Larry Langford, who scratched his way out of the poverty and violence of a Birmingham housing project to become a charismatic politician who won the highest elective offices in Birmingham and Jefferson County only to lose it all when convicted of public corruption, is dead.,In October of 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrongdoing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.,Yet, that self-declaration of honesty beaten into Langford as a boy flies in the face of the description of the man that a federal jury found accepted almost a quarter of a million dollars in cash and luxury items in exchange for using his office to guide millions of dollars in Jefferson County bond business to old friends.,Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts The irony of Langford’s life is, that for a man who reached the heights of politics in Alabama’s largest city and county, his fall fulfilled his greatest fear as a kid growing up in the projects.,In October 2009, Langford was convicted on 60 counts of wrong doing, including bribery, fraud and money laundering related to his time as Jefferson County Commission president.

Tucson attorney Ali Farhang recently phoned Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain, introduced himself and pitched a plan for the Raiders to play their 2019 home schedule at Arizona Stadium.,The man who created the Arizona Bowl and has become part-owner of the indoor football league’s Tucson Sugar Skulls, is not shy about an attempt to execute a grandiose Act III, putting the National Football League in Tucson — if only for a season.,+1 

Before settling in Las Vegas, the NFL’s Raiders would be smart to call Tucson home in 2019, Ali Farhang believes.,Or, perhaps, the Raiders could be creative, schedule a preseason game or two at Arizona Stadium, and play the ’19 regular-season schedule — eight home games — in a variety of Western cities.,In the hallway to his office is a subway sign that reads: read more

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A nonprofit group has proposed building a $7 million indoor turf facility for soccer and other sports in Council Bluffs.,The proposed Iowa West Sports Plex awaits a city Planning Commission vote Tuesday and a City Council vote that would likely happen later this month, The Daily Nonpareil reported .,"The Iowa West Sports Plex will provide a much-needed home for our young athletes to be able to play the sports they love all year round and not have to travel outside of our community to do so," said Pete Tulipana, the group's president and CEO.,The facility would be operated and managed by the Council Bluffs Soccer Club.,"We want our kids to be involved in Council Bluffs clubs, but if we don't have the facilities to practice and play year-round, it limits our options," she said.

Friday’s game saw the Raiders jump out to a 16-13 lead after the first quarter.,The Raiders were led by senior guard Dylan Pourier, who had a game high 19 points, including 13 points in the third quarter.,The Govs jumped out to an 11-9 first quarter lead in Saturday’s game against the Cobblers.,The Govs scored just four points in the fourth quarter, while Cobblers raced to a 38-29 victory.,They will next see action against Mitchell (0-6) at Riggs Gymnasium at 7 p.m. CT on Friday night.

New York lawmakers return to take up pot, tolls, sports bets

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The City of El Segundo and Wiseburn Unified School District – in partnership with South Bay Sports, Health Recreation – partnerned on the $13.8 million development and construction budget to build the El Segundo Aquatics Center at 300 Duley Road.,The City of El Segundo and Wiseburn Unified School District – in partnership with South Bay Sports, Health Recreation – partnerned on the $13.8 million development and construction budget to build the El Segundo Aquatics Center at 300 Duley Road.,The City of El Segundo and Wiseburn Unified School District – in partnership with South Bay Sports, Health Recreation – partnerned on the $13.8 million development and construction budget to build the El Segundo Aquatics Center at 300 Duley Road.,The City of El Segundo and Wiseburn Unified School District – in partnership with South Bay Sports, Health Recreation – partnerned on the $13.8 million development and construction budget to build the El Segundo Aquatics Center at 300 Duley Road.,The City of El Segundo and Wiseburn Unified School District – in partnership with South Bay Sports, Health Recreation – partnerned on the $13.8 million development and construction budget to build the El Segundo Aquatics Center at 300 Duley Road.

Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has filed papers in federal court seeking an order to prevent a strike by members of United Teachers Los Angeles who provide “special-education support and services to more than 60,000 students.”,“To protect more than 60,000 special-needs students, Los Angeles Unified is seeking approval to move forward with a complaint to prevent UTLA leadership and its members from engaging in a denial of services to special needs students during a strike,” General Counsel David Holmquist said in a statement.,“A strike would be detrimental to students with disabilities and their families, depriving the students of the special-education support and services they rely on each day.”,Such students are protected by federal and state special-education laws, and LAUSD is monitored under a modified federal consent decree for special education, according to the district.,District officials said they are seeking permission to move forward with a complaint in Los Angeles federal court to ensure that special-needs students do not lose access to services they need if UTLA moves forward with a planned Jan. 10 teacher walkout.

Holgate at North Baltimore

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Christmas in Fairfield was a wonderful time this year, thanks to the hard work of the City of Fairfield, Chamber of Commerce, and many community volunteers, churches, organizations and small businesses.,Beginning the weekend of Thanksgiving and going through December, folks enjoyed two Shop Local events, a Christmas-themed Parade, official Tree Lighting, Live Nativity performances, Contests, Giveaways, Winter Sports (including the new Ice Slide Races), Carousel Rides, Balloon-making Elves, Stilt-walking Nutcrackers, and so much more.,Two of the events: Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration on December 1st and Jingle All The Way Winter Sports Event on December 15th; were hosted and sponsored by the City of Fairfield.,Although these two Christmas celebrations are funded by the City of Fairfield, it is the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, along with a host of local volunteers, who take time to plan, organize, and staff the events.,Local retailers did well during this year’s Christmas events, says Pate, who received feedback from Chamber members.