Alabama Shakes Honor Prince With Dedication At Nashville Performance

first_imgBeloved rock n’ soulers the Alabama Shakes performed at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN two nights ago, April 21st. Of course, the performance came just hours after the news of Prince’s death broke, closing an unforgettable chapter in music history. Just last year, the worlds of Prince and the Alabama Shakes collided, as Prince invited the Shakes to his Paisley Park mansion for a performance. He even sat in with them and played a roaring guitar solo on the bluesy song “Gimme All Your Love.”Naturally, when the Shakes set up to perform the blues number, they dimmed the lights to a haunting shade of purple, and allowed for Brittany Howard to speak about the lost legend. “We lost another great treasure today,” she said. “It was very unfortunate, and very sad news when we heard it. I’d like to dedicate this song right here to Prince, because this is a song that he played with us. I just want to let him know we love him, we miss him, and God bless him. May he rest in peace.”While the band didn’t join so many others in playing Prince’s music, they certainly felt the loss just as strongly as any other. Check out some fan-shot videos from the performance below:Don’t Wanna FightI Ain’t The Same[Via The Tennessean]last_img read more

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Applicants needed for bar examiners

first_img Applicants needed for bar examiners Florida Board of Bar Examiners Vacancy : Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill two vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board of Governors will be selecting six nominees for two lawyer vacancies at its June 2 meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill the five-year terms commencing November 1. Attorney members must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the Bar. Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Law professors or trustees are ineligible. Board members of the bar examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members volunteer 300 or more hours per year on board business depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed. Persons interested in applying may download the application from www.floridabar.org, or should contact The Florida Bar at 850/561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the proper application form. Applications may also be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300. Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business April 7. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews. Applicants needed for bar examiners April 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Trump would be better served by not firing Mueller

first_imgOn Sunday, though, Trump insisted that he will not fire Mueller but is contemplating firing Rosenstein or Attorney General Jeff Sessions, realizing that firing Mueller would be a “step too far,” according to The Washington Post.INVESTIGATION WON’T ENDWhy would Trump hold off on firing Mueller?Because if his goal is to undermine the investigations into Russian interference in last year’s campaign, keeping Mueller around is probably the best way to do it.Firing Mueller would not end the investigations that the former FBI director leads.Although we often speak about the “Mueller investigation,” inside the Justice Department that term probably refers to several different but related investigations.Some of those, such as the investigations of Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, began before Mueller was appointed. Categories: Editorial, OpinionRumors are flying that President Donald Trump will soon fire special counsel Robert Mueller.Over the weekend, Trump transition lawyers alleged wrongdoing on Mueller’s part.Last week, Republican members of Congress grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod  Rosenstein, challenging Mueller’s legitimacy and objectivity.Conservative commentators have called for Mueller to be investigated, while others have called for him to resign.Concern that this would undermine the rule of law has gotten so serious that the liberal activist group MoveOn.org has organized a rapid-response plan for protests if Mueller is fired, with the specific timing determined by when in the day the news breaks. Once in my career, I inherited a complex case that another prosecutor unsuccessfully sought to decline, and I ultimately charged the case.Any cases Mueller’s team is working on wouldn’t magically decline themselves if Mueller is fired.The reports of interviews in the FBI computer system wouldn’t delete themselves.The documents and other evidence collected by Mueller’s team of FBI agents and prosecutors wouldn’t destroy themselves, either.In fact, Justice Department procedure is to retain evidence for years even after a file is closedTrump’s legal team is probably aware of all of this and has probably considered exactly what would happen if Mueller was removed.While I doubt they’ve communicated all of the specifics to him personally, their strategy is surely informed by a knowledge of how the Justice Department works and a desire to contain any damage caused by Mueller’s investigation. On the flip side, if a new special counsel took aim at Trump and his inner circle, it would be harder for Trump to call it a “witch hunt.”All that means is that ultimately, keeping Mueller around but continuing to attack him and the FBI is probably Trump’s best strategy.As a patriot and former federal prosecutor who thinks that we should respect the men and women of the FBI and Justice Department, I find this strategy appalling.But I recognize that it is Trump’s best remaining move.It remains to be seen whether he has enough discipline to stay the course.Renato Mariotti is a former federal prosecutor and a Democratic candidate for Illinois attorney general.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Firing him would give Trump the opportunity to replace Mueller with someone who was determined to undermine the investigation. But it would have significant downsides.For example, if the new special counsel swiftly ended the investigations, Congress and the public might conclude that Trump and/or his associates were guilty of serious crimes and that replacing Mueller was part of a coverup.If the new special counsel improperly terminated an investigation, prosecutors and FBI agents might come forward and accuse him or her of wrongdoing.That could ultimately generate new criminal liability for anyone involved.If a new special counsel permitted the investigations to go forward, though, that could be the worst of all worlds for Trump.Democrats would assume that the new special counsel was biased on Trump’s behalf, and Republicans would be less likely to distrust a new special counsel than they are to distrust Mueller, who has been the subject of intense attacks in conservative media.So if a new special counsel found that there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump, the decision would be called into question, even though a similar determination by Mueller would be hard for Democrats to second-guess. Others, such as the inquiry into obstruction of justice, began later.Those investigations would go on even if Mueller leaves.When the Justice Department initiates an investigation, it can’t be closed without following a set of procedures that ensure cases aren’t shut down for improper reasons.If a case is opened, it can’t be “declined” – closed without bringing charges – without a detailed justification for closing the case.As a former federal prosecutor, I’ve declined my share of cases, and it takes time.Declining even a routine case requires a written explanation justifying the declination, citing specific reasons that are consistent with Justice Department guidelines.In more complex or high-profile matters, much more extensive memorandums are prepared. Firing Mueller would put Rosenstein in charge of the investigations instead of Mueller.Rosenstein recently defended Mueller before Congress and strongly suggested that he approved of the direction of the investigations.If Trump fired Mueller, Rosenstein could appoint a replacement. Or if Trump ordered the repeal of the special counsel regulations governing the investigations, Rosenstein could appoint a Justice Department prosecutor to oversee the investigation.FIRE SOMEONE ELSE THEN?What if Trump fired Rosenstein and Mueller? Or fired Sessions and Mueller?Firing Mueller would generate massive protests and could spur Congress to take up new legislation to establish an independent counsel.If Mueller was fired improperly, he or others could initiate legal action to fight the termination, keeping the story in the headlines.last_img read more

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NPFL: High-flying Rangers Tamed in Port Harcourt

first_imgGoals by Malachi Ohawume (36 mins), Wasiu Jimoh (59 mins) and Nelson Esor (76mins) at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium ensured that Rivers United leapt out of the drop zone to fifth spot in the standing on same 23 points as Lobi Stars.While the scoreline suggests a comprehensive rout, it indeed was more of an efficient display by the hosts who until yesterday had failed to score more than one goal in a league match this season.Rangers however can attribute their woeful outing to a fairly depleted side through injuries after a hectic run of schedule.Scorer of United’s first goal; Ohawume was rewarded with a fantastic State FA Cup form as he was handed a rare start in the league while defender Kunle Odunlami was deployed as a holding midfielder for the Pride of Rivers.Rangers actually started the stronger of the two sides and should have taken the lead inside the opening five minutes when some intricate passing opened up the United rear guard which left captain, Godwin Aguda face to face with the hosts’ goalkeeper, Abiodun Akande.The forward struck a goal bound effort firmly enough but a heroic goal line clearance by Kunle Odunlami had the collective hearts of the home faithful beating rhythmically again.United then began to make important inroads as they grew in stature and confidence.Nine minutes before the interval, United deservedly took the lead through Ohawume who struck with guile and accuracy from a tight angle to set the tone for a brilliant and assured second half display which was to produce two brilliantly-taken goals.Jimoh scored the game’s second goal, a well-taken finish from close range following an exhilarating team move that left the visitors’ defence in sixes and sevens.Nelson Esor netted a sumptuous third which mirrored the second in terms of quality and build up, with a quarter of an hour remaining on the clock as the hosts proceeded to entertain the spectators with some outrageous bit of showboating to run down the clock.Technical Manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng that it was a good performance.“It was a good game and a good performance against a very strong Rangers side that are top of the league (Group A) standings.“We studied their games, mapped out the strategy to clip (their wings) in Port Harcourt.“My players were very focused to get the job done and this result is a very motivating one for the football club,” Eguma said.Head coach of Rangers, Gbenga Ogunbote also voiced his sentiments on his post-match assessment with assembled media.“We had a bad day and sometimes, you cannot explain (things like this). We had a couple of chances (through which) we could have taken the lead, but it did not happen,” he explained.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ossy Martins Duro IkhazuagbeHigh-flying Rangers International FC suffered their worst defeat of the season in the rescheduled NPFL Match-day 9 clash with Rivers United yesterday in Port Harcourt, conceding three un-replied goals.It was the second back-to-back defeat for the Flying Antelopes who remain the leaders of Group A of the 2018/19 NPFL season on 21 points from 16 games. The Coal City landlords are six points clear of second placed Enyimba FC of Aba with MFM FC third on 24 points.last_img read more

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