Journalists booted from Marjorie Taylor Greene town hall

first_imgLocal NewsUS News Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Twitter ATLANTA (AP) — Two journalists were kicked out of a public town hall event and threatened with arrest for trying to ask a question of Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has come under heavy criticism for supporting social media posts that advocated violence against Democratic officials. The journalists from WRCB-TV were invited to attend the Wednesday event in Dalton, Georgia, and were given credentials for it, Callie Starnes, WRCB-TV’s news director, told The Associated Press. “Once we arrived we were told we were not allowed to speak to guests or the congresswoman,” the reporter, Meredith Aldis, said on the station’s broadcast Wednesday night. In a video posted online by the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based news station, the reporter can be heard starting to ask Greene a question when the congresswoman stops her and says, “I’m talking to my constituents.” A staffer from Greene’s office then approaches the reporter and tells her to leave, before he calls over a sheriff’s deputy. The deputy accuses the reporter of “criminally trespassing” and says: “If you don’t leave you’re going to go to jail.” Starnes said Aldis was asking Greene about her social media posts and calls for her to be expelled from Congress because of them. The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment and directed questions to Greene’s office. Nick Dyer, a spokesman for Greene, said in an email: “This was a town hall for constituents. Not a press conference. Every attendee (besides media) was allowed to ask a question and Congresswoman Greene answered every question.” Greene, who was sworn in to office earlier this month, represents northwest Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Throughout her campaign last year, she sought to tightly control news media coverage, often not allowing certain news organizations to attend events and giving interviews only sparingly. A die-hard supporter of former President Donald Trump, Greene has a long history of incendiary social media posts — including ones in which she expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories, which focus on the debunked belief that top Democrats are involved in child sex trafficking, Satan worship and cannibalism. Most of her pronouncements were reported publicly before she won her Republican primary in August and the general election in November. Greene has also spread false claims about the integrity of November’s presidential election — repeating Trump’s baseless allegations of fraud — and railed against public health requirements implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus. And in social media posts reported by Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, Greene pushed conspiracy theories or “liked” posts that challenged the veracity of mass shootings at schools in Newtown, Connecticut, and Parkland, Florida. A report from CNN published earlier this week surfaced social media activity where Greene showed support for Facebook posts that advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI, including posts that called for the death of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama. Greene tweeted a response, saying: “Many posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views.” That’s led to another round of strong condemnation from Democrats and even some fellow Republicans. Pelosi excoriated House Republican leaders Thursday for appointing Greene to the chamber’s education committee, saying that Greene had “mocked the killing of little children,” a reference to the shooting at a Newtown elementary school. A spokesman for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement to Axios that the posts were “deeply disturbing” and said McCarthy would “have a conversation” with Greene about them. TAGS  Journalists booted from Marjorie Taylor Greene town hall Previous articleVirus variant from South Africa detected in US for 1st timeNext articleMichigan debates lifting ban on high school contact sports Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

JERSEY CITY BRIEFS

first_imgAt approximately 12:50 p.m., a banner reading “Refugees Welcome” was unfurled atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. The banner, approximately 3 feet by 20 feet, was affixed by nylon rope to the wall of the public observation deck at the base of the statue.Park rangers, alerted to the presence of the banner, immediately made their way to the location and conducted an assessment of the banner and how it was attached to the monument, Statue officials said.“It was determined that the banner could be removed without damaging the pedestal and Rangers began the process of removing it,” they said. “Affixing a banner to the national monument is strictly prohibited, and an investigation is underway by the United States Park Police to identify suspects.”JC Fridays hosts citywide events on March 3Art House Productions presents the JC Fridays spring event, featuring a full day of free arts events throughout Jersey City on March 3.Sponsored by (among others) The Jersey City Reporter and Jersey City Magazine, as well as the City of Jersey City, the day will feature arts events in every part of Jersey City.For more information go to www.jcfridays.com or www.arthouseproductions.org.Freespace Dance Company bridges generation gap in Jersey CityBorderless – the thematic series by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) – continues with an innovative performance that breaks down boundaries separating generations through dance and movement.The event will be held on Saturday March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302.I know You by Freespace Dance, a Montclair-based contemporary dance company, explores how shared experiences, thoughts and emotions enable individuals of all ages to form connections. The piece is performed by a multigenerational cast of 16 dancers – ranging in ages from 15 to 65 – and portrays through movement, the many ways different generations interact and create together.Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 ($15 for students & senior citizens/photo ID required at door). To purchase tickets, visit: jctcenter.orgLeFrak launches teaser website for 41-story building in NewportEllipse, LeFrak’s new luxury rental building in Newport on Jersey City’s waterfront, has launched their teaser website. LeFrak created the Newport community, and Ellipse is one of their more ambitious projects. The building was designed by Arquitectonica – that company’s first project in Jersey City — and sits directly on the waterfront with wide water and city views.The Ellipse is a 41-story luxury rental building located in the Newport community on Jersey City’s waterfront. Leasing begins April 2017, with occupancy this summer.  The teaser website is www.ellipseapts.com.March of Crows interactive art show at Grace Van Vorst ChurchGrace Van Vorst Church will host March of Crows, an interactive art show featuring Shayfer James’ new music inspired by murals of Jersey City on March 10. The event is free and starts at 8 p.m. Grace Van Vorst Church is located at 268 Second Street in Jersey City. 1 / 2  A REAL HONOR – The Jersey City Council joined members of the Jersey City Police Department and members of the family to pay tribute to William Graw, a 28-year veteran of the police department who passed away last October. He was known for opening his home and heart to many, for his generosity and kindness are legendary, and for having a particular soft spot for the elderly.  2 / 2  JERSEY CITY SCHOOLS SHOW OFF THEIR ORATORY SKILLS — In a dramatic presentation held in the council chambers of Jersey City Hall on Feb. 21, students from public, private and Catholic Schools showed their oratory skills in the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest. Nayasha Knigge of Primary Preparatory won first place in the Grades 3 to 5 category, followed by Mecca Coley of Sacred Heart, who came in second, and Genesis Pierre-Louis from PS 37 who came in third. Honorable mentions included Bhavyata Tahna of PS 16, Gabriel Marandino of PS 37, and Yaritaza Huessa of PS 28. Displaying a phenomenal speaking ability, Nathanael Ramdyal of PS 40, wowed the judges and drew a standing ovation from the audience in winning first place in the grades 6 to 8 category. Marliza Mabutas of PS 24 won second place, Fitzroy Legister of St. Joseph won third. Berodelie Saint Jules of PS 24 received honorable mention along with Chibuikem Onyemaechi of PS 27 and Mark Rajah of St. Joseph. ❮ ❯ Banner hoisted on Madam LibertyUnknown protestors in support of immigrant’s rights hoisted a banner on the Statute of Liberty on Feb. 21.center_img ×  1 / 2  A REAL HONOR – The Jersey City Council joined members of the Jersey City Police Department and members of the family to pay tribute to William Graw, a 28-year veteran of the police department who passed away last October. He was known for opening his home and heart to many, for his generosity and kindness are legendary, and for having a particular soft spot for the elderly.  2 / 2  JERSEY CITY SCHOOLS SHOW OFF THEIR ORATORY SKILLS — In a dramatic presentation held in the council chambers of Jersey City Hall on Feb. 21, students from public, private and Catholic Schools showed their oratory skills in the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest. Nayasha Knigge of Primary Preparatory won first place in the Grades 3 to 5 category, followed by Mecca Coley of Sacred Heart, who came in second, and Genesis Pierre-Louis from PS 37 who came in third. Honorable mentions included Bhavyata Tahna of PS 16, Gabriel Marandino of PS 37, and Yaritaza Huessa of PS 28. Displaying a phenomenal speaking ability, Nathanael Ramdyal of PS 40, wowed the judges and drew a standing ovation from the audience in winning first place in the grades 6 to 8 category. Marliza Mabutas of PS 24 won second place, Fitzroy Legister of St. Joseph won third. Berodelie Saint Jules of PS 24 received honorable mention along with Chibuikem Onyemaechi of PS 27 and Mark Rajah of St. Joseph. ❮ ❯last_img read more

Twisters Post Victory Against Lions

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters won a close 4-3 battle over The Rushville Lions on Varsity Baseball action to improve to 5-10 on the season.OA Batting.  Nick Bischoff 0-1, 2 runs, hbp, bb, sac bunt; Chase Hogg 2-3, run, rbi, bb; Tanner Alley 2-4, rbi, double; Aaron Huber 0-3, bb; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3, double, 2 rbi; Ian Dickey 0-3, run; and Bryce Ahaus 0-2, bb.OA Pitching.  Tyler Hesselbrock   7 IP, 3 earned runs, 6 hits, 2 k, 6 bb, hbp.    Win.Twisters next game: vs. Seton Catholic on May 11th.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

Three takeaways from Chiefs vs. Patriots: Red-hot Kansas City makes Tom Brady, New England go cold in playoff picture

first_imgThe Chiefs’ defense turned in the performance it needed to take the Patriots further down in the AFC playoff picture. Kansas City (9-4), as a field-goal underdog, held on to beat New England (10-3) in Gillette Stadium, 23-16.While the Chiefs won their third consecutive game to move within a game of the Patriots for the No. 2 seed and maintained the No. 3 seed over the Texans (8-5), the Ravens (11-2) now have a full-game lead, plus the head-to-head tiebreaker, on the Patriots for the top seed and home-field advantage in the AFC. The good news is the Patriots’ final three games are at home against the Bengals, at home against the Bills and on the road against the Dolphins. The Buffalo game will be tough as New England tries to stay ahead of the Bills in the AFC East with their lead cut down to one game. But the bottom line is, the Patriots won’t need to be all that explosive to win those games.In the bigger picture, however, with their 21-game home winning streak having ended, the Pats are not playing like the same, daunting team that should be the AFC’s No. 2 seed. Their best win came all the way back in Week 1 against a Steelers team that’s very different than the 8-5 version it is now.It’s premature as usual to write off the Patriots because of their ability to adjust and evolve when the stakes are raised, and they will learn from their mistake-filled games. But the evidence we’ve been given in November and December tells us it’s easier to trust the field over New England. Here are the most important takeaways from the Chiefs’ Week 14 win over the Patriots.MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureThe Chiefs can win with big-time defense, too.The Patriots needed to rush effectively against the Chiefs to win, but they were able to muster only 94 yards on 22 carries after falling behind. Kansas City’s strength has been its pass rush and secondary coverage all season, and those units came through with three sacks and an interception of Brady, giving up only 4.3 yards per pass attempt against a limited wide receiver corps beyond Julian Edelman.The Chiefs blitzed at the right times and did a great job containing Edelman, down to the final incomplete pass in the end zone with Bashaud Breeland doing the honors. They clearly frustrated Brady by getting in his face (literally) up front and not worrying about big plays downfield, and they compressed the field and closed on his receivers. The Patriots were only 2-for-12 on third downs and 1-for-3 on fourth downs.BREEZY CALLED GAME ✊@Bree2Land6 | #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/tF9BcaWWtF— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 9, 2019Defense was the Chiefs’ biggest question mark going into the season under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. They’ve been bad against the run and have had trouble with running backs in the passing game because of their linebacker issues, but their change to a 4-3 scheme has worked. They now are able to win when their offense gets into a bit of a grinding game, which was the case for Patrick Mahomes and Co. on Sunday.The Chiefs carried momentum from their dominance of the Raiders last week, as their defense continues to improve in different areas at the most important time of the season. The repeat AFC West champions can finish strong against the Broncos, Bears and Chargers for the ideal playoff tune-up through the rest of the regular season.The Patriots’ offensive woes are still (mostly) not about Tom Brady.Brady needs considerable help now as a more dependent quarterback at age 42. But his pass protection is poor, and the running game can be non-existent, especially when the Patriots get behind on the scoreboard and the receivers (away from Edelman and running back James White) don’t deliver.Brady (19-of-36 passing, 169 yards, TD, INT, 4.3 yards per attempt, 74.9 passer rating) is trying to force the issue with his arm, and it’s not working against teams that can mix up looks as well as the Chiefs can. His biggest play in the game, one that gave the Patriots a last-gasp chance, was a 17-yard scramble for a first down.And now @TomBrady RUNS it 17 yards for the first down.ON FOURTH DOWN. pic.twitter.com/gfBkYzHl0H— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 9, 2019Early in the season, the Patriots won games with big plays from their defense and special teams — which they are still getting. The only difference: The degree of difficulty of the opponents has been significantly raised.The Chiefs didn’t too much offensively, but they clearly had more speed and reliable playmakers around Mahomes, led by Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, and a solid offensive line that’s now fully healthy.Brady is on an island, and he’s being marooned more times than not.MORE: Full Week 14 NFL scoreboardThe Patriots are not close to AFC favorites.The evidence is there. The Patriots have lost to the Ravens, Texans and now Chiefs in their toughest five-game stretch of the season, with their only wins coming against the Cowboys and Eagles. (Which, in retrospect, aren’t big accomplishments.)last_img read more

England quartet chase South American hat-trick

first_img5 Jan 2015 England quartet chase South American hat-trick Double European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) and three more internationals will aim to complete an England hat-trick of victories when they compete in the South American Amateur Championship in Lima, Peru on 22nd – 25th January. Callum Shinkwin from Hertfordshire won the title in Colombia in 2013 while Lancashire’s Paul Howard triumphed, again in Colombia, a year ago. Now Chesters, Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire), Luke Johnson (King’s Lynn, Norfolk) and Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent) have the chance of making it three-in-a-row by lifting the Arturo Calle Cup. Chesters, 25, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won his first European Amateur title at El Prat in Spain in 2013 and successfully defended it at St Andrews last year, becoming the first player to win in successive years. It enabled him to top the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s 2014 Order of Merit having also finished runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy. Dean, 20, an England boy cap, has won the Lee Westwood Trophy for the past two years and also reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship last summer. Johnson, 22, won the Berkhamsted Trophy and the West of England Stroke Play Championship last year and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur before making his full England debut in last September’s Home Internationals in Wales. Saunders, 24, made his full England debut in the 2013 Home Internationals at Ganton. A former winner of the Lagonda Trophy, last year he tied second in the same event while also finishing joint third in the Welsh Open Stroke Play. The South American Amateur Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event.last_img read more

Jake doubles up with Scrutton Jug win

first_img26 Jun 2017 Jake doubles up with Scrutton Jug win England’s Jake Burnage has just doubled up with his second win in the Scrutton Jug, which is awarded for the best combined total in the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies. Burnage, from Saunton in Devon, was joint runner-up in the Brabazon, where he was nine-under for 72 holes on the Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa. He followed up with a share of sixth pace in the Berkshire Trophy when he was eight under. The 22-year-old previously won the Scrutton Jug in 2015. His latest win underlines a successful season which has also included third place in the Lytham Trophy and a win in the Hampshire Hog on his way to second place in the Hampshire Salver. He is a member of the England men’s A squad. The Brabazon Trophy was won by South Africa’s Kyle McClatchie on ten-under. Adam Lumley (Coventry) was the runaway winner of the Berkshire Trophy, finishing on 18-under for 72 holes and seven shots clear of the field.last_img read more