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Rossi ought to have been entering the final 12 months of a three-year ban during the finals. Implicated in a betting scandal then considered the worst in Italian soccer, it involved charges against 33 players, three club presidents and two gamblers. Accused of fixing a game for a syndicate after being overheard to say to an opponent "2-2, if you want..." before scoring twice for Perugia in a 2-2 draw with Avellino in 1980, Rossi protested his innocence throughout and was not found guilty by the Italian courts. Allegations his lawyers had offered hush money to a prosecution witness were never substantiated.
But Italy scoring only 11 goals in eight qualifying games meant Rossi's misdemeanours were suddenly seen in a more forgiving light as the finals approached. Conveniently, his suspension was lifted five weeks before the country's first game in Spain, leaving the former pin-up of the Italian game relieved but also concerned he would be the face of the wanted posters in the event of the country failing.
"There was nothing right with him," the scout said of Prior, who is recovering from right shoulder soreness. "No velocity (Prior hit 90 mph on just one pitch). No command. No movement. No missed bats. No consistency — his stride was never the same and his arm was slow. If he wasn't Mark Prior, I'd say he was at the right level (Class A ball). I have no idea what happened to him."
Two students have been charged with giving a high school’s employees marijuana-spiked muffins in a senior prank that sent 18 people to the hospital and triggered an FBI and terrorism investigation.
Walker, an honors student at a nearby Catholic school, and Tellini, 18, were each charged with five felony counts of assault on a public servant, each of which carries penalties of two to 10 years in prison. Because of the presence of illegal drugs, Dallas County prosecutors are seeking an upgrade to the charges that could raise the maximum sentence to 20 years, district attorney spokeswoman Rachel Raya said.
As of 2005, drug offenders accounted for 55 percent of the federal prison population. About 45 percent of them were in prison for possession, not trafficking.
The number of people incarcerated in federal prisons for drug crimes rose from 14,976 in 1986 to 68,360 in 1999.
It costs U.S. taxpayers $3 billion per year to keep drug offenders behind bars in federal prisons.
Drug offenders have accounted for nearly half the meteoric growth in prison populations since 1995.
About half the population of U.S. jails and prisons are nonviolent offenders, more than the combined populations of Wyoming and Alaska.
Forty percent of the more than 1,000 state prisons in the U.S. opened in just the last 25 years. The state of Texas alone has opened an average of 5.7 new prisons each year for the last 21 years. Despite this, about half of federal and state prisons operate over capacity.
Total U.S. inmates numbered 488,000 in 1985, 1.3 million in 2001, and number 2.2 million today.
According to survey data by human rights groups, one in five U.S. prison inmates has been sexually assaulted.
According to federal sentencing guidelines, a man would need to possess 50 times more powder cocaine (prefered by white users) than crack cocaine (prefered by black users) to earn the same prison sentence.
Blacks represent about 12 percent of the U.S. population, but 48 percent of the prison population. They represent just 13 percent of drug users, but 38 percent of those arrested for drug crimes, and 59 percent of those convicted.
When convicted of the same drug felony, blacks are about 50 percent more likely to be sentenced to prison than whites.
A black woman's chances of spending some time in prison over the course of her life (5.6 percent) is about equal that of a white man (5.9 percent). For black men, the odds are nearly one in three (32.2%).
Before Congress passed mandatory minimums for offenses related to crack (but which didn't apply to powder cocaine) in 1986, the average drug-related sentence for blacks was 11 percent higher than for whites. After that law, the disparity jumped to 49 percent.
Ian Walker’s mother, Caroline, said she first heard about the tainted muffins while watching the news with her son.
“My first thought when I saw it, because I am a mom, was, ‘My heart goes out to the mother of that stupid kid,”’ she said.
"Yes, you could actually make someone invisible as long as someone wears a cloak made of this material," said Patanjali Parimi, a Northeastern University physicist and design engineer at Chelton Microwave Corp. in Bolton, Mass. Parimi was not involved in the research.
Such a cloak does not exist, but early versions that could mask microwaves and other forms of electromagnetic radiation could be as close as 18 months away, Pendry said. He said the study was "an invitation to come and play with these new ideas."
"We will have a cloak after not too long," he said.
Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency supported the research, given the obvious military applications of such stealthy technology.
The 33-year-old Manchester City midfielder said: "FIFA claim their rankings are done by computer, that they have some sort of formula which takes into account each country's results, strength of opponent and the competitiveness of every fixture. Well, if that is the case, why didn't they use them for the draw?"
He added: "We have beaten Mexico eight times out of nine, we beat them in the last World Cup and we finished ahead of them in our qualifying group.
"No one, not even the Mexican media, could make a case for them being seeded above us, yet somehow it happened.
"It just raises the old question about what FIFA is doing. I am sure they want the US at the World Cup, but I think they look on Mexico as a big footballing nation, believe they should be seeded and then come up with a formula to satisfy their requirements. It is so frustrating and irritating."
Funny video here of AJ Pierzynski on PTI as he calls out Jay Mariotti followed by Kornheiser and Wilbon laughing as they distance themselves from anything to do with the Doofus King of Chicago media. Good stuff.
Wow. Check this site for numerous pics of the scantily-clad wives of World Cup players. Good lord. Luis Figo's is my favorite. Portugal may routinely be a disappointment in major international tournaments, but that hasn't slowed down Figo off the field in the slightest.
Help this guy out.
The Enlightenment happened at half past 12 a.m. in Burger King, Park Royal. I had ordered my food, and a French guy got talking to me and asked, “Are you Muslim?” He said, “Look at this,” and he showed me the cone. I saw it and I thought, “Wow,” like anyone would. He said, “Turn it around.”
I was thinking of my stomach. I was hungry. I would have loved to eat an ice cream. When I saw it, my mouth fell open. I dropped the ice cream. I canceled my order. That was the defining moment of my life.
The Burger King logo is there in Arabic. “Allah” is spelled exactly how it is there, and the Burger King logo is where the ominah should be. Why, there is no way it could be a coincidence. How can you say it is a spinning swirl? How does it spin on something that is static? You cannot spin it around unless you have a mechanical device. You spin it one direction, to the right, and it is offending a billion people.
I’m not talking about Muslims in the Park Royal vicinity, or in the U.K. I’m talking about globally. Everyone who sees this is going to be offended. If you put a different symbol on there, you’re offending Jews, Christians, Sikhs, or Hindus. I am going to try my best in life, so that these people do not operate in a single Muslim country again, so that we get an apology to every single Muslim on this planet in their language, in their country, on a national TV station: “Sorry. We, as an American company, are sorry. We didn’t mean to offend you.”
In a way, I’m glad he did this to me. It has opened my eyes. The fear of God, the love of God, the love of not letting anyone disrespect God. Even though it means nothing to some people and may mean nothing to some Muslims in this country, this is my jihad. I’m not going to rest until I find the person who is responsible. I’m going to bring this country down.
As for beer crisis, bar owners on Whyte Ave., the city's party strip, are saying they're running dangerously low. Oiler fans have consumed so much alcohol that the bar owners have sent out emergency keg requests.
And when it's dubbed an emergency keg request, you know it has to be serious.
While a clear increase in cancer risk was seen among cigarette smokers in the study, no such association was seen for regular cannabis users.
Even very heavy, long-term marijuana users who had smoked more than 22,000 joints over a lifetime seemed to have no greater risk than infrequent marijuana users or nonusers.
"We weren't sharp. I think we're a little bit leg-weary. We're a little bit overtrained at this point. We didn't do a good job creating chances. Our last pass was poor. Our crossing was poor."
[Pierzynski says] “Your guy Jay Mariotti wrote an article about me the other day saying how it was all my fault. So Jay, here’s an open invitation to come to the clubhouse and say ‘hello’ to me. If you want to write an article about me, then come speak to me face-to-face.”
Both Kornheiser and Wilbon immediately burst into laughter, with Tony responding, “He’s not my guy!” and Wilbon jibing at his cohort, “Tony will love that!”
Pierzynski added that as far as he knew, Mariotti had never been inside the White Sox’ clubhouse. Tony Reali (aka ‘Stat Boy’) did not deny that fact near the show’s finish, but did say that Mariotti was in the interview room when Pierzynski was speaking to the press after the game.
The singer, 29, admits: "I have no idea what a penalty is, but I'm going to learn because I understand the feeling football generates. It's similar to a feeling of adoration in these modern times and the passions that awake people."
I haven't commented on all the controversey over immigration lately because, well, because I don't really care, to be honest. However, I stumbled upon this photo and decided that it pretty much summed up my feelings...