Ellspermann Signs MOU for Hoosier Hardwoods

first_img Facebook Twitter The day concluded with the signing of three memoranda of understandings (MOUs) that focus on hardwood forestry and related industries. Signing the agreements with the State of Indiana were the Taiwan Timber Industries Association, Taiwan Timber Import & Export Association, Taiwan Furniture Manufacturer’s Association and Taiwan Plywood Manufacturer and Exporters Association. These three agreements “recommend measures that would be beneficial and helpful to increase trade and cooperation within the forest products industry.”At the official signing, Lt. Governor Ellspermann noted, “On behalf of Indiana’s forestry, furniture and related industries, I am pleased to sign these agreements that memorialize the strong trade relationship between Taiwan and the State of Indiana. We are eager to open new markets and find new customers for Indiana forestry and agriculture products as well as encourage investment in Indiana.”Dave Bramlage from Cole Hardwoods, an Indiana-based hardwood supplier, played a critical role in coordinating the agreements with Taiwan and was also present at the ceremony.High-quality hardwoods that are grown in Indiana have enabled the state to be ranked first nationally in the production of wood office furniture, wood kitchen cabinets, second in manufactured homes, third in engineered wood products, fourth in pre-fabricated wood buildings and fifth in upholstered wood furniture. Home Indiana Agriculture News Ellspermann Signs MOU for Hoosier Hardwoods SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jun 25, 2014 SHAREcenter_img Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann arrived in Taipei, Taiwan on June 22 to visit the third country of the agricultural trade mission. Today, Lt. Governor Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director Ted McKinney held meetings with a variety of Taiwanese government officials, including Director Christopher Marut from the American Institute of Taiwan (AIT), Ambassador Kelly Hsieh, and Deputy Minister Cheng-Taung Wang of the Council of Agricultural for the Republic of China (Taiwan). Ellspermann Signs MOU for Hoosier Hardwoods Facebook Twitter Previous articleA Stink over Cheese May Scuttle Trade talksNext article7 Foot Corn in Tippecanoe County Gary Truittlast_img read more

Soy Checkoff Encouraging Smarter Weed Control

first_img Soy Checkoff Encouraging Smarter Weed Control Home Indiana Agriculture News Soy Checkoff Encouraging Smarter Weed Control By Andy Eubank – Mar 9, 2015 SHARE SHARE Jason Norsworthy USB updateHerbicide resistance is no longer just a regional issue, it’s a national threat. Though glyphosate resistance has been an issue in the south for several years, it’s growing in severity in the Midwest and plains.Many farmers have become accustomed to a simple weed-management strategy – using glyphosate – but managing existing herbicide-resistant weeds, such as waterhemp, palmer amaranth and many more, requires farmers to consider more complex weed-management strategies, according to University of Arkansas professor Jason Norsworthy.“If you take a look at waterhemp today, there’s fields I’m aware of in the Midwest where you have ALS resistance. You have PPO resistance. You have glyphosate resistance. And if you plant Roundup Ready soybeans in those and that waterhemp emerges, you have absolutely no way of killing it in soybeans. ”The threat of herbicide resistance across the U.S. spurred the Soy Checkoff to lead the Take Action Herbicide-Resistance-Management Initiative, which is supported by more than 20 land-grant universities, four other checkoff organizations and eight herbicide providers.  The program encourages farmers to think about a smarter weed-control plan, one that uses diverse herbicides and goes beyond herbicides to control weeds.For tools and information on how to manage weeds on your farm, visit www.takeactiononweeds.com. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleFinding a Replacement for the Gas TaxNext articleWells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 3/10/2015 Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Ryan says Nothing New on TPP

first_img Ryan says Nothing New on TPP SHARE Previous articleHSUS Losses Fight to Regulate CAFO EmissionsNext articleNW Indiana Corn Yields Highly variable Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Ryan says Nothing New on TPP By Andy Eubank – Oct 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter SHARE ryan-on-tppHouse Ways and Means Chairman and Texas Republican Kevin Brady, along with Utah Republican and Senate Finance Chair Orrin Hatch, suggested in recent comments that the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement may still have life in a lame duck Congress. But House Speaker Paul Ryan is not changing his tune regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ryan, who controls the agenda, has already said the TPP needs fixes that will take time and he wouldn’t comment on the Brady and Hatch suggestions.“I have nothing to add more than I’ve already said. Nothing new to say on TPP,” Ryan said.The debate is central to the campaigns for President, with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump opposing the agreement.Secretary of State John Kerry recently warned Congress that delaying a TPP vote will severely damage U.S. leadership and credibility in Asia while losing ground to China. Speaker Ryan essentially scoffed at the notion.“If you’re talking about damaging U.S. leadership in the world, look at the Obama administration’s foreign policy. I rest my case on that.”Farm groups have echoed Secretary Kerry’s view that the U.S. cannot withdraw from TPP and not suffer. TPP partners would expectedly move on to make other trade deals without the United States. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

What a Difference 100 Days Make

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Commentary What a Difference 100 Days Make By Gary Truitt – May 7, 2017 SHARE Previous articleRecord Volume for U.S. Pork Exports in March, Beef Exports Remain StrongNext articleBower Trading Market Strategy Report: Little change in Market Fundamentals Gary Truitt What a Difference 100 Days Make For some reason, the first 100 days of a new presidential administration is seen as significant. In theory, it is a chance for the new President to make good on some of the promises he made during the campaign. This is more likely to occur today with the advent of the executive order which allows the executive branch to circumvent the legislative branch on policies and programs.   As it was for the Obama White House, the end of the first 100 days of the Trump administration was met with much ballyhooing and caterwauling.Unlike the start of the Obama administration which saw the implementation of new regulations and programs, the beginning of the Trump administration has been focused on rolling back and canceling many of those regulations and programs.  This past week, as one of his first acts as Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue rolled back some of the regulations on the school lunch program.  Not only does this represent a major reversal in USDA policy, but demonstrates just how much pent up anger, frustration, and bitterness existed as a result of the heavy handed, self-righteous, and elitist policies of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.Perdue said that when kids don’t eat, they don’t get the nutrition they need and that this undermines “the intent of the program.”  Mrs. Obama could force her kids to eat their vegetables at the dinner table, but she did not realize this was not an approach that works in public policy. A 2013-14 school year report, sponsored by the USDA, found that over 60% of school food authorities observed more waste in terms of salad/raw vegetables and cooked vegetables after implementation of the updated standards.  In typical top-down, one size fits all, approach, local schools had no flexibility to make adjustments for regional food differences or the ethnic make-up of the school populations.  The revisions announced by Perdue relax some of the rigidity and allows school cooks to produce food that actually has some flavor.  Chocolate milk is also back on the menu.Food nazi groups are predicting our school kids will balloon into shapeless blobs and have to be rolled into class as a result of the changes. In reality, the changes make very few revisions in the guidelines and will not result in decrease in nutrition, but will more likely result in an increase in consumption. The real significance here is that the USDA is going to stop micro-managing the school lunch menu and making what school kids eat a political football.Another major food related policy change made by the Trump administration occurred at the FDA. While getting far less media coverage, the FDA is now actually going to spend money to educate consumers about agricultural biotechnology and GM crops.  The bill includes $3 million for the campaign. This comes after more than 50 agriculture and food industry groups signed a letter last month urging the funding to counter “a tremendous amount of misinformation about agricultural biotechnology in the public domain.” It is unclear what the FDA campaign will look like, or when it will launch. The budget specifies only that the initiative be developed in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and that it include the “publication and distribution of science-based educational information.” The $3 million allocated is just a speck in the FDA’s total allocated budget of $2.8 billion, but it is something that would have never happened under the previous administration.The next 100 days may prove more interesting for food and agricultural policy. There is likely to be more undoing of Obama era nonsense.  Hopefully, the Trump White House will focus less on social ideology and more on economic reality. The U.S. farm economy needs help, and simply tearing up everything that has an Obama name on it is not the answer.  Science, economics, and practicality need to replace ideological buffoonery in federal policies and programs as they relate to agriculture.By Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dairy Farmers of America Members Donate Dairy Products to Families in…

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 22, 2020 At a time when many Americans are facing unprecedented hardships as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the family farm-owners and employees of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative, are stepping up to provide nutritious dairy products to those in need. In addition to hosting events such as drive-by milk giveaways at schools and donating fluid milk directly to food banks, DFA announced Tuesday the launch of its Farmers Feeding Families Fund, which hopes to raise $500,000 for community food banks across the country. Initial seed money of $200,000 has already been raised through the Cooperative’s DFA Cares Foundation.“As dairy farmers, we are proud of the role we play in feeding families, and in times like these when so many are struggling, we feel passionately about doing all we can to help,” said Randy Mooney, a dairy farmer from Rogersville, Mo., and chairman of DFA’s Board of Directors. “Food banks are always in need of dairy products, which are less commonly donated because of how perishable they are. Initiatives like this that allow us to get our highly nutritious milk and dairy products into the hands of people who need them are essential right now. I’m proud to be a part of it.”As demand for food assistance rises with the COVID-19 outbreak, Feeding America, with its more than 200 affiliates across the country, has projected a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next six months alone.DFA has identified 30 communities across the country whose local food banks will receive funds to purchase much-needed dairy products. In addition, DFA farmer-owners are being asked to help identify additional rural communities in need of dairy products for distribution.“Hunger is a critical, ongoing need throughout America,” said Jackie Klippenstein, senior vice president of government, industry and community relations. “In times of crisis, that need is even greater. Even in times of uncertainty and increasing challenges, our farm families and employees remain steadfast in their commitment to making an impact in the communities where we live and work.”Making Good Use of Surplus MilkBeyond the monetary donation to food banks, DFA is also working with industry leaders and milk processors across the country to come up with solutions and uses for surplus milk due to declines in foodservice demand as a result of COVID-19. A few examples include:Donating more than 9,500 half gallons of milk to Connecticut Food Bank in conjunction with DFA-owned Guida’s DairyPartnering with Daisy® Brand to donate 120,000 pounds of cottage cheese over a six-weekperiod to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and other local food banks throughout OhioWorking with the American Dairy Association North East and local Dean Foods plants in New York and Pennsylvania to provide more than 36,000 half gallon jugs of milk to City Harvest in Brooklyn, N.Y., Share Food Program in Philadelphia, Pa., and Rolling Harvest in Highstown, N.J., and more than 4,000 gallon jugs to Corinth Central School District in Corinth, N.Y.Coordinating with Dean Foods plants in Texas to donate milk to local food banks in the areaMore information and ways to contribute can be found at DFAMILK.COM/DFACARES.Source: Dairy Farmers of America press release Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleUSDA Reports Record Enrollment in Key Farm Safety-Net ProgramsNext articlePlant 2020 Posing Some Unique Challenges Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Dairy Farmers of America Members Donate Dairy Products to Families in Need Home Indiana Agriculture News Dairy Farmers of America Members Donate Dairy Products to Families in Need SHARElast_img read more

TCU trails Kansas State 35-17 at halftime

first_imgFacebook Twitter TCU head coach Gary Patterson talks with players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Twitter Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings + posts Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ printFor the first time this season, No. 2 TCU trails at halftime, with Kansas State holding a 35-17 lead over the Horned Frogs.Trevone Boykin passed for 114 yards and one touchdown in the first half, with the Frogs totaling 209 yards of offense.Kansas State recorded 266 total yards of offense in the half. Quarterback Joe Hubener passed for 109 yards and took the ball into the end zone himself three times.The Frogs got off to a quick start, with senior running back Aaron Green taking it 86 yards for a rushing touchdown on the first down of the game.Kansas State responded on the ensuing drive, however, with Hubener taking it for a 2-yard rushing touchdown on the ensuing drive.The Frogs would regain the lead 14-7 later on in the quarter, when Boykin found senior wide receiver Josh Doctson for a 38 yard passing touchdown.The Wildcats would tie it up again early in the second quarter, with Hubener taking it himself again for a short rushing touchdown.The Frogs would go up 17-14 when kicker Jaden Oberkrom executed a 50 yard field goal, but the lead was short-lived. The Wildcats jumped out to a 21-17 lead when running back Charles Jones took the ball 28 yards for a rushing touchdown.A Trevone Boykin interception on the first play of the ensuing drive led to another K-State touchdown, with Jones taking it again for 7 yards to give the Wildcats a 28-17 lead. Hubener would then run it in from the goal line for his third rushing touchdown of the game with only eight seconds left in the half to go up 35-17.Penalties plagued the Frogs in the first half. TCU committed nine penalties for 69 yards. Two pass interference calls on third down led to K-State touchdowns.The Wildcats also dominated the running game, out-rushing the Frogs 165 yards to 95 yards. Previous articlePaschal High School head football coach named coach of the weekNext articleTanglewood rallies around family affected by ALS Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Dean Straka Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin Linkedin ReddIt Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddItlast_img read more

Special Project: to protect and to serve

first_imgThis is an image taken from video supplied by the television program “Unsolved Mysteries”. It shows a well armed, unidentified bank robbery suspect during a hold-up in May, 1996, in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. The images were released by the FBI to “Unsolved Mysteries.” There are many similarities between the bank robberies in 1996 in the Valley area and the botched robbery and shootout in North Hollywood on Feb. 28, 1997. (AP Photo/Unsolved Mysteries) Twitter Facebook Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2014, file photo, police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo. The fatal police shooting of Michael Brown has prompted a flurry of legislation in his home state, where politicians are proposing to curb police tactics, prosecutorial powers and even traffic fines in an attempt to address concerns that have fueled nationwide protests. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Police is riot gear work to disperse a crowd of protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The protests were sparked after Michael Brown, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) + posts Beth Griffith Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to dispersed a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, as they staged a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by police, last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s shooting in the middle of a street, following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars from a nearby market, has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) A law enforcement officer watches Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, as tear gas is fired to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s shooting in the middle of a street following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars from a nearby market has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Los Angeles police officers take cover behind police cars, two with windows shattered from gunfire, outside a Bank of America branch in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 28, 1997. Two robbers were killed and several people injured in the shootout during the bungled robbery. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows) Beth Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/beth-griffith/ When rioters flooded the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in the fall of 2014, they were met by police officers wearing military grade gear and camouflage, equipped with tear gas, flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets, accompanied by canine units and driving armored vehicles.When school let out in the Mondawmin neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, this April, students and others at a nearby shopping mall faced police officers, some in full body armor, wearing helmets, and carrying shields, batons and assault rifles.In August of 2013, workers and their children at the Garden of Eden organic farm in Arlington, Texas, were woken by the sounds of nearly two dozen SWAT officers storming through the property, riding in armoured vehicles, wearing all-black body armor, carrying shields and assault rifles.These weren’t isolated incidents. Police departments across the nation have been quietly arming themselves for battle for decades.Federal programs like the 1033 program (formerly the 1208 program) allow the Secretary of Defense to transfer excess Department of Defense (DOD) property to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) free of charge.According to a White House Report, since 1990 the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has given excess military equipment to approximately 8,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies across the nation to the tune of $5.1 billion in total property, including $2.7 billion in the last five years.During 2014, approximately 96 percent (1.8 million pieces) of the property given to LEAs was non-controlled, meaning, according to the report, it doesn’t have military attributes. These items included office furniture, first aid kits, storage containers and lockers to name a few.According to the report, roughly four percent (78,000 pieces) of the equipment was controlled property such as night vision devices, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs or Humvees), Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs), aircraft and watercraft.To date, the report shows that there are approximately 460,000 pieces of controlled property possessed by LEAs. The DOD released the records of agencies that obtained equipment through federal programs and NPR has compiled those lists here.Since 2006, Tarrant County has a combined total of over 72 assault rifles, 29 night vision pieces, two mine resistant ambush protection vehicles (MRAPs), and one other armored vehicle, according to the Department of Defense.But Tarrant County isn’t unique. LEAs across Texas have been strategically stockpiling a cache of military weaponry and equipment acquired primarily through the 1033 program.Between 2013 and 2014, police departments across Texas received 105,593 pieces of equipment valued at a total of $146 million, according to the Texas state property book. Linkedin Beth Griffith is a senior journalism major from Cleburne, Texas. She will commission as a 2LT Military Intelligence officer in the United States Army in May. In her free time, she is authoring a clean eating cook book and enjoys volunteering and boxing. Police ride on an armored vehicle through the area where Monday’s riots occurred following the funeral for Freddie Gray, after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Beth Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/beth-griffith/ Unidentified Los Angeles police officers move in at the Bank of America in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 28, 1997. Wearing commando garb, several heavily armed, masked robbers bungled a bank heist, then fired hundreds of shots in a gun battle getaway try that left two dead, at least 11 hurt and a broad trail of damage. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows) Police in riot gear stand around an armored vehicle as smoke fills the streets Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Stamper said last year he watched Ferguson police make the same mistakes he did.“My reaction was, ‘Please learn from my mistakes, from what I did and did not do during the week of WTO,’” Stamper said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “Don’t tear gas nonviolent and non-threatening protesters. And for God’s sake, don’t bring dogs out … It’s a throwback to the ‘60s and Bull Connor. The imagery sucks. It was really painful to see the images I saw from Ferguson.”Everything changed on Sept. 11, 2001. After a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, police departments had to prepare themselves for anything and everything.Since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given an extra $35 billion to buy new gear to “fight terrorists.” And because of surplus in Iraq, LEAs have an additional $5 billion worth of 1033 gear.Mathis said having access to this kind of equipment is needed for departments, especially after events like 9/11 and the recent terrorist attack in Paris.“We’re very much still in the community relation-type mode, but when these things happen — like 9/11, like they just had in Paris — we have to be ready for these things,” Mathis said. “We have to be ready to go into, so to speak, combat. We have to make sure that our law enforcement has the equipment needed to go into those types of situations.”The key, Mathis said, is balance.“The difficult thing is to balance that — when you are going to use those things, when you are going to deploy that type of equipment,” Mathis said. “Sometimes it’s a gamble and you’re not always going to win.”Powell agreed and said having access to this type of equipment has aided in many situations that could have turned very dangerous and in already dangerous situations. But he said the problem is that the line where police end and military begins is getting a little blurry.“In a riot situation, a lot of times it will escalate an issue because neither side will back down,” Powell said. “A lot of departments are using things like tear gas and MRAPs for crowd control. When you start using them other than what they’re designed for, it leaves a bad taste in the civilian world’s mouth.”A symptom of separation How did we get here? From a country that enshrined the fourth amendment and the Bill of Rights, where the founding fathers were adamant against a standing army — to officers dressed for combat, storming private homes in the middle of the night and parading down city streets?With the War on Drugs, counterculture and liberation and distrust with the public, the government thought if they wanted the police to act like soldiers they should equip them as such. Dr. Johnny Nahn is the director of TCU’s online masters program in Criminal Justice and Criminology and an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.Nahn said the militarization of police is really a symptom of something more in policing.“It’s something that’s an outgrowth of police-citizen relationships that have deteriorated over the last few decades,” Nahn said. “We saw it in the Watts riots, Rodney King riots, and then more recently in Ferguson, but that’s a symptom of the separation between the police and public.”When police separated from the community they began to view their jobs as dangerous, Nahn said.“When you don’t know the community and you start assuming that they’re dangerous you start to develop a subculture,” Nahn said. “ You develop the mentality ‘it’s us versus them.’ When you’re outnumbered and treat people as they’re dangerous, you have to send a message that, although you’re not a lot in numbers, you have the amount of force necessary to control a population.”Jamison said today the military grade gear is a tool to enforce that control.“If you have a large group of people, you don’t know how many are carrying a gun,” Jamison said. “You have to assume, but you don’t control those and you have to prepare for that.”Walk the walk, talk the talkFor over 30 years, politicians and LEAs have been talking, training, arming and dressing officers as if they’re deploying for combat.Today the typical SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team conducts missions dressed for war: Lace up combat boots complete with boot knives; black, camouflage, or olive colored pants and shirts; a black ninja-like or balaclava hood; Kevlar helmets and vests; gas masks, knee and elbow pads, gloves, communication equipment, assault rifles and military grade weapons like the Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine gun – the preferred model of U.S. Navy Seals.Ballistic shields, battering rams, smoke and flash bang grenades; pepper spray and tear gas are all considered standard equipment.Battle dress such as this is worn almost daily for tactical operations. Many times, the police are indistinguishable from the military.While the gear, weapons and tanks play a major role in the militarization of departments, so does the effect of all of this war talk and battle rhetoric.“When local police officers talk, train and equip themselves for war, they’re bound to act like they’re at war,” Powell said.Police adopted military titles and the top-down structure from the beginning.“They adopted a very paramilitary command structure where you had the sergeant, lieutenant, chief, captain, for example,” Nahn said. “You have very rigid training and that was all adopted from the military.”Words like “ranger division,” preparing for “close quarters combat” in a “tactical environment,” “field operations,” “battle” and “war” are used everyday referring to city operations.Mathis said that there are many officers with the mindset that they are in war.“I think it’s a common feeling that you’re out there and on display,” Mathis said. “Your goal is to go to work and do your job, but come home. You go out there and you’re combating.” Police in riot gear fall back after arresting a protester for violating a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday’s funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman) FILE – In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer on Aug. 9, in Ferguson, Mo. The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, N.C. Brown’s shooting has prompted multiple investigations and triggered days of rioting reflecting long-simmering racial tensions in a town of mostly black residents and a majority white police force. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) Twitter Facebook An unidentified masked armed gunman is seen in a parking lot across the street from the Bank of America in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 28, 1997. The gunman was shot dead by Los Angeles Police Department officers. Wearing commando garb, several heavily armed, masked robbers bungled a bank heist, then fired hundreds of shots in a gun battle getaway try that left two dead, at least 11 hurt and a broad trail of damage. (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)center_img Beth Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/beth-griffith/ IMAGE: Good Karma ReddIt Bill Mathis served over 30 years in Oklahoma law enforcement. Mathis said the pivotal moment when the police began to shift towards a military mentality was after that 1997 shootout where many officers were shot and had to break into a gun shop to arm themselves.“A lot of officers got shot and had a hard time eliminating those guys,” Mathis said. “We didn’t really have the weapons to deal with that, and LAPD was on the forefront of SWAT teams. I think that was the point that we started looking and going through the process of getting different types of weaponry and getting geared up.”With a bloated military and a worsening drug crisis, LEAs across the country were armed with military surplus by 1999.During the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests in 1999, Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper geared and dressed up officers like storm troopers and marched them down city streets.Seattle police clear an intersection of World Trade Organization protesters at Sixth and University Streets, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999 in Seattle. Thousands of protesters took to the street to try and stop the WTO meeting. (AP Photo/Stevan Morgain)Seattle police use gas to push back World Trade Organization protesters in downtown Seattle Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999. The protests delayed the opening of the WTO third ministerial conference. (AP Photo/Eric Draper) print FILE – In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, file photo, police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer on Aug. 9, in Ferguson, Mo. The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, N.C. Brown’s shooting has prompted multiple investigations and triggered days of rioting reflecting long-simmering racial tensions in a town of mostly black residents and a majority white police force. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) Comin’ Up: saying goodbye to the gang life This equipment ranges from scopes to automatic rifles to submachine guns to MRAPs to bayonets.And this equipment isn’t just going to large cities. Small towns like Cleburne, Texas, are taking all the military grade gear they can get.Retired Cleburne Police Chief Terry Powell said the ease of obtaining the equipment encourages departments to take advantage.“It wasn’t particularly a need-based system,”  Powell said. “You take departments in cities of 20,000 and you have MRAPs. But the way the government program works, all you have to do is apply for it and pick it up.”To receive property through the 1033 program, LEAs have to submit a request that indicates what each item will be used for. Once an application is approved, the property must be used within a year.Fort Worth Police Lieutenant and member of FWPD’s training division Bryan Jamison said that departments with a low budget like to take advantage of these federal programs.“They’re really expensive pieces of equipment,” Jamison said. “So, if it’s free, of course you’re going to take it, and of course you’re going to use it.”However, these federal programs don’t give LEAs training on how or when the equipment can be appropriately deployed.“If you look at Ferguson and those officers, I’ll bet you every single officer had to look at that equipment for a very long time to figure out how to even put it on,” Jamison said.While equipment and weapons like these may be necessary for self-protection in extreme circumstances, easy access and a lack of training have encouraged police to use this heavy gear – explicitly for use on battlefields – on suburb and city streets.And where speaking out against the police has generally been discouraged, after events like Ferguson and Baltimore, critics and civil libertarians have shown consistent public outrage about the militarization of police forces.Protectors need protection, tooHowever, officers risk their lives every day to keep the public safe, so it’s easy to see why they would want to out-train, out-dress and out-gun the people they are trying to arrest.From the 60s through the 90s, police were often underprepared and under equipped. Driving a metal Dodge with nothing but a bullet proof vest and a handgun or a shotgun, police were often unprepared when situations turned dangerous.When criminals, like those in the 1997 north Hollywood shootout, have reinforced military grade armor, .50 caliber sniper rifles and fully automatic weapons spraying thousands of rounds of armor piercing bullets, it’s like the police brought knives to a gunfight. Linkedin Previous articleNew Interior Design and Merchandising building would benefit multiple departmentsNext articleTo protect and to serve: The growing militarization of America’s police force Beth Griffith RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A law enforcement officer aims his rifle Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, after tear gas was fired to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s shooting in the middle of a street following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars from a nearby market has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) ReddIt Severe thunderstorms moving through Fort Worth Police line up in front of the Ferguson Police Department Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into Ferguson on Tuesday, after a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Police in riot gear use tear gas to clear the street in front of the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Beth Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/beth-griffith/ Ripple Effect: TCU professor talks gravitational waves Police advance through a cloud of tear gas as they enforce curfew, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore, a day after unrest that occurred following Freddie Gray’s funeral. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) A protester throws a tear gas canister back toward riot police after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect in the wake of Monday’s riots following the funeral for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Police arrest a man as they disperse a protest Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) A woman runs for safety as police throw tear gas canisters while enforcing curfew, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore, a day after unrest that occurred following Freddie Gray’s funeral. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)last_img read more

Kickball tournament raises money to kick out cancer

first_imgTwitter + posts Previous articleEducation double major program gains popularityNext articleArlington Heights pitcher joins high school record books Jake Foote RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printKicking out cancer.That was the aim of the sixth annual Gold Ribbon Games Kickball Tournament held Sunday, April 10 at the Benbrook Baseball Complex.The event was hosted by the Rutledge Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for research of sarcoma.Sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that is mostly found in young adults.Laura Rutledge started the Rutledge Foundation in 2011 after her daughter, Carley, was diagnosed with stage IV Ewing’s sarcoma. The Rutledge family was moved to action by the disturbing fact that no advancements had been made in sarcoma treatment in 30 years.“We felt it was time for us to carry the torch,” said Rutledge. “Not just for our daughter, but for the next child that is diagnosed.According to the Rutledge Foundation, 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with sarcoma each year and there had been no change in cure rates or treatment options in the 30 years prior to 2011.“We need to find those innovative biotech companies that are willing to find alternative, less harmful ways of treating diseases like sarcoma,” said Rutledge.While the foundation does focus on finding new treatment options for sarcoma specifically, their secondary goal is to meet the needs of all young adult cancer patients.In order to reach this goal, the foundation has begun holding events like the kickball tournament last weekend, giving community members an opportunity to participate or donate in honor of the cause.The tournament featured 30 teams whose registration fees went to the Rutledge Foundation and several other community sponsors that either made donations or provided services to help facilitate the event. Several Greek organizations from TCU participatedThe event even featured a special co-chairman, TCU quarterback Bram Kohlhausen.Kohlhausen and his sidekick, SuperFrog, were on hand for the event to mingle with fans and participants. A variety of memorabilia signed by Kohlhausen, including a TCU football helmet, was raffled off at the event.“It was very important to me to give back by raising funds and awareness for young adult cancer,” said Kohlhausen.Kohlhausen felt especially moved to work with the Rutledge Foundation after his father passed away from colon cancer in 2015.The next step for the Rutledge Foundation is to try and get more college students involved, especially since the foundation is fighting diseases that affect that age group.Grant Rutledge, a first-year student at TCU and board member of the Rutledge Foundation, says he hopes to get more people on campus involved in spreading awareness for young adult cancer.“This year I started spreading the word to people I met through Greek life,” said Rutledge. “Next year, I want to keep building on that and expand awareness to as many people and groups on campus as I can.”Both Laura and Grant Rutledge hope to start a TCU-oriented version of the Gold Ribbon Games and hope to participate in this year’s Frogs For The Cure campaign, which has recently changed to incorporate all types of cancer research.The Rutledge Foundation’s next event will be a Young Adult Night at Globe Life Park June 12. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Facebook ReddIt Safety Net: Fort Worth nonprofit empowers people in poverty Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ ReddIt Fit Worth Corporate Challenge encourages fitness in the community Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Twitter GOP voters in Tarrant County set record for first-day voter turnout Facebook Linkedin Linkedin Jake Foote Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday UIL recognizing cheerleading as a sport, adhering to stricter concussion guidelineslast_img read more

TCU knocks off Chanticleers in Game 2 victory

first_imgGrant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ Phi Kappa Sigma executive director, chapter president respond to dismissal Linkedin printIn what was a clinical display of dominating pitching and timely hitting, the TCU Horned Frogs took control of Tuesday night’s game at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha and beat the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 6-1.TCU has now won their first two games of the College World Series for the first time in school history, after dropping their second game in three straight appearances.The Frogs used a Luken Baker solo shot, his second home run in as many games, and a perfect 3.1 innings of relief from Ryan Burnett to hold off a Coastal Carolina team that had ridden a wave of momentum to the CWS.Burnett’s performance was made all the more remarkable in light of the fact that he was pitching through a torn ACL in his left knee.“I think Ryan Burnett is the story of the game,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “To come in there having not pitched all that much, and certainly not having pitched that length that he gave us out of the bullpen was outstanding.”“I’m just so proud of Ryan,” Schlossnagle said. “The guy’s been through two surgeries, he’s pitching through a torn ACL that will more than likely get fixed after the season, and so for him to hang around and gut it out is just an awesome testament to his character and his strength.”Baker’s solo shot, an opposite field laser that came on a pitch in the outside of the zone, lead off the second inning and opened the scoring.“I got a fastball up and away that I could handle,” Baker said. “I was actually a little more excited than I’ve been for a few of the ones in the past, because it was my first opposite field one.”The Frogs would tack on two more in the fifth inning, when a throwing error by CCU second baseman Zach Remillard helped lead to a bases-loaded situation for TCU.Austen Wade walked on four pitches to score a run, and Cam Warner beat out a potential inning-ending double play throw to allow another run to score and give starting pitcher Brian Howard a 3-0 cushion.Howard had a strong outing, with seven strikeouts, but his pitch count ballooned quickly as the Chanticleers worked deep into the count in their at-bats and got leadoff runners on in the first three innings.TCU got a defensive boost in those scenarios from catcher Evan Skoug, who threw two lasers to second to catch Chanticleer runners stealing.“He’s a better thrower than people give him credit for,” Schlossnagle said. “When we give him a chance as a pitching staff to throw somebody out, he’s throwing them out.”TCU would add another run in the top of the sixth, as the Frogs once again loaded the bases with nobody out. Dane Steinhagen grounded into a double play, but Baker was able to cross the plate safely.Coastal Carolina was able to get a run across in the bottom of the sixth, as Michael Paez scored from a leadoff double.Howard walked the next batter after Paez scored on his 101st pitch of the night, and on came Ryan Burnett, who had perhaps his best relief outing of the year.Burnett was ruthlessly efficient, using just 32 pitches in 3.1 innings and not allowing a baserunner.“It feels awesome. I’ve been waiting two years on this,” Burnett said postgame. “I worked my butt off this fall and spring just to get here.”“I’ve been Ryan’s roommate for three years now,” Howard said. “Seeing what he did night, and especially kinda saving me, which adds a little bit to it…it was one of my favorite moments since I’ve been a part of this program.”“It was just a very, very exciting thing to watch, and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Howard said. Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ TCU removes Phi Kappa Sigma for hazing and other misconduct Although he certainly didn’t need it, TCU gave Burnett two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning, when Michael Landestoy tripled to center and scored Ryan Merrill. A throwing error allowed Landestoy to come home for the final run of the game.TCU now waits until Friday at 7 p.m. to play again. Coastal Carolina will play Texas Tech, who eliminated the Florida Gators Tuesday afternoon, on Thursday night. The winner of that game will take on the Horned Frogs. TCU students receive evacuation text by mistake TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks center_img Baseball season recap: Rebuilding turns to reloading after surprise CWS trip Twitter + posts Facebook Ryan Burnett was stellar in relief for the Frogs, pitching 3.1 perfect innings to earn a long save. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk) Grant McGalliard is a senior journalism and political science major from Bay City, Texas. He’s worked in everything from sports to student organizations at TCU, and recently began blogging with the Dallas Morning News. In his spare time, Grant enjoys tweeting far too much, pretending he knows more than he does about Premier League soccer, and listening to the music of Kanye West. Grant McGalliardhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grant-mcgalliard/ ReddIt Previous articleBaker’s brilliance just part of great team performanceNext articleFrogs win their second game at CWS for first time ever Grant McGalliard RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grant McGalliard Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebooklast_img read more

Dean of admission moves on from university

first_imgReddIt Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Ray Brown is no longer dean of admission. (Photo courtesy of TCU) ReddIt Support for seniors on Senior Day Kramer claims 100th career win Twitter Heath Einstein is the interim dean (Photo courtesy of TCU) Facebook Kacey Bowen Previous articleMan wanted for “mental application warrant” near Bluebonnet Circle taken into custodyNext articleFort Worth officer released from hospital after shooting Kacey Bowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ TCU vs Georgia: “Playing to win” Facebook Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Kacey is a junior journalism major from Friendswood, Texas. She is a managing editor for TCU360. Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Twitter + posts Linkedin TCU falls to Georgia in AutoZone Liberty Bowl printRay Brown, TCU’s dean of admission, has “moved on from the university,” a university official said.Ray Brown is no longer the dean of admission (Photo courtesy of TCU)The university has appointed Heath Einstein, who joined the admission office in 2012, as interim dean, said Holly Ellman, an associate director of strategic communications management.Brown started at TCU in 2000.A telephone call and an email to Einstein were not immediately returned. Einstein’s automatic reply included his email signature as the dean of admission.A tweet to Brown was not immediately answered. Linkedin TAGSphotos TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more