One Of Three Indiana Hate Crimes Bill Has Momentum; Evansville Groups Are For It

first_imgOne Of Three Indiana Hate Crimes Bill Has Momentum; Evansville Groups Are For ItJANUARY 11TH, 2019 AMANDA PORTER INDIANASome lawmakers argue a hate crime law would restrict free speech, but Republican Governor Eric Holcomb is urging lawmakers to no longer be one of five states in the nation without a hate crimes law on the books.Here in Southwestern Indiana supporters of the proposed hate crimes legislation say they’re optimistic the bill will pass this session.Indiana state representative Ryan Hatfield co-sponsored one of the three hate crime bill considered in this year’s General Assembly, and House Bill 1093 seems to be getting the most traction.Different groups in Evansville say it’s not the perfect hate crimes Bill, but agree it’s a step in the right direction.Indiana is one of five states in the U.S. Without a hate crimes law, but legislators and groups in the Hoosier state are pushing to change that.“I do think that is an embarrassment. So every time there is a Swastika that is put on a temple, or our local temple had someone shoot a bullet through one of the windows. That is something that could be considered that this happens locally, and it happens in Indiana,” says Tri-State Alliance President Wally Paynter.A bias crimes bill authored by Representative Gregory Steuerwald, and co-sponsored by Indiana Representatives Wendy Mcnamara and Ryan Hatfield doesn’t include any specific group.“We didn’t want anyone to be excluded. This includes every identity that exists now and in the future,” says Rep. Hatfield.Hatfield says this is the only Bill that can pass the legislative session.“This Bill includes everybody. Its the most comprehensive, strongest language that the legislature has before it, and I think that it will pass. I hope that it will pass, and I am a proud co-author of it.”“I do believe this is the best hate crimes Bill that can pass the General Assembly and I do hope our local delegation will support this Bill,” says Paynter.Different groups in Evansville say House Bill 1093 is a start in protecting groups in Indiana.“Once we drill down into that and we see that then perhaps we can support him in this effort, and I believe that Representative Hatfield has it in his heart to make sure that everybody is considered in this Bill regardless of their race, creed, color, or sexual orientation,” says Evansville NAACP President Reverend Gerald Arnold.“I believe that we are included, and I do believe that it is an effective Bill that would be a good first step in passing a hate crimes Bill in Indiana,” says Paynter.House Bill 1093 would instruct judges to aggravate a sentence when they find bias in a crime which would prolong a sentence.Hatfield says this Bill would ensure the state doesn’t have to amend the Bill each year to add different groups.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Tommy DeVito’s career-best performance leads Syracuse to 52-33 win over Western Michigan

first_img Published on September 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34 Tommy DeVito stepped up in the pocket and kept his eyes downfield, scanning the secondary for openings. As the Western Michigan pass rush collapsed on him, he stayed composed. Even as he wound up, released his pass and immediately got drilled in the chest by a lineman.When he fell to the ground, DeVito kept his head up, tracking his pass. Fifty-nine yards in front of him, the throw dropped perfectly into the hands of wide receiver Trishton Jackson, who carried it into the end zone. DeVito was helped up and sprinted downfield to celebrate along with his teammates and fans, who were finally seeing the Syracuse offense they’d been expecting all season.A week after SU gave up more sacks than it scored points against Clemson, DeVito’s play allowed everyone in the Carrier Dome to breathe a collective sigh of relief. That sense of comfort carried on throughout the whole game, a 52-33 Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) win over Western Michigan (2-2) in which the Orange scored more points than it did in its first three games combined. DeVito ultimately finished with 287 yards and four passing touchdowns but did damage on the ground as well, adding a career-high in yards and a rushing touchdown.“I thought it was really cool that he started the game and finished the game with the same amount of interceptions,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “That’s always a goal of a great quarterback.”Not only did the Orange move the ball on offense, but the quarterback who was under scrutiny following last week’s loss to No. 1 Clemson proved to be fully capable and deserving of his starting spot, and then some.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDeVito, known more for being a pocket-passer than the dual-threat quarterback that Eric Dungey was, added another dimension to SU’s offense with his play on the ground on Saturday. That dimension was introduced from the opening drive, as DeVito broke off a career-long 60-yard run on Syracuse’s second play of the game that set up SU’s first score.In addition to his run on the Orange’s first drive, DeVito scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 36-yard keeper off the right side in the second quarter. The run gave Syracuse a 21-0 lead and pushed DeVito over 100 yards rushing. After sacks, he finished with 85 net rushing yards.“Tommy could always run,” Babers said. “I’ve been trying to tell you guys that he’s fast, he can run. We just ask him to be very careful when he does it.”Despite DeVito’s success, Syracuse’s offense, and specifically its offensive line, was far from perfect. On one third down when Western Michigan brought just three rushers, redshirt freshman Carlos Vettorello was beaten on the block and DeVito was taken down. On another drive, center Airon Servais was called for penalties on back-to-back plays and backed Syracuse up to its own 5-yard line.But against the Broncos, their quarterback often bailed them out. Like on Syracuse’s first drive of the second half, when, despite the pocket collapsing on him, DeVito dropped the dime into Jackson’s arms. Or when Abdul Adams fumbled and set up a Western Michigan score, only for DeVito and the Orange offense to answer.Western Michigan scored 14 consecutive points to cut SU’s lead to five, but DeVito made sure SU cashed in after it started a drive in Broncos’ territory. For the second time in the game, he found tight end Aaron Hackett for a touchdown.“We worked hard this week in practice trying to go faster and listening to Tommy,” Jackson said. “(He was) more in control of the offense throughout the week, made us go faster.”A Syracuse offense that had struggled with being too one-dimensional during the first three games of the season finally played up to its potential, thanks to its quarterback. For the first time all season, it looked like DeVito had complete control of the offense. He was on the same page as his receivers, showed poise in the pocket and limited bad decisions.DeVito himself admitted the issues earlier this season were his fault, and his only. He looked lost and even overwhelmed at times, but always owned up to his mistakes. He was in turn surrounded by questions about his decision making, his ability to lead the team and his readiness to take over for Dungey.Babers defended him, arguing that the issues on offense were team-wide. His teammates did the same. And on Saturday, their faith in their quarterback was validated. It may have happened later than some expected, but the final phase of DeVito’s transition into becoming Syracuse’s starting quarterback and leader is here, and after a disappointing 1-2 start, not a minute too soon.“Football’s all about adversity and how you respond to it,” DeVito said. “…It shows that I’m willing to learn. Any opportunity that I’m given, whether it’s good or bad, you always can learn from it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Yankees, Nationals kneeling prior to national anthem met with mixed response

first_imgAll of the Yankees and Nationals take a knee during tonight’s National Anthem.— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) July 23, 2020The Nationals and Yankees all knelt (every single player) for a moment before the anthem, but no one knelt while the anthem was played.— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) July 23, 2020There were reports in recent days that the Yankees and Nationals would settle on a gesture of solidarity in support of social justice and against racial inequality; this was the result. Earlier in the week, members of the Giants and Angels knelt during the national anthem prior to an exhibition, bringing attention to a sport that has wrestled with racism throughout its existence.MORE: Dr. Fauci’s terrible first pitch | Trump to throw first pitch in BronxAs with most things social justice in sports, this was met with both invitation and opposition. Some called the gesture touching while others pointed out that kneeling before the national anthem defeats the purpose of similar protests that have taken place around sports.A knee and a standA great compromise #openingday2020— Ronald Smith (@Just_Ron10) July 23, 2020Shameful.#Yankees #Nationals #OpeningDay— Lazer Rubin (@lazer_rubin) July 23, 2020You can make of this what you will, but it was basically what Jerry Jones did.— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) July 23, 2020Good. Do it every game.#BlackLivesMatter— Mills (@MillsTwitch) July 23, 2020And then they all stood for the anthem. It was all very strange!— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) July 23, 2020Super super disappointing from a lot of players I respect 😞— Tess Fabeck ✌🏻 (@tkfabeck) July 23, 2020Performative bullshit— just here for the hot dogs (@javyisking09) July 23, 2020Big Jerry Jones grinning into the camera vibes— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) July 23, 2020Then what’s the point???— T.G.K. (@TangoGolfKilo) July 23, 2020Thanks I hate it— Guy Tweet Haver (@thetweethaver) July 23, 2020Idk I feel like it’s maybe splitting hairs, and it’s a cool sign of unity, but doing it DURING the anthem is sort of the point imo.— Nick (@nlcknotnick) July 23, 2020 Yankees and Nationals players took a stand by kneeling Thursday night.Prior to the start of the 2020 MLB season opener in Washington, all members of both teams took a knee prior to the start of the national anthem. They also held a piece of black cloth.last_img read more