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Texas women’s basketball takes on Stanford in Sweet 16 battle

No. 3-seeded Texas Longhorns women s basketball will face off with two-seeded Stanford in a Sweet 16 match-up on Friday at 8 p.m. CT in Lexington, Kentucky on ESPN. The Horns will need to rely on junior point guard Brooke McCarty to remain competitive against a stout Stanford defense. McCarty scored 23 points on 7-13 shooting in the Longhorns round of 32 84-80 victory against North Carolina State. The 5 4 guard has averaged a team-high 14.3 points per game on the year. Another Horns player who will need a big game is freshman Joyner Holmes, who provided 16 points for Texas and added nine rebounds against North Carolina State. Holmes will need to continue her season long offensive output (she averages 12 points per game). She also leads the team with 90 turnovers, and added five to that total in the round of 32, so displaying better ball security would help the odds against a Stanford team that has accumulated 7.4 steals a game.

Stanford (30-5) is coming off of a closer-than-expected 72-64 first round victory against New Mexico State, followed by a convincing 69-48 blowout of Kansas State in the round of 32. The Cardinal are led by Erica McCall, who averages 14.3 points per game. The senior center also leads the team in rebounds with 306. At 6 3, McCall s size will pose challenges for the Lady Horns, but Texas has many athletes who can match-up with her. 6 5 senior center Kelsey Lang and the 6 3 forward will look to hit the boards for the Horns and limit McCall s productivity inside. The Longhorns (25-8) have had a solid season under Karen Aston s tutelage which has been highlighted by a 85-79 February 6th victory over then No. 2 Baylor in Austin. However, the team had lost four of its last six games heading into the NCAA tournament.

This team can play with anyone, but can also lose to anyone too, as evidenced by the 70-66 home loss to Iowa State in February. It s clear that Aston has the program on the right track and the North Carolina State game was thrilling, if imperfect. This team may not be among the best eight in the country right now, but it is fun to watch and worth cheering for. So whether the season ends tonight, on Sunday, or in the Final Four, the head coach and her players should be proud of what they ve accomplished.

Hook em.

Firm in $101M deal to support federal training site in Charleston area

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Coast Guard personnel demonstrate a maritime training exercise in 2013 at the Federal Law Enforcement Center in North Charleston. AP/File

A Maryland firm has landed a long-term contract valued at more than $101 million to help the government run the local Federal Law Enforcement Training Center[1]. The Department of Homeland Security recently awarded the seven-and-a-half year job to ASRC Federal Field Services. The deal was announced Thursday. The contract calls for the Beltsville, Md.-based company to take care of building and grounds maintenance and provide transportation for 400 trainees. It also will oversee janitorial services and operate the dining hall, among other tasks.

The federal training academy is made up of dozens of buildings, classrooms and training ranges on the former Navy base in North Charleston and the Naval Weapons Station in Hanahan. ASRC Federal CEO Mark Gray said the contract extends a working relationship the company has had with Homeland Security since 2003. The firm is a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp., a Native Alaska-owned business with 13,000 I upiat Eskimo shareholders. The government established the North Charleston law enforcement school in 2004, after moving a U.S. Border Patrol training operation from the region to New Mexico.

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The Department of Homeland Security oversees the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers.

The Cooper River site teaches basic and advanced law enforcement skills. It works with thousands of students annually from numerous federal agencies, including the Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Marshals Service.

New and revised training includes seaport security antiterrorism, commercial vessel boarding, maritime tactical training, radiation detection, confined spaces entry and weapons of mass effect training, according to the center’s website.

References

  1. ^ Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (www.fletc.gov)

Crime emerges as top issue among mayoral candidates …

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Albuquerque s mayoral election is more than six months away, but you wouldn t know it by the standing-room-only crowd that showed up at the North Valley Senior Center on Tuesday evening to hear the declared candidates views on everything from public safety and the economy to immigration and controversial public works projects.

It was the first mayoral forum of the campaign and the unofficial kickoff to the city election season. And for Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden, it was a warning that his days as the city s top cop may be numbered. All of the mayoral candidates identified crime and problems with the police department as a top priority, and eight of the 11 candidates who showed up said they would replace Eden if elected. The election is on Oct. 3.

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We need to create a safe city, said candidate Brian Col n, an attorney and former state Democratic Party chairman. He said he had already told the chief that, if he becomes mayor, Eden would be fired.

Our city is defined as dangerous, said City Councilor Dan Lewis. We re defined by criminals right now, and we can change that. We have to be brutally honest to change that. I want to make Albuquerque No. 1 for the worst place to be a criminal.

Crime in Albuquerque is out of control, said candidate Stella Padilla, a retired Old Town resident.

I think we need a new chief, she said. Crime is the situation we have to get a hold of immediately. Other candidates agreeing that Eden needs to go were former County Commissioner Deanna Archuleta; Rachel Golden, who has worked as a security guard; Gus Pedrotty, a University of New Mexico undergraduate; Jacob Morgan Shull; Susan Wheeler-Deichsel, founder of the civic group Urban ABQ; and Lewis. Wheeler-Deichsel pledged to conduct a nationwide search for a new police chief, someone who can get behind the goals of the settlement Albuquerque entered into with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014.

The agreement was reached after a DOJ investigation found Albuquerque police had a pattern or practice of using excessive force, which included police shootings. The settlement mandates a series of reforms, policy changes and training that officers must complete over several years. But not everyone agreed that the DOJ settlement is a good thing. Advertisement

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I think we all agree (that APD) is understaffed and under siege, said candidate Wayne Johnson, a Bernalillo County Commissioner. I think (the DOJ settlement) was a mistake. He said trying to run a law enforcement department with a 106-page consent decree, a court monitor and a federal judge watching makes it nearly impossible for the department to respond to the public safety concerns that come up.

Candidate Elan Colello, meanwhile, criticized the city for wasting money on large capital purchases, saying that money would have been better used for public safety.

Our community is falling apart, he said. While crime and Chief Eden s future with APD took center stage at the forum, candidates also seized the opportunity to try to set themselves apart. State Auditor Tim Keller described himself as a maverick.

I ve stood up against the status quo every chance I ve had, he said.

Archuleta touted her experience as a former two-term county commissioner and as an appointee of the Obama administration.

What I bring to this that others don t is experience, Archuleta said. Advertisement

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Pedrotty said the community needs to attack its problems holistically rather than just reaching for Band-Aids. He said the community needs to figure out a way to solve those problems rather than looking to the federal government for solutions.

I am the candidate who has offered myself as completely nonpartisan, Wheeler-Deichsel said. Shull said he is in favor of making recreational marijuana legal. He noted that Colorado has brought in significant tax revenue by doing that.

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The Greater Gardner Neighborhood Association hosted Tuesday evening s mayoral forum the first of the campaign season. (Greg Sorber/Journal)

The forum was sponsored by the Greater Gardner Neighborhood Association in the North Valley. A representative of the association asked candidates their stance on a controversial solid waste transfer station planned for Edith and Griegos.

I m opposed to the waste transfer station, Col n said, adding that he has even contributed to the community s legal defense fund. Lewis said he would start the process on the project over. Colello said he would stop the project.

I m not sure the waste transfer station is needed, he said. Johnson said he thinks the city failed to involve the public in the process on both the transfer station project and the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project on Central Avenue.

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Asked their opinions on immigration and raising the minimum wage, Golden and Johnson said they don t support sanctuary cities, and both said they are against raising the minimum wage. Keller said he supports immigrants and refugees, and is in favor of raising the minimum wage.

I was the commissioner that made sure that (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) was taken out of the jail, Archuleta said. Second, I want to make sure everyone understands I agree the minimum wage is something we need to increase. Candidates must gather at least 3,000 signatures each by April 28 in order to appear on the ballot. If no candidate gets at least 50 percent of the vote on Oct. 3, the top two vote-getters will go head to head in a runoff election in November.

Candidates who were at Tuesday night s forum were:
Deanna Archuleta, Democrat, former Bernalillo County Commissioner
Brian Col n, an attorney and former state Democratic Party chairman
Tim Keller, state auditor, a Democrat
Dan Lewis, Albuquerque city councilor, a Republican
Wayne Johnson, Bernalillo County Commissioner, a Republican
Susan Wheeler-Deichsel, an independent and founder of the civic group Urban ABQ
Elan Colello, a Democrat and CEO of a virtual reality company
Rachel Golden, a Republican, and the youngest candidate running at 19
Gus Pedrotty, University of New Mexico undergraduate
Stella Padilla, retired Old Town resident
Jacob Morgan Shull, native of Orlando, Fla., who has lived in Albuquerque for nearly six years
The declared candidates who could not make it were Michelle Garcia Holmes, Eddy Aragon, Lamont T. Davis and Scott Madison.

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