Holt High School’s Jalen Merriweather led his team to an area basketball championship less than 24 hours before he lost his life in a shooting last week.The 18-year-old died protecting his sister, and the Holt High School Ironman family is giving him the honor he deserves.Tonight, his coach and teammates are presenting Jalen’s family with his No. 4 jersey and retiring the number as a tribute to the teen taken away all too soon.Merriweather will be laid to rest Saturday.
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A man already facing charges of kidnapping after he posed as an Uber driver has been indicted on even more charges this week.Investigators with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit arrested 62-year-old Tommy Wayne Beard this morning on Grand Jury indictments for first- and second-degree kidnapping and impersonating a transportation network company driver.Those indictments came in the wake of evidence discovered during an investigation that began in March after Beard was found in a vehicle with an unconscious college student. Two more victims were identified after Beard’s arrest in that incident.Beard is being placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail today on a bond of $30,000. Authorities Searching for Potential Victims After Fake Uber Driver Found with Woman: March 4, 2019Fake Uber Driver Arrested on Kidnapping Charges: March 8, 2019
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation needs your help finding a woman last seen on Tuesday in Bibb County.Monica Mitchell, 52, was last seen Tuesday in the area of Oakmulgee National Forest, driving a gray four-door Volkswagen Jetta. On Wednesday, her vehicle was found in the forest.Mitchell is described as a white female who is 5 feet 3 inches tall, with blonde hair and blue eyes who weighs about 140 pounds.The State Bureau of Investigation is asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to please contact the State Bureau of Investigation at 334-428-8852 or 1-800-392-8011. Download the PDF file .
TweetPinShare0 Shares MELBOURNE, Australia — He upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, and followed up Jan. 25 by beating the guy who ousted Roger Federer at the Australian Open. Next up for Nick Kyrgios is a quarterfinal against Andy Murray at Melbourne Park.It’s about to get very noisy on Rod Laver Arena.The 19-year-old Kyrgios came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6, becoming the first Australian man to reach the last eight in the national championship since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, and the first male teenager since Federer in 2001 to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals.He was on a secondary court for his night match, and his first words to a crowd that had chanted and screamed like soccer fans: “Thanks mate. Feels so good.”Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, overcame racket-smashing Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 to secure a quarterfinals spot at his 16th consecutive major.In a 3 ½ hour-match filled with stunning shots from both players, and which finished after midnight, Murray rallied from 2-5 down in the fourth set to close out against the 23-year-old Bulgarian who has been dubbed “Baby Fed” by those who compare his style with Federer’s.“I did get quite lucky at the end. A few net cords went my way and that was the difference, really,” said Murray, who angrily screamed at himself after a double-fault when he was serving for the second set, and again after losing the tiebreaker. “The momentum was switching both ways all the time. Once I got momentum I just tried to keep it going.” Dimitrov, who beat Murray at Wimbledon en route to the semifinals last year, shattered his racket by spiking it on court as he dropped his last service game.Federer went out in the third round — the 17-time Grand Slam winner’s earliest exit at the Australian Open in 14 years — in an upset loss to Seppi, who appeared on course to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in 40 majors when he had match point in the fourth set against Kyrgios.That’s when Kyrgios said his own experience kicked in: he’d come back from 0-2 at Wimbledon — he saved nine match points in the second round against Richard Gasquet — where he also beat then-No. 1 Nadal en route to the quarterfinals.“It’s crazy,” he said. “When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible — it was the best feeling I ever had. It’s just massive confidence.”Nadal is growing in confidence in his comeback from a long-term injury layoff, with momentum in his 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over towering Kevin Anderson swinging on two games at the end of the first set.Nadal fended off five break points to hold, and then broke the 2.03-meter-tall (6-foot-8) South African’s serve to trigger his winning roll. He will next face No. 7 Tomas Berdych, who had a 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over Bernard Tomic.“The chance to be in the quarterfinals after a tough period of time for me is a fantastic result,” Nadal said. “I was playing better than the days before. The way that I improved my level is not the most important thing; obviously the victory is.”No.2-ranked Maria Sharapova won the last eight games of her 6-3, 6-0 victory over No. 21-seeded Peng Shuai to advance to a showdown with Eugenie Bouchard.Seventh-seeded Bouchard won nine of the first 10 games against Irina-Camelia Begu, but lost seven of the next nine. After serving a double-fault on set point to end the second, Bouchard took a short break before returning to complete a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win.“I gave myself a good, long hard look in the mirror,” Bouchard said. “I said, ‘Genie, this is unacceptable.’ I really kind of kicked myself in the butt a little bit.”Bouchard made the semis or better at the first three Grand Slam tournaments last year, losing to eventual champion Sharapova in the French Open semifinals.Sharapova noted that Bouchard was the most consistent player at recent Grand Slams.“She’s playing really well, confident tennis. So aggressive,” the five-time major winner said. “I have a tough match ahead of me, but I always look forward to that.”French Open finalist Simona Halep beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal against No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova, who had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Julia Goerges.(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer)
NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig’s American League record for RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.Michael Pineda (6-2) rebounded from consecutive losses and Brian McCann hit a solo shot for the Yankees, who outscored the AL champions 23-4 in their first home sweep of at least three games against Kansas City since August 2007.Coming into the series, New York had lost six in a row and 10 of 11.Chris Young (4-1) gave up both Yankees home runs, and the slumping Royals have dropped four straight for the first time since Aug. 28-31. They’ve managed only five runs during the slide.Dellin Betances allowed an unearned run in the eighth â he still has not yielded an earned run this year. Andrew Miller pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save in as many opportunities.Brett Gardner doubled to start the third, Chase Headley walked and Rodriguez pulled a line drive into the left-field corner that cleared the fence near the 318-foot sign.With his 665th home run, the three-time MVP increased his career total to 1,995 RBIs. The Yankees said that’s two more than Gehrig gets credit for from the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball’s official statistician.Records get tricky when it comes to runs batted in, partly because RBIs did not become an official stat until 1920. So while baseball-reference.com lists Gehrig with 1,995 RBIs and Babe Ruth with 2,214, Elias puts A-Rod ahead of both of them and behind only Barry Bonds (1,996) and Hank Aaron (2,297).Rodriguez’s 11th homer of the season plus a single in the seventh left him 19 hits shy of 3,000.Mike Moustakas, the second batter of the game, completed a cycle of sorts against Pineda with a long home run into the raised concrete bleachers in right. Back on May 15, Moustakas had a single, double and triple off Pineda as Young won 12-1 in Kansas City.Pineda struck out Moustakas in his next two at-bats, though â the second time with two runners in scoring position and one out. The right-hander then whiffed Lorenzo Cain with a nasty slider to end the threat.McCann homered into the second deck in right field leading off the second.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: OF Alex Rios (broken left hand) was scheduled to be the DH for nine innings Wednesday night in his third rehab game with Triple-A Omaha, manager Ned Yost said.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (wrist tendinitis and forearm strain) threw 62 pitches over three innings in his second rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He gave up three runs and four hits, including a homer, while striking out four and walking two.UP NEXTRoyals: After a day off Thursday, the Royals play three interleague games against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. RHP Edinson Volquez, who is 7-0 vs. the Cubs, starts the series opener Friday against RHP Jake Arrieta.Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (2-6, 5.47 ERA) starts Thursday night at Oakland in the opener of a seven-game West Coast trip. Coming off a dreadful outing vs. Texas, Sabathia is 8-10 with a 4.66 ERA against his hometown team.MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
On a 90-degree afternoon in July, under the shade of a tree in Philadelphia’s McPherson Square Park, I watched a couple sit down, prepare syringes and inject drugs. The man injected in his arm, the woman in her neck.I observed them from about a hundred feet away, where I was getting ready to film an interview with someone else. After they had finished, the woman rested against the man. She was splayed out on top of the man with her neck tilted back, her mouth open. The next time I glanced over, her skin looked pale. The man supported her head, rubbing her breastbone, and checked her pulse.The city has cleaned up the park — which used to be known as “Needle Park” — and ramped up the police presence there. There was even a group of kids playing on a nearby Slip ‘N Slide that day. But drug use remains commonplace in the park and in Kensington, the surrounding neighborhood.The woman I was there to interview, Jasmine Johnson, is in recovery now. But she was in active addiction on the streets of Kensington for six years. I looked to her face for cues, to see if my rising concern about the couple was warranted.I had done enough reporting on overdoses that I thought I would know how to respond when I saw one. Plus, the city’s health department makes it sound simple. In Pennsylvania, anyone can pick up naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) at a local pharmacy without a prescription. Billboards in subway stations and along the highway advertise naloxone, the overdose-reversal drug: “Saving a life can be this easy.” But in the face of a possible emergency, it seemed more complicated to me.Johnson, who carries naloxone in her purse, went over to check on the woman and offer her the antidote. The man angrily refused it. Johnson tapped the woman lightly on the cheek, to see if she would wake up. She didn’t. The man insisted again that she was fine. “She’s breathing!” he yelled. He told Johnson he didn’t need Narcan, and that he already had some. “Do not give her Narcan,” he mumbled. “She would be so mad.”To understand why someone who uses drugs might not want naloxone during a suspected overdose, it helps to understand how the medicine works. The antidote quickly blocks the effects of opioids — both the euphoria and dangerous side effects, such as slowed breathing that cuts off oxygen to the brain. In the process, it can send someone into instant withdrawal. Many people who use drugs say withdrawal is like having the worst flu of your life, complete with cold sweats, shakes and vomiting. The man likely didn’t want the woman to suffer Narcan-induced withdrawal and end up mad at him.While I knew all of this in theory, it hadn’t registered with me until that moment that someone would risk death to avoid withdrawal.As Johnson and I wrapped up our interview, the woman still looked pale and unconscious. I didn’t know what to do, and Johnson could tell.”That’s all you can do, is ask and keep moving,” she said with a shrug.But was that really all we could do? “It’s not easy,” said Allison Herens, the harm-reduction coordinator at Philadelphia’s Public Health Department. She conducts regular training sessions about naloxone and how to administer it. She started a recent session for about two dozen people at the South Philadelphia Library on Broad Street by describing naloxone as “as harmless as water.” But Herens said the overdose antidote can be a little tricky to use. “There are lots of different kinds of emergencies that happen on the street in any moment, and it can be hard to discern if it’s actually an emergency or not,” she told the group.It’s important to make sure someone is actually overdosing before giving naloxone, she said.A person might be nodding out, coming in and out of consciousness. “The big thing to keep in mind with that person is, are they breathing?” she said. “How does their color look? So they’ll start to get pale, gray – depending on the complexion, blue.”Now, with the increased presence of fentanyl in the drug supply, Herens said the signs of an overdose are even more varied. Fentanyl often causes muscle spasms, or locked jaws in addition to the traditional signs she described.She also confirmed that sending a drug user into withdrawal is a real concern. “If they wake up in full-blown withdrawal, they are not going to the hospital. They just are not,” Herens said. “They are going to go run as fast as they can to try to use again, and I know because I’ve seen it happen.”If you suspect someone is overdosing, call 911 right away, Herens said.Jeremiah Laster, a deputy chief at the Philadelphia Fire Department, agreed. “Sometimes you have people that when you administer Narcan to them, they become combative because they’re upset because you sort of blew their high,” he said. “You have to be prepared to protect yourself.”There are other reasons to call for help. Narcan, a nasal spray, starts to wear off after about 30 minutes, and nearly dissipates after 90, depending on a person’s metabolism and the strength of the drugs used.By then, most people will probably have metabolized enough of the opioids so that they are unlikely to stop breathing again. But fentanyl, which is particularly potent, makes that less of a guarantee. It can take multiple doses of Narcan to reverse a fentanyl overdose. And once you’ve given the nasal spray to someone who has stopped breathing, it helps if you perform rescue breathing to hasten the flow of oxygen to the brain. For these reasons, Herens said it’s important to know from the start that you have paramedics coming to help.Ultimately on that day in McPherson Square Park, I called 911.Once I did, another woman nearby told the woman who was passed out that the police were on their way with Narcan. Hearing this, the woman bolted straight upright and started to leave with the man. They got angry with the woman who told her the police were coming — there was some pushing and shoving — but soon all three were gone.Herens estimates she has given Narcan about seven or eight times — mostly during a recent spike in overdoses this summer, not long after the day I was in the park. She said she understands it can be hard to wrap your head around the fact that someone might get angry with you for trying to prevent them from dying of an overdose.”I always just try to remember that in this moment I am saving this person’s life,” she said. “They don’t have to like me.”Herens tries to keep it in perspective. Irritating people is a small price to pay if it means they survive, she said. Nina Feldman covers health for WHYY. She’s on Twitter: @ncannellf. Copyright 2018 WHYY. To see more, visit WHYY.
Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pmMillerCoors chief executive officer Gavin Hattersley said Tuesday the Bud Light commercial highlighting the use of corn syrup in brewing Miller Lite and Coors Light, which aired during the Super Bowl, has been extremely motivating for his company’s employees and distributors.The Miller Valley brewery.Credit: Jon Elliott of MKE Drones LLC“Anheuser-Busch could not have handed us a better gift if they tried harder,” Hattersley told analysts. “Our distributors are proud, they’re fiercely competitive and they like nothing more than a good fight … nothing we could have done could have fired them up so much. Our employees are just as fired up and the next few months are going to be interesting for sure.”The Bud Light ad that ran during the Super Bowl included a mistaken delivery of corn syrup to Bud Light. The brewers’ characters, including the Bud Light knight, then attempted to take the delivery first to a Miller Lite castle and then to a Coors Light castle. The spot drew criticism from corn growers and farmers. The National Corn Growers Association, which happens to be based in St. Louis, like Anheuser-Busch, tweeted that it was disappointed in the brewing giant. MillerCoors responded with an ad in the New York Times, calling it unfortunate that the ad stirred controversy.“It’s disappointing that ABI has chosen to single-handedly damage the overall health of the beer category health initiative by disparaging American farmers and natural ingredients that most brewers, including themselves I might add, use quite extensively,” Hattersley said during the Molson Coors earnings call. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe