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September 18, 2018

RHODE ISLAND TOWN - NIKE BOYCOTT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town voted has voted 3-2 for a resolution to refrain from purchasing Nike products.

The North Smithfield Town Council will ask its departments to not buy Nike items.

Council President John Beauregard is a former state trooper who is upset with Nike’s decision to use former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in ads.

North Smithfield hasn’t said what it buys from Nike, if anything. The ACLU of Rhode Island says it could be held liable for violating the First Amendment.

The mayor of a New Orleans suburb recently rescinded a similar directive based on an attorney’s advice.

Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

HOMELESS BEATINGS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are looking for a robber who beat three homeless men with a baseball bat, leaving them in critical condition.

Police say he approached the men before dawn Sunday as they were sleeping in building alcoves or stairwells at two downtown Los Angeles locations.

Police say the attacker bludgeoned the men, then ransacked their pockets and their belongings. The victims haven’t regained consciousness and remain hospitalized with severe head injuries.

Investigators say the suspect is also believed to be homeless, based on his appearance. Surveillance video showed him rummaging through trash cans as he walked around the area.

GOVERNOR’S CANDIDATE - DRINKING ON THE JOB

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Republican officials have accused Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist of drinking on the job as a state senator and implied he drove while intoxicated, allegations that state investigators dismissed — and that Krist fervently denies.

The Nebraska Republican Party released videos yesterday that show Krist at Billy’s Restaurant, a hangout for legislators, and called him a heavy drinker.

One video dated March 23 shows Krist at a table with a beverage . Another May 7 video shows him behind the bar, facing away from the camera and appearing to fix a drink. A third May 7 video shows him getting into his car outside the restaurant.

It’s not known if the dates listed on the video titles are accurate.

A Krist spokesman says the attack marks “a new low in Nebraska politics” and shows Krist is a threat to Gov. Pete Ricketts.

OLD FAITHFUL TRESPASSING

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say they’ve ticketed a man caught on video walking dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser.

The man’s actions startled several people in a crowd of a couple hundred at the park’s most famous attraction. Some wondered if he planned to jump into the steaming hole known for erupting boiling-hot water every hour or so.

At one point, the man lay on the ground near the geyser.

Ashley Lemanski of Harbor Beach, Michigan, shot the video Friday. She says rangers repeatedly yelled at the man to get to safety. She says they caught up with him after he eventually walked back onto nearby boardwalks and paths.

Yellowstone spokesman Neal Herbert said Monday that rangers cited the unidentified man with walking off the boardwalks in a thermal area.

MLB PLAYER HITS FOR CYCLE, SETS RECORD

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich has hit for the cycle for the second time this season, setting a major league record by doing it twice against one team.

The Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger completed his cycle last night with a sixth-inning triple against the Reds. Yelich also hit for the cycle when he went 6 for 6 on Aug. 29 in Cincinnati, making him the fifth player to accomplish the feat twice in one season — and first in Brewers history.

He became the first major leaguer to do it twice in one year against the same team.

The previous player with two cycles in one season was Aaron Hill in 2012.

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