Tornado Survivor Finds His Missing Dog Buried Alive Under Rubble

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJon Byler Dan, survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement clutching his four children – ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½. But an important member of the family was still in harm’s way.Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, he tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, downstairs but the skittish animal refused to leave her kennel. After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home had been destroyed above him. Maggie was missing and the family assumed their beloved pet was dead.(READ the story, w/ more photos in by Charles Ledford of the University of Illinois, via Weather.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Port Neches man is city’s 1st reported COVID-19 case

first_img Lemoine said he spoke with the man’s physician, who immediately forwarded the results to the Port Arthur Health Department. Lemoine did not speculate on the reason for the delay. PORT NECHES — A Port Neches man between 20 and 30-years-old is recovering from COVID-19.The man, whose name is not being released, was tested by a private physician and received the results March 31, Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine said. The man quarantined at home, did not require a hospital stay and is almost completely recovered, officials said.The city, however, alerted Port Neches officials on Tuesday.center_img Judith Smith, director of the Port Arthur Health Department, learned of the case on Tuesday.last_img

A Wide Open Baseball Season

first_imgIt’s too early to pick the contenders from the pretenders, but it’s safe to assume come June the Pierson Whalers will be playoff bound.It’s almost a sure thing, like taxes and snow on the ground during a baseball game. This year’s edition of the enduring classic has jumped off to a 2-0 record, including a 12-1 drubbing of old rival Southold to open the season at home on March 26. The next day the Whalers did it again, besting Greenport at home 9-4.The Whalers return a good nucleus of players including Sam Warne, a senior and the staff ace. E.J. Burke, an outfielder with pop, should help get some runs on the board. Playing in League IX, the Whalers usually have to contend with Southold, but the Settlers are in a rebuilding year after last season’s 23-2 mark. Southold lost to Mercy 6-5 on March 27 and given that the Catholic School is closing at the end of the season, the Monarchs may have some extra incentive to make a move in the postseason.Southold plays Greenport at home Thursday weather permitting at 10 AM and gets Pierson/Bridgehampton at home Monday at 4:30 PM.In League VIII Mattituck, a perennial powerhouse, may be vulnerable after graduating some key components. But Steve Decaro’s Class B champions, 19-6 last season, will call on Sam Dickerson and Bryce Grathwohl to serve as co-aces and count on junior sparkplug John Lisowy to jumpstart the offense.Mattituck opened the season on March 26 by thumping Hampton Bays 14-4. Jason Scalia provided the fireworks, a grand slam in the second inning. Chris Nicholson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Dickerson worked four good innings for the win.The Tuckers play at Babylon Friday at 10 AM and get Hampton Bays (0-2) at home Tuesday at 4.Southampton also hopes to contend for the League VIII title. The Mariners beat Hampton Bays on March 27 at home 8-4. Jayden Pepitone raised some eyebrows with his pitching performance, which featured eight Ks. Pepitone can hit, too, as evidenced by a long double. He also scored twice. Will Raffle had a hit and three big ribbies for the winners. Southampton plays at Center Moriches Friday at 6 [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

M&A hack attack on 48 elite law firms

first_imgHackers are understood to have breached the security systems of at least one major international law firm as a long-predicted cyber espionage scenario has become reality.Reports from the US say that two magic circle firms were among 48 top firms to be targeted by attackers seeking inside information on mergers and acquisitions.Security experts have long warned that law firms are seen as a ‘weak link’ in the chain of secrecy surrounding such deals.New York security firm Flashpoint has issued an alert warning that a Russian cyber criminal had targeted 48 elite firms, including Hogan Lovells, Allen & Overy and Freshfields, to steal information on mergers for insider trading. Flashpoint would not comment on details of the alert, but said it had passed details to the relevant law enforcement authorities.One of the 48, New York and London firm Cravath Swaine & Moore (pictured) said in a statement last week that its systems had been breached last summer. It said it was ‘not aware that any of the information that may have been accessed has been used improperly’. The firm said it worked closely with law enforcement agencies on the breach, and reinforced its IT systems.‘Client confidentiality is sacrosanct. We will continue to work to ensure our systems are best in class,’ it said.    Peter Armstrong, cyber director at risk manager Willis Finex Global, told the Gazette that law firms are under a persistent threat from criminals seeking inside information.He said: ‘Firms aggregate sensitive information, such as on mergers and acquisitions, and so are very high on the target list of both organised criminals and nation states.’He said the news of the attack shows ‘people are just beginning to wake up to the fact that they are being targeted and they have a problem’.One of the difficulties, he said, is that some senior partners do not adhere to security policies set out by their firms. As an example, he said that while some firms have policies barring the use of online storage services such as DropBox, partners continue to use them.Armstrong called on regulators to  do more to protect the sector. ‘The regulatory community needs to step up and amplify its focus on generating guidance and developing good practice for law firms,’ he said.A spokesperson for the Solicitors Regulation Authority said reports of the attacks show firms must assess the systems they have for keeping client information safe.The spokesperson added: ‘We have raised this numerous times, and we would urge all firms to ensure they have appropriate processes and procedures in place. Any firm which has a data breach that compromises confidential client information has an obligation to let us know.’Law Society president, Jonathan Smithers, said: ‘The Law Society has worked with the UK government as part of its national cyber-security strategy and with the police to produce advice and training for our members on protecting against these threats.‘We will continue to do everything we can to raise awareness and provide practical advice to solicitors in firms of all sizes.’last_img read more

Review: Bening shines as a ’70s mom, trying to figure it…

first_imgWay too many films out there are heavy on plot and exposition, light on atmosphere and character development. It’s safe to say “20th Century Women” isn’t one of them.Indeed, this new film from Mike Mills, a loving nod to the director’s own 1970s California youth, is precisely the opposite: a thoughtful and detailed evocation of an era and especially of one complicated character, with little story to speak of.Such atmospheric films, however expertly done, can either charm you or frustrate you to pieces. Luckily, even if it’s the latter, Annette Bening is there to pick those pieces up.There should be no doubt by now that Bening, at 58 a four-time Oscar nominee, is one of our finest actresses. Her recent turn in husband Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply” was brief, yet delightful. That was a mere cameo compared to her passionate and meticulous work in “20th Century Women,” a movie that truly revolves around her.If Mills’ 2010 “Beginners,” which won Christopher Plummer an Oscar, was about his father, “20th Century Women” — also semi-autobiographical — feels like a companion piece about his mother. Bening is Dorothea Fields, a 55-year-old single mom of a 15-year-old boy, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann, in a sensitive and unmannered performance). The time is 1979, the place Santa Barbara. The world is brimming with change, both cultural and political.Like the time in which she lives, Dorothea is hard to figure out — a mess of appealing contradictions. She is free yet guarded, proud yet insecure, forceful yet tentative, cynical yet naive. A few constants: She pays strict daily attention to the stock tables. She wears Birkenstocks. She chainsmokes Salems — her excuse is that when she started, smoking was simply stylish, not bad for you.Most obviously and urgently, Dorothea loves her son, and is trying to figure out how to raise him as a “good man” in a changing world.Hers is not a traditional parenting style. When Jamie is called to the principal’s office for missing school, Dorothea earnestly wonders why he shouldn’t be able to skip school if he wants. She’s told that he needs a good excuse. And so, Mom starts sending notes like: “Jamie was doing volunteer work for the Sandinistas.”Yet despite her unconventional approach, Dorothea faces struggles familiar to all parents, such as a teen’s blind feelings of invulnerability. One day, Jamie joins friends in a game that involves briefly falling unconscious. Except, Jamie doesn’t wake up. He ends up in the emergency room. Dorothea’s raw anguish as she asks her son the million-dollar question to which no teen has an answer — “What were you thinking?” — is agonizing to behold.With no partner to co-parent Jamie (Dad’s out of the picture), Dorothea concludes it will take a village. She turns to two other women in Jamie’s orbit.First is Abbie (Greta Gerwig, absorbing to watch as ever), a 24-year-old punk artist renting a room in Dorothea’s rambling house. Abbie’s hair is dyed a brilliant shade of fuschia, a la David Bowie. She, too, is a free spirit, but her life also has a darker, more poignant side: she’s a survivor of cervical cancer, and has been told she won’t be able to have children.Then there’s Julie (Elle Fanning), only two years older than Jamie. This beautiful blonde creature is Jamie’s best friend, but also his tormentor: She sneaks into the house every night to sleep in his bed, but refuses to become sexually involved with him. This is, needless to say, quite frustrating for an adolescent boy.Rounding out this unusual group is William (Billy Crudup), a handyman who is (slowly) renovating Dorothea’s ramshackle abode. The only adult male character of substance, William serves a different purpose for each female in the film.He has a terrific seduction scene with Abbie — painfully awkward yet still romantic. She compliments how his hair smells; he replies that he makes his own shampoo. But Crudup’s most entertaining moment is with Bening, when William tries to help Dorothea figure out the new music the kids are listening to these days, in a sort of Black Flag versus Talking Heads danceoff.Somewhere in the middle of this absorbing and unabashedly meandering film, one comes to better understand the title. The three women, all born in different eras of the 20th century, each have something to teach young Jamie.And Jamie is coming of age at a time when things are changing for women, too. Abbie gives Jamie some feminist texts to read, from which he learns, among other things, about the nature of the female orgasm. In one of the funnier episodes, he tries to educate a fellow teenage boy, with predictably disastrous results.“20th Century Women” is narrated by its young protagonist and as such, feels like a coming-of-age story. But whose? The story really feels like Dorothea’s. Certainly hers is the most fully realized character and the most interesting by a mile — even if at the end, we’re not quite sure what she’s learned, what it’s all added up to.But no matter: that often bemused look on Bening’s face seems to be telling us that it’s really the journey that counts.“20th Century Women,” an A24 release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America “for sexual material, language, some nudity and brief drug use.” Running time: 118 minutes. Three stars out of four.MPAA definition of R: Restricted. 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