PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers key to success without LaMarcus Aldridge boils down to one thing: energy. After trailing by as much as 18 points on Sunday, the Blazers received a major lift from Thomas Robinson and their bench to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97.Damian Lillard scored 32 points to lead the Blazers, as he and the rest of Portland’s supporting cast made a major second-half push to comeback for a big win. Robinson finished with 14 points and career-high 18 rebounds off the bench in a major match-up against Minnesota’s Kevin Love at the Moda Center. Robinson did start the second half and played more than in any game of his two-year career.The energetic Will Barton got extended minutes for the second straight game and he, along with Robinson and Spanish forward Victor Claver, helped propel the Blazers to a dominating run. The three combined for the play of the game at the 8:39 mark of the fourth quarter, moments after a dust-up between Minnesota’s Corey Brewer and Lillard, that led to Lillard’s fifth foul. “I was going to let it slide, but then he kept going. I wasn’t going to let somebody play me like that. So, he had to get off me,” said Lillard who felt like Brewer fell on him and locked legs on purpose.
DENVER — Three-fourths of Americans say it’s inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting in attitudes following an era of drug war and “tough on crime” legislation.The Pew Research Center survey also shows increased support for ending mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders and doing away altogether with jail time for small amounts of marijuana. The opinions come as public debate on these topics has led lawmakers around the nation to consider policy changes. Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, at least 19 others, and the District of Columbia, have followed suit, including two that have approved recreational use. More than a dozen state legislatures considered legalization measures this year. Meanwhile, critics and political leaders, both liberal and conservative, have clamored for an end to harsh drug sentences, saying mandatory minimums have contributed to prison overcrowding, civil rights violations and strained budgets. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been pushing Congress to overhaul drug sentencing policies. The telephone survey found that 75 percent of respondents — including majorities of both supporters and opponents of legal marijuana– think that the sale and use of pot eventually will be legal nationwide.
In a recent story distributed by the Tribune Content Agency, reporter Curtis Tate notes that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not be likely to affect proposals to haul Bakken crude oil by rail to West Coast seaports, including Vancouver. Tesoro and Savage Cos. have proposed a facility at the Port of Vancouver, where oil could be received by train, stored and shipped by water to refineries.“North Dakota is producing a million barrels a day, nearly three-quarters of which move by rail, and could produce 2 million barrels a day in a few years. At most, Keystone would move 100,000 barrels of Bakken crude a day, barely a dent in the production,” Tate wrote. “What’s more, it would reach only Gulf Coast refineries, not the ones on the East and West coasts, which have become increasingly reliant on unit trains.”He also noted that the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from western Canada to the Gulf Coast would be completed long after energy, pipeline and rail companies made major investments in rail infrastructure, including loading and unloading terminals, tank cars, locomotives and track.WASHINGTON — A widely popular, bipartisan energy savings bill fell victim in the Senate on Monday to election-year politics and the Obama administration’s continued indecision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.A procedural motion to end debate and bring the measure to a floor vote without amendments fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed for approval.
Carrie Galli is now executive director of human resources at PR and communications agency Golin.Based in Chicago, Galli leads global HR, performing general HR duties, recruitment, spearheading diversity and inclusion, and learning and development initiatives.Galli joins from Edelman, where she was senior vice president of global learning and development. Prior to this, she held a variety of HR roles at organisations such as Foote, Cone and Belding (FCB).
The Broward Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a boy who went missing from his Pompano Beach home, Tuesday afternoon, has been found safe.According to detectives, 10-year-old Kayden Lemos disappeared from his residence at around 5 p.m.Authorities said he is now back with his family.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida man accused of running a drug lab out of a Southwest Miami-Dade house appeared in bond court, Monday.Bond for Omega Demetrius DuPont was set at $14,500, three days after he and another man were taken into custody.FBI investigators arrested DuPont, 45, and 29-year-old Tyree Shawon Tyson after they found carfentanil, a synthetic drug more powerful than heroin, in their house. Authorities also found guns at the residence.Tyson is being held without bond.Investigators said the pair sold the illegal drug from the home on several occasions.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Dunkin’ Donuts is now brewing coffee at more than just their stores.A branded cold-bottled brew is now available in grocery stores across the country. The company joins Starbucks in what has been a popular market.Coca-Cola will manufacture, distribute and sell the product.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released footage of a car that had a firearm inside being burglarized on June 6, near a Hollywood neighborhood.According to surveillance video, a man could be seen checking the doors of multiple cars tying to open them, until he found a car with its doors unlocked.The subject fled the scene, police said, on his bike with the gun he found in the car’s glove box.This burglary occurred along Cleveland Street and North Park Road.If you have any information on this car burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
(WSVN) – Are the prices of beer and snacks keeping you from heading to the ball park?Some sports team owners say they feel your pain, and are starting to lower concession prices.The Atlanta Falcons decided to revamp their venue’s menu for 2017 to coincide with their move to the team’s new Mercedes-Benz stadium.Cheeseburgers and 20-ounce domestic beers will cost fans just $5 each, while chicken tenders with fries will be $6, Thrillist reports. Sodas will cost $2, and even come with free refills. Hot dogs will also be sold for just $2, the team says.Photo credit: Atlanta FalconsThe move has Falcons fans applauding – literally.“When I talk about the new stadium’s Fan First pricing in front of crowds, the initial reaction most people have is just spontaneous applause,” said Mike Gomes, Senior VP of Fan Experience for the AMB Sports & Entertainment Group, which owns the Falcons. “And I’m serious. People actually stand up and applaud. That should tell you everything.”The team’s decision to lower prices stemmed from talking with fans, who considered concession pricing to be “overwhelmingly unsatisfactory.” The Falcons aren’t the first sports team to lower concession costs. The Oakland A’s lowered beer prices at their stadium earlier this year, according to the Mercury News.But the Falcons’ pricing is the first of its kind in the NFL, and could (hopefully) spur similar actions across the league. The team’s owners hope the lower prices will encourage more fans to spend more time – and money – inside their stadium.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – The Perez Art Museum Miami is introducing a new exhibition that’ll score with soccer fans.The South Florida museum will host the event called The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art.Visitors will be able to create their own jersey, flags and other gear.The exhibit comes just in time for the 2018 World Cup.The opening match is next Thursday. You can watch that on 7News.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.