Baltimore Police Commissioner Says Department Part of Communities Problems

first_imgBaltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts (in the police uniform) looks on as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivered comments at a recent forum on reducing African-American homicides. Batts said police practices have exacerbated problems in communities of color in Baltimore as well as across the country. (photo by Roberto Alejandro)The Baltimore Police Department has exacerbated problems in many Baltimore communities struggling with violence and other issues, with the policy of mass arrests proving particularly corrosive, said Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts during a March 24 public forum on reducing African-American homicides held at Empowerment Temple in West Baltimore.Batts said that he has taken on the challenge of making over “a very traditional police department” that has “been part of the problem” in Baltimore. According to Batts, most police view themselves as doing “God’s work,” but their tactics have often made communities worse, not better, a point he illustrated with a personal anecdote.“When I became a chief for the first time in the early 2000s, I was sitting in my office late at night…patting myself on the back on how we reduced the crime rate, and I started taking a look at how many people we arrested. And I started to look at the demographic breakdown of the 5 million people that we arrested and they were heavily African American. And we were doing mass arrests and I sat there and had a conversation with myself and said if we continue this we’re going to obliterate our communities, that when we do those mass arrests, when we put and incarcerate people who look like me into jail in mass numbers, we’re destroying communities,” said Batts.The commissioner said a sea-change in his own thinking was necessary to turn himself and his former department around, and that this is what he was looking to do here in Baltimore.“This organization is changing, and I will drag it from point A to point B and we’re going to make it a part of this community,” said Batts. “And we’re going to apologize for those things that we do wrong, and we’re going to hold the bad [officers]—I’m going to be the first one to put handcuffs on them and put them under the jail.”Later during the forum, a community member asked Batts how he would address the disrespect officers allegedly show many Baltimore residents during their interactions.  Batts acknowledged the man’s concern, and further validated it by mentioning this is something he has heard from Black men and women in Baltimore, as well as congresspersons and city councilpersons.“The way that we speak to the community is horrible, and we’ve got a long way to go,” said Batts, who shared that he not only insists that his command staff discipline officers for such behavior, but that he has also introduced implicit bias training to help officers identify their own biases that color their interactions with community members.“I wish I could cure all the ills of this organization in the two years that I’ve been here, but it’s going to take time,” said Batts. “What I will share with you is that we’re taking those steps, aggressive steps, progressive steps, to change this organization in a very quick manner, as quick[ly] as possible.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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Cops Investigating Daylight Murder in Southeast DC

first_imgHomicides continue in D.C. The latest involves a daytime shooting that left a Southeast, D.C. man dead near a District park on May 12, according to Metropolitan Police.Police said they found Sheldon Kevin Robinson, 28, suffering from gunshot wounds in the 3700 block of Ely Place SE. According to a police report, officers responded to a shooting near Fort Dupont Park at 3:23 p.m. D.C. Fire and EMS pronounced Robison dead at the scene. Robinson was then transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.Spokesperson for the department Aquita Brown said no arrests have been made. She told the AFRO May 16, “Detectives are actively investigating this case. More updates will be released as they become available.” Crime data from the police department show 45 homicides in D.C. as of May 17, a 2 percent increase from the same time a year ago.The data shows that a majority of the city’s homicides are occurring east of the Anacostia River with 21 homicides in Ward 7 and 12 homicides in Ward 8, as of May 18.last_img read more

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At A School of 700 Students Blackman Was the Only One to

first_imgJustin Blackman was just a normal teen at Wilson Preparatory Academy in Wilson, North Carolina, exercising his right to protest, when he left Spanish class to participate in National School Walkout Day, on Wednesday, March 14.Justin Blackman (Courtesy Photo)Now, Blackman is being lauded as a young, strong activist.To his surprise, Blackman was the sole student out of about 700 at his school to walkout, even after he discussed the national protest with his peers earlier in the day.Shocked, Blackman took to Twitter to express his dismay, even though he thought few people would see his video.“Hello Twitter, there’s going to be like six people watching this, hopefully,” the 16-year-old said.He was wrong.  The video of Blackman alone outside has now gone viral.“It’s National Walkout Day and I’m the only one at my school out here,” he said. “No one really said anything, besides my own teacher.”Nonetheless, Blackman said something.  Blackman did something.  At 16, he was the sole person to stand up and walk out.He stayed there for 17 minutes honoring the number of lives lost last month in Parkland, Fla., when a former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student killed 17 students and educators, and injured others.  After the 17 minutes were up he went back inside hoping he was not in trouble.Instead of punishment, Blackman received congratulations.His singular activism taught him a valuable lesson.“Now, I truly know that one person is all it takes,” Justin told CNN.  “No matter the age, skin color, gender- it doesn’t matter.”last_img read more

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Dellums Says Agnew Attack Helps

first_imgOctober 17, 1970By Johnny BowlesBERKELEY, Calif.Congressional Candidate Ronald V. Dellums has lashed back at Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, calling him an “irresponsible politician” who may be a “little un-American.”The 34-year old self-proclaimed “radical” said he “welcomed the attack the Vice President made in a Fort Smith, Ark. speech in which he labeled Dellums the most radical of the “radical liberals.”Dellums, alluding to the Vice President’s campaign in 1968, said the attack would help to make my name a household word.” Agnew, not well-known when chosen as Nixon’s running mate in ‘68, strived to make his own name a “household word.”Ronald Dellums, a constant force for change as a prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former mayor of Oakland, California, died July 30 at the age of 82. In 1970, the AFRO wrote about Dellums’ campaign to get elected to the House of Representatives. (AFRO Archives Photo)Dellums said he was not a political extremist, but added, if Agnew “talked about himself he probably would be more accurate.” Dellums defined a political extremist as one who “attempts to raise scapegoats and manipulates the people through demagogic tactics.”Dellums said “that description of a political extremist suits the Vice President more than Ronald Dellums.”Dellums, currently a member of the Berkeley City Council, defeated incumbent Jeffrey Cohelan in what was termed a landslide.He must now face 2-year old Vietnam veteran John Healy, a Republican moderate.Dellums said Agnew’s criticism was “an effort to move into this campaign with the full weight of the White House.”And though he told the AFRO it was still to early to tell, Dellums felt sure he detected signs of the “solidification” of support as a result of Agnew’s attack.In an AFRO story last week, Dellums said he was concerned that the massive black, brown and student support which helped him to win the primary, would not be forthcoming during the general election because of apathy.Asked if he thought the Vice President would come into the area to campaign for Healy, Dellums said “that would be too good to be true.”As for the label of “radical” which has been tagged with, both by Agnew and by Healy, Dellums said, “If it means that I want to end the war, death and destruction, then I am a radical.”“If it means I believe in the need for a guaranteed annual wage, am opposed to corporate power and the military-industrial complex, then I am a radical.”Dellums went on to say that he believed that if there were any relevance in political action, it must be that those in office should not just say what people want to hear, but to spread the truth.Political figures, he said, “must play the role of educator, dissident, advocate, they must be willing to tell people what they have to know.”Asked about Agnew charges he was a “keynote speaker” at the famed “Huey Newton Birthday Party.” Dellums explained that he read a resolution which he submitted to the Berkeley City Council, of which he is a member.The two-part resolution asserted that Huey’s rights had been violated under the 14th Amendment because of discriminatory jury selection procedures both for the grand jury and for trial juries.Only one member of the grand jury which handled Newton’s case, he said, was black. That person was not present for the indictment. Minorities make up forty percent of the community.Referring to the fact that he has been declared the “number 1 target of the California Republican Committee,” Dellums said there were signs of considerable money in the campaign of his opponent, and that it was rumored that Sen. Barry Goldwater would come into the area to campaign against him.He said he anticipated a “fear campaign” based on Agnew-like charges that he was a “radical,” insurgent black.” He said he believed most people were byond that kind of demagoguery.But Dellums said he was not so much worried about apathy as he had been just two short weeks ago.He had the Vice President to thank for much of that.“Our coalition of blacks, browns, students and labor now realize that this will be a serious campaign and that we must remain mobilized until Nov. 3,” he said.Article transcribed by Matthew Ritchie, AFRO Intern.last_img read more

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The Glass is Half Empty

first_imgSpecial to the AFRO by Renee FooseThere are more than one million miles of drinking water pipes in the U.S. and most are more than 100 years old. Many pipes laid in the early to mid-20th century are failing to deliver clean, uncontaminated water to homes across the country as a result of the aging infrastructure.There are an estimated 250,000 water main breaks every year around the country. This public health crisis is most evident in low-income communities and communities of color, said Rosemary Enobakhare, Director for the Clean Water For All Coalition (CWFAC).  In a report recently released by the CWFAC, failing infrastructure systems include drinking water, wastewater and storm water.  Drinking water infrastructure collects water from a source, cleans it, and delivers it to users for drinking and other daily uses.  Because of aging pipes, and inadequate methods to clean the water, lead and other contaminants leach into the drinking water that is carried to homes and businesses.“With infrastructure prominent in the national conversation, it’s time to speak out against inadequate and harmful water supplies and to fight for policies that will further our shared goal of clean and affordable water for everyone.  “What happened in Flint is happening across the country and there needs to be more awareness and action” Enobakhare told the AFRO. “In 2014 the city of Flint, Michigan experienced wide spread drinking water contamination when the city failed to treat the water with corrosion inhibitors to prevent lead from leaching into the water supply.In 2001, following a Washington Post investigation, Washington, D.C. was found to have high concentrations of lead in the drinking water resulting in city-wide concern.  The Post uncovered misrepresentation of lead levels in drinking water which resulted in sweeping regulatory changes and corrections.“Environmental issues are low on the list of priorities for low-income communities of color and because there are so many other concerns to focus on.   Environmental harms are present and we need to speak out and hold elected officials accountable to ensure they are protecting our health” Enobakhare said.According to the American Water Works Association, the cost to correct the existing water infrastructure and to meet expected demand over the next two decades will exceed $1 trillion.  Because federal spending on water infrastructure is decreasing, state and local governments are challenged to meet the funding needs to update existing water infrastructure.Access the full CWFA report here.last_img read more

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13Year Old Charged In Teens Murder

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROA 13-year-old has been charged with the shooting death of a 17-year-old that occurred in March.Baltimore Police were called to the 1400 block of Montpelier Street in East Baltimore before 11:30 PM on March 28 for reports of shots fired.When officers arrived, they found Lamont Donell Green, 17, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Green was transported to Johns Hopkins hospital where he was pronounced dead.Green, who was a student at ACCE (Academy for College and Career Exploration) wanted to join the army when he graduated high school like his big sister, according to his obituary. Green, or as his family called him, “Butta,” enjoyed football, basketball and eating crabs.“To know Butta, was to know you was about to come out of your pocket witha few dollars whenever he seen you. To know Butta, was to truly LOVEButta!!” read a passage in the obituary.“Lamont was the family agitator. He always found a way to get under yourskin and then turn right around and make your face light up with the biggestsmile. He swore he was the man of the house. He had the heart of a lion,” the obituary read.Green was laid to rest April 6.According to Police, a motive is not yet clear nor is there any reason to believe the suspect and victim knew one another.On April 11, the suspect, along with his attorney turned himself in at the Juvenile Detention Center where he will remain held pending trial.He is charged with first degree murder.The suspect’s identity is being withheld because he is in the juvenile court system.Usually teens 14 and older that are charged with murder are charged as adults immediately and entered into the adult system.If a teen is convicted in the juvenile system, they can be held until the age of 21. But prosecutors can ask to waive juvenile jurisdiction to adult court if the crime is punishable by life imprisonment such as murder.last_img read more

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Cards Hit the Road for ACCBig Ten Challenge

first_img Live stats vs. Northwestern (Friday) The road aheadThe Cardinals are embarking on a tough 2019 schedule which includes a total of 17 games against teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament – including national champion Florida State. UofL will also face six opponents ranked among the top 25 and six receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA polls.• Louisville’s ranked opponents include No. 1/2 Florida State, No. 6/6 Tennessee, No. 15/17 Michigan, No. 21/18 Kentucky, No. 21/20 Auburn and No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 24 Indiana. Northwestern, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech.  Cards on the airAt the start of the 2019 season, the Cardinals will have 25 games televised nationally including one contest on ESPNU. The television slate feature all of the Cardinals’ 19 home games.• All 12 ACC institutions sponsoring softball will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 220 games streaming on ACC Network Extra, Watch ESPN and the ESPN App.  ESPN’s broadcast schedule will include more than 650 college softball games.• The Cardinals will appear on ESPN’s ACC Monday on 6 for the third game of its ACC matchup against 2018 national champion and preseason ACC favorite Florida State. The University of Louisville softball team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to face Northwestern and No. 15/17 Michigan in 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge at North Carolina’s Anderson Softball Stadium.Louisville (3-2) will open the tournament Friday against Northwestern at 10 a.m. and follow with a matchup against Michigan at 1:30 p.m. The Cardinals and the Wolverines will meet again Saturday at 12:30 p.m. UofL will wrap up its weekend against Northwestern Sunday at 10 a.m. Louisville picked to finish fourth in ACCThe Cardinals were picked to finish fifth overall and third in the Atlantic Division. In the team preseason poll, reigning national champion Florida State was unanimously selected to win its sixth-straight ACC regular season title. Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pitt respectively filled out the top five ahead of the Cardinals, who are coming off of a 33-20 campaign and a 10-12 mark in conference play.• In the Atlantic Division preseason standings, Louisville was picked to finish third behind Florida State and Notre Dame. Syracuse, Boston College and NC State round out the division. 2019 PRESEASON ACC COACHES POLL1) Florida State (121 points, 11 first-place votes)2) Notre Dame (102 points)3) North Carolina (95 points)4) Pitt (88 points)5) Louisville (75 points)6) Duke (69 points)7) Georgia Tech (55 points)8) Syracuse (51 points)9) Boston College (47 points)10) Virginia Tech (41 points, 1 first-place vote)11) NC State (29 points)12) Virginia (19 points)Atlantic Division          Coastal Division1) Florida State             1) North Carolina2) Notre Dame             2) Pitt3) Louisville                  3) Duke4) Syracuse                   4) Georgia Tech5) Boston College         5) Virginia Tech6) NC State                   6) Virginia Scouting the Wildcats:• Northwestern is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball coaches’ polls. The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 4-1 record after opening the season the Titan Classic. The Wildcats collected wins over Utah State (12-0), Pacific (7-0), Louisville (1-0) and Idaho State (7-4), but suffered a 3-2 loss to Loyola Marymount.• The Wildcats are led by Jordyn Rudd, who is hitting .467 (7-for-15) with two home runs and 10 RBIs. Danielle Williams (3-0) shouldered the bulk of the pitching duties in the first weekend and produced a 0.51 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work.• The Wildcats posted a 38-19 overall record and a 14-8 mark in Big Ten, culminating with a runner-up finish in the conference tournament and trip to the Athens Regional in the NCAA tournament.•Rachel Lewis, an NFCA All-American in 2018, was named to the Player of the Year watchlist prior to the start of the 2019 season. Melton among Louisville’s career leaders in stolen basesIn 2018, Sidney Melton was a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases and improved her career total to 33 to move into tenth place on Louisville’s all-time list, needing two more to tie Kenzie Meisenburg (2001-02) for ninth.• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Looking back to 2018• The Cardinals finished the season with a 33-20 overall record and reached the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship before falling 7-4 to eventual national champion Florida State.• Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson and Hensley as well as all-ACC honoree Melton and sophomore Maddy Newman, who earned 2018 all-ACC freshman team honors. Junior Celene Funke also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. Cards in the ACC/Big Ten ChallengeLouisville carries a 7-5 record entering the fourth season of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Below is a breakdown of past tournament results.2018 (at NC State)Feb. 16 – Louisville 7 – Northwestern 6 (8 inn.)Feb. 16 – Louisville 3 – Northwestern 2Feb. 17 – Ohio State 6 – Louisville 5 (9 inn.)Feb. 18 – Ohio State 4 – Louisville 02017 (at North Carolina)Feb. 17 – Louisville 9 – Ohio State 0Feb. 17 – Louisville 6 – Purdue 5Feb. 19 – Louisville 9 – Purdue 1Feb. 19 – Ohio State 4 – Louisville2016 (at NC State)Feb. 19 – Louisville 7 – Wisconsin 1Feb. 20 – Nebraska 4 – Louisville 3Feb. 20 – Louisville 5 – Wisconsin 0Feb. 21 – Nebraska 3 – Louisville 0  Print Friendly Version Live stats vs. Northwestern (Saturday) Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. In two decades of softball UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Cards against the fieldNorthwesternSeries Record: Louisville leads 5-3Last Meeting: February 9, 2019 – Louisville and Northwestern will face off for the second time in a week after meeting in the Titan Classic on Feb. 9. The game featured a battle in the circle between Louisville’s Danielle Watson and Northwestern’s Danielle Williams. Each pitcher was in the midst of a one-hitter through six innings before the Wildcats broke through in the seventh.• Watson took the loss, giving up one earned run on two hits and striking out six in a complete game effort. Funke registered both of Louisville’s hits in the game.• Williams got the complete game shutout, holding the Cardinals to two hits and striking out 13 and retiring 17 in a row at one point. Maeve Nelson and Newport accounted for the Wildcats’ hits.Cards vs. Wildcats in the 2018 ACC/Big Ten ChallengeFebruary 16, 2018 – The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats 7-6 in eight innings and 3-2 in the opening doubleheader of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Raleigh, N.C.• Megan Hensley and Danielle Watson each picked up a win while Caitlin Ferguson went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s.Louisville 7 – Northwestern 6 (8 innings)Jenna Jordan’s two-out, three-run homer in the top of the seventh tied the score at 6-6 and senior Jamie Soles’ sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead run as the University of Louisville softball team rallied from a 6-2 deficit to beat Northwestern 7-6 in game one.• Danielle Watson got the complete-game win, allowing two runs, one earned and striking out seven while scattering three hits. Offensively, Louisville outhit Northwestern 9-3, with Alison Szydlowski and Jordan each tallying two hits. • Kaley Winegarner took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on nine hits and striking out five in 6.2 innings of work. Lewis, Wilkey and Novak accounted for the Wildcats’ three hits. The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile becomes only the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Hensley climbing the record bookMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Seventh in career appearances (96). Tori Collins (2009-12)  stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (67). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (436.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Eighth career wins (41), needs one more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Eighth in career strikeouts (294), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Ninth in career complete games (28). Needs four more to move into a tie for eight with Tara McClure (2000-01).• Tied for tenth in career home runs with 25 – needs one more to move into a tie for ninth with Maryssa Becker (2014-17).  Live stats vs. Michigan (Friday) About Louisville Softball • The Cardinals enter the weekend with a 3-2 record after opening the season at Fullerton’s Titan Classic. Louisville posted wins over Fullerton, Buffalo and Utah State, but fell to Idaho State and Northwestern.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.• UofL is receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Coaches poll released on Feb. 12.• Louisville is led at the plate by junior Celene Funke, who is batting .400 with two triples, four runs and two stolen bases in the early season. Senior Sidney Melton follows at a .389 clip with four runs and two stolen bases. Junior Caitlin Ferguson has driven in a team-high six RBIs and has belted out a triple and a home run.• Danielle Watson (1-1) carried a team-best 0.58 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 12.0 innings of work. The sophomore has allowed only three hits in two appearances and is holding opponents to a .077 batting average.• Seniors Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team. Tournament Central Stingy pitchingThe Cardinals were impressive in the circle during their opening weekend, producing a 1.35 team ERA with two shutouts while holding opponents to a .174 batting average.• Sophomore Danielle Watson was impressive in her 2019 debut, tossing a one-hit shutout against Cal State Fullerton. In that game, she registered a career-high nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Watson was also impressive in the loss to Northwestern, carrying a one-hitter into the seventh inning and ultimately scattering two hits over the course of seven innings while fanning six.• Freshman Taylor Roby had an impressive debut in the circle, picked up two wins as Louisville went 3-2 in its opening weekend. The freshman posted a 2-0 record with a 2.10 ERA. She struck out 14 and scattered seven hits over 10 innings for a .184 opponent batting average.• In her first game against Buffalo, she tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out 10. She also got the win against Utah State.• Senior Megan Hensley (0-1) stands second on the team with a 1.56 ERA and also posted a career-high in strikeouts with 10 against Idaho State and did not give up a walk in the contest. She stands third on the team with 13 Ks in nine innings. Live stats vs. Michigan (Sunday) Story Links Ferguson driving them homeJunior Caitlin Ferguson leads the team with six RBIs. The shortstop used a two-run single and a three-run homer to drove in a career-best five runs as the Cards beat Utah State 7-5. Up NextThe Cardinals will hit the road for the third straight weekend, this time traveling to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Tennessee Classic which will take place Feb. 22-24 and will feature games against No. 8/8 Tennessee, Virginia, Bradley, Kansas and Tennessee State. MichiganSeries Record: Michigan leads 18-3Last Meeting: March 15, 2014 – Michgan won 9-1 at Ulmer StadiumScouting the Wolverines: No. 15/17 Michigan enters the weekend with a 3-2 record after opening the season at the USF Opening Weekend Invitational. The Wolverines defeated NC State (4-3), USF (10-1) and Illinois State (11-4). They lost to #7 Arizona (2-1) and #5 Florida (6-0).• The Wolverines are led by Lexie Blair who is batting .412 (7-for-17) with two RBI’s. Alex Storako leads Michigan from the circle, holding a 3-1 record with a 2.33 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched.• In 2018, Michigan finished with an overall record of 44-13 and 18-3 record in Big Ten play. The Wolverines lost in the first round of the Big Ten tournament but received a tournament bid to the Lexington Regional.• The Wolverines return 2018 NFCA All-Americans Meghan Beaubien and Faith Canfield for the 2019 season.last_img read more

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Louisville Selected as No 1 Seed Hosts Robert Morris on Friday

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball has been selected as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and will host first and second round games at the KFC Yum! Center on Friday and Sunday.The Cardinals will play in the Albany regional and will open the postseason on Friday at noon with No. 16 seed Robert Morris (22-10).Louisville (29-3) is making its 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament – ninth straight – and 11th under head coach Jeff Walz.The Cardinals are coming off their second straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship and are ranked No. 5 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches poll. Their 29 wins already rank fourth all-time in program history.The Cardinals and Colonials will be followed by No. 8 seed Michigan (21-11) and No. 9 seed Kansas State (21-11), which tips at 2 p.m. ET.The winner of the first round games play on Sunday.Tickets for the first and second round games are available at www.GoCards.com/NCAAWBB.For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.Print Friendly Version Story Links Tickets last_img read more

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Reports say Xbox 720 alwayson connection can only handle 3 minute inter

first_imgIn the recent weeks, we’ve seen various reports that Microsoft will require the Xbox 720 to have an always-on internet connection to function. Not technically always-on DRM — which has been pushed to the forefront of the news cycle thanks to the Sim City debacle — the always-on connection would, however, effectively be DRM. If the rumors end up true, the biggest question would be what would happen to your game session if, for example, a storm passes over your house and knocks out your internet for a few minutes? A new report suggests that your Xbox 720 would be safe, but only for three minutes.Though modern game consoles are more connected than they have ever been, we still don’t need to connect to the internet in order to enjoy a single player or offline experience. With an always-on connection, though, you’d have to connect to the internet even if your game doesn’t have a lick of online or multiplayer functionality. According to multiple Kotaku sources, if your router decides to be a little unruly, or your cat starts chewing on some important wires and knocks them out of place, you’d only have three minutes to hurry up and finish whatever you were doing before the 720 suspends the game and loads a troubleshooting prompt.The sources don’t say how long the game will be suspended for, or if the system will automatically save your game’s state. Before you swear off Microsoft for life and begin building a brand-new gaming PC, keep in mind that nothing has been confirmed yet, and Microsoft hasn’t even come close to commenting on these rumors. With such a barrage of rumors all saying the same thing, though, it’s difficult to discredit the notion of an always-on Xbox. Perhaps Microsoft is simply floating the thought out there and gauging the public’s reaction.Since Sony already unveiled the PlayStation 4, it would make sense that Microsoft unveils the 720 at this year’s E3 at the latest, since being late to the console war rarely goes well. So, we’ll most likely only have to wait until June 11 to find out if the new Xbox will have a forced symbiotic relationship with the internet.last_img read more

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Xbox One controller will have Kinect syncing batterysaving low power m

first_imgMicrosoft has released additional details about the Xbox One‘s controller. The input device’s highlights include a seamless connection to the console and low power modes for extending battery life.As the next generation console competition continues to take shape, one of the major focuses so far has been the new input devices coming from Sony and Microsoft. While the controller is the only thing we know for sure about the PS4, Microsoft has been quite willing to show their hand and reveal additional features in a nice slow drip. It looks like the Xbox One’s new controller isn’t just thinner, lighter, and shinier, but also comes ready to connect to your console instantly and give you everything you need to play for hours.Thanks to a Major Nelson post, we now know that the new micro USB-driven controller for the One utilizes infrared LEDs on the top to communicate with your Kinect. The controller will flash a pattern of light that is invisible to the human eye over to the Kinect, which will use that pattern to pair the controller to the console. This process can be repeated any number of times, so you can take your controller to a friend’s house and not waste any time connecting the controller to the console.Instead of shutting off entirely, the new controller will enter a sleep mode when you’re not using it but still have the console on. When you need the controller, all you need to do is pick it up and it will wake up on its own. This is designed to work when you’re in the middle of a Kinect game, watching a movie, or anything else that uses the console but not the controller.Based on what we’ve seen from the revamped design of the controller, it looks like Microsoft has really made significant improvements over the previous iterations. Time will tell if gamers prefer the new slimmed down Xbox One controller to the new PS4 controller, with a trackpad and a share function built into the top. It couldn’t be clearer that Microsoft and Sony are approaching things from wildly different perspectives this generation, which is exciting for the future of console gaming as a market.last_img read more

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