VINTON, Iowa – All drivers competing at sanctioned events are required to purchase licenses to make themselves eligible for the benefits of IMCA membership.Those who have not yet purchased a 2017 license are affecting their eligibility to receive point fund shares.While licenses will be sold through the Duel In The Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November, drivers who fail to buy a license by Sunday, July 16 will not receive point fund money, or plaques and jackets should they be the top driver in state or track point standings.Licenses can be purchased by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.
A Dallas Police office’s adult son his recovering in the hospital after his father mistook him for an intruder and shot him.The incident occurred around 6 p.m Saturday near DeSoto.When authorities arrived to the home, they found the victim bleeding from his right forearm.The victim was then taken to an area hospital for treatment on the non-life-threatening injury.Authorities say that they are continuing to investigate the incident, however, no arrest have been made and no charges have been filed.“The DeSoto Police Department has treated this like every other case that we would have had and we would’ve handled it the exact same way that if any charges are appropriate later on, they’ll be forwarded over to the DA’s office for them to make a decision,” Pete Schulte, DeSoto police spokesman said.The names of the two parties involved have not yet been released.
An airline mechanic pleaded guilty on Wednesday to sabotaging a jetliner with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport, causing the pilot to abort the flight just before its scheduled takeoff.Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani entered his plea in federal court in Miami. He previously admitted to investigators that he had committed the sabotage in order to receive overtime to fix the American Airlines jet, which he later did.“I do admit the guilt,” Alani said through an Arabic interpreter.The 60-year-old man, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Iraq, has been an airline mechanic for 30 years.According to prosecutors, he has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group. They add that Alani made statements wishing Allah would use “divine powers” in order to harm non-Muslims.Investigators also say he had Islamic State videos on his phone that show mass murders, and that he did not tell the FBI that he traveled to Iraq last March, following his arrest.Despite the evidence, Alani was not charged with any terrorism-related crimes. He has pleaded guilty to attempted destruction of an aircraft, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 4.Court documents reveal the sabotage involved gluing Styrofoam inside the nose of the Boeing 737, in order to disable the crew’s ability to monitor airspeed, altitude and the pitch of the plane. Authorities explain that if the flight had taken off as intended on July 17 for Nassau, Bahamas, it would have crashed.Alani’s actions on that day were caught on surveillance video, and co-workers also identified him as the suspect.Jonathan Meltz, Alani’s attorney, says his client has led a “law-abiding life” and that he did not intend to harm the aircraft or the people aboard. He adds that Alani’s sole motivation was “just trying to provide for his family like most of us try to do.”
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to an incident where a 42-boat crashed into a jetty early Tuesday morning.Authorities said the vessel hit the jetty near Port Everglades just after midnight at Hollywood’s John Lloyd State Park.Four people were taken to the hospital with injuries. One woman was ejected from the vessel and suffered serious injuries.All four people were rushed to the hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.Officials are still investigating what caused the boat to crash.
Actor Jussie Smollett is not out of the woods legally for an alleged self-orchestrated hate crime he said happened last year during the arctic blast in Chicago. Originally all charges were dropped but now a special Cook County grand jury has indicted Smollett on six counts of disorderly conduct. In a statement, Webb’s office said Smollett filed four separate false police reports claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.“The grand jury’s investigation revealed that Jussie Smollett planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred,” Webb said in a statement.Cook County prosecutors last year dropped 16 disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, just over a month after Chicago police had accused him of orchestrating a hoax because he was upset with his salary on the TV show “Empire.”Last August, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed Webb, a former federal prosecutor, as a special prosecutor in the Smollett case; tasking him to not only investigate Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the case, but to decide if Smollett should be further prosecuted for allegedly staging a fake hate crime against himself.In a statement on the new Smollett indictment, Webb wrote that his office “obtained sufficient factual evidence to determine that it disagrees with how the CCSAO resolved the Smollett case.”Webb said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office could not provide him with any evidence that the decision last year to dismiss the charges against Smollett was handled similar to other cases.“The CCSAO has been unable to provide the [Office of the Special Prosecutor] with documentary evidence that shows that, in dismissing the Smollett case on the terms presented in court on March 26, 2019, the CCSAO relied on other dispositions of similar cases prior to the Smollett case that would justify this disposition,” Webb wrote.What about double jeopardy?Legal experts have said that’s not an issue because Smollett was never put on trial in the first place.
CHEF TIMOTHY HOLLINGSWORTH OF LA’s TREND-SETTING OTIUM RESTAURANT, TO SERVE UP WORLD CLASS FARE; WINE TASTINGS, DYNAMIC CRAFT COCKTAILS & LIVE MUSIC ALL INCLUDED ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 16, 2016)–Santa Anita’s exclusive Chandelier Room, an iconic entertainment destination since 1934, will again play host to the track’s Guest Chef Series, featuring an innovative dining experience uniquely steeped in Los Angeles culture, live music, ready access to world class Thoroughbred racing and more, beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, which is also Breeders’ Cup Preview Day at The Great Race Place.With five Grade I, Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” stakes highlighting a blockbuster program on Oct. 1, the popular Guest Chef Series event will also provide attendees with a catered menu designed by Chef Timothy Hollingsworth from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, Otium. Also included are wine tastings, entrance to the Chandelier Room, access to “The Balcony” for optimal race viewing, a racing program and tip sheet–all for just $85.The Chandelier Room, which underwent a multi-million dollar renovation two years ago, now provides attendees with spectacular, unobstructed views of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Anita main track and turf course, as well as a terrific view of the horses as they exit the Seabiscuit Walking Ring and make their way to the main track.The site of dozens of movie and television shoots over the course of more than eight decades, the Chandelier Room provides a luxurious setting in which guests can experience LA’s innovative dining culture combined with the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing that is uniquely “Santa Anita.”Fans are encouraged to register now for tickets to the Guest Chef Series on Oct. 1 by visiting santaanita.com/events: http://santaanita.com/events/guest-chef-series-chandelier-room/#.V9hkETRHanM. (Special Offer: There is a $20 discount on all tickets purchased before Sept. 25). Fans can also call (626) 574-RACE for more information.