Weber State Men’s Basketball Announcement On Spectators At Home Basketball Games

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Per a Monday announcement, Weber State men’s basketball confirmed it has decided, along with the university’s women’s basketball program, to commence the 2020-21 season without spectators at the Dee Events Center.This announcement comes on the heels of rising covid-19 case numbers in Utah and more specifically the Weber-Morgan Health Department. This also coincides with Weber State’s commitment to the well-being of student-athletes, coaches, staff and the community.Athletic director Tim Crompton stated the university anticipates the time when fans can be welcomed back into the Dee Events Center safely.A determination concerning spectators at Weber State basketball games will be made at a future date to allow for possible flexibility concerning conditions surrounding covid-19. Written by Tags: Weber State Men’s Basketball November 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Announcement On Spectators At Home Basketball Games Brad Jameslast_img read more


first_imgA BIG MOVE – Marcella Cabanilla and Antonio Magliulo, children of Buon’Italia’s founder, Domenico “Mimmo” Magliulo, help celebrate the company’s expansion to Jersey City. Chelsea Market’s Buon’Italia expands operations to Jersey CityBuon’Italia, which has a 3,000-square-foot shop in New York City’s Chelsea Market, has cut the ribbon on a 27,500-square-foot warehouse on Port Jersey Blvd. in Jersey City.In 2015, Buon’Italia’s founder, Domenico “Mimmo” Magliulo, and his family embarked on a plan to expand the company’s wholesale distribution capabilities, When Magliulo made the strategic decision to locate Buon’Italia’s wholesale operations in Jersey City, he turned to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA’s) Premier Lender Program for support. A Fulton Bank loan with a nearly 26 percent EDA participation helped the company acquire its new facility. Fulton Bank is one of EDA’s approximately two dozen Premier Lender partners.“Jersey City offers many logistical advantages, including access to major ports, highways, and Hudson River crossings, while still remaining close to the heart of our existing customer base,” said Magliulo. “The support provided by Fulton Bank and the EDA has truly helped to facilitate our expansion.”EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen visited Buon’Italia to raise awareness of the Premier Lender Program and the range of other low-cost financing solutions offered by the EDA to support the growth of small businesses in New Jersey. She was joined by Angelica Lyons, commercial lender, Fulton Bank.“We welcome Buon’Italia to the state and encourage all companies looking to expand or invest in their operations to look to the EDA first so they can be informed of all financing options available to support their growth in New Jersey,” said Orsen. “Our highly skilled labor pool, perfect location, and world-class infrastructure have attracted scores of distribution and warehouse centers to the state. Together with a booming food and agriculture industry, New Jersey is an ideal home for Buon’Italia as it continues to grow.” Executive order restricting funds to sanctuary cities blocked by federal judgeA federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Monday, Nov. 20 that called for restricting federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities.”U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled the order unconstitutional for violating separation of powers and due process of law because the president does not have the authority to deprive local jurisdictions of funds allocated by Congress.A “sanctuary city” is not legally defined, but is generally considered to be a local jurisdiction that does not comply with requests from federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in detaining undocumented persons unless they are involved in a serious crime. Over 200 localities refused to cooperate in 2015, according to congressional testimony from the Director of ICE.Jersey City and Union City adopted sanctuary city ordinances in 2017, while other Hudson County leaders have voiced opposition to the president’s rhetoric and actions.Mayor Steven Fulop said in January, “Jersey City was founded as a city of immigrants and we are unwilling to be part of orders that break families apart or harm immigrants who are in this country.”When Union City passed on ordinance declaring sanctuary city status in February, Mayor Brian Stack said “I don’t believe that the president of the United States could make local police enforce immigration laws that are supposed to be federally enforced. Second, I don’t believe the court system will allow it. I think that common sense will prevail, and they won’t allow it.”The litigation over the executive order will continue in federal appellate court, and possibly the Supreme Court, if either case makes it that far.Should the PATH run to Newark Airport? Let the Port Authority knowThe Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold two public hearings regarding a possible PATH extension near Newark Airport.The first hearing will take place Nov. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weequahic Park Sports Authority Community Center in Newark. The center is located at 92 Carmichael Dr.The second hearing will happen Nov. 30, also from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Hilton Newark Penn Station’s Garden State Ballroom. The hotel is located at 1048 Raymond Blvd.If everything goes as planned, the new station will be located on off-airport property east of Frelinghuysen Avenue (at Noble Street), per the Port Authority website. It would also be near the Newark Liberty International Airport New Jersey Transit station and PANYNJ monorail station in Newark.“The purpose of the proposed project is to improve transit access to employment centers in Newark, Jersey City, and New York City for New Jersey commuters and increase transit options to EWR for air travelers and airport employees,” the expansion website says.For more information, contact the project team at 917-933-7440, or email [email protected] holding colorectal awareness event Dec. 4CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital is holding a free Colorectal Cancer Awareness Event on Monday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.The event will include a panel discussion, question-and-answer period and free dinner. A free take-home stool kit for screening will also be distributed.To register, email [email protected] or call (201) 795-8034. Registrants may also email [email protected] or call (201) 341-1310.The program will be held in Staff Rooms A & B at the hospital, 176 Palisade Ave.Central Avenue’s reusable tote bags are back for 2017The Central Avenue S.I.D. Management Corporation announced that thirty-six of its local businesses have again sponsored the distribution of 2,000 reusable tote bags which are now being spread to customers throughout the holidays. Central Avenue businesses have distributed 6,000 reusable tote bags during the last three holiday seasons combined.“Local Jersey City businesses are doing their part to reduce the dependence on plastic bags,” said Sanford Fishman, CASID President and pharmacist at Bond Drugs. “We want our city to be more sustainable and help reduce the amount of litter that is often seen floating around the city. This is also serves as a reminder that shopping local is the gift that keeps on giving,”Many participating businesses will hand out the tote bags on Small Business Saturday which falls on Nov. 25. This year’s stylish Central Avenue/ The Heights tote bags come in two colors: green and yellow. Sponsors are listed by business name, address, and telephone number on the bags. A list of sponsors is available on CASID’s website, Anyone who would like a reusable bag should request one during his or her next Central Avenue visit. The bags will be given away while supplies last.Shoppers and visitors will also be treated to our annual holiday decorations which include over 130 lighting pieces and forty festive banners spread throughout the district. The City of Jersey City has announced free two-hour parking in municipal lots between Black Friday (Nov. 24) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). Shoppers will save half the sales tax on retail purchases at registered UEZ businesses. Additionally, the CASID as joined the citywide effort to encourage “Shop Jersey City, Buy Local.” Many local businesses are proudly displaying a “Shop Jersey City” decal on their front doors in support.Jackson Hill Main Street in Jersey City featured in annual ‘Main Streets Across America’National Life Group has announced its annual list of Main Streets Across America, a celebration of streets in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that embrace a strong sense of community and a commitment to creating an environment where people want to live, work and play. New Jersey is represented this year by Jackson Hill Main Street, a Special Improvement District (SID) in Jersey City.“Jackson Hill Main Street is a great example of a vibrant place at the heart of its community,” said Richard Reyes of Federal Employee Benefit Counselors, an affiliate of National Life Group. “I am thrilled that it’s featured this year and that we get to share Jersey City’s community pride and unique stories with a broader audience.”A trip through the Main Streets Across America interactive map reveals many interesting features and facts about these streets and their communities, both current and historical.The Main Streets Across America website notes, “Today’s Jackson Hill District reflects the multicultural energy that has helped make Jersey City attractive to a growing number of young professionals. The local community of the district has deep roots and is home to a very culturally rich and diverse population. You can literally taste that richness along King and Monticello Avenues, whose restaurants feature Jamaican, Greek, Caribbean, Latin and American soul food.”The streets featured in Main Streets Across America were selected based on four primary categories of community attributes that reflect strong ‘main street’ values: a strong local business presence, community gathering spots and scenic vistas, celebrations of history and traditions and reflections of civic pride and diverse social and cultural events and activitiesThe Jackson Hill Main Street Special Improvement District (JHMSSID), parallels Manhattan running south to north along Martin Luther King Drive, reaching east and west as it crosses Communipaw and continues north along Monticello Avenue.“As a company, a corporate citizen and a community partner, we at National Life Group believe that main street values still exist and that a handshake, a friendly smile and a personal greeting still mean something in business and in life,” said Mehran Assadi, Chairman, CEO and President, National Life Group. “We strive to live by those main street values every day.”To view the map of this year’s Main Streets Across America, show support for your favorite street by sharing via social media or to suggest a street for next year’s list, go to: County Community College hosts holiday marketplace Dec. 17Hudson County Community College (HCCC) invites the entire community to take part in a holiday afternoon at the 2017 Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, Dec. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. This second annual event is being hosted by the College’s Department of Community Education, and will be held in the HCCC Culinary Conference Center at 161 Newkirk St., just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center in Jersey City. There is no charge for admission.Once again this year, the college is transforming the HCCC Culinary Conference Center into a winter wonderland especially for the Holiday Marketplace. Local vendors will be present with a wide variety of gifts for children, women, and men that will be available for purchase.A number of activities are planned to keep children entertained while parents and caregivers shop. There will be: holiday-themed story book readings by members of the Speranza Theater Company; a magic and puppet show; holiday crafts; face paintings; balloon animals; and opportunities for “selfies” with Santa Claus.Hudson County CASA seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit Announces December 2017 Arts EventsNew Jersey City University (NJCU) Center for the Arts is the creative umbrella for the university’s performing, visual, film, and literary arts activities. The Center, at 2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, has announced its arts and culture events for December.Highlights for December include a Holiday Concert for Peace by the NJCU Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers (Dec. 3) and the NJCU Jazz Ensemble in A Portrait of Duke Ellington (Dec. 4). Barbara London, a curator and writer who started the video collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), talks about her work (Dec. 5). In the galleries, Eileen Ferara curates On a Different Page, a group exhibition that creatively employs books in all their forms (on view thru Dec. 14).For the full Fall 2017 Calendar of Events for NJCU performing, visual, and literary arts visit For additional information call (201) 200-3426. NJCU’s spring performing arts programs will be announced in January 2018. All of NJCU’s performances and events in December are free, and reservations may be made in advance online.For more information, group sales and reservations, please contact the box office directly: [email protected]center_img ×A BIG MOVE – Marcella Cabanilla and Antonio Magliulo, children of Buon’Italia’s founder, Domenico “Mimmo” Magliulo, help celebrate the company’s expansion to Jersey City.last_img read more

O.C. Garden Club Seeking Young Talent for Flower Show

first_imgThe Ocean City Flower Show is coming up May 31 and runs through June 2 at the Ocean City Music Pier. By Maddy VitaleThe 47th annual Ocean City Flower Show is coming up and organizers are looking for some young talent to bloom.The Garden Club of Ocean City, which stages the Flower Show, is calling on all children ages 3-14 to join in the Junior Division of the show, which runs from May 31 to June 2 at the Ocean City Music Pier. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Holidays.”Everything is provided for the kids, and there is no cost to sign up. All parents or guardians and their children have to do is show up at the Music Pier on May 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to create their best Easter-themed floral baskets.The creations will be judged the following day and trophies and ribbons will be given out for the first, second and third place entries and honorable mention, said Kathy Wheatcroft, co-chair with Kay Reilly of the Flower Show subcommittee.Organizers are seeking 36 children for the Junior Division.“It is really a lot of fun to see the kids create their floral arrangements. We supply everything needed for the children, so they are all working off of a level playing field,” explained Wheatcroft, who is also the treasurer of the Ocean City Garden Club. “The kids all will have the same flowers, same container.”Wheatcroft said the friendly competition gives children something different they can do to display their artistic talents.She said over the last couple of years, children who enter the competition year after year are “aging out.”“We used to easily fill the slots for the children. Last year we had 20 Junior Division entries,” Wheatcroft said. “It doesn’t make the exhibit look as nice. We want more kids to be involved because usually they stay. The hope is that they like it so much they become novices and stay with it.”The idea of Easter-themed baskets competition after Easter is over may seem a bit late on the calendar, but Wheatcroft said not at all.Attendees at the Ocean City Flower Show in 2017 took time to smell the elaborate displays.It is clear, Wheatcroft said, that children love Easter and so do city officials, so it makes sense to have an Easter-themed competition at the Flower Show.The Flower Show is really a city event with assistance from the Ocean City Garden Club. The city puts on a huge, successful Easter Promenade Stroll and Easter Egg Hunt over the holiday and thousands of kids participate.For now, Wheatcroft said, there is not a definite list of flowers that will be used in the Junior Division competition. However, she has some pretty good ideas of what will be seriously considered.“We are usually going with things easier to use with a stronger stem,” she noted. “We will fill the Easter egg pails with oasis to stuff the flowers in. We will probably use carnations or daisies. The kids love baby’s breath. Mums may work too.”She also has an idea about the color schemes. “This one should be really bright. I foresee a lot of yellows and pinks,” Wheatcroft said. “We will go with pastel flowers.”In 2018, the theme was “Bouquets of New Jersey.” This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Holidays,” came during brainstorm sessions in meetings shortly after last year’s show, Wheatcroft explained.She urged parents and guardians to sign their budding artists up for the competition. To view the flyer go to:“It is really gratifying to watch the kids,” Wheatcroft said. “They do a lot of art in school. The Flower Show sometimes gives them confidence because they make these arrangements on their own.”Wheatcroft added that it is always fun to watch.“The kids are so uninhibited when they make their arrangements,” she said. “The adults sweat it out, where the kids just enjoy what they are doing, which is great to see.”For more information or to register a child in the Ocean City Flower Show Junior Division, call Lorraine Scott at 609-398-6281.One of the winning entries in last year’s floral competition for the Junior Division. (Courtesy Kathy Wheatcroft)last_img read more


first_imgn Nearly 80% of 17,000 mothers who took part in an FSA online survey supported the Traffic Light Labelling scheme over the rival Guideline Daily Amount labelling scheme preferred by some retailers and manufacturers.n Denver Cottage Bakery of Ilkeston in Derbyshire has been fined more than £1,800 after mouse droppings were found baked onto the outside of a bread roll. The company admitted breaches of hygiene regulations during a hearing before South Derbyshire magistrates after an investigation by health officers found a serious infestation at the bakery. Denver Cottage said it had had no previous problems and that it had now upgraded systems. It was fined £500 with £1,380 costs.n Knaresborough-based marketing company Allott & Associates is offering free advice to the food industry. In a one-off promotion, the agency will conduct a free marketing review to a number of companies. The audit takes about two hours and provides an assessment of a company’s marketing and what steps can be taken to improve it. Call 01423 867 264n A survey by trading standards officers (TSOs) in Herefordshire has shown a drop in the amount of salt being added to bread.The TSOs examined 53 different bread samples from both supermarkets and high street bakers to find an average salt content of 1.2%. This compared to a total of 1.34% in a similar survey in November 2005.n The HGCA’s Innovation is the Key half-day seminar will be held at the British Library Conference Centre in London on 14 March.last_img read more

Regular or grande cup size?

first_imgIf St Anselm’s thought a boozy bakery was bad, heaven knows how they might have reacted had Grand View Topless Coffee Shop – which has opened in the US town of Maine – opened next door. The name captures the essence of what this café has to offer without the need of further elaboration from Stop the Week.But elaborate we must! This over-18s-only emporium to beans and bosoms breezed past local objections and was given planning permission to open last week. Topless waitress Susie Wiley, 23, believed the work was not degrading to women. “No, I love it. I find it very empowering,” she said. And if that’s not testament enough to convince you that this venture is anything other than a sexist, retrograde step, there is also a bare-chested waiter on the books. And the topless nature of the work might be the answer to your recruitment problems – the café attracted 150 applicants for just 10 jobs.last_img read more

Premium pastry push

first_imgBakehouse has launched a new range of fully baked pastries called Patisse, designed to meet the demand for premium sweet pastries reminiscent of those found in high-end patisserie outlets.The new pastries come in six different varieties: caramel & pecan rosette; rhubarb crumble square; orange & poppy seed rosette; chocolate & raspberry panier; passion fruit & raspberry diamond; and apple & blackberry panier. The thaw-and-serve products are made using all-butter dough and real fruit pieces, and undergo two glazing processes before and after baking.”Our research has told us that there was a gap in the market for top-end sweet pastries and that products in this area are not readily available outside of handcrafted patisserie outlets,” said Peter Drew, innovations director at Bakehouse.The firm has also added a new Multiseed Rusticata to its Rusticata range for 2010, which already includes Baguette Rusticata, Demi Baguette Rusticata in 120g and 170g variants and a Rusticata Dinner Roll Selection. Its Rusticata breads are designed to combine the qualities of the two most popular bread types in the UK the French baguette, and Italian ciabatta. The breads, which feature a combination of: pumpkin seeds, linseeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, are stonebaked and are made using extra virgin olive oil, and semolina flour.Supplied frozen, Rusticata loaves simply need to be baked-off for 12 minutes to refresh.last_img read more

Whitbread to spin off Costa business in UK

first_imgCosta is to be demerged from the Premier Inns business and become listed as a separate company within the next two years.Owner Whitbread today (25 April) confirmed a demerger would be pursued “as fast as practical and appropriate to optimise value for shareholders”.The company said it had developed Costa into the UK’s clear leader in the out-of-home coffee market, and had made improvements in product innovation and digital capability.According to British Baker research, Costa grew by 358 sites in 2017, making it the largest bakery/coffee shop operator in the UK, ahead of Subway and Greggs.The Whitbread board said it was confident that both Premier Inn and Costa would soon be businesses of sufficient strength, scale and capability to enable them to thrive as independent companies. It added that the 24-month time frame would enable it to:complete complex and critical IT and business system upgrades and improvement programmesdeliver a recently upgraded efficiency programme that would offset a “significant proportion” of industry inflation and minimise disruption to trading and product innovation, particularly in the UKfurther develop the international strategies in both Premier Inn and Costamanage the Whitbread pension fund deficit and funding facilities, and ensuring Whitbread and Costa had appropriate governance structures in place as separate entities.“A separation will provide enhanced focus for each business and give shareholders an investment in two high-quality businesses,” said Whitbread chairman Adam Crozier.“We will ensure that prior to separation each business is sufficiently developed and well-positioned to take advantage of the structural growth opportunities available to them in the UK and internationally.“The team will now also be focused on ensuring the demerger of Costa is conducted as fast as practical and appropriate to optimise value for Whitbread’s shareholders.”Whitbread chief executive officer Alison Brittain said the company had made “tremendous progress in innovation and growth in our core UK businesses”.“Costa will become a listed entity in its own right and the clear market leader in the out-of-home coffee market in the UK. Costa will also be well positioned to build further on its strong international foundations, with growth expected in China and Costa Express.”last_img read more

HGSE awards first medal for education impact

first_imgMarshall “Mike” Smith, Ed.M. ’63, Ed.D. ’73, was awarded yesterday the first Harvard Graduate School of Education Medal for Education Impact for making a lasting difference in the field of education and on the lives of learners across the nation and beyond. Smith received the honor at the celebration of the new Ed.L.D. Program.“In recognizing Mike, we honor an exemplary researcher, policymaker, and philanthropist whose leadership has truly transformed the education sector through his four decades of service to the field,” Dean Kathleen McCartney said, calling Smith the ideal inaugural recipient of the award. “We hope the work of tonight’s medal recipient will inspire our first cohort of Ed.L.D. students, as well as Ed School students for years to come.”Upon receiving the award, Smith acknowledged that he could not have accomplished everything without the help of others, particularly his wife, Nicki, also an educator, whom he met at the Ed School as a student. “The message is you cannot grow alone. You have to be working with other people all the time whether spouses or other people important to you,” he said, noting the Ed.L.D. cohort are starting with powerful connections and encouraging them to “rise up and help each other.”The Medal for Education Impact will honor practitioners, policymakers, and researchers who work across their individual spheres of influence and whose careers are dedicated to education opportunity, achievement, and success for all children. It recognizes those who have a transformative effect on the sector through their entrepreneurial spirit, innovative strategies, collaborative work, and superior leadership. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Diet restricting sulfur amino acid triggers blood vessel formation in mice

first_imgPutting mice on a diet containing low amounts of the essential amino acid methionine triggered the formation of new blood vessels in skeletal muscle, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The finding adds insight to previous research showing that a methionine-restricted diet extends lifespan and healthspan, suggesting that improved vascular function may contribute to these benefits.“The benefits of methionine restriction in rodents are fascinating because they resemble those of calorie restriction, but without enforced restriction of food intake,” said senior author James Mitchell, associate professor of genetics and complex diseases.The study was published online March 22, 2018 in Cell.Previous work by Mitchell and colleagues has shown that a methionine-restricted diet increases production of the gas, hydrogen sulfide. This smelly molecule gives rotten eggs their characteristic odor, but is also made in our cells where it functions in myriad beneficial ways. One of these is to promote the growth of new blood vessels from endothelial cells—a process known as angiogenesis. So the researchers decided to test whether there was a direct connection between a methionine-restricted diet and angiogenesis.They fed mice a synthetic diet containing limited methionine and lacking the only other sulfur-containing amino acid, cysteine. These two amino acids are found in high amounts in protein-rich foods such as meats, dairy, nuts, and soy. After two months, the diet-restricted mice had increased the number of small blood vessels, or capillaries, in skeletal muscles compared to mice fed a control diet.These findings may provide important new targets for modulating angiogenesis in the future. Depending on the clinical context, this could include promoting angiogenesis, for example in the context of aging or vascular disease in which improved blood flow to ischemic tissues is required, or inhibiting angiogenesis where blocking new blood vessel formation could prevent tumor growth.In an accompanying paper from David Sinclair’s group at Harvard Medical School published in the same issue of Cell, the authors found that treatment with NMN — a small molecule activator of the longevity-associated protein SIRT1 — either alone or in combination with hydrogen sulfide (in the form of NaHS), increased vascular density in the skeletal muscle of elderly mice and boosted the aging animals’ exercise capacity.“We believe our findings help set the stage for therapies for a spectrum of diseases that arise from blood vessel demise,” said Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging there.Taken together, these studies point to new dietary and pharmacological approaches to improving vascular health in rodents by promoting blood vessel formation in skeletal muscle. Future studies will be required to test whether such approaches can be translated to humans.Other Harvard Chan authors include Alban Longchamp, Alessandro Arduini, Michael MacArthur, J. Humberto Trevino-Villarreal, Christopher Hine, Issam Ben-Sahra, Nelson Knudsen, Lear Brace, Justin Reynolds, Pedro Mejia, Chih-Hao Lee, and Brendan Manning. Longchamp, Arduini, and Teodelinda Mirabella from Boston University shared co-first authorship. Read Full Storylast_img read more

National Rifle Association Counter Sues New York Attorney General

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) NRA ImageNEW YORK — In the face of a lawsuit by the New York State Attorney General, the National Rifle Association is counter suing the state for what it said is a violation of its freedom of speech.The NRA’s Carolyn Meadows called New York State Attorney General Letitia James a political opportunist making a power grab as part of a political vendetta.The NRA filed a federal lawsuit against James in the Northern District of New York, stating her lawsuit restricts the organization’s freedom of speech. The NRA is also asking for a judicial declaration that the NRA complied with state law.“You could have set your watch by it: the investigation was going to reach its crescendo as we move into the 2020 election cycle,” Meadows said in a statement. “It’s a transparent attempt to score political points and attack the leading voice in opposition to the leftist agenda. This has been a power grab by a political opportunist – a desperate move that is part of a rank political vendetta. Our members won’t be intimidated or bullied in their defense of political and constitutional freedom.”In New York State’s lawsuit, James claims NRA leaders used millions of dollars from NRA reserves for personal use, including trips to the Bahamas, private jets and expensive meals.In a released statement, James said she will not back down on her efforts to dissolve the NRA, a key political opponent of the New York administration.“To be clear, no charity registered in New York state, including the NRA, can dissolve and relocate to another state without approval of my office or of the Supreme Court of New York. As long as our lawsuit continues, the NRA must stay right where it is and answer for their deep-rooted fraud. The facts speak for themselves and our lawsuit will continue undeterred,” James said.Earlier, President Donald Trump said the NRA should move to Texas.“That’s a very terrible thing that just happened. I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life. And I’ve told them that for a long time. I think they should move to Texas,” Trump said.The suit also focused on longtime NRA executive vice president and CEO, Wayne LaPierre, who is accused of spending NRA funds on private trips for himself and his family.“This is an unconstitutional, premeditated attack aiming to dismantle and destroy the NRA – the fiercest defender of America’s freedom at the ballot box for decades,” LaPierre said in a statement. “The NRA is well-governed, financially solvent, and committed to good governance. We’re ready for the fight. Bring it on.”last_img read more