leagues will be completed between June and July and that the pending qualifiers for the ‘Europa League’ and ‘Champions’ will also be completed before the end of August. It is true that only the health authorities must set the deadlines “But precisely for this reason we must all respect them, be patient, and help rebuild the country after the pandemic,” he said.The rojiblanco president asked “to work hard and very closely to try to regain activity” and noted that football, in addition to the “enormous impact it has on the Spanish economy” is “the passion of millions of fans” and will help “to partially recover the illusion at a very delicate moment. ““We cannot disappoint our fans, we must all rise to the occasion, each from our responsibility,” concluded Miguel Ángel Gil Marín. The CEO of Atlético de Madrid, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, considered in statements to EFE that the decision of the Delegate Commission of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to grant European competition places for the classification of the last day played in case of not completing the season “they only serve to face some clubs against others”.“Decisions like the one the Federation has taken only serve to pit some clubs against each other at a time when it is most necessary that we are all united for the good of football,” Gil Marín told EFE this Friday about a decision that would take Atlético to the Europa League, for being currently sixth ranked.The Delegated Commission of the RFEF approved this Thursday the European classification criteria, for which the last disputed day would be taken, which would grant the Champions League place to the first four (Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Seville and Real Sociedad), and from the Europa League to the fifth and sixth (Getafe and Atlético), in addition to one of the two finalists in the Copa del Rey (Athletic and Real Sociedad).The maximum shareholder of the rojiblanco club indicated that “independently” that the Delegated Commission of the RFEF “has or does not have competitions” to decide which clubs should play the European competitions next season, “it is reasonable that the field of play should reward or punish each one. ““Our league is a competition that lasts nine months and consists of 38 matches, in which we all play against each other and back and everything other than completing this format means that this competition must be null and void, otherwise it would be unfair, giving advantages to some over others, “he added.For Gil Marín, who in addition to being the president of Atlético is also the first vice-president of LaLiga, this decision “incites selfishness, the particular interest of one against the other.“If the Federation wants to resolve the ‘Europa League’ position awarded by the Copa del Rey before the draw for the next edition of the European competitions, it must accept the reality no matter how hard it is, as all clubs must accept, that is, play the final behind closed doors, as we will play our league games, “he said.“It is sad, money is lost, the fans are not happy, but sadder is the reality we are experiencing. Today football is secondary, the main thing is real life and we must be supportive and not generate more problems than we there is, “he added.last_img read more

Djokovic sets sights on 2019 after ‘phenomenal season’

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd holding his runners-up trophy after losing to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in their men’s singles final match on day eight of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 18, 2018. – Alexander Zverev shocked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday, denying the Serbian world number one a record-equalling sixth title in London. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)Novak Djokovic set his sights on the Australian Open on Sunday after a painful defeat in the ATP Finals at the hands of Alexander Zverev took some of the gloss off an incredible season.The Serbian world number one looked unbeatable heading into Sunday’s final, winning all four of his matches in London in straight sets and not dropping serve once.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The 31-year-old started his year with a miserable early exit at the Australian Open, followed by elbow surgery and a string of disappointing results on his return to the court.But since Wimbledon started he has suffered just three defeats — including Sunday’s against Zverev — winning a fourth title at the All England club and following up by securing a third US Open crown to leave him on 14 Grand Slams — three behind Rafael Nadal and six behind Federer.“Overall it was a phenomenal season that I have to be definitely very proud of,” Djokovic said.What is frightening for Djokovic’s rivals is that — Sunday’s surprise defeat aside — he appears to be getting better.Serving powerADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But his 21-year-old opponent showed no fear at a packed O2 Arena, trading heavy blows with his illustrious opponent from the back of the court and outlasting him in long rallies to win 6-4, 6-3.A sanguine Djokovic was eager to put the defeat into context after a memorable second half of the season, during which he has clambered back to the top of the men’s game from the lowly ranking of 22 he found himself in as recently as June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Obviously no one likes to lose a tennis match,” he said. “You try your best. But at the same time, as I said on the court, you put things in a larger perspective, see things a bit differently. “When you get out of this feeling of a little bit disappointment that you lost, I mean, all the positive things that I have to reflect on and also take from this season, especially the last six months.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Widely regarded as one of the greatest returners in the history of the game, it is his serving numbers that have been so striking during his run to the final in London.Federer remains a threat and Nadal and Andy Murray are on the road back from injury while Zverev will start next season full of confidence despite his poor record at Grand Slams.But Djokovic will be the man to beat when the first major of next year comes round in Melbourne in January — it is a venue where he has won six times.“Having a Grand Slam so early in the season makes us train probably very hard and be kind of aware that we have to be at our best in the first week of the year,” he said.“The first Slam is there in January. I’ve had most success in my life, in my career, in Australia out of all four Slams. Hopefully I can keep that going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Redskins lose Smith for season to broken leg; Mariota hurt LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

No increased scholarships for tertiary studies

first_imgCSEC 2019While thousands of students would have written the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination with the hopes of gaining a scholarship to pursue tertiary studies, they will have to wait on the oil revenues for free education.Education Minister,Dr Nicolette HenryThis was the view shared by Education Minister, Nicolette Henry earlier this week during the announcement of the results, where she stated that they will continue to offer one scholarship.“We’re aiming to have tertiary education free here in Guyana. In a not too distant future, I think the issue of scholarship for tertiary level would no longer be a relevant question…I suppose that getting the scholarship based on the CSEC performance, it will always be the coveted prize. There will just be one best performer…That’s it. That will continue to be competitive,” the Minister stated.When reminded that the prospects of oil have not yet impacted the Guyanese people, Henry referred to other means by which students can obtain scholarships. While the Public Service Department offers a number of grants each year, it is restricted to some areas of studies.She said, “The Public Service [Department] would offer scholarships for areas where we do not have the disciplined being offered in Guyana so that will continue. Once the University is free, I believe the issue of the competitiveness in terms of being funded and supported would no longer [exist]. There are options”“Scholarships are offered not only through Government but through other means. They’re international scholarships being offered. The British offer the masters level…and several other scholarships through commonwealth and so forth.”President Granger had said that income from the petroleum industry would be used for free education at all levels.“No Guyanese child needs to pay for primary education because of the foundation created. As I said in Union Village (Number 53 Village Corentyne on August 1, 2019), in anticipation of revenues from our petroleum industry, education will be free not only at the primary level, or secondary level but also at the tertiary level,” he was quoted as saying.However, Guyana is still in the discovery phase, with extraction scheduled to begin until 2020. Along with ExxonMobil’s massive discoveries, Tullow Oil also made a strike with its first discovery of oil in commercial quantities at the Jethro-1 exploration well in the Orinduik Block. It is the second company to discover oil offshore Guyana. It was also recently announced that Qatar’s state oil company is looking to enter into Guyana’s oil market with a farm-in deal through Total.The CSEC results were announced on Wednesday, where Riana Toney of Anna Regina Multilateral School copped the top spot with 19 Grade Ones. Overall, Guyana secured a 73 per cent pass rate, the highest ever achieved by the country.last_img read more

PPP willing to dialogue with President on national issues – Jagdeo

first_img…Nagamootoo may have to take backseatBy Michael YoungeGuyana’s Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, on Thursday reaffirmed that political Opposition party’s commitment to being part of any formal talks with the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change Coalition Government, once there is a clear agenda, and personnel on the part of the coalition who have the power, portfolio weight, and authority to make binding commitments during the discussions.The Opposition Leader also made it clear that, as a responsible stakeholder, the Peoples Progressive Party is not interested in entering “cosmetic talks and arrangements” that are aimed at achieving political mileage and deceiving the public that progress is being made between the Government and Opposition on key areas, especially those related to constitutional reform, governance, and the fight against all forms of political and public corruption.Jagdeo has made public his party’s recommitment to being part of discussions sponsored by the Government, once they are transparent, serious in nature, and are aimed at tackling some key issues which are eating away at the moral, social, economic and political fabrics of the country’s society.He explained that he feels the need to publicly share his party’s position on any proposed talks, in order to clarify any misconception or belief that the PPP is not interested in dialogue with the Government, and was therefore avoiding the same because of its perceived resentment of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who initially had been identified as the person who would spearhead discussions.Jagdeo added he is compelled to ensure that the international community and Guyanese within the diaspora do not get the wrong perception of the PPP’s posture.“I received a call from President Carter, Jimmy Carter [former US President James Earl Carter Jr.], and after talking a bit about Guyana, he said to me he had spoken to President Granger, and somehow, (what) he got from that conversation is that the Government wanted to engage with us and we are unwilling to engage because we don’t like Nagamootoo. So I said to him that that’s absolutely not true,” the Opposition Leader said.Jagdeo maintained that the only issue his party has with Nagamootoo is related to his portfolio. He remarked that the PPP and its leaders do not believe that the Prime Minister has a portfolio within Government, or that Nagamootoo has an inability to make the kind of serious and binding commitments the PPP needs after being locked in discussions.“It is not the individual, it is his ability to make commitments that we cannot accept; because — and I pointed this out to President Carter; I said, ‘The AFC can’t even secure a meeting with APNU. They have written APNU since February of this year, and now it’s July, and I do not think they can secure a meeting with APNU to discuss the Cummingsburg Accord.“Secondly, Nagamootoo has absolutely no substantive portfolio. GINA and Chronicle…is not a serious portfolio; and therefore, that is the reason why,” he explained.Jagdeo said that, as a former President, he decided to raise the matter with President Granger in an attempt to seek clarity about Government being interested in discussing with the PPP, so that he could engage his party’s Executive.“I said I’ll raise it with President Granger, and that we will be seeking two things from the President. First of all, clarity on what precisely they wanted to discuss; and two: whether Nagamootoo has the weight to make commitments on behalf of the PNC and APNU; which I did today.”To this end, the President assured that to address the Opposition’s concerns about Nagamootoo, he is himself prepared to lead the discussions regarding the topics: crime, environment, oil and gas.The former President explained he was given the impression that the international community believes Granger wants to discuss governance and constitutional reform.“…somehow, I think the international community felt that the discussions had to be about governance and constitutional changes that the Government was offering, and therefore we were rejecting any discussion about governance and constitutional reform. President Carter did not mention that to me, but I had the distinct impression that the feeling was that it is about governance…and somehow, the PPP was reluctant to discuss this. But as you can see now, that was never a proposal of APNU’s to discuss…” he said.last_img read more

ExxonMobil U-14 final 8 action on today

first_imgThe ExxonMobil/Petra Under-14 League enters its quarter-final round today, and the top eight teams will battle for a spot in the semi-final round.Given the impressive exhibition of skills, talents and wits so far seen, the final eight are expected to put on an even better show come Saturday.The highly-anticipated matches will go down at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue on Saturday.Today’s matches:Females11:00 hrs – Tutorial vs South Ruimveldt Secondary11:00 hrs – New Campbellville vs Tucville11:50 hrs – East Ruimveldt vs Vergenoegen Secondary11:50 hrs – Charlestown Secondary vs Uitvlugt SecondaryBoysMale Quarter Finals13:00 hrs – Marian Academy vs St John’s13:00 hrs – North Ruimveldt Multi vs Tucville14:00 hrs – Vergenoegen Secondary vs Chase Academy14:00 hrs – Buxton Youth Development vs Dolphin Secondarylast_img read more

Volunteers in Whittier, Pico Rivera to help clean up over the weekend

first_imgHudson, residential life director at the college, said she’s expecting as many as 200 students and staff at Saturday’s clean-up event, which begins at 8a.m. The volunteers will help beautify selected locations on the university’s campus and also will visit the Whittier Area First Day Coalition’s transitional housing facility. There, volunteers will stain a wood fence in a patio area at the facility. “It’s just one those little projects that we never got around to,” said Patrick Bouchard, housing director at First Day. “We always talk about it, but we have never gotten around to it.” Hundreds of volunteers are also expected to turn out in Pico Rivera for the city’s ninth annual Community Pride Day. Residents will be sweeping, gardening, painting and generally cleaning up the city. Starting in the morning, volunteers will visit Smith, Streamland and Rivera parks, as well as Selby Grove Elementary School and North Ranchito Elementary School, said Efrain Lee, who is coordinating the event. Ever had the urge to volunteer? This weekend could be your chance. Armed with shovels, brooms and paint brushes, hundreds of volunteers will be fanning out through Whittier and Pico Rivera on Saturday to take part in local beautification projects. “This is an opportunity for volunteers to go out and give back whatever they can,” said Delaphine Hudson, who is coordinating Helping Hands Day at Whittier College. “It’s definitely a big weekend for us,” she added. The majority of the work will involve planting trees and flowers donated to the city earlier this year by Julian Damas, a nursery owner who lives in Pico Rivera. “It’s about people coming together and celebrating their community,” Lee said. “It’s teaching young kids to respect their environment,” said Tina Cherry, a city recreation coordinator. “It makes them more mindful of picking up their trash and making sure they are not doing graffiti.” Resident Chris Hernandez, 18, who signed up to volunteer, hopes his hard work will lead to job contacts. “I thought volunteering for the park would help get me job there,” he said. “I’m hoping to make some connections during the event.” Meanwhile, dozens of employees with California Credit Union and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, along with resident volunteers, will do clean up, gardening and painting at Franklin Community Day School in Whittier, through a program called United We Paint. “For us, it’s just part of of continuing to contribute to local communities and local schools where we do business,” Chris Kerecman, senior vice president for California Credit Union, said in a news release. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Petr Cech hasn’t done anything to deserve Chelsea axe, says former goalkeeper

first_imgMark Bosnich says Petr Cech can count himself extremely unfortunate to have lost his first-team spot at Chelsea.Following a decade as the club’s number one goalkeeper, Cech has been dislodged by Thibaut Courtois after the young Belgian got the nod to start Chelsea’s first Premier League game of the season.Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, Bosnich said he feels for Cech, as he believes the 32-year-old remains a top-class player.“People should not forget what Petr Cech has been over the last ten years for Chelsea. He has arguably been one of the best goalkeepers in the world, if not the best, and he has won every single trophy at Chelsea,” said the ex-Blues stopper.“He hasn’t done anything wrong in my book. I feel very sorry for him.”Mourinho has assured Cech he wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place, and Bosnich believes the Czech Republic international could still have a key part to play this season.The former Australia international continued: “Jose Mourinho saying he wants to keep both goalkeepers is perfectly understandable.“Not winning a trophy last season would have hurt him and he will want two players for every position and the best players possible to him.“There are a lot of games to play and with the squad that they have got, although Jose Mourinho can’t say it, they can quite possibly win every trophy going and he will want to make sure he has back-up for every position, and that includes goalkeeper.”last_img read more

Community deals with teen’s death

first_imgTEMPLE CITY – Traveling west through the San Gabriel Valley, just beyond the rock quarries of Irwindale and before cosmopolitan Pasadena, you’ll find a community some of its residents like to call “Mayberry.” Modest homes stand behind manicured lawns on tree-lined streets. Temple City denizens take pride in recalling the television show “Wonder Years” was filmed here. But the mood changed this summer, and some residents believe their sanctuary from big city life has vanished forever. The defining moment for them occurred the night a drive-by shooting claimed the life of 17-year-old Deandre Netter, a former student at Temple City High School. In the aftermath, beneath butcher paper banners covered with brightly painted welcoming messages, teens returned to school Thursday. Along with usual angst that comes with returning from summer vacation, students and parents expressed fear and concern about their community and the future. “It used to be my kids could go anywhere. It was like Mayberry,” said Vicki Reichers, who has lived in Temple City for 36 years. “Now, it’s completely run by gang members. Elements of this community are afraid to speak up and acknowledge the change.” While admitting the city has changed in recent years, City Manager Charles Martin said Temple City is still safe. He points to Netter’s shooting as an isolated incident and not necessarily a watershed. “For 20 years there’s been one homicide and that doesn’t bear out the story that the sky is falling,” Martin said. “(It) is not a catastrophe, not a pattern or a trend. The Chicken Littles of the world tend to forget this is a very safe city – safer than most of the cities in this area.” Netter, his twin brother and a friend were walking down Golden West Avenue about 11 p.m. July 25. They had just left Carl’s Jr. on Las Tunas Drive and carried their soda cups as they walked. A passenger in a car traveling the opposite direction on Golden West opened fire on the trio. Netter was struck once in the chest and died, authorities said. As a reminder, a nearby house on the quiet, tree-lined street remained pock-marked with bullet holes just days before school returned to session. Officials believe the shooting had its roots in a dispute that occurred in January on the campus of Temple City High. The argument, which pitted Netter against members of a group known as “Brown Side,” spilled off campus and likely inspired a May 25 stabbing at Carl’s Jr., sheriff’s detectives said. Attackers may have mistaken 20-year-old Don Bailey-Meirer for Netter, because both were African American, said sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Keeling of the department’s Hate Crime task force. Despite the almost single-minded pursuit of Netter by admitted “Brown Side” members, sheriff’s officials are quick to caution the group is not one of the dozens of gangs targeted by law enforcement in the San Gabriel Valley. “We’ve known about `Brown Side’ for some time,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Osterman of the Temple Station. “It is a clique, not a targeted gang.” Several members of the crew, their associates and girlfriends continue to attend Temple City High School, Osterman said. “There are high school kids definitely involved with this group – or claim they are,” Osterman said. “Brown Side” members and former Temple City High School students Phillip Guerra and Christopher Lopez, both 18, have been arrested in connection with Netter’s death. The two are each held in lieu of $4.4 million bail and are expected to appear in court Sept. 19, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Another group of “Brown Side” members, all former students, is being held in connection with the Bailey-Meirer stabbing. School officials said they have been aware of a problem on campus for several years. “We’ve always been aware there has been a gang element in Temple City. It’s out there and we suspect we do have some gang members,” said Joan Hillard, superintendent of the Temple City School District. “(Prior to the Netter shooting) we did not see it evidenced at school sites,” she said. “We certainly were aware there was some racial tension.” Netter’s death and the circumstances surrounding it remain a topic of conversation among students and staff. “Everybody thinks it’s going to give Temple City a bad reputation,” said Spencer Hu, 16, student body president at Temple City High School. “But the shooting was out of the ordinary.” During a preseason football practice at Temple City High School, a drill erupted into an argument over the Netter slaying between assistant coach Matt Lopez and an unidentified student, officials said. Matt Lopez is the older brother of Christopher Lopez, according to Hillard. “This young man, who is an assistant coach, instructed the student do something related to a play,” Hillard said. “Instead of doing it, the student said, `(No) your brother killed my best friend.”‘ An investigation by the district resulted in no punishment for either the player or the coach, Hillard said. Reichers’ husband, Peter Santiago, confirmed tension remains in the community. Santiago said he filed a police report last Monday night for vandalism that took place at his home. He believes the vandalism is tied directly to his family’s outspoken complaints to officials about “Brown Side.” Sheriff’s officials said the vandalism remains under investigation. Regardless of the strain and speculation, Martin insisted residents have nothing to fear, even though he admitted the community is rapidly changing. “There’s always that one unsuspected thing that can happen anywhere,” he said. “It happened here and I think as a result we’re awakening to the realization that we are not Mayberry anymore.” frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Ancient shells give look at past ocean temperatures

first_imgPASADENA – What can 400 million-year-old clam shells teach us about global warming? A lot, according to Caltech geochemists. In research published last week in the journal Nature, the scientists announced that ancient shells can hold a sensitive record of ocean temperatures from millions of years ago. They used the shellfish fossils to show that when carbon dioxide levels were high long ago, the ocean shallows were a steamy 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Their findings strengthen predictions that the rising levels of human-made carbon dioxide will turn up the planet’s temperature once again. “In one sense, our result is almost ordinary – we got what you’d expect,” said John Eiler, a Caltech geochemist. “But that finding is under fierce debate right now.” Previous research using the fossils – which contain the chemical signatures of the oceans where they grew – was interpreted to suggest that ocean temperatures stayed normal even as carbon dioxide levels rose. But that conclusion, Eiler said, relied in part on some educated assumptions that do not appear to have been correct. His new method, he said, does not require such assumptions to be made. Like the earlier technique, it relies on studying rare isotopes of carbon and oxygen found within the shells. In this case, Eiler and his colleagues studied how these unusual atoms linked up with each other. – Elise Kleeman160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more