A spoiled Texas teen who killed four in a drunken driving accident dodged prison and was sentenced to probation instead after defense lawyers argued his wealthy parents never taught him right from wrong. Ethan Couch, 16, was facing 20 years behind bars for the horrific June wreck, but instead walked out of a Fort Worth courtroom Tuesday with 10 years' probation. For now, he was set to remain at a juvenile detention center until authorities determined his fate.
State District Judge Jean Boyd's decision to let the teen walk had the victims' families outraged. If [he] had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different. The fatal crash occurred on June 15 when Couch, loaded on booze and Valium, lost control of his speeding Ford F pick-up and smashed into a broken-down car beside a road outside Burleson. Breanna Mitchell, 24, the stranded car's driver, was killed instantly, along with three Good Samaritans who were helping her: mother and daughter Hollie Boyles, 52, and Shelby Boyles, 21; and youth pastor Brian Jennings, Seven teens were riding in Couch's car at the time.
Two, who were sitting in the truck bed, were critically injured. One of them, Sergio Molina, remains paralyzed and brain damaged after several months in a coma, and can only communicate by blinking his eye, the Star-Telegram reported.
Authorities said Couch was going 70 mph on the rural 40 mph stretch, and a breath test showed his blood-alcohol-content was. During the trial, prosecutors said Couch and his pals had been partying with beer they stole from Walmart, and were on another booze run when the crash occurred.
In all, 11 people were injured. Local authorities said the crash scene was the most horrific they've encountered. Miller testified that Couch was the troubled product of a broken home who got whatever he wanted from his wealthy parents and didn't understand consequences. Miller called the teen a victim of "affluenza," a rich-kid syndrome that led him to believe money solved everything.
Couch was never disciplined, abused alcohol and had "freedoms no young person should have," including being allowed to drive when he was 13, Miller said. Breanna Mitchell's mother, Marla Mitchel, wore some of her cremated daughter's ashes in a locket around her neck during the trial, according to local reports. She told the Star-Telegram"[Couch] is not free.
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One of the other teenagers, also struck, was seriously injured. According to state police, year-old Kaydence E. Nichols, of Hannibal, suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. Seventeen-year-old Riley P. Trumble, of Hannibal, was struck simultaneously and suffered severe injuries.
Trumble was taken to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, by Menter Ambulance and remains in critical, but stable condition. The suspect vehicle and operator were located a short time later by troopers with assistance from the Fulton Police Department. The operator of the vehicle, Christopher J. Rogers II, 29, of Germandale Drive, Fulton, was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and DWI.
The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Collision Reconstruction Unit responded, and the investigation is continuing. The Hannibal Central School District notified the student body of the incident. The district has made counseling services available at the high school on Monday, Sept. This sedan was traveling in a southwesterly direction behind a white Ram pickup truck with South Carolina license plates.
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Trumble, 17, of Hannibal, is in critical condition at a Syracuse hospital, troopers said. The teenagers both went to Hannibal High School. The accident happened just after a. Christopher J. Rogers II was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck west State Route when he struck the two teenagers as they walked on the shoulder of the road, troopers said.
A third person who was with Nichols and Trumble was not injured. Rogers immediately drove away, troopers said, and did not stop his truck. Nichols was pronounced dead at the scene. Rogers and his pickup truck were found shortly after the crash.
Rogers, 29, of Germandale Drive, Fulton, was arrested by troopers and charged with:. The sedan was spotted driving southwest behind the white Dodge Ram truck. Troopers have asked anyone with information about the deadly crash to call Did you know Kaydence Nichols?
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The touchdown was overturned on a holding penalty call. For about a half. Then reality sits in. We'll see what kind of boost Cowboys get from a win and a few days off, but this one will be a struggle to put away. Sure, the Giants will get a little surge from the return of Eli Manning as the starting quarterback and the coaching change. But the Giants have won only two games for a reason.
And with nothing to play for, the Giants' early-game boost won't have staying power. The Cowboys need to win out. They take control in the second half and pull away. The playoff scenarios already look dismal, but the recent win over Washington offered a peek of hope with a month of games to play. A loss to the reeling Giants would rip right back open the wounds of the not-too-distant three-game losing streak and all the questions that came with it.
Dallas postpones that uncomfortable day at least another week. The Cowboys would appear to be slam-dunk winners against the hapless Giants. In the NFL, however, rarely is anything is as it appears. The Cowboys rally in the fourth quarter against the Giants and their new starting quarterback.
Dan Bailey kicks the game-winning extra point. I expect Eli Manning's return to the starting lineup to bring an emotional lift to the Giants, allowing them to build an early lead. And then New York will return to playing like the two-win team they've been this year. Manning enters Sunday's game with a 13-13 career record against Dallas. The Giants have a new head coach. They have a new quarterback, who happens to be their old quarterback who was awkwardly benched one week ago so New York could focus on the future.
All of this should give the Giants a big jolt of adrenaline and excitement - for about a quarter-and-a-half until reality returns. Eli Manning makes his not-so-triumphant return just as the Cowboys figure out who they are.
For the first time without Zeke, they realized they can still run, and they'll do it again against the Giants. Meanwhile, Eli proves Ben McAdoo was wrong, but not by a lot. The Giants could absolutely show up in any condition on Sunday and it should not surprise us with the chaos surrounding their franchise.
But, Dallas simply has to win this game and Dak Prescott badly needs to play a game he can finally feel good about in a rough spot. I think he bounces back and makes some throws that we haven't seen in a month.These technological breakthroughs are the news of today.
But in a few years, they will enter the mainstream.
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Users can expect to pay more for products containing SCM and other technologies for a while. Eventually, however, they will become the norm. These will be based on server designs with intelligent storage software on top, and less on dedicated storage controller design.
When Rob Commins, vice president of marketing at Tegile looks into the crystal ball, he sees one large shared memory pool as opposed to a shared storage pool. Eric Herzog, vice president of worldwide storage channels, IBM, concurs with other experts that we can expect NVMe and 3D XPoint to become increasingly more prevalent. He also called attention to recent discussions and presentations centered around RRAM as yet another wave of high performance, non-volatile storage media.
At the same time, he foresees flash moving down the food chain. Whereas disk or even tape is regarded as the best home for secondary storage currently, Herzog thinks flash will gradually take over large chunks of these markets.
Perhaps there will be a price premium for the very latest flash technologies like SCM. But otherwise, the idea that all-flash arrays are more expensive than high-performance hard drive based systems is a myth, according to Herzog. On cost per GB, he thinks they are on par.
Once you factor in the extensive abilities for data reduction, they can be less expensive per GB. This will spur further development in the software and analytics fields. Boudreau pointed to machine learning as a key enabler.
And there's nothing wrong with that. It's true that most often investors are rewarded long term for taking extra volatility risk. Since 1926, the average annualised ERP has been 4. And theoretically, investors should be rewarded for suffering through stock market swings. If you weren't likely to get higher reward for higher risk, why would anyone want the higher risk. The problem is that some academics try to model future ERPs - predicting future stock returns. I've never seen any ERP model stand up to historical back-testing.
Yet every year, we get a new wave of them. When I say future, I mean most ERPs attempt forecasting far into the future - usually seven to 10 years (10 is most common). Yet stock returns in the near term - over the next 12 to 24 months - are driven mostly by shifts in demand, and even those are devilishly difficult to forecast. Further out, supply pressures swamp all, so there is absolutely no way to predict stock market direction seven or 10 years out unless you can somehow predict future stock supply shifts.
But not a single ERP model I've ever seen has addressed the issue of predicting long-term supply flows.
And if you can't address future supply, your model is worthless because with securities, in the long term supply is all that matters. None of these ERPs stands up to historical back-testing, or if they do it's merely accidentalInstead, most ERP models make forward-looking assumptions based on cobbled-together current or past conditions.
But right away you know past performance is never, by itself, indicative of future results. An example of an ERP model might look like this: take the current dividend yield, the average earnings per share over the last 10 years, plus the current inflation rate, and subtract the bond yield.
Add or subtract a few components. Mix that together with a guesstimate for some percentage by which stocks are supposed to beat bonds over the next 10 years, based on what treasuries are yielding now.