UIW (3-0) looks to build on its season-opening sweep in the annual Alamo Irish Classic. The Cardinals face Notre Dame twice on Thursday and Friday, followed by matchups with Toledo and UTSA on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Week Two Notes (PDF) Pitcher of the Week – Luke Taggart, UIW – Senior – Starting Pitcher – Portland, TexasTaggart topped his previous career-high strikeout count of 10, set in the 2019 season opener, with 11 batters sat down on strikes this time around. He scattered five hits over eight frames and issued just one walk. Taggart was perfect in his first time through the order with four strikeouts. After surrendering leadoff hits in the sixth and seventh innings, he closed out his book with a 1-2-3 eighth inning, including a pair of strikeouts. Weyler was a driving force for the Cardinals’ offense in the opening weekend with multi-hit performances in each of LU’s three games against Rhode Island. He finished the series 7-for-11 (.636) with four RBI and a pair of extra-base hits. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar shortstop Kelby Weyler is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and UIW ace Luke Taggart earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. The Cardinals (2-1) hit the road for the first time against No. 22 Texas at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday before visiting former Southland Conference foe Texas State for a three-game slate, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Benny Ayala, Central Arkansas; Nate Fisbeck, McNeese; Lee Thomas, UIW. Honorable Mention: Will Dion, McNeese; Logan Hofmann, Northwestern State; Tanner Riley, Abilene Christian; Trey Shaffer, Southeastern Louisiana. After striking out 10 batters over seven innings in last season’s opener, Taggart literally one-upped both marks with a career-high 11 punchouts across eight innings in the Cardinals’ 5-0 win over Bradley on Friday. Hitter of the Week – Kelby Weyler, Lamar – Redshirt Sophomore – Shortstop – Village Mills, TexasThe Rice transfer made an immediate impact in his first at-bat in Lamar threads, reaching on a one-out double. In the seventh inning of the season opener, Weyler drew a walk and scored the first of six unanswered runs in the 7-3 victory. He sparked the Cardinal offense again in game two, knocking in the tying run as LU scored seven-straight to win 8-2. Weyler capped off his debut weekend with an RBI triple in the finale to give the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage in the fifth.
First Edition: October 8, 2012 Today’s headlines include reports and analysis from the campaign trail regarding both the presidential contest as well as House and Senate races. Kaiser Health News: Critical Decisions Await Patient, Family Members When Medicare Deadline LoomsKaiser Health News staff writer Sarah Varney, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: “When a spouse or parent signs up for Medicare, it is often perplexing – and unnerving – for the rest of the family who may have grown used to cushy employer-sponsored coverage. For example, young adults up to age 26, who were covered under their parent’s insurance, are no longer covered when their parent moves to Medicare” (Varney, 10/8). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Study: Most Seniors’ ER Visits Could Be AvoidedNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Phil Galewitz reports: “Nearly 60 percent of Medicare beneficiary visits to emergency rooms and 25 percent of their hospital admissions were ‘potentially preventable’– had patients received better care at home or in outpatient settings — according to results of a study released Friday by a congressional advisory board” (Galewitz, 10/5). Check out what else is on the blog.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy headlines, including reports about continued fact-checking regarding GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s health care claims made during the debate (10/7) as well as scene setters for this week’s vice presidential face-off (10/7).Los Angeles Times: Obama’s Healthcare Law: Historic Reform And Signature FailureAs the president seeks reelection, the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, stands as a historic achievement, ending a decades-long quest by Democrats — and some Republicans — to guarantee healthcare to all Americans. At the same time, Obama’s inability to bring the parties together represents a signature failure. The president, who promised to break Washington’s partisan stalemate, would sign the most consequential legislation in modern history passed by only one party (Levey, 10/6).The New York Times: Romney Works To Build Momentum In Florida, A State Critical To VictoryWith polls showing the race even tighter in Florida than in other battleground states, Mr. Romney tailored his message for maximum appeal, including by painting “Obamacare” as a threat to Florida seniors who rely on Medicare. The health care overhaul would mean “$44 billion of cuts right here in Florida” to Medicare, Mr. Romney said, offering an interpretation that Democrats strongly reject. He added that about “540,000 of our seniors that have Medicare Advantage would lose Medicare Advantage here in Florida” (Gabriel, 10/7).Los Angeles Times: Obama Chides Romney On Taxes But Acknowledges He Debated PoorlyPresident Obama mocked Mitt Romney on Sunday night for shifting his positions in the first nationally televised debate and added that his foe was not offering “change,” but a “relapse” to failed GOP policies. … In Florida, Romney sought to appeal to moderate voters by saying that he would do everything in his power “to make us more united as a people” and that, if elected president, he would seek out Democrats as legislative partners. Romney said he would try to find like-minded Democrats in Washington to work with him on issues like education, Medicare and taxes (Memoli and Mehta, 10/7).Los Angeles Times: Romney, Focusing On Crucial Florida, Shows A More Personal SideBoth campaigns have been appealing to seniors, who are among the highest-propensity voters here. During a visit to Jacksonville during the summer, Obama argued that Romney’s vow to repeal the Democrats’ new healthcare law would cause 200,000 Floridians to pay more for prescription drugs, and he accused Romney of trying to turn Medicare into a voucher program. … Romney accuses Obama of distorting his plan, noting that it would affect only those under 55, and that future seniors could choose traditional Medicare, though he has not been specific about their level of benefits. The former Massachusetts governor has focused on a $716-billion cut from Medicare to help pay for the new healthcare law (Reston, 10/6).The Associated Press: Senate Race Ads Focus On Medicare, Obamacare, DebtFor critical Senate races, Republicans are turning to the playbook that served them so well in the 2010 elections. They’re saturating the airwaves with political ads detailing the perils of “Obamacare” and the nation’s growing debt. Democrats have added Medicare to the equation, trying to make the case that revamping the government health care program for older people would virtually destroy it. … Each state has distinct differences that shape the messages of each race (Freking, 10/7).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Medicare Joins Obamacare And Debt Issues As Fodder For Senate Campaign AdsFor critical Senate races, Republicans are turning to the playbook that served them so well in the 2010 elections. They’re saturating the airwaves with political ads detailing the perils of “Obamacare” and the nation’s growing debt. Democrats have added Medicare to the equation, trying to make the case that revamping the government health care program for older people would virtually destroy it (10/7).The New York Times: A Feisty Debate Between Candidates In Connecticut Senate RaceThe mutual rebukes did not let up, even as the topics wound from tax policy to Medicare to the candidates’ personal finances. Each accused the other of dishonesty and of misleading voters. Several times, Ms. McMahon addressed her opponent directly, saying, “Shame on you.” Mr. Murphy, for his part, called on voters to ignore advertising from the McMahon campaign that he described as “personal attacks against me and my family and my wife” (Grynbaum, 10/7).Los Angeles Times: San Diego’s Bilbray-Peters Race Reflects New State Of PoliticsMuch like their parties’ presidential candidates, Bilbray and Peters each positions himself as the true defender of Medicare and blasts the other as supporting effectively killing the federal healthcare program for seniors. Although he avoids the word “voucher,” Bilbray says it is time to give younger Americans the chance to choose their own retirement medical plan, much like members of Congress. Medicare is headed for insolvency if the Democrats get their way, Bilbray says. The budget ideas of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the GOP’s vice presidential candidate, a plan that Bilbray endorses, would leave the elderly without decent healthcare by substituting vouchers, Peters told a backyard gathering in Coronado (Perry, 10/8).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Carmona Introduces Himself As Veteran, Cop And Doctor; GOP Introduces Him As Obama’s ManTime will tell which narrative proves most powerful with the state’s conservative-leaning voters, but Carmona’s eye-popping resume is giving Democrats hope that they can pull an upset in Arizona and deliver a devastating blow to the GOP’s prospects for winning control of the Senate. Democrats now enjoy an effective 53-47 edge in the Senate. With fewer than a dozen truly competitive races out there, flipping retiring Republican Sen. Jon Kyl’s Arizona seat would make it that much more difficult for the GOP to get to a majority (10/8).Los Angeles Times: A Sampling Of California’s New Health Insurance LawsGov. Jerry Brown signed into law last week a set of measures aimed at preparing California for coming changes in how consumers get healthcare insurance. Some of the laws: To head off deceptive marketing attempts, AB 1761 bans unauthorized individuals and businesses from claiming to represent the California Health Benefit Exchange, the new central marketplace for buying insurance that goes into effect in 2014. Beginning in 2014, under AB 792, Californians who lose their health insurance because of job loss, divorce or legal separation will receive information about reduced-cost plans available through the health exchange and no-cost coverage from Medi-Cal (Wilson, 10/7).The Associated Press/Washington Post: DC To Merge Individual Insurance Market With Small Businesses Under New Health Care LawSmall businesses in Washington will be required to buy employee health insurance through a city-run exchange beginning in 2014. The District of Columbia is combining its health care exchange markets for individuals and small businesses that have fewer than 50 employees. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to combine the health exchanges, despite opposition from businesses. Some said the exchange will lead to higher costs (10/6).The New York Times: Scant Oversight of Drug Maker in Fatal Meningitis OutbreakThe rising toll — 7 dead, 57 ill and thousands potentially exposed — has cast a harsh light on the loose regulations that legal experts say allowed a company to sell 17,676 vials of an unsafe drug to pain clinics in 23 states. … some doctors and clinics have turned away from major drug manufacturers and have taken their business to so-called compounding pharmacies, like New England Compounding, which mix up batches of drugs on their own, often for much lower prices than major manufacturers charge — and with little of the federal oversight of drug safety and quality that is routine for the big companies Grady, Pollack and Tavernise, 10/6). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. 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Black Lives Matter , Darren Williams , Philadelphia Police Family identifies man in custody shot & killed outside Linwood District court in Lower Chichester Township in Delaware County as 34-year-old Darren Williams, a husband & father from Chester@CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/iDnaXupw9a— Chantee Lans CBS Philadelphia (@ChanteeLans) June 28, 2019NAACP Statewide President Richard Smith expressed his doubt at the time of the shooting.“The cops always say they grabbed the gun or they try to get away or they have it or this and that, and when the story really comes out it’s different,” Smith said. Williams’ cousin called into “The Clay Cane Show” on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126 on Friday to help the story get more media attention.“They’re [police] trying to bury the story,” Linda Williams told Cane. “It’s horrible… they tased him, they beat him the night before.”She denied accusations that her cousin grabbed the officer’s gun.“That’s a lie. They said that he shot himself in the stomach,” Linda Williams said. “That’s one of the bullets that came from the back that came out of his stomach.”Listen to the clip below:CBS reported there was surveillance video of the altercation and there have been calls for that video to be released, which had not immediately happened.SEE ALSO:WTH? ‘Black Panther’ Writer Roxane Gay Was Not Invited To The Movie PremiereWhite Woman Accused Of Pretending To Be A Doctor In Africa Is Sued After ‘100 Babies’ DieEverything To Know About The Phoenix Police Department’s Culture Of Racism And Corruption Where All The Presidential Candidates Stand On Reparations, In Their Own Words Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family Sadly, there are so many shootings of unarmed Black men that a lot of them fly under the media’s radar. The death of Darren Williams from Chester, Pennsylvania, which is right outside of Philadelphia, may not be a readily recognizable police shooting, but that could be because cops are saying he shot himself.See Also: This Colin Kaepernick Retweet Says Everything You Need To Know About The NFL Players’ Anthem GrievanceAccording to CBS, Williams, 34, was shot around 10:40 a.m. by police on June 28. The cops claimed he grabbed an officer’s gun and shot himself in a courthouse parking lot. Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun “Kat” Copeland said the incident happened after Williams was arraigned. Following the hearing, according to Copeland, a local police officer and constable returned to the cell to get Williams, who allegedly shoved the door open and pushed past them. Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist More By NewsOne Staff AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMore6Share to EmailEmailEmail The police claim Williams was at court because he was arrested the night before for DUI and driving recklessly at a high rate of speed. CBS also reported that “The DA added that Williams stole his girlfriend’s vehicle and threatened to kill her.”One eyewitness said Williams was restrained when he was shot.“The officers, when they ran up to him, the white officer was closed-fist punching the Black guy,” Amanda Norton said. “They finally restrained him to the ground, tased him twice with the stun gun. They had him on his stomach side and they said that the gentleman tried to reach for the gun. I saw the whole thing. How could he reach for the gun when he’s restrained and he can’t move? He did not try to reach for the gun and the other sheriff shot him twice in the back. It’s wrong, black lives matter and what happened right now with these cops was uncalled for.”Copeland denied the eyewitness account. A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’