HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – It has been a long week, an emotional week for law enforcement throughout Connecticut and the region. He comes from a large family of State Troopers, and the turnout of support was overwhelming. 

Thousands of officers and troopers, from all around Connecticut, all around the country, traveled through the rain, through the dark clouds with polished gold badges wrapped in black to pay respects to one of their own. 

Troopers from California to New York, Texas to New Mexico, stood at attention for their colleague in the casket, and to stand behind the family of Sergeant Bryan Mole.

“First of all, you think about the family the family is now without a husband and a father a brother a son, and what that means moving forward, also what it means to the department,” said Butch Hyatt, Guilford Police Department.

Sergeant Mohl is the 25th trooper to be killed in the line of duty, and today they remember him for the man, and leader that he was. A field training officer to many brand-new young troopers fresh out of Academy, a mentor to others, and A good friend, someone you could rely on. And while Many people Officers didn’t know him, they knew what he stood for, and what he did for the people of Connecticut. 

“Your wife your kids know when you walk out that door, you might not come back,” said Chief Edward Stephens, Wolcott Police Department.

Dennis Lopes flew in from New Mexico to stand at attention in the rain for a fallen colleague.

“We will go any distance to show our support… Why? When you become a police officer you’ll understand that more, it’s about the respect and the earth we take and what we have to do on a daily basis,” said Dennis Lopes, New Mexico State Police.

When you look around at all of the different states and towns they’re here, many didn’t know him, but how well-known is a Sgt. Mohl? News 8 talked to a California trooper who came out here because he says this is my friend, I know him, and there are no words for the loss they’re feeling.

“Also, what it does to the department sometimes it helps brings the department together and a little closer, people understand that it could be anybody at any time,” Chief Stephens said.

Sgt. Mohl comes from a large law-enforcement family, with two brothers in the New York State Police one a major, another one a sergeant. There is a heavy presence of New York State Troopers standing side-by-side with Connecticut Troopers on the ground as well as in the air.

After the funeral Connecticut State Police Trooper, one in a New York State Police helicopter will fly over the funeral at the end.

Navy Season Statistics  I  Navy Roster  I  GW Season Statistics  I  GW Roster
 
ANNAPOLIS, Md.  – The Navy men’s soccer team (3-0-1) is set to travel to Washington, D.C. for a non-conference contest against George Washington (2-1-1) Friday with opening kick set for 1 p.m.
 
Friday’s contest will have free, live statistics provided on NavySports.com in addition to being broadcasted on ESPN+ which is a subscription based streaming service that requires patrons to sign-up for a monthly or yearly plan prior to tuning into the game.
 
LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK
Navy recorded a perfect 2-0 record over two non-conference contests last week. The Midshipmen opened the weekend with a 2-1, overtime-victory against Iona. David Jackson tallied the game-winning, penalty-kick goal just before the end of the first overtime period to secure the one-score victory.
 
Following its overtime decision against the Gaels, Navy concluded its three-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over La Salle. Matt Nocita and Baba Kallie each tallied a score while Tyler Fahning added his second shutout effort of the season, fourth in his career, to secure a third-straight win for the Midshipmen.
 
SERIES HISTORY
In a series that dates back to the 1969 season, the Colonials and Mids have played to a 12-12-4 mark over 28 all-time meetings. George Washington has won each of the last three contests between the two programs, including picking up a 3-1 win in the last game of the series that came during the 2017 season.
 
NAVY PRIMER
Overall Record: 3-0-1
Conference Record: 0-0-0
Home Record: 3-0-0
Away Record: 0-0-1
Neutral Record: 0-0-0
Streak: W3
Head Coach: Tim O’Donohue I 16th Season Overall (196-60-33), Sixth Season at Navy (31-39-10)
 
SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
• ON THE ATTACK – Jackson leads the Midshipmen offense with five points on two goals and one assist, both of the sophomore midfielder’s scores have been either a game-tying or game-winning goal. Kallie sits second on the team with four points on two goals while also ranking second on the team in total shots (15) and shots on goal (5). Jacob Williams leads the way in total shots (22) and shots on goal (7) along with being tied for the team lead in assists (1).
 
• KEEPER COUNT – Fahning continued his stellar start to the season in goal over two games last week, yielding just one score along with totaling eight saves. On the season, the senior goalkeeper has allowed just three goals and recorded 12 saves along with having a 0.70 GAA and an .800 save percentage.
 
• HOT START – Navy has gotten off to a fast start to begin the 2021 season, currently riding a three-game win streak following its season-opening draw against UMBC. With a 3-0-1 record through their first four games, the Mids have now gone unbeaten through their first four contests in each of the last three seasons.
 
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Volleyball Team looks to build on its three-match win streak as it heads to Orlando, Fla., to face Georgia, UCF and FGCU in the UCF Invitational held Sept. 9-11 at The Venue at UCF.

FSU (4-1) first faces Georgia (3-3) on Thursday at 6 p.m. It then plays host UCF (2-4) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN+, and finishes the tournament battling FGCU (6-0) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

The Seminoles are riding high after a complete performance last week at the FSU Invitational, where they swept Tulane, Samford and VCU. Redshirt junior outside hitter Morgan Chacon, junior middle blocker Emma Clothier and sophomore right-side hitter Sydney Conley took home all-tournament team honors.

FSU owns a 15-10 all-time record vs. Georgia, 32-8 vs. UCF and 1-0 vs. FGCU. Last year, the Seminoles came back from a 2-0 hole to defeat the Knights, 3-2, at Tully Gym behind 13 kills and four blocks from Clothier.

Clothier ranks first in the ACC and 36th nationally averaging 0.60 aces per set. The Seminoles rank 20th nationally with 2.13 aces per set, which also ranks first in the ACC.

Chacon led the Seminoles last week in kills (23), kills per set (2.56), service aces (7; co-led with Clothier) and points (32.5). Her six service aces against Samford were the most by a Seminole since 2011.

Junior libero Lauryn Burrows has been a steady force in the back row, coming off an 11-dig performance vs. VCU. She now has two matches this season with 10 or more digs and 10 performances in her career.

Freshman libero Emery Dupes is seventh in the conference averaging 3.80 digs per set, while redshirt junior setter Lily Tessier is ninth in the conference averaging 8.13 assists per set.

Florida State is seeking its first 5-1 start since 2017, when it actually started 6-1.

Following the UCF Invitational, the Seminoles prepare for a home match on Wednesday, Sept. 15, vs. rival Florida at 6 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

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Frustration and finger pointing are mounting over attempts to evacuate Americans and Afghans from Mazar-i-Sharif using charter flights and other stalled efforts to get more people out now that the Kabul airlift is finished.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration is moving to clean house when it comes to Trump appointees on military academy advisory boards.

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Let’s get to it.

Frustration mounting over charter flights 

The days-long war of words over charter flights stuck in Mazar-i-Sharif continued Wednesday as Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the Taliban to allow the flights to leave.

Speaking at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Blinken said other countries and the United Nations were working on resuming commercial flights to the Afghan capital of Kabul. 

But in the meantime, Blinken said the Taliban can “demonstrate its willingness to respect freedom of movement …  by allowing the departure of charter flights with properly documented passengers.”

Earlier: Over the weekend, Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Defense & National Security — Blinken heads to the hot seat Congress fumes over latest Afghanistan chaos Blinken to appear at House hearing on Afghanistan next week MORE (Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, leveled the charge in a Fox News interview that the Taliban were essentially holding Americans and Afghans hostage by not allowing the flights to leave.

On Tuesday, Blinken said he was “not aware of anyone being held on an aircraft or any hostage-like situation” and that anyone with “valid” travel documents is being allowed to leave. But he also acknowledged some flights have stalled.

But Blinken’s comments only further frustrated lawmakers in both parties, as The Hill’s Laura Kelly reported.

ID fight: A particular flashpoint was Blinken saying the administration could not verify the identities of passengers on the planes. The remark that drew swift pushback from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee whose office is vouching for at least two planes full of American citizens, at-risk Afghan allies and their families, including small children.

“The information we provided the State Department is above and beyond what is usually required for travel in Afghanistan,” Maria McElwain, a spokesperson for Blumenthal, wrote in an email to The Hill in response to the secretary’s remarks in Qatar.

McElwain said the senator’s office provided the State Department with the planes’ manifests as early as Aug. 30, with continual updates through Monday, and that Blinken was “not correct” in saying passenger identities cannot be verified.

She further called it “clearly problematic” for the State Department to rely on the Taliban to individually verify “extremely vulnerable Afghans on these flights.”

AIDES FRUSTRATED, TOO

Congressional aides are also fretting that the administration appears to have lost its

By CINDY CROSBY

The Colleton Prep War Hawks earned their first win of the season on Friday evening in a 59-12 victory over Northwood Academy at home. Colleton Prep (1-2) was coming off a 0-2 start after losses to Andrew Jackson and Hilton Prep on the road.

Drew Murdaugh (SR) scored three times in the first quarter to give Colleton Prep a 20-0 lead. Murdaugh connected with Noah Catterton on an 18-yard pass (Nettles, kick) to make it 27-0 in the second quarter. Cole Davis then scored on a 15-yard run (Nettles, kick) and Hayden Williams went in the endzone on a 4-yard run (kick failed) to make it 40-0 at the half.

In the third quarter, Caden Crosby scored on a 15-yard run (kick failed) and Cayson Warner had a 4-yard touchdown run (kick failed) to put the War Hawks on top 52-0. Eli Rowe scored on a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter. Northwood got on the board twice in the fourth quarter, but it would not be enough to deter the War Hawks from capturing a 59-12 win in their first home game of the season.

Colleton Prep’s senior quarterback, Drew Murdaugh, had six carries for 126 yards and scored three touchdowns in the game.

Cole Davis had four carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Caden Crosby had three carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

The War Hawk defense was led by Noah Catterton with 8 tackles and Walker Nettles with 7 tackles. Cole David added 4 tackles and an interception.

“I thought our offensive line did a great job tonight,” said Coach Greg Langdale. “We averaged over 17 yards a carry tonight and a lot of that is due to the offensive line. Drew Murdaugh got us off to a great start. He had over 100 yards rushing in the first quarter. Offensively tonight, we did a great job of not making the mistakes we were making in the first two games.”

“Defensively our front four did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” said Langdale. “We were able to put them in third and long all night and we were able to get some turnovers tonight that helped put our offense in good field position.”

Colleton Prep is scheduled to travel to Beaufort Academy (1-1) on Friday, September 10; however, the Eagles were unable to play last week due to quarantine. As of press time, no further information was available regarding the status of the upcoming game.

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots play in consecutive weeks for the first time this season when they travel to Auburn to take on Lee-Scott Academy.

After playing in a jamboree game against Escambia Academy in late August, the Patriots had their opener canceled due to COVID concerns within the Crenshaw Christian program. They opened their season last week with a convincing 63-0 win over Hooper Academy in Hope Hull.

“We went back to work and cleaned up a lot of things,” head coach Mario White said. “We were a week removed from being shutdown and we just stayed the course.”

The Patriots had six different players score a touchdown last Friday night. Newcomer Zakevian Pennington had three touchdowns and 89 yards of rushing on just six carries.

“I thought we utilized everyone well,” White said. “I thought everyone came ready to play.”

This week the Patriots remain on the road to take on Lee-Scott.

“We came back to work on Sunday,” White said. “We watched film and conditioned. On Monday we had an early practice because we didn’t have school. Yesterday (Tuesday) was really physical and today (Wednesday) we were really physical.”

The Warriors are coming off a 23-22 win over Glenwood last Friday night and are now 1-0 in region play. With the Warriors picking up a win over the Gators last week, Friday’s game could give either team an early leg up in the race for the region championship.

“This is a huge region game,” White said. “Lee-Scott gave us problems last year up front with some of the things they did. Coach (James) Daniel is a great coach. They have are a good tackling team. They run their system offensively well. We have to be prepared.”

The Patriots had some players with bumps and bruises last week, but White believes his team is now healthier than they have been all season long.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Attention all Disney fans, Castaway Club members, and upcoming Disney Cruise Line passengers — we have some huge Disney Cruise Line news for you! The cruise industry is bouncing back, and as more Disney Cruise ships are sailing out of the U.S. once again, Disney fans have more cruise itineraries to choose from.

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Related: Disney’s Next Ship Is Returning to Sea, But After Alaskan Season Ends

The Disney Fantasy is resuming longer voyages very soon. Beginning October 9, the Disney Fantasy will resume seven-night and longer voyages from Florida.

Additionally, the Disney Magic — which has been hosting special U.K.-exclusive Disney Magic at Sea cruises amid the pandemic — will soon be returning to the U.S. and sailing to The Bahamas again.

Now that the Disney Cruise ships have returned to sea, Disney Cruise Line fans have more opportunities to visit Disney’s private island in The Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Disney Castaway Cay is one of the most beloved Disney Cruise Line island destinations, so surely many fans who are looking to book trips will be eager to sail there.

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Below is the official update shared by Disney Cruise Line on Wednesday:

Disney Cruise Line Important Travel Information
September 8, 2021

Our focus remains on operating our ships in a responsible way that continues to create magic for all on board. We are resuming sailing in a gradual, phased approach that emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures, developed in consideration of guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts. Learn more about what to expect—including experience updates and details about our multi-layered approach to health and safety.

Disney Magic Will Resume Sailing from Miami on October 28, 2021

The Disney Magic will resume delivering magical family vacations in the U.S. with mostly 4- and 5-night sailings out of Miami, Florida beginning October 28, 2021. Four-night sailings will feature stops in The Bahamas. Five-night sailings will feature stops in The Bahamas and Mexico.

As we continue to resume sailings in a gradual, phased approach, it is necessary for Disney Cruise Line to modify some Disney Magic itineraries, as well as cancel the October 21 and October 24, 2021 Disney Magic sailings. Guests who have paid their reservation in full will be offered the choice of a full refund or a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing. Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far.

Impacted Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps. Guests who have booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who have booked directly with Disney Cruise Line, and have questions after receiving their email, should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797.

Disney Fantasy Will Resume Seven Nights and Longer Voyages from Port Canaveral on October 9, 2021

Beginning October 9, 2021, the Disney

Match Days 4 & 5

Air Force Falcons (1-1-1) at George Mason Patriots (0-6)

Thursday, Sept. 9, 5 pm MT

George Mason Stadium – Fairfax, VA

Broadcast Information

Video Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

Live Statistics: SIDEARM Live Stats

Twitter updates: @AF_WSOC

Air Force Falcons (1-1-1) at Navy Midshipmen (3-2-1)

Sunday, Sept. 12, 3 pm MT

Glenn Warner Soccer Facility – Annapolis, MD

Broadcast Information

Video Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

Live Statistics: StatBroadcast

Twitter updates: @AF_WSOC

COVID-19 Update

-Current Department of Defense and Air Force Academy policies require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask when indoors in all Academy facilities, including the press box, Blue and Silver Club, suites, elevators and restrooms. All individuals who have not been fully vaccinated must also wear masks outdoors at all times while on the installation. Fans who are fully vaccinated and are not required to wear a mask when outdoors. Anyone with a COVID-19 diagnosis within the previous 10 days, or any symptoms suggestive of possible COVID-19, or a recent close contact with an individual known to be positive for COVID-19 should not come to the stadium. These policies will be constantly evaluated and any changes will be communicated.

Series History vs. Opponents

-The Falcons lone matchup with the Patriots took place in 1997, a 2-1 home defeat.

-Air Force’s next three matches are versus Patriot League opponents, where the Falcons are 9-12-4 against current conference members.

-Air Force has not played the Naval Academy since 2002, a 2-1 neutral site loss in St. Louis, Mo.

-In service academy matchups, Air Force is 9-12-2 against both Navy and Army, including records of 2-4 against the Midshipmen and 7-8-2 against the Black Knights.

-As well, on September 16, the Falcons will travel to West Point, N.Y. to play Army.

 

Attacking Defense

The Falcons grabbed their first win of the 2021 season on Sept. 2 against Cal-Poly, erasing a one-goal deficit to win 2-1 at home.

-Defenders Kayla Milford and Ashlie Van Cleave found the back of the net for the first time this season, with Milford scoring her second career goal and Van Cleave notching her first collegiate finish.

– Freshman defender Hannah Johnson, whose free kick paved the way for Milford’s headed goal, entered the stat sheet for first time in her career as well.

Conference Comparison

– Junior Faith Lee, is fourth in the Mountain West in shots per game (2.67)

– Sophomore keeper Cammi Bych is tied for sixth in the conference in saves (12), averaging exactly 4.00 saves per match, tying her for fourth-best in the MWC.

Two This Week, One Next Week

-Following matchups with George Mason and Navy, the Falcons will again return east for a trip to Army on September 16, scheduled

The hits just kept on coming for Cathedral, much to St. Aloysius’ dismay.

Lily Crum went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, KG Fisher had three hits, and Cathedral piled up 17 hits total in a 12-0 softball win over St. Al on Tuesday.

It was the first run-rule loss of the season for St. Al, which only had one hit of its own — a double by Lydia Nettles in the third inning. Crum struck out seven batters and walked one in a five-inning complete game.

St. Al also committed four errors that led to six unearned runs.

“We just couldn’t follow through with the little things — routine plays, not taking pitches when we should have,” St. Al coach Savannah Buck said. “I think they were playing a little stiff, all around. Hopefully they come out (Wednesday) a little more loose and ready to play, and flush all these mistakes we had.”

Cathedral (15-2) started fast. Its first three batters singled, with Lauren Dunbar bringing in a run on the last hit. Crum and and Hargon Marlie added RBI singles later in the first inning to give the Green Wave a 3-0 lead.

Crum retired the first seven batters she faced, which gave Cathedral’s hitters enough time to break the game open. They scored eight runs on nine hits in the third inning to make it 11-0. Kinslee Young hit a two-run double, and Liza Gregg and Crum each brought in one run with doubles.

Marlie also had an RBI single in the third inning and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Cathedral added an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning and Crum retired the side in order in the bottom half to finish the game.

Tuesday’s game was the first of three in three days for St. Al. The Lady Flashes will travel to Copiah Academy for another district game Wednesday at 6 p.m., and then host Park Place Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Betty Hearn Softball Complex.

Prairie View 7, Tallulah Academy 1
Jessica Bullock hit a solo home run for Tallulah Academy (5-6-1), but Prairie View scored five runs in the third inning to take the lead for good.

Emma Goss had two hits and two RBIs for Prairie View, and Anna Grace White hit an RBI double to drive in the go-ahead run in the third inning.

Howdy, partner! It’s time to head into the wildest land in the wilderness! Disneyland Resort is home to a variety of themed lands that immerse Guests in other worlds, fairy tales, and past eras. Frontierland — home to the iconic attraction Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — is no exception.

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In this guide, we are sharing everything you need to know about Frontierland, including some tips for your first visit to this land at The Happiest Place on Earth. Like the other lands at Disneyland, Frontierland has its own charm and adventure to offer Guests of all ages.

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About Frontierland, a journey into the wild, wild west

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Frontierland is best described in the book Disneyland — Memories of a Lifetime:

The breathtaking sight of the gleaming Mark Twain Riverboat and the imposing gallantry of the Columbia Sailing Ship approaching the dock beckon guests into Frontierland, a robust panorama of America’s pioneer past. As you past through the stockade entrance you are surrounded by an amalgam of sights and sounds that authentically conjures up images of America’s western expansion, from the bustling river fronts of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers of the late 1700s to the raucous and dusty desert southwest of the 1880s. 

“Here we experience the story of our country’s past…the colorful drama of Frontier America in the exciting days of the covered wagon and the stagecoach…the advent of the railroad…and the romantic riverboat,” Walt Disney once commented. “Frontierland is a tribute to the faith, courage, and ingenuity of the pioneers who blazed the trails across America. 

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In recent years, Disneyland Resort has incorporated more cultural influences into Frontierland at Disneyland. Mexican culture is incorporated through Rancho del Zocalo restaurant and the presence of Miguel from the Pixar Animation Studios film Coco (2017). During the fall season, Dia de los Muertos is commemorated with a special tribute in Frontierland.

Dia de los Muertos Disneyland
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Top attractions in Frontierland at Disneyland

So, what rides are in Frontierland at Dsineyland? Frontierland is home to one major attraction — Big Thunder Mountain Railroad — as well as a few other attractions may know, incluidng Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, and Tom Sawyer Island.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

“This here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a Disneyland classic. It takes Guests (those who are 40” or taller) on a wild journey aboard a runaway train through caverns, mines, and even a ghost town. But don’t worry, this ride isn’t considered very scary! It’s often a great first roller coaster.

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As mentioned, there is a height requirement of 40” for Guests riding this attraction.

Below is the official description of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:

Hang Onto Yer Hats!
Legend has it that after gold was discovered in the 1850s, eerie incidents took place in the mine. Trains would take off and race