SusanneSchulz/iStock(CHICAGO) — A man who allegedly beat his mother with a baseball bat after mistaking her for an intruder in his Illinois home is now facing murder charges.Thomas Summerwill surrendered to police and on Tuesday appeared in court, where he was charged with two felony counts of second-degree murder, according to the Office of the Kane County State’s Attorney. On the morning of March 24, Summerwill awoke to find a person presumed to be a stranger in his bedroom, prosecutors allege. The 21-year-old grabbed a baseball bat in self defense and struck the person, who turned out to be his 53-year-old mother, Mary Summerwill, multiple times in the head.She died as a result of blunt force trauma, authorities said. Several homes in the Summerwills’ neighborhood have since displayed green ribbons in honor of her life, ABC News station WLS-TV reported.Prosecutors, however, said Summerwill was not responsible for his actions due to the fact that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the beating, according to the Office of the Kane County State’s Attorney.Summerwill, who is being held in lieu of a $300,000 bond, is expected to attend his next court hearing on May 23.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
wingedwolf/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Despite President Donald Trump’s aggressive moves to crack down on illegal immigration and his threats to deport “millions,” ABC News has learned total removals over the past year mark only a slight increase from 2018 and remain lower than peak annual totals under President Barack Obama. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed about 260,000 unauthorized immigrants in the 2019 budget year, according to two ICE officials.Police departments of “sanctuary cities” refusing to cooperate with ICE and the resource strain from the humanitarian crisis at the southern border have partly driven the dysfunction within the country’s deportation force, as ICE acting director Matthew Albence explained in the White House briefing room Thursday.“We’ve had to re-deploy our ICE resources to support the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection with those challenges at the border which has made us less safe,” Albence said.Immigration authorities continue to turn around tens of thousands of asylum seekers at the southern border by limiting access to ports of entry and quickly returning migrants back to Mexico under new protocols critics say limit access to U.S. legal services. But Trump’s vows to deport “millions” already living in the country haven’t yet become a reality.“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump tweeted in June. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”Last year, the Trump administration removed 256,085 unauthorized immigrants from the country. The agency has repeatedly attempted to convince local law enforcement to back its enforcement efforts. The number of unauthorized immigrants removed by ICE hit 409,849 in 2013 under Obama, according to government data.Albence also pointed to a September ruling by a federal judge in California which blocks ICE from using certain information in criminal databases, including fingerprints, to make arrests.Although the agency has eliminated Obama-era enforcement priorities that targeted dangerous criminals first, the vast majority of the unauthorized immigrants removed in the past year have criminal records, Albence said.It’s the second time Albence has taken the podium in recent weeks, flanked by local sheriffs from across the country, and criticizing the local police departments he said aren’t cooperating with his agents.“I don’t think there’s a middle ground for public safety,” Albence said.The chief immigration enforcer said Thursday heightened rhetoric from Democratic politicians continued to cause problems for public safety. But ICE’s critics, and even some law enforcement professionals, place the blame on the White House.“Our interior enforcement efforts have been less focused and less effective,” John Cohen, a former career official with the Homeland Security Department, said. “This administration has focused increasing on non-criminal aliens.”Cohen’s assessment is reflected in recent data. About 15,000 fewer criminal aliens were arrested this year compared to last, as Albence said Thursday.“Their approach and rhetoric has created a wedge between law enforcement agencies across the country,” Cohen said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Here’s the first wave of Rootwire 2014 acts:Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set), Beats Antique x2, EOTO, Conspirator, Zilla, Gallery Works & Presentations by Alex & Allyson Grey, Love & Light, Vibesquad, Janover & Resunator, Dirtwire (feat. David Satori of Beats Antique), Kaminanda, Kilowatts, Manitoa, Cosby Sweater, Lynx, Sidecar Tommy, Aliver Hall, Dixon’s Violin, Tropidelic, Arpetrio, Broccoli Samurai, Sassafraz, Ematik, Magnetic, Nevele, Boomslang, Ethosine, Pleasant Drive, Spaceship Earth/Yogi Magik, Heady Ruxpin Rootwire Tranformational Arts Festival will be held July 17th-20th in Terra Alta, WV at Trip’s Farm at Sunshine Daydream Memorial Park. Tickets for the event are currently on sale and can be purchased here. UPDATE: Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival has added sets from Tipper (last US festival performance of 2014), a very special set from Quixotic, Random Rab, and Dessert Dwellers, among others. Rootwire is shaping up to be an incredible experience not to be missed. Get your tickets here! There is a plethora of summer music festivals to choose from in 2014, with plenty of bands on each lineup. For many seasoned festivalgoers, the real decision lies in choosing a festival that brings something different to the plate. Of course, music matters, but what about the experience as a whole? Festivals should never entirely be just about the music; however, many are. What a festival is and what it should be, are often times not the same thing. Festivals are like living organisms, made up of many different parts and coming together in unity to create one conscious whole. This is what the co-creators of the Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival – July 17-20, Terra Alta, WV – (get tix here) were thinking when they came up with the basic tenets of what the Rootwire experience would be.Rootwire is just that – a living organism – made up of musical acts, visual art, performance art, community, and the inspiration for it all….the fans. No concert or festival is what it is without the fans giving their energy to it all. Striving to separate itself from your typical corporate festival, Rootwire is intent on creating a festival that seeks enlightenment, community, and social change that is both real and tangible.The musical acts for this year’s Rootwire Festival are most definitely in the vein of transcedence that is essential to the event. Simon Posford will be performing a Shpongle DJ set that will expand minds; Beats Antique has signed on for two full shows; Michael Traivs of The String Cheese Incident will be playing in both EOTO w/ Jason Hann, and Zilla with Jamie Janover and Aaron Holstein; Conspirator has been on a tear lately and will bring the party. Joining the aforementioned acts will be Vibesquad, Janover & Resunator, Dirtwire, Kaminanda, Lynx, Manitoa, and many more.In addition to live performances, the will be a large scale tent which will act as a walkthrough psychedelic gallery displaying finished pieces and prints as well as projects that are being made on the spot. At the festival, be sure to check out Gallery Works & Presentations by Alex & Allyson Grey, as well as other visual artists such as Simon Haiduk, Jonathan Solter, Adam Psybe, and more. Event creators insist that all attendees come prepared to engage in the creative community that will be witnessed at Rootwire 2014. It’s time to take things to the next level. Come prepared to fully immerse your mind, body, and soul at Rootwire and become a part of the event! In order to ensure that everyone has plenty of space to relax and not jammed in like sardines, Rootwire will cap ticket sales at roughly 50% capacity, allowing for optimal camping conditions. Families are encouraged, as there will be a separate camping area for those of us with little ones to tend to, and a special Kids Zone, a safe, open, family-integrative space in which children are encouraged to interact, have fun, be mindful of the medicine of play, and connect with Mama Earth.If you would like to volunteer, be a part of the Rootwire Street Team, be a vendor, or participate as a workshop presenter or visual artist, click here. – Chris Meyer (@ChrisMeyerL4LM)
In a psychedelic explosion of sound and color, Out Of The Beardspace emerges with an incredibly unique blend of improvisation and compositional prowess. Their songs fuse jazz, pop, funk, and rock, mixed together into one fascinating Beardly Beast that has cultivated a loyal following.Members of the band formed out of a School of Rock program, which enabled them to tour across the world with stars like Jon Anderson (Yes) and Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction). Once graduated, the members reconvened to form this incredible band back in 2011, and have been on a tear ever since. They’ve shared bills with groups like Moon Hooch, Lettuce, Consider the Source, Lettuce, EOTO and more, but there’s no telling how high they’ll climb.So what does a live blend of jazz, jam, pop, funk and rock sound like? Check out some footage from the band’s performance of “Closer To The Source” from Camp Jam 2014, showcasing the band’s enormous talents.Between the changes between sections, complex vocal harmonies, and virtuosic musicianship, it’s no surprise that Out Of The Beardspace is making waves in the live music scene.Perhaps most impressive of all is their annual festival, Beardfest, which continues to grow with each passing year. With acts like Moon Hooch, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Consider the Source, Splintered Sunlight and more, it’s never a dull moment at Beardfest.Check out this live version of “Sacrifice” from Beardfest 2014:And how about “Trabs” from Beardfest 2015? The excitement is palpable:Of course you may be wondering where the band gets their name. The “Beardspace” is more of a metaphysical state than a phsyical one, referring to someone who is deep in thought, stroking a metaphorical beard. In that sense, the band is taking deeply creative ideas “Out of the Beardspace” by converting them into musical realities. To this end, Out of the Beardspace is a success. It’s not every day that you can come across a band that can create and perform such incredibly unique music, but Beardspace has succeeded in breaking the mold. With one listen, you’ll only want to listen to more! Fortunately, there’s a Bandcamp page for that.For more about their annual festival, coming up from June 16-18 in Hammonton, NJ, check out the poster below. You can also click the poster for more information.
Kyle Larson nabbed the Busch Pole Award before Saturday’s Bristol Night Race (6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Bristol Motor Speedway. That only further solidified his place in my Fantasy Live lineup. After two practice sessions and qualifying, we’ve dissected the numbers to offer a suggested lineup worthy of your Fantasy Live consideration as you make roster decisions for the 24th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of 2018. Remember that the garage locks at the end of Stage 2.RJ Kraft’s revised Fantasy Live lineup following practices and the lineup being set:1: Kyle Busch2: Kyle Larson3: Chase Elliott4: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.5: Aric AlmirolaGarage: Jimmie JohnsonCars to the rear: Austin Dillon (failed pre-race inspection three times)PLAY NOW: Set your Fantasy Live lineup | How the new Fantasy Live worksMORE: Fantasy analysis for Bristol | Driver stats | Full lineup | 10-lap averagesAnalysis: Busch, Larson and Stenhouse were part of my original lineup and nothing I’ve seen on Friday has me moving away from them. These are three of the best to have at Bristol and I will be sticking with them. Johnson was also initially in my lineup and I am keeping him in the garage. I realize the overall body of work in 2018 hasn’t been too great, but I am playing a hunch with “Seven-Time.” He qualified 13th and has scored the most points in the past three Bristol races. In fact, in his last four Bristol races, he has had an average starting position of 16.3 and an average finish of 5.5. I’ll roll the dice on those numbers.Two lineup changes going into this race for me: Out are Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano. I didn’t like where they qualified and I expect track position to be big. Also, Bowyer has been a little off in recent weeks — no top 10s in the past six races. Logano seems to disappoint in some way every time I use or plan to use him, so I moving on from that play this weekend.Going into my lineup are Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola. Elliott qualified second and when he has started inside the top four this season, he has by and large produced points. Throw in his stretch of four-straight top-nine finishes on the season and an average of 44.5 points over that span and it’s easy to see why he should be in your lineup. Taking Almirola because he tends to get stage points when he starts in the top 10 and he notched a sixth-place finish here in the spring. I considered Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney as well for this spot, but I like taking the less-flashy play, an under-the-radar move that could net me points others might not get. This and the Jimmie move are zagging where others might zig and I am OK with that.As for the bonus picks, I’m expecting a Kyle and Kyle show with Larson taking Stage 1 and Busch taking Stage 2 and the win.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe United States has taken steps to release a $450 million installment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.“All sides have kept the commitments made” under the agreement, said a State Department spokesperson. “As Iran remains in line with its commitments, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union ‘will continue to uphold our commitments as well.”(READ the story from Reuters)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019 View Comments Production art for “Head Over Heels”(Provided by Boneau/Bryan-Brown) Related Shows Tickets are now on sale for Head Over Heels, a new Broadway musical featuring the iconic songs of The Go-Go’s. Featuring a book by James Magruder (adapted from an original book by Jeff Whitty), with Michael Mayer as director and Spencer Liff as choreographer, Head Over Heels will begin previews on June 23 with an opening slated for July 26 at the Hudson Theatre.Inspired by Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th-century pastoral romance Arcadia, Head Over Heels is an Elizabethan love story turned on its head, set to the beat of 1980s pop icons the Go-Go’s, including such hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”The cast of Head Over Heels will include Rachel York (Disaster!), Jeremy Kushnier (Paramour), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day), newcomer Bonnie Milligan and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Peppermint, who will be the first trans-woman actress to create a principal role on the Great White Way.Rounding out the principal cast will be Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening) and Tom Alan Robbins (The Ling King). The ensemble will include Sharon Catherine Brown (Dreamgirls), Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin), Lisa Finegold (Rock of Ages), Ari Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Gavin Lodge (Annie), Samantha Pollino (Hot Feet), Justin Prescott (Cirque Du Soleil Paramour), Tanner Ray Wilson (Cats), Ricardo Zayas (Hamilton), Brian Flores, Tanya Haglund, Arica Jackson and Gregory Liles.Originally fronted by Carlisle, the Go-Go’s were the first and only all-female band who both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. The internationally acclaimed pop hitmakers helped cement the foundation of the early-’80s pop-rock sound. Head Over Heels
PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, has partnered with The Broadway Channel to present Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, a monthly series of specials about Broadway and the theater community. Hosted by PIX11’s Emmy-Award winning anchor Tamsen Fadal, the latest installment, Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal: Tony Winners and Summer Shows, will air on PIX11 in New York on Sunday, June 24 at 6:00pm ET and will also air on WSFL-TV in Miami on Saturday, June 23 at 11:00pm ET.Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal: Tony Winners and Summer Shows will feature the following: Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal is executive-produced by John Gore, Tamsen Fadal and Broadway Channel Senior Vice President Matthew Hege and produced by Keith Hurd. View Comments Tamsen Fadal(Photo: Getty Images) Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk talking about The Band’s Visit and their incredible Tony wins, plus Tony winner Ari’el Stachel talking about his Broadway debut Andrew Garfield and Tony Kushner talking about Angels in America Tamsen Fadal sitting down with Tony-winning actress LaChanze, one of the stars of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical A behind-the-scenes talk with the stars of The Beast in the Jungle Tamsen Fadal getting a sneak peek at Gettin’ the Band Back Together and the new Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels with star Rachel York Plus, Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek with a Broadway.com minute
Other value added by activity highlights include the following:Boating/fishing was the largest conventional activity for the nation as a whole at $20.9 billion in current-dollar value added. At the state level, this was the largest conventional activity in 29 states and the District of Columbia, led by Florida ($2.7 billion) and California ($1.8 billion).RVing was the second-largest conventional activity nationally with $16.9 billion in current-dollar value added. It was also the largest conventional activity in nine states, led by Indiana ($2.9 billion) and Ohio ($599.5 million).Snow activities was the sixth-largest conventional activity at the national level with $5.6 billion in current-dollar value added. At the state level, snow activities was the largest conventional activity in Colorado ($1.5 billion), Utah ($549.2 million), and Vermont ($175.9 million).Guided tours/outfitted travel, part of the other core activities category, accounted for $12.9 billion and was also one of the fastest growing activities in 2017, growing 11.4 percent.Outdoor Recreation by IndustryToday’s data also show the role that different industries play in the outdoor recreation economy, including their impact on value added, gross output, employment, and compensation. The arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services sector was the largest contributor to the U.S. outdoor recreation economy in 2017, accounting for $112.9 billion (national table 10). At the state level, this same sector was the largest contributor to outdoor recreation for 26 states and the District of Columbia.Other value added by industry highlights include the following:Retail trade had the second largest sector contribution to outdoor recreation nationally, accounting for $95.7 billion of current-dollar value added. Retail trade was the largest contributor to outdoor recreation value added in 17 states, including Texas ($8.5 billion), Washington ($2.8 billion), and Ohio ($2.7 billion).Manufacturing contributed $51.7 billion nationally to the outdoor recreation economy in 2017 and was the third largest outdoor recreation sector. At the state level, manufacturing was the largest sector for outdoor recreation value added in Indiana ($4.7 billion), Wisconsin ($2.0 billion), Louisiana ($1.6 billion), and Kansas ($684.2 million).Seeking Public CommentThe public is invited to submit comments on the prototype state statistics by emailing [email protected](link sends e-mail). Comments are due by March 31, 2020. The feedback will be used to help finalize data sources and methodology for the state outdoor recreation statistics. Official state statistics are scheduled for release in the fall of 2020.Source: Governor. BEA. 10.24.2019 Governor Scott addresses crowd at a Thursday press conference to promote hunting and fishing. With the governor to his left is Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter and to his right in the gray sweater is Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore. Courtesy photo.Vermont Business Magazine Flanked by store owners, hunting and angling groups and supporters of outdoor recreation, Governor Phil Scott in Barre today recognized the important contribution hunting, fishing and related activities have in strengthening and diversifying Vermont’s economy.“Vermont has a rich history of hunting and angling, extending back before we were even a state. It’s a major part of our way of life,” said Governor Scott. “For me it was a family tradition, and I encourage more Vermonters who have an interest to get out there and try it. Take your son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin or mentee, and learn what the tradition is all about.”A new report by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis(link is external) finds that Vermont is fourth among states when measured by contribution of outdoor recreation to Gross Domestic Product. This is greater than states like Alaska, Florida and Colorado.“Recreation in Vermont’s forests, fields and waterways plays a significant role in our economy,” Governor Scott added. “This new analysis shows, once again, how important hunting, fishing, shooting and related activities are to our state.”In Vermont, hunting, shooting and trapping is the second largest sector of outdoor recreation, after snow sports. Fishing, boating and related activities were measured separately, and were fifth among outdoor recreational activities. Overall, more than 17,000 Vermonters work in outdoor recreation according to the report.“Wildlife-based recreation is a huge part of Vermont’s economy, and what makes our state special,” said Louis Porter, commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. “Each year, nearly 80,000 people are licensed to hunt in Vermont, and more than 132,000 are licensed to fish.”One important aspect of the contribution of hunting and fishing in Vermont is that much of the economic activity occurs in small and medium sized businesses, which are often located in more rural parts of Vermont.“From game check-in stations located in stores to sporting good stores to meat cutters, many Vermonters own, manage or work in small businesses like ours, which depend on hunters, anglers and trappers,” said Theresa Elmer, co-owner of Mountain Deer Taxidermy in Northfield. “These businesses are important parts of their rural communities which don’t have all the economic opportunities which exist in Vermont’s more urban areas.”Another important part of the economic contribution of hunting and fishing is the local, sustainable and healthy food provided through these activities. Hunting of the state’s big game species alone provided more than 4 million servings of food in Vermont in 2018, according to a Vermont Fish and Wildlife analysis.Bureau of Economic Analysis: Outdoor RecreationThe U.S. outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.2 percent ($427.2 billion) of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 (national table 2) according to statistics released in September by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) also shows that inflation-adjusted (real) GDP for the outdoor recreation economy grew by 3.9 percent in 2017, faster than the 2.4 percent growth of the overall U.S. economy. Real gross output, compensation, and employment all grew faster in outdoor recreation than for the economy as a whole.With this release, BEA introduces prototype statistics on outdoor recreation for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These new statistics show that the relative size of the outdoor recreation economy ranged from 5.4 percent of GDP for Hawaii to 1.2 percent of GDP for the District of Columbia.Outdoor Recreation by ActivityFor the first time, ORSA includes information on the contribution of outdoor recreation activities to GDP. These data, referred to as value added by activity statistics, are available at both the national and state level.Activities are grouped into three categories: conventional core activities (such as camping, hiking, boating, and hunting); other core activities (such as gardening and outdoor concerts); and supporting activities (such as construction, travel and tourism, local trips, and government expenditures).Conventional outdoor recreation accounted for 30.6 percent of the outdoor recreation economy nationwide in 2017, other recreation accounted for 19.3 percent, and the remaining 50.1 percent was supporting activities (national table 2).
by Joy Choquette, Vermont Business MagazineThe benefits of running a small business in Franklin County are great. Here are some of the strongest reasons to begin or continue business in the county:Dairy Farmers of America recently invested $30 million into its St Albans plant and plans to invest another $10 million for milk hauling.The Town of Swanton received $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funds. These monies will be loaned to Leader Evaporator to provide working capital while the company completes its turnaround plan.Unemployment in Franklin County is lower at 11.6 percent than the Vermont average of 12.7 percent.Community rejuvenation projects are underway in the towns of Enosburg, Richford, and Swanton.The Franklin County State Airport could receive more than $2.2 million in federal funds to rebuild and expand its existing runway.Citizens continue to show dedication to local merchants, restaurants, and other local businesses. “Buy local” remains an important focus in Franklin County.A solid work ethic and a diversity of industries in the area promote a strong business landscape.Manufacturers such as Barry Callebaut, Ben & Jerry’s, Kaytec Inc, Mylan Technologies, Peerless Clothing, Westrock, and others remain mainstays in the county.Like every area of Vermont, Franklin County has its share of challenges. Here are some of the most pressing issues that face current and potential business owners now:COVID-19-related issues include the closed border between Franklin County and Canada, drastically reduced tourism, poor milk prices, greater unemployment than usual, and partial capacity or other restrictions that most establishments are dealing with.Childcare, housing, transportation, and substance abuse issues continue to be real challenges in the county. Also, broadband internet is not available or reliable in all areas of Franklin County.Uncertainty looms for many small business owners as they struggle to carry on with “business as usual” in the face of very unusual circumstances. Some businesses have closed, others are struggling to stay afloat.Reduced networking opportunities, community events, and other gatherings pose a hardship for many businesses in the area.The threat of furlough for many employed by Homeland Security in the area and the layoffs which have already taken place at NMC create financial hardships for citizens, and upset the delicate balance of the local economy.