Supervisors To Discuss Secondary Roads Ordinances Today

Humboldt, Iowa – After briefly discussing them at last week’s proceedings, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will attack various Secondary Roads ordinances at their meeting today.

Supervisor Dave Lee made that recommendation last week, citing the need to re-examine the ordinances as many could be outdated.

The board will look at ordinances #45 and #4 today. #45 is “an ordinance to protect and regulate secondary road right-of-way” and #4 looks at the “disposal of snow within public right-of-way in Humboldt County.”

DD’s #171 and #33 will also be a topic of conversation this morning.

The board will look to approve claims for repair in regards to #171 and approve a pay estimate for DD #33.

 

Denver Broncos make Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly Mr. Irrelevant

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Denver Broncos selected Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly with the final pick in the NFL Draft, No. 253.

The player who is picked last in the draft is often dubbed “Mr. Irrelevant.”

Reports indicate Kelly could have been drafted much higher if not for health and off-field concerns.

Kelly had several off-field incidents in college that includes being dismissed from Clemson after one season and getting arrested in December 2014 outside of a Buffalo nightclub.

He also tore his ACL and meniscus this past November and suffered another injury while working out for NFL teams. It is unclear if he will be ready for the regular season as he rehabs his knee.

Kelly was very productive at Mississippi, throwing for over 6,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in two seasons with the Rebels.

Team vice president and general manager John Elway says the Broncos did due diligence on Kelly, speaking directly with his uncle, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. The former Bills quarterback called Chad a “good kid,” and Elway said that was all he needed to hear to feel comfortable drafting the quarterback.

New head coach Vance Joseph called Kelly his “favorite quarterback in the draft.” He added, “He’s made some childish mistakes in the past, but he’s learned from that. I’m comfortable with it.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/29/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Chi Cubs   7  Boston   4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N-Y Yankees    12  Baltimore     4
Toronto         4  Tampa Bay     1
Chi White Sox   6  Detroit       4, 10 Innings
Cleveland       4  Seattle       3
Oakland         2  Houston       1
Texas           6  L.A. Angels   3
Minnesota  at  Kansas City   7:15 p.m., postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N-Y Mets       5  Washington      3
Atlanta       11  Milwaukee       3
Pittsburgh     4  Miami           0
Colorado       7  Arizona         6
San Diego     12  San Francisco   4
L.A. Dodgers   6  Philadelphia    5
Cincinnati  at  St. Louis   2:15 p.m., postponed

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
SO  Ottawa       6  N-Y Rangers   5
Pittsburgh   6  Washington    2

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

San Antonio   87  Dallas   81

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White House defends Trump's invite to Philippines President Duterte

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus defended President Trump’s invitation to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, saying the meeting is important in the effort to confront North Korea’s nuclear program.

“There is nothing right now facing this country and facing the region that is a bigger threat than what’s happening in North Korea,” Priebus told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on “This Week” Sunday.

“If we don’t have all of our folks together — whether they’re good folks, bad folks, people we wish would do better in their country, doesn’t matter, we’ve got to be on the same page” on North Korea, Priebus said.

Karl noted that critics of Duterte say police and vigilantes in his country have killed thousands of people in their war on drugs, while the White House statement on Trump’s phone call Saturday with Duterte praised the Filipino government for “fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs.”

Asked if the invitation to Duterte signals that human rights “don’t matter” in Trump’s foreign policy, Priebus said: “It doesn’t mean that human rights don’t matter, but what it does mean is that the issues facing us developing out of North Korea are so serious that we need cooperation at some level with as many partners in the area as we can get to make sure we have our ducks in a row.”

“The president’s shown his willingness to stand up for human rights,” Priebus added, citing the recent U.S. bombing of a Syrian airport in response to a government chemical attack on civilians as an example of Trump’s taking action to defend human rights.

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Fyre Festival site on 'lockdown' by Bahamas government

William N. Finley IV/@WNFIV(NEW YORK) — The site in the Bahamas where the now-postponed Fyre Festival was to happen is on “lockdown” by the island country’s government.

Private security guards were seen Saturday protecting the main site where people had been slated to sleep in luxury tents.

On Sunday, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism told ABC News, “Customs has the area on lockdown because [festival organizer] Billy [McFarland] has not paid customs duty taxes on the items that he imported” for the event. “He and his staff have left the items with a security company guarding it.”

ABC News is attempting to reach McFarland for comment in regard to the tourism ministry’s statement.

Customs duty taxes are often levied on goods transported internationally.

Fyre Festival said in a statement Friday that it had to import many items to essentially build a city because the private island of Fyre Cay where the luxury concert event was to take place, lacked “the physical infrastructure” needed “to fulfill on that vision safely and enjoyably for our guests.”

News of a lockdown at the site comes after festival organizers released a statement Saturday trying to explain what happened with the festival, which was postponed amid a storm of complaints posted on social media.

The event, tickets for which cost up to thousands of dollars, erupted into what the tourism office called “total disorganization and chaos” after hundreds of prospective concertgoers landed in the Bahamas. The planned lineup included Ja Rule, Daya and Tyga.

On Saturday, the organizers promised in a statement posted to the festival’s website that “all festival goers this year will be refunded in full. We will be working on refunds over the next few days and will be in touch directly with guests with more details.”

“Also, all guests from this year will have free VIP passes to next year’s festival,” the statement read.

So Fyre Fest is a complete disaster. Mass chaos. No organization. No one knows where to go. There are no villas, just a disaster tent city. pic.twitter.com/1lSWtnk7cA

— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 27, 2017

The statement also said that the Fyre Festival was created by technology entrepreneur McFarland and rapper Ja Rule after a “partnership over mutual interest in technology, the ocean, and rap music.”

“This unique combination of interests led them to the idea that, through their combined passions, they could create a new type of music festival and experience on a remote island,” the statement continued. “They simply weren’t ready for what happened next, or how big this thing would get.”

The statement then explained that interest in the festival quickly went viral. Festival organizers experienced what they called “roadblocks” after realizing that the island didn’t have the infrastructure needed for the event.

“So, we decided to literally attempt to build a city,” the statement read. “We set up water and waste management, brought an ambulance from New York, and chartered 737 planes to shuttle our guests via 12 flights a day from Miami.”

The Fyre Festival organizers said they plan to hold a festival in 2018, but “at a United States beach venue.”

Ja Rule spoke out Friday via social media, saying he was “heartbroken” about what happened in the Bahamas. He also maintained that it was not his fault, but he is “taking responsibility” and is “deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this.”

pic.twitter.com/KuJYxfsQJ4

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) April 28, 2017

McFarland, 25, who told ABC News he was unaware of an investigation into his festival, cited bad weather as the reason why the festival stalled, pointing to a storm that approached the island Wednesday night and broke their water lines.

He added that all attendees slated to attend the festival have now departed the island, unless they were accommodated in rental properties they personally obtained.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in a statement Friday said it was “extremely disappointed” with how events unfolded around the festival.

“Hundreds of visitors to Exuma were met with total disorganization and chaos,” the statement continued. “The event organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.”

Hallie Wilson, one attendee who said that she and her friends spent $4,000 to celebrate a friend’s bachelorette party, told ABC News that she and more than 100 others landed back in Miami after spending hours trying to get a flight.

“It’s been the longest 24 hours of our lives,” she added.

Another attendee Trevor DeHass told ABC News that despite the Fyre Festival being promoted as an all-inclusive upscale weekend, he said that he and his friends were served two slices of bread, a slice of cheese and a small salad for dinner Thursday.

@FyreFraud Here’s the dinner they fed us tonight. Literally slices of bread, cheese, and salad with no dressing. #fyrefraud #fyrefestival #dumpsterfyre pic.twitter.com/NmNXakSFlq

— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017

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US coalition strikes against ISIS killed at least 352 civilians since 2014, Pentagon says

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new Pentagon report finds at least 352 civilians have been unintentionally killed by artillery and airstrikes in the U.S. coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in August 2014, according to the Pentagon.

The U.S. military’s Combined Joint Task Force for the operation targeting ISIS said in the statement that the total includes 45 civilian deaths for which investigations were completed in March.

“Although the coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable,” the task force said in its report.

Among the recent incidents listed, 14 civilians were killed March 1 when a strike on an ISIS factory producing explosive devices set off a secondary blast near a house down the street near Mosul, Iraq.

Two days later, on March 3, ten civilians were unintentionally killed during a strike against an ISIS headquarters near Mosul.

Some watchdog groups tabulate reports of civilian deaths and report numbers higher than those from the U.S. military.

The Pentagon statement Sunday said the military is “unable to investigate all reports of possible civilian casualties using traditional investigative methods, such as interviewing witnesses and examining the site.”

To help determine civilian deaths, the coalition “interviews pilots and other personnel involved” in targeting strikes, reviews any strike or surveillance video available, and “analyzes information provided by government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, partner forces and traditional and social media,” the statement said.

The report also indicated that the Pentagon is still assessing reports that a coalition airstrike on March 17 played a role in the deaths of as many as 200 civilians in western Mosul.

The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, said in late March that there is “a fair chance” that the airstrike played a part in the deaths of the civilians inside three leveled buildings.

Townsend told reporters at the time that the U.S. was reviewing the incident and may find that the civilian deaths were due to a combination of the airstrike and the ISIS tactic of using human shields inside the buildings.

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San Diego shooting suspect dead, several critically injured

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Police in San Diego said there are at least eight victims after a gunman opened fire at an apartment complex Sunday night.

After receiving multiple 911 calls of a shooting in the pool area at La Jolla Crossroads Apartments, three officers arrived at the scene and engaged the suspect, a white male wearing shorts, who appeared to be reloading, police said.

The suspect was shot and killed after pointing a gun at officers, according to San Diego Police.

The victims were transported to local hospitals, according to officials, and several are in critical condition.

Police said there is no known threat, but added that witnesses should stay on scene.

There were no immediate details on victims or their identities.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Four killed, including suspect, in shootings at Kansas home for special needs adults

iStock/Thinkstock(TOPEKA, Kan.) — Four people were killed after a gunman opened fire inside a home for adults with special needs on Sunday afternoon, according to police in Topeka, Kansas.

The suspect believed to have been responsible for the shootings was among the dead, the Topeka Police Department said, and a fifth person was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said in a news release that officers responded to a 911 call for help at the residence at approximately 3:50 p.m. Sunday.

All of the shooting victims were male and associated with the residence, according to Topeka Police.

Victims had not been identified as of Sunday night.

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At least 13 dead in 4 states as tornadoes and floods wreak havoc in parts of South, Midwest

@SkySPOT97 / Micheal Lavender (DALLAS) — The death toll from tornadoes and storms in parts of the South and Midwest rose to at least 13 by evening Sunday, authorities said. Deaths from the severe weather were reported in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi.

East Texas was the worst hit, with tornadoes there killing at least four people and leaving a trail of what officials called “extensive damage” in the area. The twisters flattened homes and flipped cars and pickup trucks, according to videos and photos posted to social media.

Four deaths were in the Canton area east of Dallas, authorities said. At least 50 other people in the area were injured, the Canton Fire Department said.

“It is heartbreaking and upsetting,” Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett said, noting that the twister tore up an area 35 miles long and 15 miles wide.

The fatality toll of four in Canton updates an earlier report by authorities that five people had died.

In neighboring Arkansas, at least three people are dead and two missing, authorities said.

A 65-year-old woman, Christina Smith, was killed overnight by a falling tree in DeWitt, Arkansas, according to police.

In the community of Springdale, a 10-year-old girl was swept away by floodwaters and killed.

And in Dead Cove City, the fire chief, Doug Deckar, was checking water lines on a roadway during thunderstorms early Sunday when he was hit by a vehicle and killed, the Arkansas state police reported.

In Madison County, Arkansas, deputies are search for two missing children who may have been in a car swept away by floodwaters.

The car was on a low bridge near Hindsville when rising waters led the woman driver to flee. Her two children were inside. Authorities said they did not know if the children were able to exit the vehicle before the car was swept along in the flood.

Flash flooding in the state forced evacuations in some areas.

Flash flood emergencies have been declared in the following counties: Woodruff, Prairie, Jackson, Cleburne, Lonoke, Faulkner, and White County, according to the National Weather Service.

Further north, in Missouri, a 72-year-old woman died when the car she was in was swept off by floodwater, according to the the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Her husband tried to rescue her but was unable to, police said. The car was found later in a field.

In Mississippi, one person was reported dead in Durant after a tree fell on a house.

Storms in the state at one point over the weekend left 23,000 people without power, the Mississippi Department of Emergency Management said.

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Meet the 'brave' Syrian women who came to the US to change their country’s fate

Janet Weinstein/ABC News(NEW YORK) — Ahed Festuk stood outside the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, waiting for an aide to come and collect her. With her long blond hair, black jeans and flowered scarf, she looked very much like any other millennial living in her adopted home of Brooklyn, New York.

But Festuk was nervous. Along with four other Syrian women, she was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to share the reality on the ground in the city that is truly her home: Aleppo.

“I feel I have a big responsibility,” Festuk, 30, said. “Even if they only listen to me five percent, it’s a big responsibility.”

Festuk said she was among the first people to protest against Syria’s authoritarian leader, Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo in 2011. But much has changed in Syria for her since those first moments of the revolution.

The uprising, now a full-blown civil war, has killed more than half a million people and displaced 5 million others over the past six years. Since December 2015, when she was granted political asylum, Festuk has been living in the United States on her own, learning English and trying to advocate for her country.

“I love to tell people I’m from Syria. Some people say, ‘You’re not scared to say that?’ But why should I be scared? I’m brave to be from Syria and be part of the Syrian revolution,” she said.

It’s that pride, and optimism for Syria’s future, that brought Festuk and the four other Syrian women to Washington this week. Since President Trump launched an airstrike against the Syrian military April 7 and his secretary of state declared that “the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end,” the future of Syria is being discussed around the world.

But Festuk and the other women from her delegation said the voices of Syrian women have been noticeably absent from those discussions.

“It’s probably 95 percent Western men, and then the other 5 percent are Syrian men, and then us,” Noha Alkamcha, who works with Syrian local councils and civil society organizations, said.

Alkamcha, 32, said there are “a million women behind the scenes doing the actual work,” but few are quoted in the international press and even fewer have seats at the negotiating table.

The women’s tour is helping to change that. Along with Festuk and Alkamcha, three other women — Zaina Erhaim, Yasmin Kayali and a woman who asked that her identity not be revealed for safety reasons — met with congressional staff from the offices of Durbin, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as well as international organizations this week.

Erhaim, a journalist and the Syria coordinator at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, helped organize the delegation.

“We are really here to promote Syrian civil society, to promote Syrians’ rights and to promote the fact that Syrians are people, they are faces and human beings, they are not just numbers you see on the news,” Erhaim, 32, said. “Not all Syrians are Assadis or ISIS.”

But that fact has been lost in much of the media coverage and political discourse around Syria, experts say.

Some of that is because of Assad’s own strategy, said Ibrahim al-Assil, a fellow at the Middle East Institute. Weakening or silencing civil society organizations like the ones these women represent helps Assad stay in power, he said.

“Assad controls only some territories inside Syria but, at the same time, the regime is not allowing any kind of work for civil society or local governments in the territories outside its control,” al-Assil said. “They want to make it clear that it’s either the regime — or that the other option will be just chaos. They don’t want another alternative to emerge.”

But building alternatives is crucial to eventually rebuilding Syria, the women said, even if how Syria transitions to a democracy is unclear.

And they have been on the forefront of that work for years. Alkamcha said she helped organize more than 300 civil society organizations to define their vision in 2016 before the Geneva peace talks.

Kayali, 35, founded Basmeh and Zeitooneh, a humanitarian organization that works with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey.

“Today, this conflict has so many different international players and so many different geopolitical levels that it is very difficult to answer how it will end,” Kayali said. “I’m sure the end is going to surprise us all, but regardless of how it ends, we need to prepare for that end and we need to prepare for the day after.”

“The work that we are doing on the ground is to be able to later rebuild Syria,” she added.

Barry Pavel, senior vice president at the Atlantic Council who worked on defense policy for both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, said Trump’s recent airstrikes gave the United States new leverage in helping end the conflict in Syria. But he stressed that ensuring that there is a “very robust and resilient plan for a political transition” is crucial to the country’s future.

He also said the United States has much to learn from its policies in Iraq.

“It’s not about the days after, it’s about the years after Assad goes,” Pavel said. “We want to make sure the situation isn’t more dangerous than it was than before he went.

“There has to be a structured, deliberate diplomatic plan that moves Syria toward a new future,” he added.

Alkamcha said Syrian women are eager to be part of that plan.

“The U.S. does not have any successful story of intervention in history — that we are very familiar with,” she said. “When Tillerson says this is the end of Assad’s era, we 100 percent support that … But with a clear strategy for political transition and who will be the alternative for Assad.

“Definitely, the civil society and opposition will be an alternative, but we want to be involved in that decision-making by the U.S.”

As Kayali waited for a meeting with staffers from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to begin, she watched a video of her 5-year-old son that had been sent via WhatsApp from her family in Jordan. Although her children missed her, she said, she felt she had an obligation to share what was happening more than 5,700 miles away in their homeland.

“I believe that this is my duty to my people,” Kayali said. “I believe I am fortunate to be able to move around because of the passport I have and because of my ability to speak the English language. I think I owe it to my people to give them a voice.”

For Festuk, it’s also about giving voice to protesters who lost their lives opposing Assad.

She said she remembers attending her first demonstration in the early days of the uprising in 2011. The protest lasted only five minutes but felt “like five hours,” she said, before the protesters were chased off by police and soldiers.

But those five minutes with a few people swelled within months to more than 10,000 people protesting in Aleppo, she said. Despite the fact that it was dangerous, they kept protesting, sure that a better future was within reach.

“It was really an amazing feeling,” she said. “At that time, I felt that soon we would be successful, soon we would take the Assad regime out, and that soon we would overthrow them and their regime.”

She paused, looking out the window of the Hart Office Building toward the manicured lawns of D.C. and the vast marble steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“But it doesn’t work like that. Actually, the whole world supported [the regime] and left us behind. No one listened to us,” she said.

“When I remember those days and how we lost amazing people,” she said, stopping in mid-sentence as tears came to her eyes.

Still, Festuk said, she would go back to Syria the “next day” if Assad were removed from power.

“I love my country, I love Syria, and especially Aleppo,” she said. “I will go immediately.”

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