WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 16, 2018:A caller reported a shed fire on Mill Road. Upon closer inspection, caller realized it was just a fire in a fire pit in front of the shed. (1:07am)While checking Town Hall, a group of juveniles scattered upon seeing the cruiser. Police caught up with one male party, who was advised of the Town Hall’s hours and to let his friends know. (1:51am)A caller reported an ongoing issue with vehicles doing donuts in the parking lot of the Woburn Street School overnight. (7:38am)A Mill Road caller reported her Cadillac was keyed overnight. (8:10am)A caller reported the traffic lights remained green on Main Street while railroad gates were down. Police notified Mass Highway. (2:26pm)A Town Beach employee reported a possible counterfeit $100 bill. Police determined bill was real. (4:40pm)Animal Control Officer transported three baby raccoons without a mother to a rehabber in Tewksbury. (4:43pm)A juvenile walked away from the Milestone Group Home on High Street. (10:35pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”
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00:00 /01:17 Listen Terry Virts, NASA | FlickrU.S. astronaut Terry Virts tweeted his followers this image in 2015 after completing a series of spacewalks with his partner astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore to prepare the International Space Station for upcoming U.S. commercial spacecraft currently in development. Virts commented on the tweet: “Mission Accomplished – 3 #spacewalks, 800′ of cable, 4 antennas, 3 laser reflectors, 1 greased robotic arm.” Share NASA astronaut Jack Fischer is set to blast off on his first trip into space from the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in March. Joining him is veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency.Fischer says some of the mission involves some commercial vehicles that will dock with the ISS, and that could involve spacewalks, or EVAs: “We have two SpaceX vehicles that will hopefully be up there during that time, one orbital vehicle that will be coming. Four or five EVAs — that still depends on the vehicle traffic. and we also have one Russian EVA to test out a new suit.” This will be the fifth flight for Yurchikhin. “I was enough big boy when in 1973 the Soviet Union and the United States begun this ‘one team exploring together’”, he says. American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have been living and working together in Earth orbit since the mid-70’s, in the Apollo-Soyuz programs. Fischer says as usual, there will be lots of scientific experiments. “We’re at about 210 experiments right now. That’ll probably go up to about 300 during the six months that we’re on orbit”, says Fischer. The astronaut adds that these missions are crucial for everything from expanding medicines to new production techniques, and they’re essential in creating a thriving commercial space industry. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizMayor Sylvester Turner is hailing the Texas House’s approval of Houston’s pension reform plan as historic. Turner is warning, though, that some of the House’s amendments could defeat the purpose of the reforms by adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the final price tag.The amendments include one by Houston Representative Dwayne Bohac, which would exempt retired firefighters from the plan’s provisions. Leaders of the firefighters’ pension fund have been among the strongest opponents of the reforms.Speaking at City Hall, Mayor Turner said he was confident House and Senate negotiators would strike the amendment from the final bill. “If it remains on,” he said, “it would cost about $27 million a year, $400 million over the life of the deal. That one has to get jettisoned.”If Governor Greg Abbott signs the reforms into law, Houston voters may still have to give their approval to a bond package in November.“If the police officers, if their pension system doesn’t get the pension obligation bonds, the $750 million, and if the municipals [municipal employees] don’t get their pension obligation bonds, the $250 million, and these are dollars that we have borrowed from those respective groups over the last fifteen years, then the city doesn’t get the reforms,” the mayor said.Turner said that, even with those challenges, Houston is closer to resolving its fiscal problems than it has been since 2001. 00:00 /01:05 X
Share Paul Ladd/AP Images for ReliantFILE — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the valve turning ceremony for the Petra Nova carbon capture and enhanced oil recovery system on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.A transgender “bathroom bill” reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools.A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the country’s second-largest state use public restrooms according to the gender on their birth certificates sailed through the Texas Senate months ago. A similar measure had stalled in the House, but supporters late Sunday night used an amendment to tack bathroom limits onto a separate and otherwise unrelated bill covering school emergency operation plans for things like natural disasters.Republican Rep. Chris Paddie authored the hotly-debated language, saying it had “absolutely no intent” to discriminate. Under it, transgender students at public and charter schools would not be permitted to use the bathroom of their choice but could be directed to separate, single-occupancy restrooms.“It’s absolutely about child safety,” said Paddie, from the East Texas town of Marshall. “This is about accommodating all kids.”His change passed 91-50. Final House approval should come Monday, sending the modified bill to the Senate, which should easily support it. Texas’ legislative session ends May 29, but that’s plenty of time — even if the bathroom bill is scaled-back enough to only affect the state’s roughly 5.3 million public school students, and not the general public.“This amendment is the bathroom bill and the bathroom bill is an attack on transgender people,” said Rep. Joe Moody, an El Paso Democrat. “Some people don’t want to admit that because they are ashamed, and this is shameful.”A small group of Democratic women legislators went into the men’s restroom just off the House floor before debate began in protest. With Republicans enjoying solid majorities in both of Texas’ legislative chambers, though, such opposition was purely symbolic.Houston Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson, one of the House’s longest-serving and most-respected members, likened the new language to when restrooms nationwide were segregated by race.“Bathrooms divided us then and bathrooms divide us now. Separate but equal is not equal at all,” Thompson said, drawing floor applause.While Barack Obama was still president, the U.S. Department of Education tried to implement requirements that school districts nationwide allow transgender students to choose campus bathrooms or locker rooms they wished to use. Texas led a lawsuit challenging that directive and a federal judge in Texas ordered it suspended. President Donald Trump then rescinded the order in February.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. House Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican from San Antonio, has been even more vocal opposing one — saying it could hurt a Texas economy that has been among the country’s strongest in recent years.Top firms, chambers of commerce and lobbyists also have decried the bathroom bill in all forms as bad for business. Many Hollywood actors and music stars have suggested state boycotts, and the NFL and NBA have expressed concerns about it passing — even though Houston successfully hosted this year’s Super Bowl.Since 2004, Texas has hosted more combined Super Bowls, NBA All-Star Games (three) and NCAA men’s Final Fours (five) than any other state. San Antonio is scheduled to host another Final Four in 2018, and Dallas is hosting the 2018 women’s NCAA Final Four.Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as “middle ground” and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill last year. The NCAA pulled sporting events and the state faced losing billions of dollars in related economic fallout, though some opposition has quieted since North Carolina lawmakers voted in March for a partial repeal.Straus said in a statement that the House amendment “will allow us to avoid the severely negative impact” of the original Senate bill, which was closer to what North Carolina’s original looked like.But opponents still vowed to fight Sunday’s Texas amendment with lawsuits.If the Legislature succeeds “in forcing discrimination into Texas law, you can bet that Lambda Legal will be on the case before the next school bell rings,” Jennifer C. Pizer, senior counsel and director of law and policy at the national gay rights group Lambda Legal, said.
We continue to follow the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. What’s next for the movement to reconstruct policing policies across the nation? We speak to students at Morgan State University who continue to protest and demonstrate for changes in in policing and the criminal justice system. Also, we continue our conversation about media coverage of the Ferguson aftermath with Lamonte Summers, assistant professor of Media Law and Ethics. All this and more this evening on First Edition with Sean Yoes.