BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles’ game against the Minnesota Twins was rained out and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Saturday starting at 3:05 p.m. CST.
Dan Straily (1-1, 10.24 ERA) will stay on his normal schedule and start the first game for Baltimore. Signed following his release by Miami near the end of spring training, Straily got his first win with Baltimore when he allowed one run and two hits over five innings in an 8-1 victory over Boston on April 15.
Alex Cobb (0-0, 3.18 ERA) was scheduled to come off the injured list from a lumbar strain and pitch the series opener Friday. Instead, he will pitch the second game of the doubleheader in his first start since April 4, when he allowed two runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in an 8-4 loss to the Yankees.
Minnesota has not announced its starting pitcher.
José Berríos (2-1, 2.30), Friday’s scheduled starter, will take the mound in the opener. He has limited opponents to three or fewer runs in each of his first four appearances this season.
Left-hander Martín Pérez (1-0, 5.02 ERA) will start the second game after pitching out of the bullpen in his first three appearances. He allowed one run and seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks over six innings Monday against Detroit.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police say 37 vehicles have been stolen in northeast Minneapolis since March 1. Though makes and models vary, authorities say late-model Hondas have been the car of choice in recent weeks.
The thefts have been reported in the 2nd precinct of the city.
Some of the vehicles were idling, some had a spare key inside the vehicle and other cars were stolen as part of home burglaries. Police say there is no suspect information at this time.
The police department has issued a crime alert regarding the thefts, as well as some warnings for car owners.
Do not leave your keys in your vehicle (do not leave the keys in the ignition, on/in the center console, in the glove box, on the seat, on top of the visor, etc.)
Have your license plate number and/or VIN number ready for responding officers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car after calling 911, it was catastrophic. But was it murder?
Prosecutors have given jurors hearing the case against Mohamed Noor multiple options: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jury will ultimately decide whether any of the counts fit what happened the night of July 15, 2017, when Noor fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond just minutes after the dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia who had phoned in a report of a possible sexual assault behind her home.
As Noor’s trial prepares to enter its third week, defense attorneys not connected to the case see a larger and commonly used strategy to overcharge the case in a way that could make it easy for jurors to convict on the lesser manslaughter count.
“Juries like to be King Solomon,” said Earl Gray, an attorney on the team that successfully defended former Minnesota officer Jeronimo Yanez against a manslaughter charge in the 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. “They want to split the baby and give each side half.”
“Prosecution is like hunting,” said another defense attorney, Marsh Halberg, who has been sitting in on some of the key testimony. “You throw a lot of pellets up in the air and you don’t care which one brings down the bird. Obviously, you would always like to get (a conviction on) the highest charge but you want to leave at the end of the day with some conviction.”
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was under intense community pressure and international scrutiny as he decided whether to charge Noor in Damond’s death, which had led to a police chief’s resignation. Freeman let it slip in an unguarded moment captured on video in December 2017 that he didn’t have enough evidence at that point to charge Noor, saying investigators “haven’t done their job.” When Freeman finally filed charges in March 2018, he said the evidence clearly fit the legal definitions of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
But Noor’s legal team and other local defense attorneys said the third-degree murder charge was an overreach. Prosecutors added the second-degree murder charge late last year. The presumptive sentences vary from four years for the manslaughter charge to 12½ years for third-degree murder to 25½ years for second-degree murder.
Neither Halberg nor Gray think the jury is likely to convict Noor of third-degree murder, because the state statute requires jurors to find that someone acted with a “depraved mind, without regard for human life,” a term so ill-defined and potentially confusing that prosecutors rarely use the charge.
In Noor’s case, the prosecution’s proposed jury instructions specifically avoid the term, and call it instead “an act eminently dangerous to others” and “performed without regard for human life … committed in a reckless or wanton manner with the knowledge that someone may be killed and with a heedless disregard of that happening.” The defense’s proposed instructions do use the term “depraved mind.” Judge Kathryn Quaintance has yet to rule.
Halberg was in court Thursday for testimony from Noor’s partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, and viewed Harrity’s body camera video as it was shown to the jury. Besides the heartache of seeing her dying on camera, Halberg said he was “touched by the humaneness of the two officers. They held her up and lowered her to the ground. Noor is doing chest compressions and they were yelling encouragement to her.”
The care they showed her “really flies in the face of the depraved mind argument,” he said.
Under Minnesota law, second-degree murder involves intentionally causing the death of another person, without premeditation. Second-degree manslaughter requires a finding that the defendant acted with “culpable negligence” in taking the chance of causing death or great bodily harm.
Halberg said it will be hard overcoming the defense that Noor’s team has invoked that police can legally shoot if they have a reasonable fear that they’re in danger. Noor’s attorneys have argued that he heard a loud noise and feared an ambush. But prosecutors say there is no evidence of any threat to justify deadly force.
But some of the circumstances — Noor was in the passenger seat and fired his gun across Harrity through the driver’s side window in a dark alley — may give the jury reasons to find him guilty of manslaughter, Halberg said.
“That’s the charge that would fit the case,” Gray said.
(CNN) — Moon gazers, be ready! April’s full moon, known as the Pink Moon, is set to premiere on Friday.
The moon will appear larger than average because it will be three days past perigee, the point in its orbit when it is nearest to Earth, according to Space.com.
Although the name suggests the moon will appear a certain color, that is not true. Instead, the moon is named pink after the color of wild ground phlox, one of the early spring flowers. Native Americans named the moons so they could keep track of their harvesting schedule.
The moon might appear red or orange because of dust, haze, smoke or ash in the atmosphere.
The next full moon will be the Flower Moon on May 18.
A chemistry professor whose exam question asked students to calculate the lethal dose of a poisonous gas used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust has taken a leave of absence, Middlebury College said.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 19-year-old man is in the hospital with life threatening injuries after a crash in Otter Tail County Thursday.
According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, a resident near the intersection of County Highway 52 and County Highway 67 reported hearing a loud tire squeal followed by a loud crash around 4:11 a.m. Thursday.
There, authorities determined a passenger car was traveling eastbound on Highway 52 when it veered off the roadway to the right, overcorrected and traveled into the ditch on the left hand side. The vehicle collided with an approach, went airborne before resting against a tree.
The driver, a 19-year-old from Ottertail, was taken to a nearby hospital and later flown by helicopter to St. Cloud for life-threatening injuries, and is in critical condition.
(CBS New York/CBS Local) — When Dana Warrior, widow of the Ultimate Warrior, was first introduced to the world of WWE six years ago, she couldn’t have imagined the emotional roller coaster that was to come. No amount of planning could sufficiently prepare for a life that would be shattered in the blink of an eye.
Likewise, it would be equally impossible to predict the journey she would embark on as part of the healing process.
For years, even the most fleeting of ideas that her life would ever intersect with sports entertainment seemed far-fetched at best. Too much bad blood existed between her husband, wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior, and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for that to ever happen. The feud between the man who had become one of wrestling’s biggest and brightest (literally and figuratively) stars and the man who helped create him had stretched well past a decade. And relations between the two showed no signs of thawing.
But in wrestling there is an often uttered mantra: “Never say never.”
The year was 2013. News broke that Warrior and McMahon had shockingly mended fences, ending their longstanding bitter dispute. The iconic wrestler would return to WWE to become the unlikely face of the WWE 2K14 video game. The following year he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame and take his rightful place among wrestling’s pioneers. He would appear at WrestleMania XXX the night after his induction and go on to make an impassioned speech about his character the night after that in front of an audience of millions on RAW. The now infamous promo would turn out to be his final public appearance.
Less than 24 hours later, The Ultimate Warrior would be dead.
With Dana Warrior by his side, he suddenly collapsed while walking outside of a hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona and efforts to revive him would be unsuccessful. The 54-year-old had fallen victim to cardiovascular disease, according to officials.
Shutting out the world and sinking into a dark depression was not an option for Dana Warrior. She channeled her grief into making a difference in the world, driven to philanthropy by wanting to be a role model for the couple’s two young daughters who were now without a father.
“You’re going to be sad for a very long time but you’ll never be scared because I will take care of you,” she told them.
While acting as a pillar of strength for her children, her own spirits were being buoyed by her new family in WWE which had rallied around her with overwhelming support. Their bond had been forged in tragedy and has only strengthened over time.
In honor of her late husband, the company created the Warrior Award, which is bestowed annually at the Hall of Fame ceremony to those who exhibit the “unwavering strength and perseverance” that embody the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior character.
Since presenting the inaugural award in 2015, Dana Warrior has become a stalwart supporter of WWE’s massive philanthropic endeavors. She regularly serves as a brand ambassador at the company’s charitable events, including during the recent WrestleMania week, when she crisscrossed the New York tri-state area to lend her presence to many of the more than a dozen functions on the WWE calendar.
Her itinerary, which included a Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game, a Superstars for Hope event, the Warrior Award Presentation and the Be-A-Star Anti-Bullying Rally, was chaotic. But she’s all too happy to have her time stretched thin as she continues to serve as a role model for her daughters and express her gratitude to the fans who have lent their strength and support since her husband’s passing.
“I have such a grateful heart for being around people that are excited to meet us. It’s an honor truly. I never want to stop,” she said.
In addition to her duties as a brand ambassador, Dana Warrior is now taking on a new and somewhat surprising role as a member of WWE’s creative team. She is among the writers tasked with crafting the often larger-than-life storylines that play out on-screen each week. She is hesitant to disclose which characters and angles she’s had a hand in creating, but says fans have already seen some of her work.
Dana Warrior (Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for WWE)
I had an opportunity to catch up with Dana Warrior at one of the bevy of functions surrounding the company’s biggest event of the year. She was cooling down after participating in a Zumba class led by former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella. The event was being held to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the company’s largest initiatives.
You really seem to get such joy from these events. It’s clear that you exude it just watching you interact with the kids and having fun out there. How much personal satisfaction do you get out from this?
I can’t even tell you what I get. I don’t think about what it is that I’m receiving, except that I’m so grateful. I have such a grateful heart for being around people that are excited to meet us. It’s an honor truly. I never want to stop. I never don’t want to interact with the WWE Universe, because truly they’re the ones that sustain us. They’re the ones that cheer for the characters or boo for the characters. But I love this business. I love the people that support it, and I feel passionate and fortunate. Really, really fortunate to take part.
Did you envision getting so ingrained [with WWE] and taking on as much as you have?
What’s the saying? If you want to make God laugh, tell him [about] your plans.
I couldn’t have planned for this. I really couldn’t have. But one of the things that when my husband passed away, and it’ll be five years ago on April 8th, one of the things that I did, I never laid down, I never sat down, I never laid down. I wore a dress for a year, because you can’t lay down in a dress. And I thought to myself [that] I will show my daughters strength and I will never let them be afraid.
I will never let them wonder if they’re going to be okay. The first thing I said to them was, “You’re gonna be sad for a very long time, but you’ll never be scared, because I will take care of you.” And in that strength, I just kept moving forward, because there is no direction other than forward in life. And so I guess, to me, I want to be an example to my daughters and other women, that when things happen to you, you have a choice. And when you have a choice, always choose good. Because if you choose good, it will reward you, even though you’re not seeking rewards.
And now you’re moving forward and you have a new role with the company. Talk to me a little bit about what it is that you’re doing now?
Well, I was invited to be a part of the creative team. I was absolutely thunderstruck and excited, and it’s an honor. I’ve been a writer since the time I was small. That was what I identified as. Since third grade, when I won my first award at a book fair. I’ve always called myself a writer, and then I put my own addition on the shelf when I got married to raise my children.
I still wrote children’s books. I still taught them both to read by the time that they were four. Because I think literacy is such an incredibly important civil right, quite frankly. And I love literature. I love words. And it was a complete surprise to be invited to take part.But now that I am, I champion women’s voices and authentic women’s voices. And that opportunity given to me by our chairman is just an example of how he champions women in this industry too.
And talk about evolution. We have really grown, and it was an honor to be able to break a glass ceiling.
I know that you’re probably feel like you’re still getting settled into that role. Have we seen any of your ideas, your writing on screen yet?
You have, but it’s also so collaborative that I would never point out and take credit for things that are collaborative teamwork… Which is the greatest part of writing in that setting. And when people identify that’s mine, no it’s not. It’s an idea, and it’s fluid, and everybody adds a little something to it. One person can have this idea and by the end of it, it’s something completely different, but better. And that is what our chairman really does.
He’s the figurehead of making better ideas, searching for great solutions, and enlisting people to help him get there.
Are you loving it?
I adore it. But there’s nothing in life that I don’t wake up … no matter what happens and whatever I’ve faced. And I faced some pretty rough things that I’ve never, I wouldn’t speak of publicly, because [with] every challenge… if you choose to go forward and do the very best you can and keep slugging and never lay down — never give up — in a way you prepare yourself for success. And that’s only outcome I’m willing to have.
Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.
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