View post tag: F-35A View post tag: JMSDF View post tag: US Navy Photo: US Navy file photo of a cable-controlled undersea recovery vehicle (CURV-21) View post tag: JASDF The US Navy is concluding its support for the search and recovery operations of the Japanese F-35A fighter jet that went missing over the Pacific, off Misawa Air Base on April 9.A US Navy salvage team aboard the contracted vessel DSCV Van Gogh completed its mission after locating debris from the downed JASDF F-35A.Working with JSDF forces, the salvage team deployed a US Navy remotely operated vehicle, CURV 21, to survey the area where debris was located.Prior to the salvage team mission, guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) and multiple P-8A Poseidon aircraft joined JSDF-led search efforts from Apr. 9-17, covering more than 5,000 square nautical miles.The plane crashed during a regular training mission. Parts of the jet’s tail fin were recovered shortly after the accident. Japan’s defense minister confirmed to reporters that parts of the plane’s data recorder had been found but the recorder’s memory is yet to be retrieved. Share this article
Address inquiries to Nikole Abrego, Administrative Analyst,[email protected] CVCover LetterStatement of Expertise, including professional experience,courses you are qualified to teach and, if possible, timesavailable for teaching assignmentsThree references with contact information Department SummaryThe Department of Film and Theatre has two major programs:Radio-Television-Film and Theatre Arts that prepare students forcareers as actors, performers, directors, script writers,producers, designers, technicians, managers, and scholarly/criticalwriters.We offer training and experience in radio, television, film, andtheatre production as well as courses in the history, scholarship,and aesthetics of these media. The department creates short andfeature films through SpartanFilm Studios , a full season of stage productions, and otherfaculty, staff, and student production projects. Students canparticipate in the department’s full-time radio station, KSJS 90.5 , which provides entertainment,sports, and community service to the Bay Area.Brief Description of DutiesTeach undergraduate courses in Theatre Arts, including courses inthe Theatre Arts major and those offered under General Education;hold regular office hours; work cooperatively with staff, chair,and other faculty members; participate in course assessmentactivities; address the needs of a student population of greatdiversity in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language,and academic preparation.Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understandingthe needs of a student population of great diversity – in age,cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academicpreparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advisement.All Faculty should be organizing their classes within the CanvasLearning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided for theSJSU community. 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Students around the country are turning last week’s heartbreaking school shooting in Parkland, Florida into an inspiring push for change. In addition to grieving the lives of 17 classmates, students have met with the President, spoken their minds to Members of Congress, and taken to the streets and the internet. This is an incredible example of what people power looks like – what the First Amendment feels like in practice.In the past few days, we’ve heard from students, parents, and teachers asking what students’ rights are – and whether schools can discipline students for speaking out.Plans for coordinated student walkouts have been making national news and have already spurred disciplinary threats from some school administrators. That’s why we think it’s so important that everyone learns about their rights.Join us on Thursday, March 1 at 8 pm ET for a Students: Know Your Rights! Training(This link will take you to our People Power website.)You’ll hear from student leaders and members of the ACLU legal team, like me, on our constitutional right to free speech and expression, and what it means for students who want to speak out. We’ll also share some details on how to report any possible First Amendment violations so that our team can track what’s going on around the country.We’re inspired by the leadership and courage that students across the country have shown in response to the tragic shooting at Stoneman High School.Whether you’re a young person or a parent, teacher, school staff orally, we hope you’ll join us to learn about students’ rights.Students: Know Your Rights!Thursday, March 18pm ET / 5pm PTRegister for the call.Thanks,Vera EidelmanBrennan FellowACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology ProjectP.S. Want some more information about student free speech? Check out this breakdown of school discipline and protest issues here.FOOTNOTE: THE CITY-COUNTY OBSERVER POSTED THIS ARTICLE WITHOUT OPINION, BIAS OR EDITING.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
– British Baker is taking a stand at the Food & Bake exhibitiona at Birmingham’s NEC on March 19 to 22. Come and see us on stall P70 in hall 7.- Milling, agriculture and engineering group Carr’s said challenging UK agricultural market conditions may temper the strong performance it was previously expecting, in a trading update last week. But in the food side of its business, profit will be substantially increased, due in part to its acquisition of Meneba UK, with its two flour mills, on November 18, 2004. Carr’s results for the 26 weeks to March 4, 2006, will be released in late April.
I am delighted to take on the role of Chair of the panel on early years, language, literacy and communication apps. Young children are immersed in a digital world from their earliest years and have access to many apps on tablets and smartphones. There is a need to identify the features of high quality apps that support their learning and to offer parents, carers and teachers guidance on how to select and use apps effectively. The government has rightly identified this as a priority and I look forward to working with the members of the panel on undertaking this important task. Further informationThe new advisory panel will consist of: Analysis from the National Literacy Trust suggests that 7.1 million adults in the UK have very poor literacy skills, so pledges focused on improving the training available to adult employees, particularly those who are parents, will play a key role in boosting literacy and language skills among young children.Professor Jackie Marsh, Chair of the advisory panel, said: Representatives from eight organisations including the Lego Group, Clarks, EasyPeasy, HarperCollins, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), British Land, Oxford University Press and KPMG attended the roundtable, led by the National Literacy Trust’s Chief Executive Jonathan Douglas, the next step in the Government’s campaign to tackle concerning rates of early literacy and communication among disadvantaged families.It builds on the Education Secretary Damian Hinds’ ambition set out in July last year to halve the proportion of five-year-olds not meeting expected standards in these skills by the time they finish Reception.The nine businesses join others already involved in work to support parents with improving the home learning environment. These include Addo Foods and HarperCollins, whose projects in this area will range from upskilling their own staff to improve their interaction with disadvantaged families, to providing tools and resources that encourage parents to incorporate reading and communication in everyday activities.Pledges from businesses already signed up include: Parents who lack confidence with supporting their young children’s early learning at home will benefit from projects being pledged by businesses around the country.These will range from bookswaps in supermarkets and author ambassadors, to special training for staff in shoe shops.Oxford University Press and HarperCollins are among businesses joining a roundtable discussion chaired by Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi today (29 November), adding to almost 100 businesses, charities and public sector organisations who coming together to tackle the ‘last taboo’ in education, the home learning environment.There are hundreds of educational apps on the market for parents to choose from when supporting their children’s learning using mobile phones or tablets, but little advice about their quality. To help tackle this, the Department for Education will bring together a new advisory panel to assess existing apps, producing tips and guidance for parents on how to use them to aid their child’s learning, and to help them make informed decisions about which have the most educational value.Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: We want to create a generation of confident learners who can read and communicate effectively – these are vital skills that children need to grasp from the earliest opportunity in order to succeed. There’s no instruction manual for being a parent. For some who left school a long time ago or who have low confidence in their own abilities, it can be overwhelming to know where to start with supporting children’s learning at home before they start school – and we know that too many children are arriving at school already behind their peers. By working with a growing number of businesses, charities and experts, we’re making it easier for parents to kickstart this early development – helping to take forward our national mission to boost children’s early development. New projects are being set up all over the country and our expert panel will create trusted tools that parents can be confident using, so that every child develops the skills they need to thrive. Clarks – where its 6,500 staff will be trained in children’s speech, language and communication development and how to engage with families in stores across the country; HarperCollins – driving a love of reading through author ambassadors, book donations and grants for independent bookshops to support events targeted at children under five and their parents; Addo Foods – supporting its employees with children aged 0 to five to use its language lab facilities at its Nottingham headquarters to encourage improved communication skills; WHSmiths – supporting literacy programmes in Swindon, where there are high levels of illiteracy, including bringing parents into nurseries to help advise on how to support their child’s literacy and language development; and British Land and Penguin Random House – working together to provide high-quality children’s books for bookswap schemes launching in three British Land retail sites, building on British Land’s work to reach more than 34,000 primary school children to improve their literacy. Professor Jackie Marsh, Chair: Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield and a leading figure in children’s digital literacy; Olivia Dickinson, Deputy Chair: Digital consultant specialising in children’s and educational digital media, with experience working for Nickelodeon, BBC, Discovery Education, Sky Kids and Amazon; Peter Robinson: Global Head of Research and Company Director of Dubit Limited, specialising in digital entertainment and education for children; Antonio Gould: Executive Director of Teach Monster Games, a not-for-profit education technology company responsible for the ‘Teach Your Monster To Read’ app, boasting a monthly reach of more than one million children; Dr Rosie Flewitt: Co-Head of Research, Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL Institute of Education and Co-Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy, with 20 years’ experience in early communication, literacy and language research; Sandra Mathers: a former primary teacher and now Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford, with expertise in child learning and development, including the ways in which this can be supported through technology; Jonathan Douglas: Director of the National Literacy Trust, responsible for the Trust’s ‘Literacy Apps’ resource for parents and teachers, and a key advocate of the Government’s work to improve the Home Learning Environment; and Jane Lewis: Head of Programme Development and Quality at Save the Children UK. She is responsible for programme development and innovation, focused on the home learning environment and supporting parents’ engagement in their children’s early education.
Ghost Light has made serious waves in 2018. The newly formed project from Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang, and Steve Lyons is a force to be reckoned with, wowing audiences across the country with their next-level improvisations and already-stellar catalog of originals. With only 10 months as a band under their belts, Ghost Light impressively sold out multiple shows on their inaugural spring tour, based off of word-of-mouth buzz alone.In May, Ghost Light made a stop at Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre, offering up a standout two-set performance amidst their extensive inaugural tour. The quintet opened the show with “Best Kept Secret”, before working through improv-heavy renditions of “Leave The Light On” and “100 Years Ago”. In celebration of Holly Bowling’s birthday, the band sang “Happy Birthday” over the jam following “I Dare You”. After Ghost Light moved back into “Best Kept Secret”, the five-piece brought the first set to a close with a proper happy birthday singalong with the help of the rowdy Colorado crowd.Following a brief set break, Ghost Light opened up the second set with “Head Over Heels”, before moving through “Nickles & Dimes” and “Bring It In Close”. “Lead Weight” followed, which featured “Head Over Heels” and “Slipknot!” teases. The band then whipped out “Streets Of Brooklyn”, before sandwiching the tune and finishing their second set with the ending of “Lead Weight”. “The Wild One” served as the evening’s encore.Luckily for fans, Ghost Light has released another edition of their “Full Show Friday,” featuring their performance from the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO on May 11th, 2018. Listen to the full-show audio below:Ghost Light – 5/11/2018 (Full-Show)[Audio: Jeffery Bowling]Ghost Light continues their tour tonight with a stop at Cleveland, OH’s Beachland Ballroom and Tavern followed by a show tomorrow night at Ferndale, MI’s Otus Supply. To round out their announced plans for 2018, Ghost Light will play the highly anticipated Holidaze, before a two-night run at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads on December 27th and 28th. Ghost Light will ring in the new year in support of The Disco Biscuits on December 31st, at Philadelphia’s Fillmore.For more information and ticketing, head to Ghost Light’s website here.Setlist: Ghost Light | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO | 5/11/2018Set One: Best Kept Secret> Leave the Light On, 100 Years Ago> I Dare You 1> Best Kept Secret, Happy Birthday2Set Two: Head Over Heels> Nickels & Dimes> Bring It In Close, Lead Weight3> Streets of Brooklyn4> Lead WeightEncore: The Wild One1 With Happy Birthday sung over ‘jam’2 Tom and the crowd sang Holly Happy Birthday3 With Head Over Heels & Slipknot! teases4 With 100 Years Ago teaseGhost Light recently announced a special post-Phish late-night show in New York City. The band will play at the relatively new Times Square venue Sony Hall following Phish’s performance at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, December 30th.Tickets for Ghost Light at Sony Hall are on sale NOW at this link. See below for full information on this show.Date: Sunday, December 30th, 2018 (technically early AM December 31st)Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: A Post-Phish Late Night Show With GHOST LIGHTVenue: Sony Hall – 235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036Tickets: $20 Advance / $25 Day Of Show / $55 VIP (VIP includes elevated reserved seating with waitress service for food & beverage)Time: Doors 11:30 PM / Show 12:00 AM
In a dramatic and unexpected act of aggression, Russia launched deadly airstrikes in Syria Wednesday against sites that Pentagon officials say target rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, not the Islamic State, as Russia maintains.The incursion comes just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin caught many off-guard by announcing a new arrangement with Iraq, Iran, and Syria to share information in the fight against the Islamic State during the United Nations General Assembly. Russia’s entry into the Syrian civil war adds an unwanted layer of complexity for the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State and more broadly for American hegemony in the Middle East.Retired Brigadier Gen. Kevin Ryan is the director of the Defense and Intelligence Project for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. A career military officer, Ryan served as senior regional director for Slavic states in the Secretary of Defense’s office, defense attaché to Russia, and as chief of staff for the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command. Most recently, from 2003 to 2005, he oversaw the Army’s strategic war plans, policy, and international affairs. The Gazette spoke with Ryan about Russia’s move into Syria, how the United States is likely to react, and how this development will affect U.S.-Russia relations.GAZETTE: Why is Putin suddenly moving aggressively into this region, and why now?RYAN: The immediate reason, I believe, that President Putin has deployed additional military assets into Syria is because he and his experts assessed that the Assad regime was about to fall and they want to avoid that. Now, why do they want to keep the Assad regime from falling? It’s because they see the Muslim extremist threat, and specifically they see that as a Sunni extremist threat, as dangerous to the security of Russia. All of the Muslim extremist threats that exist in Russia’s southern tier — the Caucasus and throughout Central Asia — are Sunni-based, not Shia. We know that Sunni Muslim extremists living in Russia have gone down to fight in Syria as part of a global jihad effort. The Russians are concerned that after Syria falls, these jihadists will return to Russia to restart the war there.GAZETTE: Is that a valid concern?RYAN: Yes, absolutely. The conflict between Muslim populations and the Russian Orthodox population is an historical one. It goes back over 100 years, for sure. And it flares up from time to time. This is the most recent flare-up.GAZETTE: Russia maintains that these airstrikes are targeting Islamic State terrorists, yet Pentagon officials and others say the sites being bombed are areas associated with rival Syrian rebel groups who also oppose Bashar al-Assad, a regime Putin has supported militarily in the past.RYAN: What appears to be going on is that the Russian military, with these first airstrikes, is attacking rebels who oppose the Assad regime or threaten the regime with collapse. I do not think that the Russians care whether they swear allegiance to ISIS or to al-Nusra or al-Qaida or whatever.GAZETTE: Why publicly make the distinction then?RYAN: Either they intend to do that and just made a mistake in their bombing yesterday, or they really don’t see a difference between ISIS and the rebel groups.GAZETTE: Does anything suggest to you yet what kind of campaign Russia will pursue and for how long?RYAN: Putin said today [Thursday] on TV to his people that Russia’s military operation there will consist of air support, air campaign only, and not ground troops. He has also said he’s there to support the government of Syria — the Assad regime — so that’s an open-ended commitment, I think, until such time as they can help find a political resolution to the fighting there. I don’t think that means that they’ll be there until Assad dies. I think they could see a future in which Assad steps down, but the regime remains.GAZETTE: Doesn’t Russia’s presence greatly complicate U.S.-led efforts to push Assad out and defeat the Islamic State and other extremist groups in the region?RYAN: I don’t think it could get any more problematic than it was before they showed up. I think it complicates things, but if the United States wants to work at this, we can probably find a way to leverage the Russian participation to our benefit. But if we can’t, if the Russians refuse to be helpful in this and go their own way, then I think we can work around it.GAZETTE: How should the U.S. respond?RYAN: I don’t know how the U.S. is going to respond in the long run because I’m not sure what the dimensions are of the Russian commitment. I think the U.S. has responded appropriately so far. We have agreed to “deconflict” military operations so that pilots won’t be crashing into each other, but it remains to be seen whether Russia is going to do what it says it wants to do — which is bomb ISIS rebels — or whether they’re going to indiscriminately bomb any opposition forces to the regime.GAZETTE: What does it tell us that the U.S. appears to have been blindsided first by Putin’s remarks at the United Nations earlier this week about the “coalition” with Iran, Iraq, and Syria, and then these bombings? Is this a major intelligence failure?RYAN: No, I don’t think it’s an intelligence failure at all. Russia has had, in the past, a very robust intelligence relationship with the Iraqi government under Saddam [Hussein]. I don’t know what their intelligence relationship is today, but it appears they’re trying to restart it with the current government now. Every government has the right to establish an intelligence relationship with another government. We have our own. Now, it probably should make us reassess our intelligence relationship with Iraq, because we don’t want to be sharing things with Iraq that are then going to be shared with Russia unless we intend that to be the case.I’ve read the reports and let’s assume that they’re accurate, that a Russian general officer visited the U.S. embassy an hour before the bombings began and gave us a heads-up. First of all, that’s not good enough coordination. But this is the first time and the U.S. and Russia only just days ago agreed to even discuss coordination, so I think we’ll hopefully improve on that going forward. That’s something to build on, let’s say. That’d be an optimistic way of describing it.GAZETTE: Did the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Ukraine — and the lack of pushback from the EU, the U.S., and others — embolden Putin to move into the Middle East?RYAN: No, I don’t think so because I disagree with the premise. I don’t think there’s a lack of response from the United States and the EU. I think there was a very robust response to Crimea and Eastern Ukraine and there continues to be. There are sanctions and the U.S. and the EU are supporting Ukraine in a number of ways. We’ve beefed up presence in the Baltic region to prevent any similar kinds of things happening to NATO countries. So in that regard, I think our response has been pretty good.Putin has been emboldened to move into Syria by a couple of other things. Number one is that through many years of continued investment and reform, his military is now qualitatively better than it was, say, a decade ago. So that emboldens Putin and his military leadership. And number two, as I said before, I think he was encouraged to act because he saw the impending fall of the Assad regime and he felt that if he did not take an action now, the whole regime would collapse.I see a real close analogy with the war in Kosovo back at the end of the 1990s. In that case, as the war in Kosovo was winding down and it was clear that the Serbs were going to lose that war, Russia had sent a contingent of its military force, which was already in Bosnia, and he sent them across the boundary and into Kosovo and they went to the capital of Kosovo, Pristina, and they occupied the airfield. And then they attempted to fly in support and troops and other equipment into the airfield, but they were prevented from doing that because countries like Bulgaria refused to provide over-flight rights. Russia did this because they wanted to have a voice in what was going to happen to the Serb population there and they wanted to have a voice in what was going to happen in Kosovo because they felt that NATO had overstepped its bounds.As it turns out, they got to do some things in Kosovo, but in the end, it was too little, too late, and they didn’t really have any say in what happened in Kosovo. I don’t think they want to let that happen again with regard to Syria, so Putin decided to act more forcefully and sooner in Syria than they had done in Kosovo because they want to be able to shape the outcome.GAZETTE: Is this the beginning of a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia?RYAN: I don’t think so, in this case. It’s about Russia’s own security against Sunni Muslim extremists and it just happens to be happening in Syria. Because they had a commitment there, they have a base there in Tartus, and Putin has said this publicly and it’s true: that a lot of their extremists are fighting down there in that war. Some of them are on ISIS’ rolls and others are fighting with other groups.GAZETTE: What does this action portend for U.S.-Russia relations? Are we entering a dangerous new phase?RYAN: I think we entered a dangerous new phase in relations when Russia invaded and took over Crimea and began its operations in eastern Ukraine. Syria is an important issue; it’s a problem, but I don’t see that as more dangerous than what’s going on in Europe. I still believe that the situation in Europe is ultimately more dangerous to the United States than the situation in Syria — what’s already been done [in] Crimea, what’s happening [in] Ukraine, and what might happen [in the] Baltics. Altogether, it’s a very dangerous situation and both countries seem to have hard positions staked out in opposition to each other, so it does not appear that it will be easy to resolve these conflicts and these differences in Europe and the Middle East.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
In a campus-wide email sent Thursday afternoon, Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) cautioned students against answering fraudulent phone calls that “[appear] to come from the main NDPD number (574-631-5555) or the South Bend Police Department.”According to the email, NDPD has gotten numerous reports of callers scamming Notre Dame students and asking for credit information or photographs.”The caller has warned the victims that they have been implicated in one of several scenarios including; their name has come up in a drug investigation; their bank account was used to launder money; or someone has stolen their identity,” NDPD said in the email.In the email, NDPD said the department does not call students or ”make notifications in this manner and would never ask for a credit card, money transfers, gift cards or other personal information over the phone or to meet in a remote location.”Scammers posing as NDPD officials may use titles and fake badge numbers, as well as false information, NDPD said in the email.Scammers also may offer a variety of false information in order to gain people’s trust, the email said —they may pose as someone in a position of power, demand pay without a bill, leave a voicemail message and threaten to bring in other law enforcement officers.According to the email, people who should receive a call like this should verify the claims the person has made with someone from the University, talk to a trusted individual or just hang up immediately.NDPD advises the campus community to report any suspicious calls.Tags: campus phone calls, NDPD, Scam Phone Calls, Scammers
By Dialogo March 17, 2010 Some 60 percent of the marijuana seized in Bolivia is bound for Chile, while another large portion is bound for Argentina and the rest goes to domestic use, a high-level government official said Wednesday. Deputy Social Defense Minister Felipe Caceres, who is in charge of anti-drug operations, revealed the figures in an interview with the ATB television network. “The majority of the marijuana confiscated by our intelligence operations, nearly 60 percent, is destined for Chile, while part goes to Argentina and some remains in the country,” Caceres said. Bolivian security forces have seized 427 tons of marijuana and 4.2 tons of cocaine so far this year, the deputy social defense minister said. Bolivia ranks No. 3 in the world in terms of marijuana seizures, trailing only Afghanistan and Morocco, Caceres said, adding that the Andean nation was not the third-largest pot grower in the world. Bolivia seized 1,937 tons of marijuana in 2009, up from the 1,150 tons seized a year earlier. In 2000, only 3.7 tons of the illegal drug were seized in the Andean nation. The Bolivian government has accused the United States of not being interested in eradicating marijuana crops and focusing only on coca, the raw material for cocaine.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating whether the brutal slaying of three people inside a parked SUV in Wyandanch late Wednesday night was gang related.The gunman remains still at large and police have yet to publicly name a suspect.The triple-homicide victims were identified Thursday as 25-year-old William Madrey of Wyandanch, 23-year-old Stephanie Almedina Rivera of Bay Shore, and 23-year-old Ciara Smith of Deer Park. A fourth female injured in the shooting was not named.Police said in a news release Thursday that Madrey “is a previously self-admitted gang member.”Det. Lt. Kevin Beyer, chief of Suffolk police’s Homicide Squad, said in a phone interview that Madrey had previously been affiliated with an off-shoot of the Bloods gang. Investigators would be digging into the past of all the victims, he added.“We’re not narrowing it to anything,” Beyer said. “There’s the potential it’s a gang incident.”Family members of one of the victims disputed police accounts that Madrey was once a gang member, according to Newsday. The fatal shooting occurred just before midnight on Davidson Street, police said. It appeared that the shooter walked up to the vehicle and fired multiple shots.All four victims were sitting inside the SUV at the time of the shooting, Beyer said.First Precinct officers responded to 911 calls reporting gunfire and found the four shooting victims in the SUV. Madrey, Rivera, and Smith were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.The surviving victim’s gunshot wounds were not considered life threatening, according to police.Beyer did not know how many shots had been fired but he did say that autopsies and an analysis of the SUV would help determine the total.As for the suspect, Beyer said investigators have yet to identify who was involved.“Right now the information we have: it’s a male,” the homicide chief added.Police are currently working under the suspicion that only one suspect was involved in the slayings.Police are asking anyone with information about the homicides to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the shooter.