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Legislative leaders give Entergy November 1 deadline for new Vermont Yankee power contract

first_imgWe have established this firm deadline in order to allow sufficient time for an orderly and thorough review of any agreement by the Public Service Board and then by the Vermont General Assembly.   July 28, 2009Mr. Jay ThayerC/O MacLean, Meehan and Rice45 Court StMontpelier, Vt 05602 Dear Mr. Thayer: Speaker Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin today sent a letter to Entergy Corporation to inform them that it will be very difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act on the question of continued operation of the Vermont Yankee plant unless a power purchase agreement is reached between Entergy and Vermont utilities before November 1, 2009. The letter is pasted below.  Even if those reliability concerns are resolved in the plant s favor, the Vermont General Assembly cannot in good conscience approve continued operation of Vermont Yankee without a thorough analysis of the economic impact of continued operation compared with other current and emerging alternative power supplies.  The contract and its details are critical to the central issues of economic relative to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant that the legislature must consider.  Sincerely, Vermont Yankee has provided significant benefits to the people of the State of Vermont. Unfortunately, these benefits have been overshadowed by recent examples of operational missteps that have given us, and many Vermonters, serious pause about continued operation of the plant from a reliability standpoint.  We are writing to inform you that it will be exceedingly difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act in 2010 on the question of continued operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station unless a power purchase agreement between Vermont utilities and Entergy is filed with the Vermont Public Service Board before November 1, 2009.   Senator ShumlinPresident Pro TemRepresentative SmithSpeaker of the House We have established this deadline in a spirit of cooperation, not confrontation.  We know that you have a complex negotiation to complete in uncertain financial times.  The State of Vermont also faces many financial challenges that will drain our time and energy during the 2010 session. We are determined that all of our decisions in 2010 be based on good information that is well analyzed. To achieve that goal, we must insist on the schedule set out above for completion of your power purchase agreement with Vermont utilities. Source: Shumlin’s officelast_img read more

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Ruben’s Revenge! Mets Chase Utley, Dodgers in 13-Run Rout to Keep Despair at Bay

first_imgView image | gettyimages.com I think it’s safe to say we can now stop worrying about whether the Mets would win Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Dodgers, or more specifically, against Chase Utley. He was enough of a thorn in the Mets’ side when he played second base for the Phillies before his sinister slide took out our spirited shortstop Ruben Tejada Saturday night in LA.At first glimpse, it looked to me like Tejada had kneed Utley in the head since his helmet flew off as they collided, and I assumed he’d be on the receiving end of a concussion. But the damage was much worse for our side. Tejada had broken his right leg, the out at second was overruled, the run counted, and the Dodgers were suddenly on the rebound as our player was carted off the field and headed for the DL.Now in the twilight of his career, the 36-year-old Utley has always played the game hard. As a second baseman he’s been on the receiving end of more than a few take-out slides himself. When he’s been in the batter’s box, he’s been plunked so many times he’s earned a hit-by-pitch ranking in the record books—right up there with Alex Rodriguez, who’s also “taken one for the team” many times in his Yankee Pinstripes.Like our version of the Roman Games, Mets fans wanted blood. Had I been at Citi Field Monday night, I’m sure I would have loudly joined in the Greek chorus chanting “We Want Utley!” until my throat hurt. I’m glad Joe Torre, acting as the Majors’ chief baseball officer, suspended him for two games because he went into the slide rather late.Through the players union, he’s appealing his suspension, and the process could drag on for a while. So be it. Just having Utley around was enough to motivate the hometown crowd. But would it be enough to focus the Mets? By the second inning, doubts were on the upswing in New York as Los Angeles had a 3-0 lead.Before the game, the Mets manager Terry Collins, an infuriating master of understatement to those passionate fans who liken him to “an empty bag of balls” or “a hood ornament,” had assessed the situation this way: “Broke my shortstop’s leg. That’s all I know.”The Mets players were seething, hungering for revenge—as were legions of fans. Collins reportedly discouraged our Game 3 starter, the Dark Knight himself, Matt Harvey, from seeking retaliation because Collins knew that Harvey would have been ejected immediately—and our bullpen is shaky enough in long relief—except for that amazing 42-year-old Bartolo Colon, who can shake it and not break it—and he has a whole lot to shake when he mounts that mound.What was the matter with the Dark Knight? We wanted revenge! Harvey gave up four consecutive singles. Had Collins been a downer?Not to worry! Of course, being a true Mets fan means never not worrying. The team did roar back, thanks to Dodgers starter Brett Anderson, one of the weak links in their strong rotation. In the bottom of the second inning, our hyper right-fielder, Curtis Granderson blasted a three-run double that just missed being a home run. Before we could exhale, our team had not only tied the game, they’d taken the lead. What hit was sweeter in Game 3? Some may claim that Yoenis Cespedes’s three-run homer to the upper deck—431 feet from home plate—took the cake. I loved that, too, but I think Travis d’Arnoud’s two-run shot was the icing. Until then, he’d been in a bad playoff slump, 0-for-7. We need his bat to come alive and it finally did. Somebody always seems to step up on this 2015 team—when they’re hot, that is. One day it’s David Wright—and to me, his two-run single, which turned out to be the game winner, in Game 1 was just such a tribute to his inspiring work ethic, his constant pain, and his valor. Another time up comes Daniel Murphy or Lucas Duda to make a difference. You never know.The Mets scored 13 runs in all—a franchise playoff record. But no lead is ever enough for the Mets, as far as I’m concerned.After Harvey put the Mets in a three-run hole, he told Collins it’d go no deeper. He had a tough game but he proved his worth. Harvey had thrown 97 pitches through five innings, nearing his do-no-harm limit. With typical flourish, Colon came in and struck out the side. The next inning Colon gave up a run, so Collins had our great rookie phenom Michael Conforto pinch-hit for him, and he came through with a deep sacrifice fly.Could we begin to relax? Are you kidding me? We’re coasting into the ninth inning, 13-to-4, and the next thing we knew a forgettable pitcher named Erik Goeddel—and the sooner the Mets forget him the better—had given up a three-run homer and a single. That comfy cushion the Mets had built up didn’t feel so comfortable.Certainly some fans had departed the stands or switched off the game because they actually had to show up for work Tuesday morning, and they are blameless, but those who could afford to stick it out knew the truth: It ain’t over til it’s over, as the great philosopher of baseball, Yogi Berra, used to say. Just beyond the base paths lies the abyss.Here we were, Game 3, a must-win for the Mets given all that had transpired in Game 2. There were no outs. The Dodgers were threatening. The skies were darkening. So when Collins motioned to the bullpen and brought out our closer, Jeurys Familia, to finish what Harvey had started, it all made perfect sense. Of course, it wasn’t a save situation—the Mets had a six-run lead. But give Collins credit. He has embraced the Mets’ existential condition. Watching the lead shrink by another run or two (or three, god help us!) would have let all the good feeling of revenge and triumph slip away. Who let the dogs out? Defeat, which had seemed so improbable, suddenly seemed plausible. Just like that, it began to feel like the worst day in July when the Mets couldn’t do anything right—and our captain, David Wright, was nowhere in sight. Oh, let us rejoice that the mighty Familia was on our mound Monday night. With his command, the inning was soon mercifully behind us and victory was ours.So now we can start worrying about Game 4. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.comlast_img read more

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Florida man arrested for firing gun into the air during an argument

first_imgAuthorities in the Florida Keys say they arrested a Miami man who reportedly fired several gunshots into the air during an argument.The incident occurred over the weekend in Key Largo.The suspect 35-year-old Danny Daniel, told authorities that he went to his friend’s house where his family was staying and began arguing with another man about  “issues they had earlier in the day.” At some point during the argument, Daniel went to his vehicle and pulled out a gun which he then began firing into the air.Authorities reported that Daniel fired at least four gun shots, which was called in to them.He was later arrested on a misdemeanor charge of firing a weapon in public or on residential property.last_img

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Reports: Lakers sweeten their offer to Pelicans for Anthony Davis

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe package as reported would offer the Pelicans a mix of young talent, veterans, draft picks to rebuild with and salary cap relief to get off of Hill’s contract. In return, the Lakers would get one of the best two-way players in the NBA, a three-time all-league honoree who finished third in MVP voting last year to pair alongside LeBron James.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Davis (29.3 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.6 bpg) has spent all of his seven NBA seasons in New Orleans since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2012 out of Kentucky. After reaching the playoffs just twice in that span and with the Pelicans on the outside of the playoff picture again this season, Davis requested a week ago via his agent, Rich Paul (who is also an agent for James and the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) seeking a more competitive franchise. While he’s under contract through the summer of 2020 when he can opt out, the Pelicans will be compelled to deal him beforehand, otherwise risking their franchise star walking away for nothing in return.A potential Lakers deal has been complicated by competition throughout the league, most of which wouldn’t likely take place until this summer. Looming in the background have been the Boston Celtics, who have a mix of young players such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to potentially dangle this summer alongside a stockpile of draft assets assembled by General Manager Danny Ainge over the years.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img None of this has apparently prevented Ainge from being involved, however, as he reportedly is imploring the Pelicans to hold off on trading Davis trade until the Celtics can be involved in the negotiations, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.It’s unclear whether Davis will play for the Pelicans again, even if they keep him on the trading block. He was cleared to practice with the team on Thursday after missing several weeks with a finger injury. But the Celtics won’t be able to do a deal until this summer, due to a NBA CBA wrinkle that precludes them from having both Davis and All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who are both on Designated Rookie extensions, on the same roster. Irving will be a free agent this summer, and the Celtics are reportedly hopeful to retain Irving and pair him with Davis.ESPN reported Monday that Davis has included a list of desired destinations, including the Lakers, the New York Knicks, the Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics were notably not included, leaving open the possibility that if Davis were dealt there this summer, he would not sign an extension with Boston after the one-season rental. Late last week, Davis’ father said he had no desire to ever see his son play for the Celtics because he didn’t care for the way Ainge treated former Celtic Isaiah Thomas. If a megadeal is going to happen this week, the Lakers seem game.Several media reports indicate that the Lakers have upped their offer to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis to include nearly half the roster. The reports reflect an intensifying pressure for the Lakers front office to get a deal done for the six-time All-Star before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.The Los Angeles Times reported that a recent offer by the Lakers includes three members of the team’s “young core” of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, in addition to veterans Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson. The Lakers also would add two first-round picks to the package, in exchange for the 25-year-old Davis and Solomon Hill, who is on the third year of a $48 million, four-year contract. The Lakers reportedly would use the stretch provision on the final year of Hill’s contract this summer to minimize the salary cap hit.Both ESPN and the Times reported that Lakers team president Magic Johnson spoke with Pelicans manager Dell Demps about the offer, ramping up the potential for a deal between the two teams to get done after a somewhat frosty start. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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MLB wrap: Zack Greinke gets 200th career win as Astros top A’s

first_img Mets’ Pete Alonso breaks National League rookie home run record The feat came exactly one year and one day after Verlander joined the 200 club.“It’s nice,” Greinke said, via The Houston Chronicle. “Hopefully I can keep pitching pretty good with the team we have, and hopefully we can get a lot more.” Related News .@ARizzo44 played @WBCBaseball for Italy.Now he’s hanging out with Italians in Williamsport.@GEICO #LittleLeagueClassic pic.twitter.com/0EsRjub3rk— Play Ball (@PlayBall) August 18, 2019Rafael Ortega hit the Braves’ go-ahead run against the Dodgers, and it was pretty spectacular. Game changer.(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/F41ftWYSBS— MLB (@MLB) August 18, 2019What’s Next?Mariners (52-73) at Rays (73-52), 7:10 p.m. ET — After winning a three-game series against the Tigers, the Rays will have a quick turnaround to try and distance themselves in the AL wild-card race. They will face the struggling Mariners on Monday. Tampa Bay will start Brendan McKay (2-2, 5.08 ERA) while Seattle will go with Marco Gonzales (12-10, 4.26). Braves’ Ronald Acuña pulled from game for not hustling on play Vladimir Guerrero Jr. injury update: Blue Jays star day-to-day after injuring knee Greinke pitched seven innings and allowed only one run off four hits while striking out six. The Athletics were held to just six hits in the game.Alex Bregman led the Astros’ offense, going 4 for 4 with a three-run go-ahead home run to highlight his night.30 jacks for The Kid. #TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/sbQxRT3BAH— Houston Astros (@astros) August 18, 2019The win put Houston 7 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the American League West.Studs of the NightRafael Devers was 4 for 5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs in Boston’s 13-7 win over Baltimore. The Red Sox third baseman became the first hitter to reach 100 RBIs this season.The first player with over 100 RBI in 2019 goes to… pic.twitter.com/ySgTbeOa4J— MLB (@MLB) August 18, 2019Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in five shutout innings in an 8-4 win against the Yankees.Yusei Kikuchi pitched his first ever shutout in MLB, throwing a two-hitter in Seattle’s 7-0 win over Toronto. Duds of the NightTrent Grisham and Eric Thames both went 0 for 5 at the plate in the Brewers’ 16-8 loss to the Nationals.Kevin McCarthy’s outing was short lived as the Royals righty gave up four runs on four hits in 1/3 of an inning.HighlightsBefore Anthony Rizzo even began playing Sunday, he was making fans happy. Zack Greinke reached a career milestone Sunday.The Astros right-hander got his 200th career win as he helped Houston topped Oakland 4-1. Just two other active pitchers (CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander) have reached that mark.last_img read more

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Should we believe Amari Cooper saying Jon Gruden didn’t want to trade him?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAmari Cooper isn’t only a different receiver with the Cowboys. He’s apparently trying his hand at news-breaking now, too.Cooper told The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins Thursday that Raiders coach Jon Gruden didn’t want to trade him, rather that owner Mark Davis spearheaded sending Cooper to Dallas for a 2019 first-round pick in late October. Watkins also included in his story that Cooper said former Raiders general manager …last_img

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Too many grassroots left out of child welfare emergency meeting advocate

first_imgDennis Ward APTN NewsJocelyn Wabano-Iahtail was leery coming into the two-day conference on child welfare that wrapped up Friday in Ottawa.And she’s not heading home from the so-called emergency meeting feeling much better.“Because I know the Millennium Scoop is ongoing,” said Wabano-Iahtail.She feels the grassroots were left out of the meetings.“That’s quite a disappointment,” she said. “I am well aware of the fact that there were many who wanted to attend. This was very secret; is what it seemed to many of us.“They weren’t given ample opportunity to attend. As well, a lot of our youth were not permitted to attend.”One politician said work will get underway on community-based solutions.“The safety of those children is critical but children can be safe with their aunt, with their grandma, they can be safe in community, in a program of kinship care,” said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services. “So let’s not use safety as an excuse to extract children from their culture.”dward@aptn.calast_img read more

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