Texans Owner Bob McNair Apologizes For “Inmates Running The Prison” Comment

(SL) – Texans owner Bob McNair apologized for saying the league should avoid having “inmates running the prison,” regarding player protests during the national anthem.

Some Texans players reportedly considered staging a walkout Friday in response to McNair’s comment, and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins was absent from practice as a direct result.

ESPN The Magazine reported McNair made the remark after other owners in an Oct. 18 meeting spoke about business concerns surrounding the anthem protests.

That came a day after owners and players had met to discuss social reform. “I regret that I used that expression,” McNair said in a statement. “I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players.

I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”

 

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iPhone Ten May Not Be Available In Time For Holiday Season

(SL) – Increased demand for Apple’s new iPhone Ten is leading to concerns that it won’t be available for the holiday season. Apple opened up its website for pre-orders yesterday, but within 20 minutes, the initial allotment scheduled for delivery on November 3rd was gone. Apple now says the earliest delivery will be in five to six weeks. But some analysts expect demand to be so high that some orders may not be delivered until February. The new iPhone Ten is the first major redesign of the popular smartphone in years.

The selling price starts at 999-dollars for the 64GB model and will go up to more than eleven-hundred-dollars for the 256GB edition. All of the retail stores are expected to get shipments of the devices for the big launch.

“White Lives Matter” Rally Underway In Shelbyville

(SL) – White nationalists are in Shelbyville, Tennessee today to protest the resettlement of refugees in the state. Some demonstrators carried shields while others wore helmets. They called their gathering a “White Lives Matter” rally. The White Nationalists and counter-protesters went through a lengthy security screening process, where they were checked for weapons before being allowed into the protest area. Police have kept the two groups separated.

When counter-protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter,” White Nationalists chanted “White Lives Matter.”

Shelbyville is about an hour south of Nashville, which has become home to refugees from Somalia, Iraq and elsewhere under the state’s resettlement program. “The Tennessean” has reported that over the last 15 years, about 18-thousand refugees have been resettled in the state, which is less than one-percent of the state’s population. Another White Nationalist rally is scheduled for later today in nearby Murfreesboro.

Bullpen Issues Could Surface For Dodgers In Game 4

(SL) – After burning through eight relief pitchers in Game 2and sending five more to the mound on Friday night at Minute MaidPark in Game 3 of the World Series, Los Angeles manager DaveRoberts faced the inevitable questions regarding the state of his bullpen after a 5-3 loss dropped the Dodgers into a 2-1 hole against the Houston Astros.
With left-hander Alex Wood scheduled to get the start on Saturday, the concerns are valid. Wood has made just one start this postseason, allowing three runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of Game 4 in the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
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The Dodgers dropped that game 3-2,their lone loss of that series.Excluding right-hander Kenta Maeda, who worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 3, Roberts declared each member of his bullpen available for action in what will be a pivotal Game 4.”Well, we just had an off-day yesterday,” Roberts said. “And when your starter (right-hander Yu Darvish) goes five outs, you’ve got to find a way to cover some innings.
Everyone tomorrow is available, outside of Kenta. And Alex is going to have to go deep.”But I think, like I said, everyone is available, and we’ve go tKersh (ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw) going Game 5. They’ll be available. They’ll be fine.”Wood will face a pressure-packed outing but is equipped for the challenge. He paced the majors in winning percentage after finishing 16-3 with a career-best 2.72 ERA in 27 appearances (25 starts). His 3.3 WAR represented the second-best mark of his career, trailing the 3.7 WAR he produced with the Atlanta Braves while finishing 11-11 with a 2.78 ERA in 2014.
Relative postseason inexperience aside, Wood gets the ball with the Dodgers on the brink of a daunting deficit should they lose, yet buoyed by the opportunity to start instead of relieve.”I feel fortunate that I’m finally getting to start in the postseason,” Wood said. “My three previous postseason experiences have all been out of the bullpen. So really my first start against the Cubs in the postseason, I felt way more comfortable, not really much nerves. Just seemed like another game with a little bit of higher expectations for yourself and a little bit more pressure.”But I felt really comfortable in Chicago.

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Around Florida: Chief Reluctant To Use Phrase ‘Serial Killer’ In Tampa Killings, Tallahassee Mayor’s Idea For Fighting Violent Crime Rejected, Death Threats For UF Head Coach And More…

(SL) –As police look for suspects in three recent murders in a Tampa neighborhood, there’s one phrase the city’s police chief refuses to use. Interim Chief Brian Dugan said at a public meeting last night in Seminole Heights that he does not want to use the term “serial killer.”

He told hundreds at Edison Elementary School there’s a stereotype associated with that word, and he cited Ted Bundy as an example.

Bundy was a white male who acted alone, but Dugan says this killer could be black or a female or even more than one person.

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(Orlando, FL )– Get away from all the bad. At least one day a year, Central Florida’s biblical-based theme park welcomes all, free of charge. The Holy Land Experience is required to offer the free day in order to keep its property-tax exemption as a religious entity.

This year, that day is tomorrow. It will be first come, first served from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and parking is also free. You can find out more at HolyLandExperience.com.

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(Gainesville, FL) — It’s been a tough football season at the University of Florida so far, even including death threats from fans. That’s what Jim McElwain head coach of the three-and-three Gators, told the media yesterday.

McElwain did not go into specifics regarding the threats with the media and, apparently, not with the school.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Steve McClain issued a statement saying that the UF administration met with the coach yesterday afternoon and he offered no additional details.

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(Tallahassee, FL) — Another day, another shooting in Tallahassee. Early yesterday morning, police got a call from a McDonald’s on South Monroe Street where a man had walked in with a gunshot wound.

The call was from the victim himself, who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum wants to respond to the rash of recent violence in the state capital by activating the Leon County Emergency Operations Center. But at a meeting yesterday, County Commission Chairman John Dailey rejected the proposal, saying the center is not designed for a law enforcement operation.

Sheriff Walt McNeil doesn’t like the idea, either. But Gillum isn’t giving up and plans to present it to city commissioners tomorrow.

 

 

Say What? O’Reilly “Mad At God” Over Latest Sexual Misconduct Claims

(SL) – Former “Fox News” host Bill O’Reilly says he’s mad at God after the latest sexual misconduct claim about him. “The New York Times” reported over the weekend that O’Reilly paid a longtime Fox News colleague 32-million dollars to settle sexual misconduct claims.

O’Reilly said last night on his “No Spin News” web series that he’s mad at God for not giving him more protection against women’s claims that he sexually harassed them. O’Reilly was forced out at Fox last spring after reports came to light that he and the company had paid millions of dollars to settle claims by a number of women.

O’Reilly says he paid the settlements to protect his children.

Terrorists May Have Set Up Troops In Niger Attack

(SL) –  American military officials believe terrorists might have set up Army special forces soldiers who were attacked in Niger. According to NBC News, investigators suspect terrorists might have gotten word that the Green Berets and supporting soldiers were going to a meeting of elders in a village that was supportive of local ISIS affiliates.

Four American special forces soldiers were killed in the ambush. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joe Dunford says the military owes affected families and the American people quick and accurate information about what the deadly attack.

Dunford called the ambush a complex situation and said the four U.S. soldiers were caught in a bad firefight.

CBS reports, After the bodies of three American soldiers were brought out, Pentagon officials believed that Sgt. La David Johnson was still alive somewhere on the battlefield. For several hours, they tracked a locator beacon, which then became intermittent and finally faded out. By the time they found him two days later he was dead, raising the awful possibility that an American soldier was left behind — a possibility which the Pentagon’s Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie flatly rejected.

“I’ll tell you, categorically, that from the moment of contact, no one was left behind, neither U.S. — our partner Nigerian forces or French forces were on the ground actively searching for this soldier,” McKenzie said.

*Update* More details are coming out about the ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger. NBC News is reporting that American officials now believe the special forces operators may have been set up by terrorists.

National Security Producer Courtney Kube  says more details should start to come to light. Investigators suspect terrorists may have gotten word that the Green Berets and supporting soldiers were going to a meeting of elders in a village that was supportive of local ISIS affiliates.

Villagers may have then purposefully delayed the troops before they were attacked at two separate locations.

[Graphic Content] Child Abuse Murder Case Of Boy, 8, Tortured By Mother And Stepfather Continues In Los Angeles

(SL) – There’s a special place in hell for these two. His name was Gabriel Fernandez and the system 100 percent failed him.

The Daily Mail Reports,  An eight-year-old boy, who was ‘tortured to death by his mother and stepfather had BB pellets lodged in his groin and lungs, a cracked skull, two missing teeth, burns to his body and three broken ribs’ when he died, according to a nurse.

Registered Nurse Alison Segal witnessed the moment Gabriel Fernandez was rushed into the Antelope Valley Hospital on May 22, 2013, after he was found unresponsive at his mother’s home in Palmdale.

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Segal revealed the child’s horrific injuries in her testimony on Friday.  Gabriel died in 2013 after allegedly suffering eight months of abuse at the hands of his mother Pearl Fernandez, 31, and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre, 37, at their Los Angeles home.

Segal said that night she was required to provide service to the hospital for patients who had been victims of abuse, according to ABC 7.

‘There were abrasions. There were open wounds. There was bruising. There was swelling. There was marks on the legs. There was skin missing off the top of the neck, so there were multiple injuries on Gabriel…head to toe,’ she said

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In court, the emotional nurse testified that she was asked to assess Gabriel when he was brought into the hospital, but his condition was so critical she could not do a comprehensive assessment. He was later rushed to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

She said Gabriel’s chart that night said the child had fallen in the shower, but Segal said she knew that wasn’t the case.

Segal said Gabriel was on a ventilator and his heart had stopped at least twice.

‘They had to resuscitate him with extreme measures,’ she said, according to ABC. Segal said Gabriel was only 88 degrees, which is a low temperature for a child.

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Justin Timberlake Will Headline Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show On NBC

(SL) – Global superstar JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the PEPSI SUPER BOWL LII HALFTIME SHOW on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, it was confirmed tonight.

A multi-talented actor and musician, Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he rapidly became a highly respected musician, winning two Grammys for his debut solo album, “Justified.” He’s been recognized for a range of performances, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. Timberlake was most recently nominated for an Academy Award® for the song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film TROLLS for which he won his 10th Grammy.

Justin TimberlakeA gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including: ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN, SHREK THE THIRD and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. He has also won four Emmys for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” Timberlake is a co-star of the upcoming film WONDER WHEEL, which opens later this year.

This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl Halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVII.

This announcement is just the beginning. Leading up to Super Bowl LII, fans may visit Pepsi.com for behind-the-scenes looks into Timberlake’s journey to the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, as well as other surprises along the way.

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Timberlake joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

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Fox Signed O’Reilly To New Contract After Sexual Harassment Settlement

(SL) –  The parent company of Fox News is admitting they knew Bill O’Reilly
settled a sexual harassment case shortly before signing the commentator to a new contract. “The New York Times” reports O’Reilly agreed to a 32-million-dollar settlement with former Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl in January.

A month later, 21st Century Fox signed the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” to a contract extension. An email statement from a company spokesman said O’Reilly informed Fox of the settlement.

O’Reilly was forced to resign in April after reports of multiple sexual harassment settlements made by O’Reilly or Fox caused advertisers to flee his program.