You Heard it Here: Caped crusaders keep streets safe — and sweet

A crime-fighting duo in Navy blue uniforms took to the streets Thursday night in Gainesville.

It was a classic case of good cop, Batcop.

Gainesville Police Cpl. Jessica Van and Chief Carol Martin passed out candy and goodies clad as the caped crusader Batman and Robin, respectively.

The two patrolled as part of the Rolling Trunk or Treat from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday along with other members of the police department.

“You can’t have a Batman without a Robin,” Van said.

GET-OUT-THE-VOTE MEME GOES VIRAL

Members of the Latino Student Association at the University of North Georgia have been active in get-out-the-vote campaigns for the Nov. 3 Gainesville City Council elections.

In addition to voter registration drives, neighborhood canvassing and phone banking, students have utilized the reach of social media to inspire local residents to vote in critical, competitive races for Ward 2 and Ward 3.

That effort took on a new life this past week when these students, many of whom cannot vote because of their immigration status, began updating their Facebook profile pictures with a caption that read, “Just because I can’t vote doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Be my voice. Go out and vote November 3, 2015.”

Soon, local political organizers and Latino activists began taking to the “meme,” which spread from user to user online. Others captioned their self-portrait with, “Your vote is your voice. Make it count,” and “I can vote and I will.”

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You Heard it Here: Caped crusaders keep streets safe — and sweet

Human trafficking charge against third defendant dismissed by judge

Three up, three down.

A Magistrate Court judge has dismissed the charge for the third defendant this week to answer a charge of attempted human trafficking, citing that there was no coercion or deception involved.

Sambo Kong, 29, of Athens, appeared Friday morning in Magistrate Court for a committal hearing related to an undercover prostitution sting earlier this month.

Kong allegedly responded to a woman’s ad on Backpage.com about selling sex, Gainesville Police Detective Gordon Hendry said.

“During this encounter, the agent told him that she was 14 years old multiple times. He agreed to come from Athens where he was at and meet with the undercover agent,” Hendry said.

When Kong made his way to Athens, police arrested him in a Subway parking lot on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Kong’s attorney Graham McKinnon asked Hendry if there was any coercion, threat or deception involved in the alleged plan of sex for money. Hendry said there was not.

Hendry said the decision to charge the men involved in the sting with human trafficking came after a meeting with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

“Looking at the code section, it appears that the trafficking persons for sexual servitude requires an actual person, unlike enticing, which involves a belief of someone underage,” Assistant District Attorney Bill Akins said.

Kong’s two other charges of attempted child molestation and pandering moved on to Superior Court.

“The state will charge it — trafficking — however they charge it when it goes to grand jury,” said Magistrate Court Judge Margaret Gregory.

Clifford Allen Nash, 37, of Commerce and Aaron Clayton Boone, 32, of Cleveland both had their charges reduced to electronic enticement of a minor Monday at their committal hearings.

Five area men in total were charged between Oct. 9-10 for human trafficking. David Bryan Bryant, 48, of Gainesville and Sagarkumar Chetankumar Patel, 22, of Oakwood waived their committal hearings.

Human trafficking charge against third defendant dismissed by judge

Halloween tips to get little ghouls and goblins home safely

Checking your kids’ candy after an evening of trick-or-treating seems like a no-brainer, but there’s other safety tips you should keep in mind too as you prepare for tonight’s traditions of costumes and pumpkin carving.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, parents should make sure costume accessories such as swords and knives are short, soft and flexible.

The CDC also encourages parents to avoid letting children trick-or-treat alone and fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags so that drivers can easily see children near the street. A flashlight is also a good idea.

The CDC also recommends that parents and children alike avoid the risk of serious eye injury by avoiding decorative contact lenses.

Nicole Bailes, Hall County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman offered the following advice:

• Masks tend to limit a child’s field of vision and can aggravate the skin. A good alternative is face paint.

• It is a good idea to ensure your child’s costume is flame-resistant in the event it comes in contact with lighted pumpkins on porches, etc.

• Have children wear brightly colored costumes to assist with the visibility of your child when trick or treating. Also, carry flashlights or glow sticks to assist in the visibility when walking from home to home.

• Parents should always accompany their children to the doorsteps of homes when receiving candy.

• Always travel in groups; this works to assist in visibility and helps with physical safety to travel in numbers.

• Parents should check candy before allowing children to consume.

• Trick or treat in neighborhoods that you are familiar with, it also a good idea to check the GBI’s website for locations/residences of sex offenders in your area.

• For adults planning to attend Halloween parties, please drink responsibly and make plans for designated drivers.

Halloween tips to get little ghouls and goblins home safely

Los preparativos para Juegos de Río 2016 avanzan según “calendario previsto”

Los preparativos para los Juegos Olímpicos de Verano que tendrán lugar en Río de Janerio el próximo año avanzan dentro del “calendario previsto”, una vez resueltos los problemas de hace un año con algunas sedes, indicó hoy la secretaria general de la ANOC, la sueca Gunilla Lindberg.

Los preparativos para Juegos de Río 2016 avanzan según “calendario previsto”

Luqueño-Santa Fe el miércoles y River Plate-Huracán el jueves

La Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (Conmebol) estableció este viernes que los encuentros de las semifinales de la Copa Sudamericana se disputarán el miércoles entre Luqueño y Santa Fe y el jueves entre River Plate y Huracán, mientras que las revanchas serán el 25 y 26 de noviembre.

Luqueño-Santa Fe el miércoles y River Plate-Huracán el jueves

Brasil alcanza acuerdo para celebrar en Río las pruebas olímpicas de hípica

El Gobierno de Brasil alcanzó un acuerdo con autoridades de la Unión Europea para emitir los permisos sanitarios necesarios para la celebración de las pruebas de hípica de los Juegos Olímpicos de 2016, anunciaron hoy fuentes oficiales.

Brasil alcanza acuerdo para celebrar en Río las pruebas olímpicas de hípica

La industria del deporte mundial genera 700.000 millones de dólares,según UIA

La industria del deporte mundial genera 700.000 millones de dólares (632.000 millones de euros) cada año, lo que supone el uno por ciento del producto interior bruto (PIB) mundial, según dijo Gavin Llewellyn, presidente de la comisión de la propiedad intelectual de la Unión Internacional de Abogados (UIA).

La industria del deporte mundial genera 700.000 millones de dólares,según UIA

Los indígenas buscan su medalla en la canoa rústica y la natación

Unos doscientos indígenas de una veintena de países del mundo se adentraron hoy en el río Taquaruçú, en el estado brasileño de Tocantins, en busca de una medalla en natación y canoa rústica, dos de las modalidades de los primeros Juegos Mundiales de los Pueblos Indígenas (JMPI).

Los indígenas buscan su medalla en la canoa rústica y la natación

Mourinho afirma que no tiene “ninguna duda” de que el Chelsea “se recuperará”

El portugués José Mourinho, entrenador del Chelsea, decimoquinto clasificado en la Premier League, ha asegurado este viernes que no tiene “ninguna duda” de que su equipo “se recuperará y saldrá de esta situación”.

Mourinho afirma que no tiene “ninguna duda” de que el Chelsea “se recuperará”