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The Meadows Music And Arts Festival Will Not Return In 2018

The Meadows Music And Arts Festival will not be returning to Citi Field in Queens, New York, in 2018, according to an announcement from Founders Entertainment. From the organizers of Governors Ball, the two-year event has brought together the likes of Kanye West, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Cage the Elephant, and Kamasi Washington for its inaugural year in 2016, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay Z, Run The Jewels, Gorillaz, Erykah Badu, Big Gigantic, De La Soul, TV On The Radio, Nas, Bassnectar, Weezer, and more in 2017.In Friday’s announcement, Founders Entertainment expressed their hopes to move from Queens’ Citi Field to the Flushing Meadows Corona Park–though this plan was not achievable in 2018, and they are looking to make the official change in location in 2019.Read the full statement below:After careful consideration, we have decided to take 2018 off and focus our efforts on returning in 2019. Our goal from day one has been to create a marquee, multi-day, fall music festival in Queens. After two great years at Citi Field, we were excited to shift our venue focus entirely to Flushing Meadows Corona Park – the location we always hoped to move to in year 3. However, after review of our application by NYC Parks, we were not able to obtain a workable multi-day permit for a 2018 festival in the park. Our sights are set on The Meadows in 2019, and we look forward to working together with all city partners and agencies. read more

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Minimus vs. Maximus

first_imgMinimus vs. Maximus It seems as if a line in the sand of the running world has been drawn: minimalists who want a barefoot feel from their running shoes, and traditionalists who still crave more cushion for the pushin’. We take a look at two new minimal running shoes and two new hyper-cushioned shoes.Minimal1. New Balance – Minimus Trail It’s more of a transitional barefoot shoe than the Vibram Five Fingers. The Minimus looks like a trail racer and has a 4mm drop from the heel to toe, as opposed to the coveted “zero drop” of most other barefoot shoes. But the Minimus Trail has no insert and a minimal midsole and outsole for a supremely flexible package. 7 ounces. $100; newbalance.com 2. Inov-8 – Bare-Grip 200 Long before Born to Run became a bestseller, Inov-8 was focused on simple, lightweight trail shoes. Their latest innovation, the Bare Grip 200, highlights the qualities that Inov-8 has always done best: low-profile simplicity and super-grippy traction. The Bare Grips have zero drop from heel to toe, and the knobby cleats grip the ground better than any trail shoe on the market. 7 ounces. $110; Inov-8.comCushioned3. Montrail – Fairhaven This hyper-cushioned shoe has Montrail’s new FluidPost midsole that adjusts to the amount of pronation “on demand.” When you’re running on flat surfaces like roads, your foot strikes the softer center of the midsole. As you move to uneven trails, your foot occasionally strikes the edges of the midsole, where the foam is denser and offers more support. 11 ounces. $110; montrail.com 1 2last_img read more

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Practice What You Teach: A High School Teacher Saddles Up for Big Adventure

first_imgTeaching has never been an easy profession. But the current demands on public school educators has hit a new level, akin to tackling an ultra-marathon, finishing a century bike ride, and running a class five rapid back to back to back. With “advancements” like end of grade testing, core curriculum, and enough paperwork to single handedly keep Staples in business, it’s a wonder more teachers don’t take a hike… for good.My husband taught in a North Carolina middle school for four years. During that time, one of the only things that kept him sane, besides watching The Office and downing a pint or two of Highland Gaelic Ale every night, was trail running. Many of the friends I’ve made on long distance trails and at ultramarathons have been educators, too. So many in fact that I started wondering about the relationship between professional education and outdoors recreation. So I decided to interview a friend, teacher, and adventurer to get his take on the benefits that the outdoors can have on a teaching career.For the past sixteen years, Heang Uy has spent the majority of his time and energy helping students succeed in the classroom, on the wrestling mat, and on the track at North Henderson High School in Western North Carolina. But away from school, Heang turns to outdoor recreation to provide a release from the pressures of being a teacher. As an avid road cyclist and mountain biker and a willing participant on hikes, climbing trips, and pick-up games of ultimate. Heang has found an outlet and a way to recharge.“I think everyone needs some sort of mental release,” he says. “If I am able to get in the woods, I can free my mind from the grind of lesson planning and preparing for practices and competition. I am more introverted by nature and it took me a long time to learn that being around people all the time wore me down mentally. By the end of the school year, I’m exhausted.”On the weekends or a rare weekday when practice let’s out early, Heang heads to Pisgah National Forest or Dupont State Forest to log miles on his mountain bike. Or if time is limited, he’ll hop on his road bike and wind through the rolling terrain, country roads, and sweet smelling apple orchards near his home. When he time allows, he tackles bigger adventures. Some would even call them epic. One of the biggest perks of teaching – besides, of course, having an impact on America’s youth and creating a better tomorrow – is two months off from work every summers.But the notion that teachers have a full season each year to do as they please is a myth. Any parent who sends there child to public school will tell you that school calendars are ending later and starting earlier. Teachers have in service workdays before the students arrive and after they leave. Many of them find it necessary to pick up a summer job to supplement their income. Others will spend countless unpaid hours bettering their lesson plans or preparing for a new course or revised curriculum in the fall. Even so, if they don’t have to tackle new curriculum or take a second job, they’ll have six to eight weeks to do as they please, and compared to other professions, that’s pretty rare.Heang spent a few summers working in the food service industry to subsidize his income. But in the past decade, he’s spent most of his summers on extended bike tours. In 2010, he cycled more than 3,000 miles from Cannon Beach, Oregon, to Folly Beach, South Carolina. Five years later, he rode his mountain bike down the Continental Divide. He is a repeat offender on bicycle tours of Colorado and has twice entered RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. He has also completed self-supported rides in Nova Scotia, Vancouver, and the Alaskan Yukon.“I started taking some solo and small group outdoor excursions in the summers and found them to be invigorating,” Heang says. “When people ask if I ever got lonely riding the Great Divide alone, I say no, it was a time for me to reflect and recharge mentally and spiritually.”Public school teachers are notoriously underpaid – especially in the southeast. According to data released by the National Education Association, of the fifteen states with the lowest average teacher salaries, eight of them are below the Mason-Dixon Line. In North Carolina teacher pay was frozen from 2008 to 2011. And of course during that period, the cost of living continued to increase, to the point that one report found a 13% decrease when considering inflation over the past 15 years. Thankfully, access to public lands is still free- or in some cases relatively cheap- and this makes them attractive vacation options for teachers.`“I keep my costs down by camping and cooking as often as I can,” says Heang. “And, while I wouldn’t recommend it, I hitchhiked from Denali to Anchorage because I didn’t want to pay the bus fare. Getting to Yellowstone, Alaska, or Banff definitely costs some money, but it’s no more expensive than traveling to Orlando and buying passes to one of the theme parks.”“Plus,” he continues, “In my travels, I’ve always been humbled by how good people are. So many times they’ve reached out and bought me meals, or offered me places to sleep or the occasional ride into town. One restaurant manager drove down the highway looking for me because I left my debit card behind. Strangers quickly become friends.”Although Heang often turns to the outdoors to find respite from the classroom, an unintended side effect of his adventures is that it has made him a better teacher and coach.“It takes months of preparation to decide how to live off the bags on your bike. I’ve learned that if you go into anything well prepared, you put yourself in a position to succeed.”As a result of Heang’s thoughtful preparation in the classroom, he earned his school’s Teacher of the Year award in 2016. And he’s aware that what he does on his bike will continue to impact his students in the way he approaches his curriculum and lesson plans.“I hope I can push students to do things they don’t believe they can do,” he says. “They need to know that the world is not experienced through a screen.”“I try to tell my students I’m not special. I’ve accomplished some pretty cool things on my bike, but I don’t have any talents that they don’t have. I want them to have a dream. I tell them they have to believe in themselves and persist through adversity. I hope I set that example for my students.”When educators like Heang spend time recharging- not just outside the classroom but outside, moving light and fast across black top, single track, river or rock, or simply being still and soaking up the sun- they’re still teaching their students an important lesson. Teachers who double as outdoor enthusiasts demonstrate to their students, peers, and the public that self-care is imperative, that escape is important, that public lands matter, and that adventure is accessible, anywhere and on any budget. They show us that life’s most important lessons are not always taught in the classroom. That biking 3,000 plus miles can feel like a vacation when compared to teaching. And that we need to do better by those dedicated to improving the lives of our children- and the land we all love.last_img
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Dominican Republic police use intelligence to dismantle two drug trafficking groups

first_img Martínez Vizcaíno, who uses the alias “El Viejo,” had a standard approach for smuggling drugs into the Dominican Republic – and out to the rest of the world. El Viejo would pay for the young drug mules recruited by a suspected gang operative named Miguel Alexis Martínez Morrobel, also known as “Derlin” or “El Flaco”. Derlin’s mules traveled to Colombia, Perú, and Venezuela, usually for a week or two, where they would receive drugs to bring back to the Dominican Republic. There, El Viejo would send different mules to deliver the drugs to their final destinations – often in the United States or Europe. DNCD agents captured El Viejo in the Venta de Herrera region on August 14. They arrested Derlin on the same day. They caught Máximo on September 7, as he drove to the Punta Cana airport. The agents also arrested one of the passengers, Pedro Celestino Richardson, who was allegedly carrying 75 small bags of cocaine. Exploiting people who are financially desperate Several months of intelligence gathering and investigation by the Dominican Republican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) culminated in a series of arrests through September that dismantled two international drug trafficking gangs. DNCD agents and officials with the Prosecutor’s Office arrested Santos Piantini Ramos, 54, and Carlos Manuel Martínez Vizcaíno, 58 – both alleged directors of gangs that recruited young couriers, known as “mules,” to transport cocaine and illicit substances. The operations have crippled dangerous organizations that place young residents of the Dominican Republic at risk – and they demonstrate the reach and skill of the DNCD’s agents. Ramos and Martínez Vizcaíno recruited young people to transport drugs By Dialogo October 09, 2014 Drug trafficking organizations often recruit people who are in dire financial straits to work as drug mules. Carrying drugs inside one’s body is dangerous, and can even cause death if the package breaks open while inside the mule’s body. Aware that drug trafficking groups often rely on drug mules who are willing to carry heroin or cocaine inside their bodies, the DNCD has been monitoring airports for such operatives. For example, on May 25, a group of DNCD agents arrested Carlos Leandro Colón Arias, an electrical engineer, at the Las Americas International Airport (AILA). DNCD agents arrested Colón Arias after he de-boarded from a flight from Colombia. After conducting an investigation, they took him to the Armed Forces Central Hospital, where doctors performed an exploratory laparotomy and found 27 small bags filled with 770 grams of liquid heroin inside the stomach of Colón Arias. On May 17, agents with the National Directorate for Drug Control arrested Johnny Omar Sánchez Girón, who is also known as “Moreno,” at AILA as he attempted to depart for New York City with 34 small bags of cocaine in his stomach. They had followed Sánchez Girón for several months as he worked as a mule for El Viejo’s gang, making several trips to Colombia. Máximo on September 7, as he drove to the Punta Cana airport. “Dismantling these cells and arresting their leaders is indicative of how successful the police’s efforts have been against international criminal gangs,” Matul Romero said. “The control measures of the authorities are becoming more difficult to overcome.” That is something very good in the Dominican Republic. Thank you I think it’s very good, but I believe a bit more is needed the (DNCD) gets nothing by putting him in jail, how many have been sentenced and for how many years,. Let’s stop kidding ourselves, here might makes right, what happened with the Mulata Segunda in Sabnete de Jasika, leave it alone Dominican law enforcement agents collected detailed intelligence on the subjects – for example, taking photographs of Ramos, known as “Máximo,” in various provinces where his gang operated. Throughout their investigation, they built a detailed picture of how the criminal organizations worked. The gangs allegedly recruited young people – male and female, including teenagers – to transport their drugs, paying between USD$700 and USD$5,000 per trip. When smuggling their contraband, the drug mules would either try to smuggle it, or tape it to their bodies, or carry it in suitcases with false bottoms. If a mule could carry a large amount of drugs in his or her stomach, Martínez Vizcaíno’s operatives referred to him as a “good eater.” A mule who arrived from another country was known as “the artist.” The gangs had other code words as well, which they used to try to avoid detection by the police. They referred to a passport as a “little book.” New York City was referred to as “the towers,” and cocaine and heroin were known as “the restaurant” or “the little check.” Such old tricks did little to deter Dominican security forces. “The method of using mules for drug trafficking is not new, it is very old,” said Daniel Matul Romero, a security analyst at the University of Costa Rica. “It is increasingly difficult to use this method due to the elevated levels of control employed at airports.” Standard routeslast_img read more

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Bacolod City allots P5-M to repair markets

first_imgHe added the city government would spend forthe repair of roofs, comfort rooms and lighting facilities of the Vendors Plazaat the reclamation area and the Libertad Market Annex in the southern part ofthe city. City administrator Juan Orola Jr. coordinatedwith the Department of Labor and Employment to identify which of the agency’sprogram can be availed of by affected sidewalk vendors. The clearing of public roads nationwidecomplies with the Department of the Interior and Local Government MemorandumCircular 2019-121 issued by Secretary Eduardo Año.(With a report from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – The city government hereallocated P5-million to repair and rehabilitate market facilities wheredisplaced sidewalk vendors can occupy. Personnel of the city government check on the stalls around the Bacolod Central Market on Sept. 18 after owners were directed to vacate the area as part of road clearing operations. BACOLOD CITY PIO “I signed the realignment for the fund, frombuildings to markets,” Familiaran said. Some 400 vendors were moved from the downtownarea to the market at the reclamation area but Leonardia asked for an officiallist to determine who could receive the financial assistance.center_img Last week, Leonardia said those affected wouldreceive financial assistance of P5,000 each from the city government. Vendors at Libertad South Market, who occupiedthe Amelia-Mercedes Streets for many years, returned to their spaces at theLibertad Market Annex. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran on Thursday saidthe amount was realigned from the building fund for the market repair. In August, almost 170 vendors occupying Burgosand Daniel Ramos Streets have been removed and transferred inside the BurgosNorth Public Market while 95 fish vendors selling on Ballesteros Street in thedowntown area have been moved to the Central Market. Familiaran said Mayor Evelio Leonardia is keenon providing assistance to the affected sidewalk vendors, particularly those atthe downtown and around the Central Market.last_img read more

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UEFA appoint match referee for Lyon vs Bayern UCL semi-final

first_img RB Lipsk – PSG Sędzia: Bjorn Kuipers Świetnie zapowiadający się mecz z dwoma niemieckimi trenerami na ławce! Obaj stawiali swoje pierwsze kroki w Bundeslidze a dziś powalczą ze sobą o awans do finału Ligi Mistrzów. Naprzód Lipsk! pic.twitter.com/BPsQj0tEXi— Bundes News Polska (@BundesPolska) August 18, 2020 Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow MovieCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truecenter_img Read Also: UCL: Bayern must be cautious of Man City-conquerors Lyon – Tolisso On the other hand, Bjorn Kuipers will be in charge of the second semi-final clash between RB Leipzig vs PSG semi-final. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 UEFA have announced match officials for the Champions League semi-final between Lyon and Bayern Munich with Spaniard Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz to be the man in the middle. Bjorn Kuipers Laho ‘ll be assisted by a Spanish VAR crew of Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez and Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez .last_img read more

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Marshalltown canceled June 27; next Friday is 50th anniversary celebration

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 27) – Mother Nature decided to rain out the races for tonight (Fri­day) at the Marshalltown Speedway on what was to have been Shawn’s Custom Hay Grinding Night.Marshalltown Speedway celebrates its golden anniversary next Friday, July 4. There will be a free luncheon from noon-1 p.m. and fans are invited to bring out old photos, memorabilia, and stories to share.Spectator admission for that evening’s race program will be $5 for adults and children 11 and un­der get in free on this special occasion. All retired past track champions and their families are in­vited to attend and receive complimentary grandstand admission.All start times will be moved up 15 minutes so the first green flag in the heat races will be at 7:15 p.m. A huge fireworks display will follow racing action at approximately 9:45 p.m. Race fans with contacts in regard to past champions or needing more information about the 50th anniversary celebration are asked to contact Denny Grabenbauer at 641 751-2970 or [email protected] Friday, July 11 will be Casey’s General Stores and Racers Against ALS Night at the Central Iowa Fair. Kids are invited to bring their bikes out and ride the quarter mile at intermission.last_img read more

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Daehli snatches late Cardiff point

first_img Solskjaer’s men had to wait until the 15th minute for their first chance, when Andrew Taylor’s low cross from the left evaded Gareth McAuley and almost fell at the feet of Fraizer Campbell. But having looked completely shell-shocked for much of the first period, Cardiff gave themselves hope on the half-hour when Aron Gunnarsson found Mutch on the right and the midfielder matched Amalfitano’s effort by curling the ball over Foster from 35 yards. For the first time, the home side’s nerves were evident although the excellent Amalfitano continued to dictate matters from the right flank, his good work setting up a chance for 1 Youssouf Mulumbu whose low shot was gathered well by Marshall. Solskjaer introduced another striker in Daehli at the break but it was West Brom who once again made the best start to the second period, Dawson twisting a shot over the bar then getting in the way of an apparently goal-bound effort from Mulumbu. And Marshall had to get down bravely to deny Vydra at close-range in the 52nd minute before James Morrison blazed the rebound high. The tiring Amalfitano was replaced by Saido Berahino in the 72nd minute as Mel made plain his intention to try to make the game safe – but moments later a Medel free-kick spelled disaster for the Baggies. Caulker rose highest to reach the set-piece in a crowded box and while he may not have known too much about it, his back-header looped over the helpless Foster and into the corner of the net. It marked an astonishing change in fortunes for Solskjaer’s men after their nine-minute nightmare, and it was clear their massed ranks of fans behind Foster’s goal believed they could go on and claim all three points. Substitute Daehli wriggled in the left side of the Baggies box and hit a shot straight at Foster, before the late, late drama – celebrations for Thievy’s winner were stunningly cut short by Daehli at the other end. Daehli turned and fired an injury-time equaliser past Baggies keeper Ben Foster just moments after Thievy Bifouma looked certain to have grabbed a first home win for boss Pepe Mel at the other end. The late drama summed up a wildly open game in which the visitors were lucky to still be in with a shout after a torrid first 10 minutes. An outrageous second-minute opener from Morgan Amalfitano and a second from Graham Dorrans had threatened to put the home side out of sight as the day looked like it was turning into a nightmare for Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But a long-range effort from Jordan Mutch gave Cardiff a glimmer of hope and Steven Caulker’s 73rd minute back-header from Gary Medel’s free-kick looked like leaving Mel waiting longer for that first home win. Thievy had other ideas, turning in Stephane Sessegnon’s deflected shot in injury time to spark wild celebrations on the home bench. But with referee Michael Oliver looking at his watch, there was still time for Wilfried Zaha to make inroads down the right and send in a cross from which Daehli grabbed another barely believable equaliser. At the end of the day a point was what neither side wanted after 90 minutes of high-octane and often kamikaze action. But it was a particularly crushing setback for the Baggies who looked set for a productive afternoon when Amalfitano, back in the side after two games out with a knee injury, spotted Cardiff keeper David Marshall off his line and lobbed home the opener from a tight angle on the right. It could have got even worse for the visitors in a torrid opening period, Marshall going some way to redeeming himself with a vital touch three minutes later to deny an almost certain second for Matej Vydra. With less than 10 minutes on the clock, Cardiff’s nightmare start was complete as Amalfitano sent in another superb ball from the right to Vydra, whose simple pass across the box was gleefully turned in by Dorrans. Substitute Mats Daehli snatched a potentially priceless point for Cardiff in a crazy finish to their Barclays Premier League relegation clash against West Brom, which ended 3-3 at The Hawthorns. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mourinho will rest World Cup stars

first_imgWorld Cup fatigue will stop Chelsea fielding their strongest line-up for the first three matches of the new season, according to Jose Mourinho. Press Association The Chelsea boss will not rush his six World Cup stars, who have had precious little club preparation, back into Barclays Premier League action. Germany’s Andre Schurrle, Brazil trio Oscar, Willian and Ramires and Belgian pair Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have missed most of Chelsea’s pre-season after their World Cup exploits. Mourinho admitted being forced to wait patiently while a host of senior stars shake off their summer exertions is simply a fact of football life. “This is modern football,” Mourinho said ahead of Monday night’s trip to Burnley. “It’s going in this tendency – more matches, more competitions, less time to work, even not enough time to have a real holiday for bodies and brains that top football players need. “There’s not enough time. “In our case we had a group that had a good holiday and a good pre-season, then we had another group because Spain was out in the group phase, and that allowed us to get five players before we expected. “So that was good and created a medium group – but the final group is very late. “Are they ready individually? No. “But we have to be ready as a team for Monday. “Can it be a team of six guys not ready? No. “It must be a team with the majority of the players that had a proper pre-season and they are in a better condition. “So we have to make options, and probably the team to play the first two or three matches is more about the team that is ready.” Mourinho has admitted he will have his work cut out to appease rival goalkeepers Courtois and Petr Cech, but vowed to foster competition between the duo. The Stamford Bridge boss said he would underline his unstinting faith in both stoppers by handing both stars opportunities in high-stakes matches. “I cannot kill competition, I cannot close the door for someone to get into the team,” he said. “And I cannot give a player, even a goalkeeper, guarantees that he is my first choice forever, if he doesn’t perform. “Obviously you cannot change a goalkeeper if he makes a mistake, but you can change a goalkeeper if he makes five mistakes. “And so what is my first choice today cannot be my first choice tomorrow, it depends on performance. “But if the goalkeeper gives stability to the team then I don’t see a reason to change. “I don’t do, ‘You are the keeper in this competition, you are the keeper in that competition’. “I must support the keeper who is not first choice, and to support him is not to give him a Capital One Cup game. “Supporting him is showing him my trust: when nobody is expecting. “I remember I did that with Petr and (ex-Chelsea keeper Carlo) Cudicini, I played Cudicini against (Real) Betis in the Champions League in the first game of the group, not in the sixth where we were qualified, in the first. “So the best way to show a player you trust him is to play him when nobody expects and in games of responsibilities. “And with these two goalkeepers I can do that when I want.” last_img read more

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Police: Man Threatens to Shoot Up Juno Beach Pier

first_imgPolice say a man threatened to shoot up the Juno Beach Pier when he was asked to leave last week.Juno Beach Police arrested 18-year-old Cory Matthew Clemens over the weekend and charged him with written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting.Investigators say Clemons, who is a regular fisherman at the pier, refused to leave last Friday when an attendant told him it was closing time. According to witnesses, he told the attendant, “I’m not leaving, this is my life.”Clemons continued fishing but eventually left, after allegedly threatening to physically attack the attendant.Last Saturday, Clemons went out on the pier without paying the admission fee, police say. The next day, a fisherman showed the attendant a Snapchat post which threatened to shoot up the pier.According to the arrest report, Clemons admitted to police that he sent three threatening Snapchat messages to six people, with each post threatening to shoot up either the pier or the staff.He appeared in court on Wednesday morning.last_img read more

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