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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017
Trial: Catching underage
drinking ‘is very difﬁ cult’
Continued from Page 1A
In late January, after a
night of drinking, Secord got
out of a vehicle parked on
the shoulder and started run-
ning in the middle of the high-
way near milepost 17 , Oregon
State Police said. He was pro-
nounced dead soon after emer-
gency personnel responded to
Secord’s family demanded
an investigation into who pro-
vided alcohol to the former
Warrenton High School foot-
ball player .
Brenda McKune, Secord’s
grandmother, said he and
other Warrenton teens have
regularly hung out with adults
who buy alcohol for them .
She said she reported issues
to police about 10 times in
the last two to three years but
came away from the discus-
sions feeling disappointed.
“Too many people are
afraid to stand up and protect
our children,” McKune said.
“This whole thing is sicken-
ing to me.”
Despite her complaints,
she said Warrenton p olice
repeatedly told her their inves-
tigations would be much eas-
ier if the teenagers reported
the alleged crimes them-
selves. Police must have prob-
able cause and a search war-
rant before entering a home to
check for underage drinking
unless given permission by
“Catching it happening
in the process is very difﬁ -
cult,” Warrenton Police Chief
Mathew Workman said.
McKune last saw her
grandson at a grocery store
just hours before he died. He
was purchasing orange juice,
which she now believes he
was attempting to mix with
Everclear — a highly potent
brand of grain alcohol.
Once again, McKune
reported her concerns to
police. Secord died, as his
grandmother recalls , 3 hours
and 12 minutes after she made
Months later, McKune is
still concerned about a culture
in which adults supply alcohol
to Warrenton teenagers. For
weeks after Secord’s death,
residents tended a memorial
outside the Warrenton Post
Ofﬁ ce. In addition to ﬂ owers,
sports gear and a silhouette of
Secord, some also left alco-
hol , McKune said.
“We want to shed a light
on this,” McKune said. “We
want other people to avoid the
same grief that we’re going
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Patrons return to the South County Community Food
Bank after a two-week closure.
Food bank: Open Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Continued from Page 1A
“Everybody’s been really
positive, everything is orga-
nized,” Gooch said. “We hav-
en’t missed a beat.”
The food bank, at 2041
N. Roosevelt Drive, was
launched with donations from
a Seaside grocery in 1981 and
incorporated as a nonproﬁ t in
It is associated with Clat-
sop Community Action and is
an afﬁ liate of the Oregon Food
Karla Gann served as man-
aging director of the food
bank until Oct. 27, when the
management transition was
announced by board members.
During the two-week
period of the closure, extra
product was funneled to pan-
tries in Cannon Beach and
Gearhart, Gooch said, with
each location serving about 20
The food bank’s hours are
Tuesdays and Thursdays from
1 to 4 p.m., a reduction from
two hours of service four days
“We are going to feel it out,
to get a sense of whether we
need more or how that’s going
to go,” Gooch said. “So far, the
cadence has been really good.”
WORLD IN BRIEF
Sexual misconduct accusations
transform Alabama Senate race
WASHINGTON — Republicans weren’t supposed to have
to worry about Alabama.
Yet in the span of a tumultuous afternoon, a low-proﬁ le
special election became a Republican nightmare that threatens
a once-safe Senate seat — and offers a new window into ugly
divisions that continue to plague the GOP in the age of Presi-
dent Donald Trump.
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, a 70-year-old
former state Supreme Court justice, deﬁ antly denied allega-
tions of decades-old sexual misconduct with minors published
Thursday in a Washington Post story. The revelations, a month
before the Dec. 12 special election, triggered a sharp backlash
from would-be Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, who
called on Moore to quit the race if the allegations were true.
It was a bittersweet moment for some in the Republican
establishment who argued that Moore, a Christian culture war-
rior twice removed from his state’s Supreme Court for judicial
misconduct, never should have been the party’s Senate nom-
inee in the ﬁ rst place. Some blamed Steve Bannon, Trump’s
former senior strategist, who broke from most GOP leaders —
including Trump himself — by cheering Moore’s candidacy
earlier in the year.
“Dear GOP, send your thank you cards to the Breit-
bart embassy attn: Steve Bannon,” tweeted a sarcastic Josh
Holmes, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch
Fallout continues for Louis C.K.
as his new ﬁ lm scrapped
NEW YORK — The sex harassment scandal roiling Holly-
wood jumped across the Atlantic Ocean, dove decades into the
past and abruptly tanked an upcoming ﬁ lm release today when
the BBC scrapped a TV series in the wake of rape allegations
against actor Ed Westwick, actress Jenny McCarthy accused
Steven Seagal of asking her to strip 22 years ago and Louis
C.K’s new ﬁ lm was dumped a week before it was to open.
The decision to cancel the release of C.K.’s “I Love You,
Daddy” came a day after the comedian was accused of sex-
ual misconduct toward ﬁ ve women, including masturbating in
front of them. The indie distributor The Orchard said it “will
not be moving forward with the release.” C.K. has already
been edited out of the upcoming HBO beneﬁ t “Night of Too
Many Stars” and his work is being scrubbed from the cable
Westwick also saw his work buried when the BBC pulled
the Agatha Christie mystery thriller adaptation “Ordeal by
Innocence” in which he appeared. The broadcaster also paused
ﬁ lming on the 1980s-set sitcom “White Gold,” which stars
Westwick. The former “Gossip Girl” star has been accused of
raping two women, charges he denies. On Instagram, he called
the allegations “unveriﬁ ed and provably untrue.”
Actor Jeremy Piven also took to social media to once again
declare his innocence of sexual misconduct, saying on Twitter
he hopes the string of sexual harassment allegations will lead
to “a constructive dialogue on these issues” but warned about
Piven, who has been accused by two women of sexual
misconduct, faces a fresh accusation made against him from
an advertising executive. Tiffany Bacon Scourby told People
magazine that Piven held her down while he performed a sex
act at a hotel 14 years ago.
Trump says US will no longer
be taken advantage of on trade
DANANG, Vietnam — Hours after leaving Beijing,
President Trump today delivered what appeared to be a
sharp rebuke to China, railing against trade practices he says
have put Americans out of work and warning that the U.S.
would no longer “turn a blind eye” to trade abuses.
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nearing an agreement on Syria for how they hope to resolve
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they have a substantive agreement to announce.
The two leaders were spotted on video greeting one another
ahead of an Asia-Paciﬁ c Economic Cooperation summit gala
dinner in the coastal city of Danang.
The potential understanding comes as an array of forces are
near a ﬁ nal defeat of IS, the extremist group that once con-
trolled vast stretches of both Iraq and Syria. Fighting the group
is no longer top priority, shifting the focus back to Syria’s
intractable conﬂ ict between President Bashar Assad’s govern-
ment and rebels — and to concerns that foreign powers such as
Iran will now dominate the country’s future.
The U.S.-Russian agreement being discussed would focus
on three elements, ofﬁ cials said: “deconﬂ iction” between the
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of the annual Asia-Paciﬁ c Economic Cooperation summit in
Vietnam. “We are not going to let the United States be taken
advantage of anymore. I am always going to put America ﬁ rst.”
It was a striking change of tone from the day before, when
Trump had set aside his previous blistering rhetoric in favor of
friendly overtures to China as he sought to establish a more bal-
anced trade relationship.
But today, Trump was back to blunt. He told the executives
gathered in the coastal city of Danang that he was happy to
enter into bilateral trading agreements — but only if they are
reciprocal and fair.
Without singling out China by name, Trump argued the
U.S. had adhered to World Trade Organization principles,
only to be taken advantage of by counties that had ignored the
rules and engaged in harmful practices such as product dump-
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