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New Hyde Park Gunman Admits Shooting Nassau Officer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brooklyn man has admitted to shooting a Nassau County police officer while the attacker fled a New Hyde Park home invasion two years ago.Cong Xu pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to assault and burglary.“This burglar had a handgun when he entered a Nassau family’s home,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Officer Mohit Arora responded and was shot protecting innocent civilians. As a result of Officer Arora’s heroism and today’s guilty plea, this defendant will no longer be a threat to others for a long time to come.”Prosecutors said the 22-year-old gunman and a second assailant broke into a Campbell Street home, where the victims called 911 before the duo fled on Aug. 14, 2013.Xu fired several rounds from a handgun at responding officers as he fled, hitting Officer Mohit Arora in the lower abdomen.Officer Arora was taken to North Shore Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. Xu was apprehended nearby.Judge Philip Grella is expected to sentence Xu to 30 years in prison when Xu is sentenced on April 2.His co-defendant, 23-year-old Renhang Qiu of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty las year to burglary and is expected to be sentenced Feb. 23 seven years in prison.last_img read more

Rawlins rescues England with brilliant century

first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC) – Bermudan Delray Rawlins enhanced his growing reputation when he rescued England Under-19s from a calamitous start to the second and final Youth Test with a magnificent unbeaten century against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday.England lost three wickets inside the first three overs with only one run on the board but Rawlins, batting at number four, dug them out of a big hole, firstly with Ollie Pope and then Will Jacks, to finish on 124 not out as the tourists closed the day on a respectable 243 for five.Rawlins has so far struck 16 fours and two sixes and faced 254 balls.Rawlins added 98 for the fourth wicket with Pope, who made 42, and although England lost a fifth wicket at 112 when Euan Woods was out for six, the Bermudian forged an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 131 with Jacks, who finished unbeaten on 66 with 10 fours from 153 balls.Last week’s first Youth Test at the same venue ended in a draw with England pressing for victory.England, who won the toss yesterday, lost Harry Brook for one to the seventh ball of the innings, George Bartlett went to medium pacer Rishab Bhagat’s next delivery while captain Max Holden also fell for a duck in the third over bowled by left-arm medium pacer Kanishk Seth.In the first Test, Bartlett made 179 and Holden 170 as England piled up 501 for five declared in their first innings, boosted by an unbeaten 70 on debut from Rawlins.Rawlins, who is on the books of English county side Sussex, is hoping his form in India will help him break into the first team this summer. He helped his cause with an unbeaten century and a knock of 96 in a five-match one-day international series preceding the two Tests which India won 3-1.last_img read more

Alpena County Library cancels public programs through the end of March

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Alpena Public Library, like many other organizations locally and nationally is beginning to cancel events.The library had a number of activities lined up for reading month, but those will not go forth, as efforts to decrease the spread of Coronavirus are on the rise.Library director, Eric Magness-Eubank, says, “We are at our first stage of what we planned on possibly doing, and that is, we have cancelled our public programs through the end of March. We’ve cancelled three children’s story time programs, a teen movie,  a concert that was supposed to take place this Sunday.”They’ve cancelled additional teen programs as well, and limited use of the facility by outside groups. Library personnel have also removed all toys from the play area, heightened cleaning, and is requesting that patrons let employees know if they are sick.Eubank says the library does want to take every measure they can to keep the public safe. There is no word yet on if or when programming will resume. You can stay informed on dates, and even potential library closings by checking Alpena County Library’s website or by calling (989) 356–6188.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Library, Alpena Public Library, coronavirus, library, programming, programsContinue ReadingPrevious Presque Isle Electric & Gas to close its office to the public until April 6Next Michigan Works! April job fairs cancelledlast_img read more

LSU exposes Oklahoma’s longstanding Playoff — and championship — problem

first_imgAlmost every year, OU finds itself heading into November in the title conversation. But whether it’s three straight BCS Championship game losses or four consecutive College Football Playoff defeats, the Sooners also find themselves falling short — sometimes woefully so — of winning the big game.MORE: LSU hands Oklahoma another SEC-style beatdown in PlayoffSo what gives? Why are the Sooners good enough to reign in the Big 12 Conference, but not good enough to finish the deal on the championship-deciding stage?“We’re continuing to make strides,” coach Lincoln Riley said Saturday night. “There’s no doubt about it. I mean, just putting yourself here four times in five years is — I mean, that’s so hard to do, man. It’s so hard to do. So I think we’ve made some great improvements with the program.”Saturday was, without question, a setback toward any progress made this year. The Tigers, playing without their only proven running back (Clyde Edwards-Helaire played only a few snaps because of a hamstring injury), shattered Peach Bowl and College Football Playoff records with 692 total yards of offense and 31 first downs.Oklahoma has failed in seven straight big-game defeats now. The Sooners have been outclassed when the opponent had superior talent, and they’ve been outplayed when the talent was similar.“You play really good teams in this Playoff,” Riley said. “And when you don’t play your best ball, good teams are going to take advantage of it.”Before Saturday, this season looked like it could be different. Riley went into this season needing a complete defensive restoration, and for most of 13 games, he got it. New defensive coordinator Alex Grinch brought the Sooners back from college football’s defensive abyss and established a new mentality. OU finished last season 114th nationally in total defense, but went into bowl season ranked 24th this year, an improvement of 90 spots in the NCAA rankings.But Grinch’s rebuild took a hit in this game without three starters: Defensive end Ronnie Perkins (first on the team in sacks) was suspended for failing a drug test; Free safety Delarrin Turner-Yell (second on the team in tackles) broke his collarbone in practice; nickelback Brendan Radley-Hiles was disqualified in the first quarter after a targeting penalty.How much did their absence weigh on Saturday?“I don’t know how you measure that,” Riley said.Here’s how: 63-28. The Sooners’ defense, already light on elite talent and thin on depth, probably had no chance against college football’s most prolific offense. Without those defensive starters, it became a grotesque mismatch.MORE: Takeaways from LSU’s record-breaking Peach Bowl winRiley said it was difficult to find a balance between lamenting the sting of losing another big game by five touchdowns and celebrating the big-picture success of another 12-2 season.“I’m excited about where we’re heading defensively,” Riley said. “I think we’ve just scratched the surface about how good we can be on that side.”Whether it was Bob Stoops or Riley at the reins of the Sooner Schooner, the problem has been that the opponent just had way more upper-crust talent. Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow threw for 403 yards and seven touchdowns in the first half alone. Justin Jefferson caught nine passes for 186 yards and four touchdowns before the Tigers built a 49-14 halftime lead.Oklahoma fans have seen it before, but Riley hadn’t. The largest margin of defeat in his three-year career was just 11 points. Maybe Riley can lean on Stoops for how to handle such a disaster.The 2005 BCS national championship game — that brutally bad 55-19 blowout at the hands of top-ranked USC — was 38-10 at intermission. The Trojans had a pronounced advantage in talent that night in the Orange Bowl, too, and when some Oklahoma players folded their tents, things got ugly.In Oklahoma’s two return trips to Miami, the Sooners (led by Heisman winner Sam Bradford) lost 24-14 to a Florida team that was loaded with NFL players in 2008. Last year, led by Heisman winner Kyler Murray, lost 45-34 to an Alabama team that jumped to a 28-0 lead behind a similarly primed elite roster.After restoring Oklahoma’s glory in just his second season by beating Florida State 13-2 in the 2001 Orange Bowl for the national championship, Stoops’ first big postseason loss came three years later in the BCS title game, against LSU in the 2004 Sugar Bowl against LSU. Nick Saban and his staff faced a Sooner squad (led by Heisman winner Jason White) that had been compared to the best teams of all time. But LSU was more physical and made more plays in New Orleans, prevailing 21-14.The Sooners had a shot at breaking the trend two years ago when, led by Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, they built a 17-point lead on Georgia in the 2018 Rose Bowl. But the Oklahoma defense couldn’t hold on, allowing the Bulldogs to win 54-48 in overtime. That OU team featured an offense that was historically good behind Mayfield, and a defense that was historically bad under Mike Stoops.It was the same formula the Sooners followed in losing to Alabama last year: Murray set records offensively, but Mike Stoops coordinated the worst defense in school history before he was fired at midseason.MORE: Updates, scores and highlights from LSU’s record-breaking win ATLANTA — Oklahoma has a College Football Playoff problem.The Sooners, historically and contemporarily, are one of the elite programs in college football. But after Saturday’s 63-28 semifinal beatdown against No. 1 LSU (14-0) in the Peach Bowl, they have now gone 19 seasons without a national championship, the longest drought in school history since their first title in 1950. And some of the seven losses, like this one, were just plain ugly. The Peach Bowl was its own game, and had nothing to do with either of the last two Playoff losses, nor the 37-17 Playoff loss to Clemson in the 2015 Orange Bowl, nor any of Stoops’ BCS title game defeats.But the common thread is undeniable, and has now stretched over 19 years and multiple postseason blowouts: Oklahoma continues to rule the Big 12, but when measured against the LSUs, the USCs, the Floridas, the Clemsons and the Alabamas of the college football world, the Sooners have a Playoff problem.“This program has championship DNA,” Riley said. “We kind of find a way. And we’ll be back.”last_img read more