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In the most recent filmed interview with The New York Times, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky revealed several new disturbing details in regards to his 40 charges of sexual assault against young boys.

Jerry Sandusky did little to discredit the claims of his inappropriately close relationship with young boys, admitting to showering and sleeping in the same bed as them, yet denying that anything further happened.

This is the second interview of Jerry Sandusky since the scandal broke, and in the first he fumbled when asked if he was sexually attracted to young boys, repeating the question and issuing a shallow denial.

In the latest interview with The New York Times, Jerry Sandusky did not improve his answer, only making it worse.

“What in the world was that question,” Jerry Sandusky said referring to the first interview.

“If I say <<No, I’m not attracted to boys>> that’s not the truth because I’m attracted to young people- boys, girls.”

Joe Amendola, his lawyer, who was present for the interview, then jumped in and clarified that Jerry Sandusky did not mean he was sexually attracted to children.

“I enjoy spending time with young people, I enjoy spending time with people,” Jerry Sandusky then said.

 

In the most recent filmed interview with The New York Times, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky revealed several new disturbing details in regards to his 40 charges of sexual assault against young boys

In the most recent filmed interview with The New York Times, former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky revealed several new disturbing details in regards to his 40 charges of sexual assault against young boys

 

There were more surprises in store as well, as Jerry Sandusky discussed the role that other coaches and school officials played.

Legendary head coach Joe Paterno was fired by the school in the wake of the scandal, along with three other university officials. Two of those officials, including athletic director Tim Curley, were arrested for perjury.

Of the eight alleged victims that Jerry Sandusky reportedly abused over the course of 15 years, one incident stands above the rest because it relates to the chain of command at Penn State which is now under review.

In 2002, graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary claims that he saw Jerry Sandusky raping a young boy in the team showers. He then told Joe Paterno, and Joe Paterno told Tim Curley.

This was not the first time that concerns about Jerry Sandusky had been brought to the attention of university officials- there was a complaint filed by the mother of another boy in 1998 that was investigated by campus police- but little seems to have happened.

In the New York Times interview, Jerry Sandusky said that Joe Paterno never spoke to him about either incident.

“I never talked to him about either one. That’s all I can say. I mean, I don’t know,” Jerry Sandusky said.

Throughout the interview, Jerry Sandusky repeatedly said that his actions and relationships with children were motivated by a pure love of children- in a protective and fatherly way as opposed to that of a paedophile.

“It was, you know, almost an extended family,” the former coach said.

Jerry Sandusky admitted to wrestling, hugging, and, in a strange move, blowing on boys stomachs, all of which are details included in the charges against him.

“I think a lot of the kids really reached out for that,” Jerry Sandusky said referring to the wrestling and rough housing.

“I would call kids on the phone and work with them academically. I tried to reward them sometimes with a little money in hand, just so that they could see something. But more often than not, I tried to set up, maybe get them to save the money, and I put it directly into a savings account established for them.”

As he waits for his preliminary hearing on December 13, Jerry Sandusky is very aware of all that he has lost, both at Penn State, at the children’s charity The Second Mile that he founded and allegedly used as a way to find potential victims.

“I’ll miss coaching, I’ll miss Second Mile, I’ll miss Second Mile kids. I’ll miss the relationships with all kinds of people. I’ll miss my own grandkids, I’ll miss my dog,” Jerry Sandusky said.

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital after falling unconscious at home just days after his frail appearance at a funeral for Joe Frazier.

A spokesman for Muhammad Ali said he was only hospitalized for treatment of dehydration and that “early reports were blown out of proportion”.

Muhammad Ali, 69, was last seen in public at a Philadelphia service for his fellow boxing legend on November 14, but a woman called 911 for him five days later.

The 911 call came from the 6,000 sq ft estate Muhammad Ali shares with wife Yolanda in Paradise Valley, Arizona, reported Star magazine and RadarOnline.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital after falling unconscious at home just days after his frail appearance at a funeral for Joe Frazier

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital after falling unconscious at home just days after his frail appearance at a funeral for Joe Frazier

The boxing legend has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 27 years and was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center.

A Paradise Valley Police spokesman told Star:

“The victim started to pass out in the car and when they got him into the house he fell unconscious.”

“The 911 tape was filled with details of prescriptions and medical details about the victim who was suffering from an on-going medical condition.”

Spokesman Craig Bankey said in statement Muhammad Ali was resting at his home and recovering from the hospital stay.

Muhammad Ali spent the Thanksgiving weekend across the other side of the U.S. in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his family, reported Star.

A source close to former boxer told Star he has had various medical specialists in Phoenix so the family must have “really been scared” to have called 911.

Fears were raised about Muhammad Ali’s health after he appeared very frail at Joe Frazier’s two-hour service at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, last month.

According to RadarOnline, friends fear that Muhammad Ali may not live long into next year.

Reverend Jesse Jackson asked mourners to rise and clap for the former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, who handed Muhammad Ali his first loss in 1971.

A weak and trembling Muhammad Ali, wearing a dark suit and sunglasses, rose from his seat at the service and energetically applauded his rival “Smokin’ Joe”.

Muhammad Ali’s relatives and friends have told Star he may only have months left to live, but still enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

However, Jeanie Kahnke, a spokeswoman for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, says she spoke with his wife, Lonnie, by phone Friday morning and that “he was right next to her asking for breakfast and that he was doing good”.

Widely-seen as the best sportsman of all time, Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky, and won an Olympic gold in 1960.

Muhammad Ali married his fourth wife and childhood friend Yolanda in 1986 and they have had one son, Asaad. In total, Muhammad Ali has seven daughters and two sons.

Joe Amendola, the former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, said yesterday that he would consider “possible alternatives” if more sexual abuse charges were filed against his client.

Joe Amendola said he had not discussed pleading guilty with Jerry Sandusky and that he still maintained he was innocent of charges against him.

Jerry Sandusky has been accused of 40 criminal accounts of abusing eight boys, some on the university campus, over 15 years.

Joe Amendola, the former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, said yesterday that he would consider “possible alternatives” if more sexual abuse charges were filed against his client

Joe Amendola, the former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, said yesterday that he would consider “possible alternatives” if more sexual abuse charges were filed against his client

 

Joe Amendola said that Jerry Sandusky has never considered a plea in his case.

Jerry Sandusky, 67, is awaiting a preliminary hearing on the charges.

Joe Amendola said the topic of a guilty plea came up as a “what-if” question about potential additional charges – and that if more charges were filed, Jerry Sandusky would only then discuss the possibility of a plea.

Earlier this week, Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing a young boy more than 100 times after meeting him through his charity The Second Mile in the 1970s.

The 29-year-old new accuser, who is not part of the criminal case, said in a lawsuit that Jerry Sandusky threatened to harm his family to keep him quiet.

The accuser, identified only as John Doe, claimed he had never told anyone about the abuse until Jerry Sandusky was charged last month.

The alleged victim felt “tormented” after learning others were said to have been abused after him, according to a statement read out by his lawyer Jeff Anderson.

“I am hurting and have been for a long time because of what happened, but feel now even more tormented that I have learned of so many other kids were abused after me,” the man said.

The alleged victim became the first plaintiff to file suit in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.

The lawsuit claimed Jerry Sandusky abused the boy in encounters at the coach’s home, in a Penn State locker room and on football game trips.

Jerry Sandusky has acknowledged that he showered with boys but denied molesting them.

Three wealthy bankers from Connecticut, who came forward to claim a $254 million record Powerball jackpot are facing claims that they were not in fact the real winners.

An anonymous man – one of the bankers clients – is said to have actually purchased the ticket but came to Tim Davidson, Brandon Lacoff and Greg Skidmore to avoid the “hassle” of his name becoming public.

They then allegedly set up a trust “as a front” so that Tim Davidson, Brandon Lacoff and Greg Skidmore could be the public face of the win.

In a further twist, it was also claimed that rather than donate a large proportion of the money to charity, the winner has requested that the majority just be invested for his personal gain.

The explosive claims blow apart the fairytale story that Tim Davidson bought the ticket at a gas station in Greenwich Connecticut for $1.

It would also explain the bankers’ sheepish performance at a press conference to collect their “jackpot”, during which they refused to discuss their relationship with each other.

It had been suggested that Tim Davidson bought his ticket on November 1 and the following day they realized their numbers had come up, beating odds of 195,249,054 to one.

The jackpot was the largest ever won in Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history.

The jackpot was the largest ever won in Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history

The jackpot was the largest ever won in Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history

It means the three bankers will take the after-tax lump sum of nearly $104 million in cash between them.

Now, according to a family friend who has known Brandon Lacoff since he was a boy, the truth behind what happened is very different.

Tom Gladstone said that a client at investment company Belpointe LLC, which was founded by Brandon Lacoff and provides investment advice, much of it to wealthy individuals, was the real winner.

He, Tim Davidson and Greg Skidmore then set up the Putnam Avenue Family Trust which will allow the man to keep out of the spotlight.

Tom Gladstone, a real estate agent who rents Brandon Lacoff the Belpointe office space, said: “The person who really won it is anonymous.

“They set up the trust so that Brandon and his two partners could claim they won it and that the real winner wouldn’t get hassled.

“They have said they are going to give it to charity but they are going to manage the money. They are going to make a donation but they keeping a large proportion of the money and they are going to manage it.

“The winner is a client of theirs and their clients are a mixture of larger and smaller investors. By Wall Street standards they are not big players.

“They set up the trust as a front to ensure their client anonymity. It clearly took them some time to work it out as they won on November 1, realized the next day and have only now come forward.

“I saw Brandon last Friday and he didn’t say a word to me. They are smart, rich Greenwich men.”

Tom Gladstone added that he had known Brandon Lacoff’s father Marty, an anti-trust lawyer, for 30 years and that the family were “hard working people”.

He said: “Brandon is a good kid, I don’t know how else to describe him. Obviously the client is putting their faith in him to look after this very substantial amount.”

According to the story which has been told so far, Tim Davidson bought the $1 quick pick ticket for the November 2 drawing at the Shippan Point BP gas station in Stamford. It was the only ticket he bought.

During the press conference Tim Davidson and his two colleagues sat stoically at a conference table sipping bottled water as Jason Kurland, the group’s attorney, answered questions but declined to address basic issues about the win.

Jason Kurland said: “Obviously, everybody is extremely excited. These numbers are huge. This is going to benefit many people.

“From the first conversation I had with them, it was very philanthropic. Charities was definitely, probably No. 1 on their priority list.”

As they were leaving the news conference, Greg Skidmore stopped at the microphone to identify himself and his partners and said: “And it feels good,” before leaving the room.

The winning numbers were 12-14-34-39-46, Powerball 36.

Lottery officials had used billboards across the state to urge the ticket holder to come forward as the weeks went by without a winner.

Jason Kurland said the group called him the day after the draw.

He said: “They thought they were the winners, and then, that night, I think, one of the local TV stations had the numbers, and the Powerball number was wrong on the TV screen, so that put them into a little bit of a tizzy.

“But the news, to their credit, corrected it a few hours later, and they were confident they had it.”

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Belpointe manages $82 million which makes it a boutique investment firm by the standards of many New York finance houses.

Brandon Lacoff was an accountant for Ernst & Young before founding an investment company known Belray capital, which became Belpointe LLC.

He “owns a number of properties and businesses throughout the region”, according to the Belpointe website.

Greg Skidmore, the company’s president and chief investment officer, formerly worked as an investment banker for a subsidiary of AXA Financial Services and Citigroup.

He is a former member of the U.S. sailing team who was once an Olympic hopeful, according to the company’s website.

Greg Skidmore is also the grandson of Louis Skidmore, the notable American architect and founder of the firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, which created the Sears Tower in Chicago amongst other buildings.

Tim Davidson started his career at a French bank where he worked in foreign exchange before moving on to advise companies, hedge funds and “ultra high worth” individuals.

Lindsey Vonn, the ski Olympic gold medalist and her husband have decided to divorce after four years of marriage.

Lindsey Vonn, 27, confirmed on Sunday night that she and Thomas Vonn have started divorce proceedings. Her husband also serves as her chief adviser.

“This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter,” Lindsey Vonn said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Lindsey Vonn elected to skip the season-opening World Cup slalom race Sunday to rest a sore back she recently tweaked in training. She plans to return to the slopes Tuesday for a downhill training run in Lake Louise, Alberta, the site of the next competition.

Lindsey Vonn, the ski Olympic gold medalist and her husband have decided to divorce after four years of marriage

Lindsey Vonn, the ski Olympic gold medalist and her husband have decided to divorce after four years of marriage

 

Thomas Vonn, 35, said in an email to The AP that he filed for divorce last Monday.

Lindsey and Thomas married on September 29, 2007.

Lindsey Vonn became one of the faces of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, winning a gold medal in the downhill and a bronze in the super-G – all on a badly bruised shin.

Her shining moment in Vancouver was years in the making, beginning when her father, Alan Kildow, introduced her to skiing. Her father even moved the family to Colorado to foster that passion for the slopes.

But Lindsey Vonn had a falling out with her father a few years ago. By all accounts, the feud began before the 2006 Turin Olympics, when she was known as Lindsey Kildow.

Part of the escalating tension had to do with her relationship with Thomas Vonn, a former U.S. Olympic skier who is nearly nine years older.

Lindsey Vonn’s father, a Minneapolis-based attorney, spoke with AP before the 2010 Olympics and said that while he did not want to get into details. He said: “She’s my daughter, I love her, and in that sense it’s great.”

For her part, though, Lindsey Vonn has been critical of her father’s pressured attitude towards her success.

“He always supported me when I did well, which was 90 per cent of the time, but when I didn’t, he didn’t handle it very well,” Lindsey Vonn told Denver Post in 2010.

“It was so hot and cold. It was so much criticism and so much negativity, and it was really hard to balance my emotions.”

Alan Kildow was reportedly not invited to his daughter’s wedding.

Over the years, Thomas Vonn became a rock in her life as he helped coordinate interviews, provided tips on the course and made sure logistics were taken care of, freeing Lindsey Vonn to focus on skiing.

Lindsey Vonn has blossomed into one of the top racers in U.S. team history, winning three overall World Cup titles. She also has 42 World Cup wins, tying her with Sweden’s Anja Paerson for fourth place on the all-time list.

With her victory in the giant slalom last month in Soelden, Austria, Lindsey Vonn became just the fifth female skier to win a race in all five Alpine disciplines. She’s also the second American skier to complete the discipline sweep, joining Bode Miller.

Lindsey Vonn could add to her win total this week at Lake Louise, on a hill where she’s typically skied very well. She has 14 podium finishes at the venue, including eight wins.

She has appeared in Sports Illustrated magazine’s swimsuit edition – infamously photographed in skiing tuck position in a bikini for its cover – and came 59th on Maxim’s Hot 100 list.

Lindsey Vonn said in a statement that she will “continue to be coached by the U.S. Ski Team and look forward to competing the rest of the season”.

Bernie Fine, the Syracuse University basketball coach accused of sex abuse has been fired after damning new evidence suggested his wife watched him molest a boy who was staying at their house.

Laurie Fine, the wife of Syracuse University coach, allegedly told one of her husband’s three accusers in a recorded phone call that she suspected he had done the same to other boys – but that she never did anything to stop it.

Laurie Fine is also said to have revealed that she slept with one of the victims, once he turned 18 – as it emerged that the tapes had been in the hands of police and ESPN for nearly ten years and no action was taken.

 

Bernie Fine, the Syracuse University basketball coach accused of sex abuse has been fired after damning new evidence suggested his wife watched him molest a boy who was staying at their house

Bernie Fine, the Syracuse University basketball coach accused of sex abuse has been fired after damning new evidence suggested his wife watched him molest a boy who was staying at their house

 

One of the alleged victims Bobby Davis, now 39, says he secretly taped the conversation in 2002 in an effort to collect proof that the longtime college basketball coach Bernie Fine, now 65, had abused him, starting when he was 12 years old.

“I know everything that went on, you know,” Laurie Fine says on tapes played by ESPN’s Outside the Line program.

“I know everything that went on with him. Bernie has issues, maybe that he’s not aware of, but he has issues. And you trusted somebody you shouldn’t have trusted.”

Bernie Fine has denied the allegations as “patently false”. However, Syracuse University today fired Bernie Fine after putting him on administrative leave earlier this month.

“At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,” said Kevin Quinn, the school’s senior vice president for public affairs.

Authorities have said if any crimes were committed, they are likely beyond the statute of limitation and no prosecutions can be made.

The phone conversation was verified by a voice-recognition analyst hired by ESPN.

Laurie Fine is also said to have revealed that she slept with Bobby Davis, once he turned 18 - as it emerged that the tapes had been in the hands of police and ESPN for nearly ten years and no action was taken

Laurie Fine is also said to have revealed that she slept with Bobby Davis, once he turned 18 - as it emerged that the tapes had been in the hands of police and ESPN for nearly ten years and no action was taken

Laurie Fine talks about the alleged abuse against Bobby Davis in a matter-of-fact tone and suggests she has known about it for many years.

“But you never had any [sex act] with him?” Laurie Fine asks Bobby Davis, who is an adult at the time of the phone call.

“No,” Bobby Davis says.

“I think he wanted to, but…”

Laurie Fine says: “Oh, of course he would! Why wouldn’t he?”

Bobby Davis lived with the Fines in the basement of their house on and off throughout his childhood. He says Bernie Fine began abusing him in 1984 when he was just 12 years old and in seventh grade.

Bobby Davis says Laurie Fine always knew something was going on and even caught her husband touching him when she peered through the blinds one night as she pretended to take out the trash.

It wasn’t until that incident, when Bobby Davis was in high school but still a minor, that Laurie Fine approached him and told him to stand up for himself. However, she never called police.

In the conversation, Laurie Fine seems to accept that her husband has predilections for boys and that there is nothing she can do about it.

“You know what, <<Go to a place where there are gay boys. Find yourself a gay boy>>,” Laurie Fine says.

“<<Get your rocks off, and have it be over with>>. He needs that male companionship that I can’t give him.”

 

Bobby Davis says Laurie Fine always knew something was going on and even caught her husband touching him when she peered through the blinds one night as she pretended to take out the trash

Bobby Davis says Laurie Fine always knew something was going on and even caught her husband touching him when she peered through the blinds one night as she pretended to take out the trash

 

Laurie Fine explains that her husband is no longer interested in her sexually, instead preferring boys. And she isn’t interested in him, either, she says.

This could explain why she also became sexually involved with Bobby Davis. In the tape Laurie Fine confirms that she had sex with the former Syracuse University ball boy when he was 18 and a high school senior.

But she claims she couldn’t help Bobby Davis when he was younger.

“Because I care about you, and I didn’t want to see you being treated that way,” she says.

“And, it’s hard. If it was another girl… it would be easy to step in because you know what you’re up against. If it’s another guy, you can’t compete with that. It’s just wrong, and you were a kid. You’re a man now, but you were a kid then.”

If the allegations Bobby Davis are making prove true, Laurie Fine did nothing to stop the abuse while it occurred.

But she wasn’t the only one who didn’t step in to help Bobby Davis. He reported the incident to Syracuse police in 2002 and turned over the tapes when the detective said he needed proof.

But police apparently never investigated any farther.

In 2003, Bobby Davis turned the tapes over to ESPN, but the sports network never did anything then because reporters couldn’t find “anyone else to corroborate the story”.

Bobby Davis and his step-brother Mike Lang have both accused Bernie Fine of abusing them when they were ball boys for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team.

A third man, Zach Tomaselli, now 24, says Bernie Fine molested him in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hotel room in 2002.

However, Zach Tomaselli is currently facing sex abuse charges of his own in Maine and his own father has told news media that he is lying.

But federal agents found Zach Tomaselli’s statements compelling enough to raid Bernie Fine’s home in upstate New York on Friday, carrying away his trash as well as filing cabinets.

Zach Tomaselli said the scandal at Penn State involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky – accused of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period – prompted him to come forward.

“It was the Sandusky stuff that really made me think about it,” Zach Tomaselli said.

“A lot of people were slamming ESPN and Bobby for saying anything. I wanted to come out.”

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim said he supported the decision to fire his longtime assistant and expressed regret for his initial statements that might have been “insensitive to victims of abuse”.

“The allegations that have come forth today are disturbing and deeply troubling. I am personally very shocked because I have never witnessed any of the activities that have been alleged,” Jim Boeheim said.

“I believe the university took the appropriate step,” he added, saying the matter must be ‘fully investigated” and anyone with information should be “supported to come forward” to tell the truth.

“I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse,” Jim Boeheim said.

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The death of Welsh national manager Gary Speed left the football world baffled and devastated yesterday.

Gary Speed, 42, was found hanged by his wife, according to the Times, just after 7:00 a.m. GMT in the garage of their $2.3 million mansion. They have together two teenage sons.

Just few hours earlier, Gary Speed had appeared happy and optimistic on BBC1’s Football Focus programme.

The Welsh manager talked enthusiastically about his team’s improving fortunes and his hopes for success in World Cup qualifying matches next year.

Presenter Dan Walker, who spent four hours on and off camera with Gary Speed, said: “He was as bubbly as I’ve known him. He was talking about his kids, how they were really coming on, and talking about playing golf next week.

“Even small things like how he’d just got into Twitter. It’s awful to think someone who was so gifted and so well liked with the rest of his life to look forward to have been cruelly removed. He was in such a good mood about the show and said he’d love to come back before Christmas.”

Gary Speed, 42, was found hanged by his wife, Louise, 40, just after 7.00 a.m. GMT in the garage of their $2.3 million mansion

Gary Speed, 42, was found hanged by his wife, Louise, 40, just after 7.00 a.m. GMT in the garage of their $2.3 million mansion

The suspected suicideof Gary Speed at the family home in Huntington, on the outskirts of Chester, was reported to police just after 7:00 a.m. Police said there were “no suspicious circumstances”.

Officers were waiting last night to interview Gary Speed’s widow, Louise, 40, who was a constant figure of support throughout his career.

A friend described Gary Speed as a “completely devoted dad” to sons Ed, 14, and Tommy, 13. Both are promising sportsmen. Ed is a footballer and Tommy a keen boxer.

Robbie Savage, who played alongside Gary Speed for Wales, said his former teammate had been ribbing him on Saturday about his appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

“I just can’t believe it,” said Robbie Savage.

“He was my mate and he’s gone. I’ve got very close to Gary in the last few years – the guy is a trooper, he’s left two gorgeous kids behind and a beautiful wife. He had everything.

“I spoke to him yesterday and we were laughing and joking – he was saying make sure you don’t get a (mark of) two off Craig (Revel Horwood, the Strictly judge) tonight. That’s what Gary’s like – he always thinks about other people.

“As my captain when I was a young boy in the squad, he’d come to me and I could go to him with my problems.”

Gary Speed’s former Newcastle United teammate Shay Given, who attended a charity fundraising fashion event with him in May, was seen in floods of tears on television as a minute’s silence was held at Swansea City’s match against Given’s team Aston Villa.

Thousands of fans sang Welsh hymns and joined in the chant “there’s only one Gary Speed”.

At Anfield, Liverpool’s Welsh star Craig Bellamy asked not to play against Manchester City after hearing the news.

Gary Speed, who was awarded an MBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours, retired from playing only last year after winning 85 caps for his country.

He represented Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton Wanderers during his long career.

Both Gary Speed’s parents were from Chester but he was born in the Welsh border town of Mancot and was always proud to represent his country. His father Roger played football for Wrexham before returning to his trade as a joiner.

Gary Speed made his league debut for Leeds United in May 1989 and was a member of the team which went on to win the league title in 1992.

Despite having limited experience as a manager, Gary Speed’s impact on the Welsh national team had been dramatic.

He had a keen interest in sports psychology and after taking over from John Toshack a year ago was able to get the best out of young players such as Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.

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Wales manager Gary Speed was found hanged at his home in Cheshire.

Gary speed, the former Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton star, who appeared on BBC’s Football Focus show yesterday, was aged 42.

According to police, there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, which is thought to be suicide.

Gary Speed leaves his wife Louise and two sons.

Wales manager Gary Speed was found hanged at his home in Cheshire

Wales manager Gary Speed was found hanged at his home in Cheshire

 

Gary Speed only retired from playing last year after winning 85 caps for his country and scoring seven goals.

A hastily-arranged minute’s silence was then held at Swansea City’s match against Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium after the news broke today.

Former teammate Shay Given, now Villa’s goalkeeper, was seen in floods of tears before the match.

The Football Association of Wales today confirmed that their manager had died.

FAW said in a statement: “The Football Association of Wales are sad to announce the death of the national team manager Gary Speed.

“We extend our sympathies and condolences to the family. We ask that everyone respects the family’s privacy at this very sad time.”

Cheshire Police spokesman said: “At 7:08 a.m. today Cheshire Police was informed of a sudden death at an address in Huntingdon, Chester.

“Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead. The next of kin have been informed and have confirmed the identity of the man as Gary Speed.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and the family has requested that they are left to grieve in peace.

“The death will now be a matter for the coroner.”

Gary Speed won 85 caps for his country during a 14-year international career.

He took over the Wales job in December 2010 despite only having four months managerial experience.

Earlier this month, said the side’s rapid improvement in recent months had exceeded all expectations.

A 4-1 friendly win over Norway represented a third successive win for Wales, and Gary Speed’s fifth in 10 games as manager.

Earlier this week Gary Speed’s young side were handed a series of tough World Cup fixtures in their bid to reach Brazil 2014.

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Bargains Galore: The Best of the Black Friday Deals

Amazon is offering top of the range smartphones for just one penny between November 22 and November 28.

Best Buy is offering dig discounts on tech items from midnight tonight. It is slicing $200 off the cost of 42in Sharp LCD TVs and $150 off Nikon Coolpix digital cameras.

Gap has cut 60% off selected items in its outlets since Wednesday, until tomorrow.

Old Navy is offering Kodak EasyShare Sport digital cameras free to the first of its Black Friday shoppers who spend more than $40. The cameras are worth about $100.

Old Navy is offering Kodak EasyShare Sport digital cameras free to the first of its Black Friday shoppers who spend more than $40

Old Navy is offering Kodak EasyShare Sport digital cameras free to the first of its Black Friday shoppers who spend more than $40

Office Depot has cut the price of Blackberry’s Playbook tablet computers by $100 from today and is offering 15.6in Toshiba laptops with Intel processors for just $399.99.

OfficeMax is offering discounts on printers, including Canon MX870 Colour Inkjet wireless models worth $250 for just $80 and HP Colour Photosmart Inkjets for $79.99, reduced from $199.99.

Staples is slashing the price of Targus Leather iPad Covers from $50 to just $9.99 and offering HP Photosmart Plus wireless printers at a special price of $49.90, down from $149.99.

Target will be selling Nikon L105 Digital Cameras for just $99.99, less than half the usual retail price of $199.99, while the more domestically oriented will be drawn to the KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer for $199, cut from $249.99.

Macy’s, the department store, is to open at midnight tonight – the first time in its history it has opened early on Black Friday – to offer selected items at between 20 per cent and 50 per cent off.

Toys’R’Us will open at 9:00 p.m. tonight with a range of discounted video games. The chain is also expecting massive demand for classic toys like Barbie and Hot Wheels.

Walmart is offering a range of deals including video games and big screen televisions, including Xbox 360s with Kinect and a $50 gift card for the knock-down price of $199.96.

Garrett Uekman, a promising 19-year-old college football player at Arkansas Razorbacks, was found dead in his dorm by a roommate yesterday.

Garrett Uekman was last seen in “good health” playing video games by a flatmate yesterday morning, but less than an hour later another roommate found him unconscious.

The teenager was declared dead shortly after, THV reports.

Garrett Uekman was “living his dream” of going to the University of Arkansas and playing tight end for the Razorbacks, his devastated family said.

He was said to have been “beaming from ear to ear” in Arkansas’ win against Mississippi State in his hometown of Little Rock less than 24 hours before his death.

Garrett Uekman had played in nine games during the current football season for his beloved team.

Paramedics arrived at the Northwest Quad residence hall in Fayetteville at 11:20 a.m. and found the student-athlete in cardiac arrest, but several attempts to revive him failed, the report says.

Garrett Uekman was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center at 12:10 p.m.

University Police Lt. Matt Mills told THV that the cause of Garrett Uekman’s death is not known at this time, but there are no suspicious circumstances.

Garrett Uekman, a promising 19-year-old college football player at Arkansas Razorbacks, was found dead in his dorm by a roommate yesterday

Garrett Uekman, a promising 19-year-old college football player at Arkansas Razorbacks, was found dead in his dorm by a roommate yesterday

His body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The grieving parents Danny and Michelle Uekman said: “Our son was living his dream of going to the U of A and playing football for the Razorbacks.

“He loved his school, his coaches, and his teammates and classmates, and was an influence and inspiration to so many people.

“We ask for your love and prayers for Garrett, our family and his friends as we all cope with this heavy and painful loss.”

David Estes, the football coach at Little Rock Catholic where Garrett Uekman played in high school, said he was “beaming from ear to ear” on Saturday night in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium as the Razorbacks defeated Mississippi State 44-17.

“Garrett was any parent or coach’s dream,” David Estes said.

“He was one of those special kids and had a passion for everything. He loved Catholic High, loves UA and wanted to be a Razorback forever. He got to live that dream.”

A Facebook group set up in Garrett Uekman’s memory has already got 1500 members and tributes on social networking sites have been flooding in.

Members of the Razorback football team held a meeting this afternoon where the player’s death was announced.

“Garrett Uekman was a special member of our family, and we are all saddened by his passing,” Bobby Petrino, the head football coach said.

“His loss is a terrible shock, and it makes you realise how precious life is. Garrett was a great teammate and loved being a Razorback.

“My sympathies are with his entire family during this incredibly trying time, and I share in their grief. Our team will honour and show our respect to Garrett.”

Lt. Matt Mills said he expected to have more information on the cause of the death today.

Garrett Uekman was a sophomore majoring in applied exercise science in the College of Education and Health Professions.

According to the Razorbacks website, 6ft 4in tall Garrett Uekman was regarded as one of the top prospects in the state and was ranked as the No. 23 tight end in the nation and the No. 5 recruit in the state of Arkansas.

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Gregory Halman, baseball player at Seattle Mariners, has been stabbed to death in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Gregory Halman, 24, the Seattle Mariners outfielder, died in the early hours of this morning, police and the player’s family have confirmed.

Gregory Halman’s brother has been arrested in connection with the incident.

A spokesman for Rotterdam police said: “A 24-year-old died this morning in a stabbing and we have arrested the 22-year-old brother of the victim.”

Gregory Halman, baseball player at Seattle Mariners, has been stabbed to death in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gregory Halman, baseball player at Seattle Mariners, has been stabbed to death in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gregory Halman was a Dutch national, born in Haarlem, Netherlands.

The outfield player made his debut aged 16 in 2003 with the Dutch major league team of Corendon Kinheim in his home town of Haarlem.

When he was 17 and right of out high school, Gregory Halman moved to the U.S. after signing with the Seattle Mariners in June 2004.

Gregory Halman was one of the country’s most successful baseball exports and rose steadily through the Major League ranks before hitting the big time in 2010.

He appeared in 44 MLB games for Seattle and helped the Netherlands win the European Baseball Championship in 2007.

In 2009, Gregory Halman earned the “best power hitter” tag and “best athlete” in the Mariners.

When not playing for the team, Gregory Halman had helped boost baseball in Europe by holding coaching sessions with youngsters.

He was a graduate of Mendel College, Holland, and spoke four languages.

Gregory Halman’s father, Eddy, and brother, Jason, had also played on the Dutch national baseball team.

His sister, Naomi Halman, is a professional basketball player in Europe.

Gregory Halman had previously admitted it was a struggle leaving his “supportive” family behind to live in the United States.

“It was hard coming from a big family with love around you,” Gregory Halman said in an interview with Tacoma Weekly last year.

“But playing baseball was always my goal, so when I was feeling homesick I would tell myself this is what I always wanted to do. It was tough.”

Gregory Halman was seen as a power-hitting prospect, especially after hitting 33 home runs in 2010 at the team’s Triple A team in Tacoma.

Last season, he hit .230 with two home runs and six RBIs in 35 games with the Mariners last season.

 

The Italian clothing company Benetton has been heavily criticized by the Vatican for using an image of Pope Benedict kissing an imam on the mouth in its latest shock advertising campaign.

The controversial image, which was hung from a bridge near the holy city early today, shows the Pope embracing Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, one of Islam’s leading figures.

Other images in the campaign, which is part of the Benetton’s support for the Unhate Foundation, show various world leaders kissing on the mouth.

The Italian clothing company Benetton has been heavily criticized by the Vatican for using an image of Pope Benedict kissing an imam on the mouth in its latest shock advertising campaign

The Italian clothing company Benetton has been heavily criticized by the Vatican for using an image of Pope Benedict kissing an imam on the mouth in its latest shock advertising campaign

 

The campaign includes a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama kissing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi called the unauthorized and “manipulative” use of the pope’s picture in the photo montage “totally unacceptable” and suggested it might take legal action against the company.

“This is a grave lack of respect for the Pope, an offence against the sentiments of the faithful and a clear example of how advertising can violate elementary rules of respect for people in order to attract attention through provocation,” Federico Lombardi said in a statement.

Benetton campaign includes a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama kissing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Benetton campaign includes a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama kissing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Benetton has run controversial advertising campaigns in the past, including one that showed grieving parents at the bedside of a man dying of Aids.

Other images in the latest campaign include Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel kissing French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a clinch with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The latest Benetton campaign includes a image of Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel kissing French president Nicolas Sarkozy

The latest Benetton campaign includes a image of Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel kissing French president Nicolas Sarkozy

 

Benetton says it hopes the campaign will held contribute towards combating hatred and lead to the creation of a culture of tolerance.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Alessandro Benetton, deputy chairman of Benetton Group SpA and son of the founder of the family-controlled company, said: “It means not hating. In a moment of darkness, with the financial crisis, what’s going on in North African countries, in Athens, this is an attitude we can all embrace that can have positive energy.”

Benetton is planning a series of live events in which youngsters will post the controversial images on the walls of locations of cities around the world.

 

Beauty Pays, a new book by economics professor Daniel S. Hamermesh at the University of Texas-Austin, reveals what the world of advertising has known for decades – that beauty sells.

Professor Daniel S. Hamermesh also shows that being attractive pays – with good looking employees enjoying more perks and higher pay packets than their plainer colleagues.

He has studied what he refers to as the economics of beauty for about 20 years.

Beauty Pays, a new book by economics professor Daniel S. Hamermesh at the University of Texas-Austin, reveals what the world of advertising has known for decades - that beauty sells

Beauty Pays, a new book by economics professor Daniel S. Hamermesh at the University of Texas-Austin, reveals what the world of advertising has known for decades - that beauty sells

In his book Beauty Pays, published by Princeton University Press, Professor Daniel S. Hamermesh claims good looking people enjoyed perks beyond their pay – such as party invites, business travel and office privileges – while less attractive workers are overlooked and can often be victims of discrimination.

Attractive people are more likely to be happier, earn more money, get a bank loan (with a lower interest rate) and marry equally good looking partners.

As a result, attractive employees are more productive, leading to higher sales and potentially higher profit for themselves or the company they work for.

Professor Daniel S. Hamermesh points to a few subconscious factors – such as the symmetry of the face, facial expression and popularity factors (if the person looks like someone popular or famous).

In his book, he estimated that attractive people earned on average about $222,000 more in a lifetime than those with below-average looks.

A beautiful woman would earn 4% more, and handsome men 3% more, than their plain counterparts.

When his research became widely known in the early 1990s, Professor Daniel S. Hamermesh came in for some criticism – namely from comedian Jay Leno, who asked why someone like Dallas businessman and presidential candidate Ross Perot earned more than someone like actor Rob Lowe?

But Professor Daniel S. Hamermesh brushed this off, being quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying: “We don’t talk about individuals; we talk about the average good-looking person and the average bad-looking person. There are always outliers.”

Education and work experience were important factors in earnings, but Professor Daniel S. Hamermesh said his new book, based on his research, showed that a person’s looks were impossible to ignore.

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Jerry Sandusky’s wife, Dorothy, has been absent from the analysis of who knew what about the former Penn State coach alleged sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period.

Now, Dorothy “Dottie” Gross Sandusky does make an appearance in the 23-page Grand Jury indictment which graphically details the charges against her husband.

Dorothy Sandusky, 68, attempted to call one of the victims in the weeks leading up to his testimony, despite the fact the now 26-year-old had cut off all contact with Jerry Sandusky two years prior.

Jerry Sandusky’s wife left a message on Victim 7’s phone saying the matter was “very important”, but the man, who told the Grand Jury that as a ten-year-old in 1994, coach Sandusky hugged and inappropriately touched him, did not return the call. Jerry Sandusky’s wife, Dorothy, has been absent from the analysis of who knew what about the former Penn State coach alleged sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period.

Part of that alleged abuse took place in the Sandusky family’s State College, Pennsylvania, home, in which Dorothy and her husband raised their six adopted children. Jerry Sandusky claimed he and his wife could not have any of their own.

Over the years the couple became the parents to Ray, now 46, a businessman living in Nashville, EJ, 41, former Nittany Lions player, and now a football coach at West Chester University, Kara, 38, a Penn State graduate, Jeff, 35, a former Marine, and 33-year-olds Matt, a Penn State graduate and Jon, who is Director of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns.

Quite how much any of them knew about the sexual abuse, which occurred between 1994 and 2009 with a number of incidents at the family home, is now under scrutiny.

Jerry Sandusky and his lawyer, Joe Amendola, have maintained that he is innocent and publicly denied all allegations.

Neither Dorothy Sandusky nor any of her adopted children have yet made a statement on the scandal.

The Grand Jury indictment states that Jerry Sandusky selected his young victims from the “Second Mile”, a charity he started in 1977 devoted to helping troubled boys in the State College area. Dorothy Sandusky helped out with the running of the programme.

“After we had taken in some foster children, we saw the opportunities that some kids just hadn’t had,” Dorothy Sandusky told Sports Illustrated in 1982.

“But we’d gotten to the point where we couldn’t take in anymore, so Jerry started thinking about starting a group home.”

In his 2000 autobiography, “Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story” the onetime heir apparent to Joe Paterno devotes many pages to his relationships with boys he met through the Second Mile.

Jerry Sandusky also makes reference to his own children during an exchange with some of the boys from the charity.

In his 2000 autobiography, "Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story" the onetime heir apparent to Joe Paterno devotes many pages to his relationships with boys he met through the Second Mile

In his 2000 autobiography, "Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story" the onetime heir apparent to Joe Paterno devotes many pages to his relationships with boys he met through the Second Mile

He wrote that one night he was talking to two Second Mile boys who had rebelled against their foster parents, with one boy telling how his foster father had “grabbed me around the back of my shoulders and he made me do something when I didn’t want to do it.”

“Do you ever grab your kids like that?” the boy asked Jerry Sandusky.

“No, I don’t grab my kids like that,” the coach answered.

“I grab them like this.”

Jerry Sandusky wrote: “With that, I put my hands gently around their throat.”

It was an apparent jest.

“I could tell they were totally confused,” Jerry Sandusky wrote.

“Both boys had a scared look in their eyes.”

The book repeatedly described Jerry Sandusky hugging boys and detailing how he was very close to those he met through the charity. Of the photos that line his office walls, he said: “They are kids that have touched my life and have been a part of me for a long, long time.”

In the book Jerry Sandusky paints himself as someone who would repeatedly take risks in the hunt for what he refers to as “mischief”.

“I believe I live a good part of my life in a make-believe world,” Jerry Sandusky wrote in one of the final chapters. “I enjoyed pretending as a kid, and I love doing the same as an adult with these kids.”

Whether Dorothy Sandusky was worried by any such behaviour is not yet known. What is established is that she has been by Jerry Sandusky’s side since the mid-1960s, when they married.

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, she had met Jerry Sandusky in Washington a few years before. He endearingly called his wife “Sarge”, because Dorothy Sandusky was in charge in their home, ESPN News reported.

The shocking Grand Jury indictment makes repeated accusations that victims were abused inside the couple’s home.

Victim 1 spent many nights there sleeping in a basement bedroom. The report states that Jerry Sandusky would come down to the basement to check on him at bedtime.

The report found that Jerry Sandusky “indecently fondled Victim 1 on a number of occasions, performed oral sex on Victim 1 on a number of occasions and had Victim 1 perform oral sex on him on at least one occasion.”

Phone records also confirm that Jerry Sandusky made 61 phone calls from his home phone to Victim 1’s home phone between January 2008 and July 2009 despite Victim 1 expressing a wish that he no longer wanted to see the football coach.

Jerry Sandusky also made 57 calls from his personal cell phone to Victim 1’s home phone.

Jerry Sandusky and his lawyer, Joe Amendola, have maintained that he is innocent and publicly denied all allegations

Jerry Sandusky and his lawyer, Joe Amendola, have maintained that he is innocent and publicly denied all allegations

Despite these actions, there is no suggestion whatsoever in the indictment that Dorothy Sandusky was aware of her husband’s sexual relations with Victim 1 or any of the other seven victims.

Experts have suggested that Dorothy Sandusky and her children could well have been kept in the dark.

“[Abusers are] very good at hiding it from everyone,” clinical social worker Farlie Chastain told WRCB TV.

“Very good at seducing the child and manipulating the child not to tell.”

However, Farlie Chastain, who counsels sexually abused children and teenagers at Parkridge Valley, Tennesee and at Foxus Psychiatric Services in Tennessee Valley, adds: “I’ve seen it both ways, in which the family knows and is in denial.”

Meanwhile State College police have reported that someone threw two cinder blocks through a bedroom window at Jerry Sandusky’s house on Thursday night.

The news came as it emerged that Jerry Sandusky, who is out on bail, lives close to an elementary school and playground.

 

Thanksgiving dinner and all the fixing cost rose 13% in 2011, the biggest jump since 1990.

Thanksgiving dinner now costs, on average, $49.20 to feed 10 people, up $5.73 from last year, according to an informal survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The biggest increase came from the cost of turkey, which is about 22% more expensive than it was last year.

A 16-pound turkey now costs an average of $21.60, compared with $17.70 in 2010.

The price per person for Thanksgiving dinner is about $4.93.

The American Farm Bureau Federation chalks up the price rise to stronger demand for poultry, not only in the U.S. but around the world.

Additionally, grocery stores are no longer willing to keep prices even in the face of rising costs.

Thanksgiving dinner now costs, on average, $49.20 to feed 10 people, up $5.73 from last year, according to an informal survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation

Thanksgiving dinner now costs, on average, $49.20 to feed 10 people, up $5.73 from last year, according to an informal survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation

“Retailers are being more aggressive about passing on higher costs for shipping, processing and storing food to consumers,” said farm bureau senior economist John Anderson.

The menu includes enough turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk to feed 10 people – with leftovers.

The prices were compiled by volunteer shoppers who bought the ingredients in 35 states.

American Farm Bureau said their cost estimates were made without buying anything on sale, and savvy shoppers should be able to bring down the price in most areas.

Despite the big increase, American Farm Bureau insists that Thanksgiving dinner prices remain relatively stable, when adjusted for inflation.

“Although we’ll pay a bit more this year, on a per-person basis, our traditional Thanksgiving feast remains a better value than most fast-food value meals,” John Anderson said.

Still, the 13% price jump is the second-highest since the farm bureau began doing the Thanksgiving survey in 1986.

The biggest increase came in 1990, when the price of a meal jumped nearly 17% from 1989.

 

Thanksgiving dinner 2011 costs:

 

Item 2011 Price Difference

16-pound turkey $21.57 +$3.91

1 gallon milk $3.66 +$0.42

Pumpkin pie mix $3.03 +$0.41

Whipping cream $1.96 +$0.26

Cubed stuffing $2.88 +$0.24

Green peas $1.68 +$0.24

Dozen rolls $2.30 +$0.18

Sweet potatoes $3.26 +$0.07

Fresh cranberries $2.48 +$0.07

Pie shells $2.52 +$0.06

Misc. ingredients $3.10 -$0.12

Relish tray $0.76 -$0.01

TOTAL $49.20 +$5.73

 

The cost of Thanksgiving dinner has risen consistently since the American Farm Bureau Association began its survey:

 

1987 – $24.51 – 14.7%

1989 – $24.70 – 7.2%

1991 – $25.95 – 10.1%

1993 – $27.49 – 4.2%

1995 – $29.64 – 4.4%

1997 – $31.75 – 0.3%

1999 – $33.83 – 2.2%

2001 – $35.04 – 8.3%

2003 – $36.28 – 5.0%

2005 – $36.78 – 3.1%

2007 – $42.26 – 10.9%

2009 – $42.91 – 3.8%

2011 – $49.20 – 13.2%

 

Thousands of Penn State football fans took the streets last night at the announcement their long-term head coach Joe Paterno would be sacked with “immediate effect” for his role in the sex scandal which has rocked the university.

Penn State’s Board of Trustees also forced the resignation of president Graham Spanier after allegations that for years the school’s former football defence coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused young boys.

Joe Paterno, 84, had said he would retire at the end of the 2011 season but the trustees stepped in to tell the legendary coach he will never take charge of another game following the allegations of a cover up.

Assistant coach Tom Bradley has been named interim football coach while Penn State provost and Rodney Erickson will become interim president.

The announcement came as it emerged that federal officials will investigate whether Penn State officials violated federal law by failing to report alleged sexual abuse by the school’s former football defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Thousands of Penn State football fans took the streets last night at the announcement their long-term head coach Joe Paterno would be sacked with "immediate effect" for his role in the sex scandal which has rocked the university

Thousands of Penn State football fans took the streets last night at the announcement their long-term head coach Joe Paterno would be sacked with "immediate effect" for his role in the sex scandal which has rocked the university

Speaking at his house to a large gathering of students, Joe Paterno said: “Right now, I’m not the football coach, and that’s something I have to get used to.

Joe Paterno then urged the students, who chanted “We want Joe back!”, to “go study” and “pray a little bit for those victims”. His wife Sue picked up a bouquet of flowers and addressed the crowd in tears, saying: “Thank you all for your support. We love you.”

Joe Paterno later issued a statement, which read: “I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it.”

Thousands of students flocked to the university’s Old Main building, in University Park, State College, to voice their displeasure at the decision to oust Joe Paterno, who has been head coach for nearly half a century.

Others gathered at Beaver Avenue, with student newspaper the Daily Collegian tweeting: “Can’t see any road that isn’t filled with students.”

They chanted “We love JoePa” and were described by onlookers as “emotional”. Lampposts and street signs were torn down and fireworks were set off. A bottle was thrown and hit a police officer in the head, the Daily Collegian reported.

A WTAJ news van was overturned on College Avenue to loud cheers. It led to an oil spill which required firefighters to clean up but when the arrived their truck was pelted with rocks.

Joe Paterno, one of the biggest names in American sports, had said in a statement today that the situation was a tragedy and “one of the great sorrows of my life”.

Joe Paterno and his wife Sue speaking at his house to a large gathering of students

Joe Paterno and his wife Sue speaking at his house to a large gathering of students

The case of Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator accused of years of abuse of boys that allegedly was covered up by school officials, has shaken the university and its football programme.

The education department confirmed it is launching a probe into whether there were violations of a federal law called the Clery Act.

It requires colleges and universities to publish and distribute information about criminal offences – including sex offences – that are reported to school authorities.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement: “If it turns out that some people at the school knew of the abuse and did nothing or covered it up, that makes it even worse. Schools and school officials have a legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from violence and abuse.”

Joe Paterno said yesterday: “I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.”

Joe Paterno, in his 46th year as head coach of the Nittany Lions and winner of two national championships, has been criticized for not doing more to intervene when incidents of Sandusky’s abuse came to light in 2002.

“With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more,” Joe Paterno added.

Two former university officials – athletic director Tim Curley and finance official Gary Schultz – were charged on Monday with failing to alert police after they were told that Jerry Sandusky had been seen sodomising a young boy in the football locker room shower in 2002.

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have also been charged with perjury in their statements to a grand jury.

They have stepped down from their positions at the university following an emergency meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees.

Lawyers for all three men have said their clients deny the charges and maintain their innocence.

Joe Paterno held a short meeting with coaching staff and players at the team’s football building today, which participants described to reporters as tearful and highly emotional.

Many students have rallied around the coach, who with his thick, black-rimmed glasses and blue windbreaker has been the face of Penn State football for generations.

On Tuesday night, several thousand gathered in front of Joe Paterno’s home before racing through downtown streets, often chanting football slogans, to the white-columned administration building to support their coach and defend the university.

Joe Paterno’s sacking comes as anticipation builds for Saturday, when Penn State is due to take an 8-1 record into its final home game of the season against the University of Nebraska.

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Matt Millen, the retired NFL linebacker who played for both legendary coach Joe Paterno and ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky when he attended Penn State between 1976 and 1979, broke down in tears during his appearance at ESPN yesterday.

Jerry Sandusky was arrested over the weekend on charges that he sexually abused numerous boys he allegedly met through the Second Mile charity he founded.

The scandal is forcing now Joe Paterno into early retirement and he is expected to leave at the end of this season.

Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz were charged on Saturday after a grand jury investigation of Jerry Sandusky, who was slapped with a 40-count indictment of child sex abuse charges.

The arrest brought shame to the Penn State football program, and left Joe Paterno clinging to his job, which he has held for 45 years, although last night thousands of students marched in support of their beloved coach.

During his appearance on ESPN yesterday, an emotional Matt Millen weighed in on the scandal, saying that the legendary Penn State coach would not go down without a fight

During his appearance on ESPN yesterday, an emotional Matt Millen weighed in on the scandal, saying that the legendary Penn State coach would not go down without a fight

 

Both Matt Millen and Joe Paterno serve as honorary board members for the charity, which Jerry Sandusky founded in the late 1970s.

During his appearance on ESPN yesterday, an emotional Matt Millen weighed in on the scandal, saying that the legendary Penn State coach would not go down without a fight.

Matt Millen said: “The simple answer is that he needs to go, and last I checked this is the United States of America. We need to divorce ourselves from the emotion of the moment.”

“I get mad,” Matt Millen said as he broke down in tears.

“It’s pretty disturbing. It makes you sick to see that this could happen to this level.”

The scandal is forcing now Joe Paterno into early retirement and he is expected to leave at the end of this season

The scandal is forcing now Joe Paterno into early retirement and he is expected to leave at the end of this season

Describing Jery Sandusky, Matt Millen said: “He’s your next door neighbour. He’s the guy you know your whole life. He’s everything you want. I’ve known the guy since 1976. I’ve been to meetings with him. He’s been in my home.”

Meanwhile, the number of accusers in Penn State scandal has more than doubled as Pennsylvania opened up hotlines for potential victims to call.

Sources told Fox 29 News that as many as 17 people have said they were victimized by Jerry Sandusky, up from the 8 victims listed in a grand jury indictment Monday.

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz stepped down Monday night after an emergency meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees – and now Joe Paterno is facing calls to follow them out.

Tim Curley requested to be placed on administrative leave so he could devote the time needed to defend himself against perjury and other charges, university President Graham Spanier said.

Gary Schultz will step down and go back into retirement, Graham Spanier said. He declined to comment to reporters after the meeting.

Jerry Sandusky was arrested over the weekend on charges that he sexually abused numerous boys he allegedly met through the Second Mile charity he founded

Jerry Sandusky was arrested over the weekend on charges that he sexually abused numerous boys he allegedly met through the Second Mile charity he founded

 

Legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, who last week became the coach with the most wins in Division I football history, wasn’t charged, and the grand jury report didn’t appear to implicate him in wrongdoing.

However, at a press conference Monday, Pennsylvania’s top cop wasn’t ready to let him off the hook yet.

Joe Paterno told university officials when a graduate assistant reported to the 84-year-old coach seeing Jerry Sandusky in the shower, reportedly abusing a boy as young as 10.

Joe Paterno might have done what was legally required, “but somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child,” state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in a press conference Monday.

Frank Noonan added: “I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone. Not whether you’re a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building. I think you have a moral responsibility to call us.”

Joe Paterno has long had an image as a leader who does things by the book and runs a program that has seen far fewer off-field troubles than other major college football teams. Doubts about his judgment in handling the Jerry Sandusky matter quickly began to emerge.

Jerry Sandusky, once considered Joe Paterno’s heir apparent, retired in 1999 but continued to use the school’s facilities for his work with The Second Mile, a foundation he established to help at-risk kids.

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Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight box champion, died Monday night at 67 after a brief final fight with liver cancer.

The family issued a release confirming the boxer’s death.

Joe Frazier, who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow.

The boxer, who took on Muhammad Ali in three momentous fights in the 1970s – including the epic “Thrilla in Manilla” – had been under home hospice care in his Philadelphia home after being diagnosed just weeks ago with the cancer that took his life, a family friend said.

Until then, Joe Frazier had been doing regular autograph appearances, including one in Las Vegas in September.

Boxing promoter Don King called Joe Frazier a giant among men.

Smokin’ Joe was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including a devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early.

It was the left hook that dropped Muhammad Ali in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden in 1971 to seal a win in the so-called “Fight of the Century”.

Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight box champion, died Monday night at 67 after a brief final fight with liver cancer

Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight box champion, died Monday night at 67 after a brief final fight with liver cancer

Though he beat Muhammad Ali in that fight, Joe Frazier lost the final two and for many years was bitter about the role Ali forced him to play as his foil.

“You can’t mention Ali without mentioning Joe Frazier,” said former AP boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr.

“He beat Ali, don’t forget that.”

They fought three times, twice in the heart of New York City and once in the morning in a steamy arena in the Philippines.

They went 41 rounds together, with neither giving an inch and both giving it their all.

In their last fight in Manila in 1975, they traded punches with a fervor that seemed unimaginable among heavyweights.

Joe Frazier gave almost as good as he got for 14 rounds, then had to be held back by trainer Eddie Futch as he tried to go out for the final round, unable to see.

“Closest thing to dying that I know of,” Muhammad Ali said afterward.

Muhammad Ali was as merciless with Joe Frazier out of the ring as he was inside it. He called him a gorilla, and mocked him as an Uncle Tom.

But he respected him as a fighter, especially after Joe Frazier won a decision to defend his heavyweight title against the then-unbeaten Muhammad Ali in a fight that was so big Frank Sinatra was shooting pictures at ringside and both fighters earned an astonishing $2.5 million.

Joe Frazier, who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow

Joe Frazier, who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow

The night at the Garden 40 years ago remained fresh in Joe Frazier’s mind as he talked about his life, career and relationship with Muhammad Ali a few months before he died.

Joe Frazier told The Associated Press: ”I can’t go nowhere where it’s not mentioned. That was the greatest thing that ever happened in my life.”

Though slowed in his later years and his speech slurred by the toll of punches taken in the ring, Joe Frazier was still active on the autograph circuit in the months before he died.

In September he went to Las Vegas, where he signed autographs in the lobby of the MGM Grand hotel-casino shortly before Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight against Victor Ortiz.

Joe Frazier was small for a heavyweight, weighing just 205 pounds when he won the title by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their 1970 fight at Madison Square Garden.

But he fought every minute of every round going forward behind a vicious left hook, and there were few fighters who could withstand his constant pressure.

His reign as heavyweight champion lasted only four fights – including the win over Muhammad Ali – before he ran into an even more fearsome slugger than himself.

George Foreman responded to Joe Frazier’s constant attack by dropping him three times in the first round and three more in the second before their 1973 fight in Jamaica was waved to a close and the world had a new heavyweight champion.

Two fights later, he met Muhammad Ali in a rematch of their first fight, only this time the outcome was different.

Muhammad Ali won a 12-round decision, and later that year stopped George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire.

There had to be a third fight, though, and what a fight it was. With Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight title at stake, the two met in Manila in a fight that will long be seared in boxing history.

Joe Frazier went after Muhammad Ali round after round, landing his left hook with regularity as he made Ali backpedal around the ring.

 

Bank of America decided to drop the plans to charge a $5 monthly fee for its debit card use in response to complaints from both customers and politicians.

Bank of America said the move to drop the fees was in response to customer feedback and competition, with the company reversing its spoken “right” to turn a profit to, instead, listening to its customers.

The company was under pressure to make the change as rivals backtracked from plans to charge customers for using their debit cards.

Bank of America decided to drop the plans to charge a $5 monthly fee for its debit card use in response to complaints from both customers and politicians

Bank of America decided to drop the plans to charge a $5 monthly fee for its debit card use in response to complaints from both customers and politicians

David Darnell, Bank of America’s co-COO, said in a statement:

“We have listened to our customers very closely over the last few weeks and recognize their concern with our proposed debit usage fee.”

Slipping in rank behind JPMorgan Chase in largest U.S. banks, Bank of America‘s CEO Brian Moynihan had earlier defended their decision of the ATM fees by saying the bank “has a right to make a profit”.

However, Bank of America reported profits at $6.2 billion in its third quarter profit report in October.

Last week, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Co decided to cancel test programs for debit card fees, while SunTrust Banks Inc and Regions Financial Corp said on Monday they would end monthly charges and reimburse their customers.

After Bank of America announced their debit card fee, Navy Federal Credit Union, the nation’s largest credit union, reported their volume of new account openings was more than 20% above normal.

Bank of America had planned to start charging customers next year.

Banks began crafting the monthly charges to make up revenue lost to a law that slashes the fees they charge retailers when consumers swipe their cards.

The new bank fees sparked a firestorm of criticism from consumers and politicians, and many smaller banks and credit unions shunned the practice.

Speaking out against the banks’ decisions in October in an interview with ABC News, President Barack Obama criticized the banks’ slew of fees saying that they don’t “have some inherent right just to, you know, get a certain amount of profit’ if their ‘customers are being mistreated”.

“Banks can make money. They can succeed, the old-fashioned way, by earning it,” said President Obama during interview.

Bank of America had planned to give customers more ways to avoid the charge, such as maintaining minimum balances, having a paycheck direct-deposited or using their Bank of America credit card.

 

Hillary Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham has died aged 92 shortly after midnight on November 1.

Hillary Clinton cancelled a planned trip to London and Turkey after her mother fell ill on Monday.

Dorothy Rodham died in Washington surrounded by her family , according to a release from Clinton Foundation.

Hillary Clinton‘s mother was the last surviving parent of the US Secretary of State.

The family statement remembered Dorothy Rodham as “a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.”

“Her family is and will be forever grateful for the gift of Dorothy’s life and for the memories they will treasure forever.”

The statement didn’t say about the nature of Dorothy Rodham’s illness.

Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham has died aged 92 shortly after midnight on November 1

Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham has died aged 92 shortly after midnight on November 1

 

Hillary Clinton was due to attend international conferences on cyber-security and Afghanistan but rushed to be at her ailing mother’s side.

Dorothy Rodham was married to Hugh Rodham, an American textile wholesaler who died in 1993.

Hillary Clinton’s mother was born in Chicago, Illinois into a dysfunctional family.

Dorothy Rodham eventually went to live with her father’s parents in California when she was just eight years old, making the 2,000-mile train trip alone with her younger sister.

As a schoolgirl, Dorothy Rodham was banished to her bedroom for a year by her grandparents after she was caught trick-or-treating and at the age of 14 she took a job as a nanny.

When her mother wrote to her while she was still in high school asking her to return to Chicago, she saw it as a chance of a reunion.

However, that hope for reconciliation was short-lived and Dorothy Rodham was asked to work as her mother’s housekeeper.

Determined not to have a family like her own, Dorothy Rodham became a dedicated housewife, raising Hillary and her brothers, Hugh and Tony in Park Ridge Illinois.

Dorothy Rodham was very close to Hillary and moved to Arkansas so that she could watch her granddaughter, Chelsea, grow up.

Dorothy Rodham rarely spoke to the media and makes few public appearances but did appear in 2007 during Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination bid and on a television advertisement.

She is described by the Washington Post as Hillary Clinton’s “most enduring influence”.

Hillary Clinton and her mother, Dorothy Rodham, in 1992

Hillary Clinton and her mother, Dorothy Rodham, in 1992

Hillary Clinton was even more protective of her mother than Chelsea Clinton when it comes to making public appearances.

The US Secretary of State wrote in her autobiography Living History: “I’m still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and level-headed woman.”

Hillary Clinton was due in London on Tuesday where she would appear alongside the UK’s foreign secretary, William Hague at London’s Conference on Cyberspace and was due to speak this afternoon.

Later this week Hillary Clinton was expected at a conference will take place in Istanbul on Wednesday focusing on creating a regional strategy for boosting security and economic development in Afghanistan.

Statement on Dorothy Rodham’s death

Dorothy Howell Rodham was born in Chicago on June 4, 1919 and died shortly after midnight on November 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her family. Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself. She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was — a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Dorothy is and always will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton; her sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh Rodham and Maria Rodham and Tony Rodham and Megan Rodham; her grandchildren, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham and Simon Rodham. She leaves behind many friends from all stages and places in her life, friends from California she met in high school, friends from Little Rock and Washington with whom she explored the world, the people who were first her doctors and then became her friends at George Washington Hospital, to the people she met through her children and grandchildren who became as much her friend as theirs.

To honor Dorothy, her family will hold a private celebration of her life for family and friends. In lieu of flowers and in line with what Dorothy would have wanted, the family have asked that any one who would want to do so would make a donation in Dorothy’s memory to George Washington Hospital (http://www.gwhospital.com/Donations) where she received excellent care and made terrific friends over many years; to the Heifer Project (http://www.heifer.org/), her Christmas gift of choice in 2010 and an organization dear to her heart; or to a local organization meaningful to the giver that helps neglected and mistreated children, a blight Dorothy was determined to remedy until her last day because she knew too well the pain too many children suffer. Her family is and will be forever grateful for the gift of Dorothy’s life and for the memories they will treasure forever.

 

Janet Rodriguez from New York, who was laid off after over a decade’s time under the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, says she’s keeping their mailed severance check, even if it is 400-thousand over.

Janet Rodriguez, 54, is now playing defense, however, after the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, the world’s biggest drug maker and manufacturer of Viagra, says they want their money back.

Pfizer insists the check for $517,140.24 was an honest mistake with only $105,851.75 of the check meant to be paid.

Thecompany plans to take it every which way in court.

Pfizer says Janet Rodriguez cashed a severance check priced over $400K more than she was owed

Pfizer says Janet Rodriguez cashed a severance check priced over $400K more than she was owed

 

An attorney for Janet Rodriguez told the New York Post that Pfizer waited far too long to spot their error and collect it from her.

Janet Rodriguez was laid off in December 2009 and her check arrived on March 31, the following spring

Pfizer, however, took three and a half months before they either noticed their mistake or came to collect.

“By virtue of the fact that they bring this claim so late in the game, so long after their alleged mistake, [it] is just a cheap bullying tactic that we expect the court to see right through,” Janet Rodriguez’s lawyer, Saul Zabell told the New York Post.

After ignoring a collection agency hired by Pfizer, the company totting $1.9 billion in sales last year filed a suit in the Manhattan Supreme Court against Janet Rodriguez this past week.

Janet Rodriguez just missed a change in the company’s severance package to its employees which went into affect last December after it announced the change to employees in 2009.

For years, Pfizer had offered its laid-off employees three weeks pay for each year worked, in addition to 13 weeks’ severance, the rate believed to have been received by Janet Rodriguez.

Those newly laid off Pfizer employees now receive two weeks’ pay for every year’s service, including 12 weeks of severance.

 

Muammar Gaddafi Wounded or Dead Corpse

Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly been killed in his hometown of Sirte. (Photo by AFP)

 

UPDATE: The NTC have confirmed the death of Muammar Gaddafi

 

“He [Gaddafi] was also hit in his head,” National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.”

 

Al Arabia reported 45min ago (via twitter) that the corpse of Muammar Gaddafi arrived in Misrata.

Libyan interim authorities fighters captured Muammar Gaddafi’s home city on Thursday, extinguishing the final substantial holdout of resistance by troops loyal towards the deposed leader and ending a two-month siege.

The seize of Sirte indicates Libya’s ruling Nationwide Transitional Council (NTC) ought to now start the job forging a brand new democratic program which it had stated it might begin following the town, constructed like a showpiece for Gaddafi’s rule, had fallen.

 

Information reviews had been conflicting on whether or not Gaddafi was arrested.

 

At first, Libyan Television channels circulated reviews the embattled leader himself was arrested.

Other reviews stated the corpse of Gaddafi had arrived in Misrata.

A senior NTC army official stated that Gaddafi died of wounds endured in his seize close to his hometown of Sirte.

NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta informed Reuters previously that Gaddafi was captured and wounded in each legs at dawn on Thursday as he attempted to flee inside a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked.

The Libyan authorities also stated that Gaddafi was hiding inside a hole in Sirte, shouting “don’t shoot, don’t shoot.”

There had been reviews also by Reuters that Gaddafi’s son, Mutassim, and his intelligence head, Abdullah al-Sinosi and had been arrested.

The U.S. State Division on Thursday stated it couldn’t verify that deposed Gaddafi was captured and wounded in each legs.

“We’ve seen the media reports but can’t confirm them,” State Division spokeswoman Beth Gosselin informed Reuters.

A pro-Gaddafi tv web site denied Thursday reviews the strongman had been killed or captured.

“The reports peddled by the lackeys of NATO about the capture or death of the brother leader, Muammar Gaddafi, is baseless,” stated Al-Libiya tv. Gaddafi “is in good health,” they added.

But Holland’s prime minister stated that Gaddafi was captured.

Meanwhile, Libyan NTC fighters stated that they had been arresting previous Libyan officials and medics stated that Gaddafi’s protection minister, Abu Bakr Yunis, was lifeless.

A Libyan transitional forces commander stated Moussa Ibrahim, previous spokesman for Gaddafi’s fallen authorities, was captured close to the town of Sirte.

A group of some forty automobiles carrying Gaddafi forces had damaged out with the metropolis and had headed west, NTC fighters stated.

“The Gaddafi people broke out west, but the revolutionaries have them surrounded and are dealing with them,” said one of the fighters, Abdul Salam Mohammad.

Reporters in the scene watched because the last assault started about eight a.m. and ended about ninety minutes later on. Just prior to the assault, about 5 carloads of loyalists attempted to flee the enclave down the coastal highway but had been satisfied by gunfire in the revolutionaries, who killed a minimum of twenty of them.

Meanwhile, the troops didn’t permit reporters to enter the positions previously held from the Gaddafi loyalists because they stated mopping up functions had been nonetheless underway.

“Our forces control the last neighborhood in Sirte,” Hassan Draoua, a member of Libya’s interim National Transitional Council, told The Associated Press in Tripoli after Sirte’s fall. “The city has been liberated.”

A minimum of sixteen pro-Gaddafi fighters had been captured, together with numerous instances of ammunition and trucks loaded with weapons. Reporters noticed the fighters beating captured Gaddafi males within the back again of trucks and officers intervening to quit them.

 

Muammar Gaddafi dead body picture published by Al Jazeera

Muammar Gaddafi dead body picture published by Al Jazeera

 

Commanders for Libya’s transitional authorities say they have captured rebel leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

These news reports came right after the transitional forces regained control of the city Sirte, Col Gaddafi’s birthplace, after many weeks of ongoing battles.

The colonel was brought down in August after 42 years in commanding power. The International Criminal Court is waiting for his arrest.

“He’s captured. He’s wounded in both legs,” National Transitional Council (NTC) official Abdel Majid told Reuters news agency.

“He’s been taken away by ambulance.” AFP news agency quoted another NTC official, Mohamed Leith, as saying that Col Gaddafi had been captured in Sirte and was “seriously wounded” but still breathing.

 

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Asda is selling beer at less than £0.5 a bottle as the supermarket price war blows retailer promises to tackle binge drinking out of the water.

Asda is selling 24 bottles of 0.33 l Budweiser pack for just £11 under Rollback price cutting scheme.

The supermarket reduced Budweiser price from the normal price of £15.98 as its battle with Tesco over which is the cheapest intensifies.

During the time, bargain drink deals from supermarkets have been criticized by doctors, police and the charity Alcohol Concern for fuelling binge drinking among young people, resulting in violence, disorder and ill-health.

Asda has reduced 24 bottles Budweiser pack price from £15.98 to £11 as its battle with Tesco over which is the cheapest intensifies

Asda has reduced 24 bottles Budweiser pack price from £15.98 to £11 as its battle with Tesco over which is the cheapest intensifies

 

According to drink wholesalers, Asda is selling the Budweiser at a “dramatically cheaper” price than they have to pay the big brewers.

Martin Williams, Landmark Wholesale managing director said: “In this day and age of responsible consumption and retailing, offering a major brand for under 50p a bottle completely contradicts all the messages that retailers and wholesalers are giving out.”

Meanwhile, the British government attempts to crack down on supermarkets using alcohol as a loss leader in order to bring in shoppers.

In the past months, British PM David Cameron said: “There is a problem with very cheap alcohol, alcohol being bought at convenience stores and supermarkets that people are using to what’s called <<pre-load>> before they go out. And this is a problem you just can’t ignore.

“We’ve got a situation where in some supermarkets you can walk in and buy incredibly cheap drinks, a lot of which is high strength lager, which people are using to get off their heads before they even go out. That is what we’ve got to hit.”

At that moment, Asda announced it would not sell drink at less than the price of tax – duty plus VAT. But, this does not stop Asda from using it as a loss leader to attract customers from rivals.

Martin Williams from Landmark Wholesale said the Asda price is so low that corner shops and pubs will find it cheaper to buy stocks from the supermarket than from wholesalers.

“Twenty-four bottles is a full-blown wholesale case. At a time when prices are going up in the market and brewers are putting up prices, to retail at that sort of price is crazy.”

Defending the deal, Asda says: “We are as committed to our role as a responsible alcohol retailer as we are to providing affordable deals for our customers.”

Tesco pushed prices up on hundreds of products few weeks prior to £500 million price cutting campaign “Big Price Drop”, it was revealed today in British media.

Tesco raised prices for a few days and was able to say customers were making big savings.

According to The Times, there are many examples of raised prices and then cut by Tesco in the new Big Price Drop campaign:

Tesco 750g Fruit and Nut Museli went from £1.28 on August 16 to £1.89 on August 23 – before “dropping” to £1.75 on September 26;

Sliced Mushrooms – 250g – August 30: 85p; September 6: 97p; September 26: 87p;

Tesco Value Unsalted Butter – August 23: £1.10; August 30: £1.19; September 26: £1.10

Tesco Value Unsmoked Back Bacon – August 16: £1.44; August 23: £1.57; September 26: £1.44;

Oxo Beef Stock Cubes – 12 pack – August 16: 99p; August 27: £1.07; September 26: 99p;

Loose Carrots – August/September: 70p per kg; One week at 80p; September 26: 56p;

Surprisingly, after the “price cut”, the Tesco customers were even paying more than they had been six weeks before.

Tesco pushed prices up on hundreds of products few weeks prior to £500 million price cutting campaign “Big Price Drop”,

Tesco pushed prices up on hundreds of products few weeks prior to £500 million price cutting campaign “Big Price Drop”,

 

Hundreds of Tesco products that have been reduced are either selling for the same amount they were six weeks before the Big Price Drop campaign or have been cut only by a small amount.

Tesco said they had slashed prices on 3,000 items by up to 35%.

It was reported that in one four-page advert which featured 12 items which had their prices slashed, 4 of them had been on sale at the same lower price in the weeks beforehand.

A spokesman for Tesco admitted some products would have been on offer in the weeks before the campaign was launched.

“Given the current economic situation and inflation levels it is not surprising, and a factor for every supermarket that some prices on some products will have gone up in the weeks before Big Price Drop.

“In addition, with more than 3,000 products included, inevitably some will have been on promotion in the previous weeks.

‘With the Big Price Drop we are reducing prices on thousands of products our customers need to buy every week aiming to reduce the inflation that they have been experiencing on their weekly shop.

“It is real and sustained investment of £500 million.”

Tesco launched their Big Price Drop promotion campaign on September 27 just days before announcing their worst sales figures in 20 years.

Shoppers bought less food, switched to rivals and turned away from luxury purchases because of the living standards squeeze as sales fell by 1%.

After the supermarket launched Big Price Drop campaign, it was revealed that a basket of 33 staple items from Tesco now costs £58.37, which is up by £1.34 since the promotion began.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a warning on Friday about drug cartels from Mexico seeking younger and younger recruits in Texas high school to “support their drug, human, currency and weapon smuggling operations on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border.”

 

A number of incidents in the past thirty day period caused DPS to issue the notice, however officials say the threat started in 2009.

“In ’09 we started seeing that happening with the bridge cases, when the cartels started getting our teenage students to move drugs across the bridge,” McCraw said. “Texas teenagers provide unique compatibility to the cartels. They’re U.S. citizens, they speak Spanish, they’re able to operate on both sides of the border and they’re expendable labor.”

Drug Cartel from Mexico

Drug Cartel from Mexico

Because they’re juveniles, it’s not likely that they’ll be charged by the federal prosecutors, he said.

“Parents should talk to their children and explain how the cartels seek to exploit Texas teenagers and the risks in dealing with these ruthless organizations, especially those parents who live along the Texas/Mexico border,” the news release said.

Elisabeth Mandala left a Texas public high school for Mexico last May where she wound up beaten to death in a pick up truck along with two men carrying fake identification. It’s believed the violent drug cartels recruited Mandala to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border.

“Sometimes this may be delivering drugs. It may be crossing drugs over from Mexico or involvement in some of the other violent activities,” Steen said.

Just past week in a border county officers caught a 12-year-old boy driving a stolen pick up truck with more than 800 pounds of marijuana.

 

Last month a pair of Texas teenagers were lured to Mexico where they were kidnapped, beaten, redeemed and released in a distant region on the Rio Grande River.

 

“There’s some indication that they were subjected to the temptations to working with the gangs and cartels,” McCraw said.

The former gang task force director for the city of Houston, Kim Ogg, said:

“Recruiting is easy for such a vulnerable population”

He suspects the cartels are recruiting through gangs.

“Some see it (the gang) as their family. Some are attracted to the money, drugs, guns, women, and others are attracted because they have family members in gangs and it seems normal,” said Ogg.

McCraw explained:

“Teens are sometimes offered as little as $50 to act as drivers for the cartels or the local gangs who support them”

“We want to warn parents for the things to look out for so their child doesn’t get involved in this,” he said. “It’s subtle; it’s not always obvious. It’s not like a narco will show up at your doorstep with a wad of cash. It could be friends of friends at school influencing their child.”

The Texas border region represents 9.7% of the state’s population, yet has 19.2% of the state’s juvenile felony drug referrals and 21.8% of the state’s juvenile felony gang referrals, according to the release.

“We’re going to continue to warn parents. We have an obligation to be honest with the public, regardless of how it looks,” McCraw said.

“We’re not going to overinflate the threat, but we’re going to be honest. Al Qaeda has nothing on the savagery of these cartels,” he said.

“They don’t care what happens to the kids, we do. They’re our most precious asset in Texas.”

According to authorities more than 25 juveniles have been arrested for drug trafficking in one Texas border county alone within the past year.

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