Jay Street decision sets bad precedent

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re March 7 article, “Ex-inspector cleared of major counts”: [Kenneth] Tyree’s getting away with homicide in the Jay Street fire sets an interesting precedent.Defendants can plead ignorance, based on the fact that they weren’t properly instructed. I can just hear the defense counsel now: “Your Honor and members of the jury, no one taught my client how to properly use an AR-15, therefore, he’s not guilty of killing all those people.”The jury’s decision is pathetic.Arthur HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Lampard: We want to keep Willian, Pedro despite contract uncertainty

first_img Chelsea are currently locked in talks with the pair about temporary extensions to their contracts so they can finish the season in west London. However, Pedro has reached a pre-contract arrangement with Italian giants Roma, which is leaving doubts about his availability for the upcoming matches. Willian hasn’t agreed on a move away from Chelsea but he has yet to agree on an extension until the end of the season after his request for a new three-year contract was rejected. Having seen Ryan Fraser look to leave Bournemouth before the end of the season, Lampard is hoping that his two forwards don’t opt to do the same. Instead, he hopes that they stay on and help his side qualify for \d Champions League football next season. “We want them to extend their stay and make sure they can see out the season,” Lampard told reporters via a Zoom conference call. “I see both sides. I see the individual player because I was one, and I respect that they have both been great servants to the club. “I’ve had nothing but open conversations with them. We’re just trying to make that extension happen. The players have to be happy. We have to be happy. Hopefully, we can get there before the 23rd of June, next week, because that’s the day we have to get it done by. “Anyone around us knows that. So we will keep talking and hopefully they stay on.” There are concerns that players negotiating free transfers away from their clubs will be cautious about lining up due to the risk of getting injured in the final weeks of the season ahead of a lucrative move. Lampard has refuted suggestions that Pedro has told him that he is unwilling to play and he knows he can rely on his two elder statesmen. “Pedro is certainly available,” he continued. “He actually had a bit of a bang on his ankle last week but he’s fit and wanting to train. He’s going to get some painkillers. It’s one of those impact kind of injuries that hang around a bit but he’s training well. “So is Willian. I have got absolutely no worries about motivation. They are both top class professionals and have been great servants to the club. They’ve trained really well in this last three-and-a-half week period, which has been a tough physical period for them. “I’ve got no issues at all with their motivation. Every time they put on a Chelsea shirt, as they have done for years, they will give everything.” Indeed, their absences could have left Lampard with problems as Callum Hudson-Odoi missed both their pre-restart friendlies due to a minor ankle knock. It came after the 19-year-old broke the United Kingdom lockdown to meet a woman who accused him of rape, which is a charge that has since been dropped by the Metropolitan Police. After keeping in contact with Hudson-Odoi throughout the ordeal, Lampard wants his academy graduate to put it behind him and deliver on the pitch. “I’m very happy that in the eyes of the law it’s been sorted out,” he concluded. “That was my main concern at first. So that’s positive for us. I’m very sympathetic to the idea that we’re not angels or saints and we make mistakes, particularly at a young age. “I will never be one to come down too harshly, albeit we have had conversations, myself and Callum. The big conversations with Callum now is to make sure he learns his lesson from what happened. He broke lockdown and that wasn’t good enough. read also:Abraham will need to improve with Werner’s arrival–Lampard “He has admitted that and we move on. The next thing is to train consistently at a really high level to work hard in training every day. He came back from lockdown and got injured early in this period so now he has to work hard to get fit again. “As much as the pitfalls off the pitch I want to see how he can work on the training pitch and get into this team, and perform to levels we all believe he can. It doesn’t come easy. That’s the big thing I say to Callum a lot and something he really has to take on board now.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Frank Lampard has no qualms about picking Willian or Pedro this weekend despite their contracts expiring just nine days after the away trip to Aston Villa.center_img Loading…last_img read more

LeBron James details Getty Fire evacuation, commends first responders

first_imgRondo had an MRI over the weekend that the medical staff used to diagnose a strained right calf. The veteran point guard is considered day-to-day, but he hasn’t played in any contests since the team returned from China.Kuzma is still “ramping up” his workload from an August foot injury, but Vogel sounded optimistic Tuesday morning that the Lakers haven’t ruled out the possibility of the third-year forward returning to the lineup during the team’s upcoming three-game trip through Dallas, San Antonio and Chicago. Kuzma and Rondo are expected to travel with the team.“We don’t have a game in mind,” Vogel said of Kuzma. “As soon as possible is my take on it. He did a little bit of shootaround stuff today. He’s gonna continue to ramp up his activity tomorrow, even though we’ll have an off day, and we’ll see where he’s at at that point.”Staff writers Ryan Carter and Olga Grigoryants contributed to this story. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMany Angelenos are sleeping in unfamiliar beds as fire crews fight the blaze that has already consumed more than 600 acres and at least eight homes. James, his wife and three children are among them – he told reporters that Monday morning, he left his home with his family, his credit card and passport. Driving around the city, he walked into four hotels as his family waited in the car before finally finding temporary lodgings at around 4 a.m.James is a creature of routine, fastidious about his diet, training and perhaps most of all his sleep. He admitted the evacuation under the cover of darkness had been disruptive to all of those cycles that anchor his life – his children didn’t go to school Monday after not going to sleep until 6:30 a.m. – but now that his family is safely harbored, basketball has given him some refuge as well.James showed up Monday morning to the practice facility for his morning workout and the team’s Genius Talk, despite just about two hours of sleep himself.“It’s not hard once I know my family is safe,” he said. “My family is safe and a little discombobulated obviously because of the situation, but they’re safe and once they were safe, to be able to come back here is greatly appreciated.” Coach Frank Vogel canceled practice Monday, but said the decision was not directly related to the evacuation of James, one of the team’s biggest stars. Vogel said he did offer James the chance to take the day off, but he declined.Against Memphis on Tuesday night, James was expected to play, but Vogel acknowledged the team will likely use extra awareness and caution for his minutes.“We’ll always be attentive when there’s an adverse circumstance like this,” Vogel said, “just to keep an eye on it, and probably overcommunicate with him on how he’s feeling.”While his home is still standing, James said, it’s not yet in the clear, making it one of the estimated 7,100 homes still under threat of damage by the wildfire, which started early Monday morning.James said the experience had given him a special appreciation for the first responders fighting the Getty fire.“Those guys – men and women – are unbelievable, what they’re doing and their bravery throughout this time,” he said. “And anytime you’re dealing with such a situation like that, they’re the reason why things can be a lot less worse than they possibly could be. So, it’s an amazing job what they do and their commitment with what’s going on right now.”James’ appreciation was not limited to words: The Lakers forward – famous for his love of “Taco Tuesday” – paid for the Mariscos Jalisco taco truck to stop by the emergency responders’ base camp where they were treated to free lunch on Tuesday. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers EL SEGUNDO — The first alert on his phone came around 1:30 a.m., just a few hours after LeBron James and the Lakers had finished wrapping up a 120-101 win over Charlotte.The second came about 15 minutes later, and 15 minutes after that, the James family had shaken off their sleep enough to pack up and take flight from their Brentwood home, joining an estimated 20,000 Los Angeles residents who had to evacuate the potential path of the destructive Getty wildfire.Because it doesn’t matter if you’re a prince, a pauper or a four-time NBA MVP – when a fire threatens, you have to run.“I was talking to my wife about it a little bit and I said I hadn’t been in a fire drill since like the seventh grade,” James said Tuesday, a day-and-a-half after being evacuated from his neighborhood. “It’s just challenging at that hour, getting my family, getting my kids, getting everybody and having to evacuate at such a rapid rate. You don’t really have much time to think about what you can get or what you can do.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Raul Ortega, the 56-year-old owner of Mariscos Jalisco taco truck, was happy to help.“It’s a big compliment, and it will help our business,” Ortega said in a phone interview. “But I’d be glad to help even if I was not compensated. It’s a good cause to help people who are risking their lives to help others.”He added that “LeBron is a good guy. He evacuated his house and he looked for ways to pay back.”Ortega said he spent two hours on the UCLA campus on Tuesday afternoon, making hard-shell tacos and feeding about 200 firefighters.INJURY UPDATES ON RONDO, KUZMAAfter Tuesday’s shootaround, Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo challenged assistant coaches Miles Simon and Mike Penberthy in a 3-point shooting contest that is a typical part of the fabric of Lakers practices. But while the duo seemed to be having a good time on the court after the morning workout, neither was scheduled to see the court Tuesday night against the Grizzlies.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more