2 charged in Salt Lake supermarket stabbing

SALT LAKE CITY – Two Sandy men are facing criminal charges in a stabbing at a downtown gas station, including a man who police say helped trap the victim.

Mark Hunter Sorensen, 29, and Kurt Carrington Warner, 34, were charged Friday in 3rd District Court with aggravated assault causing serious injury, a second-degree felony.

On May 12, Salt Lake Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a Maverik, 615 S. 200 West, just before 10 p.m. Police say the victim was taken to a local hospital in serious condition to be treated for stab wounds to his chest.

When detectives interviewed the victim, he said Sorensen picked him up at a motel so they could meet a woman at a store. But as soon as Sorensen parked in front of the gas station, Warner began “banging on the passenger window” and then opened the passenger door and stabbed him multiple times, charging the documents.

“(The victim) said Warner got into the vehicle and continued to stab him. (He) said he exited the vehicle and Warner followed him and continued to stab him again,” the complaint states.

The victim also told police “that he believes he was set up by Sorensen and Warner because he owed money,” according to the complaint.

After the attack, Warner is captured on surveillance video getting into the vehicle that police say Sorensen drove to the Maverik.

“Sorensen was never seen exiting the vehicle or assisting (the victim) in any way,” the complaint states.

Casper Ruud and Aryna Sabalenka advance to the second round of the French Open

PARIS – Two-time finalist Casper Ruud started his French Open on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory against Felipe Meligeni Alves.

“I think I’m having a pretty good clay season,” said the No. 7 seed.

Ruud, who leads the ATP with 36 wins this season, won clay court titles at the Geneva Open and Barcelona Open and finished second in Monte Carlo, where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Arrest in Lauderhill shooting that injured 9-year-old

A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting in the parking lot of a Lauderhill shopping plaza that injured a 9-year-old boy, and detectives are still trying to identify others involved and determine how many of them fired a gun.

Lauderhill officers were called to the shopping plaza at 1531 N. State Road 7, where the Lauderhill Mall is located, shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. During an argument in the parking lot, several people started shooting, police said.

The 9-year-old boy was shot in the right ankle, Lt. Antonio Gonzalez said in a news release Tuesday. He and his family were not involved in the dispute.

Detectives determined that three cars were associated with the incident: a white Toyota Prius, a white Chevrolet SUV and a black Chevrolet SUV. The driver of the white Chevrolet was identified as Jeremy Lockhart, 53, of Plantation.

Jeremy Lockhart, 53, is shown in a Broward Sheriff's Office jail booking photo.  (Broward Sheriff's Office/Courtesy)
Jeremy Lockhart was arrested Monday, May 27, 2024, for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, jail records show. (Broward Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy)

Lockhart, who is on felony probation until 2026, was arrested Monday for possession of a gun by a convicted felon. He was being held at the Broward Main Jail Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of the black Chevrolet returned to the plaza after the shooting and is cooperating with investigators, Gonzalez said. The driver of the Toyota Prius has not yet been identified and investigators are still trying to determine how many of the people involved fired a gun.

The 9-year-old boy was released later Monday from Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Gonzalez said.

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CF Montreal wants to raise the standard against DC United

MONTREAL — CF Montreal’s 0-0 draw Saturday against Nashville SC wasn’t celebrated with confetti and streamers, but the team’s soul-searching during a difficult stretch appears to be over.

MONTREAL — CF Montreal’s 0-0 draw Saturday against Nashville SC wasn’t celebrated with confetti and streamers, but the team’s soul-searching during a difficult stretch appears to be over.

The challenge now is for Montreal (3-7-4) to raise the bar when DC United (4-5-6) visits Saputo Stadium in Major League Soccer play on Wednesday night.

Montreal has had intensity issues during a nine-match winless streak (0-5-4) in all competitions.

Against Nashville, however, Montreal showed consistent effort and ambition, suggesting the country is starting to pull its head above water.

The performance delighted head coach Laurent Courtois, but he says it should not stop there.

“The boys performed in parts of the match that we expect,” Courtois said on Tuesday before training at the Center Nutrilait. “The challenge for me and my staff is to see how this becomes a standard and not a one-off. For now it’s positive and it’s the basics, but we’ll see if we can add a little more precision in the final. third.”

Courtois’ side threatened in Nashville’s half and made some quality shots, but lacked precision and finishing at the opponent’s net. The intentions were good, with a few exceptions.

Jules-Anthony Vilsaint and Ariel Lassiter had opportunities to open the scoring for Montreal, but opted to shoot over the pass.

Vilsaint blamed himself for forcing the play.

“We don’t want to do too much, but it is true that in difficult times we want to raise our level of play,” he said. “I believe that comes with experience. I’ve always said that I take a lot of shots and that I’m not selfish, but at that moment I should have made a pass to Mathieu (Choinière). It was my fault.”

Courtois also explained how he could help his players get out of their funk.

“It’s about us harping on about situations and choices and trying to clarify the message,” he said. “It’s not a matter of taking the blame or not. It’s about making adjustments for next time. I don’t want my players to criticize themselves. There are some choices that very good players make to help the team win, and these opportunities will come for them too. It’s about knowing how to maximize these situations.”

Montreal will have to maximize them on Wednesday. DC is known for giving attackers headaches, while it relies heavily on star player Christian Benteke for attack.

Benteke, who has already scored 11 goals this season, is one of MLS’s best aerial players and when the ball comes into the penalty area he is often in a good position to cause the opponent problems.

Montreal will have to be sharp to counter the 6-foot-2 forward.

“I have to win (the aerial duels) and if you don’t win them, take the second balls, especially with Benteke,” midfielder Bryce Duke said. “You have to be a little smarter, maybe bump him before he goes up so you throw him off balance.

“He’s probably the man who wins the most headers in the league so it will be difficult to compete with that, but I’m sure the coach has a game plan and we’ll see what that will be.”

Courtois announced that striker Raheem Edwards and midfielder Nathan Saliba would be back for Wednesday’s match. Forwards Kwadwo Opoku (ankle), Matias Coccaro (knee) and Mason Toye (hamstring) are making good progress, while striker Josef Martinez (knee) returned to Montreal a few days ago.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 28, 2024.

Simon Servant, The Canadian Press

XDefiant Players Call the Intel Suit “Legal Wall Hacks”

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XDefiant launched last week and has already been a big hit among players, with many jumping into Ubisoft’s latest free-to-play FPS title as an alternative to games like Call of Duty. Like many other FPS games, XDefiant has a number of issues, and many aspects need to be balanced, including a feature that many call “wall hacks.”

U/idrink2muchman took to Reddit to discuss the Intel Suit and how it should be worked out to not allow the entire team to see the flagged player saying:

“It’s cool to be able to see the revealed enemies as the one pulsing or using the ability. But it’s crazy that the entire team can see enemies when it’s not even an Ult. When my screen shows ‘revealed by an intelligence suit’ I’m getting jumped from multiple angles and hoping to get one before I die.

A team of officers in tactical gear is present.  Text descriptions describe four options: Sonar Goggles, Digital Ghillie Suit, Intel Suit, and Low Profile.  Experience the action "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell echelon," part of the XDefiant universe.A team of officers in tactical gear is present.  Text descriptions describe four options: Sonar Goggles, Digital Ghillie Suit, Intel Suit, and Low Profile.  Experience the action "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell echelon," part of the XDefiant universe.
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Many players agreed that the ability is too overwhelming, with u/Superbone1 calling it “legal wallhacks.” U/Zomg_its_Alex says it should be part of the ultimate skill, saying: “This is so overwhelming. It must be part of the ultimate power. There is no other solution than to be lucky that you are not close enough.

One player compared it to The Finals, which has the Recon Senses item that allows players to see their opponents through walls, saying: “Wall hacks were a problem in The Finals and they are here too. It shouldn’t ping five times, you shouldn’t be able to stack it, and it shouldn’t have a 30 second cooldown.

With XDefiant still so new, it’s likely that many of these underwhelming abilities could be taken away in future updates as Ubisoft figures out the best direction for the game. But for now, players will just have to deal with this and the many other issues plaguing the game, like bunny hopping.

Despite these issues and complaints from the community, XDefiant is still a lot of fun and has been a hit among players since its launch a week ago. If you haven’t gotten into the game yet, we highly recommend checking out our XDefiant tips and tricks for beginners guide.

Nikki Haley in Israel signs her name on Israeli bombs

JERUSALEM – Nikki Haley, the former presidential candidate and current Trump supporter, spent Memorial Day visiting Israel amid the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

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Haley posted photos on Monday from her visit to southern Israel, where she met with survivors of the October 7 Hamas attack. She emphasized that the United States must fully support Israel and refrain from dictating how it should conduct its military operations.

Haley also visited Israel’s northern border with Israeli Knesset member Danny Dannon. Dannon shared photos of their visit on his social media account on Tuesday, including an image of Haley signing Israeli artillery shells with the message: “Finish them! America loves Israel!”

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Louisville officially announces the addition of Guard/Forward Terrence Edwards Jr.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville men’s basketball program has officially signed former James Madison guard/forward Terrence Edwards Jr., the program announced Tuesday.

Edwards, nicknamed “Fatt,” is the third of thirteen newcomers for the 2024-2025 season to be officially announced by the Cardinals, following guard Reyne Scott and center James Scott. He was also the third commitment for new head coach Pat Kelsey after his hiring on March 28.

“‘Fatt’ is the purest form of competition,” Kelsey said in a statement. “For someone who has amassed a string of individual accolades, his sole focus is on winning for the team, and his teams have won at every level. He is a Swiss army knife on the field and impacts the game in countless ways. One of the biggest proofs I can make is that he is a “dog.” He brings a wealth of experience, victories and strength that will be cherished at The Ville.”

Starting all 36 games for JMU last season, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound wing averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Dukes while shooting 42.7/34 scored .3/81.0. Edwards was named Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2024.

Edwards played a crucial role in James Madison’s 32-4 win this season – their most wins in school history. This included winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and earning a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament. JMU had an opening round upset over No. 5 Wisconsin before falling to fourth-seeded Duke in the round of 32.

The Atlanta native was also named the Sun Belt’s Sixth Man of the Year during his second redshirt year last season. In 117 career games and 71 starts with James Madison, Edwards has totaled 1,414 points, 525 rebounds, 278 assists and 111 steals.

Not long after the end of Louisville’s disastrous 2023-24 season, which resulted in the firing of second-year head coach Kenny Payne, the Cardinals’ roster began to change. All 12 of Louisville’s scholarship players entered the portal, with only rising guard Aidan McCool in line to return.

Fortunately, Kelsey has done a fantastic job building rosters since his hire, with 12 Division I transfers and one high school prospect. Their transfer portal class is ranked #1 in the country To3.

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Long Island Cricket World Cup venue targeted by ISIS propaganda – NBC New York

Authorities plan to increase police presence at cricket watch parties and the FBI’s Nassau County office will work with the NYPD and other local law enforcement partners on security ahead of next month’s 2024 ICC World Cup , after a pro-ISIS outlet posted an image showing the host venue Eisenhower Stadium and an ominous message, a senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said Tuesday.

The image reportedly featured the new 34,000-seat venue, located about 25 miles east of New York City, and drones flying, with the caption: “You wait for games and we wait for you.” It said June 9th.

The senior law enforcement official says there is no evidence of a plot specifically targeting the World Cup (qualifying action about to start) or any specific match on June 9. The ISIS symbolism was notable, the official said.

According to the senior law enforcement official, the intelligence community’s assessment is that ISIS is hoping for violence and hoping it can incite someone to do something by spreading its propaganda. The terror group is known for using chaos to fuel its sinister efforts around the world. Maybe someone will feel prompted to attack, they hope, the official said.

Large crowds are expected at Nassau County Stadium during the tournament, especially during the June 9 game. That’s a big rivalry – India versus Pakistan – and a big crowd is expected. The official says ISIS’s designation of the World Cup as an event means law enforcement must plan accordingly.

Samuel Alito’s flag smear is so absurd that even the Washington Post reported it

How absurd is the media’s attempt to smear Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito over a flag flying near his home that leftists say is linked to January 6 protesters?

So absurd that even The Washington Post — which essentially invented democracy defense porn — refused to follow the story when it first came onto the newspaper’s radar in 2021.

So is the “story” here?

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito pauses after swearing in Mark Esper during a ceremony with then-President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, White House. AP

Good, During a dispute with a nasty neighbor, the judge’s wife flew an upside-down American flag at their home.

She rightly said at the time that Old Glory upside down is an “international symbol of distress.”

But now left-wing media are screaming that the inverted flag actually proves that Alito secretly supported the January 6 protests and therefore he should now to abstain from all matters relating to Trump.

So let’s take a look.

Alito didn’t fly the flag.

Even if he had, waving the flag upside down is 100% constitutionally protected speech.

So the demands, like AOC’s, for investigations are – in a word – insane.

Photo taken from Google in 2023 and can be seen "An appeal to heaven" flag outside Judge Samuel Alito's home in Long Branch NJ
An “Appeal to Heaven” flag was also spotted at an Alito beach house in New Jersey. Google Maps

It is not clear what exactly is going on here.

The court, which long made decisions favored by progressives, has made some recent decisions they don’t like as much.

Like the takedown, 9-0, of Colorado’s absurd attempt to kick Trump off the ballot.

Or the ruling in the Students for Fair Admissions case last June, which put an end to overt racism in university admissions.

Not to mention Dobbs, which overturned the weak jurisprudence of Roe v. Wade and left the issue of abortion to the states.

And if the court doesn’t do what progressives want, that means it’s illegitimate (the same goes for Congress and the presidency).

Thus the foolish, empty attacks on Alito (and the attempts to create false scandals around Clarence Thomas).

In other words, it is party politics at its ugliest.

And yet more proof (though it wasn’t necessary) that the fiercest defenders of democracy are those most eager to burn it down.