Edwards heads back to Chiefs

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. – Seventeen years after he was an intern with the Kansas City Chiefs, Herman Edwards is their head coach. “I finally found my way back. You never plan on something like this until it happens,” Edwards said Monday at a packed news conference. “Fate has me back here. It’s good to be back home.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After his playing career in the NFL ended, Edwards was a scout and later an assistant coach in Kansas City. He signed a four-year contract with the Chiefs after getting released from the final two years of his deal with the New York Jets. His hiring, expected for more than a week, concludes intense, behind-the-scenes wrangling between the Jets and Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson, who has been Edwards’ friend and mentor since he tried to recruit him to UCLA more than 30 years ago. The Chiefs will give the Jets a fourth-round draft pick as compensation. But the 51-year-old Edwards said at the outset he would not take questions about what happened in New York. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“I believe in family. And what happened in New York stays in New York,” he said. “So if you have any questions about what happened, I’ll tell you right now, it stays with that family. … It stays in that house, and I threw the key away.” Peterson called his longtime friend “without question, one of the most qualified head football coaches in the NFL today.” “From a personal standpoint, I have wanted to do this for many years,” said Peterson, president of the Chiefs since 1989. “I think the future of the Kansas City Chiefs is in exceptional hands.” Edwards’ hiring leaves seven coaching vacancies in the NFL: the Jets, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, New Orleans, Oakland and St. Louis. In addition to Edwards, the other new coach hired is Brad Childress, Philadelphia’s former offensive coordinator, by Minnesota, which fired Mike Tice on the day the season ended. last_img read more

3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant, were convicted in October of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State.Gatto, 48, of Wilsonville, Oregon, got nine months in prison; Dawkins, 26, of Atlanta, and Code, 45, of Greer, South Carolina, got six months each. Code and Dawkins were each also ordered to pay $28,261 in restitution to the University of Louisville.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe judge said each can remain free until a federal appeals court decides whether to uphold their convictions.Prosecutors say coaches teamed with Gatto and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Warriors draft first woman player into NBA 2K esports league Kaplan recommended all three men serve their sentences at minimum security prisons.Tony Bland, a former Southern California assistant coach; ex-Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson; and former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans are awaiting sentencing. Former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, who pleaded not guilty, is scheduled for trial in June.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting This combo of images shows, from left, amateur basketball league director Merl Code, Former Adidas executive James Gatto, and business manager Christian Dawkins. The three men were sentenced Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools. Gatto got nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code got six months each. (AP Photo/Bebeto Mathews, left, Seth Wenig, center and right)NEW YORK — A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play for schools sponsored by the shoe brand were sentenced to prison Tuesday by a judge who said he wanted to send a “great big warning light to the basketball world.”U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he had to balance the need for a stern message with the realization that others who did similar crimes were not prosecuted in a widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA President Mark Emmert has said an independent enforcement body to adjudicate major infractions cases could be in place by August.Kaplan said leniency for the defendants, who faced as much as three years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, could only go so far.“These defendants all knew what they were doing was wrong,” he said.The judge added that he wanted to send “a great big warning light to the basketball world.”“I deeply regret my actions,” Gatto said in a shaky voice.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Dawkins referenced “social dysfunction” in college basketball and said his actions were “clouded” by a “system that takes advantage of kids.”“I realize now more than ever none of this was worth it,” Dawkins said.Code, a former Amateur Athletic Union coach, said he also regretted his actions but added: “Some things really got to be changed about college basketball.”The judge acknowledged none of the defendants “took home a nickel” from the scheme, but said it was wrong to say there was no economic motive because each defendant’s career stood to benefit.Kaplan said all the harm could not be measured in dollars, citing testimony by the father of Brian Bowen Jr., once one of America’s bright high school basketball stars who seemed destined for the NBA until it was revealed that his father was to be paid $100,000 so his son would go to Louisville.The judge recalled that the father cried as he testified that he had wrecked his son’s life. The younger Bowen now plays basketball in Australia.Kaplan also cited the playing at trial of a recorded conversation between Code and Dawkins in which the men discussed giving Louisville basketball coaches “plausible deniability” about the scheme.“I’ll never forget that,” Kaplan said. “They were making sure Rick Pitino’s tracks were being covered.”Pitino was fired by Louisville after arrests were made in 2017 in the corruption investigation. He has denied wrongdoing.In a release, Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami said the sentences “only begin to reflect the magnitude of the harm these defendants caused through a scheme that not only defrauded multiple public universities but upended the lives of young student-athletes and corrupted a game cherished by so many.”last_img read more

Player of the Week: Ray Parks taking Blackwater to new heights

first_imgThe 26-year-old guard averaged 23.7 points. 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals in the Elite’s first three games to bag the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week this conference.Parks had 20 points and eight rebounds in his PBA debut in Blackwater’s 94-91 overtime win over Meralco last May 19 before following it up with a 28-point night in a 108-107 victory over Barangay Ginebra in OT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-4 Parks proved he’s the real deal after putting up another 20-point outing with 23 points that went with five rebounds and five assists in a 118-110 win over Columbian.It was a historic PBA start for Parks, who became the first rookie since Andy Seigle in 1997 to score at least 20 points in his first three games. LATEST STORIES View comments Arsenal faces Chelsea in Europa League final Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Bobby Ray Parks Jr. made sure the rest of the league knew about his long-awaited arrival in the PBA.Parks’ PBA career hit the ground running and he showed why he’s the second overall pick in the 2018 draft after leading Blackwater to a 3-0 start in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The streak of 20 points or more by Parks in his first three games made him the first rookie in 22 years to achieve the feat or since top pick Andy Seigle did it with Mobiline in 1997 as per PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

Verizon Announces Price Increases For Wilmington Fios Customers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Manager Jeff Hull recently notified residents of upcoming Fios TV consumer pricing increases, slated to happen on or after September 1, 2018.These changes include:The Fios Local TV Service package will increase from $12.99 to $25.00 per monthThe Fios Quantum Gateway Router Rate will increase from $10.00 to $12.00 per monthThe monthly rental rates for the Set Top Box (STB) will change based on the number of STBs a subscriber rents. Subscribers will only be charged for up to five STBs. The monthly rental rate for the first two STBs will be $12 each per month, and the monthly rental rate for the third, fourth and fifth STBs will be $6 each per month. There will be no monthly charge for additional STBs.Verizon will notify subscribers of these increases by “bill messages” beginning on or after July 1.New rates may not become effective on certain subscriber accounts until current discounts expire.Selectman Chair Kevin Caira was quick to point out that the Selectmen nor the Town have any say over price or offering changes.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”SELECTMEN NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At This Week’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

OBITUARY Virginia J Lambert Morse 85

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Virginia J. (Lambert) Morse passed away at the Care One Nursing Center in Wilmington, Sunday April 14th. The beloved wife of George A. Morse Sr., she was eighty five years old.Born in Boston, she was the daughter of Joseph and Virginia (Lambert) Ferranti. Raised and educated in Burlington, Virginia graduated from Burlington High School along with the Class of 1951.In 1952 she married George Morse, whom she was introduced too by her grandmother. They lived in Woburn briefly and then bought their home in Wilmington, where they remained. Seven children blessed their family and this certainly kept Virginia extra busy. On their land they had horses, which every one of the children learned to ride and care for, growing up.When the children were all in school Virginia would often work for a catering company or other little odd jobs, just to get out of the house for a bit!As the years went by she became the proud “Nana” of seventeen grandchildren and thirteen great grand children! She was also very proud of each and so enjoyed being surrounded by her family, particularly at the holidays.A rather quiet woman  Virginia enjoyed listening to country music, reading a good book of any genre and doing all sorts of wonderful crafts that she made for her family and friends.Virginia was a very kind, thoughtful and caring woman. Her family was her world and she enjoyed them all, right up until the end.Sadly Virginia was predeceased by her husband George, and brother Ronald and sister in law Jean LambertVirginia is lovingly survived by her children, George A. Jr. of Kingston, NH, Dennis P. and his wife Marcy of Wilmington, Michael J. his wife Denise of Tewksbury, Donald B. his wife Susan of Wilmington, Susan V. Morse, her companion Richard Valentin of NH, Colleen M. Morse, her companion James Zechello of Easton, and Stacey M Silverhus, her husband David of Derry, NH. Loving sister of the late Ronald Lambert, his wife Jean. Loving “Nana” of 17 grandchildren and “Great- Nana” of 14 great-grandchildren.A Prayer Service was held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Interment is private. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to Calling Hours, Wednesday evening 3-7 p.m. prior to the service. In honor of Virginia, remembrances may be made to the National Dementia Organization, 1100 W Norway Ave, #108, Mitchel, SD 57301.Virginia J. Morse(NOTE: The above obituary is from Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Model Ekta Maru wants to follow Deepika Padukones footsteps into filmdom Hot

first_imgModel Ekta MaruInstagramModel Ekta Maru is one of the popular Instagram influencers in India. She has been a part of the fashion industry for some time now and has done some notable work. She is gorgeous, stunning and very talented and has decided to take the plunge into Bollywood.Ekta Maru aspires to be an actress and is all geared up to be a part of some interesting projects. The pretty lady has been vocal about her admiration for actress Deepika Padukone, who started her career with modelling before venturing into Bollywood films.In a statement, Ekta Maru said, “I am really looking forward to doing some good films. I want to make sure the roles I take up have an impact and are not usual ones. I am quite excited about doing films and working with amazing directors.” Model Ekta Maru.PR HandoutEkta loves facing the camera and enjoys it. She feels it is essential for one to be confident and represent their best skill. She is keen on working with phenomenal filmmakers in Bollywood.Considering her popularity, it would definitely be a cherry on the cake for her followers and admirers to see her in films. Model Ekta Maru.PR Handoutlast_img read more

3 Questions Answered About The Planned Natural Gas Pipeline In Central Texas

first_imgThat confusion was on display at a pipeline meeting in Wimberley, where residents offered a list of questions about the project that was too long to read aloud, much less answer, before the meeting ended.Here are some of those questions, with answers from experts in the field.  Hicks spent part of the ’90s fighting this pipeline as a lawyer for landowners. Lesniak did as well, when he worked for the City of Austin. They both said the Longhorn line is a good example of how pipelines change over time.This pipeline started carrying crude oil from the west in the 1950s.“Then, in the mid-’90s, it switched from being a crude oil line to what’s called a hazardous liquids line,” Hicks said. “[It transported] jet fuel, gasoline, things like that.”“Then it switched again to being a crude oil line from West Texas to the Gulf Coast,” he said.Hicks was unable to get the Longhorn rerouted but he did help win concessions from the pipeline company, which replaced part of the line over environmentally sensitive areas.He said it shouldn’t require lawsuits to bring that level of oversight to the planning process.“The most obvious problem with pipeline oversight in Texas is they turn the job over to the private pipeline companies and let them choose their route,” he said. “There is no control by Texas government with people in Texas having no say at any stage over what route a pipeline can take.”That’s why he’d advise people in Hays County to get as many questions as they can answered both from the company and from their elected officials before construction starts. Share Salvador Castro for KUTResidents attend a community meeting in Wimberley last month to discuss a planned natural gas pipeline through Hays County.Houston-based Kinder Morgan hosted an open house in Hays County about its Permian Highway Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline the company plans to run through Central Texas.As often happens when a Texas pipeline is announced, many people in the project’s path were taken by surprise by the wide-sweeping powers the state grants pipeline companies. With no public engagement process required for routing and building a pipeline here, many residents feel left in the dark about how pipelines work, their potential risks and benefits and what rights landowners have when it comes to dealing with the company. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Why Do Pipeline Companies Have The Power To Take Land?The biggest battles over pipelines in Texas are fought over eminent domain, a company’s power to take land for a pipeline. That power is granted to companies because lawmakers believe they play a role in creating necessary infrastructure that is publicly available.“One of the ways I try to explain pipeline systems is to say this: When you turn on your gas stove to cook breakfast in the morning, you are literally turning the last valve in a pipeline system that probably starts out in West Texas or in South Texas,” said James Mann, a lawyer and lobbyist for pipeline companies.The fact that pipelines are so efficient at moving fossil fuels is also what makes them essential to the state’s oil and gas industry. Mann counts that as part of the public benefit that pipelines offer.But it’s an argument that may be getting harder to make as more of the oil and gas produced in the U.S. is shipped overseas instead of delivered to our cars and stovetops.“This pipeline, the Permian Highway Pipeline, a very large percentage of that gas – if not all of it – will be for export. Where’s the public good in that?” said Chuck Lesniak, who serves on the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Why should they have the right of eminent domain … for the profits of their shareholders?”The argument for a public benefit to oil and gas extraction is also being increasingly challenged by a growing “keep it in the ground” movement, which argues further extraction of fossil fuels will worsen the impacts of climate change.Are Pipelines Safe?At the Wimberley meeting, Marilyn and Marvin Zgabay shared a photo of a badly burned 7-year-old girl. It was taken decades ago at their family’s ranch in Rosenberg, Texas.Salvador Castro for KUTMarilyn and Marvin Zgabay hold an old photo of their daughter, Lauren, who was badly burned when a pipeline exploded under her grandfather’s Rosenberg ranch decades ago.Marilyn’s father had taken her daughter, Lauren, out to his pasture to look at the cows, when a natural gas line running under the property exploded.The two were separated in the explosion, and when Marilyn’s father found Lauren, she was pressed against a barbed-wire fence, but alive.  Zgaybay says she opposes the Permian Highway Pipeline because they’ve “experienced it.” The planned line would run near her property and over her son’s land in Fredericksburg.“We’re still in the blast area,” she said.The likelihood of a pipeline exploding is low, however. Industry often points out that pipelines are the safest and most efficient way to transport oil and gas. Lesniak thinks that may account for some of the leeway given to pipeline companies in planning their projects.But, he said he believes the risk of accidents should be given greater weight in regulation and oversight.“From a probability standpoint, it’s a very low-frequency-risk profile,” he said. “But the consequences are very, very high. Because when you do have an accident, it can be catastrophic because of the very high volumes of product that are transported.”That’s one of the reasons it’s important to know what is being transported in a pipeline. But that can change from year to year.What Materials Can Pipelines Carry?“I think a lot of people who don’t live here near the pipeline don’t know it’s here,” Renae Hicks said on a recent cold afternoon in South Austin.He’s referring to the Longhorn Pipeline, which runs under what he describes as a “highway of grass” that makes up the right-of-way.Salvador Castro for KUTThe Longhorn Pipeline runs through South Austin around the Onion Creek neighborhood and west through Circle C.center_img X 00:00 /04:05 Listenlast_img read more

Smart Speakers Most Popular in Living Rooms Followed by Bedrooms and Kitchens

first_imgAmazon Echo may once have been marketed as the ideal kitchen speaker, but a new survey from Adobe Analytics shows that smart speakers are increasingly invading the living room. 63% smart speaker owners surveyed by the company said that they have a smart speaker in their living room, followed by 42% who have one in their bedroom and 37% who have such a device in their kitchen.These findings have some major implications both on the types of smart devices that are being marketed to consumers, as well as the ways consumers are using them. For one thing, the growing use of smart speakers in living rooms seems to validate an increased focus on sound quality by major manufacturers over the last several months.This included Apple’s entrance into the market with its HomePod, which is heavily focused on audio quality; Amazon’s introduction of better-sounding Echo speakers and equipment to bring the Alexa assistant to existing Hi-Fi audio systems; Sonos decision to position itself as the smart speaker maker for music lovers; and Google’s introduction of the Home Max speaker. The increased use of smart speakers in the living room should also lead to further integrations with TV sets. Already, a number of manufacturers have begun to let Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant control TV playback.But the growing popularity of smart speakers in living rooms could also lead to new use cases for these types of devices around communal and entertainment experiences. “We see an opportunity to grow an entire industry of voice-based games for groups of friends having a get-together, or parents looking for an activity for their child,” said Adobe Analytics group manager Heidi Besik. Already, 20% of smart speaker owners have used their devices to play games, and 64% of these smart speaker gamers do this at least once a day, according to the survey.Adobe has been querying consumers about smart speakers for some time. The company’s newest report indicates that smart speakers are a gateway for voice technology in general, with 72% of smart speaker owners believing that voice technology works well. Among non-owners, who presumably access smart assistants via their phones, that belief is only shared by 38% of survey respondents. What’s more, 58% of smart speaker owners use voice to access the internet or control devices every day; among non-owners, that number is just 24%.Smart speakers are most often used to listen to music, check the weather and set alarms, but news consumption is quickly catching up, according to Adobe’s survey. 46% of smart speaker users check the news with their device, and 77% of that group query their speaker for news at least once a day. “For any content provider looking to drive more consumption of their stories, be it a news organization or radio station, voice offers a very compelling growth opportunity.” said Besik.The latest Adobe Analytics voice survey also shows some growth potential for device makers looking to tap into unmet demands. 22% of smart speaker owners reported having such a device in their office. Bathroom use is at 13%, and only 5% reported having a smart speaker outside. Sonos in particular hinted at plans to expand into out-of-home devices in 2019, which could help the company fill a gap for consumers who increasingly rely on voice assistants. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Dinosaurtimes cockroach caught in amber from Myanmar

first_img More information: VRŠANSKÝ, P. & BECHLY, G. (2015): New predatory cockroaches (Insecta: Blattaria: Manipulatoridae fam.n.) from the Upper Cretaceous Myanmar amber. – Geologica Carphatica, 66(2): xx-yy (early view: DOI: 10.1515/geoca-2015-0015 ). PDF: http://www.bernstein.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/odonata/Vrsansky+Bechly_2015.pdf This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mico Tatalovic in New Scientist said that “This exotic, praying-mantis-like cockroach that lived at the same time as dinosaurs was caught in amber about 100 million years ago. It is part of a new family of extinct predatory cockroaches that hunted at night.”Dragos Mitrica in ZME Science said the insect was found at a mine in Noije Bum, Myanmar. “The specimen was one of many found in the area, and is related to today’s praying mantises. Out of all the predatory cockroach lineages that evolved in the Cretaceous, only praying mantises survive today.”Big predatory dictyopterans are represented mostly by praying mantises (Mantodea), which can be derived from extinct cockroaches. The authors described “the holotype specimen of a new species belonging to a morphologically-deviant new family.”They said this species was probably a pursuit predator, “filling a niche previously not exploited by extinct cockroaches.”The specimen was collected in a quarry in the Hukawng valley. The cockroach was found trapped in amber.The specimen was studied with a Leica M80 stereo microscope. They observed a male cockroach with detached right mid and hind femora. Its elongated head and large eyes were protruding beyond the head outline. All the leg segments were described as “extremely elongated and covered with dense setation (short trichoid hairs – sensilla chaetica).”As for the body, they wrote that “the preserved body length is about 4.5 mm, width is difficult to measure, but the body is very wide as in standard cockroaches (over 2 mm), a little narrower basally, pale, with black lateral maculas.”In their discussion section, the authors said that they endorsed “a reclassification of Dictyoptera, in which the order Mantodea is phylogenetically subordinate within the Corydioidea (=Polyphagoidea) – a superfamily that includes diverse extant but also extinct cockroaches sometimes placed within Dictyoptera but outside the standard order of cockroaches.”They said that the absence of spines on the walking legs suggested that this species was an active runner and pursuit predator, which evolutionarily lost the passive protection of spines.The authors felt that “the erection of a new family” was well justified as a result of “the unique habitus with numerous autapomorphies along with several plesiomorphies.”Vrsansky is from the Geological Institute, Slovak Republic; Bechly is from the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany.Vrsansky said in New Scientist that the specimen was one of dozens of preserved insects found in the area, making it the most important site of dinosaur-age amber in the world. Tatalovic wrote, “Many large pieces of amber contained complete adult insects, which should help reconstruct the history of the animals and their ecosystem.” © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Dinosaur-times cockroach caught in amber, from Myanmar (2015, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-dinosaur-times-cockroach-caught-amber-myanmar.html Explore further Manipulator modificaputis gen. et sp. n. (Manipulatoridae fam.n.) holotype SMNS Bu-116 (deposited in the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History) from the Cretaceous Myanmar amber. A – left view, B – dorsal view, C – detail on the forewing articulation, D – forewing surface hexagonal structure. Scales 0.5 mm. Credit: Geologica Carphatica, doi:10.1515/geoca-2015-0015 The invasive Turkestan cockroach is displacing the oriental cockroach in the southwestern US Geologica Carpathica has a paper on a new family of predatory cockroaches. Predatory? The authors, Peter Vrsansky and Günter Bechly, from the Slovak Republic and Germany, respectively, said that “unique adaptations such as strongly elongated extremities and freely movable head on a long neck suggest that these animals were pursuit predators.”last_img read more