Teacher arrested after planting live ammunition at school, police say

first_imgSouthbridge Police Department(SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass.) — Police arrested a high school teacher in Massachusetts on Thursday after he allegedly planted live ammunition in one of the school’s staircases.Surveillance cameras at Southbridge High School in southeast Massachusetts allegedly captured Alfred Purcell, a 57-year-old biology teacher at the school, as he removed a live round of 9 mm ammunition from his pocket, dropped it on the floor and quickly left the area, police said. Police said he went back to the area about 10 minutes later and pretended to discover the ammunition. Footage showed him taking a picture of it with his cellphone and using his school-issued portable radio to request assistance.Administrators and a school resource officer arrived soon after and placed the school on immediate lockdown. Purcell returned to his class while school officials investigated the incident.“There was no kids that were injured, nobody was seriously impacted by this other than we went into a lockdown for an hour and we had to investigate a teacher who was doing things he shouldn’t be doing,” Southbridge Police Chief Shane Woodson told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV on Thursday.Police took Purcell into custody after reviewing the surveillance footage. He allegedly told officers that he left the ammunition there to “prove to the school that they needed to get metal detectors.”An officer found 102 live rounds of 20-gauge shotgun ammunition the trunk of his car, police said, noting that his state-issued license to carry a permit had expired.“This individual acted in a disgusting manner. I feel very badly for our students because it is an adult who failed them,” Southbridge superintendent Jeffrey Villar told WCVB.Purcell was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, two counts of carrying ammunition on school grounds, disturbing a school assembly, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.He has been ordered to stay away from the school and officials said his contract would not be renewed.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Welcome to Britain

first_imgThe Government has rushed in changes designed to help employers fill skillsgaps with overseas talent. But there are still major policy issues to beresolved, warns Julia Onslow-ColeOn 28 September, the Department for Education & Employment posted anotice on its web site heralding the most dramatic changes to the Work PermitScheme in 20 years. The notice preceded any formal government announcement andcaught the media and most employers completely unawares. The changes followed a major shift in the past few months in the Government’sattitude to immigration. This was highlighted in September when the Home Officeminister, Barbara Roche, called for a fresh debate on immigration policy in awell-publicised speech made at an Institute of Public Policy Researchconference. Roche emphasised the need to look afresh at immigration in thecontext of a global economy. She referred to the fact that there was now aninternational scramble to attract experts and wealth creators and to fillskills gaps. She stressed that UK immigration policies had to be in tune withthe reality of the 21st century and the globalised economy. Immigration experts considered the minister’s speech an important step in along-term process of persuading the public of the need for more immigration.Privately, civil servants working in the Home Office were talking about twoyears for major Home Office changes. At the same time the DfEE, whichadministers the Work Permit Scheme, had been undertaking a review of the workpermit process. This review came out of the White Paper on Competitiveness andwas encouraged by the Department of Trade and Industry. Within weeks of Barbara Roche’s call for a fresh look at immigration, theDfEE had announced sweeping changes to the Work Permit Scheme. Whether it was acase of joined-up government in action or a happy coincidence, the DfEE had inone step made the Home Office minister’s vision a reality. One of the DfEE’s most important moves was to lower the skills criteria atthe heart of the Work Permit Scheme. From now on the basic qualification anoverseas national must have to obtain a work permit is a degree, a relevant HNDoccupational qualification, a general HND qualification plus one year’srelevant experience, or three years’ “high-level relevant specialist skills”for a job at NVQ Level 3 (which is in essence A-level standard). A graduatewith no work experience can now meet the skills criteria of the new Work PermitScheme. Until October, to meet skills requirements overseas nationals had tohave at least a degree and two years’ relevant senior level experience,normally gained outside the UK; or, if they had no degree, five years’ relevantsenior level experience. The changes are obviously welcome. In particular they will give employerssignificant opportunities to hire talented overseas nationals to fill jobs inall industry sectors. Furthermore, the changes are welcomed by overseasstudents who have been encouraged to study in the UK after the relaxation lastyear of some immigration measures. Foreign students can now study for a degree and then go on to obtain a fullwork permit allowing them to stay in the UK. However, as well as the overseas national fulfilling the skillsrequirements, an employer applying for a work permit must demonstrate thatno-one else is available in the labour market to fill the position. Therelevant labour market includes everyone in the UK who has the right to live inthe UK permanently, plus nationals of the wider European Economic Area.However, there are cases where the DfEE is likely to waive the requirement totest the resident labour force. These include cases where employers haveconducted a thorough graduate recruitment process, or where the position is ona “skills shortage list” maintained by the DfEE. Many of the jobs inthe information technology sector fall into the latter category. Intracompany transfers, where employees have worked overseas for the sameemployer for more than six months, will also be given particular exemptionsfrom testing the resident labour force. However, in most other cases it isdifficult to see how employers could demonstrate that there are no othersuitable candidates for the position, given the relatively low level of skillsnecessary in the new Work Permit Scheme. If the application for a work permit is in a category which means it must beadvertised, the employer will have to advertise the vacancy in a nationalmedium which has a European circulation or, in some cases, on the Internet. Howwill employers be able to advertise a job at new graduate level and show as aresult of the advertisement that there is no-one else available who can do thejob in the resident labour market? They may well have some difficulty. The recent changes include a provision for employees to move with relativefreedom to similar jobs with a different employer. At present it is not clearwhether this exemption applies to employees who originally came to the UK asthe result of an intracompany transfer. These and other issues are beingclarified with the DfEE. Another live issue which must be resolved quickly concerns people in theTraining & Work Experience Scheme, many of whom now qualify for a full workpermit. Apart from for those who want to work in a genuine supernumerarycapacity, the Training & Work Experience Scheme is now effectivelyredundant. Can trainees in the middle of their scheme switch to full workpermits? The DfEE is also considering this issue. The DfEE has introduced a pilot self-certification scheme whereby employersor their representatives will be given work permits which they themselves canissue in straightforward cases of intracompany transfers, where employees havebeen working for the company overseas for six months or more. This will run forsix months as a pilot scheme in 15 companies, but if it is successful it islikely to be implemented more widely. However, it is unlikely the scheme willoutlive the pilot stage, because electronic processing of work permit applications,which will be implemented later this year, will streamline the applicationprocess and reduce the advantages of self-certification. Furthermore,self-certification is costly for the DfEE to maintain, as site visits and closemonitoring are essential to ensure permits are issued only in accordance withthe strict requirements of the scheme. From this month work permits can be issued for up to five years. This is awelcome change. After four years on a full work permit an overseas national canapply for indefinite leave to remain. The five-year permit will give employeesor their representatives time to apply for permanent residence at the four-yearpoint without worrying that they will run out of time to stay in the UK. Thisis an area which can cause great strife for business travellers. The changes have been introduced at breakneck speed: consultations did notbegin until shortly before last Christmas. It will be interesting to see theireffect. It is hoped they will boost the economy and give a welcome fillip tobusinesses. However, there are concerns about the speed with which the changes have beenmade. There are major policy questions which the DfEE must resolve urgently,and the department is aware it must ensure there are adequate checks andbalances to preserve the integrity of the system. If this is not done and there is obvious abuse, public opinion will notpermit the continued relaxation of our immigration policies that is soessential for our success in the global economy. Julia Onslow-Cole is partner of CMS Cameron McKenna and head of globalimmigration team Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Welcome to BritainOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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YESTERYEAR: REITZ HIGH SCHOOL

first_imgReitz High School by Pat SidesThese young, smiling women are students at Reitz High School on Evansville’s west side. They are posing on the large “R” that has been embedded in the school’s famous hill for decades, at least since the 1940s,when this photo was captured. Reitz celebrated the centennial of its opening in 1918, when a rapidly growing population on the city’s “West End” prompted the construction of Evansville’s second high school.Until then, Evansville High School (renamed Central High School after Reitz opened) was the only secondary school serving the area. Several major expansions and renovations to Reitz have occurred over the decades, and today it is the city’s oldest high school still operating in its original location.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ocean City Council Candidate Profile: Pete Madden

first_imgOcean City Council candidate Pete MaddenFive candidates are running for three open seats on Ocean City Council in the May 13 municipal election.The winners will serve four-year terms in at-large positions. City Council includes seven members — four elected from the city’s individual wards and three elected at-large by the entire Ocean City electorate.Candidates are (in reverse alphabetical order): Eric Sauder, Pete Madden, Mike Hyson, incumbent Keith Hartzell and incumbent Michael Allegretto.The following includes biographical and platform information provided by the candidate and a brief profile — along with a favorite Ocean City memory (just for the fun of it). BIO:Age: 36Education: LaSalle High School 1995; St. Joseph’s University 1999No. of years lived in Ocean City: Moved to Ocean City in October 2004Family: Wife, Ashley; children Riley, 9, Avery, 7, Brynn, 5, and Carter, 2Occupation: Broker manager at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach’s Battersea Road officePublic service: Serving in second term on Ocean City Board of Education (former president); board member of nonprofit Ocean City Education Foundation; serves on St. Damien Parish Pastoral Council and Republican Committee (First Ward); served as ward leader with OCNJ CARE; board member with Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce __________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook REPORTER’S PROFILE:A young husband, father of four, and manager of a busy real estate office, Madden has found time to serve the city in different capacities, including that of school board president.“You get to intimately understand the public process when you get that involved,” Madden said of learning to succeed under the constraints of  government.During his tenure as board president, the Ocean City School District became one of the pilots for Gov. Chris Christie’s School Choice initiative, a program that now brings 190 students and $2.6 million of state money to the district. Madden also was president when Sea Isle City students were integrated into Ocean City schools after their own school was closed. The change brought more revenue to Ocean City.Madden also sees his experience in the real estate industry as an asset.“I talk to people all day every day,” Madden said.That daily interaction brings him an understanding of the concerns and needs of year-rounders, second homeowners and visitors, he says. It also gives him knowledge of the zoning issues that have defined the city for better and worse over time.Madden is not positioning himself as a firebrand. He says he’s “not trying to reinvent the wheel.” Instead, he hopes to work with the current administration and council to make sure Ocean City continues to grow without disturbing the character of the community.center_img DEFINING OCEAN CITY MEMORY:Aside from the cute blonde running by on the boardwalk (who later became his wife), Madden’s fondest memories are of the sense of relief in driving over the Ninth Street Bridge into Ocean City on Friday nights and leaving the working world behind. And it was on a drive back to the Philadelphia area on a Sunday night that Madden quit his job and decided to move to Ocean City full-time. PLATFORM:Sound Financial Planning: “From property taxes to education, local government touches our lives most directly. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we elect good candidates who will make sound financial planning an important part of Ocean City’s future.”Realistic Solutions: “Pete Madden has the right blend of dedication, experience and good sense to develop realistic solutions to our municipal problems, without disturbing the characteristics of our close-knit community.”Focusing on the Future: ”Pete will work with the mayor and council to protect Ocean City’s quality of life and do the right things today to assure a better future tomorrow.”last_img read more

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Winners and runners up 2008 Baking Industry Awards

first_img== The British Baker Award for Special Achievement ==sponsored by British BakerWinner John Slattery, Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier, Whitefield, Manchester== Baker of the Year ==sponsored by VandemoorteleWinner Piero Scacco, chairman, Montana Bakery, SloughFinalists H George Asher, joint managing director, Ashers Bakery, Nairn, Scotland H Robin Jones, joint managing director, The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth), Wrexham, Wales== The Craft Business Award ==sponsored by Rank HovisWinner The Village Bakery (Coedpoeth), Wrexham, WalesFinalists H Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier, Whitefield, Manchester H Mathiesons Bakeries, Larbert, Central Scotland== Bakery Supplier of the Year ==sponsored by Sainsbury’sWinner W C Rowe, Falmouth, CornwallFinalists H Genesis Breads, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, N Ireland H Proper Cornish Food Company, Bodmin, Cornwall== The Achievement in Bakery Training Award ==sponsored by Rich’sWinner Jane Hatton, Lecturer, Brooklands College, Weybridge, SurreyFinalists H Henry Jefferies, Assessor/Internal Verifier, Hungerford, BerkshireH Julie Kemp, HR manager, Bells of Lazonby, Penrith, Cumbria== Plant Product of the Year ==sponsored by PuratosWinner Eurobuns – Skinny Donuts, Milton Keynes, BucksFinalists H Memory Lane Cakes – Tesco Chocolate Cake, Cardiff, Wales H Hovis (Premier Foods) – Seed Sensations, High Wycombe, Bucks== The Organic Award ==sponsored by AsdaWinner The Village Bakery, Melmerby, CumbriaFinalistsH Judges Bakery, Hastings, East SussexH Maple Leaf Bakery, Park Royal, London== Celebration Cake Maker of the Year ==sponsored by RenshawWinner Leanne Tang, cake decorator, Terry Tang Designer Cakes, Wavertree, LiverpoolFinalists H Charlotte Feve, cake decorator/chocolatier, The Cake Room, Hessle, East YorkshireH Amelia Nutting, cake designer, Shuga Budz, Tettenhall,Wolverhampton== The Quality Product Award ==sponsored by TescoWinner Jacksons the Bakers – Traditional Steak Pie, ChesterfieldFinalists H La Brea Bakery – Wholegrain Loaf, LondonH Monty’s Bakehouse – Savoury Scoffin, South Godstone, Surrey== Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year ==sponsored by ADM MillingWinner Crantock Bakery, Indian Queens, nr Newquay, CornwallFinalists H Honeyrose Bakery, London H Pooles of Wigan, Pemberton, Wigan== The In-Store Bakery Award ==sponsored by DélifranceWinner Tesco, Meltham Lane, ChesterfieldFinalists H Morrisons, Laceby, Cleethorpes H Asda, Crewe, Cheshire H Sainsbury’s Camden Town, London== The Customer Focus Award ==sponsored by BakeMarkWinner BB’s Coffee & Muffins, Isleworth, MiddlesexFinalists H The London Bread & Cake Company, Edmonton, London H Monty’s Bakehouse, South Godstone, Surreylast_img read more

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Bob Weir Plays Intimate Acoustic Show At Amoeba Records [Gallery/Video]

first_imgGuitarist Bob Weir has been deeply exploring the “cowboy music” side to his songwriting, which comes to light on the great new album Blue Mountain. Officially due out this Friday, Blue Mountain is Weir’s first complete batch of new songs in over 30 years, and highlights his affinity for acoustic-driven country music. That essence was in full display last night, when Weir sat down for an intimate performance at the famed Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA, to talk about the new album and play some selections of original music.Weir treated fans to a seven-song setlist, that opened with blues traditional “Walkin’ Blues” before a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece.” After playing title track “Blue Mountain,” Weir called on his collaborator Josh Kaufman to assist on the remainder of the set. Kaufman joined for “Only A River” and “Lay My Lily Down,” two songs from the new release, before going into a cover of the traditional “Peggy-O.” Finally, they closed the set with “Ki-Yi Bossie,” one last sampling of Blue Mountain.Watch the full video of the performance below:Fortunately, our photographer Steve Rose was on the scene to capture this marvelous event. Check out a full gallery of the performance, as well as the setlist, below. Load remaining images Edit this setlist | More Bob Weir setlistslast_img read more

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Professor shares work of Jim Crow era photojournalist

first_imgSteven Hoelscher, a professor of American Studies and geography at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke about forced labor and torture in Georgia prisons during the Jim Crow era at a lecture Thursday evening at the Snite Museum of Art. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, department of American Studies and Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy.Hoelscher, a photo historian and cultural geographer, presented photographs of Georgia prisons captured by John L. Spivak, a photojournalist.Hoelscher said Spivak was “one of the most influential reporters” of his time.The work Spivak did was “Snowden-esque,” Hoelscher said — putting himself at risk to expose governmental injustices.John Spivak visited several prisons in Georgia during the 1930s, documenting prisoner labor and torture. He intentionally framed his photographs to display the disparity between prisoners, who were predominantly African-American, and the prison wardens and workers, Hoelscher said. As part of his work, Spivak documented prisoners forced to do hard labor in chain gangs, forced to clear forests, pave roads and perform other physically demanding tasks.Spivak worked to “expose the atrocity of racially based forced labor through the act of photographic witnessing,” Hoelscher said.“Spivak became a photographer in order to affect political change,” he added. “He had a burning desire to help people regard the pain of others because he believed knowledge provoked action.”Hoelscher said his current research on Spivak’s work focuses on the civil rights movement and the intolerance and hate it challenged.“[The research] explores a crucial moment in the turbulent history of the United States when post-emancipation hopes for African-American civic equality [and] economic independence were crushed by disenfranchisement, lynching and a vast array of oppression aimed at black communities,” Hoelscher said. “… [Spivak had] determination to bring unpleasant, even atrocious, facts to light and the desire to present social reality in a fashion deemed acceptable to the masses.”Hoelscher said although Spivak’s work is sometimes criticized for providing little information on its African-American subjects, he still finds it provides essential insight into the history of the civil rights movement.“[It] was a forceful argument for racial justice in the South [which was affected by a] racial caste system that made the chain gang possible,” he said.Hoelscher said Spivak is an example of how photographers can hold the U.S. government accountable for injustices.“[He] challenges us, modern day witnesses, to engage actively in the critical evaluation of the American past,” he said.Tags: Jim Crow Era, john spivak, photography, Snite Museum of Artlast_img read more

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Long Beach Shooting Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Investigators are searching for the shooter that killed a 28-year-old man in a Long Beach apartment complex over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Long Beach city police officers responded to a report of gunshots fired on Birch Court near the train station, where they found the victim suffering from a bullet wound shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.The victim, Tyrenzo Brown, was taken to a local hospital, where he died.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Detectives ask anyone with information on this shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img

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Long Island Memorial Day Parades 2018

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer 2018 with a ton of exciting events on Long Island. The holiday weekend isn’t complete without the parades. Here are some of the best Memorial Day parades to check out this month.HempsteadEveryone is invited to attend the Village of Hempstead’s 133rd Annual Memorial Day Parade. There will be banners, floats and more. Legion Square, 160 Marvin Ave., Hempstead. 2:30 p.m. May 27.Plainview-Old BethpageParade lasts about one hour and ends at Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park on Washington Ave. Ceremony honoring local veterans to follow. 700 Old Country Rd., Plainview. 8:30 a.m. May 28.Bay ShoreBring the whole family! Lanier Lane and Main Street. 10 a.m. May 28.East MeadowBegins at East Meadow High School and ends at Veterans Memorial Park. 10 a.m. May 28.FarmingdaleMain Street and Village Green. 10 a.m. May 28.Garden CityStarts at Cherry Valley Avenue and 10th Street and ends in front of the village’s war monuments in front of the Garden City Public Library. 10 a.m. May 28.Long BeachBegins at Ohio Avenue and West Beech Street at and ends at the reviewing stand on Park Avenue in front of City Hall. 10 a.m. May 28.MalverneThe parade will begin on Church Street. Marchers will parade through the Westwood Section. The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held immediately following the parade at the Gazebo in Reese Memorial Park. 10 a.m. May 28.Massapequa ParkBegins on Broadway and Commonwealth Avenue in Massapequa; moves south on Broadway, east on Clark Boulevard to Park Boulevard to Front Street and travel west to Brady Park. 10 a.m. May 28.NorthportLocated at Village Park. 10 a.m. May 28.last_img read more

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Wading River Man Charged With Attempted Rape at Gunpoint

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old Wading River man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman at gunpoint and trying to rape her behind Wildwood Bowling Alley in Northampton this week, Southampton Town Police said.Richard Rause was charged with attempted first-degree rape, criminal possession of a weapon and escape after authorities said fled from a detective’s vehicle after he was taken into custody.Police said the victim fought off Rause, who allegedly punched her repeatedly, and called 911 to report the attempted sexual assault at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.Southampton Town Police, Suffolk County police New York State police launched a manhunt that included K-9 officers and helicopters before the suspect was apprehended at his home, authorities said.Rause, who was taken back into custody shortly after his alleged escape, police said.Arraignment information for Rause was not immediately available.last_img read more

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