Gov. Wolf: Wearing Masks Gives Us More Freedom Press Release, Public Health On this Fourth of July, Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that masks – required when leaving home – provide more freedom to do the things we love without an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.“This Independence Day I ask all Pennsylvanians and all those visiting our state to mask up to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and allow everyone to continue to enjoy the freedom we associate with our country and our commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have made great strides with our mitigation efforts but now is not the time to stop. The virus is still very much with us and we need to stay the course and continue to wear masks, social distance, and wash hands frequently.”Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order mandating mask-wearing on Wednesday. It remains in effect. Frequently Asked Questions about the mask-wearing order can be found here.Ver esta página en español. July 04, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Greensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff’s Department sergeant David Durant has entered the race for the top job on the Democratic ticket.Durant graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1980, then Vincennes University before taking a job with the Cumberland Police Department. In 1988 he began a 27-year career with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department that included serving as a SWAT & K-9 commander, participated in special investigations and held top-secret security clearance through the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets program. He became the Decatur County Community Schools resource officer in 2015, joined the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department in 2016, earned Officer of the Year in 2017 and was also promoted to the rank of sergeant.Durant says he wants to create an unfavorable environment for criminals and make Decatur County a safer place. He believes drugs are no longer a “big city” problem and all approaches must be embraced to tackle the current epidemic. He also advocates the use of faith-based initiatives in the jail to support recovery efforts.Durant is the only Democrat in the field and will face one of five Republicans in the November 2018 general election.The Republican candidates are Indiana State Police master trooper Jim Ponsler, Decatur County Sheriff’s special deputies H. Wayne Shake and Rick Underhill, former Decatur County Sheriff’s Department deputy Steve Snyder and former Greensburg police chief of police and Decatur County prosecutor’s special investigator Bill Meyerrose.
The USC women’s sand volleyball team was voted the No. 2 team in the nation in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason poll, which was released on Feb. 16. The only team to receive more votes than USC was Pepperdine, the defending national champion.The Women of Troy had the No. 1 ranking last season on their way to a third-place finish in the AVCA national championship semifinals. USC reached the national semifinals each of the past two seasons, and members of the team have also won the pairs’ championship. Kirby Burnham and Stevi Robinson, who have graduated, won the pairs’ title in 2013, followed by Burnham and current sophomore Sara Hughes in 2014.To complement their pairs championship, Burnham and Hughes also represented the Women of Troy as AVCA All-Americans.USC garnered another accolade as well last season. Head coach Anna Collier, a USC athletic legend and graduate, earned AVCA Sand Volleyball Coach of the Year honors.In addition to Pepperdine and USC, the preseason poll ranked Florida State No. 3 and Hawaii No. 4. Both teams were participants in last year’s national championship. Long Beach State rounded out the top five. Crosstown rival UCLA is ranked No. 7.The Women of Troy have a strong home schedule this season that consists of 10 matches, with seven of them being broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks. High-profile home matches include USC hosting No. 1 Pepperdine and No. 8 St. Mary’s. USC will also host the Pac-12 Invitational, which includes Arizona, Arizona State, California and UCLA. The team looks to qualify for the fourth annual AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships, which will be held during the first three days of May in Alabama.The transition for sand volleyball from an emerging sport for women to an NCAA championship sport took a huge leap forward this offseason, as NCAA Division II and Division III membership approved the sport’s addition. A selection and bracketing committee will soon be established. In 2016, USC will be competing for an NCAA national sand volleyball championship. First, however, the Women of Troy seek their first AVCA national championship.The Women of Troy will play in the Cardinal and Gold Alumni Match on March 5 at Merle Norman Stadium, followed by a scrimmage with the USA Beach National Team on the March 7. USC opens the season with a home match against TCU on March 12.
Regardless, this all coincides with the NBA naming Clarkson the Western Conference player of the month, an honor that makes him the first Lakers player to be honored with the award since it was first presented in 1981-82. Not even Magic Johnson or James Worthy collected that award, though their NBA championships and Hall of Fame inductions made up for that.“It’s great,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “It shows the progress he has made and what hard work he’s put into it.”Granted, not everything was easy for Clarkson. He still had the unenviable task of defending Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who posted 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. But Scott noted that Clarkson “looks forward to the challenge.”Clarkson’s play could not camouflage the Lakers’ other struggles.They went 31 of 82 from the field, including poor nights from Carlos Boozer (0-for-4 shooting) and Jeremey Lin (four points on a 1-of-9 clip). Portland also featured four other players in double figures, including CJ McCollum (27 points), Arron Afflalo (17 points), LaMarcus Aldridge (14 points) and Robin Lopez (10 points). A turning point in the Lakers’ history usually coincides with popped champagne bottles.The Lakers remain far away from that happening. But two distinctive and dueling narratives took place in the Lakers’ 107-77 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at Staples Center that symbolizes their ugly present and a possibly hopeful future.The end result ensured the Lakers (20-55) tying last year’s loss total that marked the team’s worst record in L.A. franchise history. Assuming the Lakers do not go undefeated for their seven remaining games, they could also finish with a worse winning percentage than Minneapolis Lakers in 1957-58 (19-53) and 1959-60.Yet, the game also represented yet another moment of growth for Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson, who had a team-leading 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. All of which represented how Scott’s quest to revamp the Lakers’ defense still remains a work in progress.“Defense is always a mind-set,” Scott said, “It helps if you have some physical talent and you’re athletic, quick and fast. But it’s still a mind-set.”As for Clarkson’s mind-set, Scott has liked several qualities. He raved about the 22-year-old’s confidence, including hitting a pull-up jumper just before the third quarter ended. Scott praised Clarkson for tempering his speed. Scott also complimented Clarkson’s work ethic, the 46th pick in last year’s draft still showing interest in developing his game despite a minimal role until Kobe Bryant’s season-ending right shoulder injury in late January.Through 15 games in March, Clarkson averaged a team-leading 15.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He secured wins last week in Minnesota (free throws) and Philadelphia (layup). Clarkson also notched a career-high 30 points last week against Oklahoma City.“If everybody is healthy, he probably doesn’t play as much,” Scott said of Clarkson. “But it’s a good thing for him he was prepared and ready. He showed he deserves to play, and has played extremely well.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Kaepernick later filed a collusion case against the NFL, alleging that the NFL and teams have made a coordinated effort to keep him out of the league because he initiated protests of social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. Related News LeBron James has been an outspoken supporter of Colin Kaepernick in the past, and he reminded everyone of that Friday with a fashion statement.James sported a black jersey with Kaepernick’s No. 7 as he got off the team plane ahead of the Lakers’ game against Golden State. #LakeShow touching down. 🛬 pic.twitter.com/BdU6bJvb8P— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 2, 2019Kaepernick has been one of the storylines heading into Super Bowl 53. Several high-profile entertainers, including Rihanna and Cardi B, turned down opportunities to perform during halftime as a show of support for the former 49ers quarterback. Kaepernick, of course, has been unable to find a job since opting out of his contract in March 2017. View this post on Instagram Jay Gruden says Redskins aren’t signing Colin Kaepernick: I think we’ll go in a different direction The quarterback has become a civil rights icon for some since he began his protests. Warriors star Kevin Durant is among those donning a black “#ImWithKap” jersey this week as a show of support. Kaepernick thanked Durant on Instagram, saying, “Thank you to my Brother @easymoneysniper for rockin with me, especially this week!” Shunned Colin Kaepernick still working out, wants to play, report says Thank you to my Brother @easymoneysniper for rockin with me, especially this week! 📸: @1johnpapiA post shared by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on Feb 1, 2019 at 9:43am PSTKaepernick is expected to have a hearing in his collusion case early this year in Philadelphia.