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NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault

first_imgThe Boston Celtics acquired Marcus Morris from Detroit in the offseason as part of an overhaul of their roster, while Markieff was a solid contributor for the Washington Wizards last year.The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood, who has known the twins since they were promising teenage AAU players.In youth basketball parlance, Hood was known as a “runner” — someone who connects promising young athletes with representatives and agents in hopes of getting a cut of a lucrative NBA contract, Eckstein said.He said Hood viewed the Morris twins as his “lottery ticket” after they went onto a successful career at the University of Kansas. They had a falling out while the Morris brothers were at Kansas, and they were later drafted into the NBA.Defense lawyers don’t dispute that the beating took place, but they say the Morris brothers weren’t involved and believe Hood was trying to pin blame on them for financial gain.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, official Ron Garretson talks with Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris center and his twin brother, Markieff, before the Suns’ NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)PHOENIX — NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a 2015 beating that prosecutors labeled as an “orchestrated attack” and defense lawyers dismissed as a ploy to get money out of the athletes.Opening statements began with prosecutors saying the two NBA stars and three other men each had a role in a beating that left a former acquaintance with a broken nose and other injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tyson Fury urges UK Anti-Doping for resolution Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Prosecutor Dan Fisher said it was a coordinated mission and “orchestrated attack” after the victim sent text messages to the Morris twins’ mother that angered them.Defense lawyers insisted the twins did not participate in the attack and questioned the reliability and financial motives of the man who was beaten. The lawyer for Marcus Morris, Timothy Eckstein, said witness statements that form the basis of the case are “entirely inconsistent and incompatible with the truth.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTS Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe twin brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday to the same charges. That leaves the Morris brothers and one other defendant standing trial this week. The third defendant is Gerald Bowman, a former University of Southern California football player.Police say Hood was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood told Phoenix police the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.Hood ran to his car but fell down, before the men punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities say. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom as bystanders began to appear.Hood provided an account of the attack as the first prosecution witness Monday, calling it “the most terrifying moment in my life.”He said Marcus Morris kicked him “relentlessly” and Bowman “just jumped straight up and landed on me with two feet.” Hood previously told police he was attacked by Markieff Morris, but recalled on the stand Monday that he later clarified his statement and said he could not be sure whether Markieff participated in the beating.Hood told police he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.At the time of the attack, the 6-foot-9 Morris twins were teammates on the Phoenix Suns.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

Ricky Gervais And Moby Help Launch Animal Defenders International Online Store

first_imgAnimal Defenders International (ADI) has joined forces with comedian Ricky Gervais and musician Moby to give shoppers a great way to raise money for animals in need, with the launch of ADI’s new online store.Moby poses in one of ADI’s new T-ShirtsMoby poses in one of ADI’s new T-Shirts, sporting an image of Pepe the Spider monkey, one of over 100 animals rescued by ADI earlier this year from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in South America. Ricky’s cat Ollie, famous in his own right with 35,000 Twitter followers, can be seen happily ‘lion’ atop a T-Shirt of Rey, the ex-circus lion from Peru. The full range of gifts, ideal for animal lovers of all ages, can be found here with 100% of the profits going towards ADI’s work to save animals.There are gifts and accessories to suit all budgets and interests, from fashion items, such as hats and T-Shirts, to Christmas cards and canvas prints of rescued animals.Jan Creamer ADI President said “The ADI store has some great items, perfect for Christmas presents, so you can not only look good, but do good with your money. The proceeds help ADI end the suffering of animals in captivity.”Shoppers will also be first in line to pick up the multi-award winning film ‘Lion Ark’ out on DVD in November. The critically acclaimed documentary follows the story of the dramatic rescue and relocation of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia.The Lion Ark DVD also carries short films about this year’s rescue, where over 100 wild animals had been saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru and Colombia. This culminated in a massive airlift of more than 30 lions, from South American circuses, home to Africa. ADI is raising funds for a huge natural habitat construction project for the lions costing over $250,000.Timed with the release of the DVD, Lion Ark is hitting the road, screening at theaters across the US. Each event includes a Q&A with the filmmakers and rescuers, giving the inside story on frontline rescues.See tour schedule and book tickets here.Find out more about Lion Ark at www.lionarkthemovie.com.last_img read more

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Two dead two injured after plane crashes into Clairemont home

first_imgTwo dead, two injured after plane crashes into Clairemont home December 9, 2017 , Plane crashes into #Clairemont house. @sdfd on scene. #SanDiego pic.twitter.com/rRpOKMVZZH— Central Commander ?? (@DeniseScatena) December 10, 2017Four people were in the plane at the time. Two were found dead at the scene and two others were transferred to UCSD Medical Center with non-life-threatening burn injuries, Fennessy said.Nobody of the home residents were home at the time of the crash, however a pet dog was home and killed from the crash, according to SDFD Deputy Chief Steve Ricci.The identities of the victims have not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin. Updated: 3:28 PM 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) — Two people are dead and two more suffered burn injuries after a small plane crashed into a Clairemont home Saturday night.The crash happened about 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Chandler Drive and Mt. Abernathy Avenue in Clairemont, Sgt. Jordan Wells of the San Diego Police Department said.The single engine plane took off from Montgomery Field where it experienced an engine failure soon after takeoff, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Brian Fennessy. They attempted to land at a field near Lafayette Elementary school, but the high speeds at landing caused them to crash through a home.The plane and the house caught fire as a result of the crash. Firefighters were able to put out the flames by approximately 5 p.m., Fennessy said. center_img Posted: December 9, 2017 This is a developing story. Clairemont plane crash Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Several safe ways home after celebrating New Years Eve

first_imgSeveral safe ways home after celebrating New Year’s Eve SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County residents will have multiple ways to get home safely after celebrating New Year’s Eve Monday and are encouraged to plan ahead.San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System will offer extended late-night trolley departures from downtown through 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning thanks to a partnership with Coca-Cola. MTS is also offering a $5 Lyft ride discount for trips to and from MTS transit centers from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. The discount can be applied using the code “MTSLYFT.”Lyft reminded residents last Wednesday to travel responsibly wherever they are in the county. According to the ride-hailing company, San Diego was one of the Top 12 markets for Lyft rides on New Year’s Eve 2017.“`New Year’s Eve is a big night for both riders and drivers in San Diego,” said Lyft San Diego Market Manager Hao Meng. “We encourage Lyft riders to ride smart and plan ahead for a responsible ride home when ringing in 2019 with friends and family. We’ll also be there all night to support drivers on the road who want to take advantage of this additional earning opportunity.”The North County Transit District will offer free rides after 6 p.m. on its Coaster and Sprinter trains and Breeze and Flex bus lines. The Coaster and Sprinter will also run extra trains through 2 a.m. Tuesday.The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department plans to increase patrols for impaired drivers, including those under the influence of marijuana and prescription drugs, through Tuesday. Residents arrested on a DUI charge can face fines and court fees of $15,000 or more, according to the Sheriff’s Department.“A drunk driver could injure or kill someone we love,” said Sheriff’s Capt. Herbert Taft.Drunken drivers killed six people in San Diego County traffic collisions during the 2017 New Year’s holiday weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:14 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img December 31, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 31, 2018last_img

Todd Gloria receives first endorsement from city official in mayoral bid

first_imgTodd Gloria receives first endorsement from city official in mayoral bid KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Todd Gloria FacebookTwitter May 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott announced her endorsement Monday of Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, in his run for mayor of San Diego.Elliott is the first elected official in the city to endorse a candidate in the mayoral race, which also includes City Councilwoman Barbara Bry. Elliott, who is currently running unopposed for re-election, is the only other elected official in San Diego that represents the city in its entirety.“I know Todd has the unmatched experience and unwavering values San Diego needs in its next mayor,” Elliott said. “Todd will deliver on the priorities that matter to San Diego families, and that’s why I’m endorsing him for mayor.”Elliott and Gloria have yet to serve in the city of San Diego’s government together, although the two have collaborated to improve ordinances like the city’s minimum wage increase. Elliott was first elected as city attorney in 2016, the year Gloria left the San Diego City Council for the Assembly.Gloria has racked up multiple local, state and federal endorsements in recent weeks, including the Assembly’s Democratic caucus, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, state Treasurer Fiona Ma and a handful of local labor unions.“Mara Elliott has been a remarkable city attorney for San Diego and I am greatly looking forward to working with her as the next Mayor,” Gloria said. “With Mara as city attorney, I know we can move San Diego forward and build a new San Diego that works for all of us.”Bry called the endorsement “no surprise,” contending that Gloria and Elliott have both made attempts to weaken governmental transparency while in office.Bry noted Gloria’s since-discontinued practice of deleting city emails older than one year while he served as acting mayor and Elliott’s co- sponsorship of a state bill earlier this year that would have gutted enforcement of the California Public Records Act. Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, who authored the bill, withdrew it in March.“If San Diego voters want a mayor who is afraid of transparency and accountability in city government and who is more interested in currying favor with other politicians than in standing up for the public, then I would agree with Mara Elliott — I am probably not their best choice,” Bry said in a statement.In addition to Gloria and Bry, the mayoral race includes attorney Cory Briggs and activist Tasha Williamson. A Republican has yet to enter the race for the technically nonpartisan position.Gloria and Bry have, to date, garnered the most high-profile endorsements since announcing their respective campaigns in January. Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, is among Bry’s supporters. last_img read more

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