LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville judge scolded jail officials for bringing a female inmate to court without a jail jumpsuit and, it appeared, with no pants.
On Friday’s courtroom video recording, an attorney for the woman tells Judge Amber Wolf the jail refused to give her client pants or hygiene products.
WDRB-TV reports the woman was jailed for not completing a diversion program for shoplifting. She said she had been held for days without pants.
An angry Wolf phoned jail officials during the hearing and demanded an explanation.
Jail officials say the woman was wearing shorts hidden by a long shirt. Steve Durham, a jail spokesman, said she wasn’t in custody long enough to be given a jumpsuit.
Wolf apologized to the woman and released her with time served and a $100 fine.
Information from: WDRB-TV, http://www.fox41.com
CHICAGO (AP) — Leonys Martin hit a go-ahead, two-run double off new Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over Chicago 4-1 Saturday.
Wade Miley (7-8) took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before allowing Kris Bryant’s single and Javier Baez’s RBI groundout.
Jake Arrieta (12-5) walked Mike Zunino and Shawn O’Malley starting the eighth, pinch-hitter Luis Sardinas sacrificed against Hector Rondon, and Nori Aoki grounded to third, where Bryant threw out pinch-runner Guillermo Heredia at the plate, a call upheld in a video review.
Making his third appearance for the Cubs since he was acquired from the New York Yankees, Chapman allowed Martin’s double to left-center on a 99.6 mph pitch, which put Seattle ahead 2-1.
Martin stole third and scored on a wild pitch, and Seattle added a run in the ninth when shortstop Addison Russell threw high to first on Chris Iannetta’s two-out grounder, allowing Franklin Gutierrez to score from third.
Edwin Diaz struck out pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler with two on to end the eighth. Steve Cishek worked around a hit in the ninth for his 25th save in 30 tries. Chicago had won its previous three games.
Arrieta (12-5) allowed two runs, two hits and three walks in seven-plus innings with four strikeouts. He fell to 0-3 with a 4.88 ERA in five starts during July.
Miley allowed one hit over seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts. He had lost his previous six starts since beating Cleveland on June 7.
Fowler initially was called out by plate umpire Lance Barrett on Baez’s grounder, but the call was overturned in a video review.
Mariners: RHP Nathan Karns (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list, a day after he allowed five runs during a two-inning relief appearance. RHP Cody Martin was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. . RHP Taijuan Walker (foot) is scheduled to throw five innings Monday in a rehab start for Tacoma.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (5-4) is to start the series finale Sunday night and Kyle Hendricks (9-7) is to start for the Cubs. Maddon said it was possible Hendricks would have his start pushed back to give everyone in the rotation extra rest.
BRZEGI, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people who gathered in a sprawling Polish meadow to reject being a “couch potato” who retreats into video games and computer screens and instead engage in social activism and politics to create a more just world.
Peppering his speech with contemporary lingo, the 79-year-old pope, despite a long day of public appearances, addressed his eager audience with enthusiasm Saturday on a warm summer night.
Francis spoke of a paralysis that comes from merely seeking convenience, from confusing happiness with a complacent way of life that could end up depriving people of the ability to determine their own fates.
“Dear young people, we didn’t come into this world to ‘vegetate,” to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: To leave a mark,” Francis told a crowd that Polish media estimated at over 1 million in a huge field in Brzegi, a village outside the southern city of Krakow.
Organizers said 1.6 million people came to hear the pope Saturday night, but police did not give a crowd estimate.
Francis decried a modern escapism into consumerism and computers that isolates people. The same message ran through a ballet performance at the site before his speech: a lonely woman seeks human connections but is rebuffed by people on computer tablets and cellphones until one man emerges from behind a see-through barrier to connect.
For Francis, Jesus is the “Lord of risk … not the Lord of comfort, security and ease.”
“Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths,” Francis said.
He challenged his sea of listeners, spread out on blankets, to make their mark on the world by becoming engaged as “politicians, thinkers, social activists” and to help build a world economy that is “inspired by solidarity.”
“The times we live in do not call for young ‘couch potatoes,'” he said to applause, “but for young people with shoes, or better, boots laced.”
Like a politician working a crowd, Francis yelled out to his audience: “You want others to decide your future?” When he didn’t get the rousing “No!” he was going for, he tried for a “Yes.”
“You want to fight for your future?” he asked.
“Yes!” they roared.
“The pope does not order us to do things, he encourages us,” Szymon Werner, a 32-year-old from Krakow who was at the meadow, told The Associated Press. “It’s true, there are many temptations, weaknesses in life and we should try to do something about them.”
“I will give more attention to my family,” he vowed. “Last night, I gave a lift to some foreign pilgrims who missed their bus — so I think the pope’s presence is working!”
Francis’ evening appeal came hours after he celebrated a Mass with priests, nuns and young seminarians whom he also urged to leave their comfort zones and tend to the needy in the world. He said Jesus wants the church “to be a church on the move, a church that goes out into the world.”
That homily came at a shrine dedicated to St. John Paul II, the Polish pontiff whose staunch defense of workers’ rights in the 1970s and ’80s challenged his nation’s then-Communist rulers.
A year after John Paul II was elected pope in 1978, he returned to his homeland, urging millions of his beleaguered compatriots behind the Iron Curtain — in nuanced and coded words — to oppose communism and defend individual freedoms. That visit inspired the birth of Solidarity, a labor movement that eventually became a key factor in the collapse of communism in 1989 in Poland and throughout Eastern Europe.
Francis has carried a grueling schedule since arriving in Poland on Wednesday, making his first-ever visit to Eastern Europe. On Friday he visited the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he met with concentration camp survivors as well as aging saviors who helped Jews escape certain doom.
The pope ends his visit to Poland on Sunday after a Mass in the same meadow in Brzegi, the crowning event of this year’s world jamboree for young Catholics.
D’Emilio reported from Krakow; Vanessa Gera in Warsaw contributed to this report.
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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz had just finished walking in a July 4th parade when her assistant told her a central Illinois man had been arrested on suspicion of burning an American flag.
Rietz said she knew “immediately” that the Urbana Police Department needed to release Bryton Mellott, who posted a video of the act on Facebook and whom police initially said they arrested to protect from threats. The state law used to jail him, though clear in its prohibition of desecrating either the U.S. or state flags, is unconstitutional.
An Associated Press analysis shows at least 40 states still have flag-desecration laws, punishing those who burn or otherwise damage U.S. and, in most cases, state flags with fines or even jail time. A handful of Southern states extend that protection to Confederate flags. Yet, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in separate cases in 1989 and 1990 that flag burning and other forms of damage are constitutionally protected free speech.
Most people who burn flags in protest, like those outside of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this month, are not arrested. But at least eight people have been arrested since 2007 for things such as burning a flag while walking in traffic and hanging a torn flag from a tree. And there appears to be little political motivation to change or do away with the flag-desecration laws, an act for which some voters might punish them.
“Inevitably someone who is not schooled in Supreme Court decisions reads the statute book and says, ‘Hey, let’s take this guy in,'” said Ken Paulson, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University and president of the First Amendment Center. He argues the laws need to be repealed, saying, “Otherwise innocent people will be arrested.”
Arkansas, Connecticut, Missouri, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are the only states to have taken any kind of action to get rid of their flag-desecration laws, while Alaska, Wyoming and Wisconsin have no such laws.
“I can tell you that some of the emails and messages that I’ve received, I’ll kindly say (they are) passionate,” Rietz said of the response to the Urbana man’s arrest. “I can see where a legislator might not want to vote against this kind of a statute or take action on it.”
Maryland State Delegate Eric Bromwell recently sponsored and pushed through legislation amending state law to allow flag-themed commercial products and events, something that his fellow lawmakers were nervous about because they thought it might affect its prohibition on flag desecration.
“People were very careful when they signed onto the bill when I was looking for co-sponsors. The question came up with every turn,” the self-described conservative Democrat said.
Flags are regularly burned around the country as parts of protests, such as in Cleveland. Though there were some arrests, no one was charged under Ohio’s flag-desecration law, and Police Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson talked afterward about flag-burning as a form of free speech.
But, as Paulson said, the laws do sometimes land people in jail. An 18-year-old Maryland woman was charged in 2009 with flag desecration after walking in traffic with a burning flag. The charge was eventually dropped. And in 2013, a Pennsylvania man was jailed for several days after police accused him of hanging a torn, cut American flag from a tree, though a prosecutor declined to pursue the charge.
This July 4th, there were two arrests for alleged flag desecration half a country apart.
An 18-year-old New Orleans woman was jailed overnight for a number of alleged offenses, among them taking a Confederate flag from a home; Louisiana’s flag-desecration law includes Confederate flags. Court records indicate she has not yet been formally charged, a decision that won’t be made until her scheduled court appearance on Aug. 18.
Meanwhile, Mellott was taken into custody after posting a video to Facebook of him burning an American flag. He wrote that he was ashamed of his country because of its treatment of the poor, minorities and homosexuals. Some of the responses to his post included threats, and Urbana police initially said they took Mellott into custody to protect him.
Neither Mellott nor Urbana police responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press, but Rietz believes police arrested him with “the best of intentions.”
“I certainly would have preferred that they call us first instead of afterward,” she said, adding that she would like to see lawmakers change or repeal Illinois’ law.
Associated Press writers Brian Witte in Annapolis, Maryland, and Michael R. Sisak in Cleveland contributed to this report.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Over the next few weeks, after long days of training camp on the practice fields of Missouri Western State University, Cairo Santos will return to his dorm room and hunker down in front of a TV.
He will flip the channel to the Rio Olympics and get lost in the pageantry.
You see, the only Brazilian playing in the NFL is as eager as anybody to see what kind of show his country puts on this August. The kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs knows better than most the many hurdles that have been overcome and the opportunity that Brazil has on the world stage.
“Unfortunately, Brazil has had that image of corruption for such a long time,” Santos said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But we are a country that has a lot of potential to be a great country, and we’re a country that’s fighting to be on the right track.”
The run-up to the Rio Olympics has been dominated by negative news: organized doping by Russian athletes, fears over the Zika virus, polluted water, the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, venue and housing issues, a noticeable uptick in crime across the seaside city.
Many of these issues, Santos said, have been part of Brazilian life long before Rio was awarded the first Olympics in South America. It’s just that now the world’s attention is on the city, a glossy facade portrayed by tour operators has been pulled back to reveal a less savory underbelly.
Unemployment is a problem. So is homelessness, organized crime and other social issues.
“Security is the main concern,” said Santos, who spent time this past offseason in Rio and Sao Paulo, where his family lives and some of the Olympic soccer matches will take place.
“I wouldn’t suggest being by yourself, at night especially,” he said. “The Olympic villages, near Copacabana and stuff, there’s Olympic sites everywhere. That’s where the action is. Just being around there is the best place, where the police will be — where the crowd will be.”
Like most Brazilians, Santos grew up playing soccer. He didn’t start playing football until he moved to Florida as a foreign exchange student and his high school needed a kicker, and then he played the “Madden” video game so he could learn the rules.
He was so good at kicking oblong balls through uprights that he earned a scholarship to Tulane.
After winning the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best college kicker, Santos was signed by Kansas City. The 24-year-old went to training camp in 2014 and competed against Ryan Succop, the most accurate kicker in Chiefs’ history, before eventually winning the starting job.
In his first two seasons, he has made 55 of 67 field-goal attempts and missed just two extra points.
Santos’s success has quickly endeared him to Kansas City fans, but it also has made him a hero in Brazil. Very few people follow the NFL, but those who manage to catch games on satellite TV generally root for the Chiefs because of their kicker.
Santos was mobbed everywhere he went during his trip home this offseason: his elementary school in Brasilia, the local TV stations where he was interviewed, his first “Cairo Camp” in Sao Paulo.
He even hobnobbed with Brazilian mixed martial arts star Jose Aldo.
Most of his trips took him to the glitzy areas of Brazil, but Santos knows well what the living conditions are like in the many slums — called favelas — that dot the countryside.
He wonders how much of the Olympics will touch the people struggling to make ends meet.
Those images probably won’t show up when he flips on the TV at night at training camp. Instead, he will see the best of Rio — Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, the panoramic vistas.
Asked what he is most interested in, Santos gave a predictable answer: “I’m always curious about the soccer team. They’ve never gotten gold. Hopefully redeem ourselves from the World Cup fiasco (where Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the semifinals, then lost the third-place match to the Netherlands).
“But I’m also excited to see how they’ll deal with having the entire world’s attention on us,” Santos said, “and how we’re going to organize such a beautiful event like that. It’s a good opportunity for our country to grow and change our image.”
SCITUATE, R.I. (AP) — An investigation into former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s failed video game company, 38 Studios, has resulted in no criminal charges, authorities announced Friday.
The yearslong investigation found “no provable criminal violations” of state law, according to a report released by the state police and the state attorney general’s office. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and state police Col. Steven G. O’Donnell said there was not enough evidence and probable cause to bring charges.
“At the end of the day, justice is getting the right result under the law, which is not necessarily the popular result,” Kilmartin said. “Bad politics, bad public policy, bad business decisions simply do not always rise to the level of criminal conduct.”
O’Donnell said there were many ways the 38 Studios deal was problematic, starting with the way lawmakers pushed through the legislation used to finance the deal, which he said was not transparent. He also said those involved in the deal didn’t do their due diligence, partly because of the state’s poor economy and Schilling’s celebrity status. But he said those factors were not enough to bring charges.
The former ballplayer’s company relocated to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 in exchange for a $75 million state loan guarantee. The company went bankrupt less than two years later, leaving taxpayers on the hook.
Schilling reacted on Twitter, telling WPRI-TV he was “disgusted” that authorities investigating the failed deal with his video game company were sent on a “witch hunt” and telling WPRO-AM that company executives “didn’t do anything wrong but fail at business.”
Schilling, who also played for the Baltimore Orioles, the Houston Astros, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks before ending his career with Boston in 2007, has said 38 Studios fully disclosed its financial condition to the state.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has no plans to call for an additional investigation and continues to support all efforts to recover as much taxpayer money as possible, a spokeswoman said.
An attorney representing two former 38 Studios executives, board member Thomas Zaccagnino and chief financial officer Richard Wester, said they fully cooperated with the police investigation.
“We are not surprised that the state police found no wrongdoing on behalf of my clients … after what we understood to be a fairly thorough investigation,” attorney Michael Connolly said.
Two civil actions are pending. One, a lawsuit brought in state court by the state’s economic development agency, names Schilling and several others involved in the deal. That case has netted nearly $17 million in settlements.
In March, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed in federal court a civil complaint that accuses the economic development agency and a bank of defrauding investors.
The criminal probe has been going on since 2012 and involved two grand juries, interviews of nearly 150 people and tens of thousands of documents. Kilmartin said prosecutors ultimately determined they did not have enough evidence to ask a grand jury for an indictment.
The U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI in 2012 ended a federal investigation into the deal after determining there were no violations of federal criminal laws, including bank fraud.
Still, Kilmartin said the investigation was not closed and if more evidence is brought forward in the civil lawsuit investigators will consider it.
Kilmartin and O’Donnell said their findings are not expected to have any bearing on the state economic development agency’s lawsuit in the matter, which is scheduled to go to trial in the fall. Max Wistow, who represents the state agency, noted that there is a higher threshold to find probable cause in criminal cases.
Associated Press writers Matt O’Brien and Jennifer McDermott contributed to this report from Providence.