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NBA roundup: LeBron James will miss regular-season finale

CLEVELAND LeBron James will sit out Cleveland s regular-season finale, resting a strained right calf in preparation for the playoffs. James didn t play in Monday night s loss at Miami and General Manager David Griffin confirmed Tuesday that James will miss Wednesday s game against Toronto.

NBA Roundup: LeBron James Will Miss Regular-season FinaleLeBron James has made a habit of sitting out regular-season finales and will do it again Wednesday night, even though the Cleveland Cavaliers are seeking the top spot in the East. Associated Press/Darren Abate NBA Roundup: LeBron James Will Miss Regular-season Finale

James, 32, who hasn t played in the last regular-season game since 2007, logged 47 minutes in Sunday s overtime loss at Atlanta. He s trying to reach the finals for a seventh straight time. The Cavaliers have prioritized health and rest over getting the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. They also sat guard Kyrie Irving against the Heat. He s been bothered by soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Cleveland is also without center Tristan Thompson, who has a sprained right thumb.

Cleveland will sign free- agent swingman Dahntay Jones for the postseason. Jones, 36, made a significant contribution in last year s finals, when Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 deficit to stun Golden State. He came off the bench and scored five quick points in Game 6.

WARRIORS: Stephen Curry has the best-selling jersey in the NBA for the second consecutive year. The league announced that NBAStore.com sales show Curry leading LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving for the most popular jersey this season.

The NBA also said the Warriors have the best-selling merchandise as a franchise this season, ahead of the Cavaliers, Bulls, Lakers and Knicks. Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas appears in the top 15 in jersey sales for the first time at No. 14.

HAWKS: Atlanta appointed Malik Rose as general manager of its D-League affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania, beginning next season. Rose also will maintain his duties as manager of basketball operations for the Hawks.

The Hawks new D-League franchise will play in Erie the next two seasons before relocating in 2019 to a 3,500-seat arena that will be built in College Park , adjacent to Atlanta s airport and only about 10 miles from Philips Arena. Rose was in the NBA for 13 years, playing with Charlotte, San Antonio, New York and Oklahoma City. He won NBA titles with the Spurs in 1999 and 2003.

CHARLES OAKLEY appeared at a Manhattan criminal court for an arraignment hearing stemming from a series of misdemeanor charges he faces after a scuffle with Madison Square Garden security during a February Knicks game. After a three-minute hearing, Oakley was ordered to file motions by May 16 and appear again on May 30. He faces two assault charges, two harassment charges and criminal trespassing.

Dressed in a dark blue suit, Oakley was the first of about 125 cases called before Judge Judy Kim at the lower Manhattan courthouse. The former Knicks player remained silent while assistant district attorney Ryan Lipes read the charges.

According to Lipes, Oakley told police during his arrest that he had a couple of drinks before arriving at the Garden for the Knicks-Clippers game Feb. 8. Every time I come to the Garden, Dolan has security guards on me, Oakley told police, referring to Knicks owner James Dolan.

Every time I come to the Garden, nothing good happens.

Maine lawmakers backing off long resistance to federal Real ID requirements

AUGUSTA The Maine Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to end the state s opposition to federal Real ID requirements and to begin the process of redesigning the state s driver s licenses. Without legislative action, Maine residents likely will be unable to use their driver s licenses to board commercial airplanes[1] starting in January because the state has yet to implement the stronger security standards. On Thursday, the Maine Senate voted 31-4 in support of a bill that directs the Secretary of State s Office to issue new driver s licenses that comply with the federal Real ID rules.

If you want to see disruption and chaos back home because we didn t act not just this year but for the past 10 years knowing full well that the deadline was before us then we will see that and we all will hear that. And we should, said bill sponsor Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, a former secretary of state. The bill, L.D. 306, is now headed to the House for consideration. Gov. Paul LePage has called for the Legislature to pass the bill.

If passed and signed as expected by LePage, Maine would get a grace period through a waiver from the federal Department of Homeland Security as the state moves toward federal compliance and new driver s licenses. Mainers would keep their current licenses until it is time to renew, and their next licenses would meet the new standards. It will take as long as a year for the state s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which issues licenses and identification cards, to get a new system up and running. Maine is one of a handful of states that have refused to comply with the Real ID law and not received extended waivers from the federal government. Federal officials insist that the additional requirements including digitized images of the card holder as well as federal access to a database of birth certificates and photographs are necessary to help thwart terrorism.

Opponents of Real ID, including current Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, have warned that the federal mandates could violate Mainers privacy without enhancing security[2]. Sen. Shenna Bellows, a Manchester Democrat who formerly headed the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, said it was madness for our state to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to set up what will be a treasure trove for identity thieves.

With any centralized database, particularly when there are not enough resources to keep pace with the technology developed by hackers and thieves, it is not a question of if the data will be breached, but when and to what consequences, Bellows said. Both Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, and Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, called Real ID a giant unfunded mandate because Dunlap s office has estimated it would cost $2 million to $3 million to implement.

Instead, opponents said Mainers can use passports or passport cards to get through airport security or gain access to federal facilities. But lawmakers are under increasing pressure to adopt the Real ID requirements because some people already are being affected.

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  1. ^ unable to use their driver s licenses to board commercial airplanes (www.pressherald.com)
  2. ^ violate Mainers privacy without enhancing security (www.pressherald.com)
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House fails to override LePage veto of veterans ID bill

AUGUSTA The Maine House voted Tuesday to sustain Gov. Paul LePage s veto of a bill that would have paid for passport cards for veterans who lost access to a New Hampshire health clinic earlier this year. The 89-54 vote was short of the two-thirds majority needed to override LePage s veto of a bill that supporters described as a temporary but quick fix[1] to issues created by Maine s non-compliance with federal Real ID rules. Maine driver s licenses are no longer accepted for entry at some federal buildings and military bases, including a Department of Veterans Affairs health clinic at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire that was used by roughly 500 veterans from Maine.

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The bill, LD 213, would have provided $15,000 to the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to pay for passport cards for low-income veterans who use the New Hampshire clinic. The bill passed the Maine House on a 110-8 vote and the Maine Senate 35-0 last week. But in his veto message, LePage said the bill, LD 213, would only fix part of the problem related to the federal Real ID mandate and would be difficult for the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to administer. Instead, he urged lawmakers to pass another bill[2], LD 306, that would end Maine s official opposition to incorporating Real ID s enhanced security features into state driver s licenses.

Though I agree with the sentiment to help veterans seeking medical care, we cannot forget all of the other groups that have experienced problems due to Real ID, LePage wrote. I respectfully urge the Legislature to not provide case-by-case carve-outs for groups being affected by Real ID.

Maine residents will no longer be able to use state driver s licenses to pass through airport security beginning in January 2018 unless the state adopts the Real ID requirements.

This story will be updated.

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  1. ^ a temporary but quick fix (www.pressherald.com)
  2. ^ urged lawmakers to pass another bill (www.pressherald.com)
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