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FILE - In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, have asked a judge to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity, his lawyers said in court papers Friday, July 6. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

FILE - In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, have asked a judge to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity, his lawyers said in court papers Friday, July 6. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)


Defense lawyers ask to move Manafort trial, cite publicity

By ERIC TUCKER

Associated Press

Saturday, July 7

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, asked a federal judge Friday to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity.

The financial crimes trial of Manafort is scheduled to start July 25 in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington. But his lawyers argued in court papers Friday that it would be impossible for Manafort to receive a fair trial because of the intense media coverage surrounding his case and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. They asked for the trial to be relocated to the more sparsely populated city of Roanoke in southwest Virginia.

The lawyers say that while the Washington region ranks first in the nation in households with computers and Internet access, “Roanoke is the 70th largest media outlet in the United States and 38% of households in Roanoke lack broadband compared to 3% in Northern Virginia.”

A Google search for news articles about “Russian collusion” turned up 2,900,000 results, and thousands of articles have been focused on Manafort.

“Reviewing these articles, one is hard pressed to find any that are not unfavorable to Mr. Manafort,” the defense lawyers say.

In addition, they say, voters in the Virginia region where jurors would be drawn from voted 2-1 in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent, while “this split is more balanced” in Roanoke.

“Nowhere in the country is the bias against Mr. Manafort more apparent than here in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area,” they wrote.

Manafort is awaiting trial in Virginia this summer and in federal court in Washington this fall.

He faces charges related to his work for pro-Russia Ukrainian political interests. The charges don’t relate to the core focus of the Mueller investigation — potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia — and prosecutors said in a court filing that they do not intend to raise allegations of collusion. But they do say they plan to present evidence that a bank executive who approved a loan to Manafort expressed interest in working on the Trump campaign, told Manafort about that interest and eventually secured a position advising the Trump campaign.

“In short,” prosecutors wrote, “the defendant’s role with the Trump campaign is relevant and inextricably intertwined with the Lender D bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy charges. Here, it would be difficult for the jury to understand why the loans were approved without understanding that the lender approved the loans, in spite of the identified deficiencies, because the senior executive factored in his own personal ambition.”

Manafort was jailed last month after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in Mueller’s investigation.

Defense lawyers said in court papers Thursday that Manafort is locked in a jail cell in Virginia for 23 hours a day, excluding visits from his attorneys, and has been in solitary confinement because the facility can’t guarantee his safety. The lawyers are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the judge’s order and release him under certain conditions as he awaits trial.

The lawyers said his detention makes it “effectively impossible” for Manafort to prepare for trial. They said the judge, Amy Berman Jackson, did not analyze carefully enough whether Manafort had actually committed witness tampering.

“Independently, the alleged evidence of obstruction is so thin that it cannot reasonably support the determination that no set of conditions could ensure Mr. Manafort’s appearance and the safety of the community,” Thursday’s court filing states.

Manafort is one of four Trump campaign or White House aides to have been charged in Mueller’s investigation. Three others — George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn and Rick Gates — have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with investigators.

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Hawaii aims for primary election day polling place in Puna

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials aim to open a primary election day polling place in the Big Island district hit hardest by Kilauea volcano’s months-long eruption.

Chief Election Officer Scott Nago told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald his office was in the process of establishing the spot in Pahoa town for the Aug. 11 primary.

Last month, after the eruption destroyed hundreds of homes, Nago said voters in two precincts would only be able to vote by absentee ballot. He said there would be no in-person voting on the day of the election for these two precincts in the Puna district.

But that move came under criticism from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a candidate for governor, local lawmakers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii.

Nago said Thursday he said the eruption has changed, enabling the state to adjust plans.

“We’re in contact with Civil Defense, we understand the situation has stabilized,” Nago said Thursday.

The polling place would be a joint location for the two precincts. Nago said a location hadn’t been selected yet but he was “pretty confident” it would happen.

Voters in the precincts — which include Leilani Estates and Kapoho among other neighborhoods — will still be able to cast their ballots during early walk-in voting at Pahoa Community Center from July 30 to Aug. 9.

The ACLU had threatened to sue, and sent the state a letter saying a “refusal to allow in-person registration and voting on election day would not only be arbitrary and unnecessary, but would also not survive constitutional muster.”

Nago said efforts to open a polling place on primary election day weren’t in response to the letter.

“It was something we were always looking at doing,” he said. “The letter just came at the time the letter came.”

Nago also said that announcing early on that voting in the two precincts would be done by absentee mail only was the right call at the time.

Hawaii County elections administrator Pat Nakamoto said ballots to the 6,070 affected voters were mailed last week and 48 had been returned by Thursday. Absentee mail ballots for other precincts will be mailed July 17.

Nakamoto said voters may still use walk-in voting sites if they were mailed an absentee ballot. Voters can use any early walk-in site around the county but must use their designated polling place on primary election day.

Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

Ohio Wesleyan Appoints Stefanie Niles to Support Prospective Students through Admission Process

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today (July 9) announced the appointment of Stefanie Niles as its vice president for enrollment and communications. In her new role, Niles will oversee the offices of admission, financial aid, and communications and work closely with prospective students and families to help them successfully navigate the college-enrollment process.

Most recently, Niles served as the vice president for enrollment, marketing, and communications at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. At Dickinson, she oversaw 118 employees and was responsible for the admission, financial aid, marketing and communications, institutional research, and athletics departments. She served as a member of the president’s senior staff and co-chaired the college’s Strategic Planning Committee.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Stefanie Niles join our leadership team,” said Lynette Carpenter, Ph.D., a member of the search committee and professor of English. “The depth and breadth of her experience, her record, her understanding of the market, and of OWU’s specific strengths and challenges, as well as her leadership position at the national level, make her the ideal candidate to move us forward and help us meet our goals.”

During her tenure at Dickinson, Niles expanded international recruiting and enrolled the most diverse and best academically prepared class in the college’s history in 2017. The college reported its largest applicant pool ever in 2017-2018.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Ohio Wesleyan community,” Niles said. “I’m eager to work with the dedicated staff on the enrollment team to share the great benefits of an Ohio Wesleyan education with the world. It will be my honor to lead the effort to continue to expand OWU’s strong legacy through the recruitment of talented, diverse, and capable students.”

A national leader in her field, Niles is the 2018-19 president of the 16,000-member National Association for College Admission Counseling, the leading national organization for college admission professionals.

She will join Ohio Wesleyan Aug. 15 and report to President Rock Jones, Ph.D.

“Stefanie Niles is a highly accomplished, go-to, get-it-done professional,” Jones said. “Her energy, passion for a liberal arts education, capacity to mentor staff, strategic approach to leadership, and absolute drive to succeed all position her for success. She will be a tremendous resource to prospective students and their families during the college-enrollment process.”

Ohio Wesleyan Trustee Colleen Nissl, who served on the search committee, said: “Stefanie’s leadership skills were evident not only in her strategic vision for the enrollment division and their space, but also in her engagement at the national level. The Board of Trustees looks forward to welcoming Stefanie and fully supporting her agenda and advancement at OWU.”

Niles joined Dickinson in 2015, following four years with Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she last served as vice president for enrollment and marketing. Her career began with 12 years of experience at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she ultimately served as vice president for admission and financial aid.

Niles holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in education from Indiana University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Jerry Snodgrass Begins OHSAA Executive Director Position

Snodgrass takes over sooner than expected following medical procedure for Dr. Dan Ross

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a successful major medical procedure in June for outgoing Executive Director Dr. Dan Ross, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has placed incoming Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass into his new post as leader of the OHSAA earlier than planned.

In January, Dr. Ross announced he would serve as Executive Director through Sept. 15. On May 4, the Board of Directors announced that Snodgrass would be the OHSAA’s next top administrator.

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Ross and his family and he continues to recover,” said Paul Powers, OHSAA Board of Directors President and the athletic director at Aurora High School in Northeast Ohio. “Jerry is ready to take over and the Board has all the confidence in his ability to make the transition quickly from his current position to Executive Director.”

Snodgrass is the OHSAA’s 10th leader in its 111th year of service to Ohio schools. A native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, he served as a teacher, coach and administrator at schools including Defiance, Morral Ridgedale, Bryan and Findlay, where he served for 25 years, including 16 as athletic director. Snodgrass has been an OHSAA administrator for the last 10 years. The May 4 announcement of his hiring as Executive Director is posted at: https://bit.ly/2KlH4rE

“We are all very pleased that Dr. Ross is making tremendous progress,” Snodgrass said. “I also appreciate the Board’s trust in me and our staff to continue the efforts to serve our member schools and administrators.”

Dr. Ross led the OHSAA for 14 years and hired Snodgrass as Assistant Commissioner in 2008. Dr. Ross worked in education as a teacher, administrator and official since 1971, spanning a career of 48 years. More on Dr. Ross is included in the spring edition of OHSAA Magazine at: https://bit.ly/2MZDKUu

2018 National Urban League Conference will take place in Columbus, Ohio, from August 1st to August 4th, 2018

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg will participate along with numerous business leaders, politicians, celebrities and national and local community leaders, as well as Marc Morial, the CEO and President of the National Urban League. Thousands are expected in Columbus as are in attendance each year.

The conference is one of the largest gatherings of thought leaders in business, politics, entertainment and community engagement in the US, where attendees and participants discuss needed change, bring services and resources to the conference host city, and where they plan to implement solutions for changes that are needed in cities, across the country.

Conference detailed schedule:

http://conference.iamempowered.com

2018 National Urban League Conference will take place in Columbus, Ohio, from August 1st to August 4th, 2018. Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg will participate along with numerous business leaders, politicians, celebrities and national and local community leaders, as well as Marc Morial, the CEO and President of the National Urban League. Thousands are expected in Columbus as are in attendance each year.

/columbus-2018/schedule

CONFERENCE KEY HIGHLIGHTS (AND BEST VISUALS) EACH DAY

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1, 2018

10:15AM-10:45AM

Opening

LOCATION: Greater Columbus Convention Center (corner of Goodale and High; Interactive Sculpture)

Officials from National Urban League & Columbus Urban League; Open to Public

12PM-1:30PM

Opening Conference Luncheon WITH FACEBOOK CEO, SHERYL SANDBERG

Registered attendees only

LOCATION: Greater Columbus Convention Center (Union Station ABC) (Media RSVP required)

Lively conversation w/Facebook CEO and National Urban League CEO and President, Morial

6:30PM-8:30PM

State of the Urban League Address (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

LOCATION: First Church of God: 3480 Refugee Road, Columbus, OH 43232

Rousing welcome and conference kick-off address to attendees, sponsors and Columbus residents from Marc Morial, National Urban League President and CEO; National and Local leaders in business, entertainment and community and civic engagement on hand.

THURSDAY AUGUST 2, 2018

8:30AM-10:30AM

Opening Plenary

Beyond the Hashtag: From Online Activism to Offline Change

Tarana Burke, Founder, #MeToo Movement; April Reign, Senior Creator, #OscarsSoWhite; Tamika D. Mallory, National Co-Chair for the Women’s March; Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter.

LOCATION: Greater Columbus Convention Center: Union Station ABC

11:00AM-11:15AM (and through 5PM)

THE N.U.L. Experience EXPO HALL Opening & Ribbon Cutting at 11AM —OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Career Fair & Networking Fair, Empowerment Stage (workshops, celeb performances), Health Zone (FREE screenings), Volunteer Zone (service project), Celebrity Hot Spot (celeb talks and performances: music artists; TV and Film actors); Expo Hall (hundreds of exhibits), many FREE events and activities, cash prizes, community gifts

LOCATION: Greater Columbus Convention Center; HALL B

11:00AM (and through 5PM)

TechConnect: The Technology Conference within the National Urban League Conference

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC—FREE REGISTRATION

TechConnect Schedule& Registration: https://bit.ly/2KSNO3H

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center; The N.U.L. Experience & Expo

12:30PM-2:30PM

Women of Power Luncheon HONORING JUDY SMITH (Real Life Olivia Pope of TVs Scandal) and TARANA BURKE, founder of the #MeToo Movement

Media and Registered attendees only

LOCATION: Greater Columbus Convention Center (Union Station ABC)

4:00PM-5:30PM

Plenary #2: Civic Engagement & Voting:Transforming American Cities

Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder/President,National Action Network; host, MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation”

Marc Morial, Pres. & CEO National Urban League

Honorable Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC; President, US Conference of Mayors

Honorable Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, AL

The Honorable Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator; President, Our Revolution

LOCATION: Greater Columbus Convention Center; HALL B

FRIDAY AUGUST 3, 2018

7:00AM-8:15AM

Early Morning Plenary: Driving an Inclusive Economic Empowerment Strategy in Our Nation’s Cities: How 4 Cities are Making it a Reality

Panel members form 4 cities will share best practices for investing in strategies, to achieve inclusive growth and innovation, so cities can lead the way as models of urban inclusive economic development.

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center; Short North Ballroom B

8:30AM-10:30AM

Plenary #3: No Ceilings on Success: The Politics and Practices of Urban Education

Michael V. Drake, MD, President, The Ohio State University

Shannon G. Hardin, Council President, Columbus City Council

Moderator: David J. Johns, M.A., Exec. Dir., National Black Justice Coalition

Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education(AQENY)

Honorable John B. King, Jr., former Education Secretary; Pres & CEO, Education Trust

Dr. Aminta H. Breaux, President, Bowie State University

Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President, Howard University

Howard L. Fuller, Ph.D., Marquette University

James L. Moore, III, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer at The Ohio State University

Erika McConduit, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater New Orleans

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center; Union Station ABC

11:00AM (and through 5PM)

THE N.U.L. Experience EXPO HALL—OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Career Fair & Networking Fair, Empowerment Stage (workshops, celeb performances), Health Zone (FREE screenings), Volunteer Zone (service project), Celebrity Hot Spot (celeb talks and performances: music artists; TV and Film actors); Expo Hall (hundreds of exhibits), many FREE events and activities, cash prizes, community gifts

LOCATION: Greater Columbus Convention Center; HALL B

11:00AM (and through 5PM)

TechConnect: The Technology Conference within the National Urban League Conference

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC—FREE REGISTRATION

TechConnect Schedule& Registration: https://bit.ly/2KSNO3H

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center; The N.U.L. Experience & Expo

2:30PM-4:30PM

Plenary #4: Ctrl, Alt, Delete: Shutting Down Tech’s Racial Gap

For as long as there has been a tech industry, black people have made significant contributions. We are not just buyers; we’re also inventors! However, statistics reveal a very discouraging fact, which is minorities are depreciated in tech. This session will discuss why there is such a wide racial disparity gap in the tech profession and ways in which we can fix it.

Panelists: Brandon Andrews, Consulting Producer for “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome”

Angel Rich, Founder, Credit Stacker App; ‎Founder and CEO, ‎The Wealth Factor

Kevin L. Boyce, Commissioner, Franklin County Board (OH)

Ruben Harris, Co-Founder of Breaking into Startups

Allison Jones, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Code2040

Will Lucas, Founder and CEO, A William Lucas Company (AWLCo); Founder/CEO, CREADIO

Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center; Union Station ABC

7:30PM-10:00PM (RED CARPET BEGINS AT 7:15PM)

WHITNEY M. YOUNG, JR. AWARDS GALA (BLACK TIE)

CELEBS, POLITICIANS, BUSINESS LEADERS, URBAN LEAGUE LEADERSHIP

GALA PROGRAM SCHEDULE: HTTPS://BIT.LY/2KZ0XVY

SATURDAY AUGUST 4, 2018 (OPEN TO PUBLIC ALL DAY)

6:00AM – 8:00AM: POWER WALK WITH MARC

attendees and residents take a power walk with Marc Morial

(PARTNERING WITH THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE WELLNESS WALK)

10:00AM (UNTIL 5PM): Natl Urban League Community Day—RIBBON CUT: 10AM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: PRIZES, CASH, RESOURCES, HEALTH SCREENINGS

FREE FILLED BACKPACKS for kids, Career Fair & Networking Fair, Empowerment Stage workshops, and celeb music performances, Health Zone: FREE screenings, Volunteer Zone: service project for Columbus residents, Celebrity Hot Spot (celeb talks and performances: music artists; TV and Film actors); Expo Hall (hundreds of exhibits), FREE events and activities, cash prizes, community gifts

LOCATION: Greater Columbus Convention Center; HALL B

ALSO SATURDAY 11AM TO 4PM:

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS ALL DAY SATURDAY THROUGH 4PM FOR ATTENDEES

FILE – In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, have asked a judge to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity, his lawyers said in court papers Friday, July 6. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/07/web1_120899977-21deee95a835493f8e1e21643c42de81.jpgFILE – In this April 4, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse in Washington. Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, have asked a judge to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity, his lawyers said in court papers Friday, July 6. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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