Trailer with nearly 100,000 meals for homeless veterans stolen from nonprofit in Kansas: Report

first_imgiStock(LENEXA, Kan.) — A trailer with nearly 100,000 meals for homeless veterans was stolen on the holiday weekend meant to celebrate former U.S. servicemen and women.The 5-by-8-foot trailer was stolen in front of the headquarters for Friends in Service of Heroes in Lenexa, Kansas, sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning, KMBC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri, reported. About 97,000 meals worth $30,000 was inside.The food was to be delivered to the Kansas City VA Medical Center later this month, according to the station.The trailer is adorned with two bumper stickers containing the logo for the nonprofit organization and has the license plate number 133 KMA.Additional information was not immediately available. The Lenexa Police Department is investigating the theft.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Clippers’ Blake Griffin accelerating into break

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The numbers might have told the whole story, but Doc Rivers didn’t need to see them.After more than 30 years in professional basketball, his eyes have gotten pretty good at recognizing what’s happening. He knew Blake Griffin had found his stride again while the Clippers were on the road.“Sometimes guys can have great numbers,” Rivers said, “and you still don’t think rhythmically they had a great game. But his last couple games have been off the charts.”Griffin is one guy who might prefer to play straight through the All-Star break. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In three games before facing the Hawks on Wednesday, Griffin had totaled 78 points, 30 rebounds, 19 assists and just one turnover. On Monday, he was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career with averages of 26 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8 assists.It was in wins at Charlotte and Utah, two of three wins on the Clippers’ five-game road trip, that Rivers felt Griffin had truly found his groove. “I thought his last two in particular were his two best,” Rivers said, “because they were on both sides offensively and defensively.”Griffin will be staying home from All-Star weekend for the second-year, the only two occasions since his rookie season that he has not participated in the festivities. DeAndre Jordan will be the Clippers lone representative, in both the All-Star Game and dunk contest. Chris Paul will be in New Orleans in his role as the president of the Players’ Association while Paul Pierce, in his final season, will make media appearances.Playing Paulcenter_img Here’s the good news for Chris Paul: He is playing basketball and, per Rivers, “playing great.”Here’s the bad news: It’s only against the Clippers video staff.“Chris told me was playing well,” Rivers said, “and I was thinking, ‘Thank gosh, you should play well against them.’”Paul has been out since Jan. 16, when he tore a ligament in his left thumb against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Playing at all, regardless of opponent, would seem to indicate his injury is healing ahead of schedule.The original timeline had Paul missing six-to-eight weeks.Rivers said the Clippers are still being “very protective” of the All-NBA point guard. Asked what the chances were Paul could return in the Clippers first game after the All-Star break, on Thursday at Golden State, Rivers said, “I don’t know what the chances are. I literally have not asked or talked about it.”Road rulesAfter losing two games to start their long February road trip – “It felt like we’d been out on the road for a month,” Rivers said – the Clippers finally found their footing in their final three, a much-needed upswing going into the season’s symbolic halfway point.“It was huge because we’d been struggling,” Rivers said. “We just needed to right the ship and we did that.”Monday’s 88-72 trouncing of the Utah Jazz was especially satisfying.The Clippers watch the standings. They know who they’re likely to face in the postseason. Going into the break, the Jazz and Clippers are fourth and fifth in the West.“The last one,” Rivers said, “was my favorite of the group, because it was against a team we may see in the playoffs, in a big game, on the road, without Chris.“When you win a game without Chris in a big game, it makes you feel better.”last_img read more