Jokic has triple-double as Nuggets beat Mavericks

first_imgDenver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, of Serbia, tries to work the ball inside as Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic completed his second triple-double with a late jumper to put Denver ahead, and the Nuggets held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 91-89 on Saturday night.Jokic had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Gary Harris scored 24 to help Denver rally from nine points down in the fourth quarter for its third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Read Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray was healthy but did not start for an undisclosed reason. After averaging 26.7 points in his previous three games, he struggled early Saturday before scoring all 15 of his points in the second half.The Mavericks were missing guards J.J. Barea (oblique strain) and Devin Harris (personal reasons) but played well without them. They faltered down the stretch, going 4:27 without a field goal late in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHarrison Barnes had 22 points and Dennis Smith Jr. had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists for Dallas. The Mavericks have lost three in a row.Dallas trailed by 12 early but quickly erased the deficit and took a three-point lead in the second quarter. The Mavericks went on a 16-1 run to end the third and take a 74-66 lead. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Denver rallied to get back into it, and Jokic drained a jumper from the top of the key to give the Nuggets a 91-89 lead with 1:12 left. Barnes missed a 3-pointer, but an offensive foul was called on Jokic with 12.7 seconds left. After Mason Plumlee blocked Smith’s layup out of bounds, Wesley Matthews missed a 3 at the buzzer. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Curry scores 13 points over final 1:42, Warriors beat Celtics Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Jayson Tatum scores 25, Kyrie Irving-less Celtics down lowly Cavs

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I told my wife I was a little anxious about it for sure sitting in my hotel room last night,” Hayward said. “Just thinking about how everything changed and where I was sitting a year ago from now. Just happy to try to find some perspective, I guess. Just happy that I was out there.”Rookie Collin Sexton scored 27 — but none in the fourth quarter — for the Cavs, who dropped to 3-20 since Dec. 19. Alec Burks, who has been linked to recent trade talks, added 21 for Cleveland. Larry Nance Jr. had 11 points and 12 rebounds.The struggling Cavs were still within 94-91 when Smart hit a pull-up jumper, and after a miss by Sexton, dropped a 3-pointer. Burks had a monster dunk and 3 to make it 101-96, but Tatum blocked a shot by Ante Zizic underneath and Tatum closed it out by making a pair of free throws with 1:35 remaining.Without Irving and starting forward Marcus Morris (sore right knee), the Celtics needed someone to pick up the scoring slack and make plays down the stretch, and Tatum came through at both ends.“We’re super confident with this lineup,” Tatum said. “We’re young, but we were very battle tested last year together in the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celtics coach Brad Stevens was sure the Cavs would give his team all it could handle.“Everybody just looks at records and makes assumptions that things are easy and they’re not,” Stevens said. “It’s hard to win. That team over there is playing hard. We were lucky to be where we were at halftime. You knew at the start of the third quarter it was going to be back and forth the rest of the way. ”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving has missed three of Boston’s four visits since the Cavs traded him. … Stevens said reserve center Aron Baynes (bruised foot) will be out through the All-Star break. He said Morris’ injury is not a “long-term” thing and it’s possible he’ll play Thursday. … F Daniel Theis was called for a rare, punching-the-ball violation while going after an offensive rebound in the fourth quarter.Cavaliers: F Cedi Osman missed his first game since rolling his right ankle on Saturday against Dallas. Osman averages 12.6 points. … Gs Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin have joined the Cavs but are not ready to play. They were acquired on Monday from Portland in the trade for F Rodney Hood.IRVING UPDATEStevens said Irving, who is averaging a team-high 23.8 points per game, may return on Thursday when Boston hosts LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, hours after the NBA’s trade deadline.“I would hope he would be able to go, but I don’t know for sure,” Stevens said. “We’ll know more tomorrow.”RACING ROOKIESexton came out in attack mode, scoring 18 points in the first half on 8-of-13 shooting. He cooled down after halftime and missed all five shots in the fourth quarter. Cavaliers: At Washington on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pacers’ 3-point flurry buries Lakers in LeBron James’ worst loss Making his first visit to Cleveland since suffering a horrific broken left ankle in his debut for Boston in 2017, Hayward scored 18 points as the Celtics beat the Cavaliers 103-96 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory despite missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.A strained left hip prevented Irving from facing his former team, but Jayson Tatum helped make up for his absence with 25 points. Marcus Smart had 17 and Jaylen Brown finished with 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHayward came off the bench and made 9 of 14 shots and added six rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. The 28-year-old admitted being nervous about coming back to where his leg grotesquely snapped as he jumped to catch a lob pass in his first game after signing as a free agent with the Celtics.His season was over in just five minutes, and Hayward was taken off the floor on a stretcher. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ SEA Games: PH dancesport plucks 4 gold medals so far PLAY LIST 01:07SEA Games: PH dancesport plucks 4 gold medals so far02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Still, it was a strong performance to build upon.“The last game I missed like six layups that I usually make, so that was one thing I’ve continued to work on this week,” he said. “Teams have been daring me to shoot and I got to knock it down for my teammates.”TRADE TALKBurks has already been traded once this season — Cleveland got him from Utah in the Kyle Korver deal — and he’s not concerned about chatter that he’ll be dealt again.“I don’t believe in rumors until something happens,” he said. “If nothing happens then I’m not going nowhere. If something happens it happens. I enjoy my time here and hopefully it keeps going.”PERFECT FORMTatum went 12 of 12 from the free-throw line and Boston didn’t miss any of its 14 attempts.“I was just looking to be aggressive and attack the rim from the beginning,” Tatum said. “It’s the easiest way to get points, getting to the line.”UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Cleveland. Boston won 103-96. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward finally got some closure at Quicken Loans Arena.He walked off the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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‘Witch’ Child’s Amazing Recovery

first_imgWhen his picture was published around the world last January, the world was horrified. The two-year-old Nigerian boy was emaciated and riddled with worms. His condition compelled his parents to abandon him, for many claimed that he was a ‘witch.’Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven, who found the toddler in the streets bent down and gently began feeding him and giving him water from a bottle and later wrapped up the disorientated toddler in a blanket and took him to the nearest hospital for treatment.Ms. Loven spent the next eight months feeding him and amazingly, the toddler that she has named Hope, is now bubbling with life.According reports, when Hope reached the hospital, he was given medication to remove the worms from his stomach and daily blood transfusions to infuse more red blood cells into his body.Two days after the aid worker asked for the community’s help with Hope’s costly medical bills, Ms. Loven said she received US$1million in donations from around the world.Just eight weeks later, Hope is unrecognizable. He has gained weight and has been pictured smiling and playing with other children. Ms Loven uploaded new photos of Hope on Saturday, and wrote: “As you can see on the pictures, Hope is really enjoying his life now having 35 new brothers and sisters who ALL take such good care of him, play with him, study with him, and make sure he is safe and is getting a lot of love.”But she explained Hope has hypospadias, a genital birth defect meaning the urethra emerges somewhere on the shaft or even the base of the penis, instead of at the tip and surgery is planned for Hope.To allay the fears of Hope’s future, Ms. Loven wrote, “This is an operation the doctors have performed many times, so Hope will be very fine.” The Good Samaritan, as Ms. Loven is being described by many, is the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created three years ago, with her husband, to help children who have been labeled witches and therefore neglected by the family and the community.Ms. Loven said “thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children” on Facebook, with accompanying images of her feeding the young boy and appealing for donations to help pay for his medical bills in January.“Besides giving Hope the very best treatment we are also building a clinic to save many more children out of torture.” Ms Loven runs a children’s center where the youngsters she saves live and receive medical care, food and schooling. Ms. Loven has been commended for her sacrifice to part of humanity. An admirer wrote on facebook, “The first time I saw the pictures of Hope starving and dying in front of a crowd of people who just laughed at him broke my heart. Anja and her team came along and took him away. Her humanity & goodness shone out for the world to see. Anja saved his life, paid his hospital bills & finally brought him home. I know he will face more medical problems in future. No baby could walk away unscathed from a nightmare like that. But we are all behind him. Sending him love and whatever else he needs. I for one pray for him and the others like him daily.”In Liberian communities, for example of West Point and New Kru Town, children who have confessed to being involved in ‘witch activities’ are simply sent to their biological parents or just ignored.“A young girl who recently confessed to being a witch and said she caused the deaths of several of her family members, including her mother, is simply ignored in the community,” a woman told our reporter, when she was interviewed for this story in New Kru Town yesterday.“While many people may not believe some of these stories, that a child can point a finger at some older person in the community and explain her activities in the dark world, people believe her and so those she may point out as part of the witch community are looked down on in our community.”In many cases, she said such children are brought from parents to live with relatives and therefore whenever such a confession occurs, the child is sent to the biological parent.“But if the parent resides right here in Monrovia, she simply sends the child to any of the faith-healing churches to get her life back.”Another woman told the Daily Observer, “Whatever the case is, such children suffer and some are beaten and denied food. It is a silent torture that some children undergo and authorities are silent.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Essequibo man stabbed to death by nephew

first_imgA 26-year-old man was taken into custody in the wee hours of Sunday after he allegedly stabbed his uncle to death during an argument over a stolen mobile phone.Olrick Da Costa, 39, of Lot 11 Public Road Somerset, Essequibo Coast, was stabbed once to the abdomen by the suspect.Based on information received, the now dead man and his nephew were engaged in a heated argument at about 1:30h over a stolen mobile phone. During the argument, the now dead man reportedly took out a knife and hit the suspect to the face.In retaliation, the young man collected a knife and dealt one blow to the Da Costa’s lower abdomen.After realising that he was stabbed, he ran to the public road seeking assistance but collapsed. He was picked up and rushed to the Oscar Joseph District Hospital in Charity where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The accused was arrested and taken to seek medical attention. The police have since recovered the murder weapon as they continue their investigations. The suspect remains in custody and is expected to be charged later in the week.last_img read more

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Mauer, Twins agree to deal

first_imgMauer would have been eligible for free agency after the 2009 season. “This is a good day for this organization, and I feel like it’s one of those deals which is going to work for both sides,” Ryan said. “You have to be comfortable with how a player’s going to respond to security. I don’t think there’s any question how Joe’s going to respond to that.” Mauer’s rookie season in 2004 was cut short by a knee injury that raised some questions about how his body could handle the physical demands of his position behind the plate. But he has been fine ever since. “That’s one of the good things about this situation,” Ryan said. “He is in awful good shape and showed it last year.” Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., by next Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MINNEAPOLIS – American League batting champion Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins avoided salary arbitration on Sunday by agreeing to a four-year, $33 million contract. The 23-year-old catcher hit .347 with 84 RBIs last year to help the Twins rally from a 12 1/2-game deficit to win the AL Central on the final day of the regular season. He played in his first All-Star game last summer. “I’m real excited to be in Minnesota for the next four years and that I’ll be playing at home with my family and friends being there,” Mauer said. “I’m excited to be there for the opening of the new stadium.” Mauer, selected with the first pick in the 2001 amateur draft out of Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, was eligible for arbitration this winter for the first time. He became the first catcher to lead the majors in batting average and the first AL catcher to win the batting title. center_img “We’re extremely happy, because there is not a player who belongs with the Twins more than Joe Mauer,” his agent, Ron Shapiro, said on Sunday. Shapiro represented two Hall of Famers, Baltimore’s Cal Ripken and Minnesota’s Kirby Puckett, who spent their entire careers with the same team. The deal will keep Mauer with the Twins through at least 2010, the year the team is scheduled to begin playing in a new ballpark. That didn’t mean Mauer gave Minnesota a hometown discount, however. He gets $3.75 million this year, $6.25 million in 2008, $10.5 million in 2009 and $12.5 million in 2010. Mauer has additional award bonuses and gets the right to designate three teams each year that he can’t be traded to without his consent. “This is a market deal,” general manager Terry Ryan said. “Don’t worry about that.” last_img read more

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Sorry Italy condemned to World Cup play-offs

first_imgChiellini tapped in just before half-time to boost home hopes but Palermo striker Trajkovski came on as a second-half substitute to equalise on 77 minutes, leaving Italy second behind Spain with one qualifying game left in Albania.“We had perhaps fooled ourselves that we were more advanced in our work than we really were,” said veteran defender Chiellini.“Once we had broken the deadlock, we should have controlled it a bit better, as Macedonia weren’t really dangerous for 75 minutes.“We understand why the fans are upset.”The result not only means Italy are guaranteed second place behind Spain but the result could have a disastrous impact on their ranking in the draw for November’s play-offs.“I think the whistles were deserved, even if I think in principle you should never jeer the national side,” said Ventura.Ventura gave Bologna’s Simone Verdi and Roberto Gagliardini of Inter Milan their first senior starts as Italy struggled with injuries.And the Italians toiled while attempting to break down the dogged Macedonians before Chiellini — earning his 93rd cap for Italy — found his way through five minutes before the break.The breakthrough came following a corner, as Lorenzo Insigne’s through ball found Ciro Immobile and he rolled on for Chiellini.It was almost 1-1 moments later, after a slack Leonardo Bonucci pass gave away possession on the edge of the box, but Chiellini forced a corner.Macedonia poured forward in the second half with striker Trajkovski picking up a cross from skipper Goran Pandev to blast past Buffon, the veteran goalkeeper decked out in the new Azzurri blue kit with the restyled logo for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.“Italy are a great side, they will get to Russia, but you could tell they had nothing to play for, as they knew they’d be second,” said Genoa striker Pandev.But the Azzurri, still in a fragile state mentally and physically after a crushing defeat to Spain last month, are not yet guaranteed a place in the play-offs, nor of being top seeds in the draw.Italy are second in Group G behind Spain with their final qualifying game in Albania, who are third, on Monday.In the group, Israel are fourth ahead of Macedonia and Liechtenstein.Despite bringing in new blood to an ageing team since taking over a year ago, Ventura’s side has been badly hampered by injury.Five first-choice players are absent in midfield — Daniele De Rossi, Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Claudio Marchisio and Riccardo Montolivo.Top striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out for a month and is also uncertain for the play-offs on November 9 and 14.“Officially we’re second,” said Ventura. “If we go to the play-offs I hope that five or six players will have returned.“We have to now try to get everyone back and try to focus seriously on the goal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Macedonia’s Pandev (R) outruns Italy’s Andrea Barzagli during their FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification match on October 6, 2017 at the Grande Torino Stadium in Turin © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, Oct 7 – Giorgio Chiellini’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Aleksandar Trajkovski as Italy struggled to a 1-1 draw against Macedonia in Turin on Friday, condemning the four-time champions to the World Cup play-offs.Gian Piero Ventura’s side were jeered off the pitch at the Stadio Olympico after failing to secure the three points demanded against the modest Macedonians as Spain qualified as Group G winners after beating Albania 3-0.last_img read more

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MOTHER-OF-FIVE USED FALSE DRIVING LICENSE TO CLAIM JOB-SEEKER’S ALLOWANCE

first_imgA widowed mother-of-five has been given the probation act after admitting using a false driving license to claim job-seeker’s allowance.Letterkenny court.Martina McDonagh, of 93 Meadowbank, Letterkenny, appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday. The court heard McDonagh, 35, went to the Department of Social Protection offices in Letterkenny on August 5th last year.She filled out forms and produced both her birth certificate and her driver’s license.However a clerk at the office noticed the driving license was a forgery and she later admitted so when interviewed by detectives.She told Gardai she had bought the license in Athlone because her real license had ben in a camper van which was now in Garda custody.Her solicitor Mr Frank Dorrian said his client was perfectly entitled to make a claim for job seeker’s allowance.“She was providing accurate information but the problem was the document was a forgery,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly asked if Ms McDonagh had assisted Gardai in the issue of where she obtained the forged license but was told she had not.He considered the case and then applied the probation act.MOTHER-OF-FIVE USED FALSE DRIVING LICENSE TO CLAIM JOB-SEEKER’S ALLOWANCE was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtforgeryGardailetterkennyMartina McDoaghMeadowbanklast_img read more

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COMMUNITY ALERT: MURDER SUSPECT IS ARMED AND UNSTABLE

first_imgWanted: McLaughlin is armed and mentally unstableCOMMUNITY ALERT: Dissident republican Kieran McLaughlin, the chief suspect in the murder of Barry McCrory, is armed and mentally unstable and may still be in the Inishowen area of Co Donegal.Gardaí and PSNI officers also believe that McLaughlin may try to enter the Derry City area again to carry out further attacks.They believe he was responsible for the stabbing of a man in the Creggan area of Derry last Tuesday. Mr McCrory was shot dead at his apartment in Shipquay Street on Thursday morning.Anyone who sees McLaughlin should not approach him and dial ‘999’ immediately.A search in the Burnfoot and Muff areas of Inishowen has continued this afternoon after an overnight incident where Gardaí and Irish Army personnel surrounded a house in the Brae Road area, believing McLaughlin was there.Gardaí say the operation in the area remains ‘live’ and searches are ongoing. Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray called on the community in Donegal to remain extremely vigilant. COMMUNITY ALERT: MURDER SUSPECT IS ARMED AND UNSTABLE was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry McCroryBurnfootInishowenKieran McLaughlinsearcheslast_img read more

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LOCALS OUTRAGE AFTER GAOTH DOBHAIR BEACH USED AS DUMPING GROUND

first_imgThe stunning Port Arthur beachLocals concerns regarding domestic waste dumping, littering and vandalism at one of Gaoth Dobhair’s main tourism spots, Port Arthur beach.The area has been blighted with an assortment of litter including mattresses, tiles and beer cans.Well-known local community activist Aodan O Gallchoir said “It’s disappointing to see so little respect being shown to our beautiful area. I’m not going to point fingers by saying who did it because I just don’t know, no one knows. A missing ring-buoy at the beach“Our aim now, as we are coming into the summer months that we get this cleared before it gets out of hand. Rubbish such as this will be cleaned up for gaoth Dobhair to maintain its pristine reputation of cleanliness which I am extremely proud of.”Locals said they were now calling on Donegal County Council to clean up the area or face losing tourists throughout the summer months. Some of the rubbish at the beautiful beachLOCALS OUTRAGE AFTER GAOTH DOBHAIR BEACH USED AS DUMPING GROUND was last modified: April 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dumpGaoth DobhairPOrt Arthur beachlast_img read more

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Drive hits fever pitch

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The special-election campaign entered its final frenzied hours this weekend as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his opponents overwhelmed voters with messages about the importance of going to the polls Tuesday. “This is nonstop, 24-hours-a-day campaigning,” Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman Todd Harris said Friday. “To get our reform message out to the public, the governor is literally going to be traveling from one corner of the state to the next over the next several days to talk to voters about how important these reform measures are.” Schwarzenegger took a “Road to Reform” bus tour around Southern California on Saturday with stops including San Diego, Anaheim and Riverside. Today, he is scheduled to take the campaign bus to Oakdale and Bakersfield, then travel to Los Angeles for a 5 p.m. town-hall forum, televised live on KTTV-Fox (Channel 11). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Monday, he is scheduled to fly to a half-dozen events around the state before holding his own election-night party at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The governor’s opponents, the Alliance for a Better California, launched their own “Truth Squad” bus tour Saturday. Leaders of the major unions representing nurses, teachers and firefighters followed the governor around to his events to provide the public with counters to his arguments. “We’re going to make sure the press and the people there know the truth about the lies he’s saying,” said Shum Preston, spokesman for the California Nurses Association, one of the governor’s chief opponents. Opponents’ activities scheduled today included Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson visiting black churches throughout the city. The governor’s opponents, primarily the state’s public-employee unions, are focused heavily on get-out-the-vote efforts, which include precinct walking and phone banking. “I think there are a lot of folks whose minds aren’t mind up, or who are occasional voters,” Preston said. “The fact that we have so many folks who are willing to go out and knock on doors and make phone calls will have a major impact on this election.” Political analysts say a focus on turnout is particularly important in a special election that has no candidates or political parties on the ballot. Secretary of State Bruce McPherson on Friday predicted turnout would be 42 percent of the state’s 15.8 million registered voters. That is far short of the 76 percent in last year’s presidential election or the 61 percent who showed up for the 2003 recall that put Schwarzenegger in office. But it would be an improvement over the previous statewide special election in 1993, when only 36 percent of voters showed up. The state’s electorate is 43 percent Democratic and 35 percent Republican, with the rest decline-to-state or registered with a minor party. Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College, said one thing that might help Schwarzenegger is a surge in conservative religious voters who show up to support Proposition 73, the abortion parental notification measure. Some of those voters who might not otherwise have turned out are more likely to support Schwarzenegger’s measures, he said, but might not necessarily have shown up proportionally in polls of likely voters. That said, he added that last-minute campaigning has a limited effect on the electorate. “Last-minute campaigning is less effective than it used to be because so much of the vote comes in by mail,” Pitney said. “But if the election is otherwise tight, the last-minute deciders can tip the difference.” At stake for the governor in this election are not only his effort to reform the state, but his personal credibility, his ability to govern and his re-election effort next year. His ability to govern, particularly his dealings with the Democratic Legislature, has been aided by one of his most powerful – until now – weapons: the threat of the initiative. Last year, whenever he was having trouble dealing with the Legislature, he would threaten to go directly to the people. That approach proved to be particularly effective in prodding Democratic lawmakers into a workers’ compensation reform package, rather than facing a more severe proposal at the polls. But if Schwarzenegger loses in this election – and there are widely varying opinions on what constitutes a victory for him – then that is no longer an effective threat. “If he loses, he’s going to be a much less powerful force,” said John Matsusaka, president of the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California. “People are going to fear him much less.” The threat won’t be eliminated, Matsusaka said, because Schwarzenegger has demonstrated that he has the ability and resources still to get measures on the ballot, but it will simply be less effective as a tool. Schwarzenegger’s top political adviser, Mike Murphy, said even one measure passing could be considered a victory, given that the unions outspent the governor by a 2-to-1 margin. He also dismissed the idea that the outcome of the special election could have a direct effect on Schwarzenegger’s re-election chances. “They’re trying to make it the re-election campaign, but it’s not,” he said. After the (special) election, (if) we win everything or we lose everything, we wake up the next day, his first name is still going to be governor. Nothing changes other than the reforms we get.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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