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Between 3 and 10 million children will witness some form of domestic abuse this year. There are many problems that can arise from witnessing abuse. The three most common area problems are: behavioral and emotional, cognitive functioning and attitudes, and longer term effects. Every child will react differently.

Tonight on the show, Laura from We Are Survivors International shares her story. In her words: “Two years ago, I left my emotionally and physically abusive husband. It has been an emotional roller coaster but we are two years free and my two children and I are working through the aftershocks of a violent marriage. The effects of one monster’s brutal behavior has changed our world, our outlook on life and relationships. We went through hell, but we are working through it and are in a much brighter and safer place now. The three of us will deal with the impact of this for the rest of our lives, however we are survivors and I am hopeful that we will break the cycle.”

Laura talks about “why she stayed”, the cycle of abuse, how it effected her children, and the plan to leave. Enough was enough, for Laura, when she was being abused and her five-year old daughter came downstairs. With her daughter seeing the abuse, it was time for her to put her plan in place. A plan that took over a month, but now her and her children are survivors and are making to strides to overcome the tragedy. Even today, her children have anxiety and trust issues, from witnessing the abuse.

Laura is associated with We Are Survivors , a worldwide organization that is there to support and advise men, women and children in Domestic Violence situations in a friendly environment. If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, or you yourself are, make sure you reach out to someone, because as Laura said “It doesn’t get better.”

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College Football: 2015 ACC Preview

By: Kevin Cunningham, Managing Editor of Internet Content

Florida State's Chief Osceola/ Photo: Wikipedia.org
Florida State’s Chief Osceola/ Photo: Wikipedia.org

The USA Today Coaches Poll came out earlier today, and in the ACC, three teams made the top-25. Only one represents the conference within the top-10 (Florida State), while the other two, Clemson and Georgia Tech, rank No. 12 and No. 17, respectively.

The 2015 college football season is just a little over a month away, and with that, will come my previews for each Power Five conference for this upcoming season. Today, I’ll begin with the ACC, where Florida State has ruled its supremacy over the last two seasons.

They come in as the favorite to win the conference once again according to the coaches, but for me, it’s the team that nearly beat the Seminoles in the ACC title game just a year ago that will make the most noise. I won’t go through every single team in each conference, but the ones who have a fighter’s chance at making the conference’s championship game will get more love. *Looks at the Big 12*

Conference Championship: Georgia Tech over Clemson

Best Player: North Carolina QB Marquise Williams

Potential Dark horse: Pittsburgh

Best Names: Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley, Georgia Tech DT Jabari Hunt-Days

 

Atlantic:

Clemson

Not too long ago, I thought Clemson could end the 2015 season undefeated. I looked back and studied the team and the ACC again as a whole, and came to this conclusion – Yes, Clemson gets both Georgia Tech and Florida State at home. But, at the same time, the defense returns just three starters from a season ago.

Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd running through Florida State's defense/ Photo: Wikipedia.org
Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd running through Florida State’s defense/ Photo: Wikipedia.org

If Clemson does run the table, it will be thanks to its offense. Defensively, I believe the Tigers will slip up one game, and then eventually lose to Georgia Tech on a neutral field. Fairly easily, no ACC team could wind up making the College Football Playoff (CFP).

Back to Clemson, though. The team returns its quarterback Deshaun Watson, who, for many, is the conference’s best player. Watson will have a number of targets to throw to, but only two of his offensive lineman return from last year. The offense will be very good, but enough to run the table? I’m skeptical.

There are a couple of games to keep an eye on outside of ACC play for Clemson – both at home, against Notre Dame, and Appalachian State.

No, I’m not kidding about Appalachian State. They return 20 players from a season ago (the most in the country), and love to run the football. They could ultimately end up playing keep away from Clemson, controlling the game, and allowing its defense to get after the quarterback (something they were very good at doing a year ago) and just not give up the big play. I believe Appalachian State goes 11-1 during the season this year, but if they beat Clemson, they’ll go 12-0.

 

Florida State

The Seminoles have a ton of talent heading into this season – they’re just unproven. A new quarterback, running back and three offensive linemen will take the field on opening day.

Defensively, the team only brings back six starters from a unit that a year ago, ranked No. 61 in the country in yards allowed per game. Again, Florida State has talent, but having to play at Georgia Tech and at Clemson this season will likely result in two losses.

Is Sean Maguire really the answer at quarterback? If he is, and the defense takes a step back up toward the top in the country thanks to its secondary, maybe the Seminoles can pull off a surprise or two and end up back in the ACC Championship game.

 

NC State

NC State brings back its senior quarterback in Jacoby Brissett, who can both throw and run the ball. His weapons alongside him may not be fantastic, but they’ll be able to get the job done. Offensively, the Wolfpack will be just fine.

On defense, the team returns seven starters from a year ago, including its entire secondary. If the team can stop the run and effectively get after the passer, Clemson better look out – NC State gets them at home this season. The issue for this team comes on the road, having to travel to play Florida State and Virginia Tech.

 

Louisville

Without getting into Louisville too much, the team has a good quarterback in Will Gardner and some decent options to use on offense. Defensively, the team returns just four starters and none in the secondary. The Cardinals will be OK, but nothing more. I expect a 7-5 campaign.

 

Coastal:

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets fell to the Seminoles, 37-35 last season, and a team is never the exact same from one year to the next, but what will stay the same for Georgia Tech is its system. Head coach Paul Johnson runs a system that feeds on running the ball. Whether it is the quarterback keeping the ball in the option or the signal-caller handing it off or pitching it to one of his 1,847 capable running backs, the Yellow Jackets are always near the top of the country when it comes to rushing statistics.

A staple play within Georgia Tech's offense/ Photo: Wikipedia.org
A staple play within Georgia Tech’s offense/ Photo: Wikipedia.org

This season, Georgia Tech loses a lot of its skill position players; however, they bring back junior quarterback Justin Thomas. Thomas won’t have eye-popping stats, but in Johnson’s system, he’ll be effective, despite losing a lot of key players in the backfield and out wide. The reason why he and the offense will succeed is because of the four offensive linemen that return.

On defense last year, Georgia Tech turned its opponents over. A lot. Its opponents were forced into 29 turnovers, which averaged for just over two per game. The Yellow Jackets’ offense will still be rock solid, the defense will be opportunistic, and maybe best of all, is the fact that the team gets Florida State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina at home. In ACC play, the only legitimate threat Georgia Tech plays on the road is Clemson.

I expect Clemson to squeeze by Georgia Tech in the regular season, but come ACC Championship time, revenge will take place.

 

Virginia Tech

The Hokies have a classic Virginia Tech team heading into next season. Senior Michael Brewer returns as the team’s quarterback, and he should do OK in the passing game. The calling card though, will be the running game.

On the other side of the ball, the Hokies will be strong once again. The defensive line gets after the quarterback well, and in the secondary, Virginia Tech has another Fuller vying for the top spot as the nation’s best corner (Kendall Fuller). The secondary as a whole will be strong, and the classic game plan of running the ball and being great on defense and special teams will once again define head coach Frank Beamer’s Hokies.

The 2015 schedule for Virginia Tech isn’t the easiest, which is partially why I like Georgia Tech in this side of the conference. The Hokies have to travel to both Miami (Fla.) and Georgia Tech. Let’s say that the Yellow Jackets and Hokies both lose two games each in the ACC by season’s end. That road game against the Yellow Jackets… there’s your tiebreaker.

 

North Carolina

I like Georgia Tech’s offense a lot and Clemson’s will be interesting. But guess what? North Carolina will have the best offense in the ACC.

Senior quarterback Marquise Williams will lead the way, and he’s got a capable tailback to go along with a plethora of receivers to throw to. Williams threw for over 3,000 yards and ran for over 750 in 2014. What’s the downside of this team? Its defense.

Against East Carolina and Clemson last season, the defense gave up over 1,300 yards and 120 points. The team returns six starters from a season ago, including most of its secondary, but is that a good thing?

The fact of the matter is that the Tar Heels play at Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and NC State, while getting a home contest against Miami (Fla.). Good luck.

 

Miami (Fla.)

I won’t go into depth about the Hurricanes, but what Miami does have going for it is the return of quarterback Brad Kaaya. As a freshman, he showed promise, but the tools around him won’t be fantastic in year two.

Defensively, the ’Canes return just five players from a year ago. They’re a talented team that will be interesting, but they won’t be better than Georgia Tech. The one positive, is that the team gets the Yellow Jackets, Clemson and Virginia Tech all at home this season.

 

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh brings back a running back that ran for over 1,000 yards and scored 26 touchdowns in James Conner. Pittsburgh also brings back Tyler Boyd, one of the country’s best receivers, and one who has recorded over 1,000 receiving yards in both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. And it isn’t over yet – the Panthers also have a returning quarterback, Chad Voytik, who threw only seven interceptions a season ago, and only one in his last six games.

What’s the problem? Is this a case of North Carolina, where the defense could be in shambles? Not exactly. The team’s new head coach, Pat Narduzzi, came from Michigan State, and has a number of seasons to look back on and one could say, “Hey, that defense was pretty damn good.”

The personnel on that side of the ball isn’t half bad, either. The team returns six starters and three in its secondary. Both starting corners return, and had good seasons a year ago. Enter Narduzzi, and if Pittsburgh can get a pass rush (something the team lacked in 2014), this team could be a dark horse in the ACC.

The Panthers do have to play games at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, but on the flipside, North Carolina and Miami (Fla.) will both be home games. If Narduzzi’s new team can pull an upset against either Tech school, this team could have a legitimate shot at winning an ACC Championship.

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Wilmer Flores was crying after he heard the news. All reports pointed to the Milwaukee Brewers sending Carlos Gomez to the New York Mets, for Flores and Zack Wheeler. However, Ken Rosenthal tweeted:

So maybe Flores was crying because he knew he was staying with the Mets, who are only two games behind the Washington Nationals. As the world of technology goes, apparently the trade was leaked before it became official. Now the deal may not get done. Apparently, the Milwaukee Brewers are trying to deal Gomez before the MLB trade deadline friday.

The Colorado Rockies decided to part ways with Troy Tulowitzki. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Jose Reyes and three minor league prospects, in return. On paper, this looks like a big win for the Rockies. The Blue Jays basically swapped position players, while their starting pitching struggles. As of Wednesday night, the Blue Jays ranked 22nd in team ERA at 4.02. Do you think that the Blue Jays made a good move?

The Philadelphia Phillies started moving some of their pieces. All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon is headed to Washington. The Nationals only had to give up minor league prospect Nick Pivetta. Did the Phillies get enough in return for a top-notch closer? At the start of the show, rumors swirled that Cole Hamels will be traded to the Texas Rangers. To listen to our thoughts on that trade, listen in Thursday night.