Friday, August 29, 2014

Interim chief for Grovetown Public Safety appointed

City Council names interim replacement



GROVETOWN, Ga. — The Grovetown City Council called an emergency meeting on Thursday to name an interim replacement for the chief of its department of public safety.

Capt. Scott Wheatley, head of the criminal investigations division, was appointed to the position after the former public safety chief, Gary Owens, resigned on August 22.

Mr. Owens was suspended for two days earlier in the month after the escape of two inmates from the town's jail.  Those inmates were re-captured nearly a week later.

Grovetown Mayor George W. James said that Mr. Owens "created a hostile work environment for his employees and by his actions he hindered the operation of recovering the two escapees."

WFXG Fox 54

Thursday, August 28, 2014

JUST IN: NFL issues two strikes and you're out policy on domestic violence


NEW YORK CITY — After intense criticism, the National Football League has instituted a two-strikes and you're out policy on domestic violence.

In a letter sent to every NFL owner on Thursday, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced enhanced discipline under the personal conduct policy that will result in a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense committed by any NFL employee.

And by employee, that also includes each of the following: owners, NFL cheerleaders, general managers, head and assistant coaches, and referees.

(NOTE: If a cheerleader is accused of hitting her boyfriend under this policy, she will miss 75% of her team's games, since the cheerleaders only have appearances during the team's home games, and each team gets eight such games per season.)

Gannett, which owns WLTX News 19 and WMAZ 13, obtained the letter from the league.  It reads:

Since becoming Commissioner, my focus has been on ensuring that the NFL is held in the highest regard by our fans, players, business partners, and public authorities. My commitment has always been to do what is right and to protect the integrity of the game, both now and long into the future.

Recently, we have addressed issues of respect­ – respect for co-workers, opponents, fans, game officials, and others. Whether in the context of workplace conduct, advancing policies of diversity and inclusion, or promoting professionalism in all we do, our mission has been to create and sustain model workplaces filled with people of character. Although the NFL is celebrated for what happens on the field, we must be equally vigilant in what we do off the field.

At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals. We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place. My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.

The public response reinforced my belief that the NFL is held to a higher standard, and properly so. Much of the criticism stemmed from a fundamental recognition that the NFL is a leader, that we do stand for important values, and that we can project those values in ways that have a positive impact beyond professional football. We embrace this role and the responsibility that comes with it. We will listen openly, engage our critics constructively, and seek continuous improvement in everything we do. We will use this opportunity to create a positive outcome by promoting policies of respect for women both within and outside of the workplace. We will work with nationally recognized experts to ensure that the NFL has a model policy on domestic violence and sexual assault. We will invest time and resources in training, programs and services that will become part of our culture. And we will increase the sanctions imposed on NFL personnel who violate our policies.

In the past few weeks, I have reviewed all aspects of our Personal Conduct Policy and met with a wide range of experts (several of whom we have been working with for some time), as well as with the NFLPA and many of you. Those discussions will continue. They have helped us to identify a number of steps that will better communicate our position and strengthen our policies on domestic violence and sexual assault.

These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances. That has been and remains our policy.

Many of you have done excellent work in this field, both personally and through the efforts of concerned players and your community relations and player engagement departments. Our goals are to prevent violence, impose appropriate discipline, provide professional support resources when appropriate, and publicly embrace a leadership role on this issue.

Consistent with that view, I have directed the following actions to reinforce and enhance our policies:

First, we will continue our work with leading experts to expand the scope of our education on domestic violence and sexual assault for all NFL personnel – players and non-players. This will include enhanced training for entering players through the Rookie Symposium and Rookie Success Program, as well as new programs designed for veteran players and other NFL personnel. All NFL personnel – players and non-players – will receive information about available league resources and local support and advocacy groups in their community.

Second, our club Player Engagement Directors, Human Resource Executives, and other appropriate team personnel will undergo comprehensive training to help them understand and identify risk factors associated with domestic violence and sexual assault. Any person identified as being at risk will be afforded private, confidential assistance. Persons who decline this assistance will be held accountable for that decision in determining discipline for any subsequent act of domestic violence or sexual assault. This is a complicated matter and must be approached with care. We will work with experts to identify strategies based on the most reliable research, recognizing that violence can and does take different forms but generally involves a pattern of coercive behavior.

Third, we will ensure that the NFL LifeLine and NFL Total Wellness Program are staffed with personnel trained to provide prompt and confidential assistance to anyone at risk of domestic violence or sexual assault – whether as a victim or potential aggressor. Information regarding these resources will be furnished to all NFL personnel and their families. Our Player Engagement Directors and Human Resource Executives will meet with team spouses and significant others to ensure that they are aware of the resources available to them as NFL family members, including the ability to seek confidential assistance through independent local resources, as well as through the club or the NFL Total Wellness Program. In this respect, we will utilize our existing, established telephone and on-line programs, and will communicate the full range of available services to all NFL personnel and their families.

Fourth, the outside groups we met with have emphasized that the NFL can play an important role in communities throughout the nation. Consistent with that advice, we will expand the educational components in our college, high school and youth football programs that address domestic violence and sexual assault. We will seek to create and promote programs that develop the character of the young men who play, coach or manage our game, emphasizing respect for women and appropriate ways to resolve conflicts. Outreach efforts embodied in these programs will help young people recognize, establish and maintain healthy relationships. In our earliest contact with young men, we can communicate our expectations, establish NFL standards of conduct, and stress the responsibility that all men have to adhere to those standards.

Fifth, we recognize that domestic violence and sexual assault are broad social issues, affecting millions of people. We want our public role to be both constructive and effective. In the coming months, we will explore meaningful ways to incorporate domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention into our public service work. We will do this with the assistance of responsible outside organizations and the potential participation of current and former players, coaches and families who have been affected and are willing to speak out. Actions we take in this respect will be sensitive, thoughtful and will recognize the positive role models and high character presented by so many men in the NFL.

Finally, and consistent with our Personal Conduct Policy, our own response to domestic violence or sexual assault incidents by NFL personnel will include new elements of evaluation, treatment and family support, as well as enhanced discipline. We will address these issues fairly and thoughtfully, respecting the rights of all involved and giving proper deference to law enforcement and the courts. If someone is charged with domestic violence or sexual assault, there will be a mandatory evaluation and, where professionally indicated, counseling or other specialized services. Effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant. Among the circumstances that would merit a more severe penalty would be a prior incident before joining the NFL, or violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL; while an individual may petition for reinstatement after one year, there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary standards will apply to all NFL personnel.

With very few exceptions, NFL personnel conduct themselves in an exemplary way. But even one case of domestic violence or sexual assault is unacceptable. The reality is that domestic violence and sexual assault are often hidden crimes, ones that are under-reported and under-acknowledged. The steps we are taking will reinforce our commitment to address this issue constructively.

In addition to focusing on domestic violence and sexual assault, we will continue to maintain strong policies regarding weapons offenses. We are similarly working to strengthen our response to impaired driving. We have sought – unsuccessfully – for several years to obtain the NFLPA's agreement to more stringent discipline for DUI, including mandatory deactivation for the game immediately following an arrest and a minimum two-game suspension for a first violation of law. We will continue to press our position on this issue in the hope of securing the union's agreement.

There are three steps that each club should take promptly: first, post and distribute the attached "Memorandum to All NFL Personnel" to every player under contract to your club; second, ensure that your head coach reviews the information in that notice with his staff and with all your players; and third, share this letter and the attached Memorandum with all members of your organization, including your team president, General Manager, Human Resources Executive, Security Director, and Player Engagement Director.

In the coming weeks, we will contact all clubs on further steps to be taken in support of these initiatives. I am grateful for the thoughtful advice received from so many of you and for the support that I know you will give to this important work.

MEMORANDUM TO ALL NFL PERSONNEL

Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances.

Our Personal Conduct Policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable. We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL. And we will.

Earlier today, I sent NFL owners a letter that identified specific actions we will take to improve our response to domestic violence and sexual assault. Those actions include the following:

n All NFL Personnel will participate in new and enhanced educational programs on domestic violence and sexual assault. We will also increase our outreach to college and youth football programs.

n Families will receive detailed information about available services and resources, both through the club and independent of the club. These resources and services will be available to employees and their families on a confidential basis.

n Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline. A first offense will be subject to a suspension of six weeks without pay. Mitigating circumstances will be considered, and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the league; an offender may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary consequences apply to all NFL personnel.

* * * * *

If you believe that you or someone you know may be at risk of domestic violence or other misconduct, we strongly encourage you to seek assistance through your club's director of player engagement, human resources department, the NFL LifeLine or an independent local domestic violence resource. Help is available and can prevent potentially tragic incidents.

ROGER GOODELL

COMMISSIONER

Now, let's hope that the other sports leagues – the NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLS, NWSL, MLB, PGA, LPGA, IndyCar and NASCAR will adopt something similar or more stringent for all of their employees.  As of this posting, NASCAR has still yet to suspend Travis Kvapil for abusing his wife last autumn before the Charlotte race.

Notable domestic violence incidents, by sport:

NASCAR:

2013 — Travis Kvapil assaults wife at home near Concord.  Link above.  Punishment: none as of this posting.

IndyCar:

2002 — Al Unser Junior, former Indianapolis 500 winner, assaults his wife.  Punishment: unknown, since he was retired at time of arrest. [About.com Crime]

Women's National Basketball Association:

2013 — Chamique Holdsclaw abuses her ex-girlfriend.  Punishment: unknown. [Aiken Area Progressive (third item)]

2011 — Jantel Lavender, a star rookie, abuses her boyfriend, hits him in the groin.  Punishment: none. [TMZ]

Professional Golf Association:

1992 — John Daly abuses his ex-wife.  Punishment: unknown. [Los Angeles Times]

National Basketball Association:

2013 — Craig Ehlo, the man who let Michael Jordan score a game winning basket in 1989 as part of a lifelong highlight reel, was arrested for assaulting his female spouse.  Retired. [NBC Sports]

2013 — Ty Lawson arrested for domestic violence for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  Punishment: unknown. [z 107.9]

2010 — Matt Barnes arrested for domestic violence. Punishment: none. [ESPN]

Major League Baseball:

2014 — Wladimir Balentien arrested on domestic violence charges.  He used to play for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners.  Punishment: unknown. [CBS Sports]

National Hockey League:

2013 — Semyon Varlamov arrested for domestic violence on October 31.  Punishment: unknown. [CBS Sports]

NCAA:

2012 — Coastal Carolina cheerleading coach Elizabeth Hadley Appenzeller arrested on domestic violence charges after attacking boyfriend.  Punishment: none, still cheerleading coach of the Chanticleers as of this post. [Fox News]

Wagener man killed in Lexington County crash

Wagener-Salley junior found dead on US 178



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FAIRVIEW CROSSROADS — A Wagener-Salley High School pupil was killed in a crash in Lexington County today.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said a tractor-trailer and passenger car piledrove into one another on US 178 near the intersection of CALKS FERRY RD/WAGENER HY/NEELY WINGARD RD.

The incident happened at 6:40 today.

A 16-year-old passenger from Wagener was trapped in the 2003 Ford Focus and died at the scene, Highway Patrol troopers said.  He was wearing a seatbelt.

The drivers of the tractor-trailer and car were transported to area hospitals.  Their conditions were not immediately available.

As of this posting, no other information is available.

WIS News 10

Kickass Female of the Day: Columbia County girl makes football team – as a linebacker!

Columbia Middle School girl, 12, one of rare few to play position other than punter or placekicker



WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

GROVETOWN, Ga. — Meet Rachel Eaves.

She is a 12-year-old girl who attends Columbia Middle School as a seventh grader.  She tried out for the school's football team and nabbed a roster spot.

And not only that, she is also one of the few girls nationwide who can lay claim as being a football player who played in a position other than punter or placekicker.

“She's I think turned some heads out here,” said assistant football coach Brad Powers.  “People don't expect her to be as quick and agile as she is.”

Ms. Eaves was one of the forty-five (45) people to make the team this year, out of the seventy to try out.

“She came out, she performed well, she really earned it,” said Coach Powers.  “It had nothing to do with her being a girl.”

“At first I was just kind of joking,” said Ms. Eaves of her football aspirations.  “I was like, ‘I should tryout,' and my step dad was like, ‘Okay.”

She began playing football two years ago, when her family moved to Grovetown from Fort Hood, Texas.  Her mother, Lori Burchett, was hesitant to let her play at first.

Thank You Thursday: Playboy Magazine for this flowchart



CHICAGO — The last time I learned about flowcharts, I was at Denmark Technical College, getting my associate's degree.

Flowcharts are hard to create, but are pretty handy when it comes to discussing logic.

This flowchart from Playboy magazine explains the logic of catcalling like no other flowchart before it.

And we like this one (although we do not endorse people catcalling anything, including a cat, without that person's/thing's explicit permission).

Playboy

North Augusta woman finds snake in vehicle, calls 911


An unidentified North Augusta woman was ready to get into her vehicle.  Then, she found a snake.  She became startled.  And given what happened to a Chinese chef last week, I don't blame her for being scared. Not a little bit. [WJBF-DT News Channel 6]

With all the talk about the ice bucket challenge that took hold earlier this month, here is a story about ALS you may not want to read about, but should.  A retired sheriff's officer with ALS was arrested for allegedly murdering his wife and sister in law. [Huffington Post Crime]

A man named Josh Beer admitted to smoking marijuana while driving, which led to him being under the influence while driving, causing the deaths of four of his friends in New York.  He was sentenced to no more than 15 years in jail.  Ugh.  The victims' families got a life sentence nearly 23 months ago when the incident occurred. [Huffington Post Crime]

A man was arrested by Aiken County Sheriff's officers in Wagener for a DWI incident that caused two of his passengers to be ejected.  At last word, the victims were in the hospital.  Cody Prescott, 19, is charged with two counts of DWI. [WFXG Fox 54]

Women rob naked man at hotel


AIKEN — Two women, one from Aiken and one from North Augusta, were arrested by Aiken Department of Public Safety deputies after robbing a naked man at gunpoint inside a hotel shower.

The women came into his room and presented a small black handgun while he was stark naked, showering in his room. They told him to be quiet, took his shorts that held the nearly $390.00 in cash, a bank card and identification card and then left in a brown Jeep Grand Cherokee, the ADPS jail log read.

The vehicle was stopped in the Econo Lodge parking lot down the street from the incident location, and the two women were identified as the robbery suspects by the victim and a witness.  The victim’s shorts, bank card and $77 in cash were found in the vehicle but no weapon was located, according to the report.  Drug paraphernalia and two room keys from the Days Inn were also in the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle told police that he didn’t know the women, and “that he had just picked them up from the Days Inn.”

The women at the top of this post, Taylor Reo Pierpont, 22, of Aiken (left) and Theresa Ryan, 27, of North Augusta (right), were arrested by the Aiken Department of Public Safety and were each charged with armed robbery.  The victim was then arrested for indecent exposure, driving under suspension and was held on a warrant for contempt of court for another county.  His name will be withheld since the criminal charges against him are not relevant to this story.

Both women and the male victim are at the Aiken County Jail on HAMPTON AV.

What a painful reminder for men that their "no" is not respected all the time by women.  It does not matter if the male victim planned to do anything with them – including have sex with these women – later on, what the women was robbery (armed) and they were rightfully arrested.

Aiken Standard
WJBF-DT News Channel 6

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wingnut John Rocker to be featured on Survivor



Wingnut and disgraced former Atlanta Brave John Rocker will be on Survivor in a few weeks.  The Macon native, whose baseball career was already about to flame out due to a nagging throwing arm injury after the 1999 World Series, decided to finish off his own career himself with his racist, sexist and homophobic rant in New York-based Sports Illustrated in early 2000.  He will be with his girlfriend on the reality show, which this cycle is a Dancing With the Stars-style format of pairs.  What that means is that in every tribal council, at least two people (one pair) will be going home, except for the final tribal council, in which a pair (again, two people) will win the $1,000,000.00 prize each of sole Surviving pair. [WMAZ 13]

Still think the National Rifle Association (NRA) cares about women and minorities?  Think again.  They are a white supremacist organization that hates minorities and a sexist organization that revels in seeing women shot by their abusive sexual partners.  Women and minorities who are gun owners are much better off terminating their memberships with the racist, sexist gun lobby. [Media Matters for America (NRA's racism), Media Matters for America (NRA's sexism)]

The South and Vine restaurant was severely damaged by a fire Tuesday night in Statesboro. [WSAV-DT News 3]

Lincolnton (N.C.) Woman missing

Woman missing since May



LINCOLNTON, N.C. — A woman has been missing since May.

Lincoln County Sheriff's officers said Toasha Rice, 27, who also goes by Nikki Green, has been missing since May 26.
She was last seen getting into a black four-door sedan with a female driver.

Investigators said the mother of two has not answered her cellphone or used her credit cards since that day.

Call 911 if you know anything about this case.

WSOC-HD 9 Eyewitness News

Equality Day 2014: sexual discrimination against both genders still prevalent in law


State of nudity rights in the US. All 50 states' statutes allow for women to be nude – partially or fully – for some reason. The states in blue allow for both genders to be nude in public wherever they have a right to be in all municipalities.

Tuesday was Equality Day, once again bringing to light the inequalities that a large amount of the population face in the United States of America, the so-called "beacon of freedom".

There are many ways which discrimination thrives in American society, and a lot of the ways are insidious and subtle.

We are dividing this piece into three parts.  The first part will talk about discrimination against women-identified people (this will include lesbians, bisexuals and trans women).  The second part will speak of discrimination against men (this will include gay and bisexual men, and trans men).  The third and final part will speak of the enormous discrimination that nudists and naturists face with each passing day.

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

As the past 42 months have shown, discrimination against women still exists and it has gotten more open and a whole lot worse.

Unconstitutional laws in states like North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas have shuttered abortion clinics one after the other.  Other state laws ban state insurance plans from including any type of women's health care – from cervical cancer to childbirth to abortion – in them.  In Georgia and South Carolina, for example, women's health care services cannot be included in state health insurance plans in either state.  Only men's plans are on the state-issued plans in those states.

As mentioned in the full quick links earlier, Idaho and South Carolina are two of three states that do not have an active protection for breastfeeding in public.  Indiana, Utah and Tennessee are the three states that infringes on a woman's right to be topless in public wherever she has a right to be (ambiguous state laws are not included in this).

In thirty-one states, women are not allowed to get a divorce if the husband jumps to another state.  That is also the same number of states where it is legal for a rapist to deny their victims of their reproductive choice, and the same number of states where rapists have parental rights.

As of this post, women are paid only 19 cents for every quarter a man makes.  Only 30 minority women are in Congress.  There are five female governors, but only two that even support issues that matter to women.  Only a fifth of the US Senators are women.

Trans women are still targeted victims of biased violence.  None of the murders of trans women in Baltimore since June 1 has been solved yet, for example.  Trans women were victims of bias crimes in Atlanta as well, where cis men harassed them on mass transit and they defended themselves.

In most states, bisexual women and lesbians cannot legally get married due to state amendments that are currently being challenged in courts.  Nor can they adopt children due to such amendments.  Although the amendments are going down in flames, radical right wing attorney generals and state legislatures insist of wasting money on defending such measures.

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MEN

Believe it or not, discrimination against men also exist in laws and attitudes.

Although it is legal for women to get naked – either in part or in full – in every state and the District of Columbia, only three states allow for men to get naked: Kentucky, Maine and New York.

The map at the top of this posting reflects state statutes on nudity and how discriminatory such laws are against men.  States in red allow for municipalities to discriminate against men by outlawing public nudity, even though most of these states themselves (42) allow for men to be nude in public.  The aforementioned states are in blue because those states protect a person's right to be naked in public wherever they have a right to be, rightfully nullifying municipalities' authority to create nudity bans.


That is the most ominous form of discrimination against men and that has gotten little coverage outside of this blog.

But, that is not all. Bi and gay men are not allowed to get married in most US states, nor are they allowed to adopt. In 31 states, men who are raped by women are forced to pay child support for the child that the rapist gave birth to.

In most US states, men who are abused by women still have to travel more than 50 miles away to domestic violence shelters that will accept them, as most shelters still exclude men.

The Equal Rights Amendment will help men by getting rid of laws and statutes that outlaw nudity in public, requiring domestic violence shelters accept men and fund such shelters at near the same rate as they do with women's shelters, requiring all schools getting federal funding accept men and requiring schools to take female-on-male sexual assault seriously.

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NUDISTS AND NATURISTS

Laws that forbid nudity in public doesn't just discriminate based on gender.  Such laws also constitute to discrimination based on beliefs and lifestyle, neither of which is constitutional.

As mentioned above, while 42 states exempt nudity from indecent exposure clauses, only three protect a person's right to be nude wherever he or she has a right to be, and therefore, allow nudists and naturists to file a civil lawsuit against a complainant and law enforcement for unlawful arrest.  Most of the laws against nudity are a result of a disinformation campaign – one that is still ongoing today – to justify legal discrimination against law-abiding nudists and naturists.  Never mind to these Goebbels-style Puritans that it is legal for women to be nude (in order to breastfeed) in every state.

So, it is not about the children.  Let's put the brakes on that argument.  Saying that it is about the children clearly means that bigots are teaching children body-shame, gymnophobia and hatred of a group of law-abiding citizens.  One hundred percent (100%) of all studies done in the past 19 years show that children are not harmed by nudity.  In order words, zero legal unbiased studies out support the argument that children are scarred by nudity.

If it isn't about children, if it isn't about "family-friendly", then it must be about bigotry.  That's the only choice left.  Bigotry cloaked as "decency" is still bigotry, no matter how one tries to window-dress it.

And this kind of bigotry against nudists and naturists have provided criminal gangs with a major tool to recruit, because everyone knows naked people are considered "trash" for criminal gangs looking to beef up their numbers.

The only decent, and Godly, thing to do is get rid of nudity bans.

From abortion to equal pay to public nudity, the sorry state of America on the 94th Equality Day is shameful.  We are nowhere near free.  We are not the beacon of freedom that most makes us out to be.  So, drop the shtick, because those who do their research knows the truth: America isn't the land of the free, unless we make some radical changes here and now.

Girl killed by hospital's golf cart

Security guard was driving cart




AIKEN — A girl of just around 36 months was killed when a security guard riding in a golf cart ran her over on Monday.

The incident happened at 13:33 at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

The child was first treated at the hospital's emergency room, then was taken to Georgia Regents University where she later died.

Aiken Department of Public Safety deputies say the collision remains under investigation.  Although her name has been revealed in the media and on Facebook, we are withholding it here because of the investigation.

KING-DT 5 Seattle

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Darlington is back on September holiday in 2015



NASCAR released its schedule for the 2015 season and it is heartbreak for those who had already planned a trip to Kentucky Speedway on June 27 (like yours truly).  For those who love Darlington, it is a major win.  Kentucky has been moved back two weeks (to July 11), and Darlington is back on the holiday weekend in September.  The season will also end a week later, on the Sunday leading up to Thanksgiving. [NASCAR]

Are you a "cord-cutter"?  If the answer is yes, you are part of a national trend of people seeing the value of uncompressed HDTV via over-the-air television. [WLTX News 19]

A New Tampa, Fla. mom is enraged after cops tell her there is nothing they could do about her baby being trapped in a hot and humid vehicle. [WGHP-TV Fox 8]
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