5 things to know: Monday

5 things to know: Monday

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Final preparations begin for Trump-Kim high-stakes summit

SINGAPORE (AP) - Final preparations are underway in Singapore for Tuesday's historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including a plan for the leaders to kick things off by meeting with only their translators present, a U.S. official said.

With a handshake scheduled for 9 a.m., Trump and Kim and their translators will meet first in a session that could stretch up to two hours before they allow their respective advisers to join them, said the U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

U.S. and North Korean officials met Monday at the Ritz Carlton in this island city-state to negotiate before the first sit-down between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader, which is meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.


Trump doubles down on criticism of longtime ally Canada
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has taken more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settles in for a summit with North Korea in Singapore.
  
In a series of tweets Monday, Trump contends that "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal."
  
Trump roiled the weekend Group of Seven meeting in Canada by agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while flying to Asia. He cited as a reason Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism to reporters of his tariff threats.
  
The attack on a longtime ally and its leader drew sharp criticism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told German public television that she found Trump's tweet disavowing the G-7 statement "sobering" and "a little depressing."


Child killer's family believes justice has not been served

LUBBOCK, Texas - Days after a jury handed down Yvonne Gonzales's fate, her family grieved what they said is equivalent to losing a child.

Gonzales is serving a 99-year sentence for killing 4-year-old Alyrah Sanchez. In November of 2015, Gonzales was dating Alyrah's father when the child died of blunt force trauma. Gonzales was just 19-years-old at the time.

Sanchez's family disagreed with the jury's decision.

"Would you want your sibling to get away from you for 99 years?" Yvette Gonzales, Yvonne's younger sister, said. "She is not this evil person that everybody claims her to be. She is not evil, that is not who she is. She was depressed, she was getting abused, and she snapped."

 Yvette said her sister thinks about Alyrah every day and constantly feels pain from what she did to a child she considered her own.

"I mean, there is no justification for what she did," Yvette said. "That is not what we are trying to do, there is no justification. It is not right what she did and she understands that and she is going to have to pay for it." 

Gonzales is held in the Lubbock County Detention Center. Her attorney, Charles Chambers said they will likely file for an appeal. 


Volunteers wrap up Anton storm damage clean-up

LUBBOCK, Texas - It has been a long year for the residents in the small town of Anton, they have been left picking up the pieces from a storm that ripped through their community.

"It affected every resident. Every roof, it got windows, it got siding," said Blake Cate, Anton Mayor.

Most people are uninsured and do not have the funds to make the repairs. 

"There was just a lot of clean up and assessment of what the damage was and prioritizing homes of those, we had a prioritization issue," said Richard Aliers, Director of Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD). "Over the, about 85 to 90 percent of the people didn't have insurance so there was a real problem so we were able to get a lot of donations that came into the city and since that time we've been taking those prioritized homes one at a time and replacing windows, replacing roofs, and just doing them one house at a time."

Now after 12 months of hard work, Aliers and his troops are done.

"This is the final one, the final one where we're wrapping and going through the community and cleaning up one more time as well as we're going to be cleaning some fire hydrants so just helping the community one final time," he said.

In the wake of the destruction not all is lost though. The people in Anton are grateful for all the help to get them back on their feet.


Lubbock hosts first NATO Chess Championship in U.S.

LUBBOCK, Texas - Every year, NATO countries hold a chess championship. This year, Lubbock is the first U.S. host to bring seventy-six active and reserve military members to compete against each other.

Ten different NATO countries are represented at the championship.

President of the U.S. Chess Federation, Michael Hoffpauir, said there is a correlation between war and the game.

"Chess is a warfare if you will over 64 squares on a chess board and instead of having to fight real combat some of the decision skills are the same about how to deploy your army, your forces and how to defend against attack and to make your own attack," Hoffpauir said.

Lubbock and Texas Tech is home to one of the top chess players in the country, Grandmaster Alex Onischuk. He took on 12 chess matches simultaneously, without seeing his opponents next move.

"The game is so complex that you can play for your whole life and you can still improve with it. So I guess to understand the depth of chess then this is what really attracts it to people including myself," Onischuk said.

The world record for number of games played at the same time is 604. Next year, the championship will be in Berlin.

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