The Pennsylvania G.O.P. makes another filing to the Supreme Court on the handling of mailed ballots.

first_imgThe Pennsylvania Republican Party asked the Supreme Court on Friday to order state election officials to separate mailed ballots that arrived after Election Day from other mailed ballots.The party’s emergency application acknowledged that Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already ordered county election officials to do so, but it said it could not be sure that the officials had all complied.- Advertisement – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that ballots sent before Election Day can be counted if they arrive up to three days after Nov. 3. On two occasions, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case, though several justices expressed doubts about the state court’s power to override the State Legislature, which had set an Election Day deadline for receiving mailed ballots.The party’s emergency application seemed to be taking a belt-and-suspenders approach.“If county election boards count and do not segregate late-arriving ballots,” the new filing said, “it could become impossible for this court to repair election results tainted by illegally and untimely cast or mailed ballots.” – Advertisement – If Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic candidate, maintains his lead in Pennsylvania without the late-arriving ballots then the question would become academic. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Without LeBron James, Lakers fizzle against Rockets

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Before the game, Coach Frank Vogel described a new starting lineup with Davis at center, Kuzma at power forward and Quinn Cook at point guard as something he “wanted to play around with” after the Lakers’ last loss to the Rockets on Feb. 6. But regular center JaVale McGee was also inactive via a coaching decision, and he cheered from the bench while wearing sweatpants and sandals.The team also had a goal to give Markieff Morris, Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith more foothold with their new teammates. While they certainly played more minutes, it was arguable how valuable those minutes were: They combined for just 4 for 17 shooting.Talen Horton-Tucker, a little-used rookie from Iowa State, earned his first NBA points and finished with 10.Vogel said while his team is shooting the lowest percentage of any of the 22 bubble teams from 3-point range, he believed that a regression to the mean is coming.“I do believe in percentages, I do believe in guys trusting in the work they’re putting in,” he said. “The law of averages plays out. And I’m OK getting all these misses out of the way now.” “They want you to shoot turnarounds,” Kuzma said of the Rockets, “they want you to shoot threes because they’re small, and you just got to pound them inside. It worked for us, but not enough.”Rather than reversing their chilly 3-point shooting trend, the Lakers largely ignored it. They had a 13-minute stretch where they attempted none at all. This was a considerable concession to the Rockets, who knocked down 21 of their 57 attempts from distance.The game was its most interesting during a five-minute stretch that saw the Lakers on a 10-0 run that tightened the game to 94-87. But Harden broke the Rockets out of the jam with a contested run to the rim, and then three unanswered 3-pointers later, the rally was over.The Lakers said James was out with right groin soreness, which has periodically flared up throughout the last year-and-a-half, but has also served as a go-to explanation for an abundance of caution, especially on back-to-backs. Alex Caruso also missed the game with neck soreness. During a hard fall on Wednesday night against the Thunder, Caruso appeared to grab his neck and wince with discomfort.The James-Caruso duo, the Lakers’ chief table-setters, were sorely missed as possessions were often one-man affairs, or wound up with turnovers. The Lakers finished with 24 turnovers to just 18 assists.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPreviousThe Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) blocks the shot of Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets forward Ben McLemore, right, fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) who makes a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, leaps to shoot while defended by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, center top, gestures to his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker (5) shoots in front of Houston Rockets guard Chris Clemons (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) holds the ball while defended by Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) takes a backward shot against the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, center, reacts before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)NextShow Caption1 of 13Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, passes the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, and forward Anthony Davis, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)Expand“Offensively, we haven’t been great,” Danny Green said. “Everybody knows that.”Rockets guard James Harden starred even without backcourt mate Russell Westbrook (right quad contusion), skating into the lane with relative ease and splashing five 3-pointers. Harden finished with a game-high 39 points and 12 assists.The Lakers attempted to funnel their aggression into the lane, outscoring small-ball Houston in the paint 58-30. But while Anthony Davis muscled his way inside for 17 points and 12 rebounds, he also was swarmed, giving up seven turnovers without James to draw away defensive attention.Davis did not speak to the media following the game.Kyle Kuzma, who was in the starting lineup, finished with a team-best 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting to continue a good stretch of play in the bubble. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There might come a time when Rockets-Lakers is a playoff series, pitting some of the NBA’s most vibrant stars and two extremely divergent basketball philosophies at odds.Thursday’s game between those teams offered very little insight into what that matchup might look like.Without LeBron James or any discernible sense of cohesion, the Lakers lost a 113-97 match to Houston that brought them closer to the playoffs, but no closer to the team they want to be when the postseason arrives.While the Lakers have talked about trying to sharpen their play in the remaining seeding games, they haven’t built confidence with a 2-3 record in the restart: The Lakers finished Thursday’s game just 2 for 19 from deep, their worst mark yet in five games.last_img read more

Bruh moment of 25th November 2019: AS Roma’s official Twitter account trolls Manchester United…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TwitterAdvertisement 58rv0oNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vshv0aWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejybpa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5cq5Would you ever consider trying this?😱b5jxzCan your students do this? 🌚dxkmuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yesterday had been amazing for both AS Roma and Chris Smalling. The ex Manchester United defender scored the opener, and also provided two assists as Roma thrashed Brescia at home. The enjoyment didn’t stop as the club pulled a light jab at Smalling’s former side on Twitter.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterThe Red Devils ended the match day in all disappointment, as they newly promoted Sheffield United managed to make a 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane. Meanwhile, as the Twitter hand of Bleacher Report Football was cherishing Roma’s victory and their center back’s marvellous performance, one United supporter came and called Serie A ‘farmers league. But, Roma’s social media executives promptly jumped on work.Check out the tweet made by the club below-Advertisement One twitter user named Raven replied to the tweet by saying: “I repeat Manchester United was the problem” suggesting it was the best decision for Smalling to swap sides. However, one user named Fini replied: “Italy is farmer league” implying the Serie A is easier and the reason why the 30 year old English center back is doing better.Below here is the whole conversation-Roma’s Twitter admin posted screenshots of the convo, and added in a tweet from Sheffield United’s official Twitter handle, poking at Solskjær’s side and its fans for not being able to secure a victory against them.Here is the tweet by Sheffield-This tweet was posted as Sheffield striker Oli McBurnie netted in the equalizer in the 90th minute as they were trailing behind 2-3. Advertisementlast_img read more

Crooked connections

first_imgThe same day the Levine bill was signed into law in October 2005, the LAUSD announced its contract with SAP. Coincidence? Of course not. Nothing this convoluted and connected could be mere happenstance. But its sheer complexity is perhaps what school officials are counting on for insulation. Who can work up a proper froth when the details are so mind-numbing? Who bears the blame when so many people are involved – school officials, the school board, SAP, Levine and lobbyists at Rose & Kindel. With responsibility for the corruption spread so far and wide, no one has to bear the brunt of it. But that doesn’t help the thousands of employees who have missed mortgage payments and other important bills. And it’s little consolation to taxpayers, who pick up the tab for what the district spends daily to deal with the glitch. School officials say they might seek legal action against the suppliers for the faulty system, which is fine, but doesn’t the district share culpability for allowing politics to dictate contracting decisions? Sadly, this labyrinthine tale of government mismanagement and waste isn’t the first time the school district has failed to serve the public’s interest. And it’s unlikely it will be the last. The onus is now on new Superintendent David Brewer III – a self-described change agent – to clean up the mess caused by years of cronyism. And if he can’t do it, it will be all the more reason to support the mayor’s quest for school control. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That may seem like an odd choice – until one considers the connection factor. The lobbying firm Rose & Kindel represents the LAUSD’s interests in Sacramento. The firm, it turns out, was also representing SAP at the very same time – but never, everyone vows, did it lobby the LAUSD on SAP’s behalf. That would have been wrong. It gets worse. At the same time the two clients of Rose & Kindel were involved in the bidding process for a new district payroll system, the firm was pushing legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, that would allow the LAUSD to waive state rules requiring it to accept the lowest bid for contracts. In other words, a bill that would allow the LAUSD to accept SAP’s payroll bid, even though it wasn’t the lowest one submitted. And heck if it wasn’t timely. WHEN it comes to working up outrage over the LAUSD’s payroll disaster, it’s hard to know where to start or whom to blame first. First, there’s the obvious problem that the Los Angeles Unified School District paid $95 million for a new computerized payroll system that doesn’t work. More than 10,000 employees have been without paychecks for more than two weeks. But this deal was rotten long before the payroll system left employees in financial straits. Indeed, it has more to do with the generally crooked state of affairs called government contracting in Los Angeles. This particular bad deal began in 2005, when the LAUSD went out to bid for a new computerized payroll system. Instead of taking the lowest – or even least problematic – bid, district officials chose one put forth by SAP Public Services, which has a history of problems at other schools in other states. last_img read more