Death penalty won’t be pursued against NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s accused killers

first_imgMarch 19, 2018 /Sports News – National Death penalty won’t be pursued against NBA player Lorenzen Wright’s accused killers Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABCNews.com(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — The two accused killers of NBA player Lorenzen Wright — including his former wife — are set to appear in court together for the first time today for allegedly shooting the athlete nearly eight years ago.Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright, is accused of conspiring with Billy Turner to fatally shoot the 34-year-old basketball player in July 2010, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office in Tennessee said.Lorenzen and Sherra Wright had filed for divorce in May 2009, according to Shelby County courts.Lorenzen Wright, a Memphis native, was last seen alive leaving his ex-wife’s home in Collierville, Tennessee, on July 18, 2010, the district attorney’s office said. Early the next morning, a 911 call was made from his cellphone, but the call was interrupted by the sound of gunfire, the district attorney’s office said.A little more than a week later, on July 28, 2010, the NBA player’s body was found in a field, shot several times, the district attorney’s office said.The case went unsolved for years.Then last November, the alleged murder weapon was found in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, prosecutors said.Turner was arrested first, indicted Dec. 5, 2017, on first-degree murder charges.Sherra Wright’s arrest and additional charges for Turner were announced by the district attorney’s office later that month: They were both indicted by a Shelby County grand jury on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.They have pleaded not guilty, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Class of 2010 facing hard decisions

first_imgIn light of the struggling economy, seniors are facing choices for their future as graduation nears.Kevin Monahan, associate director of the Career Center, said the job market is improving.“A number of students and employers have reported job acceptances for the class of 2010.The job market continues to be challenging, but not impossible,” Monahan said.Monahan said job opportunities are still available.“We currently are running a virtual fair through the Go IRISH system and there are close to 200 jobs and internships associated with the fair,” Monahan said. “There are museum, film, finance, marketing, nonprofit, engineering and government jobs and internships associated with the fair.”When it comes to choosing graduate school or the workforce, Monahan said future career goals should be the driving force behind a student’s decision.“The Career Center would encourage any senior who is still in the midst of a career search to schedule an appointment to come into the office, learn about available resources and create a game plan for success,” Monahan said.Another career option for graduating seniors include graduate school. According to the Pew Research Center, the “millennial” generation is the most educated generation in American history. The education boom accelerated with increased college and community college enrollment because of the lack of jobs.Among 18- to 24-year-olds, 39.6 percent were enrolled in college as of 2008, according to Pew.“Graduate school attendance seems to be increasing,” said Nyrée McDonald, associate dean for Recruitment and Admissions to the Notre Dame Graduate School. “The Notre Dame applicant pool grew by 17 percent for the Fall 2010 admissions season.”McDonald said she encourages students to talk to faculty members because they are the best resource to learn how to apply to their fields and graduate schools.“I talked with a small group of Notre Dame undergraduates about graduate school. My advice is to have research experience before you apply to graduate school,” McDonald said. “Take each component of the application seriously and write to your audience, they are tenure track faculty members who love what they do. You need to convince them that you love it too.”According to McDonald, 116 Notre Dame undergraduate students applied to the Graduate School for Fall 2010.Dan Lindley, an associate professor with the Department of Political Science and the director for the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), said fellowships can help pay for post-graduate degrees, but also for research, teaching and other purposes.“Recently we have won some top fellowships for the very first time for Notre Dame,” Lindley said. “We haven’t had a Rhodes [scholar] in a while. Our Fulbright win rate is above the national average.”Lindley said the Gates and Churchill fellowships were won within the past few years for the first time in Notre Dame history.“What I hear from my colleagues at other universities is the national trend [for fellowships] is going up,” Roberta Jordan, assistant director for National Fellowships at CUSE, said.Jordan said Notre Dame’s statistics are staying consistent, though.“Many of the [fellowship] programs are cutting back the number of slots,” Jordan said. “With the number of applications up and the lower number of awards available, there’s an increase in competition.”last_img read more

Organization awards sustainability prize

first_imgOne project developed a plant for processing cassava on-the-go. The other created a scorecard for assessing resilience to climate disasters.Both are recipients of the 2015 Corporate Adaptation Prize, an annual award presented by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). ND-GAIN is best known for an index that ranks countries in order of their vulnerability to the negative effects of climate change.“Our mission is really to increase the world’s awareness about the need to adapt in order to inform investments in both the private and development sector to improve livelihood in the face of climate change,” Joyce Coffee, managing director of ND-GAIN, said.The prize, which ND-GAIN awarded to two recipients at an event in New York City on Wednesday, focuses on corporations making a difference in the world of “climate adaptation,” according to Coffee.“The reason why we have the award in the first place is that frankly, not until very recently was it possible to walk into a room and say the words ‘climate adaptation’ and have anyone know what you meant,” Coffee said. “We’re really celebrating climate adaptation as a method for corporations to serve their triple bottom line: the value of their corporation to their shareholders, the value of their corporation to the world and the value of their corporation to the environment.”The Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company (DADTCO), a Netherlands-based corporation, received the prize for developing a mobile plant that allows them to process cassava close to local farmers, according to a DADTCO press release.“The technology we have is mobile so we can go close to the farmers, and we can make sure that the same day, the cassava roots are processed,” Renske Franken, a member of the enterprise development team at DADTCO, said.Franken said this mobility is key, as cassava’s high perishability makes it difficult to ship long distances. While reducing transportation costs and emissions, the mobile plant also makes way for cassava — an important climate adaptation crop because of its ability to survive in poor weather conditions — to play a bigger part in local markets.“We say we want to start the cassava revolution,” Franken said. “It shouldn’t be neglected any more as it has been.”“It’s helping to build an economy, and whenever you build an economy, you definitely see an increased resistance to any kind of shock, including climate shock,” Coffee said.Coffee said the cassava mobile plants will be implemented in other industries as well.“The starch from cassava is used for a variety of things, including for beer,” Coffee said. “So this is our first craft beer adaptation project we can think of.”The second innovation recognized grew out of a partnership between engineering firm AECOM and technology leader IBM. The two companies worked together, for free, to develop a disaster resilience scorecard for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The scorecard, which Coffee says looks to identify the “biggest risks” for a city, focuses on 85 different resilience criteria that cover aspects such as infrastructure, environment and recovery. “It’s not just that you create a scorecard; the scorecard helps you prioritize your investments, so that in an era of limited resources, you have a scorecard that tells you where you’re going to be able to optimize your infrastructure investment or your human investment,” Coffee said. Award submissions must be based in a country that ranks below 60 (out of 180) on the Global Adaptation Index, Coffee said. Additionally, the project must have some kind of corporate background.“We need to see a corporate lead because we are trying to prove that corporations gain benefits from being climate adaptation leaders,” Coffee said.Once submitted, a panel of judges — including members of ND-GAIN and judges from outside institutions like PepsiCo and the Catholic Relief Services — reviewed the projects before reaching a final decision.Ultimately, Coffee said, the Corporate Adaptation Prize fits into the University’s larger mission of social justice.“There’s a new risk that cuts across all sectors and all communities,” she said. “It’s disproportionately felt by the poor, and we need to be sure that leaders of every sector are aware of the risks and the opportunities presented to this new global era.”Tags: AECOM, climate adaption, Climate change, corporate adaption prize, DADTCO, IBM, ND Gainlast_img read more

Press, Lloyd on target as USA sink England in SheBelieves Cup

first_img And the game was settled soon after in emphatic fashion. Lindsey Horan clipped a great ball into the area and the 37-year-old Lloyd needed no invitation to smash home from close range. “It was a good game,” Lloyd said. “Yes we wanted to score earlier but overall there was some good stuff from us. We are setting standards. “I am proud of the team, we fought hard and got the job done. Now we need to get ready for the next one. As always our next goal is to be better than our next opponents. If we do that there will be no stopping us.” – ‘best in the world’ – “There was a three minute period where they showed why they are the best in the world,” conceded England manager Neville. “The goals came at a bad time and then we became ragged and lost composure. Superbly taken second-half strikes from Christen Press and Carli Lloyd fired the United States to a 2-0 win over England as the reigning world champions began the SheBelieves Cup in style on Thursday. USA midfielder Julie Ertz blocks a pass during her team’s 2-0 defeat of England in the SheBelieves Cup friendly tournament Press and Lloyd struck within three minutes of each other just after half-time to complete a routine win over England, winners of the four-nation round-robin tournament last year. The USA’s victory was all the more impressive for the fact that coach Vlatko Andonovski could afford to leave star forward Megan Rapinoe on the bench until she was introduced on 62 minutes. England enjoyed some encouraging moments yet defended very poorly and failed to display the kind of killer touch their visitors produced to leave manager Phil Neville with much to ponder ahead of Sunday’s game with Japan in New Jersey. The USA came into the clash on the back of an unbeaten 28-game run and faced an England side still hurting from their World Cup semi-final defeat against the Americans eight months ago in Lyon. Neville’s side have been less than impressive recently, winning just two of their last seven matches coming into the meeting at Exploria Stadium although their opening display on Thursday did little to build confidence. “The second half was better from us, we should have put some more away but this was a good start,” said US midfielder Julie Ertz. “I always enjoy playing England but for us, it’s all about getting better and stronger as we get through this tournament and build up towards the Olympics.” In front of a healthy crowd of 16,531, US midfielder Rose Lavelle created the first clearcut opening, an excellent drive from 20 yards well saved by Carly Telford before England almost took the lead on 25 minutes. A Georgia Stanway corner was flicked on by the lively Manchester City winger Lauren Hemp but midfielder Jill Scott was unable to nudge the ball over the line. Ertz’s powerful header four minutes after the restart flashed just over the bar yet it was Press who opened the scoring on 53 minutes with a beautifully struck, curling effort which left Telford with no chance. Read Also: EPL: Mane expects Liverpool to end unexpected slump “We need belief to win these kinds of games, when you’re playing the best in the world in front of a good crowd with tension. “We just need to keep moving forward. This tournament is brutal, now we have to show some resilience.” In the opening match, Spain sprung a surprise by beating Japan 3-1 and will hope to take that form into their game with the United States at Red Bull Arena on Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holeslast_img read more