Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Riverbank Properties, LLC, which is owned by Whitefish venture capitalist and well-known philanthropist Michael Goguen, recently purchased the 12-acre property on the corner of U.S. Highway 93 South and East 13th Street.According to Dominic Cerulli, the real estate company has no immediate plans for the property other than improving the site and removing the “eyesore.”“There are no future development plans at this point,” Cerulli said. “We’re just going to take down the buildings and get rid of the eyesore.”The nearly 100,000-square-foot building has stood vacant since North Valley Hospital moved to its current location in 2007, and Cerulli said razing the building will open up valuable green space that includes 640 feet of frontage along the Whitefish River.The building is festooned with graffiti and is boarded up, and Cerulli said a leaking roof has caused considerable water damage.The existing building is no longer useable. Cerulli said demolition will begin this summer.Along with the demolition, crews will remove fuel tanks, and Cerulli said all of the work involving hazardous materials would be through a certified contractor with the state Department of Environmental Quality.The Aspen Group of Scottsdale, Ariz., purchased the 11.75-acre plot of land in June of 2007 for $6.4 million. The firm had plans to build a 51-home resort-style development, but those plans never came to fruition.In 2013, developers with River Opportunity Project Enterprise in Whitefish purchased the property and held a series of community discussions about the possibility of locating a four-year higher education institution at the old North Valley Hospital site. Those plans did not materialize. Email
Hennepin County Jail By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Investigators are looking into a new video that appears to show the moments before George Floyd was pinned to the ground and died.On May 25, four Minneapolis Police Department officers responded to a 911 call reporting that Floyd had allegedly used a fake $20 bill to make a purchase at a local Cup Foods. About 20 minutes later, Floyd was pronounced dead following an encounter with police.The new video shows one officer leaning into the police car and scuffling with Floyd, who can’t be seen. The video was taken by a camera at the Cup Foods.The new footage comes in the wake of a viral, 10-minute cellphone video by a bystander that sparked protests across the nation. In it, former officer Derek Chauvin is seen pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed into Floyd’s neck. In the video, Floyd can be heard repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.”Floyd had complained of being “claustrophobic” and having troubling breathing before he was wrestled onto the pavement face first, according to the arrest warrant.Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.A complaint released by prosecutors on Friday claims that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, including two minutes and 53 seconds of which Floyd was non-responsive.The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s autopsy “revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,” according to the complaint.On Friday, attorneys for Floyd’s family announced they were going to conduct an independent autopsy.On Sunday afternoon, Chauvin was booked into the Hennepin County Jail, after being transferred from the Ramsey County Jail. Later that day he was again moved to the state prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, over COVID-19 and crowding concerns. His first court appearance is scheduled for June 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
In Rhineland-Palatinate, the incumbent SPD was able to defeat the CDU, reaching a projected 37.5 percent, compared to around 32.5 percent for the CDU.As expected, Merkel’s CDU was able to keep power in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, taking approximately 29 percent of the vote, according to exit polls.In all three states, the anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) managed to get into the parliament, becoming the second-strongest party in Saxony Anhalt with 23 percent of the votes, according to the ARD exit poll. AfD leader Frauke Petry said the result reflected “fundamental problems in Germany.” Also On POLITICO 5 takeaways from Merkel’s election drubbing By Matthew Karnitschnig BERLIN – Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners both suffered defeats in Sunday’s regional elections in three German federal states, which were widely viewed as a quasi-referendum on the chancellor’s refugee policy.According to an Infratest exit poll released by public broadcaster ARD, Merkel’s CDU garnered only around 27.5 percent of the votes in its former CDU stronghold of Baden-Württemberg, the third-largest of Germany’s 16 states. The conservatives were defeated by the Greens, who took over the state in 2011 and now appear to have won at least 32 percent of the vote.The SPD scored an all-time low of 13 percent of Baden-Württtemberg, and immediately blamed their setback there on what deputy party leader Ralf Stegner called “a special situation because of the popularity of state premier Winfried Kretschmann.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHarvard scientists have discovered “a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer,” reports the BBC.In experiments on mice, the stem cells were genetically engineered to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumors, without killing normal cells or themselves.Researchers said the next stage was to test the procedure in humans.(READ the story from BBC)Image via Nephron (CC license) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — With the possibility of rain looming, the Lamar baseball team is still slated to host in-state rival Rice at 6 tonight in the final contest of the 14-game home stand that opened the 2016 campaign at Vincent-Beck Stadium.Both teams will confer this morning and see if there is still a possibility of play. Continue to check LamarCardinals.com or @Lamar_Baseball on Twitter for updated information on the game.The Owls (6-6) and Cardinals (9-4) have a long-standing tradition against each other, a tradition that spans 124 games and lasts for as long as there has been LU baseball. Along with that, both head coaches are longtime managers of their respective ball clubs.Jim Gilligan, who is retiring at the conclusion of the season, is in his 39th season as the skipper for LU and has amassed more than 1,300 wins and Wayne Graham has been with the Owls as head coach since 1992 and has well over 1,000 wins. Between the two, the field will host more than 2,400 Division I wins.The all-time advantage swings Rice’s way at 78-46, including last season’s matchup that had the Owls victorious, 4-3 at The Beck. Normally, the two teams meet for a home-and-home each season, but coincidentally the first game of last year’s series was rained out.Rice, which started out the season in the Top 25, took two of three from Central Florida at Reckling Park over the weekend, including a 13-10 victory in the finale on Sunday. It started its season out with two losses in a three-game tilt with Arizona.The Owls come in with a team batting average of .237 and averages 4.2 runs a game. Shortstop Ford Proctor tops the team in hitting at .359, and is followed by Dayne Wunderlich (.333), Charlie Warren (.317) and Grayson Lewis (.306). Wunderlich, left fielder, is the team’s leader in runs and RBI with nine and 10, respectively. He also has the team’s highest slugging percentage, .455.Lamar enters the game with four .300-plus hitters as well, led by catcher Bryndan Arredondo at .465. He ranks third in the Southland Conference and 37th in the country. Reid Russell is hitting .327 on the year followed by Cutter McDowell (.314) and Jake Nash (.302).Nash comes in after a huge week that had him with eight RBI and four runs scored.Neither team has announced a starter for the contest. Next Up
STOCKHOLM – Jay Longbottom has decided to step down from his position as CEO of Haldex AB, the company has announced. Ulf Ahlén, former executive vice president of Haldex Traction, will replace him as acting CEO, beginning Dec. 1. Haldex stated the reason for Longbottom’s decision to step down as CEO stems from the challenges of residing in the U.S. while at the same time heading a publicly listed Swedish company. Based in Kansas City, Longbottom will remain in the role of president of the North American operations and assume the role as executive vice president for the Haldex Air Control division, representing 40 percent of the group’s sales. Prior to heading Haldex, Longbottom served as head of Haldex Commercial Vehicle System Division, successfully transforming the division into a truly global player with exposure to fast growing markets like China and Brazil, the company says. “We respect Jay´s decision to step down as CEO of Haldex,” said Göran Carlson, chairman of the board of Haldex AB. “Jay is a well-liked manager who has greatly added to the company’s development. We are pleased that Jay will be able to focus more on the North American market and take on the role as head of the important Air Control Division. At the same time we have secured a smooth transition with Ulf Ahlén as acting CEO, who, with his Haldex Group background will add valuable experience and competence.” “My commitment to Haldex will not in any way change. From a personal point of view this is the best solution for all parties since it has shown to be very difficult to combine living in the U.S. and leading a global company with its headquarters in Sweden,” said Longbottom. Ahlén will take over as acting CEO on Dec. 1 and will be based out of Landskrona, Sweden. Longbottom will stay on as CEO until Ahlén assumes the role. In addition, Haldex says the search for a permanent CEO has been initiated. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement