Jeff Zillgitt and AJ Neuharth-Keusch USA TODAY Published 12:39 PM EDT Jun 21, 2019 The 2019 NBA draft has come and gone, but before we look too far ahead, let's take a step back and examine the winners — and losers — from what was an eventful night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Winner: New Orleans Pelicans: New executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin continues to excel on the job. Taking Zion Williamson No. 1 was a no-brainer, so no credit there. However, he traded the No. 4 pick the Pelicans acquired in the Anthony Davis deal to Atlanta for three picks (eight, 17 and 35). He selected big man Jaxson Hayes, giving New Orleans an extremely athletic frontcourt, and took combo guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Brazilian wing Marcos Louzada Silva with the other two picks. The Pels are loaded with young talent. Loser: Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks fans: Sure, the Bucks and Rockets finished … [Read more...] about NBA draft winners and losers: Bol Bol, Pelicans headline list
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Produced by Paul LaRosa, Murray Weiss and Sabina Castelfranco In June 2000, Enrico "Chico" Forti, an Italian television producer and former windsurfing champion was convicted and sentenced to life without parole in the 1998 killing of Dale Pike, an Australian who had traveled to Miami to meet with Forti about business deal. Few Americans have ever heard his name, but as "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports, in Italy, his case has been compared to that of Amanda Knox -- a foreign national living abroad convicted of a murder with very little evidence. A MURDER IN MIAMI The 1998 murder of Dale Pike has always been and is, to this day, a true murder mystery. Brad Pike is Dale's younger brother. Brad Pike: Always questions, always questions … I also don't think I'll ever know the truth. What is known is that someone shot Dale Pike twice in the back of the head with a .22 and left his naked body on a quiet stretch of beach on Virginia Key, minutes from Key … [Read more...] about The case against Enrico Forti: Is he the Italian Amanda Knox?
A car has crashed into a post office during an accident which has led to calls for changes to be made to a roundabout well known for being the scene of crashes. Councillors and businesses in Tutbury have called for new safety measures at the mini-roundabout in Tutbury after two cars were involved in an accident, which saw one car smash into the window at the village post office in Duke Street. The incident happened at 6.50am today, Wednesday, March 27, and led to delays this morning as the road was closed for two hours, said a spokesman for Staffordshire Police. The incident involved a Volkswagen Passat and a white Ford Fiesta. Officers said no-one was seriously injured although both drivers were checked over by the ambulance service at the scene. The drivers then exchanged details, he said. There was damage to the window at Tutbury Post Office, with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service saying there was structural damage to the post office. The incident had raised concerns about … [Read more...] about Car crashing into post office leads to calls for changes
Plans to re-shape the roundabout on the A1079 at Shiptonthorpe have sparked concern from a ward councillor. For the past two years, East Riding Council’s highways planners have been looking at ways of improving the Shiptonthorpe roundabout where peak-hour congestion frequently results in lengthy tail-backs. The proposed work will cost in the region of £4.2million. There are questions about whether this would be money well spent or if a bypass would be a better option.East Riding Councillor Mike Stathers said more consultation is needed with village residents over the scheme and also voiced concern over the positioning of a pelican crossing.Shiptonthorpe Parish Council members have welcomed the plans, especially as they have been fighting for a Zebra or Pelican crossing for many years. The highways team has produced its preferred option - the construction of a new section of road beginning at the eastern edge of Shiptonthorpe and running across open fields before arching … [Read more...] about Councillor’s concern over A1079 plans
Black howler monkeys grumbled in the soursop tree. Long-toed jacana and purple gallinules padded around the lilies. Herons and egrets squabbled in the frothing tideline on the lake’s edge. No ordinary lake, mind you – Lake Nicaragua, only slightly smaller than Titicaca and, when we visited, a wind-worried inland sea of rolling waves. We – myself, my partner Kate and our guide, Juan Carlos – again paused to admire the active cone-shaped volcano behind the plantain trees before us and the forest-clad dormant one behind, which we would be climbing on the morrow. A caracara hawk studied us from the cambered branch of a towering coconut palm. In Costa Rica this would have been a national park. In Europe it would have been a safari park. In Nicaragua it was merely the scruffy edgelands of a shoreside holiday resort. It’s good that once again there are people arriving, though not many, yet. While not quite closed to tourism from April 2018 to February 2019, … [Read more...] about How to surf down a volcano – and other notes from dazzling Nicaragua