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    You did it, Michelle.' Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly spoke those words to his late wife in an Instagram video on Wednesday. Finally, an arrest had been made in the case of the Golden State Killer, a moniker Michelle McNamara coined on her personal mission to catch a man responsible for at least 12 killings and 50 rapes throughout California in the 1970s and 80s. McNamara died in her sleep at 46 in April 2016. She had been in the middle of her hunt for the killer and her book, 'I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.' Oswalt helped finish the book after McNamara's death. It became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. On Wednesday, authorities announced that a DNA match led them to arrest the Golden State Killer, who they identified as Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer. 'This is insane,' Oswalt said in another Instagram video when he first learned of the arrest. 'Full-tilt freak-out in effect.' He and McNamara's fans were crediting the late sleuth's years of dogged work with helping solve the crime and were disappointed when police didn't give her credit at a news conference announcing the arrest. Asked specifically about whether McNamara's book helped solve the case, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said his office had gotten that question 'from literally all over the world in the last 24 hours.' 'And the answer is no,' he said. 'It kept interest in tips coming in. Other than that there was no information extracted from that book that directly led to the apprehension.' On Instagram, Oswalt said: 'Even though the cops are never going to say it, your book helped get this thing closed.' McNamara 'didn't care about getting any shine on herself,' Oswalt wrote on Twitter, comparing her to Frances McDormand's unassuming Detective Marge Gunderson in the 1996 film 'Fargo.' 'She kept coming at him,' Oswalt said. McNamara wrote in her book that she became interested in cold cases as a 14-year-old girl when a neighbor's murder went unsolved. She also wrote about why and how the Golden State Killer case became her obsession later in life. 'The hook for me was that the case seemed solvable,' she wrote. 'Curiosity turned to clawing hunger. I was on the hunt.' When DeAngelo was arrested, Sheriff Jones said officers simply waited for him to walk outside his house. 'He was very surprised by that,' Jones said. 'It looked as though he might have been searching his mind to execute a particular plan he may have had in mind ... but he was not given the opportunity. It happened almost instantly and he was taken into custody without incident at all.' Oswalt and McNamara's fans couldn't help but notice the parallels with DeAngelo's arrest and how her book ends, with a message directly to the Golden State Killer. 'The doorbell rings,' she wrote. 'This is how it ends for you. 'You'll be silent forever and I'll be gone in the dark,' you threatened a victim once. Open the door. Show us your face. Walk into the light.
  • A victim of a notorious California serial killer and rapist says she's overjoyed after learning police have arrested a man who could be responsible. Authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, identifying him as the 'East Area Rapist' responsible for killing at least 12 people and raping at least 45 in the 1970s and 1980s. Jane Carson-Sandler says she wants to speak to DeAngelo after being raped in her Citrus Heights, California, home in 1976. She remembers snuggling in her bed with her 3-year-old son when her house was broken into and she and the child were tied up. Bruce Harrington, whose brother and sister-in-law were killed in 1980, also applauded law enforcement's efforts to bring justice. Authorities believe the East Area Rapist killed the couple in their Orange County home.
  • President Donald Trump's personal attorney said Wednesday he will assert his constitutional right against self-incrimination in a civil case brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump. Michael Cohen has been asking a federal judge in Los Angeles to delay Stormy Daniels' case after FBI agents raided his home and office earlier this month, seeking records about a nondisclosure agreement Daniels signed days before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and has sued to invalidate the confidentiality agreement that prevents her discussing it. She's also suing Cohen, alleging defamation. Cohen sought to delay the civil case 90 days after the raid, arguing that his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination may be jeopardized if legal proceedings aren't stayed. But last week, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said there were 'gaping holes' in Cohen's request for a delay. Cohen's lawyer argued in court last week that because the criminal investigation overlaps with issues in the lawsuit, his client's right against self-incrimination could be adversely impacted because he won't be able to respond and defend himself. In a court filing on Wednesday, Cohen said that FBI agents had seized 'various electronic devices and documents in my possession' which contain information about the $130,000 Daniels was paid as part of the agreement. Agents also seized communications with his lawyer, Brent Blakely, about the civil case, Cohen said. Daniels has offered to return the $130,000 and argues the agreement is legally invalid because it was only signed by her and Cohen, not by Trump. Cohen will assert his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination 'in connection with all proceedings in this case,' he wrote. Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Cohen's filing was a 'stunning development.' 'Never before in our nation's history has the attorney for the sitting President invoked the 5th Amend in connection with issues surrounding the President,' he tweeted. ___ Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in Washington contributed to this report.
  • The Caesars Entertainment Corp. casino company says it plans to build a beachfront non-casino hotel in the Mexican city of Puerto Los Cabos. Company president and chief executive Mark Frissora announced Wednesday that the $200 million Caesars Palace resort will be the company's first Mexico property. Plans call for 500 rooms and suites, a 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) convention center, a spa, two golf courses, three restaurants and entertainment venues. It will be developed by Mexico-based Grupo Questro and managed by Caesars Entertainment in the Puerto Los Cabos tourist corridor and the San Jose del Cabo resort on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Las Vegas-based Caesars last week also announced plans to manage two non-casino hotels and a beach club in Dubai. They'll be the company's first non-casino resorts.
  • More than a dozen South Carolina corrections employees pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions, a case that was announced a week after a deadly prison riot. The indictments against 14 Department of Corrections employees, including 11 officers, include charges of racketeering, bribery and wire fraud, and in some cases are connected to actions that allegedly took place as long as three years ago. The indictments unsealed Wednesday don't detail how much the employees are accused of accepting in exchange for smuggling drugs, cellphones and phone accessories into state prisons. The defendants were jailed pending the resolution of bond for their federal charges. The indictments were unsealed a little more than a week after a deadly riot at Lee Correctional Institution left seven inmates dead — and just one day after the AP quoted several people connected to correctional institutions as saying that cellphones, drugs and other contraband were flowing into prisons around the state while officers turned a blind eye, or helped to smuggle them. South Carolina's Department of Corrections has long banned inmates from possessing cellphones, saying they pose a top security threat because they can help inmates commit crimes, such as coordinating drug distribution or plotting violent uprisings. Citing understaffing as one of his agency's top problems, Corrections Director Bryan Stirling has repeatedly asked for more funding to allow him to hire additional officers. Since taking over the agency in 2013, Stirling has been able to increase officer pay and opportunities to earn overtime. But an inmate, defense attorneys and a person familiar with the operations of South Carolina's correctional institutions all told the AP for its previous story that the problem is not a lack of officers, but the inattention or collusion of current officers that is behind the contraband problem. On Monday, Acting U.S. Attorney Beth Drake told reporters the agency 'is facing a crisis in contraband.' At a news conference Wednesday, authorities said the probe that resulted in the 14 arrests had begun in 2016 and remained ongoing, not saying if more arrests were expected. The employees included 11 corrections officers, as well as food service, grounds and medical staff at eight of the state's 21 different institutions. A person close to the investigation confirmed to AP that all of those charged Wednesday have also faced charges in state court. Some cases have been adjudicated, while others are still pending. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity due to not being permitted to speak publicly about the case. Some defense attorneys expressed frustration at the federal charges, saying their clients had thought their cases had ended with convictions in state court on similar charges. 'They thought they were done,' Lori Murray, who represents one of the officers charged, told reporters. 'They were very surprised when they were picked up this morning.' Murray said the timing of the charges was intended to send a message following the Lee riot that contraband smuggling won't be tolerated, an assertion Drake refuted. 'It's not linked to the riot. There's no causal effect,' Drake said. 'Corrections officers and other employees were accused of taking bribes to bring contraband into our corrections facilities, and it puts other corrections officers and staff at risk, and it puts community members at risk.' In recent years, the Corrections agency has spent millions installing netting around institutions to catch packages thrown over the fences; contracted with outside law enforcement officers to patrol outside the grounds, and repeatedly called on the Federal Communications Commission to allow them to jam cellphone signals, thereby rendering the devices useless. Stirling, who has several times testified about the issue, is set to travel to Washington next week for more meetings on the jamming issue. ___ Associated Press writer Jack Jones in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed to this report. ___ Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP . Read more of her work at https://apnews.com/search/meg%20kinnard .
  • About 130 Central Americans in a 'caravan' of asylum-seeking immigrants that drew President Donald Trump's fury has arrived in the Mexican city of Tijuana bordering the U.S. Two busloads of mostly women and children arrived late Tuesday at two migrant shelters steps away from one of the most fortified stretches of the U.S-Mexico border. Alex Mensing of the Pueblos Sin Fronteras caravan organizing group says about 200 more Central Americans were expected to reach Tijuana on Wednesday. Legal workshops are planned later to tell the Central Americans what to expect when they seek asylum. The first large group is expected to try to enter the United States on Sunday at the San Diego border crossing. Trump has portrayed the caravans and the asylum seekers as evidence of a dysfunctional border.
  • Republicans have known for months that their House majority is in genuine peril. But after another bruising showing in a special election, some in the party are reconsidering the once inconceivable notion of losing the Senate. It's a sobering possibility, particularly given Republican' confidence not long ago that they probably would increase their Senate edge after the November vote. Far more Democratic senators are facing re-election in states favorable to Republicans than the other way around. That's why the GOP held out hope of expanding its ranks and easing the path for President Donald Trump's agenda. Yet a Republican congressional victory Tuesday in the Phoenix suburbs has set off new alarm bells. Republican Debbie Lesko won the special House election by 6 percentage points, though Trump captured the district by 21 percentage points in 2016. GOP turnout dropped off, and unlike Republicans' shocking losses in a Pittsburgh-area House race and an Alabama Senate contest, there was no weak GOP nominee to blame in Arizona. The only explanation was the most worrisome for the GOP: Trump's presidency is activating Democrats and demoralizing some Republicans and if that trend continues, trouble is ahead. 'The first question is if Democrats can take the undeniably stronger turnout in most of these special elections ... and replicate that in the fall,' said Steven Law, a Republican operative running the Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee at the forefront of Republicans' November strategy. 'My guess is they will.' Democrats certainly have a steep climb and must do more than play defense to win the Senate majority. Even if they successfully protect all 26 incumbents — 24 Democrats and two independents who caucus with them — they still would have to pick up two seats. Arizona and Nevada are the most likely. For every Democratic loss among the 10 incumbents running in states where Trump won two years ago, Democrats would need to add another Republican pickup. That could leave them dependent on knocking off Republican Ted Cruz in Texas or winning in GOP-dominated Tennessee. Still, there are signs that seizing the Senate is no longer a pipe dream. Democratic incumbents are outpacing Republicans in fundraising. Of the 10 Democratic senators running in Trump-won states, nine are among the top 20 campaign fundraisers across all Senate candidates this election cycle. None of their potential Republican opponents has made that cut. The lone Democratic exclusion, West Virginia's Joe Manchin, ranks 31st, but that still puts him ahead of his potential GOP rivals. In fact, the top Republican Senate fundraisers for the cycle are Roy Moore and Luther Strange, the two Alabama Republicans who vied for the seat now held by Democrat Doug Jones. Cruz, the Texas senator, tops his Republican colleagues with $9.1 million for his re-election bid. But Democrat Beto O'Rourke, even with his underdog status, has taken in more than $13 million. In Missouri, where Claire McCaskill has been viewed as among the most vulnerable Democratic senators, the two-term incumbent had more than $11 million in her campaign account this month. That compares with $2 million for the Republican state attorney general, Josh Hawley. Republicans will have plenty of resources with independent groups and their wealthiest backers paying for advertising and voter outreach. But Democrats' performance among rank-and-file donors is just one more measure of voter enthusiasm. The Arizona race, in a conservative district northwest of downtown Phoenix, highlighted other Republican concerns. Republicans tried to turn the tax law into a shield. But the Democratic nominee, Hiral Tipirneni, didn't shy away from hammering Lesko as a lackey for national Republican leaders she said are intent on cutting health care services and Social Security. The GOP arguments apparently worked well enough for the party to hit its early voting targets in Arizona. But doing that and still winning by only 6 percentage points suggested that the rest of the electorate, including independents, broke solidly for Democrats. All 10 of the Democratic senators in Trump-carried states who are running for re-election voted against the GOP tax law. 'It wasn't that long ago that Republicans declared that the tax bill was going to solve most or all of their problems,' said Democratic pollster Zac McCrary. 'Now, even in ruby red Republican area, it's only exacerbated Republican problems, and they're just limping across the finish line in a district like this.' Increasingly bitter Republican primaries also magnify Democrats' early advantages. And beyond being forced to spend precious money now, several Republican primaries have become divisive and could leave the GOP base wounded in November. In Wisconsin, conservative businessman Kevin Nicholson is accusing his GOP opponent, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, of cuddling up to the party establishment and Gov. Scott Walker. The line of attack may work in a primary, but risks alienating Walker supporters later. In West Virginia, Republicans are mounting attacks on coal company CEO Don Blankenship, vying to face Manchin, for his role in the deadliest mine disaster in decades. In Nevada, where Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential race, Republican Dean Heller has been considered the most vulnerable GOP Senate incumbent. Heller's initial primary challenger, Danny Tarkanian, blasted him for defying Trump on trying to repeal the 2010 health care law and for resisting admitting he voted for Trump. Tarkanian has since left the Senate race to run for a House district, but Democrats argue Heller will bear the scars of the attacks as he also worked to mend fences with Trump, instead of reach out to swing voters. ___ Barrow reported from Atlanta and Beaumont from Des Moines, Iowa. Follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAP and https://twitter.com/TomBeaumont.
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has returned to the Capitol after another surgery stemming from last year's congressional baseball shooting, and he is eager to hit the campaign trail for the GOP majority. The Louisiana Republican told reporters he's anxious to get back on the ball field but still has a ways to go in recovery. He nearly died when a gunman opened fire on GOP lawmakers practicing for the annual game. He hopes last week's surgery was his last. Scalise was upbeat about fundraising for the midterms and is heading to Chicago next week to counter the Democratic haul from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. He says, 'She's surely not slowing down, and we can't either.' Scalise avoided questions about whether he'll run to replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan.
  • Authorities said Wednesday that a man confessed to knocking over about 120 headstones at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last year and that it doesn't seem to have been motivated by hatred. The vandalism at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City in February 2017 caused more than $30,000 in damage and drew widespread attention, with Vice President Mike Pence and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens visiting in the days after it happened. DNA from a jacket found at the cemetery led investigators Alzado Harris, of Florissant, who told investigators he was on drugs and was angry about some personal matter when he knocked over the tombstones, authorities said. Harris, 34, was jailed Wednesday on a charge of institutional vandalism. His bond was set at $20,000 and he doesn't have a lawyer yet. Harris 'stated he acted alone, was angry over a personal matter and was under the influence of drugs when he committed the offense,' University City police said in a news release. At a news conference, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Harris was sent to prison for 120 days in December for an unrelated burglary. His DNA was sampled and was determined last week to be a match with the discarded clothing. The crime occurred at about the same time Jewish centers across the country received bomb threats. McCulloch said the crime 'was not good timing on his (Harris') part,' but the fact that the cemetery was Jewish appeared to be coincidental. 'At this point it does not appear there was any anti-Semetic motive,' McCulloch said. During Pence's visit, he said there was 'no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism,' but that the community's response to the vandalism offered solace. The Jewish Federation raised nearly $250,000 to restore the cemetery, and Tarek El-Messidi, a Muslim social justice advocate from Philadelphia, helped raise another $160,000. The money was used in part to upgrade security at Chesed Shel Emeth and other Jewish cemeteries in the St. Louis region.
  • Lawyers for restaurant workers and restaurants in New York and Washington, D.C., are asking a federal appeals court in Manhattan to reinstate a lawsuit that claims President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution. The lawyers, saying the workers and restaurants compete with Trump's businesses, asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday to let their claims go forward. A lower-court judge tossed them out in December, saying it was too early to bring the claims and that it was an issue better left to Congress to resolve. 'Far from being premature, the plaintiffs' claims present an issue in urgent need of judicial review,' the lawyers wrote. 'Faced with flagrant, ongoing violations of the Constitution — violations causing them personal, economic injury — the plaintiffs are not required to wait and see if Congress takes action.' The lawyers wrote on appeal that Trump has acted unlawfully by accepting profits from foreign and domestic officials through his hotels and restaurants while in office. They said that's illegal unless Congress consents. They said he has consistently used his position to advertise his properties, in part by visiting one of them every three days on average. 'The President is engaging in illegal conduct that makes patronizing his hotels and restaurants more attractive to governmental officials. Businesses that compete with those properties therefore face intensified competition with respect to that class of customers,' said the lawyers, who represent nearly 200 restaurants and 25,000 restaurant employees, along with other plaintiffs that compete with Trump's businesses. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The Justice Department has not yet filed its arguments with the appeals court. After oral arguments, the 2nd Circuit will rule, likely months from now. Last month, a federal judge in Washington let Maryland and the District of Columbia proceed with a similar lawsuit but narrowed its scope to the Trump International Hotel in Washington. That judge rejected the lawsuit's effort to include properties outside of Washington. A third lawsuit has been filed against Trump on the issue by nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress.

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  • Over two weeks after being the subject of an FBI raid, President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer filed notice in a California federal court on Wednesday that he would exercise his right against self-incrimination, and refuse to answer questions about a lawsuit linked to a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had a past affair with Mr. Trump. “Based upon the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,” Cohen said in a court declaration. The legal battle centers on the $130,000 payment – which Daniels said amounted to ‘hush money’ – to keep her quiet before the 2016 election, money which Cohen has publicly acknowledged that he paid. In his court filing on Wednesday, Cohen made clear “the FBI seized various electronic devices and documents in my possession, which contain information relating to the $130,000 payment.” Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, immediately seized upon the decision by Cohen, labeling it a ‘stunning development.’ This is a stunning development. Never before in our nation’s history has the attorney for the sitting President invoked the 5th Amend in connection with issues surrounding the President. It is esp. stunning seeing as MC served as the “fixer” for Mr. Trump for over 10 yrs. #basta — Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 25, 2018 Meanwhile, the President seemed to be ready to personally get involved in Cohen’s legal battle over the evidence seized in the FBI raids, which involved information and electronic devices in his home, office and hotel room in New York. In a letter sent to Federal Judge Kimba Wood in New York, lawyers for Mr. Trump wrote, “our client will make himself available, as needed, to aid in our privilege review on his behalf.” It’s not clear what documents the government has seized from Cohen which would involve the President, what subjects they might cover, and how it is related to any investigation of Cohen. Judge Wood set a Thursday midday hearing to get an update from the FBI on what exactly was seized in the April 9 raids, and what has been duplicated and shared with Cohen and his lawyers. For now, those documents are in the hands of a special FBI team, which is not linked to the investigation of Cohen; the judge has suggested she might appoint a “special master” to oversee the handling of that evidence.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars “State of the Franchise” was packed with new information about the fan experience, stadium, Downtown development and more. 1. New season, new look- The Jags have unveiled their new uniforms, which are designed to honor tradition. The two-tone helmets are gone, in favor of a shine-finished traditional look, and the numbering is more simple and modern. The uniforms also have features, like increased ventilation around sweat areas, which are aimed at giving the team a competitive advantage.  GALLERY: New uniforms for the Jacksonville Jaguars For the first time, the team has teal pants- and teal will now be the “Color Rush” uniform, instead of the gold ones the Jags have been using in prior years. Teal is also the alternate uniform, and expected to be worn several times over the season.  2. Cheaper concession options- Concession “classics” will now be only $5 at the stadium. These include hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, fries, and soft drinks. Fans will also still be allowed to bring in food, in accordance with the team’s policy and the NFL’s clear bag rule.  3. Your dog can now cheer for the cats- Among the changes inside of the stadium, the Jags are building a dog daycare/park in partnership with Pet Paradise. This will be on the South End Zone fan deck, will have a water feature, and will only be open on gamedays. Dogs will be pre-screened to ensure they are up to date on shots and have the right temperament for this environment. Fans will be able to see the action inside of the park, but only trained staff will be in with the dogs themselves.  4. Expect a crowd- Tarps will NOT be back at EverBank Field, meaning there are about 3,500 additional tickets being sold every game. There are also a handful of new premium seating options the team rolled out, which they say have already been snatched up. The Jags are also projecting their highest season ticket renewal rate and new season ticket sales, since they started tracking that in 2004.  5. Honoring the military- The team emphasized that veterans and members of the military are not only important to the City of Jacksonville, but to the Jags themselves. The Jags have the highest concentration of veterans in market, compared to other NFL markets. To celebrate that, the North End Zone fan deck is being rebranded in partnership with the veteran-owned business Grunt Style. In addition to creating a competition area for fans and a “hometown pride” area, this is also where the team will celebrate a veteran of the game and veteran business owner of the game, and ring the fourth quarter bell.  6. London will keep calling- The Jags are proud of being the team that has played the most London games of any other in the NFL. They said that game is valuable strategically and in terms of revenue, and they will work on protecting their position. Meanwhile, the UK fan club continues to grow, now standing at more than 86,000 members.  The Jags play the Eagles in London on October 28th at 9:30AM.  7. TIAA Bank going beyond the stadium- We got our first look at the new signage we’ll see at the stadium, as EverBank Field becomes “TIAA Bank Field” before the next football season, but TIAA Bank also announced a pledge to help the community.  The Jaguars and EverBank- which is becoming TIAA Bank- are launching the One Team. One Home. Initiative. They’re partnering to contribute $1 million in the next five years to help build and repair homes in Northeast Florida. This will be a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity affiliates, as well as volunteers and Jags players. EverBank is also pledging additional money to build and repair 100 homes in Florida where TIAA has an existing presence.  8. Lynyrd Skynyrd planning a big homecoming- The band will bring their farewell tour to EverBank Field on September 2nd. They’ll be joined by Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, and others, in a day-long event that also includes food trucks and games.  9. Sports Complex development- The team is still negotiating a redevelopment of the Jacksonville Shipyards, but they’re now expanding on that by pitching a $2.5 billion redevelopment in the Sports Complex. The first step is expected to be Lot J- which could see three mixed-use buildings and a “live arena”. To compensate for the loss in parking, a 3,000 space parking garage would go up where there’s currently a retention pond.  The team says this would be a public/private partnership, but they don’t have an estimate yet on what they would ask for from the City.  GALLERY:Shipyards redevelopment If the Hart Bridge ramps are taken down- which is something the City is currently pursuing- the Jags and their partner The Cornish Companies would seek to continue developing, with a high-end hotel, convention center, upgraded marina and more along the River.  10. A big schedule faces the team in 2018- Technically, this came out after the State of the Franchise, but in the spirit of all this Jags news, it’s also worth mentioning that the team’s schedule is out! Let us know what you think of the announcements on Facebook:
  • It’s a big day for Jaguars fans with Thursday’s kick-off of the NFL Draft from Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium. The Jags enter the draft with seven picks, including the 29th overall selection. A big first-round party will be held in Jacksonville for fans who want to celebrate any new additions to the team. In what the team is calling the largest draft party on the First Coast, fans will be flocking to Daily’s Place and the Dream Finder’s Home Flex Field Thursday night from 6:30 to 11:30 pm. Fans will be able to celebrate with team members beginning at 6:30, with fans’ first chance to see the team’s new uniforms up close to follow at 7:15. TV coverage of the first round of the NFL Draft will appear on video boards in both the amphitheater bowl and flex field. The free event will feature player autograph opportunities and special draft day merchandise and concessions for all guests.  Registration is required. Parking will be free on a first-come, first-served basis in Lots C, E, G, M, W, Y, Maxwell House and Tailgaters. You’ll be able to get in at Gates 1 and 4. Keep in mind there will be multiple events in Downtown Jacksonville on Thursday night, so Gator Bowl Blvd. will be closed between A. Phillip Randolph and Talleyrand Ave beginning at 4:30 pm.
  • Two women are dead, including a 2016 candidate for a Delaware State Senate seat, in a Pennsylvania murder-suicide that investigators said was sparked by one woman’s affair with the other’s husband.  Radnor Township police officials reported Tuesday that Jennair Gerardot, 47, of Wilmington, Delaware, broke into the rental home of 33-year-old Meredith Sullivan Chapman on Monday and waited for Chapman to return home from work at Villanova University, where she was recently named an assistant vice president.  According to the Villanovan, the university’s newspaper, Chapman started her new job a week before she was killed. She lived in the house where she died about the same length of time.  “Couldn’t be more excited...,” she wrote online Monday, about two hours before she was killed. “Just a week on the job and I’m already feeling the love from #NovaNation.” When Chapman arrived home Monday evening, Gerardot shot her once in the head before turning the gun on herself. Gerardot also died of a single gunshot wound to the head, Radnor Township Deputy Chief Christopher Flanagan said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.  >> Read more trending news A Taurus Tracker .357 Magnum revolver was found at the crime scene, with two of its seven rounds missing.  Investigators believe Gerardot took a train from Delaware to Chapman’s home – while wearing a wig and clothing later found discarded in a bag at the scene -- and broke in through the front door, cleaning up the glass so her target would not notice anything wrong when she came home.  “It’s not a love triangle. You had a man who was married that was having an affair with this other woman,” Radnor Township Police Superintendent William Colarulo said during the news conference.  “The wife knew about it. And this was a calculated, planned attack,” Colarulo said. “She broke into the house. She was lying in wait, and she shot her as soon as she walked in, and then she shot herself.  “There were emails and text messages indicating what she planned to do. Detectives are still sorting that out.” Flanagan said Tuesday that officers were called to Chapman’s home just after 7 p.m. Monday after receiving a 911 call reporting two people down and blood inside the residence. They were met in the driveway by Gerardot’s husband, Mark Gerardot, who said he believed his wife might be inside the house.  The officers went inside the home and found both women dead in the kitchen. Flanagan said that Mark Gerardot, 49, told police officers that he and his wife were having domestic problems that also involved Chapman. Investigators said he had been led to believe that Chapman would be meeting him nearby for dinner.  The Courier-Express in DuBois, Pennsylvania, reported that Mark Gerardot was waiting for Chapman to show up when he began receiving disturbing text messages from his wife. He went to Chapman’s home because of those messages and found the bodies.  See the entire Radnor Township police news conference, streamed live Tuesday by the News Journal in Wilmington, below.  Chapman’s neighbor, Melissa DeJoseph, told the Inquirer she saw the victim drive up between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and, with a bag over her shoulder, walk toward the door. A few seconds later, she heard sharp noises from inside the house. “In my head, I was, like, ‘Is that a gunshot? No, it can’t be a gunshot,’” DeJoseph told the Inquirer.  Other neighbors also reported hearing the gunshots.  Chapman was married to Luke Chapman, a former Newark city councilman, but they were no longer living together, the Inquirer reported. Luke Chapman announced earlier this year that he would not run for a fourth term in office.  Prior to her position at Villanova, Meredith Chapman served as senior director of marketing for the University of Delaware, where she also got her college degree. She also taught at the university as an adjunct professor.  She worked on several political campaigns, as well as on Capitol Hill, where she collaborated with former Vice President Joe Biden when he was a Delaware state senator, according to her Facebook page. She served as communications manager for then-U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in 2007 and 2008, the News Journal reported.  Chapman ran unsuccessfully for a Delaware State Senate seat in 2016, losing the election to opponent Dave Sokola. Sokola expressed shock at the news of Chapman’s slaying. “Kathy and I are stunned by the news about Meredith and I’m deeply, deeply saddened to learn that such a promising young woman’s life has been cut so short,” Sokola wrote on Facebook. “I’ve always respected my opponents and Meredith was certainly no exception. She was sharp, hard-working and motivated by a sincere desire to serve her community. She was bound for great things and it’s tragic for that light to go out so soon. “I’ve also had the privilege to work with her husband, Luke, over the years, and he especially is in our hearts today. We wish him strength, peace, and privacy in what we know is an incredibly difficult and painful time.' Like Sokola, Chapman’s friends expressed shock on social media.  “I’m absolutely floored,” Richard Wisk wrote. “Meredith, RIP, you will be missed tremendously.” Colleen Auer-Smith described Chapman as a bright light and a “ray of sunshine.” “Why of all people? I don’t understand,” Auer-Smith wrote.  A family spokesperson described Chapman as a “beacon of light” to all who knew her in a statement obtained by the News Journal. “She loved her family fiercely, was a compassionate friend and among the most talented and innovative professionals in her field,” the statement read. “Her death was sudden and tragic, but will not define who she was to the thousands of people who loved her. Her family is devastated, heartbroken and requests privacy and respect as they grieve.” Mark Gerardot worked as a creative director at the University of Delaware until earlier this month, when he left that position. Before her move to Villanova University, Chapman was his supervisor, the News Journal reported.  He and his wife also previously ran their own marketing and design company, the Inquirer reported.  Jennair Gerardot also spent five years as marketing manager for a South Carolina-based marketing company, Circor Instrumentation, before leaving that job in December.  According to a post she wrote on the NextDoor neighborhood app in February, she left her position at Circor because of her husband’s new job at the University of Delaware.  The Inquirer, which tracked down Gerardot’s post, reported that she went on NextDoor pleading for help with her marriage. “I just transferred to Delaware in December for my husband’s new job, and he’s telling me he wants a divorce,” she wrote, according to the newspaper. “I don’t know anyone and am completely clueless to the area.” She asked for a recommendation for a reputable, successful and driven divorce lawyer.  Gerardot returned to NextDoor in March.  “Please recommend an EXCELLENT marriage counselor for couple on the brink of divorce,” she wrote.  The Inquirer reported that the posts did not make clear whether the couple ever sought counseling. 
  • An Ohio teen has been charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of his 11-year-old brother, an act that police officials said was premeditated.  Streetsboro Police Department officials said that officers and city fire medics responded just after 9:30 p.m. Monday to the boys’ home, where they found the 11-year-old with a single gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.  “The victim’s 13-year-old brother was taken into custody in what appears to be a premeditated shooting,” police officials said in a statement.  Police and Streetsboro school officials identified the victim as Caleb Lishing. The older brother has been identified as Elijah Lishing, a student at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown.  News 5 in Cleveland reported that the Elijah Lishing fled the scene on foot, but was found nearby. He was arrested and booked into the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center.  The boys’ were with a babysitter when the shooting took place. News 5 reported that the sitter frantically called 911 to get help. “Something terrible has happened,” the woman said in the call, which the news station obtained. “I’m babysitting two kids. There’s blood everywhere.” The caller told police that Caleb Lishing went to bed around 8:30 p.m. and his brother, a short time later. When she heard a ‘pop,” she ran into the younger boy’s bedroom. “The other boy came out and said, ‘What was that?’ and I ran in here,” the babysitter said.  Caleb Lishing had a hole in his neck and the room smelled of gunpowder, News 5 reported.  “He’s got blood just pouring out of his mouth,” the caller said. “I don’t think he’s breathing.” The babysitter did CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived. The Record-Courier in Kent reported that the woman screamed for Elijah Lishing, but he didn’t respond. “He’s 11 years old and I don’t know where his brother went,” the woman said of Caleb Lishing. “I heard a pop and there’s blood in his chest.” >> Read more trending news Elijah Lishing is accused of shooting his brother with a .357 Magnum stolen from his grandfather’s home. The Record-Courier reported that the teen had to break into a locked gun cabinet to get the weapon.  He is accused of taking apart part of the cabinet when he couldn’t find the key, which the grandfather kept at a different home, the newspaper reported.  Monday’s shooting isn’t the first time police were called to the Lishing home. Police reports indicate that officers were called to the house four days before the homicide after Elijah Lishing’s stepmother reported that he was being “unruly.”  The teen, who expressed thoughts of harming himself, was taken to a behavioral health center for evaluation, News 5 reported. It was unclear what treatment he may have received.  The boys’ parents were out of the country at the time of the shooting, but were on their way home after being contacted by investigators, the Record-Courier said.  Caleb Lishing’s slaying is the first homicide in Streetsboro in nearly 20 years.  “It doesn’t happen here,” Lt. Patricia Wain, a police department spokeswoman, told News 5. “It’s traumatizing. A lot of our officers here have kids that age, so to have to walk into that and see that and take that call, it’s very difficult.” A statement from Streetsboro City Schools administrators said that the school community was “shocked and saddened” by the death of Caleb Lishing, who was in the fifth grade.   “Caleb was a well-liked student by his peers and teachers, and (he) loved coming to school each day,” the statement said. “He was a gentle soul who loved to read and talk to the adults around him.” More than 20 grief counselors were on hand Tuesday to talk with students, faculty, staff members and parents about the loss. The counselors were also offering advice on how to recognize warning signs of potential trouble in children.  Children who are depressed may complain of feeling sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent or caregiver or worry excessively that a parent may die,” officials said on the district website. “Older children may sulk, get into trouble, be negative or grouchy or feel misunderstood. Youth are more likely to respond to treatment if they receive it early in the course of their illness.” Police officials asked for respect and kindness toward the family in a statement on the department’s Facebook page.  “We ask that you keep the family in your thoughts during this difficult time,” the police statement said. “While we respect that everyone may have strong feelings about the incident, we request that you keep your comments positive with respect to the family and our community as they grieve their loss.” Elijah Lishing was due in juvenile court for an initial appearance Wednesday afternoon. A judge issued a gag order in the case to protect the teen’s identity, but the ruling was handed down after police had already released his name and details of the case, the Record-Courier said. 

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