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first_img Will the Indiana Corn Crop Mature Before the First Hard Frost on the HAT Thursday Morning Edition SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Aug 15, 2019 Home News Feed Will the Indiana Corn Crop Mature Before the First Hard Frost on… Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Audio Playerhttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/www.hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/HATMORN081519.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast (wirepodcastshat-rss): Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Previous articleIndiana Farmer Leaders Experience August Crop Report in DCNext articleISDA Photo Contest Winners Honored Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

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Proposed law on international cooperation needs more discussion

first_imgNews VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation News August 25, 2020 Find out more New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas Local, national and international NGOs are extremely concerned about an international cooperation bill that the National Assembly is due to begin examining on an emergency basis since yesterday in response to a formal request from President Hugo Chávez. Reporters Without Borders defends freedom of expression and freedom of information with complete impartiality. Our vigilance and our right to criticize are directed at any government in any country, whatever its tendency, whenever an issue arises that comes under our mandate. This is our only criteria, and so it should be.We are concerned above all about the following points in this proposed law:1 – The bill was already approved on first reading on 13 June 2006. Why was it then ignored for the next four years? This is relevant to the question why it should be examined on an emergency basis now.Consultation with NGOs before a debate during the next parliamentary session beginning in January – when the opposition will again be sitting in the National Assembly – would help to reduce the divisions that the bill will inevitably occasion and that already afflict Venezuelan society sufficiently. A broad consensus could be achieved in this manner.2 – Certain aspects of the bill need to be clarified or amended.Article 14 of the bill says that the Venezuelan state “will stimulate the participation of organized communities, non-governmental organizations, universities, companies and other social entities linked to international cooperation.” The article does not however specify the level and form of this state “stimulation.” Would it entail control over the statutes and mandates of the NGOs?Articles 15 and 16 of the proposed law would establish a register in which the NGOs concerned would have to be registered. The source of concern here is above all the creation of a new “decentralized body” of a governmental nature whose functions would include “direction, control, coordination, monitoring and evaluation” of cooperation activities (article 9). A transitional provision requires NGOs to comply with the “provisions and directives” of this state entity within six months of the law’s promulgation.This provision is obviously the most controversial one. There is a very clear similarity to the way NGOs were placed under supervision by a law on the functions of the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI) which was voted at the Peruvian government’s request in November 2006 and which President Alan Garcia subsequently withdrew following protests from national and international NGOs.3 – The circumstances surrounding the vote on the proposed law also raise questions about its future application. “How could we permit political parties, NGOs and leading figures of the counterrevolution to continue to be financed by the millions and millions of the Yankee empire?” President Chávez said on 23 November, urging swift parliamentary approval of the bill.In other words, an NGO receiving foreign funding, especially from the United States, would necessarily be guilty of “counterrevolutionary activities.” Such funding, even if only partial, would mean that the NGO’s sole goal was to overthrow the Bolivarian Republic’s government. Under this vision of permanent conspiracy, an NGO would just be the tool of a hostile power. These attacks betray a lack of any understanding of the activities of most NGOs, which are forced to find many sources of funding in order to survive, and a failure to appreciate their insistence on independence. The grave and deplorable precedent of the April 2002 coup attempt against President Chávez and U.S. political dominance in Latin America and elsewhere must not be used as grounds for systematically accusing all those who criticize or disagree with the Venezuelan government of plotting another coup. Which NGOs was President Chávez referring to in his speech?A bill of this importance needs something other than an emergency vote. It requires a debate and the opinions of the relevant institutions of the Organization of American States. We call for such a debate to take place. There is still time. Follow the news on Venezuelacenter_img News December 2, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Proposed law on international cooperation needs more discussion Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela RSF_en Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News January 13, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

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Iraqi journalist abducted from her home in Baghdad

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Women Page Facebook d’Afrah Shawqi December 27, 2016 – Updated on December 29, 2016 Iraqi journalist abducted from her home in Baghdad Receive email alerts RSF_en News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Women RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”center_img The family of journalist Afrah Shawqi told Ziyad al-Ajeeli, the head of the Baghdad-based Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, that she was abducted from her home in the southwestern district of Saidiya at around 10 p.m. by eight armed men in civilian dress who claimed to be members of the security forces.The gunmen carried handcuffed her 16-year-old son, and ransacked her home, taking mobile phones, computers, jewels and cash, Ajeeli said. As they left with Shawqi, they also took her car. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued a communiqué condemning her abduction and ordering the security forces to “do the utmost to protect her, find her and capture the group or groups responsible.”“We are extremely concerned and firmly condemn this abduction,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “We urge the prime minister to keep his word to do everything possible to find Afrah Shawqi and those responsible for taking her. We also point out that the government has a duty to improve the safety of journalists in Iraq.”Iraqi journalists staged several demonstrations today in support of their kidnapped colleague.Saad al-Massoudi, Al Arabiya’s Paris correspondent, said Shawqi’s professionalism as a journalist was widely recognized: “Her articles often draw attention to the problems in Iraqi society and the corruption, and she is not scared to tackle the sensitive subjects that concern Iraqis”.Shawqi writes for many newspapers and websites including Aklaam (which means “Pens” in Arabic). It was on Aklaam that she posted an article yesterday criticizing how gangs and armed groups are able to operate with complete impunity in Iraq.Shawqi, aged 38, is also head of women’s affairs for the Iraqi culture ministry and is active in the defence of human rights.Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, with a total of seven killed in 2016, according to RSF’s latest annual round-up. It is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News News December 16, 2020 Find out more News December 28, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about Afrah Shawqi, a journalist who was kidnapped in Baghdad last night, and calls on the Iraqi authorities to do everything in their power to find her as soon as possible. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation last_img read more

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Fraud and the Housing Bubble Crash

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Fraud and the Housing Bubble Crash Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago A new study compiled by a financial researcher at The University of Texas at Austin has determined that mortgage fraud was far more prevalent than previously known during the 2007-2009 financial crisis.The study by John Griffin, a finance professor in the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, will appear in the next edition of the Journal of Economic Literature. Griffin explained that the fraud which played a major role in the last financial crisis was predicated by four stakeholder groups in the residential mortgage-backed securities sector:Mortgage originators that emphasized profit-fueled quantity over loan quality, which resulted in the misreporting of key financial information in 48% of loans securitized by nongovernment agencies;Appraisers who worked in conjunction with originators, resulting 45% of securitized loans where the appraisal and loans exactly matched;Investment bank underwriters who earned more by securitizing low-quality loans with high interest rates and falsely presenting them to investors as high-quality securities; andCredit rating agencies that frequently inflated ratings of mortgage-backed securities by adjusting their standard rating models.Griffin’s study concluded that fraud deepened the depth and scope of the financial crisis, noting that home prices in California plummeted by 45% in the ZIP codes where more than 15% of home loans involved fraud, but only fell by 5% where fraud was involved in just 3% of home loans.“Fraud led to massive distortions in the prices of houses,” Griffin said. “The bubble was very regionalized to those areas where fraudulent loan originations were common.”Griffin’s research was synthesized from more than 80 papers, along with legal settlements by 11 banks with the U.S. Department of Justice. He noted that despite the massive scale of fraud, only a single investment banker went to prison as a result of the mortgage meltdown – in comparison, 1,700 bankers were convicted in the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s.Today, Griffin warns that the greatest threat for fraud is not in residential mortgages, but in other securitized assets such as commercial mortgages and collateralized loan obligations.”The coronavirus is a different cause, but it may have the same effect, revealing the same forces that were at work in the pre-financial-crisis period,” Griffin said. “Market corrections have a way of revealing fraud and structural problems.”And while the 2007-2009 crisis may seem like history today, Griffin warned that history can repeat itself.”A lot of academics think that conflicts of interest and fraud are things the media like to talk about, but they’re not of major economic importance,” he said. “This paper and all the research that it summarizes says the opposite. That they did play a major role in the financial crisis. Checks and balances are supposed to be in place, but a lot of them don’t work.” 2020-12-08 Christina Hughes Babb About Author: Phil Hall Fraud and the Housing Bubble Crash in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: The Only Constant is Change Next: Report: Biden Picks Marcia Fudge to Lead HUD  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago December 8, 2020 1,684 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day agolast_img read more

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Ithaca paper shop fields threats and online harassment over anti-Trump cards

first_imgJillian Merulla purchases cards on Wednesday. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Following a Facebook post this week from the group “REAL Did NOT Stop President Trump,” however, Loesch has faced a deluge of vitriol and threats — including people calling her a pedophile and threatening to burn down the store. Produced by the Pittsburgh company Sapling Press and sold in stores across the country, the cards have been on Mockingbird’s shelves since the 2016 election, Mockingbird Paperie owner Suzanne Loesch said Wednesday. They’ve consistently been among the store’s best-selling items for nearly three years, and have never been the object of complaints before. At the same time, Loesch is thinking of positive ways to respond, including restocking the cards and donating the proceeds from future sales to a non-profit working to counteract the Trump Administration’s agenda. Loesch has reached out to the Ithaca Police Department to notify them of the threats and said she’s still nervous. Citing the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which escalated from false online posts to a shooting in Washington, D.C., Horner said he couldn’t shake the fear that some person would lash out at Loesch or other employees. ITHACA, N.Y. — A small Ithaca paper shop has unwittingly gone viral after a photo of its anti-Trump satirical greeting card display was shared in a pro-Trump Facebook group along with a call to bombard the store with calls and mail. Beyond just calls and negative reviews online, the store has received death threats and the owner has faced personal harassment. While controversy raged online, it wasn’t evident on the ground. By midday Wednesday the store had nearly sold out of the cards. “I listen to my customers, that’s how I stay in business,” Loesch said. “I listen to my community, and this is a best-selling card.” It was amended Wednesday, as news of the threats circulated. After “HAVE AT IT!!!” the anonymous poster added, “NO THREATS PLEASE.. JUST LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THEIR DISPLAY!” Tagged: local business, mockingbird paperie, politics, president donald trump Featured image: Mockingbird Paperie on the Ithaca Commons. (Devon Magliozzi/Ithaca Voice) The people making threats and complaining about the cards, Merulla said, are only doing so with the protection of anonymity, from behind their phones and computers. “I’m here in person … keep them up, don’t take them down.” Loesch said she was terrified and baffled by the situation. “I just can’t believe people would say things like that — they’ve never even been in my store,” she said. Loesch’s husband, Tim Horner, stepped in at the store to help field almost 100 calls since the post. Most, he said, were hang-ups or people quickly yelling things like, “Trump 2020” or “you people are ‘expletive’” while remaining anonymous. Some were more explicitly threatening, though, like several in which callers said they are going to burn down the store. Loesch had removed the Trump cards from their normal display, but when local resident Jillian Merulla came into the shop Wednesday morning, she made a beeline to the table where the cards were sitting in a pile. “I came in to buy all of those,” Merulla said before purchasing three of each.center_img With a page following of almost 30,000 people, the post quickly spread. By Wednesday, Mockingbird’s Facebook page was temporarily shut down and its Yelp page was blocked by the company due to “unusual activity,” as comments related to politics rather than paper products flooded in. The post, by an anonymous person, featured a picture of the card rack and read, “A local store from my hometown in Ithaca, New York on the Commons. Please feel free to CONTACT them with calls and mail. Let them know how you feel.” It included the store’s phone number, Facebook page and mailing address and ended with, “HAVE AT IT!!!” The cards in question feature negative comments about President Trump in large print with smaller greeting messages below. For example, “TRUMP IS AN ASSHOLE. Congrats on the new baby,” or, “TRUMP IS A DOUCHE BAG. Happy anniversary.” After many misogynistic comments were posted online, Loesch said she felt more comfortable having a man answer the phone rather than leaving her all-women staff to deal with the threats. While she and Horner both recognized that most of the commenters lived far away and had never set foot on the Ithaca Commons, they couldn’t dismiss the fear that the fervor would inspire someone locally to carry out violence. The Facebook post was edited Wednesday to include “no threats please.” Screenshot captured at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, the only people in the store were the usual local shoppers and people who showed up specifically to demonstrate their support. The cards, Loesch said, “go back to our First Amendment Right and freedom of speech. I love this country because that’s what we’re about, we can do that.” “I was terrified, to be honest,” Loesch said. “We’re all women and some of the threats really scared me. My daughter completely freaked out … my mother called me and was pretty hysterical.” Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzilast_img read more

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No progress on new services could see further Post Office closures

first_img No progress on new services could see further Post Office closures Previous articleDisqualified driver tests positive for drugs at checkpointNext articleBreaking: Gardaí investigating discovery of body in Milford News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Between 2 and 3 hundred post offices could be forced to close over the next 18 months unless they’re granted access to government services.The Irish Postmasters Union says a deal agreed with An Post last year, provided for the introduction of services, such as car tax, drivers’ licenses and Leap cards.However, it says in the time since, no progress has been made.Speaking ahead of their annual conference in Portlaoise later, IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara says the issue could lead to hundreds of post offices having to close their doors:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/oharapost.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – May 11, 2019 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterestlast_img read more

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Hazmat training focuses on emergency response

first_imgLatest Stories Published 11:00 pm Friday, September 2, 2011 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Ventress said while the hospital hasn’t had to deal with issues of contamination, being prepared is critical. “There are some industries in town who work with serious chemicals and all kinds of stuff goes up and down U.S. 231,” she said. “If we had a wreck, a gas leak, a chlorine spill … our staff needs to be trained in how to respond.”During the training, a staff volunteer played the role of a patient, undergoing the decontamination process for participants to watch.“Basically, you have to remove a patient’s clothing and give them a quick bath with water and a certain kind of soap before they can brought into the emergency room,” Ventress said. The process includes setting up a makeshift wash station, using ladders and tarps. Book Nook to reopen Hazmat training focuses on emergency response By The Penny Hoarder Print Article “I’m so impressed with our fire department,” Ventress said. “They knew their stuff backwards and forwards and worked well with us. It’s good to know these guys ar going to be there if the city needs them.” Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Learning how to process and decontaminate accident victims was the focus of a “hazmat” training session this week at Troy Regional Medical Center.The training, held in conjunction with the Troy Fire Department, was designed to give hospital staff experience in proper handling of patients who may have come in contact with dangerous chemicals or materials.“That patient doesn’t need to be brought into an environment where there are other patients or people he could come in contact with, such as the staff,” said Jennifer Ventress, chief nursing officer for the hospital. “The Troy Fire Department is well-trained on this and they worked with our staff to reinforce how we would handle patients.” Skip Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… “Many of the industries in town have their own teams trained to do this, and the Troy Fire Department is well-trained in how to do this,” she said. “Usually, the decontamination would take place at the scene, but we need to know what to do here in case a patient is transported by private vehicle to the hospital.”Ventress said the training program was successful. You Might Like TCS to dip into reserves to offset expenses The proposed 2012 budget for the Troy City Schools pulls some $2.6 million from reserves to offset expenses and efforts… read morelast_img read more

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RICS tweets calls by letting agent to increase regulation of short lets in Scotland

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » RICS tweets calls by letting agent to increase regulation of short lets in Scotland previous nextHousing MarketRICS tweets calls by letting agent to increase regulation of short lets in ScotlandLeading Edinburgh letting agency says landlords are being forced into the short-lets sector by the ‘robust regulations of long-lets by the Scottish government.Nigel Lewis8th August 20190463 Views The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has backed calls by one of its members in Scotland to regulate the country’s fast-expanding holiday short-lets market.RICS yesterday retweeted a link to an article by a leading letting agent in Edinburgh, Jonathan Gordon of Clan Gordon, which calls on legislators in Scotland to ‘catch up’ with the fast-developing largely Airbnb-created holiday short lets market in the city.Gordon blames the huge increase in the number of short-lets in Edinburgh on Scotland’s sometimes draconian regulation of its private rented sector.“Speaking so often to landlords, we have real perspective on this – and know from first-hand experience that many letting their property out short term are doing so to avoid the robust regulations of the private rented sector,” he says.“You have to therefore ask, is it sensible to have tourists living in unsafe holiday lets that it would be illegal to rent as homes?“Edinburgh in particular is seeing sweeping changes to whole neighbourhoods and it is apparent that the short-term letting boom has left policymakers playing catch-up. We must now make up that ground.”Secondary legislationGordon went on to call for secondary legislation to extend landlord registration to short-lets as well as property maintenance and repairing standards, and possibly even increase council tax rates for properties place on platforms like Airbnb.The Negotiator also spoke to a leading competitor with Airbnb, which said they had attended meeting with English ministers and had warned them of the consequences of over regulating long-let landlords, because it will push more landlords into the short lets sector.Gordon Clan airbnb Edinburgh August 8, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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PwC Report: S. Australia to benefit from naval shipbuilding

first_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Report outlines economic benefits of naval shipbuilding in South Australia The Australian defense industry minister has launched the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Australia’s report which outlines the economic benefits naval shipbuilding is expected to have on South Australia.This report estimates some 3500 direct shipbuilding jobs and an overall 8000 new jobs would be created in South Australia over the coming decades.“This PwC report illustrates just how beneficial to the South Australian economy the Turnbull Government’s $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding program will be,” defense industry minister Christopher Pyne said.“This is great news for South Australians currently working in the shipbuilding industry as well those wanting to find work within the industry in the coming years,” Pyne said.“The shipbuilding aspect of programme alone will triple the South Australian workforce and boost Gross State Product (GSP) by $134.4 billion over the next 40 years.“The report also states that for every $10 million in expenditure in South Australia directly related to shipbuilding, there is a total of $24 million in additional gross state product,” Pyne said. Authorities Report outlines economic benefits of naval shipbuilding in South Australia Share this article October 12, 2017last_img read more

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Bayonne Mayor Davis wins re-election

first_imgBayonne Mayor James Davis ×Bayonne Mayor James Davis O’Donnell told the press he would call Davis to concede around 9 p.m. Davis’ supporters crowded around Villa Maria on Broadway, celebrating the victory.Davis will continue to steer Bayonne through redevelopment, including several big residential projects, and other changes.For more coverage of the race, watch for the print edition of the Bayonne Community News, hitting the streets on Wednesday.center_img BAYONNE — Mayor James Davis and the majority of his City Council slate won election in that town on Tuesday night. Davis beat out former Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell and local doctor Mitchell Brown to keep his spot. Davis’ council slate was projected to win as well, but the results were close in the 2nd Ward around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (follow the numbers at this link.)Davis amassed 6,850 votes to O’Donnell’s 4,556. Brown got 525, and 17 voters wrote in a personal choice. last_img read more

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