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Former Florida Supreme Court justice dies at age 93

A former Florida Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision that prevented lawyers from excluding jurors because of their race has died. Court spokesman Craig Waters announced that Parker Lee McDonald died Saturday at his home in Tallahassee. McDonald was 93. McDonald, who was born in Sebring, was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 1979 by then-Gov. Bob Graham. McDonald served 15 years on the court and retired from the court after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

He authored the decision regarding jurors in 1984.

He was nicknamed the “Whistling Justice” because a security guard stopped him on his first day and told him no whistling was allowed in the court building. McDonald told the guard he could do what he wanted since he was a justice.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban threatened staff’s job security if draft pick leaked

The Boston Celtics will select Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in NBA Draft, league source tells @TheVertical[1].

Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017[2]

The Suns will select Josh Jackson with the No. 4 pick, league source tells @TheVertical[3].

Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 22, 2017[4]

Look back at Woj s timeline to see that he tipped every lottery pick except No. 1, No. 2 and No. 9. The first two picks were somewhat obvious, and it appears Woj was instead working on a report about the forthcoming Jimmy Butler trade during that time. As for No. 9? Well, that one remaining quiet was the result of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban practically locking his employees in a bunker.

Mark said, Okay, we re going to give Woj a pump fake, a Mavs staffer said, according to the Dallas Morning News[5]. Then he said, No one touches their phones or they re fired. Coming from The Boss, you take it seriously.

[Magic Johnson blasts D Angelo Russell days after trading him to Nets[6]]

The Morning News reports that in the lead-up to the Mavericks pick, Cuban told staffers to put their phones on the table in front of them, lest someone discreetly leak news to a reporter. As phones buzzed and rang, they disregarded the notifications which seems as cruel as placing a birthday cake in the middle of a third-grade classroom and telling the children not to eat it.

Cuban spoke to reporters Friday at the introductory news conference for Dennis Smith the N.C. State guard whose identity was finally revealed when Silver stepped up to the podium to announce the pick.

The closer it gets to the [No. 9] pick, the more tense it became, Cuban said, recalling the events of Thursday night. I said, Okay, two things. One, when I m on the phone, everybody shut up. Two, if this gets to Wojo before our pick, whoever we find out did it is fired.

[ESPN s Jalen Rose made fun of Caleb Swanigan for being a fat kid[7]]

Smith was a bit of a polarizing prospect entering the draft, but most experts think Dallas got great value at No. 9 because he has such a high ceiling. The explosive guard averaged more than 18 points and six assists as a freshman for the Wolfpack, which had a disappointing 15-17 record last season, leading to the ousting of coach Mark Gottfried.

The Wolfpack s undoing was its 322nd-ranked defense, and Smith s response Friday to a question about his D was pretty damning.

I want to learn exactly how to play defense, he said. That s not something that we were really pressed about last year.

Well, he s in the right place. Under respected Coach Rick Carlisle, Dallas allowed the fourth-fewest points per game last year. And on Thursday the Mavs showed a proven ability to defend against reporters scooping their draft picks.

References

  1. ^ @TheVertical (twitter.com)
  2. ^ June 22, 2017 (twitter.com)
  3. ^ @TheVertical (twitter.com)
  4. ^ June 22, 2017 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ according to the Dallas Morning News (sportsday.dallasnews.com)
  6. ^ Magic Johnson blasts D Angelo Russell days after trading him to Nets (www.washingtonpost.com)
  7. ^ ESPN s Jalen Rose made fun of Caleb Swanigan for being a fat kid (www.washingtonpost.com)

Fort McCoy called ideal location for combat exercise

During June, Fort McCoy averaged more than 12,000 troops training on post each week for most of the month. The majority of those troops were part of the Exportable Combat Training Capability Exercise coordinated by the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Joint Forces Headquarters-Illinois of the Illinois Army National Guard. Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security director Brad Stewart said that although it s a busy month like many other months at the installation, it shows how the post is a favorable location for all types of training.

It has been extremely busy, Stewart said. There is a lot of great training that s occurring out here. Fort McCoy is an Army premier Total Force Training Center. This installation is here to help the Army meet its operational-demand requirements for combatant commanders anywhere in the world. That s one of our missions here ‘ to provide training, infrastructure and support so units can come in and increase their readiness. Besides thousands of troops from the Illinois Army National Guard, there are also more than 500 troops with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, who are supporting training as opposing forces.

They, too, have been able to go out and complete some unit training of their own in addition to their support for the exercise, Stewart said. With the premier capability we have, we are allowed to provide units with that infrastructure to increase their readiness level.

Capt. Brandon Hunsaker, commander of D Company, 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois Army National Guard, said training at Fort McCoy helps his unit improve its readiness.

Having a place like Fort McCoy is very valuable to us, Hunsaker said. It allows us to do certain things we might not be able to do in other places. Fort McCoy also allows us to do many different things with the amount of ranges that are here (and) the training areas that are available. (The post) allows us to go out and do collective training (that) our company is designed to do. We also have a wide variety of training aids available to us as well. First Sgt. Kevin Driscoll, also with Company D, 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment, said the installation is a great place to train.

Fort McCoy offers our whole unit an opportunity for training, Driscoll said. In this training, soldiers get an opportunity to mold their respective skills and (as they work together) they can become a better team. Illinois National Guard public affairs director Lt. Col. Brad Leighton said the installation s capabilities and capacity are reasons why the XCTC Exercise was planned for Fort McCoy.

This is a large exercise, Leighton said. Having this training at Fort McCoy is definitely good for us, too. It is fairly close to Illinois, so there is a cost savings (in transportation) and a time savings there, as well. Plus, Fort McCoy has everything needed to conduct an exercise like this.

Stewart said the installation will continue to grow as a year-round training center.

Fort McCoy has been continuously busy, and we continue to see an increase nearly every year, Stewart said. We re anticipating to see that much more as we see the numbers growing for August and September. He said that trend will continue during the winter.

We re just starting to see cold-weather training come back in larger numbers, he said. We ll see increased winter training as early as January and another gunnery season as early as February. As we hear about threats occurring throughout the world, … and as units get ready to be able to respond to anywhere throughout the world, you re going to see more (troops) coming here to train in the winter time as well as in the spring, summer and fall. For more information about Fort McCoy, visit mccoy.army.mil[1], on Facebook by searching ftmccoy, and on Twitter by searching usagmccoy.

References

  1. ^ mccoy.army.mil (mccoy.army.mil)