FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Ford scored a career-high 35 points on 11-of-17 shooting to help Saint Mary’s beat Utah Valley 92-63 on Sunday night.Ford made 4 of 6 from 3-point range and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. The junior, who averaged 19.1 points over the final seven games of last season, had 23 in a season-opening win over McNeese State on Wednesday and has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games dating to last season.Jake Toolson led Utah Valley (1-2) with 15 points and Wyatt Lowell added 14.Ford scored 12 points during an 18-3 run that gave the Gaels (2-0) a 22-8 lead less than seven minutes in and they led by double figures the rest of the way and by as many as 33 in the second half.Tanner Krebs had 13 points and Jordan Hunter 11 for Saint Mary’s, which made 33 of 56 (59 percent) from the field, including 8 of 16 from 3-point range. Written by November 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local Ford scores 35 points, Saint Mary’s beats Utah Valley 92-63 Tags: UVU Wolverines Basketball Associated Press
Carey Baker, co-owner of A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, Florida. Fried by no means considers herself to be “anti-gun” and admits herself to owning firearms. Yet, the commissioner has been outspokenly against the tough penalties the law imposes. About 30 municipalities, three counties and more than 70 elected officials have filed suit against the state challening the amendment. After assuming office in 2019, Fried has since joined them.A circuit court judge declared the penalties were unconstitutional, but the state has appealed the ruling to Florida’s First District Court of Appeal. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen are all listed as appellants in a 54-page brief submitted in December of 2019.While the lawsuits challenge only the penalties imposed by the law, Fried believes local officials should have the ability to propose what she calls “common sense” gun-regulating ordinances. Since local officials, in her eyes, govern closer to the people they represent, she believes they are well-suited to make laws that benefit their constituents.“Our local governments should have the power to see a problem that’s in their community…and act,” said Fried. “And if that’s the case, then they’re doing their jobs.”That argument, however, does not sit well with Marion Hammer, the former president of the NRA and a current gun-rights lobbyist in Florida.Marion Hammer, former President of the National Rifle Association and a current gun-rights lobbyist in Florida. By Baker’s own admission, he’s a bit biased. He co-owns A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora, Fla., which has been in business since the 19th century.But in the wake of tragedies such as the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed, there are some in Florida seeking to regulate aspects of the 2nd amendment with the same vigor that Baker uses to defend it.A growing number of cities in Florida are suing the state to challenge a 2011 amendment that inflicts steep penalties on local governments that choose to pass gun-regulating ordinances.The amendment enforces Florida Statute 790.33, which was implemented in 1987 and states that the power to regulate firearms belongs solely to the state. Prior to 2011, the law was difficult to enforce.Except as expressly provided by the State Constitution or general law, the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county, city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative regulations or rules adopted by local or state government relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or regulations are hereby declared null and void.— Fla. Stat. 790.33But the 2011 amendment imposed steep consequences to anyone who, in a “knowing and willful” manner, broke the law, with penalties including a $5,000 fine or removal from office. While embraced by some cities, particularly conservative-leaning ones, other municipalities are fiercely fighting the law in the courts.“What they did in 2011 was took this one step too far,” said Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for approving concealed carry permits in the state.Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture (Photo courtesy of Nikki Fried’s office). But local officials challenging the law said they should have the ability to enforce their own rules when it comes to public safety.Daniel Stermer, the mayor of Weston, Fla., which is named principally in the lawsuit, said he’s prepared to face the consequences if the amendment holds up in court.“If the provisions stand, I’m prepared to have the governor remove me,” he said. “I’m OK with that. I’m prepared to walk this through the judicial process.”Weston is less than 25 miles away from Parkland and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He said the need to tighten the laws in South Florida is critical.“Immediately after [the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School], it became an immediate groundswell from residents,” claimed Stermer. “Asking us, ‘am I safe in my schools, in my parks, in my government buildings?’ And I had to give them an honest answer, that ‘I can’t give you a complete answer because we can’t do anything about it.’”Stermer views the issue as less about the 2nd Amendment and more about property rights, and his hope is that the courts will rule in their favor and allow him to regulate what goes on inside the public facilities he and the city of Weston oversee.Raúl Valdés-Fauli, Mayor of Coral Gables, Florida (Photo courtesy of the City of Coral Gables). Over 30 Florida Local Governments Sue State, Seek Ability To Regulate Firearms To some, like Carey Baker, the 2nd Amendment is something worth passionately defending.“It applies just as much today as it did over 200 years ago,” Baker said. “The right to bear and keep those firearms — that should never change. It truly is based on an individual’s right to self-defense. If you have the right to defend yourself, your family, your country, you should have the means to do it.” STATELINE DAILY NEWSTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a state well-known for its competitive political races and heated debates, one issue that continues to be fiercely discussed in Florida is that of gun control and 2nd Amendment rights. “Being close to people has no bearing on whether or not you can impose your personal political preferences on people,” Hammer said.Hammer, who said she’s been defending the 2nd Amendment in Florida since 1974, claims decades ago the state had a medley of gun laws, many of which she considered to be unconstitutional. Following the introduction of Florida Statute 790.33, Hammer claims some cities submitted to the state’s authority but others did not. She said the steep penalties implemented in 2011 put an end to “bad behavior.”“When you willfully and knowingly violate the law,” she said, “we call those people criminals.”Plus, she said, uniform gun laws benefit everyone.“In a mobile society, people have no way of knowing what ordinance they may violate when they’re traveling or cross a city or county line,” said Hammer. “It is critically important that in a state, you have uniformity of gun laws.”Hammer fears that if local governments put their own gun regulations on the books, a gun owner could, in theory, be a law-abiding citizen in one region, hop in his or her car and become a law-breaking citizen just down the road.Daniel Stermer, Mayor of the City of Weston (Photo courtesy of the City of Weston). Raúl Valdés-Fauli, the mayor of Coral Gables, which borders Miami, said he should have the authority to ban the sale of “assault weapons” in his city.“People should have guns, pistols, revolvers in their home for their protection if they feel it’s necessary. But, assault weapons do not belong in a municipality,” said Valdés-Fauli. “Assault weapons are for purposes of war powers.”Photo of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, which must now decide if the penalties associated with Florida’s preemptive firearm law are constitutional or not. By Robert Sherman Valdés-Fauli said the penalties added in 2011 are excessive.“I think that’s wrong, and for the legislature to usurp our powers of governing our local residents is wrong. Very wrong,” said Valdés-Fauli. “I think it should be in the power of the municipal government, which governs closest to the people.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds return to the Stock Car Stampede at Jamestown Speedway this weekend, racing for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.Heat races begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 with “B” features preceding the Saturday, Sept. 24 main event, a qualifier for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.The runner-up earns $1,500 with $1,000 paid for third. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.What’s new at the 45th annual Stampede is a $500 to win, minimum $120 to start race for the top 24 Modified non-qualifiers.Other non-qualifiers who finish their “B” race will be paid $50.Car end driver entry fee for the Modifieds is $90. Pit passes are $60 for Friday and Saturday or $35 for Saturday; no Friday only pit passes will be sold.Gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $45 for a family pass. Gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Grandstand admission is $23 for adults and $55 for a family pass.Kids ages 6-14 are $10 and five and under are free both nights. Advance tickets are available from the Cenex Convenience Store or Neighborhood Grocery.Camping is available on the fairgrounds for $25 a night. There is no charge for race rigs kept in the pits overnight.More information is posted on the www.jamestownspeedway.com website and on Facebook, and is also available by calling 701 320-4275 or 701 527-2467.
Michael Ryan said that a high level of competition for all places is essential if the team are to be successful. Ahead of tonight’s match, he says the Waterford Crystal Cup offers the chance for players to contest positions and put their hands up for selection in the league.