first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — More than 500 reports of severe weather over the weekend included three tornadoes — two in South Dakota, one in Illinois — and wind gusts of more than 75 mph in Iowa and Minnesota, which also saw baseball-sized hail. A person in Fairfield, Connecticut, died when a thunderstorm with gusts of more than 70 mph knocked a tree onto a vehicle. Strong storms dumped more than 3 inches of rain in West Virginia, which experienced flash flooding.The severe weather in the Midwest is being caused by a stationary front from Colorado to Wisconsin to Indiana. Storms were still firing along this frontal boundary Monday morning and moving slowly, meaning there’s a chance for excessive rainfall and flash flooding during the morning across Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.After a brief break from the storms, they’ll likely begin firing again along this boundary later Monday afternoon and into the night, from Eastern Colorado to Wisconsin. There’s a slight risk parts of the Upper Midwest will see strong winds, large hail or brief tornadoes.South of the stationary front, summer heat lingers although it’s less severe than temperatures from the weekend. Heat Index values will be in the 90s from the Plains to parts of the Southeast, however, this warm air is only slightly above average for this time of the year for most of the region.The core of the heat will begin to become more concentrated on the Southeast and mid-Atlantic over the next few days, with the Heat Index values across parts of the Southeast on Monday possibly exceeding 105 degrees.By Wednesday, much of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic are expecting Heat Index values above 100 degrees, which by Thursday could exceed 110 degrees in some parts.Some of this heat will try to nudge northward into parts of the Northeast and southern New England, pushing temperatures into the 90s in cities including Washington and Philadelphia. New York may see highs of just below 90 degrees, preventing a second heat wave there.In the buildup to the holiday weekend, humidity will be higher than normal in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with the hot and steam conditions possibly leading to afternoon or evening thunderstorms.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgDominion Post 8 April 2013It is an empty argument to say that gay couples deserve equal legal recognition, Rex Ahdar says.The catchcry of same-sex marriage proponents is “equality”: gay couples have a right to equal treatment and to deny them legal marriage is blatant discrimination.Yet this claim deflects attention from the real issue: what is the true nature of marriage?Two rival visions jostle for supremacy. The conjugal model says marriage is a lifelong union between a man and a woman. The partnership model says marriage is a contract between committed loving couples.Conjugal marriage is a comprehensive union (mental and physical, emotional and sexual) of a man and a woman.Marriage has a true essence, a fundamental core; it is a real phenomenon, not just a human invention or convention.A crocodile is a crocodile, a tree is a tree, a river is a river. We did not invent crocodiles, we simply discovered them and named them. We can call a hippopotamus a crocodile if we want but that does not change its essential nature.All it does is lead to confusion.Marriage is a pre-political institution.States recognise marriage; they do not invent it. States value the institution in which men and women commit indefinitely and exclusively to each other and to the children their sexual union commonly (but not invariably) produces.Gay marriage proponents will argue that defines marriage so as to exclude gay couples, a neat trick that fools no- one.Not so. Recall their key claim: gay couples deserve equal legal recognition.That is an empty argument. To insist upon equality is to require that “like things be treated alike”.So X and Y should be treated equally for X and Y are alike. But we need to know in what respects X is like Y and whether these characteristics are morally valid before we can be confident that they merit equal treatment.We must have a standard for deciding which characteristics count and which don’t.Is gay (partnership) marriage “like” conjugal marriage?In some respects, yes: both may involve monogamous couples who have a deep commitment to each other.Both can express this commitment in a sexual fashion and raise children (if any) in a caring way.In other respects, however, the answer is no: lacking sexual complementarity, gay couples cannot achieve complete sexual bodily union.And lacking reproductive capability they cannot be biological parents.They can nurture children but they cannot provide the example that a father and a mother can, the intangible things that only a father and a mother can supply. They lack the inherent structure to rear well-rounded, psychologically secure children. ank” href=”http://ad-apac.doubleclick.net/6k%3Bh%3Dv8/3dbd/3/0/%2a/g%3B270806211%3B1-0%3B1%3B63296715%3B4307-300/250%3B53751625/53665063/1%3Bu%3D39568527374945662284310030002981736964%3B%7Eaopt%3D2/1/49/2%3B%7Esscs%3D%3fhttp://bs.serving-sys.com/BurstingPipe/adServer.bs?cn=tf&c=20&mc=click&pli=6695130&PluID=0&ord=879979″> read more

first_imgIn this June 24, 1961, file photo, Villanova sprinter Frank Budd, right, is congratulated by coach James Elliott after winning the 100-yard dash at the National AAU track and field championships in New York, with a world record time of 9.2 seconds. B(AP Photo/File)MARLTON, N.J. (AP) — Olympic sprinter and former 100-yard dash world record-holder Frank Budd died this week at 74.Daughter Anitra Speight confirmed that he died Tuesday in Marlton. She said it was of natural causes.Budd placed fifth in the 100 meters at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and also ran on the U.S. 100-meter relay team, which won preliminary rounds but was disqualified in the final after Budd handed off the baton outside the passing zone. Had the result stood, it would have been a world-record relay time.The next year, while still a student at Villanova University outside Philadelphia, Budd set world records in the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard straight and was a member of a world record 4×100 relay team.The 100-yard dash record, which gave him the unofficial title of world’s fastest man, came at a meet on New York City’s Randall’s Island. The record was later broken by two other Americans, Bob Hayes and then Ivory Crockett. Records in the event, which is a bit shorter than the sanctioned 100 meters, stopped being recognized internationally in 1976.The Asbury Park native also won NCAA and AAU championships in track.Despite not playing football at Villanova, Budd was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1962 and played wide receiver for one year, followed by a season with the Washington Redskins, then three for the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders. When he entered professional football, it ended Budd’s international track career.Budd later worked for the New Jersey Department of Corrections and retired in 2002. At the end of his life, he lived in Mount Laurel, a Philadelphia suburb.Services are scheduled for Monday on the Villanova campus.He is survived by wife Barbara, two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.last_img read more

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the pitch this week to play host to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships beginning Thursday at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch.Some of the games are also being played in Castlegar.The Bombers, defending BC Champs, play a round-robin draw in the pool with DW Poppey of Langley, St. Michael’s University from Victoria and Nechako Valley of Vanderhoof. First game is Thursday morning at 8 a.m. when LVR meets soccer heavyweight St. Michael’s University.LVR then plays Nechako Valley at 2 p.m. before concluding the round robin format Friday at 10 a.m. against DW Poppey.The top team in each of the four pools of play advance to the semi final round of the tournament.The Championship goes at 2 p.m. Saturday.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Bombers with Team of the Week honours.The team includes coaches Chuck Bennett and Paul Burkart and players Grace Dehnel, Julia Burkart, Noa Butterfield, Jessemyn Vandonselaar, Megan Tenant, Laurel Halleran, Amy Hodgson, Ashley Hall, Sofia Arcuri, Ruby Sereight, McKenna Bennett, Maya Ida, Rylee Zondervan, Mattea Lorenzo, Emily Taylor, Hanna Quinn, Emma Wheeldon, Taylor Zimmer, Shianne Michalchuk and Bella Guderyan. Manager is Tanis Bouchier.last_img read more