Missouri kidnapper gets life sentence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMichael Devlin, 41, pleaded guilty to one charge of child kidnapping and one charge of armed-criminal action in the January abduction of 13-year- old William “Ben” Ownby as the boy walked home alone from his school bus stop. “We’ve been waiting for this moment,” Ben’s mother, Doris Ownby, told reporters after the sentencing hearing. It was the first in a series of hearings this week in four jurisdictions where Devlin faces more than 80 counts in the abductions of Ben and Shawn Hornbeck, a 16-year-old who was snatched in 2002 while riding his bike and held for more than four years. Devlin plans to plead guilty to all charges to spare the toll of trials on the boys’ families and his relatives, attorneys said. PLEA: Man tracked boy and held him along with a teen who disappeared in 2002. By Christopher Leonard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS UNION, Mo. – A former pizza parlor manager was sentenced to life in prison Monday for kidnapping one of two boys authorities said he held captive and sexually abused in his apartment. “He just does not want to see anyone suffer any more than they have in this whole ordeal,” said Devlin’s attorney, Michael Kielty. Devlin answered questions from Circuit Court Judge Stanley Williams but declined to explain the plea when the judge asked if he wanted to comment. Prosecutor Bob Parks painted a chilling picture of a predator who spent months seeking out a victim. In the three months before Ben’s abduction, Devlin visited rural areas, driving near schools and following school bus routes, Parks said. In his pickup truck, Devlin had duct tape, a hooded sweat shirt and a 9 mm gun, Parks said. He drove up to Ben and asked him if he knew where some people lived, Parks said. When Ben appeared nervous, Parks said, Devlin grabbed him and shoved him into the truck. Ben asked Devlin why he was taking him, Parks said. “The defendant said, `Just because,”‘ Parks said. Devlin then drove Ben to his apartment in Kirkwood, Mo. Ben was 13 when he disappeared minutes after stepping off his school bus in rural Franklin County. Four days later – on Jan. 12 – a tip led to Devlin’s cramped apartment, where both boys were found. While it is The Associated Press’ policy not to identify suspected victims of sexual abuse in most cases, the story of Shawn and Ben has been widely publicized and their names are well-known.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Photo library: Business and industry 11

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Beaufort West, Western Cape province: Prospecting operations, looking for uranium reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Beaufort West, Western Cape province: Prospecting operations, looking for uranium reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Beaufort West, Western Cape province: Prospecting operations, looking for uranium reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Beaufort West, Western Cape province: Prospecting operations, looking for uranium reserves. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Beaufort West, Western Cape province: Diamond core drilling at Katdoornkuil.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Beaufort West, Western Cape province: Diamond core drilling at Katdoornkuil.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Cargo Hold Restaurant at the uShaka Marine World theme park is set in a real ship. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal province: The Gateway Mall is the largest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape province. New cars parked at the harbour. Some of these cars were manufactured at factories in the region, while others have been imported for the local market.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 11: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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Upcoming Caregiver Webinar: Building Trust & Credibility with Clients

first_imgRemember to join the MFLN Military Caregiving team for our upcoming, monthly professional development webinar on, ‘Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility.’ Event details are below.Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternDate: Wednesday, August 19, 2015Event Location: Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility(*Right-click on the webinar flyer below to download and share with your networks.)The goal of the 60-minute professional development course is to provide an overview of strategies for you, the military helping professional, in serving as effective resources for families. During the training you will be able to increase your knowledge of key characteristics of professional development and factors associated with establishing credibility and trust with your military families. Focus will be given on how you can facilitate and implement effective problem-solving and other activities with families through a collaborative approach.CEU Credit Available!The Military Families Learning Network has applied for 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions. Interested in Joining the Webinar?Go to Empowering Those We Help: Building Trust and Credibility the day of the event to join. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense Connect System (DCS), but is open to the public. It is strongly suggested that when using the DCS system to open the webinar on Google Chrome for both PC and MAC connections. If this is not an option, Internet Explorer may be used if connecting via PC. Safari and Firefox are not compatible with this DCS platform.For those who cannot connect to the DCS site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.Webinar FlyerThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on July 10, 2015.last_img read more

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Director Nora Mandray on Using History to Understand the Present

first_imgWe spoke with director Nora Mandray about contextualizing history and keeping a complex political timeline vibrant and legible in short form.After Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, Field of Vision commissioned Nora Mandray to make a short film about the presidential race in France. Dancing With Le Pen illuminates a decades-long shift toward the far right, led by a family of politicians. It’s a pithy, sobering look at the sustained tolerance for bigotry and xenophobia in France, but viewers recognize the mindsets of Trump followers who sound like Mandray’s subjects.PremiumBeat: The parallels to the rise of the far-right in the U.S. were timely for American viewers. Tell me how the idea for the film came about. Did you begin with a plan to go back to 1972, after the short dance floor introduction?Nora Mandray: What was happening was (and still is) certainly resonating with the rise of the alt-right in the U.S., so the plan was to document how those ideas were spreading. The French election was also happening, just shy of a year after the Brexit vote, so the traditional balance of powers felt very fragile at that time. Nobody knew what the outcome of the election would be. Macron was this new figure, with a brand new party, which completely smashed the political landscape as we knew it.That said, the National Front (now “National Rally”) is a special case, because of its long, steady rise since its creation in the 1970s. Translating its extent into a compelling story for an American audience was a challenge. Also, at the time of the shoot, no one knew what was going to happen! But the one thing that I knew for sure was that it would be a very emotional campaign and moment. In France, people are passionate about politics, and they show it. That was something that, in my mind, Americans could relate to. So, as I set out to tell this story, my plan was to create a character-driven vérité narrative: I cast characters who would each embody the party’s evolution — the origins, its “rebranding,” and its future.I definitely had the party’s biggest historical moments in mind — the main “story beats” so to speak! But mostly, I wanted to have room to let the story of the election (this potential massive political and cultural shift!) unfold. The story structure very much shaped itself in the edit.Field of Vision – Dancing with Le Pen.PB: How did you organize the information during pre-production? Does your mind work best with a linear timeline, or did you conceptualize the documentary via themes?NM: As I usually do, I wrote a script including the characters I had access to, based on the preliminary interviews I had conducted with them over the phone, and I put together a mood board for the types of framings/lighting/camera movements I wanted.Dealing with a vérité approach, I had to be flexible with my “plan” and half of what I planned in terms of scenes didn’t happen! But the skeleton of the film was there, and having this basis allowed me to think on my feet the day of, adjusting to reality, being able to recognize scenes in the real world that had a similar emotional impact.PB: How did you go about collecting the archival footage of the Le Pen line? What was important to you when choosing the shots that would represent each candidate?NM: I spent many hours trolling on YouTube! The French archival resource “INA” is a treasure trove, and I went all in as well. This work happened during the edit. At that point, I was looking for key moments that could illustrate the party’s steady rise, as well as audio/visual points of transition with my vérité footage to organically bridge past and present.In the edit, it became obvious that archives were necessary to tell the story and help the narrative. While editing, I’d constantly ask myself: Is this shot necessary? How do you keep this story relevant after election day? How to keep a dramatic drive when the viewers already know the election’s outcome? But also, this is such a serious topic! How to make this entertaining, so that the audience wants to keep watching? Fortunately, the wonders of 1980s archives helped me with this last part.PB: With this project, and others like 3 Acres in Detroit, you shoot outside on pivotal days that can’t be reprised (the Muslim wedding in DWLP, etc.). Did you face any challenges with light/weather? How did you solve them?NM: In DWLP, during one of the protagonist’s sit-down interviews, it started raining so we had no other choice but to set up indoors. Fortunately, we were able to reset in a nearby quiet room. Visually, the background looked less interesting, but as I knew that I’d use some of the interview as voice-over narration, I went for the best sound quality. And, it turned out that being in a “protected/safe” space allowed the protagonist to open up more so than if we had been outside. So, thankfully, it ended up being a better solution and made for a more emotional interview.Similarly, in 3 Acres in Detroit, one of the last scenes in the film was shot as the night was falling. It, coincidentally, created a perfect mood for the moment, and a natural arc as we were nearing the end of the story.I find that the “natural” challenges I’ve faced in my work always impact the mood of a scene. Just like people are naturally more upbeat when it’s a sunny day, the energy level is influenced by a natural environment. Especially when shooting vérité, I’ve learned to tune to the mood of whomever I’m filming.PB: When we see Enzo tearful over election results, there’s a moment at the end of the interview where blue lights flash on his face. How did you feel about this in the edit?NM: I love interviews, they can reveal so much about a character’s inner life.The last interview with Enzo in the film was the last one we did with him, and it was done right outside of the town hall where the election results were announced. A police car just started behind us as Enzo was speaking, and that created the blue lights on his face. I felt like that added an intensity to the moment, as well as to Enzo’s emotions. Somehow, it completely matched what he was describing, so this is why I chose to keep it in the edit.PB: How did you find these NF supporters in DWLP? What advice do you give for filmmakers hoping to engage perspectives of conservative people who fancy themselves marginalized and wary of media?NM: It took a lot of phone calls! I wanted to portray supporters, so I reached out directly to NF groups. I chose empathy, a non-conflictual approach, to listen to their ideas rather than to judge. NF supporters have traditionally been depicted by the media as “evil.” With my film, I wanted to show them as multi-dimensional. People who agree to go on camera naturally want to share their stories, but then it’s just about practicing empathy, asking the right questions, and reacting with curiosity rather than animosity.All images via Field of Vision – Dancing with Le Pen.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Grant Korgan and “The Push” on Owning Your Own RealityIndustry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Editor Vera DrewInterview: “The Man in the High Castle” Cinematographer Gonzalo AmatIndustry Insights: Editor Matt Friedman Talks “The Farewell”Interview: Director Ernie Gilbert on His Sci-Fi Short Film “Nine Minutes”last_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly picks the best of Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAs Sachin Tendulkar turns 38 on Sunday, his former India teammate Sourav Ganguly rates the Little Master’s five best innings in Tests and ODIs.TESTS- 114 vs Australia, Perth, 1992It was the first trip to Australia for both of us. It was a brilliant century on a bouncy wicket at the WACA. They had Merv Hughes, Craig McDermott, Mike Whitney. Everyone was ducking and weaving and he was simply hitting it down the ground.- 146 vs South Africa, Cape Town, 2011It’s his second best century simply because of the conditions and the opposition. The wicket was tough with the ball swinging and seaming. He played the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel with ease. He had toured South Africa three times earlier but it was the first time India had put pressure on South Africa in South Africa.- 103* vs England, Chennai, 2008India had to bat for more than a day with a target of nearly 400. Sehwag got the team to a good start but Sachin finished the game. On a Day Five pitch against a very good attack, Sachin played with ease. It was special as India won chasing 387, something that very few teams have done.- 119* vs England, Manchester, 1990You always remember your first century and his ton at Old Trafford is on this list for that reason. He batted all day to save the match. He got hit on the head by Angus Fraser and there was Devon Malcolm also. Since his under-15 days, he was special and this knock set the tone for a great career.advertisement- 136 vs Pakistan, Chennai, 1999India was chasing 271. He had a bad back and had to bat through pain. He got out with less than 20 to get. Even though Sachin ended on the losing side, it was a memorable knock.ODIs – 143 vs Australia, Sharjah, 1998He scored a brilliant ton to take India to the final. It was a good Aussie attack and India kept losing wickets. After a decent start, I got out and he batted through. It was a desert storm that night as he hammered every bowler. That day, Australia didn’t have any reply.- 134 vs Australia, Sharjah, 1998Two days after the 143, once again against Australia, India got off to a poor start chasing 272. He played as brilliantly as a few days ago. He had a few partnerships with me, Dravid and Azhar. The outfield was slow but it didn’t matter to him as he cleared them regularly to clinch the trophy.- 98 vs Pakistan, Centurion, 2003World Cup Pakistan had made 273 and had a good attack. Sehwag and Tendulkar got off to a filer and he scored 98 off 70 odd balls and we were never under any pressure. India- Pakistan games are high tension matches and the impact of that knock on the team was immense.- 110 vs South Africa, Nagpur, 2011 World CupPlaying at home in the World Cup against a team considered favourites for the tournament was tough. South Africa bowled with a lot of pace and aggression and Sehwag was throwing his bat at everything. It almost felt like a final but Sachin was calm and composed. He never looked in a hurry. It was big occasion and a big knock.- 200* vs South Africa, Gwalior, 2010Getting 200 at any level is special. But to get it in an ODI is amazing and it will remain as one of the best knocks you will see in a long time. He hit the ball all round the park. He didn’t slog at all and it was the coolness and the composure that stood out. 200 in an ODI against one of the best teams in the world has to be special.Sourav Ganguly gave his opinion on Headlines Todaylast_img read more

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Saina Nehwal aims to get back into top three

first_imgSaina Nehwal is determined to put behind the disappointment of losing in the quarter-finals of the World Championships as she readies for the China Masters and Japan Super Series.Saina said she was confident of a good show at the China Masters, which begins on Wednesday.”I have not played any tournament since the World Championships (in August). I have been training really hard and feel I can give a good account of myself,” she told Mail Today.Currently ranked fifth in the world, the Hyderabadi said that her main aim was to get back into the top three.”There are no more major events this year. So my aim is to break into the top three and end the year on a high. The China Masters is one of the toughest tournaments on the circuit because all the Chinese players compete in it,” she said.In the tournament, Saina has an easy draw till the quarterfinals. She opens her campaign against compatriot Aditi Mutatkar.”She has come through a tough qualifying round. I do not look forward to playing her in the opening round,” Saina said.In the quarter-finals, she is up against world champion Wang Shixian.”She is one of the most consistent players in the world right now. It is a challenge which I look forward to,” she said.Jayaram pulls outIndia’s No.2 shuttler Ajay Jayaram has pulled out of the China Masters after suffering an abdominal muscle tear.Jayaram said he got injured during the Vietnam Open.advertisement”It happened during the quarter-finals and felt some pain in my lower abdomen as I attempted a smash. It did not feel so bad then but after the tournament it became worse”.Jayaram said that he had been advised to rest for 10 days. Thereafter, he started training and now is back to his full schedule now.”I have completely recovered now and have resumed regular training. I am able to smash and move as well as before,” he said.Jayaram also said that his chances of participating in the Japan Super Series (in the following week after China Masters) are fairly bright.”As things stand now, I am going to participate in the Japan Super Series (starting on September 21).”Jayaram is happy that his good showing at the World Championships and the Vietnam Open saw his ranking rise to No. 25 -the highest it has ever been.”It is always good to be ranked in the top 25. Badminton is a very competitive sport and I am happy that I have maintained consistency over a considerable period of time.”When asked whether he had set any goals to achieve by the end of the year, he said: “I am not the one who sets targets and then tries to achieve them. I just try to play my best in every tournament.”last_img read more

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2009 Be Active Super League

first_imgTompkins Claim First Men’s Open CrownThe Tompkins Park Sharks have claimed their first ever Men’s Open trophy, claiming the 2009 Be Active Super League crown with a dominant 9 – 5 victory over Perth Brothers in Perth tonight (Sun 8th Nov).Hosting the finals series, Tompkins Park flew out of the blocks to take a 3 – 0 lead in just the first three minutes, and although Brothers never lost touch with the Sharks, the home side always looked in control of the match, after taking a 7 – 2 lead into half time.In the Women’s Open division, Northern Districts made it back to back Super League victories, defeating Perth Brothers 5 – 3 in the final.Surprisingly to some, Shelley Matcham donned heavy protection to her knee and contributed to the win, while fellow Australian representative Zoe Aiken-Dacey took control in the middle of the ground.Earlier in the day, the Fremantle Rebels took the Mixed Open title over Bunbury.  Both teams were locked at 4-all at half time, and although Bunbury’s Jeremy Te Uira crossed for four touchdowns in the match, it wasn’t enough to stop Freo from running over the top of the south west team to win 9 – 6.The focus of teams now shifts to the Be Active State Championships, appearing in November for the first time.  The State Championships will feature 42 teams and players from around Western Australia from 20th – 22nd November at McGillivray Oval.2009 Be Active Super League – Scores & AwardsMen’s OpenTompkins Park Sharks (9) def Perth Brothers (5).Keith Harris-Walker Medal – Jessie Murphy (Tompkins Park)Finals Referees   Karen Woods                                Brendon Antrobus                                Tony ArnelWomen’s OpenNorthern Districts Spirit (5) def Perth Brothers (3)Karamea Dorset Medal – Michelle Gilpin (Northern Districts)Finals Referees   Phil Galvin                                Justin Parsons                                James McMahonMixed OpenFremantle Rebels (9) def Bunbury (6)Finals Referees   Richard McIlroy                                John Bedford                                John CorserRelated Filesmedia_release_081109-doclast_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona midfielder Rakitic: Valverde must decide his future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Rakitic: Valverde must decide his futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says the players are happy playing for coach Ernesto Valverde.Valverde’s deal is up in the summer but he does have an option to extend it by an additional year. The coach says a decision will be made with the club later in the season.”It’s an issue for the boss and the club [to decide on],” Rakitic said. “We’re really happy with him and the whole coaching setup.”The most normal [scenario] would be that he continues with us, but we have to focus on our job, which is playing and winning football games. Let them [the club and Valverde] decide what’s for the best.” last_img read more

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8 days ago​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loan

first_img​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loanby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah says that he is constantly in contact with members of the club while on loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old is struggling for game time at the Elland Road club in the Championship.And Nketiah says that he is still focusing on his long term future at Arsenal, which is highlighted by how they are keeping tabs on him during the loan spell.He told reporters: “I speak with Arsenal a lot, I’m in contact with quite a few people in the club, they’re always texting when I’ve done well or things I can do differently but I think it’s good to have that constant feedback from the club, to know you’re still connected with them.”I’m an Arsenal player on loan at Leeds, I feel like they have done really well to keep me involved and happy and I think they’ve been really happy with me so hopefully I can continue the form and go back and get a starting place and kick off from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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BC Premier John Horgan says apology other defences mitigate defamation suit

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he has made a “full and fair apology” for remarks about the province’s former liquefied natural gas advocate in reaction to a lawsuit claiming millions in damages against the B.C. government.Horgan and B.C. Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston both filed statements of defence in court last week in reaction in a civil lawsuit launched by Gordon Wilson.Wilson is seeking $5 million in damages alleging Horgan made defamatory statements to news media by saying there is no evidence of any written reports or briefings to back up Wilson’s salary.Ralston is named for allegedly telling media that Wilson’s contract was terminated because an internal review uncovered no documents to support $550,000 in payments since 2013.In almost identical statements of defence, Horgan and Ralston claim the lawsuit is unnecessary, frivolous or vexatious, adding that any comments they may have made are protected by the defences of fair comment and qualified privilege.Both Horgan and Ralston say their full apologies to Wilson received considerable coverage in early August and they add the disputed details about Wilson’s role as B.C.’s LNG advocate came from trusted insiders.“…The defendant’s statements were made without malice on a matter of public interest on the basis of information from apparently reliable and qualified sources within the British Columbia government and were protected by the defence of responsible communication,” Horgan says.Ralston and Horgan also expressly deny “that the plaintiff has suffered injury loss or damage, as alleged or at all.”None of the allegations made in the statements of claim or defence have been tested in court.In his legal action, Wilson says information detailing his work on LNG was available on a government website but was negligently or wilfully overlooked and neither Horgan nor Ralston discussed any employment issues with him.Ralston said in a Facebook post that his claim about there being no written reports was inaccurate, that he regretted making the statements and apologized to Wilson.Wilson asserts that his termination soon after the NDP took over the government was “political payback” for his support of former premier Christy Clark, who had appointed him as LNG advocate.He alleges he has been seriously injured in character, credit and reputation and the comments have negatively affected his ability to obtain employment as a government or industry consultant or advocate.last_img read more

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