‘I Deserve Right to Leave UP, If…’

January 14, 2020

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first_imgThe Unity Party (UP) contender in the highly anticipated race for President Pro Tempore of the Liberian  Senate has said that as a rational person, he deserves the right to leave his party if that institution fails to support him.Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper disclosed that he had held meetings with some executives of the UP, including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, but no declaration of support has been extended him by the UP as a party.Speaking during a morning radio talk show yesterday at the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Senator Cooper said he is going into the race as a UP candidate, and expects that the executive committee of the party will help to ensure that their executive member wins the race.“But in the instance where I am left to fend for myself, win or lose, as a rational man, I deserve the right to leave the Unity Party; it means the party no longer has confidence in me.”Senator Cooper observed that the UP, which he has worked hard to support, now seems to be throwing its weight behind a non-partisan in such an important race.The Margibi lawmaker who chairs the committee on Public Works, confirmed rumors that President Sirleaf is supporting the Sinoe County lawmaker and Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph Nagbe.Senator Cooper declared during the talk show that though he is a UP partisan, he carries on his shoulders an independent and objective mind that is always willing to collaborate with the other two branches of government in the interest of the common people.If elected, Senator Cooper promised to ensure that departments within the Capitol Building, including janitors receive their allotments as budgeted for.He decried the demeaning condition of the LBS, and assured the staff that when the 2015/2016 national budget hearings are held, whether or not he is elected Pro Tempore, he will lobby with his colleagues in both Houses of the Legislature for a more reasonable budget for LBS.In a separate development, the bloc supporting the candidacy of Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Jallah for Pro Tempore yesterday clarified that Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif remains a staunch member of the ‘Majority Bloc.’The Daily Observer yesterday reported that one of the most powerful campaigners for the Armah Jalla bloc Senator Doe-Sherif, had been caught up in the recruiting net of President Sirleaf, who has thrown her support behind Senator Joseph Nagbe.The election of the Pro Tempore goes ahead on Thursday, February 12, in line with the Standing Rules of the Liberian Senate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


President urges Lindeners to lead by example

January 12, 2020

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first_img… as trade fair and expo opensPresident David Granger has made a call for the Linden community to lead the way in the overall development of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), as well as to leverage its status as a capital town. The President was at the time addressing officials and residents at the official opening of the Linden Trade and Investment Fair on Friday. The collaborative effort between the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) and the Linden Chamber of Commerce was officially launched back in January, under the theme, “Linden – the gateway for investment and opportunities, a window to future development”.President Granger inspects a solar panel on display in one of the boothsThe three days of activities, hosted at the Egbert Benjamin Centre at Mackenzie, is slated to wrap up this evening. A wide range of sectors and businesses are on showcase, including areas such as local manufacturing, tourism, mining, construction, furniture and agro-processing, among others. According to coordinator Staydon Payne, the Linden Trade and Investment Fair has been formulated to be more investment oriented, while exhibiting the potentials of local manufacturers and business people. In delivering the feature address, President Granger applauded the collaboration between the two organisations, while establishing his belief that the community’s confidence will translate into production and economic growth. The Head of State indicated that Linden is now a leader in capital town investment and as such, must leverage its status as a capital town. In like fashion, the President said the Upper Demerara Region must also leverage its strategic location.“Linden can draw its strength from the resources of the whole region. The prospects for the development of business and commerce and industry in Linden are linked to the development of the rest of the region. Linden will develop faster. Its progress will take you further and you’ll become richer, if it looks beyond the narrow boundaries of the town itself. Linden must lead, it must show the entire region the way forward; the way towards becoming a significant commercial and industrial centre. It must leverage its status as a capital town and as a strategic location with its stops not only of natural resources, but also of human, entrepreneurial resources,” the President established. Emphasising that the region has several advantages and has the potential to be one of the most progressive regions, the Head of State pointed to the fact that Region 10 is also rich in agricultural lands which can contribute to food security. The rich, agricultural lands, he noted has attracted much interest and the time has come for the region to look towards the creation of new products, as well as to add value to those products, using technology as a driving force.“The time has come to add value and to create new products. This region needs to unlock its potential, unleash its energy. It needs to combine its abundant natural resources with its human talent and financial capital… I want to applaud the collaboration that exist between these two organisations, the Linden Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Linden Enterprise Network… This is important for us. It emphasises the importance of partnership aimed at invigorating investment in activating business and stimulating economic development. It encourages capital towns… We must adopt the model of positive economic development.” The President also emphasised the important roles which the public and Private Sectors can play in such development and the importance of the collaboration between the two, in helping to overcome the challenges within the region, while pointing to its strategic location. He also highlighted the region’s potential for eco-tourism while noting that Linden cannot develop in isolation from the rest of the region. Also pointing to a range of skilled persons which the region possess President Granger expressed the need to master information technology, not only to sell products but be informed about market demands. He encouraged Lindeners to learn the art of saving and to invest prudently, while tapping into advertising opportunities offered through local celebrities and the Diaspora, as a tool for marketing many of its local products. Also present at the event was Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, among others.last_img read more


Campuses overseen by district

December 29, 2019

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson – Daily News Charter schools are public schools funded by taxpayer money allocated by the state of California. They have their own boards and operate independently of local school districts, based on a contract outlining their goals and procedures. However, districts have oversight responsibility over charter schools and can revoke a charter if the school fails to meet its stated objectives. According to a study by the California Charter Schools Association, charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District outperformed noncharter campuses by an average of 39 points on the Academic Performance Index, a state benchmark for student achievement. LAUSD officials dispute the results, saying their calculations show that 37 percent of traditional and district-affiliated charters met benchmarks, compared with 33 percent of independent charters. last_img read more


Brockman big UW catch

December 29, 2019

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first_img His sister, Kirsten, played basketball for Washington and his brother, Paul, at Bellevue Community College. Jon always was trying to keep up with his siblings and learned how to ride a bike without training wheels before he was 3. He credits family pickup games for instilling work ethic. “They would always beat me,” Jon said. “I was always losing to one of them. That made me work harder every time.” Gordy was at the L.A. Sports Arena, where Brockman had nine points and seven rebounds in Washington’s 86-77 win at USC on Thursday. Becky stayed behind for her school’s Grandparents Day on Friday but will be in Los Angeles for today’s game. Turning down UCLA wasn’t easy for anyone in the family, according to Becky. “Between Coach Howland and Coach Wooden and (Pauley Pavilion), we know they’re building something special there,” Becky said. “Coach Howland and his staff were incredible. That made it a difficult choice. But he’s a family guy. When it came down to it, he wanted to play where his family and friends could continue to be part of it.” UCLA probably figured it had a better chance of landing Brockman when his good friend, Adam Heater, committed to play for UCLA’s football team. The Heater and Brockman families became good friends as a result of their childhood friendship. Heater said Brockman is one of the top five people he’s ever met. And one of the most competitive. “Jon’s always been competitive,” Heater said. “He can play basketball in jeans and go full speed diving for balls. That’s how he is. He loves to compete.” Romar gave Brockman top billing as a player that comes around once every decade. The praise is just fine for Brockman, as long as he makes good on those statements. “I have to be able to back that up,” Brockman said. “I’m just playing as hard as I can. That’s what I try to do every time I’m on the court.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA figured Jon Brockman was a perfect fit for the program. Of course, so did Duke, Washington and countless others. He was a throwback player, a tall, physical power forward with an unparalleled work ethic. He had the character and academic resume to match. The Bruins decided to pull out all the stops to try to win over the heralded recruit and his family a breakfast with John Wooden. “That was unbelievable,” Brockman said. “I’d met him a couple of times. That man, he’s an incredible man. It was the experience of a lifetime.” His mom, Becky, agreed. But even a visit with Wooden couldn’t trump Brockman’s family. And Brockman, who’s from Snohomish, Wash., chose Washington. Brockman is starting and already having a stellar freshman season for the 13th-ranked Huskies (13-2), who play No. 11 UCLA (14-2) today at Pauley Pavilion. Brockman, who’s 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, is averaging 10.1 points and is fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding with 7.1 per game. He won a starting spot in Washington coach Lorenzo Romar’s starting rotation by the season opener. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Romar said players like Brockman come around once every 10 years. “He gives you everything he has,” Romar said. “He looks you in the eye when you constructively criticize him. You try to motivate him. He nods his head and says, ‘Whatever you need me to do, Coach.” “ Howland loves to recruit big, strong frontcourt players and that’s what made his Pittsburgh team a success. “UCLA wanted him badly,” said Rick Kimbrel, a recruiting analyst for rivals.com. “They were one of the first teams to acknowledge him as a Division I-type guy. It’s hard to get a kid away from home.” Brockman, the youngest of four children, is the son of educators. Becky is an elementary school principal and his dad, Gordy, is an assistant principal at Snohomish High. Neither can take much time off work and Brockman wanted his family to be a part of his collegiate basketball career. last_img read more


SENATOR DEMANDS NEW ALL-IRELAND STRATEGY FOR FARMING

December 29, 2019

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first_imgPadraig Mac LochlainnSinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed to “immediately outline the Governments strategy for assisting our farming community and protecting their interests that are clearly threatened by the Brexit vote”.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “The recent Brexit vote will damage many sectors of the Irish and EU economies and there is no sector more vulnerable than the farming sector across the island of Ireland. With 51% of exports from agriculture going to the UK and similarly 51% of imports returning via the same route, it is ‘absolutely vital that a free trade agreement is sustained between both markets regardless of the UK’s future position within the single market of the EU’.“The last thing farmers need is the return of tariffs which will seriously erode the already lowered incomes being earned by farmers across the Agri-sector. The almost daily deterioration in the value of sterling is causing deep concern for farming families and as we know this is as a direct result of the Brexit vote. “These issues along with many others at play are as a direct consequence of Brexit. I and my colleagues in Sinn Féin are particularly worried by the recent comments from the German Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, where he suggested that the Common Agricultural Policy should be cut substantially and I now call on Minister Creed to immediately rebuff these comments and now stand up in defence of Irish farmers.“I am now calling for the Government strategy to be compiled on an all island basis as part of an All-Ireland forum suggested by Sinn Féin with special recognition given to agriculture as part of any future negotiations on Brexit given the almost unbreakable nature with which farming communities both North and South work together at present.” SENATOR DEMANDS NEW ALL-IRELAND STRATEGY FOR FARMING was last modified: July 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more


MUMS EAT FREE AT LETTERKENNY’S RADISSON BLU HOTEL ON MOTHER’S DAY!

December 28, 2019

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first_imgThe family owned Radisson Blu Letterkenny will be treating mother’s this Sunday the 6th of March. From 12.30pm – 4pm the special mother can enjoy a 5 Course Lunch completely free with a table of 4 or more. Enjoy a self serve starter buffet (including fresh fruits, chilled meats & selection of seafood), seasonal soup, table served main courses, self serve dessert table & selection of cheeses, followed by tea or coffee – All for only €23.95 per adult & kids eat half price!Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment on +353749194444.Full menu can be found here: https://goo.gl/obB5XkMUMS EAT FREE AT LETTERKENNY’S RADISSON BLU HOTEL ON MOTHER’S DAY! was last modified: February 29th, 2016 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:letterkennyMother’s DayRadisson Blulast_img read more


Back with a bang! The players who returned to their club in style – Rooney next?

December 27, 2019

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first_img Ian Rush at Liverpool – His goals made him a favourite at Anfield and in the 1983/84 season Rush scored 47 goals in all competitions for Liverpool, who won the First Division, League Cup and European Cup. He was sold to Juventus in 1986, but returned with a bang in 1988 and continued his excellent goal scoring. His final Liverpool record reads: 346 goals in 660 games. 9 Thierry Henry at Arsenal – Henry enjoyed legendary status at Arsenal and left for Barcelona as a hero in 2007. He had scored 226 goals in all competitions since 1999 and fans were delighted he re-joined – on a two month loan from New York Red Bulls – in 2012. It wasn’t illuminating, but Henry still managed to score twice in seven games. Gordon Cowans at Aston Villa – Between 1979 and 1983, Cowans didn’t miss a game for Villa and was a key member of the league and European Cup winning side in 1981 and 1982. The midfielder left for Bari in 1985, but returned three years later under Graham Taylor. Again, his influence was considerable as Villa finished as runners-up to Liverpool in 1990; their highest position since the 1980/81 season. He left again in 1991, but returned for a third spell in 1993. 9 Carlos Tevez at Boca – In 2015 Tevez returned to Boca, the Argentine club where he made his name. Thousands of fans packed the club’s Bombonera stadium to welcome him back after 11 years away. His first spell saw him score 38 goals in 110 games and win the Copa Libertadores in 2003. In his second spell he helped Boca win an Argentine league and cup double and we shouldn’t forget the impact Juan Roman Riquelme had when he returned to Boca on loan in 2007, as he helped win the Copa Libertadores. 9 9 Wayne Rooney to go back to Everton and shine?For the salary he is reportedly set to be paid at Goodison Park, then you’d bloody well hope so.There are countless examples of players returning to their former club and still wowing the crowd and here, talkSPORT.com looks at some of them beginning with Mark Hughes at Manchester United.Have a look here for all the latest transfer rumours. 9 Nemanja Matic at Chelsea – Sold by Chelsea to Benfica in 2011 as part of the David Luiz deal, Matic shone in Portugal and the Blues were forced to shell out £21m to bring him back in 2014. His presence in the middle helped Jose Mourinho win the Premier League in 2015 as well as the League Cup and he was again instrumental in the league and FA Cup double in the 2016/17 season where he scored a brilliant goal against Spurs in the semi-final at Wembley. David Luiz at Chelsea – When Luiz left Chelsea for £50m in 2014 people thought PSG were crazy, so when the Blues decided to bring him back, eyebrows were raised. Luiz had left a nice and comfortable life in Paris, but risked it to come back to where he had many doubters. It was a decision which rewarded him with a Premier League winners medal to go with the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League medals he won in his first spell. Luiz was easily one of the best defenders in the league last season. 9 9 Jurgen Klinsmann at Tottenham – Klinsmann only played one full season at Tottenham, but it was a memorable one for those who witnessed it. His arrival in 1994 stunned a lot of people, but his 20 Premier League goals endeared him to supporters, so when Spurs were staring relegation in the face during the 1997/98 season, the striker’s return lifted a lot of spirits. He signed on loan in January for the remainder of the season and scored nine times in 15 games to keep the north London side in the top flight. 9 Mark Hughes at Manchester United – Wayne Rooney is said to be on his way to back to Everton, the club where it all began for him. Will it be a successful reunion? Time will tell but here, talkSPORT.com looks at other players who returned with a bang beginning with Mark Hughes. Having made his Man United debut in 1983 and won the Young Player of the Year in 1985, Barca snapped him up a year later, however, it was not a successful move. United brought him back in 1988 – after a short loan at Bayern – and Hughes picked up the Player of the Year award in his first season back. Eventually, during the seven campaigns of his second spell, the Welshman hit 116 goals in 352 games, helping the club win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and a UEFA Super Cup. 9 Juan Sebastian Veron at Estudiantes – He started at Estudiantes, the club he supported and eventually returned there after first establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the world at Sampdoria, Parma and Lazio. In 2006 he returned to help win a first title for 23 years, but then in 2009 the club won its first Copa Libertadores since 1970. Veron’s dad, Ramon, had played in the successful Estudiantes sides to win the prestigious South American trophy three years in a row from 1968.last_img read more


PETROL BOMB DUO TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY

December 26, 2019

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first_imgTwo young men will appear in court today charged with having petrol bombs intending to use them to do damage in Co Donegal.Darren Grant, 21 (pictured right) and Damian Carlin, 18, had previously been charged with having the devices at Figary, Fahan on July 20th last.Grant, of Park Mor, Buncrana and Carlin of Keelogs, Linsfort, Buncrana made no reply when charged under Section of the Criminal Justice Act at a previous siting of the court. Garda Inspector David Murphy had said he was seeking a long adjournment to allow the State to investigate all matters.“This is a long and detailed investigation,” he said.Both men will appear again today before Buncrana District Court when another adjournment in the case is expected.PETROL BOMB DUO TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY was last modified: December 7th, 2011 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:Damian CarlinDarren GrantInishowenpetrol bombslast_img read more


SWILLY GROUP CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS IT ANNOUNCES 10 NEW JOBS

December 25, 2019

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first_imgDonegal training company, the Swilly Group has announced the creation of ten new jobs.A major recruitment drive has begun at the Letterkenny company to fill these vacant positions to start in early 2013.The Swilly Group has secured a number of major training contracts to start in early 2013. The training business unit within the Swilly Group are actively advertising and recruiting tutoring and support staff. Karl Sweeney, Director of Training Services at the Swilly Group, said “We are delighted to announce this major expansion of our training division.“We have secured a number of major training contracts for 2013 the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks”.Karl continues, “We are looking for highly qualified tutors in the areas of Healthcare, Computer Networking and Transport Management”. A number of office administration positions are also to be filled”.The Swilly Group is located in the i:Tek building on Business Park Road, Letterkenny. The Group currently employ 35 full and part time staff with offices in Letterkenny, Dublin and Belfast. The company won the overall award of Donegal Enterprising Business of the Year in 2011 and received an “Excellence in Marketing Award” at this year’s Letterkenny Business Awards.The Swilly Group is interested in hearing from persons with qualifications and tutoring experience in Healthcare, Computer Networking or Transport Management.The vacant positions are currently advertised on www.monster.ie. Alternatively persons wishing to apply for any of the vacant positions can email their CV to info@swillygroup.com. SWILLY GROUP CONTINUES TO EXPAND AS IT ANNOUNCES 10 NEW JOBS was last modified: December 11th, 2012 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:new jobsSwilly Grouplast_img read more


Aging Crips harbor regret

December 25, 2019

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first_imgEntering middle age, Chico Brown lives in the world of children. He greets them at school, settles their fights, listens to their problems, watches them finish their homework, coaches their basketball teams, offers them rides home, reads their letters. He has four of his own children too, most of them nearly grown. But “they didn’t know me,” he says – for most of their lives, he was in prison. Now a gang-intervention specialist, dedicated to keeping kids from following his path, Brown was once a notorious drug dealer, an integral part of an operation that supplied much of Los Angeles with crack. He was a member of the Crips, the band of neighborhood toughs, co-founded by Stanley Tookie Williams, that became a national phenomenon. Williams is scheduled to be executed Dec. 13; only clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or a stay of execution from the courts will save his life. The old Crips see gangs that have only grown more menacing since their days, even as rap music has glorified the culture that surrounds them. In Los Angeles, there were about 750 gang-related murders last year, almost twice the number of murders the year Williams was arrested. The number of gang members nationwide has grown to more than 650,000, the bulk of them in Los Angeles, though Crips and their self-professed offshoots have been implicated in murders from Washington state to Missouri to North Carolina. But the people who were there at the start also remember the circumstances that led them to join the gang in the first place, and what it was like before crack and guns changed everything. The Crips began in the early 1970s as a loose association of boys from Compton, neighborhood toughs with a reputation for being good with their hands. The fighting, the posing, the clothes, all seemed like good, clean fun in the day. “It was the end of the Vietnam War, and there were a lot of young, delinquent youth without any kind of political or religious philosophy,” said Wes McBride, a retired Los Angeles gang investigator who policed the early gangs. “The gangs grew out of poverty and despair.” Membership did not require much, just the willingness to fight and the desire to belong. “Everyone I knew was in a gang, for one minute,” said Malcolm Dinwiddie, 50, a real estate consultant who grew up in Compton. “Those guys (the Crips) were just the guys in the neighborhood, guys you talked to standing on the corner. We swam together at the pool. We got our hair braided by the same gal. You had straight-A students who ran with those guys.” “It’s a culture, it’s ghetto life,” said Ronnie M. Gibson, an early Crip. “You assimilate to your environment. It was survival of the fittest. You weren’t thinking about going to college. You were thinking about being a pimp or a hustler. It was the day of Shaft and Superfly, and those things had an effect on us.” A call to religion, in 1981, finally took Gibson away from the thug life. He went to college, got married to a professor of biblical studies and started a ministry in Riverside. “It’s not fate,” Gibson said. “I call it amazing grace.” Chico Brown blames himself for so much that has gone bad in the black community. By selling crack, he lived a prince’s life. He wore Bijan suits, drank Cristal champagne, drove a Mercedes and sat courtside at Lakers games. It was a life he helped glorify. These days he wears T-shirts and jeans, drives a white Impala. He often eats whatever happens to be served for lunch at the school cafeteria when he makes his rounds, talking to students and principals, looking for the first sign of any trouble. The faces that look up to him have hard expressions. He knows some of them want to be what he was, a drug dealer, because that means money and a certain kind of respect. Showing his age, he blames rap videos. But he also he blames himself. “I didn’t see the damage I was causing,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals His supporters say he has reformed in the 25 years since he was sentenced to death for the murders of four people – writing children’s books, renouncing his gang ties, preaching an end to violence and gangs. To kill him, his supporters say, is a crime; he is capable of great things. Lost in the extremes of Williams’ story are the stories of other men, who grew up in the same place, in the same times, with many of the same deficits and opportunities. Original gangsters like Williams are difficult to find. If they survived, they disappeared into the woodwork of unremarkable lives. There are old Crips who have reformed, men like Chico Brown. But there are others who never had the opportunity: Raymond Washington, who co-founded the Crips with Williams, was shot and killed in 1979, a murder that remains unsolved. The old Crips who survived often look back at their youth, and what they did in those days, with chagrin and great regret. “I never saw families torn apart, parents hooked on crack, crack babies in intensive care, kids growing up without their parents … ,” said Brown, 40. “There is an entire generation of people that don’t own houses because they were on crack, or in prison.” last_img read more