Working TitlePre-Certified Police Officer Resource CriticalYes University TitlePolice Officer 1 Scope of SearchLocal Hours/WeekVaries Minimum Hiring Standards Application Process/Additional Information For more information on ORP, visit: ORP Eligible Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities Certification as a Virginia Law Enforcement Officer or mustcomplete police academy, field training and maintain VA DCJS lawenforcement certification.Must have a Virginia motor vehicle driver’s license and a cleardriving record.Must never have been convicted of a felony, crimes involving moralturpitude or domestic violence.Must provide birth certificate and pass a polygraph, a drug testand a physical examination by a licensed physician.Needs excellent ability to communicate and work effectively at alllevels within and outside the University.Demonstrated ability to problem solve and work collaboratively withother employees.Ability to fit into a team environment as characterized by sharedaccountabilities.Emphasis on providing the highest levels of responsiveness andcustomer service to both internal and external customers.Ability to interact physically and psychologically with a diversepopulation in stressful environments.Ability to work in a diverse environment.Able to work shifts. University Job Family Job CategoryPolice and Security Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Normal Work Days/HoursVaries Recruitment PoolAll Applicants A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field or anyequivalent combination of experience and training which providesthe required knowledge, skills, and abilities.Excellent working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws andordinances, rules and regulations of VCU, and the rules andregulations of the VCU Police Department.Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage a variety of projectsand to work independently. Organizational Overview Sensitive PositionYes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will berequired. To provide patrol operations and services within the VCU PoliceDepartment; interpret and institute VCUPD’s mission statement,successfully handle assignments issued by the Sergeant, Lieutenant,and or Captain.Actively identify problems, establishing action planning to solveissues Open Until FilledYes Recruitment TypeSingle Title Is this a restricted position?No DepartmentCampus Police Anticipated Hiring Range$44,990 – $49,343 Position Number005310 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Required Licenses/ Certifications Campus Posting will close on or before Job Open Date05/24/2018 Position Information FLSA IndicatorNon-Exempt Have you ever been convicted of any felony, or any misdemeanordomestic assault or crime of moral turpitude?yesno Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/79384 Position TypeStaff Are you currently VA DCJS Law Enforcement certified or beenactively certified within the past two calendar years (does NOTapply to DCJS Jailor, Civil Process, Security or Armed SecurityCertifications, LEO only)?YesNo Preferred Hiring Standards Have you ever had your driver’s license suspended or revoked?If yes, please provide the date (s) and reason forsuspension/revocation:(Open Ended Question)Have you ever been convicted of DUI? If yes, please providedate(s) & jurisdiction(s):(Open Ended Question)Have you been convicted of reckless driving within the past tenyears? If yes, please provide date(s) & jurisdiction(s):(Open Ended Question)Hours: Are you able to work shift work with varying days off,nights, weekends, and holidays?YesNo Job StatusFull-Time At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Is this position eligible to participate in alternative workarrangements?No Employee GroupUniversity Employee University Code The Police Department requires that a criminal and drivingbackground/record check be done on all applicants. In order to dothis, you MUST provide BOTH your social security number anddesignated driver’s license number below to authorize thesechecks.(Open Ended Question) Optional & Required DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResume
Chris and Tara Talley, of Pa., with their daughters Rella, 10, Rylee, 7, Rowan, 4, and Remi, 2, stop for a photo at the sandals display on the Music Pier, before heading down the Boardwalk on Labor Day. By Maddy VitaleVacationers and residents took advantage of the last day of the Labor Day holiday weekend, swimming in the ocean, nibbling on rolled ice cream and pizza and hitting the amusements in Ocean City.Tara and Chris Talley, of Royersford, Pa., and their children Rella, 10, Rylee, 7, Rowan, 4, and Remi, 2, weren’t quite ready to leave their vacation home to head back to reality.Like the Talleys, people filled their Monday with activities and very precious beach time, as the holiday marks the traditional end of the summer season.Sunbathers and swimmers take in the last bit of summer.For the Talleys, who planned on packing the most into the day, there seemed to be way too much to do.“We spent the morning at the beach,” said Chris Talley.That was Rowan’s favorite part of the trip. But what to do took a bit of family discussion by the Talleys. They took a timeout to pose for a photo at the iconic flip-flops art display, a favorite among vacationers, located at the Music Pier.They settled on the arcade, shopping, more shopping and ice cream for their day of activities. To cap off what was certain to be a perfect day, they would pose for some old-fashioned family photos on the Boardwalk.The only problem was the order in which to do everything.“I want to go shopping,” said Rella.“I want ice cream,” said Rylee.Rowan sided with her sister, and said she was up for shopping.Chris Talley chuckled at the indecision.“We want to get in the last bit of Ocean City for the summer and we have a lot more to do,” Tara Talley said, laughing. Colorful umbrellas dot the beaches on a busy Labor Day, capping off the holiday weekend.Sunbathers sat under umbrellas, other beachgoers played games, and many people hopped in the water to cool off. Some kids, such as siblings Zoe, 2, and Ian Trujillo, 3, of Philadelphia, in Ocean City for the day, played in the sand to pass the time. The duo scooped up mounds of sand and put them into tiny buckets.Iconic Boardwalk businesses such as Manco & Manco Pizza and Johnson’s Popcorn had a steady stream of customers throughout the afternoon. Jonn Gutierrez, 29, and his girlfriend, Kaitlyn Brunner, 26, both of Toms River, enjoy some rolled ice cream, complete with peanut butter and graham crackers.Couple Kaitlyn Brunner, 26, and Jonn Gutierrez, 29, both of Toms River in Ocean County, came down to Ocean City for the day. They perused shops on the Boardwalk and decided it was time to try some rolled ice cream at Sweet Charlies.“I never had it before. It’s good,” Brunner said, as she took another spoonful of the icy confection. Other popular businesses, such as Jilly’s Candy Factory, were a hit with vacationers and residents, employees said as shoppers strolled in and out of the stores. Hailey Dunn, 10, of Souderton, Pa., with mom, Karen Dunn, stop by Jilly’s Candy Factory for a beanie baby.Hailey Dunn, 10, and her mother, Karen Dunn, of Souderton, Pa., stopped in to check out the candies but came out with a fish beanie baby.The Dunns arrived in Ocean City on Labor Day to start their weeklong vacation and already Hailey decided Jilly’s was her favorite place.Playland’s Castaway Cove was bustling with families who played games and went on some rides.Marty Kraus, of South Orange, watches as his daughter, Reilly, 4, plays a game at Playland’s Castaway Cove.Reilly Kraus, 4, of South Orange, N.J., staying in Ocean City on vacation, was serious about a game of “Dog Pounder.”“She loves the games,” Reilly’s father Marty Kraus said. When the game was through, she quickly took another try at it.For Skylar Alfinito, of Burlington County, a game of Skee Ball was out of the question.That’s because she is just 15 months old. However, her parents, Brittany and Chris Alfinito, had some fun showing their daughter how to toss the ball.“We are down just for the day,” Brittany Alfinito said. “It’s fun here and close.”Chris and Brittany Alfinito, of Burlington County, with their 15-month-old daughter, Skylar, enjoy some Skee Ball at Castaway Cove.
Chicken Balti is the latest Ginsters pie variant to hit the shelves in a bid to warm up chilly shoppers (RSP: £1.99).The brand’s Cheese & Onion Slice has been given an improved recipe this autumn, which includes West Country Cheddar alongside locally sourced onions and potatoes. An on-pack flash will highlight the change to consumers.Andy Valentine, Ginsters head of brand marketing, said: “It’s that time of year when consumers look for quality, comforting food both at home and for on-the-go snacking. With these changes happening across our savouries range, we’re hoping to attract shoppers to the category with some fresh thinking and new choices for spicing up the cold days.”
Sales at Waitrose leapt 6% to £132.2m in the 22nd week of its current financial year versus the same week in 2014. Mark Williamson, commercial director, attributed the increase to “summer sunshine, British sporting heroics and US Independence Day parties”.He said: “The growing number of myWaitrose customers signing up to the ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ scheme in a week featuring the sun drenched British Grand Prix, Wimbledon’s battling Brits and the inspirational Women’s England football team, helped deliver an encouraging performance.”The 22 weeks to 4 July saw an overall increase of 0.9% on last year and were up 5.8% compared to the same period in 2013/2014. Champagne sales stayed strong, Pimm’s jumped 137%, rosé wine leapt by 43% and gin increased by 34%. Mixers were up 67% and record breaking beer sales saw bottled beer up 47%.Good weather and 4 July falling on a weekend contributed to the strong sales, with Waitrose Aberdeen Angus mini beef burgers were up 136% and essential Waitrose sirloin steaks were up by 115% following strong promotional activity. Traditional barbecue fare also saw rises.Williamson added: “Foods more traditionally associated with picnics are seemingly more popular than ever as we saw the biggest week ever for delicatessen outside of Christmas and a record week for our Food to Go range where sales were up by almost 18%.”Quiche sales were up by 29%, dip sales by 13% and olives and antipasti sales were up by 18%.”
Progressive powerhouse Umphrey’s McGee returned to Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium Friday night, kicking off a three-night New Year’s run with the help of talented up-in-comers Aqueous. The Fillmore has become a home away from home for the band’s notorious year-ending runs. With a fresh new sound system and the electrifying light show from lighting designer Jefferson Waful, Friday may have been the biggest production yet.Buffalo, NY based Aqueous opened the evening, an apt fit for the bill. The four-piece packs a serious punch, led by the searing guitar work and lead vocals of Mike Gantzer and the smooth bass of Evan McPhaden. The set was a hard-hitting collection that saw the band stay true to the form of their complex originals, which smoothly jump from heavy prog-rock riffs into feel-good funk jams. An extended set-ending “Origami” saw the band at their best.Umphrey’s brought the heat immediately, opening with the heavy instrumental “Padgett’s Profile.” The tune set the tone for a nostalgic set that pleased the loyalists in attendance. The band got deep into “Sociable Jimmy” before inviting drummer Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars up for “Susanah,” a tune from Brenden Bayliss’ side project 30db with Jeff Austin. Dickinson was a natural fit behind the kit filling in for Kris Meyers, very large shoes to fill. The set ended with a massive “Bridgeless,” letting the band explore their roots before coming to a triumphant end.The second set kicked off with an open-ended “JaJunk,” another veteran jam. “Yoga Pants (White Pickle)” was a welcomed smooth rhythm and blues tune that let keyboardist Joel Cummins take the lead on synth. The highlight of the set was “Draconian,” a complex tune that has become a new jam vehicle for the band. The song steered into uncharted territory before Brendan Bayliss wrapped it up with a lyrical jimmy stew upon which the song was inspired from.Umphrey’s encored with the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb,” letting guitarist Jake Cinninger take center stage. A natural showman, Cinninger channeled David Gilmour note for note, emphatically soloing as Bayliss and Cummins combined for pitch-perfect harmonies as the Denver crowd crooned along.The band set the stage for a memorable run. Umphrey’s McGee returns to the Fillmore Auditorium tonight with Boulder locals Eminence Ensemble.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 12/29/17I: Bathing Digits > Padgett’s Profile > Walletsworth, Sociable Jimmy > The Fussy Dutchman > The Linear, Susanah, BridgelessII: JaJunk > Night Nurse -> Mail Package, Resolution > Yoga Pants > Syncopated Strangers > DraconianE: Comfortably Numb[photo: SliceCinematics via UM]
Australian rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard continue to build momentum for their forthcoming studio album, Fishing For Fishies, which is scheduled to arrive later this month on April 26th. On Monday, the group shared a new video for a hard-hitting tune titled “Planet B”. The track is not listed as part of the official tracklisting for Fishing For Fishies, once again highlighting this band’s unusually prolific rate of studio output.Related: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Bug Out As Mad Scientists In Video For New Single, “Cyboogie”Right from the opening notes, “Planet B” can be considered one of the harder rock songs the band has released in their ever-growing studio discography thus far. Although the band is known for their punk-like energy and faster garage rock tempos, “Planet B” comes in hot with the high-octane energy of trash-metal. Led by a blistering rhythm line and heavily-distorted palm-muted guitar chords, the band makes no effort in attempting to tame the song as it takes the listener from 0-10 in a matter of seconds.To match the song’s high levels of intensity, the band also shared the accompanying music video, which sees the group at what appears to be some rural airstrip while partaking in collective lunacy and madness. Fans can dive headfirst into the video below to experience the band’s hard-hitting song in full.King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Planet B”[Video: Flightless Records]King Gizzard is scheduled to return to North America with their new album with a run of summer performances scheduled to begin on August 13th in Los Angeles and continuing until September 4th with a show in Austin, TX. Fans can head over to the band’s website for ticket and tour info.
Read Full Story Fare increases and service cuts originally proposed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to counter a projected $161 million deficit in 2012 would likely have costly consequences and threaten the health of Boston area residents, according to a health impact assessment released March 13, 2012 by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) of Massachusetts. The report was conducted by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).On April 4, 2012 the MBTA board approved plans, effective July 1, to hold average fare increases at 23% for at least a year, to institute modest service cuts, and tap other one-time funding sources to address the budget deficit for one year. The increase was significantly less than the MBTA’s original proposal earlier this year, which had called for raising most fares an average of 35% to 43% while making deep service cuts.The talk of possible significant fare hikes and service cuts captured the interest of researchers at HSPH and BUSPH. HSPH students Peter James, SD’12, and Mariana Arcaya, SD’13, co-authors of the report, described the findings of their two-month health impact assessment to students, faculty, and guests at a March 26 talk in the FXB building. The talk was sponsored by HealthRoots, an HSPH student group that encourages collaboration and student engagement on public health issues. Jonathan Buonocore, HSPH doctoral student in environmental health, and Jonathan Levy, adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH and professor of environmental health at BUSPH, also were co-authors.
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. GAZETTE: Can you talk about the way you have thought about your career as an academic that has taken you far from TED Talks and Tanner Lectures?Oreskes: There’s a lot that’s good and important about sustaining the intellectual enterprise and not having it be driven by short-term considerations, but there’s also a way that academic life can be very ingrown, and inwardly focused, and preoccupied with speaking to “the right people.” What that means often at a place like Harvard is that if people get invited to talk at Princeton, we say yes. But sometimes when you’re working on an issue like climate change, Princeton is not where you’re needed. You’re needed at South Dakota State University. Often people there have interesting things to say because they live in South Dakota and see the world from a different perspective. It makes you a better scholar and a better human being when you engage with people who are viewing the world from a different perspective. So I embrace the opportunity to go to places that other people might not embrace, and I have what I call my Red State Pledge, which is if I get invited to a Red State, I do everything in my power to accept that invitation.When “Merchants of Doubt” came out, we had a wonderful publisher, but when it came time to do a book tour, they were only planning to send us to big cities on the coasts where people buy and read a lot of books. That’s understandable from a business-model standpoint, and if your goal is to simply sell books and get a review in The New York Times, that makes sense. But if your goal is to reach people with a message you think they need to hear, it’s incomplete. I was lucky when “Merchants of Doubt” came out that people wanted to help get the word out. I got a phone call — out of the blue — from a reporter in Manhattan, Kan. He said, “If I can arrange logistics on the ground, would you come to Kansas?” And I said, “Yes, absolutely.” He arranged a three-city book tour for me of Lawrence, Manhattan, and Hays. Hays is serious wheat country. After giving the lecture in Hays, I’m signing books and a woman came up to me and said, “God bless you for coming to Hays.” That moment summarized everything I needed to know about the choices I was making. I’m not going to win a book prize for going to Hays, Kan., but I won a different kind of prize.GAZETTE: In the book you lay out five pillars for how to think about science that can be trusted. How did you come to them?Oreskes: I’m an empiricist, not a theorist: All of my work is based on upon studying the world as it is, in its historical complexity. When I was a scientist, I was the same way. The transition from science to history was easy for me because it involved almost no methodological/intellectual adjustment. I had been an empirical geologist, and in geology the world is really complicated. Theory plays a role in the sense that theory from physics or chemistry or biology constrains the possibilities for what can be happening on the Earth, but you cannot deduce geological processes from the laws of physics or chemistry. So there’s a limit to where theory gets you in geology. Ultimately to understand the Earth you have to go out and look at it and study it. That’s my approach to history as well. I’m very empirical: I don’t assume up front that I know what the structure of something is before I study it. Over the course of 100–150 years, a lot of really smart people thought really hard about what makes science science. They kept trying to come up with the one thing. Essentially my argument is: It isn’t one thing. Letting go of the notion of the one thing is hard in a European-derived culture. Unlike politics or human relationships, science is a success story, so we need an account that both embraces the reality of how complex it appears to be when you look at it, but also can explain how it has been efficacious. I didn’t start out thinking there would be five key elements, but that’s where I got to: consensus, diversity, method, evidence, and values.GAZETTE: You take a writer to task for calling self-reporting “iffy” science. Can you elaborate?Oreskes: The dismissal of self-reporting is a big issue in medicine. It’s one of the reasons why women’s complaints have not been taken seriously. But they should be. If a patient goes to a doctor and says, “I’m depressed and I’ve been depressed since I’ve gone on this medication,” that’s evidence. It might not be an RCT [randomized clinical trial], but it’s still evidence. The writer in question recapitulated that error, saying that previous studies were right to dismiss self-reports as “iffy.” I think that is wrong. This is where it gets personal for me because I got depressed being on the pill. I’m up front with this. I was very lucky that my doctor did not dismiss my self-report. I went off the pill and recovered almost immediately. But imagine the horrible path one could go down being put on antidepressants when the cause of your depression is hormonal contraception. Since I wrote “Why Trust Science?,” I read Hilary Mantel’s memoir “Giving Up the Ghost.” She spent 20 years of her life in pain, being told that her pain was all psychosomatic, being put on antidepressant drugs that made her fat and created all kinds of other side effects. It turns out she had systemic endometriosis, which can spread beyond the reproductive organs. She spent an incredible amount of her time suffering physical pain that her doctors did not take seriously and being mistreated. It’s pretty scary. It makes one wonder how many people are out there suffering because of misdiagnoses, because doctors didn’t take seriously their self-reports? Because self-reports aren’t “hard data.” One thing history tells us is that people sometimes dismiss evidence because it doesn’t fit some notion they have of what should constitute good evidence, and often those judgments are incorrect.GAZETTE: In a chapter about science gone awry, you cite provocative research about dental floss and about sunscreen that lands loudly in the press. So what is the role of media in shaping what science is trustworthy?Oreskes: One thing that happens in the media is the desire to be different, to report something surprising, unexpected. The article in Outside magazine, which claimed that sunscreen is bad for us, had a gotcha, contrarian tone, with a bit of schadenfreude thrown in. It also followed the cliché of the renegade scientist who turned out to be right. Well, sometimes renegades are right, but most of the time they are just renegades.The editors at Outside believe that being outdoors is good for you, and so do I. Being outdoors is good for your overall health, but that doesn’t mean that it’s good to get a sunburn, especially if you are a white person living in a very sunny place. If you think about people who live naturally in those climates, typically they are dark-skinned or they have adaptations to protect themselves. In a way, sunscreen is our adaptation. And there is a large body of data to say that using sunscreen is beneficial. But the magazine ran with a claim based on one very small study, and a second larger study that has not yet been published. That was very irresponsible journalism.Schadenfreude was definitely in play with the dental floss story, which claimed there was very little “solid” evidence to support the conclusion that flossing is good for your health. The journalist who wrote it was obviously very pleased with himself, as if he had unmasked a great dental floss conspiracy.If you know anything about science, you can understand why we don’t have any good studies about flossing. You can’t do a double-blind clinical trial of flossing. You can’t even do a single-blind trial. Most of the time you can’t even get people to floss. This is the point: Nobody likes flossing. So there’s a way in which it was very satisfying to conclude that flossing is no good. The fact is dentists aren’t idiots; they look at teeth every day and they can see that people who floss have healthier gums than people who don’t. That’s evidence, so why would we dismiss it?GAZETTE: How can science be value free?Oreskes: It isn’t! All people have values, and we always will have values. We do the things we do because we care about things. And that’s a good thing. And if you had scientists with no values, that would be truly scary. That’s the Frankenstein myth, Mary Shelley’s argument that if you let science run amok without thinking of the moral consequence of the action you end up with a monster. What people often forget is that Frankenstein is the doctor, the scientist. The monster he creates is called the Monster, but the point of the book is: The science is the monster. We don’t do anywhere near enough to talk about this in our classrooms, or in our research. As a serious question in the practice of science, what are the values driving the science, and are they good or bad? I think that is a conversation we need to have. Just back from sabbatical Naomi Oreskes has published “Why Trust Science?,” a timely book that examines the value of the scientific process of proof and verifiable facts in an era when both are under fire. Though the geologist-turned-history-of-science professor’s field is climate, she turned a critical eye to research ranging from sunscreen to birth control. Oreskes, who has co-authored or edited seven books and has a forthcoming one on Cold War oceanography, talked to the Gazette about the five pillars necessary for science to be considered trustworthy, the evidentiary value of self-reporting, and her Red State Pledge.Q&ANaomi OreskesGAZETTE: “Why Trust Science?” came out of a Tanner Lecture you gave at Princeton three years ago. Why did you feel it needed a broader audience?oreskes: I’ve given more than 100 lectures on climate change over the years. In the past, a lot of my work was about the history of climate science and telling the story of how and why scientists even got interested in this question about whether greenhouse gases would change the Earth’s climate. Part of the point of telling the story this way was to show our concern wasn’t some fad or the latest environmental anxiety. It was something scientists had been tracking for a long time. Many of these scientists weren’t even environmentalists; they were just scientists interested in how the world works, but who realized there was this potential problem. This was increasingly in a context of climate change skepticism, a public that was at best confused about the issue and sometimes in denial.As a speaker and teacher I always try to take questions seriously, but because of the topic, sometimes people are belligerent, sometimes hostile. I can almost tell when a belligerent question is coming. (And I have to say, and this is my empirical experience: They’re always men, almost always over 50-ish, and they stand up using belligerent body language.) So this man stands up in a very aggressive way and tone of voice and says: “Well, that’s all well and good, but why should we believe you or trust the science anyway?” I went home that night and thought: “Yeah, that’s a fair question.” There’s an implicit argument that science is trustworthy, but if a person doesn’t assume science is trustworthy, then my story breaks down. Maybe five years ago I started to begin forming a mental argument. Then I was asked to give a TED talk. It was very successful for a serious intellectual topic. People liked it, but I felt that 18 minutes was, frankly, not enough for a topic of this gravity. Also, the title I had been given, by the TED folks, was “Why Trust Scientists?” Later I realized that title was wrong. It wasn’t about trusting scientists; it was about trusting science as a process, an enterprise, or an activity. So when I was approached about the Tanners, I knew what I wanted to say. “The dismissal of self-reporting is a big issue in medicine. It’s one of the reasons why women’s complaints have not been taken seriously.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A retired Nassau County police officer allegedly killed his 65-year-old wife and then spent the weekend with her body in their upstate New York home before the discovery was made, authorities said.Charles Wilkinson was charged with second-degree murder and was ordered held without bail at Saratoga County Jail following arraignment at Town of Malta Court.The 69-year-old is accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, “during a physical domestic dispute” and then “continued to live in the house over the weekend while his wife lay deceased in the bedroom,” prosecutors said in a news release.Deputies from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office made the discovery Sunday, when they were called to check the victim, who had not been heard from in several days, after first speaking with the suspect at the couple’s home on Meadow Rue Place in Malta.An autopsy determined that the victim was strangled to death, authorities said.Wilkinson, who retired in 1984, collected a pension of $33,002 last year, records show.
The lop-sided 31-to-10 win at home didn’t come cheap, of course. Key cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who inked a four-year contract during the offseason, suffered what looked like a torn ACL, a season-ending injury, which fortunately turned out to be a very bad knee bruise, but more seriously, Lorenzo Mauldin, a rookie linebacker, looked unconscious lying face down on the field with what could still be a career-altering concussion. He spent the night in the hospital, a mute reminder of the toll this violent sport takes on its athletes.And while we’re still thinking of the Jets, let’s take a moment to check out how well former coach Rex Ryan did up in Buffalo with his new team, the Bills, the only true New York team in the NFL. With Tyrod Taylor his starting QB and Boobie Dixon =) and Karlos Williams on offense, Ryan’s ground-and-pound game plan smothered the Indianapolis Colts, 27-to-14, on a day when their much better known quarterback Andrew Luck was favored to come out on top. As Luck would have it, “They beat us pretty bad.”So after a Sunday when most other New York sports fans had something to cheer about, the Giants extended family were alone in their grief.Reveling in despair and depression has been the typical feeling this time of year for Mets fans used to enduring the waning weeks of the baseball season as the local focus in New York would shift to the Yankees’ likely playoff chances and the start of the NFL and weekend soccer league games.But 2015 has been anything but typical in our sports world. View image | gettyimages.com Giants fans could be forgiven for waking up Monday morning feeling colder than the sudden autumn chill in the air. New York’s pro football team had blown it big time on Sunday Night Football, losing to their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, despite having a 6-point lead with minutes to go in the fourth quarter. A season-opening victory in Texas would have made a huge statement for Big Blue.But Coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, opting to pass on the goal line—shades of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl fiasco last year—and it backfired. Manning’s incomplete pass sailed out of bounds, stupidly stopping the clock, and ultimately giving Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo almost a minute and a half to win the game, 27-to-26.For the Giants, the debacle marked their fifth straight season-opening loss. Adding fuel to the fire, Manning had just signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension before heading to Texas.A Giants’ win would have given them a record equal to the other New York team whose home locker room is the Meadowlands of New Jersey—the triumphant Jets, who flattened the Cleveland Browns in Todd Bowles’ coaching debut for Gang Green.‘ View image | gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.com In Atlanta, home of the dreaded Braves, the Mets did all they could to play flat and lose, being down by three runs with two outs and two strikes left at the top of the ninth. Not only did Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy tie the game with a three-run homer, the team from Queens did something almost unheard of—at least to long-suffering Mets fans: they swept the Braves. They scored three more runs at the top of the 10th inning, and won the final game of the series, 10-to-7.And so they head home to NYC, with a 9-and-a-half game lead over their nearest division rival, the underachieving Washington Nationals, and talk starts heating up about their playoff rotation for their star pitchers. Did we mention that Sunday’s game—their 82nd victory—gave them their first winning season since 2008?But what about New York City’s other Major League team with playoff hopes, the Yankees? The Bronx Bombers had a chance to regain the division lead over the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend but by Sunday afternoon, the pin-stripers were desperate for a win. Fortunately, for them, they managed to shut down Toronto’s knuckle-ball ace, R.A. Dickey, who endeared himself to a generation of Mets fans when he played in Queens before the trade to Canada. The Yanks shut down the Jays, 5-to-0, keeping them within striking distance of the first place team and, more to the point, still in the wild card hunt.And there, but for a Metro Card, rest the prospects of a Subway Series in October.Let’s not forget the big news in two other sports related to NYC: The Liberty clinched home-court advantage through the WNBA playoffs for the first time at Madison Square Garden, and Novak Djokovic beat tennis favorite Roger Federer before an unfriendly crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, where the U.S. Open holds court within sight of Citi Field. Baseball might be played there later this year than usual, weather permitting.