“The situation is quite serious,” Jeong said.The two countries have significantly scaled back traditional joint military exercises so as to facilitate US nuclear talks with North Korea.This spring they planned to hold a command coordination exercise.Topics : The United States and South Korea said Monday they were considering scaling back a military exercise planned for this spring because of the coronavirus epidemic.The commander of US forces in South Korea, General Robert Abrams, and the head of that country’s joint chiefs of staff, General Park Han-ki, “are looking at scaling back the command post training due to concerns about the coronavirus,” US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at a news conference.His South Korean counterpart, Jeong Kyeong-doo, said at the same briefing that 13 servicemen from his country have become infected with the virus and that all leave for the military has been cancelled nationwide so as to limit soldiers’ movements.
This wasn’t counting down the final seconds of a Lakers championship win against the hated Boston Celtics. It wasn’t living or dying with a last-second shot by Kobe Bryant or frantically watching Magic Johnson’s baby hook float through the hot, muggy air of Boston Garden so many years ago.But after agonizing through two of the worst seasons in franchise history the past two seasons and nervously looking ahead to an uncertain future, Lakers fans had every reason to sweat out the final seconds before the Purple and Gold made its most pivotal draft pick in decades.• Photos: Lakers get their (point) man, D’Angelo Russell“We want Russell, we want Russell, we want Russell,” a throng of them shouted Thursday from Tom’s Urban restaurant across the street from Staples Center at L.A. Live. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was clear their preference was dynamic Ohio State guard DeAngelo Russell, a slick, athletic 6-foot-5 combination of shooting and passing ability. Rather than Duke center Jahlil Okafor, who had been connected to the Lakers ever since the Minnesota Timberwolves locked in on Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns.As far as the fans were concerned, anyway, the choice was easy.• Video: Watch as Russell is introduced as Lakers pickAnd as NBA commissioner Adam Silver approached a podium 3,000 miles away in Brooklyn, New York, he could barely get out Russell’s name before a 150 or so fans blew the roof off a restaurant just a few steps away from the arena he will soon call home. It wasn’t another championship banner rising above the rafters at Staples Center. But right now, the Lakers and their frustrated fans will settle for adding a piece of the puzzle that might just lead to the next one.• Photos: Scott, Kupchak react to drafting RussellFor the first night in years, Lakers fans had something to be happy about.“Yes, we got our guy,” shouted 31-year-old fan Omar Juarez from East L.A.A few feet away, 22-year-old Semone Fetermon breathed a sigh of relief.“That was who I wanted,” Fetermon said. “That’s the guy I’ve wanted all along.”But like all of Lakers Nation, he had to wait out an anxious process in which the Lakers’ front office debated drafting Russell and his enormous backcourt playmaking ability or going the more traditional route by selecting Duke center Jahlil Okafor.Armed with their highest pick in decades, it was almost guaranteed the Lakers would end up with a potential future All-Star. And with nearly a wide-open roster to work with, no matter who they decided on would immediately become a key contributor and one of the cornerstones on which they will build around.The question was whether they’d remain true to their history of constructing title-contending rosters around a dominant big man — this is a franchise that’s used Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol to patrol the middle on championship clubs — or follow the recent NBA trend of building around long-range shooting, dynamic playmaking guards.Since being awarded the second pick in the draft last month, it seemed more likely they would gamble that the low-post offensive wizardry of Okafor would give them their latest dominant big man. But as the weeks and days pulled them closer to making their most important decision in years, Russell kept growing and growing and growing on them. In the end, his ability to control a game as an effortless scorer and gifted passer — coupled with mounting concerns about Okafor’s defensive shortcomings — were too much too pass up.And in a league that’s becoming more reliant on dominant guard play and 3-point shooting, by the time their pick arrived Thursday, Russell was the clear choice.“You can go back and forth and clearly that’s a discussion or a debate you can have for a couple of hours,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “You look around this building and you see Chamberlain and you see Jabbar and you see Shaquille, those are three pretty good centers. “And there was a center available that we did not select. So, and then there’s also Jerry West, and Gail Goodrich and Magic Johnson. You can debate the whole topic.”Based on the reaction at Tom’s Urban, it was a decision that made their fans ecstatic.“He’s got star potential. He’s got an ‘it’ factor,” Juarez said. “This is Los Angeles. The Lakers are about star power. And DeAngelo has that kind of potential.”And by going small with Russell, perhaps the Lakers tipped their hand a bit as far as what might be waiting in free agency next month.All of a sudden, a backcourt of Russell and emerging second-year guard Jordan Clarkson must look pretty good to potential free agent bigs around the league. Throw in second-year forward Julius Randle, who has dropped 20 pounds and is reportedly wowing Lakers brass with his summer work, and the Lakers have an enticing young core to attract veteran stars.Did I mention they could have more than $20 million to spend this summer? And even more next summer when Kobe Bryant’s contract comes off the books and the salary cap takes a significant bump up when the new TV contract kicks in?Even before the draft started Thursday, there was talk the Lakers sat atop the wish list of Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, a free agent who reportedly told the Blazers he will not return.Could an Aldridge/Lakers marriage be in the making?On a night the Lakers when the Lakers went small, it was easy to dream big.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State is reporting that they have arrested a woman who posed as a photographer in an effort to kidnap a woman’s newborn.The Sheriff’s department says they began investigating the suspect who went by the name Juliette Parker on Facebook after the victim contacted them believing she may have been drugged by the suspect.The victim told authorities that she met Parker in a Facebook group where Parker advertised free newborn photo sessions because she wanted to build her photography portfolio.The victim told investigators that the suspect visited her home three times with her 16-year-old daughter and took selfies with the newborn. She also said that she noticed that the suspect would wipe her fingerprints off of everything she touched.On the third visit, Parker and her daughter brought the mother a cupcake and several moments after the victim ingested the cupcake she began feeling drowsy and numb.The victim then kicked the pair out of her home. While the suspect and her daughter did leave, the victim noticed that her house keys were missing and contacted the police believing she may have been drugged.After an investigation, authorities reported that they found evidence that there were several other victims and that the suspect planned to steal a newborn and raise it as her own:“Our detectives have worked tirelessly on this case, conducting multiple interviews and obtaining several search warrants,” the department said. “This detailed investigation identified additional victims and garnered evidence that indicate that the suspect was planning to steal a newborn baby to raise as her own.”
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College is joining other community and technical colleges state-wide in celebrating Adult Literacy Week.“Washington’s economic growth and prosperity depends on our ability to make education and job training universally accessible to citizens of all ages and backgrounds,” Gov. Christine Gregoire said in a proclamation recognizing Oct. 15-20 as Adult Literacy Week across the state.Critical to improving the job skills and basic skills of Washingtonians, South Puget Sound Community College, as well as other community and technical colleges in the state, offer a variety of Adult Basic Education programs, from GED and IBEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training), to English as a Second Language, and more.Education plays a key role in supporting the economic vitality of Washington state, and South Puget Sound Community College plays an important part in that education process, helping people build better skills in search of better jobs to help build a better Thurston County.For more information about South Puget Sound’s Adult Basic Education offerings, visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/programs/abe. For more about statewide Adult Literacy Week information, visit www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_e-abe_litweek.aspx.
To our valued patients, Facebook187Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Finally, we want toacknowledge that arranging for care and surgery is a big deal and we don’t takethe need to cancel lightly. We are inuncharted territory right now as a community and country. Oly Ortho would like to err on the side ofcaution. Our patients, staff, andcommunity are of utmost importance to us. Should you have questions, pleaserefer to our website at www.olyortho.com for updates on our COVID-19 response. It is clear that hospitalsare being taxed with critically ill patients, and this is only going toincrease in the near future. They arerunning out of space AND are tight on supplies. In addition, with school closures, many of our staff are unable to comeinto our facilities to work. In order tohelp keep the hospital focused on their priority and to help limit ourconsumption of necessary safety supplies, Oly Ortho will be taking thefollowing steps: William Peterson, M.D.,Managing Partner No doubt you are aware of the current situation in Washington state concerning the COVID-19, or coronavirus, pandemic. As partners in this community, Oly Ortho feels it is vitally important to evaluate our operations in the best interest of our patients, our staff, and our community. Sincerely, All elective cases at the hospitalswill be cancelled, per their notification to us. Our surgeons will remain available to helpwith trauma and emergent cases in the hospital as those needs arise.At our surgery center, we will bemoving up urgent cases to high priority and getting them in as soon aspossible. This means that if you have anelective surgery scheduled in our surgery center, your case may be cancelleduntil we are able to reschedule to a later date.Our clinics will be ramping up ourcapability to do more telemedicine visits so that patients do not need tounnecessarily come into a busy clinic.Patients will be screened prior toentering the clinic to look for symptoms or COVID-19 risk factors, includingtaking of temperature.Our clinics will be triaging appointmentsto limit the number of patients coming into our clinics.Non-urgent new patient may be askedto wait until our resources have increased.Our Rapid Orthopaedic Clinic (ROC)will remain open to alleviate ortho patients needing to go to the Emergency Roomwhile they are already being stretched. If you have an acute injury that needs to be attended to, please call 360-754-7622to be triaged prior to coming in. Wealso may be able to treat some injuries via telemedicine. Ben Shah, CEO