US missionary gets 15 years for sex abuse at Kenya orphanage

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Christian missionary from Pennsylvania was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Thursday for sexually abusing girls at a Kenyan orphanage he led. Federal authorities say 61-year-old Gregory Dow of Lancaster ran the Dow Family Children’s Home for nearly a decade before fleeing in 2017.  They say some of the funding for the orphanage came from U.S. churches and faith-based groups. The FBI says Dow abused girls as young as 11. Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams calls his crimes “nearly incomprehensible in their depravity.” Dow’s public defenders said he expressed remorse in court and apologized for his crimes.last_img read more

Whicker: Clippers return to their gallant, short-handed days in loss to Bucks

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters LOS ANGELES — The main load that had to be managed at Staples Center on Wednesday was Giannis Antetokounmpo.He played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Kawhi Leonard didn’t play for the Clippers. Despite that, the Bucks had to play deep into the final minute to win, 129-124, with Antetokoumpo blocking a 3-point attempt by JaMychal Green at the end, not long after he drove, pivoted, got fouled and hit both shots for a five-point lead.Knowing his limitations, Antetokounmpo got rid of the ball quickly on the next trip, before he got fouled, and Khris Middleton put the Bucks up four with free throws.The Clippers, fueled by Landry Shamet’s four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, kept coming but never had the ball with a chance to tie. “There’s so many things that come with his size that you have to respect,” Williams said. “When he gets the ball deep, you don’t want to overhelp, and then he’s got a lot of talented players to get the ball to. It’s a difficult read.”Shamet’s fourth-quarter spree, including a long bank shot from behind the line, was probably the biggest encouragement. The second-year man was shooting 37.2 percent coming in.“As we continue to build this team and grow, we want to start seeing guys have big games like that,” Williams said.Neither did Rivers have trouble finding sunshine.“We made some mistakes, finding shooters,” Rivers said, “but generally I loved the way we played.”That was last year’s theme, the gutty little Clippers fighting to the end. This season, the end isn’t supposed to be bitter. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum center_img “They had us on our heels all night,” Lou Williams said, after his rare start produced 34 points on 9-for-27 shooting. “We kept coming, but they were able to keep making plays.”Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the best bench combo in the league, both started and played more than 39 minutes. Harrell fought through long Milwaukee arms and scored a career-high 34 with 13 rebounds.“We lost, and since we lost, you’d rather they’d gone up 25 so we could have gotten them (Williams and Harrell) out of there,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s just one of those coach’s things. I didn’t like those minutes.”That’s because the Clippers play Portland here Thursday night. Leonard will join in after a night of “load management” in Game No. 8. Late in the game, the video board showed Leonard on the bench, in civilian garb. The reaction from Staples Center was not unanimously positive.But Russell Westbrook did the same thing Monday night for Houston in the second half of a back-to-back, and this is 2019 reality. Leonard took 22 of 82 regular-season games off with Toronto last season and was the MVP of the NBA Finals. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 It’s a withering critique of the regular season, although the Clippers might regret this loss to Milwaukee if the two teams have the same record and meet in the Finals, which would decide the home-court advantage, and that is certainly possible.The problem for the Clippers is that they still don’t have Paul George (shoulder), for whom they traded Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a slew of draft picks. It was more of a test of the Clippers’ vaunted bench than it could handle. Milwaukee’s reserves outscored their Clipper counterparts 47-11, with George Hill making six of seven 3-point shots. The L.A. replacements shot 7 for 25.Meanwhile, Antetokounmpo roared back from a 3-for-10 first half to score 38 with 16 rebounds, nine assists, two blocked shots, two steals and 18 free-throw attempts.“It’s a team effort trying to guard him, because he’s so long,” Maurice Harkless said. “He’s gotten a lot more aggressive the last two years. He’s a lot stronger. He started making some open shots, which is a part of his game he works on.”The Clippers, in fact, engraved an invitation for Antetokounmpo to take all the long bombs he wanted. He was 7 for 14, and 5 for 8 in the second half.“I’m fine with that,” Rivers said.“Obviously that’s the one thing that’s been missing with his game,” Harkless said. “When he takes that to a new level, there’s no telling how good he can be.”Antetokounmpo, almost a month short of his 25th birthday, is the reigning league MVP and has evolved into a true break-the-mold force, a 7-footer who turns away the world at the rim and yet functions as a point guard. Especially on the break, his burst is so startling that the Clippers sometimes just fouled him as an insurance policy.Harrell and the other Clippers backed off him, but Antetokounmpo drove anyway and then made plays for his outside mates while he was being double-teamed in the air. With all the space the Clippers were forced to concede, the Bucks had room to attempt 49 3-point shots and made 18 of them.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

LeBron James wants ‘swift action’ against Warriors part-owner who shoved Kyle Lowry

first_imgLeBron James called for “swift action” against the Warriors minority owner who shoved Kyle Lowry in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.James took to social media to express his disbelief that part-owner Mark Stevens blatantly shoved Lowry after he landed in the seats chasing a loose ball. NBA Finals 2019: Stephen Curry expects DeMarcus Cousins to bounce back from ‘rough’ Game 3 Stevens was ejected from the game and later the Warriors announced he would not be attending any other NBA Finals games this year, but James said it wasn’t enough.Ok cool but still ain’t enough! They did exactly what they had to do. Get in front of it before anyone else and plus there’s only 4 games left(2 max in GS).— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 6, 2019″Ok cool but still ain’t enough! They did exactly what they had to do. Get in front of it before anyone else and plus there’s only 4 games left( 2 max in GS),” the Lakers star wrote on Twitter Thursday. Related News NBA spokesman Mike Bass issued a statement later in the day saying Stevens will not be permitted to attend games as the league reviews the incident. “A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard and the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league,” the statement read. The Raptors won Game 3, 123-109, to take a 2-1 Finals. Game 4 is set for 9 p.m. ET Friday in Oakland. 🗣There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL. There’s so many issues here. When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for. He knew the rules more than just the average person sitting watching the game courtside so for that Something needs to be done ASAP! A swift action for his actions. Just think to yourself, what if @kyle_lowry7 would have reacted and put his hands back on him. You guys would be going CRAZY!! Calling for him to damn near be put in jail let alone being suspended for the rest of the Finals all because he was protected himself. I’ve been quite throughout the whole NBA playoffs watching every game (haven’t missed one) but after I saw what I saw last night, took time to let it manifest into my thinking 🧢 I couldn’t and wouldn’t be quiet on this! #ProtectThePlayers #PrivilegeAintWelcomeHereA post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:42am PDT”There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL,” James wrote. “There’s so many issues here. When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for. He knew the rules more than just the average person sitting watching the game courtside so for that Something needs to be done ASAP! A swift action for his actions.James also said that if the roles were reversed and Lowry put his hands on Stevens, the narrative would be very different.”Just think to yourself, what if (Kyle Lowry) would have reacted and put his hands back on him,” James wrote. “You guys would be going CRAZY!! Calling for him to damn near be put in jail let alone being suspended for the rest of the Finals all because he was protected himself.”National Basketball Players’ Association president Michelle Roberts released a statement Thursday afternoon expressing her concern over the incident.“We are closely monitoring both the Warriors’ and the league’s continued investigation into this matter and anxiously await their conclusions and response,” Roberts’ statement read. “The NBPA has previously expressed its support of a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy with respect to verbal and/or physical assaults perpetrated against players. Stevens’ status as a member of the ownership group does not alter that view.” James followed up his tweet with a lengthy post on Instagram, in which he called out Stevens for knowing “exactly what he was doing” and to try and get the league to do a better job of protecting players from similar situations. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors aren’t focused on who is or isn’t playing for Warriors View this post on Instagram NBA Finals 2019: Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens banned from games after shoving Raptors’ Kyle Lowrylast_img read more