Ronaldinho and his brother arrived in Asunción on March 4 to support with their image a social assistance program for boys and girls in Paraguay. Two days later they were detained because they entered the Asunción International Airport with manipulated Paraguayan passports.. His lawyers assure that they were a gift, given that they were planning to open businesses in Paraguay.Among the accused is Dalia López, the Paraguayan businesswoman who received them at the airport and who is president of the charitable foundation that managed the presence of the brothers in Paraguay. López has been declared in a state of rebellion and with an international arrest warrant since March 18.The businesswoman is indicated by the Prosecutor’s Office as Alleged head of a network dedicated to “facilitating the preparation and use of false identity documents and passports”, with links in state agencies. Ronaldinho celebrated his 40th birthday last March 21 at the Specialized Association, where he has participated in soccer games with other inmates. Ronaldinho Gaúcho has paid $ 1,600,000 as bail to leave prison and carry out house arrest. Judge Gustavo Amarilla finally decided to accept the request of the former soccer player, who must stay in a hotel in downtown Asunción with his brother. In the hotel they will have permanent surveillance and will be in separate roomsTwo police patrols led to Ronaldinho Y Roberto Assis Moreira to hotel Palmaroga, in the popular Palma street, four and a half stars and owned by the Spanish group Barcelona. There they were waiting for the exazulgrana a group of journalists, the only presence in the place for restrictions to the movement of people who rules in the country as prevention to COVID-19.The former Brazilian soccer player, tried in Paraguay for entering the country with a false passport, He completed his first month of preventive detention on Monday in the midst of the health emergency by COVID-19, which has paralyzed almost all judicial activity in the South American country. Ronaldinho and his older brother and business advisor, Roberto Assis Moreira, they were in the Specialized Association, a headquarters of the National Police, in Asunción, which also functions as a prison.
A fire of unknown origin on Sunday afternoon gutted a B Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown house leaving at least 12 persons homeless.The fire reportedly started just after midday in the lower flat of the building and quickly spread to the entire three-storey building, leaving the occupants no time to save any household items. The fire was first detected by an occupant of the house who immediately raised an alarm.The other occupants of the house then ran to safety and the fire-fighters were summoned. However, by the time the fire tenders arrived, the house was almost gutted. The entire upper flat was destroyed, with the lower flat being the only thing left intact.A side view of the burnt houseThe owner of the house, Sean Gittens who was very distraught, told Guyana Times that the fire started in a section of the house that was unoccupied. He also explained that there was no electricity in the building, and he was of the belief that the fire was purposely set.“The lady who occupied a part of the bottom flat said that her prepaid meter had no credit and as such, the fire could not have started there. So, I am thinking that somebody probably could have set the fire, because I have a lot of enemies,” Gittens relayed.The man revealed that his elderly mother who lived in a section of the house was unaware of the fire and as such, had to be pulled from the burning building.The woman who was subjected to smoke inhalation was, however, taken to safety without any major injuries.The house, according to Gittens, is uninsured and he estimated his losses to be close to $29 million.“This house is 15 years old and it is worth $50 million, so is done $29 million gone there. This house used to be insured, but my insurance was not renewed, so it seems like all of this money gone. Who is going to build back this now?” the distraught man cried.A source told this publication that someone in the said house seemed to have been stealing electricity which might have caused the fire. An investigation into the fire has been launched.
“That puts us at a disadvantage, obviously, if he can’t play,” Howland said. “He’s getting treatment with our trainer, so we’ll just have to wait and see. He could not lift his arm above his shoulder (Wednesday) morning.” Collison suffered a sprained AC joint in Wednesday’s 70-65 victory over USC, but Howland said it was not known when the injury was suffered. If Collison cannot play, freshman Russell Westbrook will start and leading scorer and off-guard Arron Afflalo will be the backup at the point. With this being a nonconference game, there could be a temptation to hold out Collison. “We’re going to see how it feels, but if he’s going to miss a game, it’s going to be this game as opposed to a Pac-10 game,” Howland said. Westbrook does not defend as well as Collison, but has shown the ability to attack a zone. MORGANTOWN, W. Va. UCLA point guard Darren Collison is quick enough to beat defenders off the dribble, a consistent enough shooter to make open jumpers and possesses the vision to pass the ball in traffic. And as Bruins coach Ben Howland puts it, Collison should be great against zone defenses, which continue to give UCLA lots of trouble. The next test comes today, when No. 2 UCLA meets zone-oriented West Virginia at the WVU Coliseum. But whether or not Collison can break it down is a big question mark. First, Collison seems to go in funks sometimes against zones. Second – and more importantly here – he is a game-time decision because of an injured left shoulder. He did not practice Thursday or Friday. “Some nights, we’ll execute and play well, and some nights we can’t seem to figure it out,” Afflalo said. “Right now, we have one guy who can consistently get (in the zone) and make plays, and that’s Darren. And Russell does a great job with his minutes, so maybe that’s a guy we need to utilize a little more.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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1 Andre Gray Burnley are close to completing a £9million deal for Brentford striker Andre Gray.Gray wants to leave the Bees this summer and had been in talks over a switch to Bristol City.But the 24-year-old, who fired 18 goals in the Championship last season, opted to turn down the opportunity to move to Ashton Gate.Now he is in advanced negotiations with Burnley after they agreed to match the £9m fee Bristol City had offered Brentford.Gray is understood to be keen to join Sean Dyche’s side and is due to undergo a medical at Turf Moor on Friday.Should he complete the switch, the former Luton Town man could make his debut for Burnley against Brentford this weekend, with the Bees visitors to Turf Moor on Saturday.
WHAT a week it has been for Donegal. Incredible emotions last Sunday as Jim McGuinness, Rory Gallagher and Michael Murphy led the county to All-Ireland glory at Croke Park.There was an incredible electric atmosphere at Croker; repeated in every townland across the county.And that buzz has continued for the past week as the players and their management team gave so generously of their time in touring as many towns and villages as possible.This incredibly emotional video was produced by jacksonsmediatv.com. They followed the team to the home clubs of manager Jim McGuinness and captain Michael Murphy.The homecomings to Glenties and Glenswilly were special moments for them, their families and their friends – and the communities brought together by gaelic games.One week on from that special day in Dublin, watch this stunning video. And enjoy it.Click to play. SIMPLY STUNNING: VIDEO OF SAM’S VISITS TO GLENTIES AND GLENSWILLY was last modified: September 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SIMPLY STUNNING: VIDEO OF SAM’S VISITS TO GLENTIES AND GLENSWILLY
Fionnuala BrittonThe organisers of Saturday’s international track and field meeting in Letterkenny, being held to mark the official opening of the Danny McDaid Athletics Track at the Aura Leisure Centre, have confirmed that Fionnuala Britton will compete in the 3,000 metres.Britton, who won a bronze medal in the event at the European indoor championships earlier this year in Gothenburg, is the golden girl of Irish athletics at present.Looking ahead to Saturday’s spectacle, which gets underway with a juvenile programme from 3 pm to 4 pm, Letterkenny AC Chairman, Brendan McDaid, said a lot of time and effort has gone in to putting together a top class event which will hopefully see the fist sub four minute mile run in Donegal. “Work first began on this event back in September and since then, we’ve been focusing on May 18th. We are extremely happy to have secured up to 120 high class athletes,” the chairman said.“We see it as a unique opportunity for people of the area to come and watch the cream of athletics in action. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and are hopeful that the first ever sub four minute mile will be recorded on Saturday evening,” he added.The following is a break-down of all events on what promises to be an action-packed day.Event by event Men 100mIn the men’s 100m, England’s Richard Kilty will be coming to take on the best of the Irish. Kilty, a former European U-23 medallist, nicknamed “The Teeside Tornado” holds a personal best of 10.15 seconds and has been showing some good early season form on the American circuit. Dean Adams, and Chris Russell, along with up and coming athletes Zak Irwin and National Indoor champion Keith Pike will make sure that Kilty doesn’t have it all his own way to show who is the fastest man on the Letterkenny home straight.Women 200mKelly Proper just last week broke the Irish record for the heptathlon in Italy. She will feature in the womens 200m, a distance in which she claimed the National Indoor title earlier in the year. Tir Chonaill’s Mary McLoone will look to challenge Proper on Donegal soil. Louise Holmes, Sarah Lavin & Laura Costello will add further class to the field. Lavin recently recorded a standard for the European Junior Championships in the 100m hurdles, and Costello recorded a standard for the European Youth Olympic Festival over 200m.Men 400m Brian Gregan, European finalist over 400m last year, and fastest European indoors this year, will be looking to set his stall out for the World Championships in Moscow in August. Gregan will be challenged over the one lap distance by England’s Luke Lennon Ford who has a PB of 45.23 seconds, which is world class running. This will be some battle and when the lanes even out coming off the final bend, it will be an epic battle to the finish line. However, it is far from a two horse race with four other Irish athletes with bests of 47 seconds, Curtis Woods, Dara Kervick, Jason Harvey and Eoin Mulhall, who will all be looking to steal the thunder.Women 800mWomens 800m running has shown a resurgence over the past 12 months with several Irish athletes making the breakthrough to international level. Laura Crowe will lead the field in this event, and with a PB of 2:05, will be looking to get down towards the 2 minute mark. Alanna Lally, who holds a qualification standard for the World Youths Championships for the 400m, will be looking to add the 800m standard, and along with Rachel O’Shea and Clare McSweeney, will further add to the improvement in Irish womens middle distance running, hoping to make it a fast 800m in Letterkenny.Men 800m Quoted by many as Ireland’s hottest athletic prospect, local boy Mark English will be looking to impress the home crowd in the 800m. English recently recorded a fine win over 400m in an impressive time of 47.56 seconds, winning the Irish Universities title last month. Having finished 5th in the World Junior Championships last Summer, Mark has already established himself as a world class athlete. Another young talent Shane Fitzsimons from Mullingar will be chasing qualification times for the European Junior Championships, and along with Mark Patterson and Darragh Greene will be looking to get under the 1:50 barrier for the 800m.Men MileThe feature event of the meeting will be the mens mile and the field is star studded with Irish and international athletes looking to join the illustrious sub 4 minute club. Showing Letterkenny’s talent at middle distance, local trio of Darren McBrearty, Danny Mooney and Ruairi Finnegan would love to have the honour of running the first sub 4 minute mile on Donegal soil. Derry’s Conor Bradley will also be looking to join his neighbours in this attempt. However, it is from well away from Donegal where the biggest threat will lie. Kenyan’s Jonathon Kiplimo and Hillary Kipkorir will pose a threat, as African distance runners do. Kiplimo recently won the mile race at the Penn Relays in a time of 3:57 so will bring good form in to the race. Belgium’s Jeroen D’Hoedt will also come with a personal best over 1500m of 3:36 and will be looking to go well under the 4 minute mile. Last weekend, D’Hoedt ran 2:22 for 1000m so he is also bringing good form to Letterkenny. There will also be a challenge from England with Anthony Whiteman and James Tartt. Whiteman, a two time Olympian, is the current world record holder for the masters mens mile, having ran 3:58 in Nashville last year. At 41 years old, he became the first man over 40 ever to run a sub 4 minute mile outdoors, with Ireland’s own Eamonn Coghlan having been the first man ever to record a sub 4 minute mile indoors. With such a star studded line up for the 1609m distance, we will hopefully see the first sub 4 minute mile ever recorded on Donegal soil.Men 3000mAnother athlete with a bright future, John Travers, who had a superb indoor season with a 7:58 clocking to qualify for his first major track championship, will be looking to kick off his outdoor season. London Olympian over the marathon, Mark Kenneally will step down a distance, and will ensure Travers is not alone in the 3000m, also having broken 8 minutes before with a PB of 7:59. Former European Junior Champion over 1500m Colin Costello, double Paralympic champion Michael McKillop, Letterkenny’s own Ciaran Doherty, and recent North Pole marathon winner, Gary Thornton, should all ensure a fast 3000m will be on the cards.Women 3000mDouble European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton will be the star of the show in the womens 3000m. Britton has shown her promise on the track, having competed in the London Olympics last year over 5000m & 10000m, and also having won a bronze medal at the European Indoors earlier this year over 3000m. She will open her outdoor season in Letterkenny, having recently returned from a period of altitude training. Siobhra O’Flaherty, another athlete with a qualification mark for the European Youth Olympic Festival, will be joined by Eimear O Brien and Teresa McGloin, making it a competitive race.Men 1 hour track raceThis rarely run event will see athletes running against the stopwatch to see how much distance they can run in one hour. John Treacy’s Irish record of 19625m stands since 1987 from Monaco, and it will be interesting to see how close Barry Minnock and Greg Roberts can get to this record. Minnock has a marathon personal best of 2:17 and will tackle the demanding event, and will need to call on all his reserves to hold off the international challenge from Kenya’s Freddy Sittuk. Sittuk recently finished 3rd in the Belfast marathon, and boasts a marathon PB of 2:14. He is currently staying in the North West with training partner Derry’s Greg Roberts, who leads the local charge over the 1 hour race.Women 1 hour track raceIn the womens’ event 1 hour track race, the winner will be assured of an Irish record, as the race has never been run by an Irish woman before. Olympian Maria McCambridge will be looking to see how far she can push this record, having dominated the Irish road racing scene over the past number of years, and the home crowd will be urging her on over the unique distance.Men 4 x 400m relayThe mens 4 x 400m relay event will provide a fitting finale to the evening of international athletics. The event will include athletes from many different clubs with international selections taking on the best of the Irish talent on display on the night. With two members of Ireland’s 5th placing world class performance at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia just a few weeks ago taking part in individual events, it may just serve up an exciting finish to the track and field programme.Men Shot PuttThe mens shot putt is shaping up to be one of the events of the meeting and spectators are in for a treat of world class throwing. Denmark’s Kim Christensen and Sweden’s Daniel Stahl hold personal bests of 20.39m and 18.76m respectively. Christensen competed in last Summer’s London Olympics and is known for his crowd antics, and Stahl recently won the European Cup of Winter Throwing in Castellon, Spain. They will be challenged by two of Ireland’s best throwers, multiple Irish champion Sean Breathnach from Galway and Clonliffe’s Tomas Rauktys. In the Junior competition, Finn Valley’s John Kelly will be looking to record another qualification mark for the World Youth Championships.Women Shot PuttNiamh Murphy comes in to the womens shot putt with a personal best of 13.04m, and once again Kelly Proper will compete in her third event of the evening, and shows her versatility by working on every aspect of her multi-eventing. This will serve a great opportunity for this, and Fiona Tuite will also be chasing another qualification mark for the World Youth Championships. Local girl Lisa Gibson will be looking to steal a victory for the home crowd and will use her familiarity with the shot circle in Letterkenny to her advantage.Men JavelinThere certainly will not be too many people keen to stand in the middle of the new Danny McDaid Athletics track when the javelin competition gets underway. It promises to be a hard fought battle between the best of Irish javelin throwers with several having thrown well over 60 metres. Matthew Martin and Aaron Crawford, will return from training in the UK for the competition, and they will face tough opposition from Adam Rice, Danny Mullan and Sean McBride. It will be interesting to see if Damian Crawford’s Strabane charges can take a victory from North Down, who also have decathlete Peter Glass competing. Crawford indeed will compete himself and holds a personal best of 70 metres, and may just show his young prospects how it can be done.Men High JumpKourosh Foroughi leads the field in the mens high jump with a personal best of 2.20m and he will be looking to begin his outdoor season with a good series of jumps. Several other athletes will be looking to get over 2 metres early in the season, with Jaime Murtagh, Andrew Heney & Adam McMullen. McMullen is completing the challenging double of the high jump and 100m, which shows his versatility. Local lads Derek & Aidan Gillespie, and Kevin Grant are also set to feature.Women Long JumpIrish record holder Kelly Proper will be looking to set her stall out early in the season, and with her recent successful debut over the heptathlon, it will be interesting to see if this has enhanced her jumping ability. Just as in the 200m, she will be challenged by Tirchonaill’s Mary McLoone, and along with Linzi Herron & Heather Carson, it will make for an interesting competition into the sand pit.Time Event Category Time Event Category3.00pm 60M Hrlds B13 G13 3.00pm H.J U17 B/G3.15pm 800M B14 G14 3.00pm Javelin U14 B/G3.25pm 600m B12 G12 3.00pm Shot U16 B/G3.35pm 80m B14 G14 3.30pm Turbo Javelin U12 B/G3.50pm 60M B12 G124.15PM 1 Hour Run Mixed5.30pm Opening Ceremony Speeches 5.30PM Field Events warm up6.00pm 100m M 6.00pm L.J. W6.10pm 3,000M Mixed 6.05pm H.J. M6.25pm 800M W6.35pm 400m M 6.10pm Shot M6.45pm 1 Mile M7.00pm 200m W 6.40pm Javelin M7.10pm 800M M7.20pm 3,000M M 7.05pm Shot W7.35pm 4 X 400M MTRACK STAR BRITTON TO RUN 3,000 METRES AT LETTERKENNY GALA EVENT was last modified: May 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aura CentreDanny McDaidFionnuala Britton
The co-ordinator of Donegal’s Basking Shark Project says he hopes the magnificent creatures will return to our coastline in the coming weeks.A basking shark off InishowenThe monsters of the deep, which can grow to 38 ft long, are late arriving in Irish waters because of the lack of food as a result of cold water temperatures.No sightings have been made of any basking shark despite dozens being made by this time last year. Emmet Johnston said he thinks Donegal’s waters will be once again invaded by the giant creatures once the temperatures rise again in the coming weeks.“We still have not had any sightings and it could still be a while yet.“This time last year the temperature of the water was around 12 degrees but it is only half of that still despite the weather picking up now.“I would be hopeful the sharks will begin arriving in numbers towards the end of April and we could actually have a glut of them in Irish waters,” said wildlife ranger Emmett. BASKING SHARK CO-ORDINATOR SAYS DONEGAL CREATURES WILL BE BACK IN LARGE NUMBERS was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Basking SharksdonegalEmmett Johnston
Democrats swept both governors’ races Tuesday, with Sen. Jon Corzine easily winning New Jersey and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine taking Virginia despite a last-minute campaign push for his opponent from President George W. Bush. Elsewhere, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage, GOP Mayor Michael Bloomberg easily clinched a second term in heavily Democratic New York, and Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was trailing in his re-election bid. In California, several government-overhaul measures on the ballot were seen as a referendum on GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who campaigned hard for them. Kaine had 995,290 votes, or 51.5 percent, to Kilgore’s 894,609 votes, or 46.3 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In New Jersey, Corzine trounced Doug Forrester, with 1,071,905 votes, or 53.5 percent, to 865,485 votes, or 43.2 percent, for the Republican, with 91 percent of precincts reporting. “There’s no way to spin this than anything other than a major defeat for Republicans and for President Bush,” said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. Bush appeared at a Monday night rally with Kilgore – the first public campaign appearance with the president in a state that twice voted for Bush. “This is a red state, he came in on election eve and he had no discernible effect,” Sabato said. “If anything, he may have cost Kilgore some votes.” Both governors’ races were marked by record-breaking spending and nasty personal attacks. In Virginia, at least $42 million was spent in the contest between Kaine and Kilgore, the former state attorney general. Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, who cannot seek a second term, campaigned hard for his lieutenant governor, and Kaine’s victory was likely to boost Warner’s profile as a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. Corzine and Forrester, both multimillionaires, spent upward of $70 million to succeed acting Gov. Richard Codey, who assumed the office last year when Gov. Jim McGreevey, a Democrat, resigned over a homosexual affair. Corzine, as governor, will have the power to choose a successor to fill his unexpired Senate term. The seat will be up for election in a year, but whoever Corzine appoints will likely have a big advantage in that election. A voter survey in New Jersey found women favored Corzine by more than 20 points while men narrowly preferred Forrester. Two-thirds of Hispanics and nearly all blacks favored the U.S. senator, while whites and wealthier people split their votes between the candidates. Self-described independents favored Corzine narrowly over Forrester. Most voters said Bush was not a factor in their choices Tuesday, according to the survey conducted Tuesday by The Associated Press and its polling partner, Ipsos. Of the 20 percent who said they voted in part to show opposition to the president, the most disaffected were young voters, women, blacks and low-income voters. The president’s job approval among New Jersey voters was 35 percent, slightly lower than an AP-Ipsos national poll last week. Both gubernatorial races were exceptionally nasty. A Forrester ad quoted Corzine’s ex-wife as saying, “Jon did let his family down, and he’ll probably let New Jersey down, too.” A Corzine ad featured a paralyzed teenager complaining about Forrester’s stance against stem-cell research. A Kilgore ad alleged that Kaine’s opposition to the death penalty meant he would not have executed Adolf Hitler. Kaine cites his Roman Catholic beliefs for his opposition to capital punishment, but insisted he would carry out death sentences because they are the law. Voters said they’d had enough. “We all think the politics that we’ve been seeing on television is pretty disgusting. So, I’m glad it’s voting day so we don’t have to see it anymore,” said Marianne Nelson, 58, a registered nurse who voted for Corzine. Both races were sure to be closely scrutinized for clues about the mood of the electorate a year before the 2006 elections that will decide control of Congress and the governorships of 36 states. In New Jersey, Bush did not appear with Forrester, and Corzine – who campaigned with former President Clinton – repeatedly tried to link his opponent to the Bush administration. The travails of the Bush administration can’t be discounted, said Norm Ornstein at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, with opposition to the Iraq war, the mishandled response to Hurricane Katrina, and the indictment of a top White House aide. “It’s been an awful time for Republicans.” In mayor’s races: New York GOP Mayor Bloomberg trounced former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer and was on track to beat his 2001 spending record of $74 million. Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick was trailing challenger Freman Hendrix, a deputy mayor under Kilpatrick’s predecessor. Kilpatrick stood to become the first Detroit mayor since 1961 to be defeated in a re-election bid. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It got really bumpy – and then a big crashing sound,” passenger Katie Duda told WMAQ-TV. The next thing she knew, the airplane had skidded past the airport and into the street, she said. “Everyone was very calm. Everyone around me seemed very OK,” she said. The passengers used inflatable slides to get out of the plane in the blowing snow. Midway was closed after the crash, and Abrams said she did not know when it would reopen. The Boeing 737 slid through the northwest corner of the airport, through the boundary fence and into the road, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s regional office in Chicago. CHICAGO – A jetliner trying to land in heavy snow slipped off a runway, crashed through a fence and slid into a busy street, hitting one vehicle and pinning another beneath it. A 6-year-old boy in one of the vehicles was killed, authorities said. He was among eight people hurt on the ground. Two passengers on the plane suffered minor injuries, Aviation Department spokeswoman Wendy Abrams said. Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 from Baltimore was landing at Midway International Airport with 90 passengers aboard. The airport reported 7 inches of snow Thursday, but Abrams said runway conditions at the time were acceptable. The nose of the plane was crushed in the 7:15 p.m. crash and a severely damaged engine was on the ground, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. Midway, Chicago’s second largest after O’Hare International, is closely bordered by streets lined with homes and businesses. It serves more than 17 million travelers a year, many of them on Southwest. A Southwest Airlines spokesman had no immediate information about the crash. Southwest flies an all-737 fleet with more than 400 aircraft. Standard procedure calls for pilots to be tested immediately after a crash for alcohol in their blood, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said in Washington, D.C. National Transportation Safety Board and FAA officials from Washington were on their way to Chicago to investigate. While Abrams was confident runway conditions were not to blame, James Burnett, a former NTSB chairman, said investigators would likely focus on the weather. “When you’re looking at a runway overrun, it almost always involves a runway condition that’s improper,” Burnett told WFLD-TV. “But that’s not the only thing.” Snow caused troubles for travelers across the Midwest on Thursday, with as much as 10 inches on the ground in some areas. The incident occurred 33 years to the day after a crash at Midway that killed 45 people, two of them on the ground. In that crash, a United Airlines jet struck tree branches about a mile from the airport and then hit the roofs of a number of bungalows before plowing into a home and bursting into flames. Eighteen passengers survived. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!