Police tighten Congress security in era of rising threats

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s chief law enforcement officer says he’s tightening security for traveling lawmakers. The moves come as Congress reassesses safety at a time when threats against members were surging even before Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol this month. Timothy P. Blodgett is the acting House sergeant at arms. And he says Capitol Police officers will be stationed at Washington-area airports and the city’s Union Station train depot on busy travel days. Blodgett says he’s set up an online portal so lawmakers can notify the agency about travel plans. He also wants them to coordinate trips with local police and airport officials and report suspicious activity.last_img

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Vestal church getting creative with social distancing

first_img“They’ll choose a green wristband if they’re like, ‘I’m good you want to talk, you want to hug, you want to shake hands,’ if somebody else has a green one, they’re welcome to do that after services in the parking lot. If they select yellow, it’s like ‘ Hey I’m looking forward to talking to you, but I’m not really comfortable right now touching, hugging, shaking hands.’ And red, which is kind of like the stop sign, is basically like, “I’m just glad to be here, but I’m just not ready yet to talk or to hug, but boy am I glad I’m here.” After choosing a wristband, church goers sit socially distanced in the sanctuary and due to the limited in person capacity, those who cannot attend can live stream the services too. He continued: VESTAL (WBNG) — Normally, when you see wristbands, you think of a party — a way to track people coming in and out. But at The Family Life Church in Vestal, it’s a way to practice social distancing.center_img “Of course everybody on our service team has had to change what used to be a hug and a warm embrace to “Good morning. How are you?” from a safe distance and so when people come into the church now, we ask them to make a selection, ” said Pastor Joe Coudreit. The creative changes come at a time where more and more COVID 19 cases are being blamed on a cluster that began at a church in Chemung county, healthy officials say.last_img read more

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Pellegrini unmoved by Aguero rumour

first_img Aguero, who has been in outstanding form this season, has reportedly been made Real Madrid’s top target for next summer. It is not the first time the 25-year-old has been linked with the Bernabeu, nor the first time this season there have been stories suggesting he might leave. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is unmoved by fresh reports linking star striker Sergio Aguero with a move away from the Etihad Stadium. Press Associationcenter_img But the Argentina international, who has scored 15 goals in his last 13 appearances, has previously insisted he is happy in Manchester and Pellegrini is not worried about the rumours. Aguero, who moved from Atletico Madrid for £38million in 2011, is contracted to City until summer 2017. Pellegrini, speaking after City’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over Swansea, said: “I don’t know anything about that. I don’t think Sergio wants to leave. That is not a problem for us. I don’t believe in that.” It is little more than a week since Pellegrini was last asked to comment on the matter, after both Aguero and team-mate Yaya Toure – another key player linked with a move – had spoken of their commitment to City. He said then: “Both of them are very happy here and they will stay with us.” City are back in Premier League action as they travel to West Brom in midweek. Pellegrini is hopeful captain Vincent Kompany will be fit to return after two months out with a thigh injury. He said: “We will see but I hope that he will come.” last_img read more

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