Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden’s presidential bid

first_img Clinton, a onetime US secretary of state, former senator from New York and wife of past President Bill Clinton, lost the 2016 presidential race against Trump in an election that is still the source of anger and consternation among many liberals who expected to elect the first female president but also wrestled with whether they chose the right candidate.The endorsement came at a Biden campaign town hall focused on the impacts of the novel coronavirus on women, who are expected to play a critical role in the most competitive swing states in the election. Biden introduced Clinton as the woman who should be president now.Biden is already his party’s presumptive nominee after his rivals dropped out, including Senator Bernie Sanders, who bitterly clashed with Clinton when they contested their party’s 2016 primary.Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president, and Clinton his first secretary of state. Both simultaneously considered presidential runs, but Biden ultimately decided against mounting a campaign then as he grieved over the death of his son Beau. Obama endorsed Biden’s current campaign two weeks ago.Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement, “There is no greater concentration of Democrat establishment than Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton together. President Trump beat her once and now he’ll beat her chosen candidate.”  Topics : Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed fellow Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign for the office she once sought on Tuesday.”This is a moment that we need a leader, a president like Joe Biden,” she said during a joint event online with the former vice president.The endorsement, while no surprise, marks the latest in a series of high-profile Democrats lining up behind Biden ahead of what is expected to be a tight Nov. 3 election rematch between their party and Republican President Donald Trump.last_img read more

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First Degree Murder Suspect Wrongly Released in Broward Arrested in Georgia

first_imgFinally a 28-year-old murder suspect accidentally released from the Broward County jail has been arrested in Georgia.Eric Vail was released from the Broward County Jail May 30, where he was being held on a a second-degree murder charge. The jail was told Vail’s charges were dismissed and he was released but he had also been charged with first degree murder.Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT/Fugitive Unit, who are also part of the U.S. Marshals Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, have been investigating Vail’s whereabouts since then, according to the sheriff’s office. Their investigation led them to a mobile home in Jesup, Georgia.Vail initially resisted and barricaded himself inside the home, the sheriff’s office said. After about three hours, he was taken into custody.He is expected to be extradited to Broward County to face one count of first-degree murder.last_img read more

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Seven inducted to Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its newest seven members on Sept. 11.Among the group were former high-profile athletes Devin Harris (men’s basketball) and Jim Leonhard (football), as well as Lizzy Fitzgerald (volleyball), Brian Rafalski (men’s hockey), Mike Gentile (men’s soccer), Kerry Weiland (women’s hockey) and Paula Bonner (administration).Jim LeonhardA perennial fan favorite, Leonhard is the perfect example of never letting size matter. The 5-foot-8 Leonhard didn’t draw much recruiting attention in Troy, Wisconsin, a town of 105.He still earned a walk-on spot on Barry Alvarez’s 2001 team, and by the time he was a senior, he was an All-American. From there, he enjoyed a 10-year NFL career with the Ravens, Saints Jets, Broncos and Browns.Leonhard and his family have since returned to Madison, where he remains involved with the football program.Devin HarrisWhen people talk about the rise of the Wisconsin men’s basketball program, the conversation begins with Devin Harris. The introduction video that preceded his formal induction went so far to call Harris “the architect of the Badgers’ 21st century consistency.”The praise is well deserved. In his three seasons at UW, the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin native helped the Badgers to three Big Ten Championships (regular season titles in 2002 and 2003, tournament title in 2004).Harris earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors after that 2004 season, and declared a year early for the NBA Draft. He was selected fifth overall by the Dallas Mavericks.Harris has enjoyed a solid NBA career, and is back playing with the Mavericks after brief stints with the Nets, Jazz and Hawks.Brian RafalskiRafalski was the lone member of the 2015 class that couldn’t attend the ceremony in Madison, but he still managed to make his presence felt.In between the third and fourth quarters of the Wisconsin football team’s 58-0 win over Miami (Ohio), Rafalski got all of Camp Randall hyped by introducing “Jump Around.”Despite being undersized, Rafalski was a standout defenseman for the men’s hockey team from 1991-95. He then played professionally from 1995-2009, winning three Stanley Cup titles and two silver medals on the United States’ Olympic team in 2002 and 2010.Paula BonnerBonner is a staple at UW pep rallys. One of her many duties as  president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association is to pump up the crowd before a big event, and she takes that job seriously.Before becoming president of the WAA in 2000, Bonner served as an associate athletic director and oversaw the 11 women’s athletic programs. She was instrumental in enforcing Title IX policies and helping women’s athletics reach level playing fields with the men’s teams.Lizzy FitzgeraldBetween all of the ceremonies and functions this weekend, Fitzgerald had the busiest. She also had to coach her Georgia volleyball team in two matches at the Badger Classic. The Bulldogs may have struggled, losing both of their matches, but it didn’t spoil the weekend for Fitzgerald.“It’s been overwhelming, humbling,” Fitzgerald said. “An emotionally draining weekend, that’s for sure.”Fitzgerald, one of UW’s most successful setters, was a pivotal player in the Badgers’ run to the NCAA Championship game in 2000. She’s also married to former Wisconsin football punter Kevin Stemke, who she met during her time in Madison.Mike GentileWhen the phone rang and Gentile found out he had been selected to Wisconsin’s Hall of Fame, he thought it was a prank call.It wasn’t, though, and the captain of the 1995 Wisconsin men’s soccer team that won the program’s only national championship earned his call to the hall.Gentile, now bald, joked that he missed his hair that had been on display during his highlight video. He also credited his teammates for that magical run in the fall of 1995.“If it wasn’t for them,” Gentile said, “I wouldn’t be here today.”Genitle was selected ninth overall in the 1996 MLS Draft and played professionally until 2002.Kerry Weiland Weiland was a trailblazer in every aspect of her life. She played on all-boys teams growing up in Alaska, and was a member of the Wisconsin women’s hockey programs first recruiting class.She was also the first All-American in program history.Weiland recanted the program’s evolution, and compared the current, state-of-the-art facilities to what her teams had to deal with.The team would have to start getting dressed in the visiting locker room at Camp Randall Stadium, but then would have to haul all of their equipment all the way to the Shell, where the team played before the construction of LaBahn Arena.“All of those memories of trekking, [these teams] will never have to do it,” Weiland said. “But they also won’t have the same bonding experience.”Weiland was a member of the 2010 Olympic squad that won a silver medal at Vancouver.last_img read more

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Deni Simeunović will continue to play for FC ”Travnik”

first_imgOne of the best football players of FC ”Travnik”, Deni Simeunović, will continue to play for FC ”Travnik” despite the speculation of his transfer.Before leaving for a winter break, Simeunović signed a contract with FC ”Travnik” which says that if he does not find new club that he will continue to play on the Pirota stadium.Simeunović was born in Croatia in 1992, and he is a midfield player and he started playing for FC ”Travnik” in 2011.last_img

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Stokes optimistic about Mayhew’s chances

first_imgThe name Daniel Mayhew will forever be in the Jamaican history books after the Charlemont High school student became the first Jamaican to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics to be held February 12-21 in Lillehammer, Norway.Mayhew, who competed at tournaments in Switzerland, Austria and Norway and is currently ranked 22nd in the world, became one of 16 competitors to earn their right to face the starter in the Monobob event at the quadrennial showpiece.Jamaica Bobsleigh Association president, Chris Stokes, is quietly optimistic of the youngster’s chances at the games, and believes he has the right attitude and attributes to go on and do well at the senior level.”He will do well, although I don’t want to commit myself to a placing. But that is not what we are looking for. We want him to go out and show he is a competitor and look at his poise under the pressure of Olympic competition and see how he performs under those circumstances, but I am confident that he will compete hard and do well.”He represents the country well. He is very articulate and speaks clearly about what he wants to achieve. He is a real asset to Jamaica … ” he told The Gleaner.DID WELL IN TRAININGMayhew was selected on very high recommendation from a current senior team member, and after speaking to him and seeing his work ethic and how he carries himself the association was also convinced and so sent him off to training, where he did very well.However, the bobsleigh president said they never imagined that the 17-year-old would be this successful.”You never know (how things will turn out) but having chosen such a small group and having sent him alone has worked out well in this particular circumstance. If we can get more athletes into the Monobob at 15, 16 years old instead of 23, 24 then we will have more time to develop and look for the exceptional talent.”We have gotten positive feedback from the international coaches. Some have gone as far as saying he is the best young driver they have seen coming out of Jamaica for some time,” Stokes said, while noting that the Jamaica Olympic Association will pick up his training and competition expenses from here on.last_img read more

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Union leader pays a visit

first_imgLeffingwell Elementary program specialist/teacher Marcie Vinson said she was just happy to open up the school’s Infant and Family program to visitors. “Anything that gets people out here to see what we’re doing is great,” Vinson said. “We’re always happy to show off what we have.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST WHITTIER – When politicians criticize teachers and public education, California Teachers Association Vice President David A. Sanchez wishes they could see what he sees – and in particular, what he experienced Tuesday in a visit to the East Whittier City School District. He wishes they could hear Murphy Ranch Elementary School students animatedly singing songs to help them remember scientific concepts, or witness the dazzling yet simple solar-system decorations in a severely handicapped classroom at Leffingwell Elementary. “When I was teaching, I did the same thing – I had floor-to-ceiling bulletin boards,” said Sanchez, who will become the first elected Latino president of the powerful CTA in June, when current President Barbara Kerr steps down. “This teacher went all out to make his classroom a wonderful learning environment – and if Gov. Schwarzenegger were here today, he would see some good teaching and lots of learning going on,” Sanchez added. This is the second year in a row that the top brass at CTA, the behemoth union that represents most of the state’s teachers, have paid a visit to East Whittier schools. It offers a rare opportunity for teachers to speak directly to CTA leadership about their concerns, said Madeline Shapiro, president of the East Whittier Education Association, which represents the district’s teachers. That way, Shapiro said, Sanchez “doesn’t seem like this far-off person they can’t relate to, or that somehow the CTA is separate from what they are.” “That’s the main thing,” Shapiro added. “And as future president, Mr. Sanchez can become more familiar with my local community, school district and my own members.” Sanchez visited Murphy Ranch, Leffingwell and Hillview Middle schools Tuesday before sitting down to a luncheon with Superintendent Joe Gillentine, school board members and EWEA officials. last_img read more

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