first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.President Barack Obama laid out more than a dozen new initiatives Tuesday in the first State of the Union address of his second term, packing an array of issues into the hour-long speech, including four—climate change, immigration, veterans and gun control—of particular importantance to Long Islanders, a few of whom were in the audience.Obama started off flat while discussing his budget and tax reform proposals, but he worked his way up to an emotional plea for Congress to enact new restrictions on firearms sales to reduce the number of gun deaths nationwide. He sounded encouraged by current immigration reform talks among lawmakers, but the president oscilated between urging the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to negotiate a compromise on the upcoming deficit reduction plan known as sequestration, and threatening to use executive orders if Congress doesn’t act on global warming.“We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen, were all just a freak coincidence,” Obama said, referring in part to the Oct. 29 hurricane-nor’easter hybrid that ravaged LI and the Northeast. “Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science—and act before it’s too late.”The president remained vague on most of his proposals, choosing to paint a broad picture of the goals he’s setting for the year to come, but did get into some specifics while discussing immigration and, to a lesser degree, gun control.“Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals,” the president said, before rallying for a vote on the bill. “Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because these police chiefs, they’re tired of seeing their guys and gals being outgunned.”Among those top cops was John Aresta, the Malverne village police chief, whose uncle was among six murdered in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre. He was invited to attend by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), whose husband was killed and son injured in the same shooting spree that launched her to the national stage to advocate for gun control.“I personally don’t see a reason why anybody would need a 30-round clip or a 10-round clip for an assault rifle,” Aresta had told Fox Business News  last month shortly after New York State passed sweeping new gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown elementary school massacre in December.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), the lone Republican among LI’s five-member Congressional delegation, wrote on Twitter that he was disapointed in Obama’s lack of focus on unemployment and deficit reduction, but co-authored an op-ed in Politico expressing support for ensuring background checks for all  gun purchases, with the exception of gifts between family members or temporary transfers for hunters. He noted national estimates that only four in 10 gun buyers are subject to such checks.New York City got two mentions. Obama first touted the heroic nurses who evacuated newborn babies from the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan during Sandy, signaling Menchu Sanchez by name. She was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama. He later extolled the benefits of P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York and IBM, where students graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in computers or engineering—a model he wants emulated nationwide.The emphasis on improving education to better the economy dovetailed with his reasons for supporting immigration, a hotly debated issue on LI, where undocumented Hispanic immigrant day laborers have repeatedly been victims of Suffolk County hate crimes in recent years.“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants,” Obama said, emphasizing that reform must include stronger border security, cutting waiting periods, attracting highly skilled engineers and “establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship—a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and … learning English.”But some immigration issues are easier to solve than others. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) invited as his guests Dania and Nick Marvos, a Little Neck couple who were in the process of adopting a 1-year-old boy named Ari from Russia until two months ago when Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning American adoptions of Russian children. The move was widely seen as retaliation for a recently passed U.S. law punishing Russian human rights violators.“Waiting for news to see if we will be allowed to bring our baby home has been one of the most trying times in our lives,” Dania Mavros said in a statement released by Israel’s office. “Devastating does not capture the emotional roller coaster that we are enduring every day.”Congressman Israel said he is negotiating to help the couple complete the adoption process despite the new Russian law in an attempt to save their son-to-be from growing up in an orphanage. Thousands of other cases are also in jeopardy.Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) invited Dina McKenna of Lindenhurst, whose husband, Sgt. William McKenna, died in 2010 of cancer caused by his exposure to toxic fumes from burn pits the military used for disposing of hazardous waste in Iraq. Bishop had laws passed to curtail the use of burn pits and require the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve its treatment of soldiers exposed to them.“All veterans whose health may have been affected by toxic burn pits must be accounted for and given the health care and support they have earned,” Bishop said in a statement.Obama’s nod to veterans came as he promised to better defend against cyber attacks, end the more than decade-long war in Afghanistan “by the end of next year,” prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons and isolate North Korea for its provocations in testing nuclear weapons potentially capable of being fitted on inter-continental ballistic missles. He reiterated plans to strengthen U.S. missle defense to block such an attack.The commander-in-chief also made clear that while the military will not be sending large numbers of troops abroad for Iraq-style occupations, he vaguely referred to special operations forces that will continue to hunt al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan and wherever else they may be hiding. He made veiled reference to the continued deployment of predator drones despite recently renewed controversy over their use to kill American citizens working with terrorists, such as Westbury-native Samir Khan, the al-Qaeda propagandist killed in U.S. airstrikes alongside militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011.“Where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Maui Invitational tournament unveiled its schedule and bracket for the 2013 tournament, and Syracuse will battle some familiar faces.The Orange will open its schedule with a game against St. Francis (N.Y.) in the Carrier Dome on Nov. 18 before facing Richard Pitino-led Minnesota in its first game in Hawaii on Nov. 25.Pitino, son of Louisville head coach and former SU assistant Rick Pitino, is entering his first season as the Golden Gophers’ head coach.The winner of Syracuse’s first round matchup with Minnesota will face the winner of Arkansas-California the next day. The losers will also play each other in the consolation bracket.All games in Hawaii will be played in Maui’s Lahaina Civic Center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange defeated the Razorbacks in a game in Fayetteville, Ark., as part of the SEC/Big East Challenge last season. SU knocked the Golden Bears out of the NCAA Tournament with a third-round victory in San Jose, Calif. last year, too.The other half of the bracket features matchups between Baylor and Division-II Chaminade, the host of the tournament, and Dayton and Gonzaga. The Bulldogs were a No. 1 seed in the Tournament last season, but exited in the third round.Final games of the tournament will be played on Nov. 27. The full bracket is available here. Comments Published on July 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgWho could have predicted this: A Super Bowl featuring two of the NFL’s top offenses, in one of the highest scoring seasons in league history, turned into an historic defensive showdown.In the end, New England’s defense held the upper hand, carrying the Patriots to a 13-3 victory. It’s the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, topping Super Bowl 7, when the Dolphins beat the Redskins 14-7. But while the Rams came out on the short end of this score, they have the cornerstones of a dynasty in place. Goff was criticized at times this season, and didn’t have his best game in the Super Bowl, but credit the Patriots’ defense for holding him in check. He finished 19-of-38 for 229 yards and that key interception by Gilmore. Gurley is arguably the NFL’s best running back when healthy, and the offensive line ranks near the top of the league. The defense’s performance speaks for itself. When you hold Brady and the Patriots to three points for 53 minutes in a Super Bowl, you’ve made a huge statement.Coach Sean McVay has all the pieces to make it back to the big game next year. It’s worth noting the Rams became only the second team in Super Bowl history not to score a touchdown. The Miami Dolphins were the first such team, way back in Super Bowl 6. The next season, of course, the Dolphins won the Super Bowl to finish a perfect 17-0 season.This is obviously not to say the Rams will be that dominant next season. Yet it’s been said that sometimes a team has to make a championship game before it’s ready to win one. Bottom line: Don’t be surprised to see the Rams make a return appearance next year. Here are three takeaways from the latest Patriots Super Bowl victory.Defenses ruled, and we shouldn’t be surprisedHow thoroughly did the defenses dominate this game? Neither team ran a play in the red zone until midway through the fourth quarter. The Rams punted eight straight times at one point. Given the defensive talent on both teams, maybe we should have seen this defensive battle coming.The underrated Patriots defense pressured Goff all night and took running backs Gurley and C.J. Anderson out of the game. The pass rush sacked Goff four times, and the secondary was especially great in keeping receivers Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks under control. And when Goff did get the ball away, the Patriots defensive backs made plenty of big plays. Gilmore in particular made two consecutive game-saving plays with around 4 minutes remaining, first knocking away a potential touchdown pass to Cooks, and then picking off Goff.Stephon Gilmore comes down with the big INT of Jared Goff.pic.twitter.com/bEJw5tasC2— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 4, 2019On the other side, Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Dante Fowler and the rest of the Rams’ front seven made Brady look very average most of the night. They pressured him and made him rush his reads and throws. Even when Brady got the ball away, he took a beating, as on this encounter with two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Donald.Aaron Donald is the one who knocks pic.twitter.com/7lRrL0tK9M— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) February 4, 2019So this didn’t turn into the scoring fest most fans expected — or might have preferred — but give the defenses their due.The ‘Patriot Way’ still works, despite the dramaThe Patriots are the greatest dynasty in U.S. sports history (apologies to the mid-century Yankees and the 1960s Celtics).Much has been said and written about the “Patriot Way,” the team-first, machine-like approach that Belichick brought to New England. The approach has now reaped six Super Bowl wins.It still works. This was supposed to be the season it showed cracks. Remember that report from January 2018, that claimed Brady, Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft were feuding behind the scenes over who deserved more credit for the Patriots’ success? And when the Patriots stumbled a bit during the season, naysayers used it as proof the dynasty was cooked.That report and those thoughts seem ridiculous in retrospect. The Patriots are still fundamentally sound, execute plays, and minimize their mistakes. From a personnel standpoint, they exemplify the “team-first” approach. You don’t see Patriots stars holding out for big contracts, or causing scenes. The Patriots don’t go out and sign big deals to bring in superstars who often bring a prima-dona attitude with them.Perhaps no one exemplifies the Patriot Way better than Edelman. The 32-year-old veteran won MVP honors for the game after compiling 10 catches for 141 yards.The Rams tried everything to stop Edelman, but he kept finding seams in the defense. And he racked up some big yards after the catch, as on this key play late in the game.Julian Edelman has 8 catches for 120 yards.Robert Woods leads the Rams with 2 catches for 25 yards. pic.twitter.com/u2BYeDFIDf— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 4, 2019Edelman is not flashy. Like most Patriots not named Tom Brady, he doesn’t put up gaudy statistics. All he does is get open and catch passes. That proved to be a particularly useful skill in the Super Bowl.Despite rumors of its demise, the Patriot Way rolls on into the 2019 season, alive and well.We haven’t heard the last of Sean McVay and this Rams teamThe Rams came into this game as the most disrespected conference champion in recent memory. Despite their fine performance this season, many fans and critics thought the Saints were more deserving of a Super Bowl appearance given that controversial no-call in the NFC championship. Super Bowl 53: Patriots WR Julian Edelman wins MVP honorscenter_img It is the Patriots’ second Super Bowl title in three years and sixth title overall, all during the Brady-Belichick era. The Patriots are now tied with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships.Patriots receiver Julian Edelman picked up the MVP award and Tom Brady ended up with OK stats (21-of-35 for 262 yards) but this night belonged to Dont’a Hightower, Stephon Gilmore and the rest of the Patriots defenders, who frustrated Rams quarterback Jared Goff, made Todd Gurley a non-factor, and made one big play after another. Related News Super Bowl 53: 10 incredible stats from the Patriots’ win over the Ramslast_img read more