$242M Harlem mixed-use project will include civil rights museum

first_imgTagsRetailtarget Share via Shortlink Rendering of the project (Courtesy of 125thstreet.nyc)Partners have unveiled their plans for a $242 million mixed-use project in Harlem that will include 170 units of affordable housing, a civil rights museum and a Target store.The 17-story building, to be called the Urban League Empowerment Center, will have the residential component, along with 90,000 square feet of retail and 73,000 square feet of office space, according to the New York Post.Nearly half of the retail space at the 121 West 125th Street location has been leased to Target.The development team includes BRP, Dabar Development, L+M Development Partners, Taconic Partners and the Prusik Group.The project received $188 million in construction financing from Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group.Earlier this year, Extell filed plans for a commercial development nearby on East 125th Street.[NYP] — Erin HudsonRead moreIn Harlem, What’s Possible And What’s HypeExtell’s plan for East Harlem development site revealedcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Mythical Games attempts to set standard for blockchain game items

first_imgMythical Games attempts to set standard for blockchain game itemsStudio teams up with other blockchain firms to launch dGoods benchmarkJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 24th January 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareUS start-up Mythical Games has launched a new initiative it hopes will set the standard for virtual items sold via the blockchain.The studio is one of countless new companies to emerge over the years focusing on blockchain technology, but the former Activision and Blizzard execs that founded it are drawing attention to the firm’s activities.Its latest move is to launch the dGoods standard, an open source software licences for developers that positions itself as a “commercially-endorsed benchmark for creating, managing and distributing digital products.”Much of the appeal for blockchain-based games stems from players’ ability to sell virtual items they have purchased or created to other users for cryptocurrency that could potentially be exchanged for real-world cash. But with the technology largely untested at this early stage, there is currently no standard for those goods.Mythical Games has teamed up with EOS Lynx, Scatter and other blockchain firms to create dGoods, which will launch first on the EOSIO blockchain.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “Digital assets are at the core of the new economy that is spawning from blockchain technology,” said Mythical’s head of blockchain Rudy Koch. “Hundreds of millions of digital items will be created, bought, and sold in the years ahead. It’s critical that we establish a meaningful digital goods standard that can support a diverse and innovative development community. “When we looked at what was out there, we didn’t see anything that suited our needs at Mythical Games; and we weren’t the only ones. We’re proud to be collaborating with EOS Lynx, Scatter and many other great teams to bring the dGoods standard to the blockchain industry.”We spoke to Mythical Games last year about how it will use the $16 million in funding raised towards creating a platform for titles with ‘player-owned economies’Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAdopt Me developers unveil new studio, Uplift GamesTeam behind hit Roblox game has grown to over 40 employeesBy Danielle Partis 11 hours agoDeveloper wins against Grand Theft Auto DMCA takedownTake-Two loses claim to reversed-engineered source made by fansBy Danielle Partis 14 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Bauman awarded Morrison Scholarship

first_imgHomeFeaturesBauman awarded Morrison Scholarship Emily Bauman was the 2015 recipient of the Robert (Robbie) Morrison Agriculture Scholarship. Each year a Scholarship Selection Committee selects a recipient from applications received. The scholarship is awarded each year to an Ohio Valley CTC FFA Member in the amount of $500. This was the ninth Morrison Scholarship awarded. Emily is currently a freshman at Ohio State University studying Community Leadership specializing in Community and Extension Education. Emily is the daughter of Kent and Joy Bauman of Otway. – Submitted photo Bauman awarded Morrison ScholarshipMarch 15, 2016Peoples DefenderFeatures0 Emily Bauman was the 2015 recipient of the Robert (Robbie) Morrison Agriculture Scholarship. Each year a Scholarship Selection Committee selects a recipient from applications received. The scholarship is awarded each year to an Ohio Valley CTC FFA Member in the amount of $500. This was the ninth Morrison Scholarship awarded. Emily is currently a freshman at Ohio State University studying Community Leadership specializing in Community and Extension Education. Emily is the daughter of Kent and Joy Bauman of Otway. https://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Emily-Bauman-Pic.jpgEmily Bauman was the 2015 recipient of the Robert (Robbie) Morrison Agriculture Scholarship. Each year a Scholarship Selection Committee selects a recipient from applications received. The scholarship is awarded each year to an Ohio Valley CTC FFA Member in the amount of $500. This was the ninth Morrison Scholarship awarded. Emily is currently a freshman at Ohio State University studying Community Leadership specializing in Community and Extension Education. Emily is the daughter of Kent and Joy Bauman of Otway. Submitted photo PreviousStricklett signs with KCUNextMaking a difference By combating the heroin epidemic Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Powered By 10 Sec Best Carrot Cake Ever NextStay Best Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGMama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Top Searches Top Searches WEST UNION FOOTBALLWilkWest Emily Bauman was the 2015 recipient of the Robert (Robbie) Morrison Agriculture Scholarship. Each year a Scholarship Selection Committee selects a recipient from applications received. The scholarship is awarded each year to an Ohio Valley CTC FFA Member in the amount of $500. This was the ninth Morrison Scholarship awarded. Emily is currently a freshman at Ohio State University studying Community Leadership specializing in Community and Extension Education. Emily is the daughter of Kent and Joy Bauman of Otway.last_img read more

Wanda June Jones Mullins

first_img Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. PreviousJunior G. MonroeNextFoster/Adoptive Training coming to Adams County in February and March Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Wanda June Jones Mullins, age 79, of Keaton, Ky., passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at Highlands ARH. She was born July 8, 1940 in Brown County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Basal Jones and Della Reed Jones.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Opal Palmer, Norma Knox and Bernice Baldwin. She is survived by her husband, William H. Mullins II “Bill”; one son, Williams H Mullins III “Billy” and wife Patty of Keaton, Ky.; and one sister, Kay Nickols of Batavia, Ohio.Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Chapel with James Kelly Caudill officiating. Burial was in the Mullins Cemetery, Keaton, Ky.Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville, Ky. was in charge of arrangements. HomeObituariesWanda June Jones Mullins Top Searches Top Searches SportsUnsung Hero 10-21-2020Winch Wanda June Jones MullinsJanuary 13, 2020Mark CarpenterObituaries0last_img read more

GE’s Jenbacher gas engines installed at largest landfill gas power plant in France

first_imgCoalBoilersGasCombined Cycle Subscribe to Power Engineering magazine The new Electr’od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant in Plessis-Gassot, France has successfully installed 10 GE Distributed Power’s (NYSE: GE) Jenbacher gas engines.The 17.3-MW facility replaces a smaller, less efficient steam turbine-boiler system and makes Plessis-Gassot the first town in France to have a district heating fuelled by biogas. The facility also produces 30,000 MWh/year of thermal energy.“As the largest landfill gas power plant in France and the first installation of our Type 6 technology for landfills in France, this project demonstrates how our fuel-flexible Jenbacher gas engines can provide more power with increased efficiency,” said Karl Wetzlmayer, general manager—gas engines for GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power.Power produced will be sold to Électricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF). TAGSEDF Facebook The project also represents the first installation of GE’s Jenbacher Type 6 landfill gas engines in France. Twitter Facebook No posts to display GE’s Jenbacher gas engines installed at largest landfill gas power plant in France Linkedin By chloecox – Twitter Previous article2014: The Year of Utility-Scale SolarNext articleGlobal Power Equipment Group to provide turbine inlet chiller, other works chloecox Linkedin 6.11.2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Venture Global LNG adds Zachry to EPC team for Gulf export terminal construction Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions The new plant utilizes four 2.7-MW J620 gas engines, five containerized 1.1-MW J416s and one containerized 1-MW J320.last_img read more

EDF Renewable Energy’s Lepomis Solar Project reaches commercial operation

first_img Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas EDF and Sage Stone LLC, an international development and advisory company, signed the Membership Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement (MIPSA) in July 2013. EDF Renewable Energy’s 5.99-MWp Lepomis Solar Project, located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, has reached commercial operation. 6.18.2014 Twitter Twitter Facebook EDF Renewable Energy’s Lepomis Solar Project reaches commercial operation TAGSEDF RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project EDF will provide operations and maintenance for the facility, project oversight, and remote monitoring from its NERC compliant Operations Control Center. center_img “Achieving commercial operation of our first renewable energy asset in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a key milestone for our company,” said Jim Schretter, Vice President of Development for EDF Renewable Energy’s East Region. “EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to deploy our solar development expertise to help the state achieve its ambitious goal of 1,600 MW of solar installations by 2020.” Previous articleCaterpillar adds two diesel power modules for IPP providersNext articleBlack & Veatch to install natural gas-fired unit, retrofit coal-fired unit chloecox Linkedin The ground-mount fixed tilt solar photovoltaic (PV) project is comprised of 20,000 Trina Solar modules now provides clean energy to the Town of Wareham, Massachusetts under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement, pursuant to the State’s Virtual Net Metering Credits Program. Facebook Linkedin By chloecox – Avista considering RNG on way to net-zero carbon goals No posts to display RenewablesSolarlast_img read more

Assemblyman Garcia: I’m going to sue the HHA for wrongful termination

first_imgHobokenPolitics & Policy Assemblyman Garcia: I’m going to sue the HHA for wrongful termination mel b TAGSCarmelo GarciaDana WeferHoboken Housing Authority SHARE News […] November 6, Garcia told Hudson County View he still planned a filing a lawsuit against the HHA for what he felt was wrongfully terminating him […] CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network 2 COMMENTS November 13, 2014 4:55 am at 4:55 am Garcia alleges conspiracy, breach of contract in lawsuit against Zimmer, Wefer | Hudson County View Previous article2014 Election Day in Hudson County: The AftermathNext articleDeplorable polling conditions at Salem-Lafayette Apartments in Jersey City John Heinis Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ Bayonne Comments are closed. District 33 Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia, the former Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director, spoke with Hudson County View to challenge some of the remarks HHA Chairwoman Dana Wefer made in an interview with us last week – also stating he will sue the HHA for wrongful termination. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOhF30CP8KY&feature=youtu.be[/fve]Garcia said he wanted to clear the air about the generator installation, saying the money has been in the budget for this endeavor for quite a while but the board did not want to move on it. Furthermore, Garcia insisted that the budget the board adopted last month is very similar to the one he helped draft. As far as the upcoming annual HUD review goes, Garcia indicated that while it may not go favorably, the HHA has been deemed a substandard housing authority for many years now. Finally, Garcia confirmed that although he already has pending litigation against the HHA, he still plans on filing a wrongful termination suit against the governing body, which fired him in August, in the immediate future. Facebook Twitter Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter November 19, 2014 4:11 pm at 4:11 pm Community Retaliation is Hoboken’s is this administrations specialty. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By John Heinis – November 6, 2014 1:40 pm 2 last_img read more

Eric Lamaze Wins CN International Grand Prix

first_img(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB):  The $1 million CN International Grand Prix took place today on the Spruce Meadows International Ring.  It features only the best in the world with an extreme course asking more questions of the horse and rider than any other. The first rounds saw 12 riders clear from the forty qualified entries over the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios (VEN).  Each of those riders moved on to the second round.  The second round was more demanding than the first, each turn and each jump carefully placed to demand the utmost skill from horse and rider.  When World Champion Jos Lansink (BEL) and his horse Al Kaheel Cavalor Cumano took to the ring they handled each jump with apparent ease.  It seemed they would have a perfect second round to at least force a jump off until the second to last jump.  With four faults the pair settled for third.  Eric Lamaze (CAN) followed. His stallion Hickstead had been amazing all summer.  They became the first to master the course with only one entry left to challenge.  The crowd of over 60,000 was on their feet at the end of Lamaze’s round.  The last rider, Nick Skelton (GBR) was looking for his forth CN victory this time with his stallion Arko III.  The pair had an early rail and the crowd erupted for their Canadian Champion.Lamaze was amazed by his win, “He’s jumped well all year.  He was good in the Nations’ Cup with two clear rounds.  It’s hard to believe it could happen again.  I had a really good feeling about the second round.”  Filled with emotion, Lamaze hoisted his winner’s cheque of $325,000 to the cheers of the partisan fans.CN International top 121. Hickstead, Eric Lamaze (CAN), $325,0002. Toulon, Hubert Bourdy (FRA), $200,0003. Al Kaheel Cavalor Cumano, Jos Lansink (BEL), $100,0004. Eurocommerce Milano, Gerco Schroder (NED), $75,0005. Fresh Direct Corlato, Tim Stockdale (GBR), $50,0006. Arko III, Nick Skelton (GBR), $37,0007. Exquis Oliver Q, Harrie Smolders (NED), $25,0008. Cristallo, Richard Spooner (USA), $21,0009. Van Schyndel’s Curtis, Piet Raymakers (NED), $17,00010. Olaf, Leon Thijssen (NED), $15,00011. Casadora, Lauren Hough (USA), $14,00012. Archie Bunker, John Pearce (CAN), $13,000 We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email*last_img read more

Nashville Police Department retaliated against officer who reported rape: Lawsuit

first_imgCourtesy Officer Monica Blake(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A Nashville Police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against her employer, accusing the department of retaliating against her after she reported that she was raped by a fellow officer.On May 2, 2016, Officer Monica Blake, 36, was strangled and sexually assaulted allegedly by another officer, Julian Pirtle, in her home while that officer was drunk, according to the lawsuit, filed Friday in the Middle District of Tennessee.Blake had been romantically involved with Pirtle “off-and-on for a number of years,” up until that point, the civil complaint stated.Blake was “terrified” by the attack and thought Pirtle was going to kill her, according to the lawsuit. She did not immediately report the attack but stopped seeing and communicating with the man, the lawsuit said.On May 10, 2016, Pirtle showed up to McKissack Middle School, where Blake was assigned as a school resource officer, to talk to her about what happened, the civil complaint stated. Blake “surreptitiously” recorded the conversation, which included Pirtle allegedly admitting to choking her, as well as him referring to himself as “a killer” and “The Hulk,” according to the court document. Blake then reported the attack to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, but did not disclose that she was raped until May 23, 2016.The next day, Pirtle was charged with aggravated domestic assault and decommissioned, a press release by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville showed. A temporary order of protection was also issued against Pirtle that day, and he was later charged with rape, online criminal court records showed.Pirtle is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.Trouble for Blake began after she reported the attack, she told ABC News. The lawsuit names the Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County and Cmdr. Janet Marlene Pardue in her role as Blake’s supervisor, as defendents.First, Blake’s shift was changed from the morning to evening shift, and when Blake submitted a hardship request asking to be assigned to a different detail “due to the trauma she had experienced” as well as due to her childcare responsibilities, Pardue moved her shift back to mornings but required her to work a weekend day as well, the lawsuit stated.In addition, when Blake asked to move her start time to an hour later so she could take her kids to school, Pardue agreed, but said she would have to use her vacation time for that hour, Blake said, adding that she used up several vacation days as a result.It was then that Blake had an inkling she was being retaliated against, because she was aware that similar requests made to Pardue had been granted without issue, Blake said. The retaliation became “continuous” after that point, she said.On June 8, 2016, Pirtle violated the order of protection by texting Blake, and Blake reported the violation to the department, documents stated. That same day, Davidson County’s Jean Crowe Advocacy Center sent an “Outstanding Officer” commendation on behalf of Blake to Pardue in recognition of “Blake’s excellent work on a particular domestic violence case,” according to the lawsuit.Pardue then decommissioned Blake on June 15, 2016, the court document stated. Blake’s police powers were stripped, and she was required to turn in her badge, gun and radio, she said. She returned to work later that summer after completing a psyche evaluation, she added.Then, in October 2017, Pardue initiated two disciplinary investigations into Blake for her handling of situations at McKissack Middle School, one of which she had already been exonerated for, and the other, a “truthfulness allegation” against Blake’s claim that she’d taken her utility belt off before entering her car, had been proven false by surveillance video from the middle school, according to the civil complaint.Blake, who has been working with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department since 2005, had “received only a handful of minor disciplinary infractions” from the police department up until 2014, and between 2010 and 2013, her performance reviews averaged a 3 on a 4-point scale, with “3” ranking as “Commendable,” according to the lawsuit.On Oct. 17, 2017, Pardue informed Blake that she would be “indefinitely restricted from any secondary employment privileges,” without giving a reason or providing a process to contest it, according to the civil complaint.Pardue also indicated to Pirtle’s defense attorney in December 2017 that she would be “willing to testify on behalf of Pirtle by alleging that Officer Blake is a dishonest person,” according to the complaint.In January of this year, Pirtle pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, but the rape charge against him was dropped, criminal records showed. He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to stay away from Blake.The plea bargain prosecutors offered Pirtle kept his name off the sex offender registry and will allow him to expunge his record if he completes three years of probation successfully, according to Blake’s lawsuit.After Pirtle was convicted, Blake then became concerned that Pardue would “use any excuse to provoke a conflict, make false allegations against her, or even physically harm her,” according to the lawsuit.Blake was temporary assigned to the North Precinct after expressing her concerns to human resources. On Jan. 29, when she and her attorney showed up to the West Precinct for a settlement hearing on the two disciplinary investigations from October, she appeared unarmed and out of uniform “in order to minimize the chances of escalating the conflict with Pardue,” the complaint stated. A lieutenant who asked Blake why she was out of uniform then advised her to write a supplement to human resources detailing her concerns.When Blake also appeared in civilian clothes for a Feb. 12 meeting, Pardue questioned why she was out of uniform and unarmed, according to the complaint.Blake responded, “I have explained in detail why I’m not comfortable being armed at this point around you particularly,” which another lieutenant who was present constituted as a “threat” to Pardue, the complaint stated.That lieutenant advised Pardue to “review the recording” of her interaction with Blake, and after doing so, Pardue referred the “threat” to MNPD Deputy Chief Brian Johnson, according to the lawsuit.Later that day, Johnson reviewed the recording and “immediately decommissioned” Blake, the lawsuit said. Pardue filed an incident report the next day, characterizing the alleged threat as “assault by intimidation,” the court document stated. Blake returned to work again on April 13 after undergoing another psyche evaluation, she said.After that, a barrage of complaints were filed against Blake.One for a March 26 Facebook post she made stating that a community oversight board would help relations between the police and the public, and another for a 2012 video in which “Blake had done a video testimonial for the website of a magician, which she did not have permission for from the police chief, violating MNPD policy,” the lawsuit alleged.Another complaint stated that Blake violated MNPD’s “secondary employment” policy in 2013, about five years earlier, by hosting a “Princess House” party without the department’s authorization, and another was filed for “assault” for the comment she made to Pardue on Feb. 12, according to the complaint.Blake has been given 41 suspensions since first reporting the attack in 2017, she said. If an officer receives 30 or more suspension days in a calendar year, he or she will be terminated, under MNPD policy, the lawsuit stated.Blake may have been retaliated against for not adhering to the “blue code,” a “cultural ethos” that “asserts that police officers must identify as police officers first, must always take up for other officers, and must never report on other officers’ misconduct,” according to the civil complaint.But, Pardue’s discrimination toward Blake allegedly began long before she reported the attack, the lawsuit alleged. Pardue began “making life difficult” for Blake the moment she assumed command of the West Precinct in 2012, the complaint stated.The lawsuit also accused Pardue of “typically” favoring male officers over female officers, giving one example of Pardue “accommodating the work-related requests of male officers more frequently and easily than similar requests by female officers.” The lawsuit also accused Pardue as being “personally hostile to African-Americans who raise the issue of racism in America, especially if they raise it in the context of the criminal justice system.”The “retaliation” by Pardue has caused Blake “to suffer emotional harm as well as lost income,” the complaint alleged. Blake is still on patrol as a school resource officer, but now is assigned to a high school in the North Precinct, she said.Blake told ABC News she filed the lawsuit after exhausting “every possible way to try and resolve the conflict.”“But, because of the culture of the police department, at every turn, either the complaints fell on deaf ears, or inadequate investigations would occur, or they would not include me in the investigation at all,” she said.Blake said she also hoped the lawsuit would “hold the people who have done wrong accountable for their actions,” adding that she hoped to change the culture within the police department.“We can’t call ourselves the guardians of Nashville and not stand up in every situation,” she said.The lawsuit requested a jury trial, nominal damages, compensatory and punitive damages in an amount to be determined by the jury, attorneys fees, court costs and a restraining order against the department “as soon as possible.”When asked for comment, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department directed ABC News to the Metropolitan Nashville Department of Law, which will be defending the police department in the lawsuit. A spokesman for the Department of Law declined to comment on the pending federal court litigation to ABC News. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Barry expected to be hurricane at landfall

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — With landfall hours away, Tropical Storm Barry was already lashing the southern coast of Louisiana with wind and heavy rain.Barry is forecast to be a low-end Category 1 hurricane when it comes on shore near Morgan City, Louisiana, Saturday morning. But it is the very heavy rainfall and major flash flooding that will cause the most problems through the weekend.Pete Gaynor, acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told “Good Morning America” Saturday morning that the category of the hurricane is less worrisome that the heavy rainfall the storm will dump on the area.“This is a rain event,” he said, adding that some areas could see as much as 25 inches of rain. “If you haven’t made preparations, it’s probably too late.”He urged those in high-risk areas to heed local officials’ instructions.Gaynor added that federal workers were fanned out throughout the state to assist.“We’re ready to go,” he said.Barry will be one of the biggest tests for the levee system built after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Gaynor said that FEMA had “high confidence that the levees will performed as designed.”The tropical storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph as of 7 a.m. local time, with Houma, Louisiana, near the southern coast, already reporting sustained winds of 53 mph.Hurricane warnings, tropical storm warnings, flash flood watches and tropical storm watches have been issued for parts of the Gulf Coast as Barry comes closer to the shoreline.As much as 2 feet of rain is possible in central Louisiana, with heavy rainfall totals stretching well into Mississippi and even Arkansas. The highest totals will be near Morgan City, where it is expected to come ashore later Saturday morning.“We don’t have the pumping capacity to handle 20 inches of rain if it comes at one time,” Morgan City Mayor Frank Grizzaffi told ABC News Friday night.“So we’re hoping that we get some heavy rain, that it stops and lets us catch up, and we’re ready for the next batch,” he added. “But if we get five, six hours in a row that dumps double digits on us then we’re gonna have some water that’s close to houses.”A storm surge warning has been issued along much of the Louisiana coast, including where New Orleans sits on Lake Pontchartrain.“We hope we are going to miss a big storm here, we hope that we have a great afternoon and next week actually, but we know the worst is yet to come over the next 24 to 48 hours,” said Sheriff Joe Lopinto, of Jefferson Parish, which includes the area surrounding New Orleans. “Stay indoors. It appears as though that is happening right now. Thank you for heeding those warnings.”Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Louisiana hours before the storm made landfall.During the day, Barry will continue to bring heavy rain to Louisiana, with some of the rain expanding into parts of Mississippi and Alabama. The most torrential rain will be east of the central circulation, where rainfall rates could be up to 3 inches per hour. Additionally, tornadoes are possible throughout the day and into Saturday night as the bands come ashore.There won’t be much movement overnight into Sunday with heavy rain still falling over southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi.“We are very confident in the entire system’s ability to withstand what Tropical Storm Barry may bring us, whether it’s on the river or on the hurricane system,” said Derek Boese, chief administration officer for Flood Protection Authority East, at a press conference Friday night.During the day on Sunday, bands of rain will continue to impact the same areas, as Barry struggles to move northward. The rain will begin to expand northward into Arkansas and southern Tennessee later in the day.There will be widespread rainfall totals of 10 to 20 inches, with locally up to 25 inches in some spots, directly east of the center of the storm. That much rain will lead to dangerous, life-threatening and possibly disastrous flooding.“Jefferson Parish is prepared, we are ready and we will do everything in our power to recover from this event as quickly as possible no matter what happens,” said Jefferson Parish President Michael Yenni.Two years ago, torrential rain fed from tropical moisture caused 20 to 30 inches of rain in southern Louisiana. The massive totals, similar to what is expected this weekend, led to 13 deaths in the state.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more