iStock(GARDENDALE, Ala.) — A young police officer gunned down in the line of duty was mourned by family, friends and fellow officers on a gloomy and rainy Monday in Alabama.Kimberly police officer Nick O’Rear was helping a neighboring community with a car chase on Feb. 4 when he was “ambushed” and shot, said Kimberly Mayor Bob Ellerbrock. A suspect was taken into custody.O’Rear was a father of two and has a third child on the way, the mayor said. He has a son due in April, according to a GoFundMe set up for his girlfriend and the baby.O’Rear was one of the “most unique individuals you’d ever meet,” and his “mischievous sense of humor” and “love for his fellow man was unmatched,” Kimberly Fire Rescue Capt. Robert Mashburn said at Monday’s funeral in Gardendale, Alabama.“Nick always made himself available to not only the city of Kimberly but to all surrounding municipalities,” he said.O’Rear wanted to become a certified sniper, which he accomplished in November, Mashburn said.He also aspired to become a K9 training officer, which he certified for in December. With Stella, his K9, it was “love at first site, and Nick worked tirelessly with her training,” Mashburn said.“There’s some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains,” Mashburn said.O’Rear “dedicated his life to the service of others,” Mashburn said. “I owe it to be him to be worthy of his sacrifice.”Alabama Gov. tweeted Monday, “On this somber day, we remember the life of Kimberly Police Officer Nick O’Rear. We will lift his loved ones, comrades & the city of Kimberly in prayer, as Officer O’Rear is laid to rest.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
A Tribe Called Quest‘s final album, We Got It From Here….Thank You 4 Your Service, has officially debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album, which sold 135,000 in its debut week, marks the second time the iconic hip-hop group has reached the top spot in their career, and first time since Beats, Rhymes, and Life came out over twenty years ago.Social Consciousness And Racial Inequality Are Front And Center On A Tribe Called Quest’s Surprise Comeback Album [Review]According to Billboard, We Got It From Here…. surpasses Jeezy‘s stint as the longest gap between #1 albums in the hip-hop category, while only Lionel Richie‘s 2012 album, Tuskeegee (which took 25 years for Richie to reach #1 again) surpassed Tribe’s wait among all genres. The new ATCQ album has received accolades from across the musical spectrum, and witnessed the group bring back that socially conscious old-school vibe from the genre’s Golden Era, which has been lacking in recent years.The group recently appeared on Saturday Night Live with host Dave Chappelle for a two-song performance, and has announced preliminary plans for a highly-anticipated final World Tour, with details still to come. Check out the group’s video for “We The People….” below:[via Billboard]
The Commons of Pensacola centers on Judith (Danner), a woman who has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Parker) pays Judith a visit to the one-bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. Related Shows The Commons of Pensacola View Comments In addition to Parker and Danner, the cast of The Commons of Pensacola features Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh and Nilaja Sun. The production includes scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Tom Broecker, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Amanda Peet’s new play The Commons of Pensacola has extended its off-Broadway run at New York City Center — Stage I through February 9, due to popular demand. The show was initially scheduled to run through January 26. Directed by Lynne Meadow, the play stars Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony winner Blythe Danner. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 9, 2014
More information about the flights can be found on the official website Silver Air-and. The representative of Silver Air, Dina Peverelli, announced this year’s flight schedule to Mali Lošinj, while the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Italy Viviana Vukelić emphasized that transport connections are extremely important for Croatia, especially in the context of airlines. She informed those present about this year’s presentation of the Croatian tourist offer in November at the fair in Lugano, which will bring the residents of the potent Swiss canton of Ticino closer to our tourist offer. On that occasion, Ricardo Hesky, director of Jadranka hotels, presented the offer of Lošinj Hotels & Villas hotel brand, which is part of Jadranka hoteli doo, and invited those present to visit and discover Mali Lošinj this summer and enjoy the benefits of the island and tourist offer. Organized by Silver Air and Lošinj Hotels & Villas, seasonal airlines have been announced in Milan that will connect Mali Lošinj with Lugano and Venice. Namely, from June 15 to September 20, 2019, Silver Air will connect Mali Lošinj with Lugano and Venice by direct lines, thus making this Kvarner island more accessible to foreign guests. Flight schedule: Lugano – Mali Losinj and Venice – Mali Losinj
Velma E. Dieckmann, age 90 of Batesville, died Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born August 13, 1929 in Cedar Grove, Indiana, she is the daughter of Alma (Nee: Pulskamp) and Alfred Deffner. She married Harold Dieckmann September 8, 1956 at Guardian Angel Church in Cedar Grove. A homemaker, she was a member of St. Louis Church and the Daughters of Isabella.An exceptional cook, her homemade bread and rolls will be dearly missed. Velma also was a longtime babysitter, having watched many of the children from the area through the years. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Wilma “Willie” and Dennis Moeller of Oldenburg; sons and daughters-in-law Paul and Anita Dieckmann of Danville, Indiana, Brian and Sandy Dieckmann of Whiteland, Indiana; sisters Pat Naayers of Florida, Sharon Singer of West Chester, Ohio; brother Dale Deffner of Brookville; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother Ron Deffner.Visitation is Friday, November 15th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a prayer service by the Daughters of Isabella at 9 a.m. to be followed by a rosary service. Funeral services are 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating and burial in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the Special Olympics.
Tucker was named Big Ten Player of the Year and was a consensus First-Team All-American in 2007.[/media-credit]In the past decade, Wisconsin athletics experienced a Final Four berth, a dynamic Rose Bowl appearance and four combined national championships from the men’s and women’s hockey teams.And the Herald Sports Badger of the Decade wasn’t a part of any of that — making his accomplishments even more impressive.Alando Tucker earns our Best Badger of the Decade Award for his record-setting career, consistent dominance and overall effect on Wisconsin basketball.First the r?sum?:? Tucker became the first Badger to be a consensus First-Team All-American since 1942, and he was a finalist for every major national player of the year award.? Named Big Ten Player of the Year his senior season, Tucker led the conference in scoring at 20.0 points per game — the first-ever Badger to lead the league.? Finishing his career with averages of 16.5 points per game and 48 percent shooting, he topped Michael Finley his senior year to become the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin history.Much like the swing offense on which he thrived, Tucker’s game wasn’t always pretty, but it was almost always effective.Utilizing power post moves that belied his 6-foot-5 frame and a turnaround jumper uglier than Betty herself, Tucker could score from anywhere on the floor and often did. For style points, his ferocious dunks could bring the Kohl Center crowd to its feet in an instant.Like his place at the top of many UW records, however, Tucker will always be linked with earning the basketball team a No. 1 ranking during the 2006-07 season — the first-time ever in the history of Wisconsin basketball. Even though the ranking was short-lived (UW lost two games the following week), it represented an unprecedented achievement for Wisconsin and proved Bo Ryan’s team could compete with all the five-star recruiting classes out there.Honorable mentions: Fellow basketball superstar Devin Harris, women’s hockey Patty Kazmaier-winners’ Sara Bauer and Jessie Vetter, along with football’s John Stocco, an underrated Badger quarterback.Harris has proven to be the better pro, starring in the NBA, and was certainly a phenomenal Badger. Leaving for the draft a year early, however, knocks down his rating, especially considering the starting five UW would have had if Harris came back with Harris, Tucker, Mike Wilkinson, Kammron Taylor and Zach Morley. Wow.Bauer and Vetter certainly excelled with career records and championships, but the weaker competition pool in women’s hockey keeps them at honorable mention.Finally, Stocco certainly won enough games and kept Wisconsin a perennial top-25 team, but the lack of dominance holds him back in the end.
Talking BynumNick Young hasn’t followed Andrew Bynum’s lone season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also said he wasn’t aware that Cleveland suspended Bynum indefinitely Saturday for undisclosed conduct detrimental to the team.But the mere mention of Bynum’s name prompted Young to laugh as he recalled their lone season together last year with the Philadelphia 76ers, a year that featured Bynum sitting out the entire time because of lingering knee issues.“He just does his own thing,” Young told this newspaper. “Bynum is going to be Bynum no matter where he goes. He doesn’t care what people say or think about him.” Young mentioned Bynum’s eccentric hairstyles and worsening his left knee injury while going bowling in the middle of the season. Still, Young argued that Bynum received unfair criticism from Sixers fans who believed that he didn’t show enough interest in overcoming his injury.“He’s hurt. He’s somebody who has been playing games with bad knees,” Young said. “He’s trying to get back each game. In Philly, they’re tough. They were on Bynum everywhere he walked.”Bynum helped the Lakers to two NBA championships through seven seasons before being traded in 2012 to Philadelphia in a four-team, 12-player deal that brought them Dwight Howard. “He tried to get back, but he wasn’t right last year,” Young said of Bynum. “It was probably good for him to sit out.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Within a week, the Lakers went from having too many frontcourt players for coach Mike D’Antoni to juggle to suddenly having very little at all.Both centers Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman are considered game-time decisions when the Lakers (13-17) host the Philadelphia 76ers (8-20) tonight at Staples Center.Kaman suffered a moderate sprain in his left ankle in the final minute of the Lakers’ 105-103 loss Friday to the Utah Jazz. Gasol sat out two of the past four games because of an upper respiratory infection. D’Antoni said neither of them practiced on Saturday.Gasol hasn’t spoken to reporters since a visit with an eye, nose and throat specialist on Thursday showed his respiratory illness worsened. Kaman didn’t talk on Saturday, either, but he appeared downtrodden about both his injury and sitting in 13 of the Lakers’ 30 games. “I have no approach,” Kaman said Friday after posting 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers’ loss to Utah. “I get shuffled around so when it’s my turn, I try to take advantage of the opportiunities I’m given and it’s not easy.”D’Antoni offered some encouraging words about Kaman’s health.“It’s pretty favorable,” D’Antoni said. “He feels better about it. The swelling’s not too bad.”If neither Gasol or Kaman play, Jordan Hill will likely start along with Shawne Williams. Robert Sacre would likely receive significant minutes off the bench. Both Hill and Sacre stayed after practice on Saturday working on post drills with Lakers player development coach Larry Lewis.“You just have to stay mentally prepared,” Sacre said. “Obviously it’s tough. You never know when you’re going to go in. But you have to make sure you’re ready to go. When your name is called, you have to be prepared.”