A Miami Beach police officer has been arrested after an investigation found that he demanded payment from a civilian to ignore parking violations.Officials say the owner of a valet company contacted them after officer Dante Zirio began demanding $1,000 a month from the company in exchange for overlooking parking violations.During the investigation, the owner of the company met with Zirio and videotaped the exchange of $750.Zirio was then arrested on Saturday.He is now facing several charges including extortion, bribery and accepting an unlawful compensation.A disciplinary hearing is scheduled for Monday.While authorities believe Zirio may have acted alone, they are continuing their investigation to make sure no other officers where involved.
The 2020 Python Bowl wrapped this weekend with the capture of 80 Burmese pythons over the 10-day competition.Unfortunately, that number is just a drop in the bucket as wildlife experts believe the python population in the Everglades may exceed 100,000.One man won an off-road ATV from Bass Pro Shops for capturing eight pythons, which was the most, and another man won $2 grand for capturing the longest python, which measured over 12-and-a-half feet. The South Florida Water Management District says hosting the event around the Super Bowl brought incredible public awareness to the danger the invasive snakes pose.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by North Thurston Public SchoolThe North Thurston Public Schools Board of Directors will honor former superintendent Raj Manhas at a ribbon-cutting and naming ceremony at 6:00 p.m., July 24 at 200 Sleater-Kinney Road NE (next to North Thurston High School). The public is invited to attend the brief ceremony, followed by light refreshments. Please RSVP to [email protected] served as Superintendent of North Thurston Public Schools from 2009-2016. His passion for community engagement and systems-wide structures resulted in positive changes in the district, including a historical $175 million bond in 2014. Manhas also helped start the Compassionate Community Initiative in Lacey; recently NTPS students demonstrated their compassion by raising $27,000 for the new Lacey Food Bank.“Raj had a huge passion for community engagement and a vision for the future of North Thurston Public Schools,” said Board President Graeme Sackrison. The School Board voted to dedicate part of the 65,000 sq. ft. building shortly before Manhas retired in 2016. It was purchased with existing capital funds in 2014 for $ 2.2 million.Formerly a local health club, the renovated portion of the “Rajinder S. Manhas Activity Center” includes a new gym and restroom facilities (about 14,000 sq. ft.) as well as a space for furniture and equipment storage during school remodels, including North Thurston High School and Pleasant Glade Elementary.“The Raj Manhas Activity Center is a wonderful, public facility which patrons can utilize for many activities and events. Gym facilities are in high demand in our community and we know the new space will be scheduled quickly. We are committed to promoting healthy activities for our children during and after the school day. Thanks to our strong partnership with Lacey Parks and Recreation, children participate in healthy activities year round by using school district facilities and fields. We are excited to share this new space with the community!” said Superintendent Dr. Debra Clemens. She noted that the space has saved the district significant time and money. “The extra storage space within the facility is saving the district thousands of dollars per month in storage fees and the close proximity to North Thurston High School supports its renovation. Our construction projects are under budget and on schedule for school openings.”The front of the building has yet to be modernized; it currently houses the South Sound Reading Foundation and the district’s Homeless Assistance/McKinney-Vento program. Future permanent use of that portion of the building will be determined in part by the Facility Advisory Committee, which looks at construction needs for the growing district. If you are interested in serving on this committee please contact the District at 360-412- 4416.
CAN THE PHAROAH RULE AGAIN IN PREAKNESS?SADLER HAS PAIR FOR ‘TOUGH’ ANGELS FLIGHTTRAINER REMEMBERS JUMRON IN 1995 DERBYCHAMP BEHOLDER GOES BACK TO THE TRACK Doug O’Neill35710520%$333,550 Elvis Trujillo3341312%$187,200 GARY LEWIS, JUMRON REMEMBERED 20 YEARS LATERIt’s been 20 years since Gary Lewis had his day in the sun, running Jumron in the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Off at 5-1 under jockey Goncalino Almeida, the English-bred horse finished fourth, beaten three lengths and a head by Thunder Gulch.Lewis is long done training, but he’s still around to cherish the memories.“Jumron won the El Camino Real Derby, the Golden State Derby and was third in the Santa Anita Derby behind Larry the Legend and Afternoon Deelites,” said Lewis, now retired, who turned 74 on March 22. Lewis still makes an appearance at the track on occasion.He took out his trainer’s license in 1979 and had several stakes winners along the way in addition to Jumron, most notably the crack sprinter Lucky Forever, a Washington-bred gelding who set a world record of 1:13.24 for 6 ½ furlongs at Hollywood Park almost 20 years ago, on May 20,1995.“He’s probably the best horse I ever had,” Lewis said. Dan Hendricks831038%$71,890 FINISH LINES: Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder went back to the track Thursday, recovered from a fever that forced her to miss the Grade I Vanity Stakes last Saturday. “She went out with a pony,” said Richard Mandella, who has the daughter of Henny Hughes ticketed for the Grade III Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on June 13, while American Stakes winner Bal a Bali goes in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf June 13. Precisionist Stakes winner Catch a Flight, a candidate for the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27, went four furlongs for Mandella in 49.20 . . . San Onofre, runner-up in the Kona Gold Stakes, worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.20 for Karen Headley, who has designs on the Grade III Los Angeles Stakes at six furlongs on May 25. Getting in a turf work before late morning rain fell was Santa Barbara Handicap winner Queen of the Sand for Paddy Gallagher . . . Trainer A.C. Avila served the final day of his 60-day suspension yesterday and was back at Santa Anita Thursday morning, happy to be on hand but 15 pounds overweight after living the good life in Miami, Kentucky, Italy and his native Brazil during his sojourn. He bought some fresh stock at Keeneland and in Brazil . . .Three Hearts, third in the Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18, worked seven furlongs for Neil Drysdale on Santa Anita’s firm turf course Sunday in 1:29.80 for the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the grass Monday, May 25. Drysdale also worked Brazilian import Going Somewhere seven furlongs on turf Sunday in 1:29.40 for the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on grass May 24. Going Somewhere won the Group 1 Gran Premio Internacional Carlos Pelligrini in 2012 in his native country . . . Professional horse player Duke Matties and horse player Billy Blake will be Tom Quigley‘s guests 10:20 a.m. Saturday and 11:20 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens . . . The Great Race Place presents its Santa Anita Carnival on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. The entire family is invited for three days of live racing, carnival rides, games and prizes, with unlimited rides for children for only $10. Admission and parking to the Infield is free through Gate 6 off Colorado Place. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Sunday, May 10) Alex Solis1123118%$110,400 Edwin Maldonado3348612%$177,160 Fernando Perez4077618%$294,780 Tiago Pereira2346317%$187,670 Felipe Valdez3857413%$198,080 Joseph Talamo4172817%$254,162 Robertino Diodoro1021120%$47,640 Victor Espinoza821025%$98,270 Santiago Gonzalez3137110%$130,458 Bob Baffert921122%$94,740 Richard Mandella1755129%$385,840 Rafael Bejarano4188920%$361,570 Brayan Pena282127%$55,410 Mike Smith1231125%$314,280 Alonso Quinonez1921511%$73,268 John Sadler232439%$137,598 Mark Glatt1823311%$89,354 John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Philip D’Amato2072235%$278,960 Peter Miller222819%$171,510 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Flavien Prat451110224%$620,370 Richard Baltas2163129%$307,610 Michael Machowsky922122%$68,850 Drayden Van Dyke3564217%$240,310 SMALL BUT QUALITY FIELD IN ANGELS FLIGHTThe purse for Saturday’s Angels Flight Stakes is only $75,000, but in the eyes of trainer John Sadler, who has two horses entered in the seven furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, it’s not an easy race.“It’s a tough race,” said Sadler, who sends out Ben’s Duchess and Suva Harbor. “Even though it’s a small field, there’s plenty of quality. Suva Harbor won a stakes at Sunland Park (the Island Fashion on Feb. 22), but the race after that on turf, the Ultra Fleet here, she didn’t run well. We don’t think she liked the grass. She’ll be better on dirt.”The field for the Angeles Flight, the second race on an 11-race card that starts at 11:30 a.m.: Ultimate Holiday, Felipe Valdez, 12-1; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 1-1; Suva Harbor, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; $1,500 supplemental nominee Moon’s Over, Elvis Trujillo, 6-1; Fantastic Style, Rafael; Bejarano, 9-5; and Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 7-2. Martin Jones520040%$199,350 Jerry Hollendorfer232549%$200,504 PREAKNESS OFF TRACK SHOULD AID PHAROAH American Pharoah is one-third of the way to capturing racing’s most elusive prize: the Triple Crown. A hundred and forty one horses have won the Kentucky Derby; one does each year, as Pharoah did on May 2. Hundreds have won Breeders’ Cup races and other valued stakes.But none has swept the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes since 1978, a drought that would extend to 37 years should Pharoah fail this year. Affirmed was the last to win the Triple, and only 11 in racing history have done so since its inception nearly a century ago, in 1919, when Sir Barton became the first.Theories abound as to why. Three of the most prevalent cite the increased fragility of the Thoroughbred; the penchant to breed for speed; and the daunting task of winning three classic races at different distances over different race tracks in a span of five weeks, a challenge no trainer short of Barry Abrams would attempt these days unless so mandated.Gary Young has been watching horses train in Southern California for 35 years, betting on them, buying them and recommending them to others.The private clocker and bloodstock agent picked American Pharoah to win the Derby in no uncertain terms, putting his reputation boldly on the line when he said before the Run for the Roses, “There’s no such thing as cinches, but barring anything unforeseen, this horse is going to be awful tough to beat.”Breaking from post position 15 in a field of 18 and wearing saddle cloth No. 18, American Pharoah won the 1 1/4-mile Derby by a length, for the first time in three starts this year being strongly urged the length of the stretch by jockey Victor Espinoza. Can the two win Saturday’s 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes after drawing post position one in a field of eight?“Mile and a half races, especially on dirt, are not run very much at all in the United States anymore,” Young said, alluding to the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown which is run at that distance, this year on June 6.“The Belmont is about the only meaningful race at that distance on dirt in America. Name any other mile and a half race of any consequence in America. It’s definitely a unique race. There are some on turf, but not on dirt.“It has never been America’s forte to produce mile and a half horses through breeding and it’s even more so nowadays. There have been plenty of horses able to run back in two weeks and win the Derby and the Preakness, but running a mile and a half three weeks after the Preakness takes a certain kind of horse, and that’s why there hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner in so long.“When I was a kid growing up and Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973, he was the first to do it since Citation in 1948. I thought that was a long interval back then, but now it’s been a really long time.“That said, American Pharoah is definitely the horse to beat in the Preakness everything being equal, and with the National Weather forecast calling for 40 percent chance of showers in Baltimore Friday and Saturday, that would only give him a greater edge, when you consider how easily he won the Rebel Stakes on an off track before he won the Kentucky Derby.“It will be quite warm Saturday with a high of 87. Not that he needs any more breaks the way he skipped through the mud at Oaklawn, but he might get one if the Pimlico track is off.”Bob Baffert’s record in the Preakness and 3-year-old classics in general is another plus. The Hall of Fame trainer has four wins in the Run for the Roses and is seeking his sixth Preakness victory Saturday, with American Pharoah and/or Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, beaten only three lengths in the Derby after setting the pace until deep stretch.“He certainly knows how to get a horse ready for Triple Crown races,” Young said of Baffert. “That shouldn’t hurt him come Saturday.”Espinoza, meanwhile, was well-received at Dodger Stadium Tuesday night when he tossed out the ceremonial first pitch before the game–that veered “high and away” to Dodger bench coach Tim Wallach.In conjunction with the Preakness, Santa Anita will present an attractive day of live racing along with a big Preakness party featuring the Preakness Handicapping Challenge offering $100,000 in prizes this weekend, May 16 and 17.For details, visit santaanita.com. A ‘SPECIAL’ MONDAY AT DERBY RESTAURANT With the Special Olympics World Games being held throughout Southern California from July 25-Aug. 9, the City of Arcadia will be among the many communities hosting a group of participating athletes and their coaches for three days prior to the competition.And the legendary Derby restaurant at 233 Huntington Drive is doing its part to help.This Monday, May 18, the Derby will donate, after costs, all proceeds from lunch, dinner and alcohol to a volunteer committee that has been making plans to house, feed, transport and entertain a contingent of approximately 100 from the twin-island country of Trinidad & Tobago and the Kyrgyz Republic, the former Soviet Union country of Kyrgyzstan.A number of jockeys, including Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, and retired great Laffit Pincay Jr., plus horse trainers and city dignitaries, have indicated they will be at the Derby on Monday. Reservation are highly recommended and can be made by calling 626 447-2430. A mention of Special Olympics is encouraged.For further information, contact committee member Larry Stewart at 818 512-1608. Mike Puype2022310%$126,560 Jorge Periban722129%$45,870 William Spawr730043%$59,220 Gonzalo Nicolas353279%$111,236 -30- Vladimir Cerin720229%$74,180 Martin Garcia1020120%$56,990 Tyler Baze631091216%$486,750 Mario Gutierrez1522413%$115,120 Peter Eurton1421414%$64,956
SAN JOSE — For three games, starting Saturday, the Sharks prospects that are taking part in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff Tournament will have the undivided attention of the organization’s scouts, managers and coaches in attendance.So, yes, it’s important for these players — ranging in age from 18 to 24 — to begin to stand out now before the Sharks’ main training camp begins next Friday.“You’re looking for the compete factor in guys,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.“Basically, you …
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I did a lot of power tumblings,” said Capellan of his multiple somersaults that thrilled the judges at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center Hall 6.“I have that routine in my mind and I know exactly what to do,” said the 23-year-old Capellan, who retained the crown he won two years go in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingReyland Capellan celebrates his gold medal win in Gymnastics in the 2017 SEA Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLThe Masbate native said he was feeling nervous at the start of the competition, because “everybody is doing well, they are all good.”But Capellan, who competed in the World Championships in Glasgow in 2015, went for jumps that carried high levels of difficulty. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony KUALA LUMPUR — Reyland Capellan has been practicing the same routine every day for the past two years.And when it mattered the most, practice made perfect. His routine, highlighted by a lot of high-score power jumps, won him the 29th Southeast Asian Games men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise gold medal Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Reyland Capellan competes in the men’s floor exercise event of the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Capelan scored 13.950 points to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLHe totaled 13.950 points, enough to beat host Malaysia’s Zul Bahrin Bin Mat Asri (13.750) and Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta (13.600). The Philippines’ other entry in the final, 18-year-old novice John Matthew Vergara, finished eighth.“I’m very proud of what I did, because I trained very hard, but before the competition I was very very nervous,” said Capellan who will still compete in vault on Wednesday.Already he is thinking of his training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “We are forming a team for the Olympic training,” he said.His coach Aldrin Castaneda said Capellan and Vergara are being groomed to form that training team.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Bata, dela Cruz bow out in English billiards Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments