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Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount\’s college football career ends with a punch

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Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount’s college football career ends with a punch

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LeGarrette Blount on opening day.
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University of Oregon football’s star running back, LeGarrette Blount, was suspended for the remainder of the season – and thereby the remainder of his college football career – after punching an opposing player after the opening game.

The University of Oregon Ducks opened their 2009 season with a 19–8 loss to rival Boise State Broncos. The high-profile game was nationally televised on the ESPN network. The Broncos, whose “mid-major” Western Athletic Conference is less competitive than the Ducks’ Pac-10 Conference, had previously defeated the Ducks in 2008. Prior to the game, Blount was quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying the Ducks “owe [the Broncos] an ass-whuppin’” for the late hits delivered in the 2008 game. The volatile Blount, coming off a 1,000+ yard season in which he broke a school record for rushing touchdowns, had struggled in several 2008 games, including the encounter with the Broncos.

The Broncos, however, won 19–8 in their home field; and Blount and Oregon’s offense failed to achieve a single first down for the game’s first 37 minutes.

A few seconds after the end of the game, Boise State defensive end Byron Hout taunted Blount and pushed him on the shoulder pad. Broncos Head Coach Chris Petersen attempted to restrain Hout. But Blount responded with a swift punch to the jaw, knocking Hout to the ground. Hout was not publicly disciplined for his actions. Blount then pushed teammate Garrett Embry, who was attempting to restrain him. Boise State replayed the punch on their large screen in the end-zone multiple times, before Blount had returned to the locker room.

As he was escorted to the locker room, Blount confronted jeering Boise State fans. Two police officers and Oregon assistant coach Scott Frost restrained Blount and escorted him into the locker room. Video of the incident spread rapidly on the Internet.

Blount apologized after the incident, saying: “I just apologize to everybody that was watching this — ESPN, national TV — I just apologize to all of our fans, all the Boise fans. It was just something that I shouldn’t have done. I lost my head, and I shouldn’t have taken it that far.” Coach Chip Kelly suspended Blount for the remainder of the 2009 season. Blount was not dismissed from the team, however, and will be permitted to attend practice and retain his scholarship.

Cquote1.svg [The Ducks] owe [the Broncos] an ass-whuppin’ Cquote2.svg

—LeGarrette Blount, before the game

The incident was seen an important test for a leadership team in its first year. According to Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti, the fact that the incident occurred after the game’s conclusion made it the team’s responsibility, rather than a Pac-10 issue. Kelly, Bellotti, and University of Oregon President Lariviere had each just entered the first year of his position. Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott, also in his first year, was in attendance at the game. He consulted with Oregon officials in advance of Blount’s suspension, and afterward, the Pac-10 expressed complete support for the suspension, while declining to comment on the Broncos, who are not part of the Pac-10.

As a result of his negative rushing total (-5 yards) in the one game he played in the 2009 season prior to the suspension, combined with 1,002 yards in 2008, Blount holds the unusual distinction of having a 1,000-yard season with the Ducks, but less than 1,000 yards over his entire NCAA career.



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Nine people die after Philippine ferry sinks

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Nine people die after Philippine ferry sinks

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At least nine people have died after a ferry with over 960 passengers on board sank off the southeast coast of the Philippines on Sunday. Thirty more are still unaccounted for.

According to coast guards, 931 people were rescued from the SuperFerry 9, which had departed from General Santos City and was headed for the peninsula of Zamboanga. The vessel began to list at 02.30 local time (18.30 UTC), and issued a distress call an hour later.

The captain reportedly tried to correct the list, but ordered the ship’s rafts to be released when it became clear it was impossible to get the vessel straightened back out again.

The cause of the incident is not yet certain. Maritime accidents occur frequently in the Philippines, mainly due to poor maintenance of ships, relaxed safety enforcement, overcrowding of ships, and inclement weather.

Last year, 802 passengers including crew were killed when the MV Princess of the Stars ferry sank during a typhoon.



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Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

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24-year-old Aman Kassaye, of no fixed abode, is to face a charge of attempted murder for his alleged role in an armed robbery that netted £40 million ($65 million) worth of jewelry from a London store.

Kassaye is the seventh man to be charged, and is also facing prosecution for conspiracy to rob the Graff store in New Bond Street, false imprisonment, and using a handgun to resist arrest. He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.

The other six men have already been remanded in custody until October 23, when they will appear at Kingston Crown Court. All are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, and two of them are also charged with a firearms offense.

43 diamond rings, watches, and bracelets were taken from the store. The theft occurred when two armed and suited men walked in and took an employee hostage. It has been reported they used prosthetic masks made from liquid latex but police have not confirmed this. Amateur footage also shows a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

The robbery is one of the biggest the United Kingdom has seen. After the crime a string of getaway vehicles was used, with police believing several more offenders assisted with this stage of the plan. Although The Telegraph claims no stolen property has yet been recovered, this is also unconfirmed by police.



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Corks fly in wine truck fire in Wyoming, US

Corks fly in wine truck fire in Wyoming, US

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In Wamsutter, Wyoming, US, a fire crew were trying to put out a fire of a wine truck on a highway when they received an unexpected surprise.

Wine corks started to burst out of the wreckage as bottles started to explode from the heat. Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Scott Keane said: “The corks were popping out of the bottles like the old Jiffy Pop (popcorn) we grew up with. My trooper got hit in the arm with one.”

But luckily, as Keane commented, no one was killed or seriously injured and the truck driver managed to escape the fire, which occurred on Thursday after a crash on Interstate 80.

The intensity of the fire caused the tires on the trailer to melt down and the trailer to burn down to its wheel axles, damaging 75 feet of pavement in the process.

Cquote1.svg The corks were popping like Jiffy Pop Cquote2.svg

—Lt. Scott Keane

Keane stated that the cause of the fire was likely to be either a locked brake or a hub malfunction. It is currently unknown what the value of the loss in the fire was. The Wyoming Department of Transportation have commented that there was nothing left of the cab or trailer and the remaining bottles of wine from Oregon and Washington had disappeared overnight.



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Australian rules football: West Gippsland Football League Semi Finals

Australian rules football: West Gippsland Football League Semi Finals

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Moe defeated Maffra in the Qualifying Final to qualify for the Second Semi Final

The West Gippsland Latrobe Football League (WGLFL) Semi Finals were played this weekend at the Moe and Sale Recreation Reserves.

Moe lost to Traralgon in the major Semi Final in Sale after beating Maffra in the Qualifying Final. Traralgon qualified for the match by finishing top of the ladder after the Home and Away season. The winner will qualify for the Grand Final in Morwell, with the loser going into the Preliminary Final in Warragul.

Maffra thumped Leongatha in the minor Semi Final in Moe after losing the Qualifying Final against Moe. Leongatha defeated Drouin in the Elimination Final. The winner will qualify for the Preliminary Final, the loser eliminated.

The WGLFL is considered one of the “major leagues” controlled by the Victorian Country Football League, the governing body of Australian rules football in regional Victoria.

Scores below are quoted as goals-behinds (total). Goals are worth six points, behinds one.

Minor Semi Final

September 6, 2009
2:20pm (UTC+10)
Maffra 19-19 (133)
Leongatha 8-11 (59)
Recreation Reserve
Moe, Victoria

With the threat of elimination from premiership hanging over the game, Maffra defeated Leongatha at the Moe Recreation Reserve on September 6.

Just like Traralgon the day before, Maffra kicked twelve goals in the first half to set up the win. Unlike Traralgon, they were able to extend there lead substantially.

Leongatha never seemed to be in the contest but fought hard all afternoon. Maffra now play Moe in the Preliminary Final – a Qualifying Final rematch of soughts. Final scores: Maffra 19-19 (133) defeated Leongatha 8-11 (59).

Earlier in the day, Leongatha defeated Sale in the under 16’s, Traralgon beat Moe in the under 18’s and Drouin defeated Maffra in the reserves.

Major Semi Final

September 5, 2009
2:20pm (UTC+10)
Traralgon 13-10 (88)
Moe 7-14 (56)
Recreation Reseve
Sale, Victoria

Traralgon (Maroon shorts) defeated Moe (White shorts) in the second semi final of the West Gippsland Latrobe Football League

With a spot in the Grand Final up for grabs, Traralgon defeated Moe at the Sale Recreation Reserve on September 5.

A twelve goal first half laid the platform for Traralgon to take the win. They kicked 12 goals four behinds to five goals seven for the half. A total of 113 points between the two teams.

The second half saw only three goals kicked. Both teams contributed huge defensive effort in order to secure the first Grand Final spot.

Earlier the day, Traralgons reserves (defeated Moe), under 16’s (defeated Maffra) and the the Warragul under 18’s (defeated Maffra) all qualified for their respective Grand Finals.



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Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount’s college football career ends with a punch

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LeGarrette Blount on opening day.
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University of Oregon football’s star running back, LeGarrette Blount, was suspended for the remainder of the season – and thereby the remainder of his college football career – after punching an opposing player after the opening game.

The University of Oregon Ducks opened their 2009 season with a 19–8 loss to rival Boise State Broncos. The high-profile game was nationally televised on the ESPN network. The Broncos, whose “mid-major” Western Athletic Conference is less competitive than the Ducks’ Pac-10 Conference, had previously defeated the Ducks in 2008. Prior to the game, Blount was quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying the Ducks “owe [the Broncos] an ass-whuppin’” for the late hits delivered in the 2008 game. The volatile Blount, coming off a 1,000+ yard season in which he broke a school record for rushing touchdowns, had struggled in several 2008 games, including the encounter with the Broncos.

The Broncos, however, won 19–8 in their home field; and Blount and Oregon’s offense failed to achieve a single first down for the game’s first 37 minutes.

A few seconds after the end of the game, Boise State defensive end Byron Hout taunted Blount and pushed him on the shoulder pad. Broncos Head Coach Chris Petersen attempted to restrain Hout. But Blount responded with a swift punch to the jaw, knocking Hout to the ground. Hout was not publicly disciplined for his actions. Blount then pushed teammate Garrett Embry, who was attempting to restrain him. Boise State replayed the punch on their large screen in the end-zone multiple times, before Blount had returned to the locker room.

As he was escorted to the locker room, Blount confronted jeering Boise State fans. Two police officers and Oregon assistant coach Scott Frost restrained Blount and escorted him into the locker room. Video of the incident spread rapidly on the Internet.

Blount apologized after the incident, saying: “I just apologize to everybody that was watching this — ESPN, national TV — I just apologize to all of our fans, all the Boise fans. It was just something that I shouldn’t have done. I lost my head, and I shouldn’t have taken it that far.” Coach Chip Kelly suspended Blount for the remainder of the 2009 season. Blount was not dismissed from the team, however, and will be permitted to attend practice and retain his scholarship.

[The Ducks] owe [the Broncos] an ass-whuppin’

—LeGarrette Blount, before the game

The incident was seen an important test for a leadership team in its first year. According to Oregon Athletic Director Mike Bellotti, the fact that the incident occurred after the game’s conclusion made it the team’s responsibility, rather than a Pac-10 issue. Kelly, Bellotti, and University of Oregon President Lariviere had each just entered the first year of his position. Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott, also in his first year, was in attendance at the game. He consulted with Oregon officials in advance of Blount’s suspension, and afterward, the Pac-10 expressed complete support for the suspension, while declining to comment on the Broncos, who are not part of the Pac-10.

As a result of his negative rushing total (-5 yards) in the one game he played in the 2009 season prior to the suspension, combined with 1,002 yards in 2008, Blount holds the unusual distinction of having a 1,000-yard season with the Ducks, but less than 1,000 yards over his entire NCAA career.


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Van Jones environmental jobs adviser to US President Barack Obama resigns

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Van Jones.
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Van Jones, the environmental jobs adviser to United States President Barack Obama, has resigned after what he calls a smear campaign against him.

It had recently been brought to light that Jones had signed a petition in 2004 that stated the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and that only “white suburban boys” shot up schools like Columbine High school where in 1999, two boys shot and killed 13 people, then themselves while injuring a dozen others.

“You’ve never seen a Columbine done by a black child. Never. They always say, ‘We can’t believe it happened here. We can’t believe it’s these suburban white kids.’ It’s only them. Now, a black kid might shoot another black kid. He’s not going to shoot up the whole school,” said Jones in 2005.

Jones had apologized for his past remarks on Friday September 4 saying, “If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize.” Jones also said that he did not agree with the 2004 petition saying, “As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”


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Van Jones environmental jobs adviser to US President Barack Obama resigns

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Van Jones the environmental jobs adviser to United States President Barack Obama, has resigned after what he calls a smear campaign against him.

It had recently been brought to light that Jones had signed a petition in 2004 that stated the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and that only “white suburban boys” shot up schools like Columbine High school where in 1999, two boys shot and killed 13 people, then themselves while injuring a dozen others.

“You’ve never seen a Columbine done by a black child. Never. They always say, ‘We can’t believe it happened here. We can’t believe it’s these suburban white kids.’ It’s only them. Now, a black kid might shoot another black kid. He’s not going to shoot up the whole school,” said Jones in 2005.

Jones had apologized for his past remarks on Friday September 4 saying, “If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize.” Jones also said that he did not agree with the 2004 petition saying, “As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”


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Van Jones environmental jobs adviser to US President Barack Obama resigns

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Van Jones the environmental jobs adviser to United States President Barack Obama, has resigned after what he calls a smear campaign against him.

It had recently been brought to light that Jones had signed a petition in 2004 that stated the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and that only “white suburban boys” shot up schools like Columbine High school where in 1999, two boys shot and killed 13 people, then themselves while injuring a dozen others.

“You’ve never seen a Columbine done by a black child. Never. They always say, ‘We can’t believe it happened here. We can’t believe it’s these suburban white kids.’ It’s only them. Now, a black kid might shoot another black kid. He’s not going to shoot up the whole school,” said Jones in 2005.


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Van Jones environmental jobs adviser to US President Barack Obama resigns

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Van Jones environmental jobs adviser to US President Barack Obama resigns

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Van Jones.
Image: Eclectek.

Van Jones, the environmental jobs adviser to United States President Barack Obama, has resigned after what he calls a smear campaign against him.

It had recently been brought to light that Jones had signed a petition in 2004 that stated the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks and that only “white suburban boys” shot up schools like Columbine High school where in 1999, two boys shot and killed 13 people, then themselves while injuring a dozen others.

“You’ve never seen a Columbine done by a black child. Never. They always say, ‘We can’t believe it happened here. We can’t believe it’s these suburban white kids.’ It’s only them. Now, a black kid might shoot another black kid. He’s not going to shoot up the whole school,” said Jones in 2005.

Jones had apologized for his past remarks last Friday, saying “if I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize.” Jones also said that he did not agree with the 2004 petition saying, “As for the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”



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