September 23rd, 2009
Former Atlanta Falcons and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is set to debut with the Eagles this coming Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia after spending roughly two years away from the NFL. Vick was away from the National Football League while serving a prison and probation sentence for running a dog fighting ring. He is expected to not only take snaps at quarterback on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs but also at wide receiver and running back in what is widely becoming known throughout the league as the Wildcat formation.
Vick was allowed to play in the Eagles preseason games but was suspended for the first two weeks of the regular season by commissioner Roger Goodell. His suspension ended after the team’s week two loss to the New Orleans Saints. Vick will be making his regular season debut in front of one of the most hostile fan bases in the country; his own. So, if Vick gets to play and plays well, he will be cheered. If Vick gets to play and plays poorly, he will face boos.
It should be interesting to see if there will be protests outside of the stadium by local animal rights groups or if everything will be quiet prior to the game aside from the raucous noise coming from tailgaters in the parking lots. Whatever happens on Sunday will be talked about for weeks to come on ESPN, Comcast Sports Net, in local and national papers, across the blogosphere and everywhere in between.
August 23rd, 2009
There has finally been some good news regarding the unemployment numbers in the country during these tough economic times. Economic experts believe that the country is slowly but surely climbing out of the recession, which should completely end within the next year. The United States Labor Department released a report earlier in the month of August regarding the country’s unemployment rate, which dropped to 9.4 percent from 9.5 percent only one month prior.
Employers laid off less workers in the month of July, causing the unemployment rate to drop for the first time in 15 months for the United States. A net total of 247,000 jobs were lost in the month of July, which was the fewest number of jobs lost in the previous year. In the month of June there were a net total of 443,000 jobs lost across the country. The report from the Labor Department also claimed that workers’ hours increased in the month of July along with an increase in their paychecks, which had gone stagnate or decreased.
“There’s clearly been a turn for the better,” said economist Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics. “The worst is behind us in terms of layoffs.”
Economic experts fear that it will take until the year 2013 to drive the unemployment rate down to 5 percent. To get the unemployment rate to this number employers will need to begin hiring 200,000 workers per month. The job cuts that were made in the month of July were the fewest number of job cuts in the country since August of 2008.
August 3rd, 2009
Ex-New York Giant wide receiver Plaxico Burress has been indicted on several charges by a Manhattan grand jury earlier Monday morning. The charges stem from an incident back in November when Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub. Burress has been charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Burress’ former teammate, linebacker Antonio Pierce, was not charged in the incident even though he was with Burress the night of the shooting and drove Burress to the hospital and then took the gun used in the shooting back to Burress’ home. Last week both Burress and Pierce testified before the grand jury overseeing the case.
Burress faces 3 and 1/2 years in prison and has been free on $100,000 bail. Burress has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in the case. Burress was drafted out of Michigan State by the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom he played five seasons for prior to joining the Giants in 2005.
The Giants released the veteran receiver in April amid all of the legal problems stemming from the accidental shooting. The office of the District Attorney handling the case regarding Burress is insisting on jail time for the former Giant whether or not he is sentenced by the jury or should Burress plead guilty to the crime.
Burress is eligible to sign with any team he would like in the NFL but his legal problems have prevented him from receiving any contract offers. Burress’ case is also under review of the NFL commissioner’s office.
July 17th, 2009
The unemployment rate has topped 10 percent in at least 15 states across the country and the District of Columbia, according to data that was released on Friday July 17, 2009. The state of Michigan is suffering with a 15.2 percent unemployment rate, which is the highest unemployment mark since 1984 for any state in the country. The Federal Reserve estimates that the unemployment rate in the country currently sits at 9.5 percent and is expected to reach 10 percent by the end of the calendar year.
Government officials are worried that it might take anywhere from five to six years for the economy to get back on track. How will it get back on track? The answer is simple; consumers have to return themselves to a regular spending groove and the price of housing must rise back to what it once was before the market went downhill. This seems easier said than done though for most people.
Aside from the state of Michigan, the other 14 states to top 10 percent in unemployment were Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee. Michigan is suffering so much during the longest running recession since World War II because of all the struggling automotive companies in their state. The majority of jobs lost in the state are auto factory jobs.
North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska had the lowest unemployment rates for the month of June with 4.2, 5.1, and 5 percent respectively. Michigan’s highest rate of unemployment for one month was 16.9 in the month of November.
June 28th, 2009
In most schools, especially high schools, across the country teachers and administrators try to prevent underage drinking. This is especially true when prom season rolls around at high schools all over this great nation of ours. Well the same can’t be said for one high school in the state of New York. Now, this high school wasn’t promoting underage drinking persay but it is pretty close.
Onteora School District was involved in a prom night disaster when it comes to prom favors. One of the high schools in the district gave the attendees of the prom shot glasses, which are used for liquor, as prom favors to take home with them. The high school is located in Boiceville, New York, in the Catskill Mountains of the state.
School policies in the district have been revised to prevent any such gift being handed out at a senior prom ever again. This information was provided by the District’s Superintendent Leslie Ford.
Ford told reporters that this isn’t the message that they want to send out to the teens in their school district or around the country. The school district involved in the incident is located roughly 115 miles north of Manhattan.
Holley Carnright, the District Attorney for Ulster County, said that the prom favors were an insult to families that have been a victim of drunk driving incidents. The story of these prom favors has made it all over the country and some schools are taking action to prevent this incident from happening at their school anytime in the future.
June 28th, 2009
A nationwide beef recall has been expanded from 41,000 pounds of beef to over 380,000 pounds of beef that has possibly been contaminated with E. coli. The previous recall of 41,000 pounds came earlier last week. The United States Department of Agriculture says that the packages of beef that were recalled included a time stamp of “0618″ to “1130,” a date of “042109,” and bears the name “EST. 969.”
The company issuing the recall is JBS Swift Beef Co. of Greeley, Colorado. The recall was prompted by an investigation led by the United States Department of Agriculture regarding 24 illnesses across the country. The investigation was led by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. This also prompted the company to review its food safety system that is currently in place.
The USDA claims that 18 of the 24 illnesses seen across the country have the same cause, forcing the company to make the recall out of an abundance of caution for its customers. The USDA could not provide an updated list of states affected by the new recall on Sunday or where the illnesses are located.
The original recall affected the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. The most recent recall is believed to affect those same states with the possiblity of other states across the country being affected as well.
The USDA is hoping to release a new list as soon as Monday and no later than Tuesday regarding the recall by JBS Swift Beef Co. in Greeley, Colorado.
June 28th, 2009
The woman at the heart of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford’s affair has admitted to the press that she has been involved with the much maligned politician. Maria Belen Chapur, a 41 year old, admitted on Sunday that she is the woman involved in the affair with Sanford. Chapur also said that the email making its way around the world was obtained from her account without permission.
“I have decided to send this statement to clear up certain incorrect things that are being reported, and put an end to a matter that, as you imagine, is very painful to me, my two children, my entire family and close friends.”
Chapur claims that her Hotmail account was accessed by someone, not naming the person, without permission and sent her correspondences between her and Sanford to the South Carolina newspaper ‘The State.’
“I have a strong suspicion of who is responsible for this evil act that was directed at me but also destroyed the lives of so many others,” Chapur said. “But without sufficient proof, and for legal reasons, I am obligated to not reveal the name.
“It is not for me to judge anyone. I leave it all in the hands of God,” she concluded.
Sanford made a secret trip to Argentina earlier in the month of June and upon returning to the United States had to finally admit that he was involved in an affair with a woman from Argentina.
As it stands right now Sanford does not plan to resign from his political post because he feels that it would be the easiest thing to do. Sanford would rather restore the public and his family’s trust in him.
June 28th, 2009
Popular and beloved Television salesman Billy Mays has died at the age of 50. Mays, who recently returned to his home in Tampa via a Philadelphia flight, was found dead on Sunday morning in his Tampa home according to police. Billy Mays was famous for shouting at viewers through the television while hocking all different products from OxiClean to ESPN 360.com
Mays’ wife found him unresponsive in bed on Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead at 7:45am by an emergency rescue team that responded to the 911 call. On his flight from Philly to Tampa Mays said he was hit on the head when the plane made a rough landing in Tampa. His wife also said that he didn’t feel good prior to going to bed on Saturday night. There was no sign of a break-in at their home and no foul play is being suspected.
An autopsy will be performed on Monday by the coroner’s office involved in the investigation of Mays’ death. The only statement released by Mays’ wife, Deborah, was the following:
“Although Billy lived a public life, we don’t anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days,” Deborah Mays said in a statement Sunday. “Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times.”
Mays had the following to say after his rough landing in Tampa:
“All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping,” MyFox Tampa Bay quoted him as saying. “It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head.”