Tiny Market Adds Even Tinier Bar

first_img 0% Royal Cuckoo Market on 19th and Capp streets is not just a liquor store, market and cafe anymore: it’s now home to the Mission’s latest beer and wine bar.Horsies Saloon, located within the shop but roped off from the market section, offers a cozy setting for a total of eight patrons at a time who will also be able to enjoy an expanded food selection that already includes sandwiches, charcuterie boards, and soups.Paul Miller, who opened Royal Cuckoo in 2014, hopes to eventually acquire a general liquor license to serve spirits in-house – though the market is licensed to sell bottled liquor, Horsies is only permitted to sell beer and wine for on-site consumption.That won’t deter the tiny bar from offering mixed drinks, however – Miller offers cocktails made from wines, fortified wines, and aperitifs. Some are twists on classics, such as the “Cuckoo Americano,” which contains cocchi Americano, antica carpano, orange bitters and soda, and the “Horsies Mary,” with underberg, spicy tomato and beet juice. “I’m used to drinks with hard liquor, so it’s a little bit different,” said Miller, who owns another bar in the city.The name “Horsies” is derived from Horsens, Denmark, the hometown of Miller’s grandparents. The décor and some of the food reflects the Scandinavian influence, he said.Horsies will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, November 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. center_img Tags: alcohol • bars • Business • Events • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Navigation Center opens admits some chronically homeless residents

first_img 0% The long-awaited 120-bed Navigation Center at 1515 South Van Ness St. opened Thursday, clearing Shotwell Street of a homeless encampment and admitting ten clients.Some of the homeless residents had set up outside the center in anticipation of its planned opening on Monday, but that was delayed until today. At least one camper, however, was still undecided about the center.“I’m just trying to convince her to come in,” said a man who called himself Crimewave, pointing to a woman nearby who was looking through her belongings spread out on 26th Street. He had already been admitted, but still had some of his belongings on the street.A man who called himself Crimewave said he had already checked into the new Navigation Center. Photo by Lydia Chávez Two homeless residents on Shotwell Street said they too had been checked in but were getting some fresh air and giving the center some time to organize.Joshua, 41, said he had been homeless for more than 25 years and that this was his first time getting into a Navigation Center.John, 38, said it was a first for him as well. He too has been homeless for years.The city’s recent point-in-time count of the homeless showed that of the 7,449 homeless residents counted throughout the city, 2,138 are considered chronically homeless, having experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years. According to that count, the Mission has 510 homeless individuals.A police officer, one of ten working with a community outreach team focusing on the homeless, said that getting people off the streets and into the center this morning had gone pretty well.Chris, a neighbor who lives nearby the center said the encampments had been there for a year and had become increasingly troublesome in the last four months.“I want to help rather than condemn these folks,” said Chris. He added that the streets behind the center already looked a lot better. Up until recently there had also been tents on 26th Street.A woman monitoring the door of the center said there would probably be no more admissions today, but that new homeless residents would be incorporated until the center reached its capacity.Those admitted to the Navigation Center will stay for 30 to 60 days. The center will operate for only a short time because construction for a 157- unit housing project is slated to begin at the site in early January.The new Navigation Center at 1515 South Van Ness. Photo by Lola M. ChavezBehind the new Navigation Center on Shotwell and 26th Streets is now clear of encampments. Photo by Lola M. Chavez center_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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SFPD Chief Bill Scotts proposal to cease making suspects sit on the

first_imgScott has downplayed any notion this move would be a “major break,” telling KTVU-TV that this is “basically about treating people with respect.” In a statement sent to Mission Local, the department described the policy as “still in draft form” and “aligned with 21st-century policing.”“There is no language in this draft policy that says ‘You shall not,’” the statement continues. “Instead, it states that if an officer must place somebody on the ground, he or she should be able to explain their actions. This is the accountability that the public wants and expects from us.”Scott has said that there was no single precipitating incident for this policy proposal.In fact, the number of complaints made against San Francisco police officers has dropped, precipitously, for the better part of a decade. In 2007, 1,126 complaints were filed and, by 2009, that tally hit 1,199. By 2015 the complaint total was down to 796 and in 2017 only 601 complaints were filed, a 47 percent reduction since ’07. With these stats in mind, veteran officers contacted by Mission Local were confused by this policy, and wondered about Scott’s motivation.It warrants mentioning that, in this timeframe, the SFPD’s arrest rate dropped precipitously, too. This was also noted by critics of Scott’s approach.“Every day, I grumble about the obstructionism of the POA, but, this time, Scott did something they can take advantage of,” bemoaned a longtime SFPD higher-up. “Cops right now don’t want to do their jobs to begin with; there is, clearly, a de-policing effect taking place. This is one more example of how to discourage them.” Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The sight of suspects cuffed and seated on the pavement with San Francisco police officers hovering above is, if not ubiquitous, not at all uncommon in the Mission. Chief Bill Scott would like to change that.“Seating any handcuffed or un-handcuffed suspect on the ground or sidewalk during an encounter should be avoided,” reads the draft department bulletin Scott recently disseminated. Rather than sitting subjects down on the pavement, as officers have been trained to do, this should “be done only as a last resort and only when necessary.” While making allowances for “exceptional circumstances,” Scott writes that, when “sufficient help is on the scene,” subjects should be seated in police vehicles. Officers who do sit subjects down on the pavement will be required to document this in an incident report.This directive triggered a predictable response from the Police Officers Association — which is not thrilled. On Dec. 7, its attorney, Greg Adam, sent a letter to the chief stating that this policy “is a major break with our past practices and inconsistent in how officers have been trained. It affects training and, in the POA’s opinion, it affects officer safety.”As the POA is wont to do about nearly every detail of police procedure, it asked for a meet-and-confer session before the policy goes into effect. The union says its request for a meeting has been granted. Another veteran officer adds, “When you ask someone to sit on the ground with their feet in front of them, it takes more time for them to get up, run, or fight. Not putting people on the ground creates a whole new reality of controlling scenes — and what you’re going to have is officers losing control. That includes violence that wouldn’t have otherwise happened, resisting arrest, and losing prisoners.”Putting a subject in a car, as Scott’s dictum suggests, could have unintended consequences, continues the longtime officer: “Then people assume they’re going to jail. That’s even more disrespectful.”These views, however, are not universal. Timothy T. Williams, Jr. is a police-procedure and use-of-force expert; he broke in with the Los Angeles Police Department in 1974 and served nearly 30 years there, working alongside Bill Scott, who remains his acquaintance. “I have always had a problem with having individuals sit on the ground,” he says. “I think it’s a respect thing and there’s no need for that.”When he was a young cop in the 1970s, “we never did that. Now it’s evolved over the years that people do it. Some officers say it’s for officer safety. Some say it’s a way to control people. I have never supported it.” Doing away with this practice, Williams says, “would go a long way toward helping de-escalation in the community. And the community would be receptive to this. But not law enforcement. That’s really too bad. I support what the chief is doing.”Seth Stoughton, a law professor at the University of South Carolina and a former police officer, says he’s searched for the specific statutes and court cases that clearly allow cops to order detainees to sit down — and he can’t find any. “Now, I think it’s highly likely that the courts will allow officers to order people to sit down when officers can articulate why that is a reasonable command under the circumstances,” he says. “But I’m skeptical that the courts will grant officers carte blanche to do so without some specific, articulatable justification.”That sounds about right to Jim Chanin, a civil rights attorney who has, by his own count, sued local police departments hundreds of times. Making a person sit, in public, to be leered at by passers-by “should always be avoided if possible,” Chanin says. “I get where the chief is coming from.”Chanin notes that this policy shouldn’t apply when dealing with dangerous situations — or disabled and/or elderly subjects who may want to sit down.And yet Michael Leonesio, a retired Oakland cop turned use-of-force consultant, argued that having subjects sit during detentions and arrests is not inherently disrespectful.“You are not going to be doing this during consensual contacts. You cannot do that. The only times you could do this are when someone is already legally detained or arrested. And, then, it’s perfectly appropriate — within common sense,” he says. “You can’t make someone sit down in a dangerous situation [like] right near a bus. There are cases in places where it gets hot where subjects have gotten second-degree burns on the pavement. And you shouldn’t do this in the pouring rain or where it’s muddy. Where I am now in Tennessee, there are no sidewalks. Are you going to have someone sit in a ditch? Of course not.”Leonesio argues, “This is not demeaning. It’s controlling. … What this tactic is used for is to try to control movement. You want them to sit down when you’re maybe doing some computer work and you cannot have 100 percent eyes on them. This is a minor inconvenience for both officer safety and subject safety.”But could this practice be abused? “Certainly it could,” Leonesio admits. “But if that’s what Chief Scott is trying to address, that’s a discipline issue and a training issue. This move doesn’t seem to solve any particular problem other than that he thinks the practice is demeaning.”Leonesio is unaware of any police departments other than San Francisco that have either adopted or are contemplating such a policy.Chris Magnus, the police chief in Tucson and the former Richmond chief — where he earned the moniker “The Black Lives Matter cop” — says his officers do sit detainees and arrestees down. But not cavalierly.“There is no flat-out prohibition against putting people on the ground, but I do expect officers to use good judgment,” he says.“We try to be cognizant, especially in the summer, of how we do that. And there are many circumstances where, if we can, we can seat them in a car or just continue having a conversation with someone without securing them. But there are certainly times where we do put people on the ground. It all depends on the circumstances and the level of cooperation the officer is getting.” last_img read more

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SAINTS go in search of their third win in a row wh

first_imgSAINTS go in search of their third win in a row when they take on Salford City Reds at Langtree Park this Friday.Nathan Brown’s men have beaten Warrington and Wakefield in the last two weeks and lie just three points off Huddersfield.A win would boost their top two credentials and get them bang in form for the Good Friday trip to Wigan.More importantly that win over the Wildcats got Saints their first home win of the season.“I was happy for the fans that we got that win at home, it was good,” Brown said. “Yes, I would have liked to have beaten Huddersfield and Leeds but we’ve had to make some adjustments to how we have played.“Doing that in the run of a season takes a little time but I knew the guys would adapt and they are doing. There is still lots of improvement in us too.”Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or you can log on here.last_img read more

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FOLLOWING several complaints to Sky Sports about t

first_imgFOLLOWING several complaints to Sky Sports about the image of the League Leaders Shield being broadcast on Thursday night, Neville Smith, Executive Producer, Sky Sports Rugby League has penned the following response.When you are broadcasting a sport you are telling a story, translating what happens on the pitch, the dressing room and the terraces to the viewer at home. Usually it’s the story of the match, but occasionally it is a summary of an entire season.On this occasion the story was simple. The League Leaders trophy was on hand ready to present to St.Helens who only needed a draw from the game to secure the shield. Earlier in the broadcast we had seen the shield in its preparation stage. When Warrington’s lead became unassailable the story was simple. The trophy was being packed away, ready for another day.At no time was it an attempt to humiliate or upset St.Helens or their fans. The record of the St.Helens club is a proud one and beyond mocking. The Chairman Eamonn McManus is one of the finest administrators in the game, and he leads a magnificent club.In the same situation and in the same context the same shot would have applied to any club, be it Leeds, Warrington, London Broncos or Wigan (which of course would delight St.Helens fans). It is as I say, simply telling the story, and tapping into the emotions and passions of our great sport.If it is of any comfort to the viewer concerned I am a lifelong Manly Sea Eagles fan, never miss a Manly game via various means, and had to suffer the same agony the next morning watching my beloved Sea Eagles capitulate and surrender the equivalent trophy in the NRL on the last weekend of the league season, after leading for the last two months. At least St.Helens have one more chance to secure the shield.So I can sympathise with the emotions in question, but the fact remains, from a neutral perspective it was the next chapter in the story of a great season, which now goes down to the very last matches of the season. Neville SmithExecutive ProducerSky Sports Rugby Leaguelast_img read more

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Then a Membership in the 1873 Lounge could be the

first_imgThen a Membership in the 1873 Lounge could be the thing for you.The seat below is in Block G, Row U, #198 – and it affords superb views of the pitch.You can secure it for the year, and save on match by match prices, as well as enjoying excellent entertainment on and off the pitch as a Member in our 1873 lounge.Saints Hospitality is perfect for entertaining clients, rewarding staff performance, celebrating a special occasion or just wanting to experience the game in style. From the moment you book to the day itself, we will provide you with a dedicated co-ordinator to manage your booking from initial enquiry right through to Matchday itself.Guests enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal pre-match and with direct access to premium seats, it’s the perfect environment for entertaining and impressing your guests.The 1873 Lounge is located on the first floor of the South Stand, with ease of access for all guests.The Package Includes:Premium padded match seats in the South Stand close to the half way lineDelicious pre-match three-course meal plus a tasting plate with complimentary tea & coffee at half-timePrivate cash barProfessional & vastly experienced lounge compère – Pete EmmettPre-match interviews with Saints’ squad players and legendsPost-match interview with Saints Man of the MatchComplimentary Match Programme for each guest10% merchandise discount for Saints Superstore (located at the Totally Wicked Stadium) on Matchday, just show your match ticket in store to qualifyOur Lounge magician, John Holt will visit your table and entertain your groupSky Sports live game will be shown in the Lounge.Post-match Quiz with the prize of a round of drinks for your table courtesy of our partners, Robinsons BreweryCar Parking (for parties of four or more – subject to availability)Seasonal Price:Renewals: £715 + vatNew Customers: £769 + vat“Our table has taken Hospitality in the 1873 Lounge since the new stadium opened and continue to renew every year as we enjoy the experience so much,” 1873 Louge Member Jackie Hughes said. “We have become firm friends with the other members on our table and thoroughly enjoy their company.“The warm and friendly welcome that we receive from the door to our table is outstanding, and the food and service in the lounge are second to none. All in all, an experience to truly look forward to.We would highly recommend it!”If you would like more information or you would like to book, please call us on 01744 455 053 or email sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

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Construction starts on River Road bridge

first_img But it still manages to surprised people whenever they see it.“Today, it’s inconveniencing me. I understand that there’s work to be done but with no other detours and routes. I’m not really familiar with this area. So, I don’t know the cut through and where else I should do, other than to turn around and back track,” Emily Yopp, a driver, said.The old bridge over Lord’s Creek on River Road is being replaced and won’t reopen until May.Related Article: Stretch of eastbound I-140 reopens after emergency repairs“We’re replacing a bridge that was originally built in 1974. The new bridge will certainly be much further up to standards, able to handle the types of traffic that you see on the roads and bridges today,” Brian Rick, a NCDOT public relations officer, said.With plans to add a median along Carolina Beach Road and widen South Front Street, many people in the area wonder why this construction is spread out over time.“That’s the way they do things you know? Just like Carolina Beach road. You know you think they’re done with it and then you know, a couple months later, they do the construction again,” Jim Wilson, a driver, said.Rick says things like proximity, the type of work, impact to the public and overall growth of the area play into why these projects are out over time. He also says there are many reasons as to why projects are schedules at specific times. The roundabout project two years ago on River Road and Sanders Road was a safety improvement project. It was pursued as soon as funding was available to improve the safety of the intersection. The bridge replacement on River Road is almost three miles away from the roundabout project. It is too far to join the projects together.“Improvements are always welcome, you know, for everybody. We just have to have a better way of finding alternate roads,” Carl Amaral, a biker, said.NCDOT recommends any drivers going northbound to take Carolina Beach Road to Sanders Road back to River Road. Drivers going southbound can take Sanders Road to Carolina Beach Road  to River Road. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the past few years, road closed signs have been a familiar sight for drivers and people who live along River Road.“It’s always in disrepair, it seems like. River Road was redone. I don’t know how many years ago, but it’s held up pretty good,” Polly Harris, a resident said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Oak Island man gets 35 years for more child porn charges

first_imgMichael Butler (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An Oak Island was sentenced in federal court Wednesday for child pornography charges.Michael Carl Butler, 31, will spend the next 35 years in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.- Advertisement – According to a news release, Homeland Security Investigations used undercover software to identify an IP address downloading child pornography and offering such files for download by others.Officials say a search warrant was issued for the home address associated with the IP address. During a search, law enforcement confiscated multiple electric devices belonging to Butler.A forensic examination of those devices revealed more than 90 images of child pornography. Butler also used social media accounts, such as Facebook, to contact and solicit underage girls to commit sexual acts.Related Article: Wilmington woman found guilty in New Year’s Eve robberyButler was indicted on September 26. Butler pleaded guilty to the charges on December 13.Butler had previously been convicted of sex crimes against minors and was a registered sex offender.last_img read more

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County city to buy part of Echo Farms for green space

first_img It’s been an uphill battle for the non-profit group “Save Echo Farms” who have worked for years to try and preserve the green space for the community.“You don’t plant a tree for yourself, you plant it for your grandchildren. And that’s what I hope we’re doing here today,” said “Save Echo Farms” Vice Chair John Hirchak.New Hanover County and Wilmington city leaders announced they plan to split the $1.7 million cost to purchase 14 acres of land.Related Article: Wilmington DMV office to extend hours starting MondayThe City of Wilmington will pay 40 percent for development of the first three phases of a public park, while the county will pay 60 percent.Those first three phases, which include repairs to tennis courts, a new pool and tennis building, and a walking trail are expected to be complete by June 2020.Mayor Bill Saffo said this is a great thing for the community.“It’s just a great day for the citizens of Wilmington, the citizens of New Hanover County, anybody in the county anybody in the city will be able to use this as a public park,” Saffo said. “We have these great clay tennis courts that will be expanded here. We have a fantastic pool here at Echo Farms that will be improved over time, and then of course we’re going to be putting in a walking trail here.”Hirchak says access to clay courts can determine whether veteran players can continue the sport.“Having suffered a pretty serious leg injury, I’m reduced to playing on clay,” said Hirchak.Commissioner Woody White says the city and county teaming up to buy this land is an investment in the future.“For generations to come, young people, old people, men and women of our community are going to enjoy this open space, enjoy these tennis courts and swimming pool,” said White.Hirchak says he’s thankful that years of hard work have paid off.“To anyone out there who thinks that they can’t make a difference in their community, I’m telling you right now, you can,” said Hirchak.Hirchak went on to praise Matrix Development for holding off on development until a decision was reached.The deal must still be approved by the commissioners and city council and that will be voted on Monday. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The saga over what will happen to a portion of Echo Farms has ended after a big announcement from the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County Wednesday morning.The two are going to go in together to buy several acres of the property for recreational use.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Harris wont run in 9th District redo election

first_img “While few things in my life have brought me more joy than getting to meet and know the people of this incredible part of North Carolina, and while I have been overwhelmed by the honor of their support for me as the Congressman-elect of NC-9, I owe it to Beth, my children and my six grandchildren to make the wisest decision for my health,” Harris said in the statement. “I also owe it to the citizens of the Ninth District to have someone at full strength during the new campaign. It is my hope that in the upcoming primary, a solid conservative leader will emerge to articulate the critical issues that face our nation.”Harris led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes after November’s election, but the NC Board of Elections decided not to certify the race due to challenges and questions about absentee ballots in Bladen County.On the fourth day of the board’s evidentiary hearing last week, Harris wrapped up his testimony by saying he believed a new election should be held. A short time later the board unanimously agreed.Related Article: Cooper vetoes latest voter ID legislationNo date has yet been set for the new election, which will go all the way back to the primary process, but McCready has said he will run.Harris endorsed Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing for the seat.“Stony, from my observation, along with his wife Anne-Marie, have served Union County effectively through the years,” Harris said. “His background and his experience have proven him to stand firm on so many of the issues that concern us, including the issue of life, our national security, and religious freedom. I hope that those who have stood with me will strongly consider getting behind Stony Rushing.”In a statement, NCGOP Chair Robin Hayes said the party supports Harris’s decision.“The most important thing for him to address is his health,” Hayes said in the statement. “This has been a grueling process for all involved, and we unequivocally support his call for a new election. There are numerous quality candidates that are discussing a run and although the Party will not be involved in a primary, we have no doubt that a competitive nominee will emerge.”Yesterday former Gov. Pat McCrory said he will not run for the 9th District seat. It is still unclear who else may run.Meanwhile investigators continue to look into whether any criminal charges could be filed. The ballot controversy centers around McCrae Dowless, a Bladen County political operative accused of harvesting absentee ballots on behalf of Harris during last year’s election. Investigators are also seeking phone and bank records.The 9th District seat is one of two open US House seats in North Carolina. The 3rd District seat has been vacant since the death of Rep. Walter Jones earlier this month.Read Harris’s full statement:Over the last several days, I have had the privilege of hearing from so many people who have stood with us, cared for us, and who have asked how they can pray for us. In my response to them I have simply said to pray for wisdom and discernment as we make decisions concerning my health situation, the new election in Congressional District 9, and where we go from here.After consulting with my physicians, there are several things that my health situation requires as a result of the extremely serious condition that I faced in mid-January. One of those is a necessary surgery that is now scheduled for the last week in March. Given my health situation, the need to regain full strength, and the timing of this surgery the last week of March, I have decided not to file in the new election for Congressional District 9. While few things in my life have brought me more joy than getting to meet and know the people of this incredible part of North Carolina, and while I have been overwhelmed by the honor of their support for me as the Congressman-elect of NC-9, I owe it to Beth, my children and my six grandchildren to make the wisest decision for my health. I also owe it to the citizens of the Ninth District to have someone at full strength during the new campaign. It is my hope that in the upcoming primary, a solid conservative leader will emerge to articulate the critical issues that face our nation.Over the course of campaigning in the district, I met and got to know one such leader, Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing. Stony, from my observation, along with his wife Anne-Marie, have served Union County effectively through the years. His background and his experience have proven him to stand firm on so many of the issues that concern us, including the issue of life, our national security, and religious freedom. I hope that those who have stood with me will strongly consider getting behind Stony Rushing.Through the challenges of life, Beth and I continually place our trust in God, and we both know He holds the future in His Hands. Please stay engaged, for it is our civic duty to do so.Again, it has been an honor to have your love, support, encouragement, and prayers each step of our journey together. Over the next few weeks as I continue to gain strength for surgery, I want to respect my family’s desire for privacy and I will not be doing interviews.Sincerely,Mark Harris WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man who had the most votes in the disputed race for North Carolina’s 9th US House district will not run when the election is done over later this year.In a statement, Republican Mark Harris cited ongoing issues with his health, including surgery scheduled for late March, as a main factor in his decision not to run again.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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