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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/5/17

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

Arizona 11, Colorado 8

Toronto 7, Winnipeg 2
St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4; OT
Edmonton 3, Calgary 0
Philadelphia 5, San Jose 3

Minnesota 85 , L.A. Sparks 76

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Study Examines Effect of Funding Cuts on Texas Schools, Students

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By Public News Service Study Examines Effect of Funding Cuts on Texas Schools, Students AUSTIN, Texas – Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016.

A new University of Texas study analyzes the effect of those cuts, made because of state revenue shortfalls, which forced many districts to operate with less money despite a growing number of students.

Michael Marder, a professor and co-author of the study at the UTeach Institute at UT, says although state spending is beginning to rebound, there is still a need to deal with the problems caused by the cuts.
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What to know about machine gun laws in the US

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By Leighton Schneider

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS)– Investigators in Las Vegas are still combing through the blood-stained concert grounds and tracing the history of the cache of 23 guns found inside Stephen Paddock’s 32nd floor suite.

While the details on the weapons Paddock used during his deadly 11-minute rampage that killed 59 and injured more than 500 are still not known, one key element has emerged: His possession of a dozen high-powered weapons fitted with so-called bump or slide stocks.

This legal accessory comes in kits that sell for as little as $99 online and can increase the rate of firing speed, and with it the potential lethality, to mimic automatic gunfire.

So far, it’s unknown if weapons equipped with bump stocks qualify as machine guns, or if Paddock may have had weapons modified in some other way or even if he managed to obtain fully-automatic weapons. But the terrifying footage of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, in which rapid gun bursts can be heard, has sparked a debate about the legality of automatic weapons in the U.S.

By definition, a machine gun is an automatic firearm that rapidly shoots a cluster of rounds of ammunition per minute.

Since the 18th century, machine guns have earned a prominent place in history and over time changed modern warfare.

The first machine gun, called a defense or Puckle gun, was invented in the 1700s by an Englishman named James Puckle.

A weapon fired by a turn of a crank and was created by Richard Gatling and altered warfare during the Civil War after it was introduced in 1862.

In 1885, Hiram Maxim presented the first fully-automatic machine gun, which could fire 500 rounds per minute.

Soon after came the submachine gun known as the anti-bandit gun or Tommy Gun.

The iconic weapon was created by Brigadier General John Taliaferro Thompson, a West Point alum who later tested .45 caliber cartridge ammunition rounds on human cadavers and live cattle.

He later used the same cartridges for his prototypes that were first called the Persuader and Annihilator.

By the 1920s Thompson’s gun was shopped around Europe and earned the monikers Tommy Guns or Chicago Typewriters and became synonymous with gang violence of the era.

From 1936 to 1986

The federal government started regulating and keeping records of machine guns back when it passed the National Firearms Act of 1934.

That law mandated strict guidelines for manufacturers and put them in place for owners to register their machine guns.

Then in 1986, the feds imposed the Firearm Owners Protection Act which expanded on the original law.

It also banned possession and transfer of new automatic firearms and parts that fire bullets without stopping once the trigger is depressed.

Critically, legal machine guns must be manufactured before May 19, 1986, the cutoff date imposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives (ATF).

Because of their scarcity, legal machine guns are very expensive, still require the original 1934 Machine Gun Tax stamp of $200 and the owner or trader must undergo extensive background checks and also permit the federal government to conduct searches.

Law enforcement agencies and the military are not subject to the same stringent measures.

Registered machine gun dealers are also permitted to possess samples to sell to military and law enforcement customers.

Federal and state laws

More legislation regarding machine guns exist at the state level and can impose long prison sentences.

In fact, fines of up to $250,000 and prison sentences up to 10 years can be instituted to those in possession of an unregistered machine gun.

Connecticut is a small state of 4 million residents but possesses the greatest share of machine guns nationwide, with 52,965 registered. Their machine gun law details that the parts of a machine gun must be registered with the ATF.

“Connecticut residents may purchase machine guns if they are capable of a ‘full automatic only’ rate of fire. Any select fire weapon is considered an ‘Assault Weapon’ and is prohibited by State Law,” according to their gun laws.

Nevada follows the federal guidelines: machine guns can be possessed if they are registered and manufactured before 1986.

As of April 2017, there were over 11,000 machine guns registered in the same state where Adam Lanza committed one of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings when he killed 26 people, including 20 first graders.

But these guns mostly aren’t being handled by the general public.

“[Many are] in the hands of law enforcement, and they have to register too. Those are part of the high number,” Lindsay Nichols, the Federal Policy Director from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun law advocacy organization told ABC News.

Texas falls in second to Connecticut with 36,534 machine guns registered among a population of almost 28 million.

The state has the most federally registered weapons with almost 590,000.

The ATF, according to the 2017 Commencement Report, confirmed there were 630,019 machine guns registered nationwide. A spokesperson for the ATF said that the number of machine gun owners nationwide is not known.

Semiautomatic rifles are legal to obtain in Nevada, and in most states.

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"Dear Hate," Maren Morris's response to the Las Vegas shooting, hits #1 on iTunes

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By Music News Group

ABC/Mark LevineBarely a day after Maren Morris released “Dear Hate” in response to the mass shootings in Las Vegas on Sunday, the new track was sitting at #1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart.

“Dear Hate” even outsold multiple cuts by rocker Tom Petty, who died suddenly on Monday — including classics like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”

It also bested Taylor Swift‘s latest smash, “Look What You Made Me Do,” but that’s likely O.K. with Taylor, since she included songs by both Maren and her fiancé Ryan Hurd on a recent “Songs Taylor Loves” Spotify playlist.

Maren wrote “Dear Hate” in 2015, shortly after the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and recorded it last year with Country Music Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill, but had never released it.

“I wanted to be precious with it because it is such a sensitive subject,” she told Rolling Stone. “It’s just insane how relevant the message still is today.”

The Texas native performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday night, a day before gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 500 by firing into the crowd of 22,000 at the event.

Maren is donating all the proceeds from the song to the Music City Cares Fund to help victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

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'Do not let anyone make you see limits in life:' Q&A with the 1st female NFL coach

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By Leighton Schneider

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK)– Jen Welter, who made NFL history in 2015, when she became the league’s first female coach, answered questions about what it was like to break the glass ceiling in a male-dominated sport, saying she would tell her younger self to “not let anyone make you see limits in life.”

“It was a sport I had loved my whole life,” Welter, a former coach of the Arizona Cardinals, said of football on “Good Morning America” Wednesday. “But I didn’t have the opportunity to play, so when I made that first team, the promise I made is that I would step up to every challenge, no matter what it was.”

Welter who has written about her experiences in her new memoir, “Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless From the First Woman to Coach in the NFL,” opens up about how she got into football and shares some of her top advice for girls in sports in an interview with ABC News.

Why or how you chose football over other sports?
Growing up in a small town in Florida, everyone was obsessed with football, including me. I loved the game but never thought of it as something I could do myself. In college, I found rugby. I loved it, and I was pretty good. Through rugby friends, I started playing flag football on the weekends and I got a call to try out for the Mass Mutiny women’s team. I quit my job to train full-time for the tryouts; put all of my stuff in storage, moved out of my apartment. I made the team and I was hooked. There was no turning back from that point.

What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned during your time in the NFL?
Just how mental the game really is at that level. I know it might sound funny coming from someone who has a Ph.D., because trust me, I can get mental. However, the truth is at that level, all the players are physically capable of succeeding. The differentiation comes through their football IQ, practice and study mentality, and their mindsets. Most people envision football training to be all physical practice. However, practice times are actually regulated by the league and the majority of the day is spent in the film room. Football truly is full contact chess.

What is your pep talk to players, and to yourself?
The greatest gift a coach can give a player is to make him or her better, in the game on the field and the game of life. And to truly help someone, you have to know him or her, as a player and a person, then you tap into that personal quest for greatness, within the collective goal. For myself, when I am scared and in doubt, I remind myself that I am playing for something bigger than myself. We generally say, football, family, and faith all those things are bigger than any one individual.

What advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?
Keep your wings, and do not let anyone make you see limits in life. My first love was tennis, and I was training to go pro. But I’m only 5-foot-2, and my coach told me I’d never be at the top of the game. Hearing that I could never be at the top just killed the fire in me, and I didn’t want to play anymore. So I’d tell myself: Don’t give up. That coach didn’t know what I was capable of. My size might’ve put me at a disadvantage, might’ve meant I had to work harder. But there was no way he could say for sure that I’d never be at the top of the game. I’m sure he would’ve said that I could never coach in the NFL, too! No one should have the power to steal your dreams.

What’s your advice to girls in sports?

Play your heart out. Enjoy every minute and compete to your greatest potential. Play as hard as you can. If you’re playing against boys, try not to take the trash talk personally. A boy is going to be upset if he gets tackled by a girl, or dunked on, or whatever. It’s not your problem. Go out there and show everyone what you can do, but most of all, play for yourself. Don’t worry too much about what opportunities you might or might not have in the future. Opportunities that you never could imagine might present themselves. They did for me. And if you can, try to get your parents to take you to women’s sporting events — and bring your brothers. The games are great, you’ll be totally pumped, and you’ll be helping grown women like me get paid to compete in the sports we love, just like professional male athletes do. Then when you get older and want to go pro, young women will do the same for you.

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