A 77-minute man advantage wasn’t enough for Arsenal to see off Atletico Madrid. Antoine Griezmann punished a moment of reckless defense and Simeone’s men will go home with a priceless away goal.Arsene Wenger couldn’t count on his two winter additions. Mkhitaryan is injured and Aubameyang was ineligible due to having played for Borussia Dortmund. Ospina, Arsenal’s Europa League goalie, was between the posts. Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Welbeck and Lacazette completed The Gunners’ starting lineup. Diego Simeone left out the out-of-form Fernando Torres and gave a rare opportunity to Kevin Gameiro to play alongside Antoine Griezmann. Veteran midfielder Gabi and center back Stefan Savic were on the bench as well. Angel Correa was in the starting eleven, as Simeone opted for speed in attack. Saul Niguez, Koke and Thomas Partey was the midfield trio, Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez and Sime Vrsaljko were the defenders and Jan Oblak was on goal.It was Arsene Wenger’s last European game with his beloved team and the atmosphere at the stadium he helped build was wonderfully unified. It took one minute and 15 seconds for Sime Vrsaljko to receive the first yellow card of the match, as he tripped Welbeck in order to stop a counter attack. Lacazette had a great chance in the 6th minute when Welbeck found him with a magnificent pass. The Frenchman took it first time and missed by a few centimeters. He probably should’ve done better. Seconds later, Oblak made an excellent reflex save on Lacazette’s close-range header.The referee made a gigantic decision to show Vrsaljko a second yellow for a foul on Lacazette in the 13th minute. It was extremely brave from Clement Turpin to do that and even though Simeone was in disbelief over what had happened, replays showed that the Croatian right back did step on Lacazette’s foot. The red card was justified. The volatile Argentinian coach then screamed at the referee for a foul by Bellerin, asking for a yellow card. Instead, he was sent to the stands for his angry gestures and protests. I have to give credit to the young referee. Every decision he made was the right one. He could’ve calmly shown a red card to Atletico’s assistant manager as well.Oblak denied Arsenal again in the 20th minute. He saved Welbeck’s attempt at going between his legs. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball came to Koscielny, who failed to direct it towards goal at the far post. Moments later, Lacazette was calling for a foul inside Atletico’s box, but was fortunate not to receive a booking for diving. Bellerin was getting tons of space on the right flank and was sending crosses at will. In the 37th minute, we almost saw a nightmare scenario develop for Arsenal. Thomas Partey dribbled past three players, the ball bounced off a fourth one onto his foot and he passed the ball to Griezmann, who fired a shot right at Ospina.Arsenal suffer huge blow as Lacazette is ruled out until October Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Arsenal announced that striker Alexandre Lacazette has suffered an ankle injury and will be sidelined until October.Whenever in possession, The Gunners were sending a lot of players forward. However, considering the man advantage, they weren’t doing enough to exploit it. We went into half-time with no goals in either net.Atletico’s defense dropped deeper in the second half, as most of its players were in the 25 to 30-meter area in front of Oblak’s goal. Patience eventually paid off for Arsenal. Wilshere made a cross inside the box in the 61st minute. A great leap at the back post by Alexandre Lacazette and his header gave the home team a 1-0 lead. It was the breakthrough Wenger’s men were so desperate for. The first substitution of the match came in the 65th minute, when Gameiro was replaced by Gabi. Lacazette was really pumped up after the goal. He was everywhere. In the 70th minute he almost flicked the ball in the net with his head again.The Spanish side further strengthened its defense with the next switch, which was Savic in, Correa out. The thought process was ‘Live to fight another day’. Then, in the blank of an eye, Griezmann had the visitors level. An innocent ball forward, two defenders unable to contain one player and Arsenal was punished. A disastrous moment for Gunners fans worldwide and a moment of elation for the opposition fans. Soon after the goal, Griezmann was replaced by Fernando Torres. Oblak made another world-class save in the 86th minute, this time stopping Ramsey’s header.The game pretty much summarized most of the Arsene Wenger’s era at Arsenal, an era of missed opportunities and leaky defense. Despite total domination, Arsenal wasn’t the team going to the second leg with the advantage.
Fernando Torres is being reportedly lined up for a move surprise move to Galatasaray this summer, claims ASThe former Spain international is on the lookout for a new club this summer after being released by Atletico Madrid at the end of last season.Torres has already stated his desire to find a club outside of Spain and, therefore, he has been linked with moves to J-League side Sagan Tosu and with MLS side Chicago Fire, whose head coach Veljko Paunovic used to alongside the 34-year-old at Atletico in 2003.Report: Vidic claims Aguero was his nemesis George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Nemanja Vidic claims that Sergio Aguero was his nemesis on the football field.At 37 years of age as Vidic reflects back on a career…But now a surprise club in Galatasaray have emerged as a potential destination for the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward with the Süper Lig side keen to bring in a striker that will be able to compete in the Champions League.Fatih Terim’s side are at risk of losing their goalscoring machine Bafetimbi Gomis, who netted 32 goals in 38 appearances last season, this summer due to a lucrative offer from China.Another player of interest for Galatasaray is Villarreal striker Carlos Bacca and Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa, whose agent revealed that he has been contacted by the Turkish club.
Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa believes “nothing is impossible” as they prepare to host Juventus.Parma started their Serie A season with a 2-2 draw against Udinese, where they blew a two-goal lead and 1-0 loss to SPAL. D’Aversa is now hoping his team can take points off Juventus.“Juventus have as their greatest strengths the possession play and mentality of their Coach. We must do well to remain compact and allow few spaces between the lines,” D’Aversa said in his Press conference.[via Football Italia]“Clearly it’s a difficult game, but nothing is impossible. We’ll try to play the perfect match and hope Juve have an off day.”“At this moment, there’s more talk about Ronaldo than the club. He’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s not forget Juve have champions in every area of the pitch and on the bench too.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I met Massimiliano Allegri when I went to view his training sessions at Vinovo and the fact he doesn’t feel the need to hide his methods is a sign of how great he is. Allegri gives a sense of calm to the team and that was decisive last season in the race with Napoli.“We must use this motivation and pride in facing prestigious opponents. In my career, the most decisive victories were earned when nobody expected them. Nothing is impossible in life.”
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that Salomon Rondon is fit and available for their game against Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.Rondon has been out injured since Newcastle’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace in September.Newcastle currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with just two points after nine matches and Benitez is happy to have nearly his full squad with the return of Rondon.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Rondón is available, he’s in the squad. Everyone is available apart from (Florian) Lejeune and (Jamie) Sterry,” Benitez told NUFC website.“You can see that we signed (Rondón) as a main striker. We were missing him for games. When he played against Crystal Palace, he was injured and it was a pity.“Now he’s fit, hopefully, he can stay fit for a while and at least increase the competition between the offensive players – that is something that is good for any team.”
West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is very pleased with how Robert Snodgrass has turned around his fortunes at the clubThe 31-year-old midfielder arrived at West Ham in 2017 from Hull City but struggled to make an impact.After spending last season on loan at English Championship side Aston Villa, Snodgrass returned in the summer upon Pellegrini’s appointment as manager.The Chilean then advised Snodgrass to lose weight and he has since been left impressed by what he’s seen.The Scotsman has since started eight of West Ham’s opening 14 Premier League fixtures with a further five substitute appearances.“I spoke with Snodgrass at the beginning of the season,” Pellegrini told reporters on the club website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It depended on what he wanted and I gave him some demands about his work. He’s a great professional player who has the desire to be here.”Another player capturing interest is summer arrival Felipe Anderson from Lazio, who has scored four goals in his last four outings.“I think Felipe is improving,” added Pellegrini.“He played a very good game and he knows more about what he should be doing and not doing. He is improving every game.West Ham will face Cardiff City tonight at the London Stadium with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho would have sold Paul Pogba in the summer if Barcelona came up with the required amount of money.The Catalan club made an offer of Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina for the French midfielder, an offer which was emphatically turned down by United, with both players moving to Everton instead.“If someone comes with money Jose would have sold,” says one United source, according to the Daily Record.Pogba now finds himself in a tough situation after sitting out the 4-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.The former Juventus star remained on the bench for the entire duration of the game and his future at United looks bleak.Mourinho has warned Pogba he faces a fight to get back into the starting lineup after revealing the Frenchman will play when he rests players on Wednesday against Valencia.“He has to play with the same mentality that the team has been playing with,” Mourinho warned.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Paul can be a fantastic player. He has the potential to be a fantastic player.”He added: “We need to rest players.”“These last two matches Arsenal and today, today was really strong.”“We go to Valencia there are some that need to rest, some need to play.”“A question of trust and a question of justice too.”“So if I saw Romero plays, or he deserves to play, if I say a kid that is working like a tiger and is not playing much like Andreas Pereira is going to have a start, I’m going to make changes in the team because we have qualified.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his team struggled with the wind in their 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Monday night.After seeing his side bow out of the FA Cup in a 2-1 defeat at Wolves, Klopp insisted the weather condition was to their advantage.“Everyone on the pitch struggled with the wind, with controlling the ball, and the first touch was very often not good,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“We lost a lot of balls, they lost a lot of balls. In the end, one of the balls we lost was a counter-attack and they scored the goal.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We wanted to start the second half with a positive approach, improve a few things, and we scored the goal. Then Neves, with the wind in his back, hit a nice little shot.“Then we hit the crossbar. That was the story of the game. So we brought on Mo [Salah] and Bobby [Firmino] and looked obviously a little bit different.“But the intensity of the last few games gave me the information that it was not possible to play with the front three.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Nov 2014 – One day before her arraignment in the case of the near drowning death of her son, Cayden; Inakesha Brooks-Amour, a woman believed to be suffering postpartum depression has reportedly committed suicide. Police say she was yesterday found overdosed on meds on a bathroom floor. Inakesha had since August been released on $50,000 bail; so she may not have been in custody where she had once been on suicide watch. The 33 year old who hails from Grand Turk has been under enormous pressure ever since her 3-month old son Cayden was given life-saving CPR after she reportedly tried to drown him in a Riviera Isles canal on July 1st. Brooks Armour, her husband Conlan and mother Grace Ann all told police it was not the first time Inakesha had tried to hurt her son; before it had been feeding him cough syrup. Today, Inakesha was due to face charges formally in court… her husband had been given custody of the baby boy, who at last report remained unconscious at Joe DiMaggio hospital in South Florida. Grace Ann Brooks, Inakesha’s mother was charged with neglect, and like her daughter faced as much as 20 years in jail for the tragic incident. Family in the TCI, after getting wind of the case established a fund to raise money and awareness for healthcare bills and legal fees. Family had offered that Inakesha Brooks-Armour was thrilled to be a mother and that she loved her son… again, it is believed she suffered PPD. South Florida records first cases of Zika virus Related Items:cayden armour, drowning death, Inakesha Brooks-Amour, Joe DiMaggio hospital, south florida Haitians gearing up for May Celebration in South Florida Four killed in plane en route to Provo; not natives
Regards, Lindsay ThompsonPublic Information OfficerThe National Emergency Management AgencyGladstone Road and NEMA’s Way O. Box N-7147Nassau, The BahamasContact office: (242) 322-6081 or 5Cell: (242) 376-2042Email: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 11, 2017 – Nassau – Tropical storm warnings for Grand Bahama and Bimini have been discontinued, hence the All Clear has been given for those islands which experienced dangerous Hurricane Irma over the weekend. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology in Alert #49 issued on Monday, September 11 explained the conditions in those islands and gave an update on the storm.IRMA CONTINUES TO WEAKEN AS THE CENTER MOVES ALONG THE NORTHWESTERN COAST OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA.TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI ARE DISCONTINUED, HENCE THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI. EVEN THOUGH THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN, RESIDENTS MUST STILL EXERCISE CAUTION IN MOVING ABOUT AS THERE ARE AREAS IN THE ISLANDS WHERE THERE MAY BE DOWNED POWER LINES, SEVERE FLOODING, DOWNED TREES AND OTHER DEBRIS ACROSS SOME SREETS. RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO AVOID THESE AREAS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND ALLOW MAINTENANCE CREW TO CLEAR THE STREETS. AT 5AM, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.9 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 82.6 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 280 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF WEST END GRAND BAHAMA AND 417 MILES NORTHWEST OF NEW PROVIDENCE.IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 75 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST, AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM THIS MORNING AND TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES MAINLY TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 415 MILES FROM THE CENTER.For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Public Information Officer, NEMA at (242) 322-6081. 322-6085. 361-5569. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.bahamas.gov.bs. Facebook: NEMA-Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri reckons that victory tonight at Manchester United could prove to be key following a slow start back from the international breakThe Old Lady’s 100% winning record to the new Serie A season came to an end on Saturday, where they were held to a 1-1 home draw with Genoa.But Juventus have the opportunity to retain their winning start in the Champions League tonight, where they will take on United at Old Trafford for the first time since 2003 in a competitive fixture.“We haven’t got this month off to the best of starts but tomorrow’s game is like a crossroads for us. If we win, we’ll have one foot in the knockout stage,” Allegri told reporters on the club website.“It’s going to be very tricky though, so we must be on our game technically.”The likes of Alexis Sanchez along with six others have been ruled out for United in their group game with Juventus.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Although Allegri expects United counterpart Jose Mourinho to provide his side with a stern challenge anyway.“It will be a physical match and we must be highly focused. We’ll need to keep hold of the ball and use it well if we want to limit one of our opponents’ biggest threats, which are high balls,” said Allegri.“Man United are a tough outfit with a very experienced coach.“We must be in the game at all times, for the whole 100 minutes. We have to remember not only our own match against Genoa but also the match between United and Chelsea, who equalised deep into stoppage time.”Juventus will be without Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic along with German midfielders Emre Can and Sami Khedira.The Serie A giants lead Group H by two points after wins over Valencia and Young Boys.
The former Liverpool boss praised players and fans for playing their part in “a proper victory” over Bundeliga high-fliers RB Leipzig.An early goal from Kieran Tierney and a late goal from Odsonne Edouard earned a 2-1 win over the Bundesliga side and boosted Celtic’s hopes of qualifying from their group.Rodgers has seen his side show impressive domestic form in recent weeks and he felt the team brought that form to Europe.“It was a proper victory for us this evening,” he said, according to Stv Sport.“Everyone knows the level that Leipzig are playing at week in, week out, and where they sit in their domestic league. We saw over there what a good side they are.“But everyone involved with Celtic deserves a huge amount of credit. The players were outstanding. I think we brought our true face to the game tonight in terms of how we’ve been playing and with our pressing.Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“We brought our identity to the game.”Rodgers also praised the effort of the fans and that the support from the stands for the team’s victory.“The players knew they had to work hard defensively,” Rodgers added. “They were aggressive, fought for every ball and then they showed the quality when they had it.“And then obviously the supporters were absolutely magnificent.“It’s always very emotional here at Celtic Park but that synergy between both [players and fans] brought us the result“It was a fantastic three points for us.”
Former England U-21 international Callum Wilson insists he’s confident about shining for the senior national team ahead of his potential debut on Thursday night.The Bournemouth striker was called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest squad after his impressive goalscoring run his club and could feature when the United States men’s national team come to Wembley.“He gave me an opportunity at that level, a lot has happened since then and I think as you get older you appreciate more getting recognition for England,” Wilson said, according to Sports Mole.“When I was younger, got called up for the Under-21s, a lot of players in that squad were playing in the Premier League and I was in the Championship at the time.”Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“You felt like you’re here and they are there sort of thing.”“I suppose I didn’t appreciate it, I didn’t feel like I was meant to be there then whereas now I think my performances in the Premier League have shown that I am able to be here.”The former Coventry City striker also revealed the commitment it took to get from recovering from two long-term injuries to the brink of representing his country.“I actually missed the birth of my second child being out (of the country) doing rehab, so that’s the sort of sacrifices I made to get to this point,” Wilson said.
Even though Barcelona was already through to the next round, Valverde subbed Messi into a squad full of bench players already winning the game.Following the 1-1 draw between Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur, Valverde explained why he randomly subbed Lionel Messi into the match when his team was ahead on the scoreboard. Messi came on at the 63rd minute when the Catalan squad was still winning the tie.“It’s better for him to play for a while and to be in motion, he likes it,” Valverde said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“We also, and I don’t have to tell you about the fans, there have been players who were not there because we had an intense match three days ago.“We wanted to see players like [Carles] Alena or [Juan] Miranda in difficult situations, as well as the response of [Jasper] Cillessen, [Thomas] Vermaelen, Arthur or Munir, we did not want to lose competitive level against a very strong team.”
SWAT standoff in North Park connected to Midway District homicide February 25, 2018 John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SWAT SCENE UPDATE: The search for a homicide suspect at an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Upas has ended. Out of an abundance of caution our SWAT team was used for the search. The suspect was not located. Thanks for your patience to those who were impacted by the scene. pic.twitter.com/Qx4CeuFW1g— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) February 26, 2018 Posted: February 25, 2018 Updated: 7:02 PM John Soderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The fatal shooting of a man outside a gym in the Midway District today led to an hours-long standoff at an apartment complex miles away in North Park.The shooting was near a 24 Hour Fitness in the 3600 block of Midway Drive just before 11 a.m., San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.Details were unclear, but Delimitros said the shooting was connected to a SWAT standoff at an apartment complex near the intersection of 30th Street and Upas Street, just a few blocks east of Balboa Park.Officers responded to the apartment about noon. Roads in the area were blocked off by police for more than six hours while the standoff continued.Around 6:15 p.m. the SWAT team made entry into the apartment but the suspect was not there, according to police.The SWAT wrapped up their operation and left the scene, police said.No suspect description was immediately available.
November 28, 2018 Updated: 5:14 PM Residents concerned with plan to turn Cottonwood Golf Course into a sand mine KUSI Newsroom Posted: November 28, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Concerns in east county tonight about the plan to turn a golf course into a sand mine.Residents near the golf course will meet to discuss their concerns.KUSI’s John Soderman is live in Rancho San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Posted: January 22, 2019 January 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The business outlook index for 2018 ended somewhat upbeat.CEO of CalPrivate Bank Tom Wornham and president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Jerry Sanders discussed the business forecast for 2019 on KUSI. KUSI Newsroom, San Diego CEOs discuss business forecast Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:29 PM KUSI Newsroom
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — National wildfire experts are predicting a busy and costly fire season this summer in parched states like Texas and Colorado, where hundreds of square miles have been charred in a region struggling with the worst drought conditions in decade.But the annual wildfire report issued by the National Interagency Fire Center on Friday forecasts lower fire potential for other regions of the West and Midwest that are benefiting from average or above-average snow and rain during the winter.The report, compiled by wildfire managers and weather and climate specialists, forecasts a normal wildfire season for California, and a low-risk, late-starting wildfire season for states in the Pacific Northwest, northern Rocky Mountains and the Dakotas.The report blames an intensified La Nina pattern for adding to the drought conditions that have dried out Texas, much of New Mexico and eastern Colorado and made portions of western Kansas, Oklahoma and southern Arizona high-risk candidates for a hectic, damaging and early-starting wildfire season. La Nina’s effects on climate this year, cited in the report as the strongest since the mid-1970s, have also put portions of Hawaii and a swath in central Alaska in the higher risk category for early season fires.So far this year, fires have charred more than 2 million acres in Texas, forced thousands to evacuate homes along Colorado’s Front Range and scorched nearly 400 square miles in New Mexico, costing state and federal governments millions of dollars in a year of tight budgets.
Budget deal already faces legal threatLocal lawmakers split on workers’ comp dealProbst education bills receive some fundingOLYMPIA — A tentative agreement to fill Washington state’s $5 billion budget shortfall relies largely on massive cuts to education, including reductions in teacher pay and dramatic increases in university tuition.Negotiators announced the plan Tuesday in a somber news conference, saying they sought to make the painful reductions as responsibly as they could. With new taxes essentially off the table due to an initiative voters approved last year, the $32 billion plan for the next two years includes $4.6 billion in spending cutbacks.“There were sacrifices made in every single part of services provided by state government,” said Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle.Education suffered the most, accounting for roughly half of all cuts.Teachers, who have already had salaries trimmed when lawmakers decreased paid training days, face another 1.9 percent decrease while other K-12 employees could get a 3 percent reduction. Those changes will save the state $179 million over the next two years and come even though the pay for legislators will remain steady.Repeating savings from the last budget, the Legislature is looking to suspend voter-approved cost-of-living adjustments for education employees, which would save another $300 million. They’ve also barred any provisions to catch up on delayed adjustments in future years.The biggest budget shift, totaling more than $1 billion, comes from suspending programs designed to keep class sizes low.Mary Lindquist, president of the Washington Education Association, said she was disappointed by the spending plan and argued that the state needs to identify a new source of revenue to sustain schools. She had feared such cuts after voters approved I-1053 in November, requiring the Legislature to have a two-thirds majority to pass tax increases.