Furniture Deliveryman Accused of Sexually Assaulting Local Woman

first_imgA South Florida deliveryman is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a woman after dropping off her new furniture.According to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Richard Omar Fisher was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on August 31 after being charged with sexual assault and battery. He left the jail last Sunday after posting $20,000 bond.The arrest report states that the 23-year-old woman told investigators that she had moved on June 3 to a third-floor apartment in the Greenacres area. She ordered several items from City Furniture, and two deliverymen brought a love seat, a sofa, and a mattress and box spring to the residence on June 6.The woman told authorities that one of the men stepped outside, while the other man photographed the furniture and its placement in the home.She adds that she jokingly told the man he should quit his job due to the hot weather and pointed to her daughter’s room, suggesting that he could sleep in there. The man allegedly responded, “I’m going to sleep in your room.”When the pair entered the woman’s bedroom so that Fisher could photograph the bed, she decided to try the bed by laying on it. However, the woman says Fisher got on top of her and began to kiss and touch her.She reacted by trying to pull away him away while repeatedly saying “No” and “I don’t want to do this,” and telling Fisher that she needed to check on her 3-year-old daughter, who was crying in the other room. The man reportedly left when a telephone technician knocked on her front door to install equipment.At that point, she called a friend and then City Furniture, and later picked Fisher out from a sheriff’s photo lineup.City Furniture informed PBSO on June 12 that both deliverymen had been suspended, although Fisher told investigators that he was married, had children, and did not commit the alleged assault.PBSO obtained a warrant to collect DNA from Fisher, and lab results indicated that it is likely that DNA found on the woman belongs to him. Fisher was then picked up in Broward County on August 28 and transferred to the Palm Beach County Jail on August 31.Records indicate no previous arrests for him in Florida.last_img read more

Florida Authorities Warn of Road Rage Among Mating Alligators

first_imgOfficials in one part of Florida are telling residents to be on the lookout not only for aggressive drivers on the road, but for alligators with that attitude.The message came after a nine-foot gator had to be removed from a road in Manatee County on Friday.The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office warned motorists that we are in that time of year when alligators are mating and may therefore be more mobile and aggressive.They posted:Courtesy: Manatee County Sheriff’s Office/FacebookA male gator measuring 9 feet, 2 inches was removed from a roadway after it was spotted “being aggressive with traffic.”Sheriff’s deputies relocated him to an alligator farm.Wildlife officials add that the Florida mating season begins in early April and could continue into June.last_img read more

Northern players shine at St Rule Trophy

first_img The St Rule Trophy, played over the New and Old courses at St Andrews, turned into a Cheshire and Lancashire celebration thanks to Emma Goddard, Bethany Garton, Emily Taylor, Charlotte Wild and Brogan Townend. Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool Ladies’) was runner-up on five-under par for the 54-hole event, finishing two shots behind the winner, Scottish champion Laura Murray. Emma (image © Leaderboard Photography) had posted the clubhouse target of five-under-par 222 with half the field still to come in, after scoring four-under-par 72 in the final round on the Old Course. In the end only Laura Murray overhauled the Cheshire player. Emma had a startling recovery from a double bogey six at the comparatively simple first hole when she birdied the next five holes and also the ninth to be out in four-under-par 34. She bogeyed the 11th but birdied the 13th in level par 38 home. Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire) saved her best to last, shooting the low score of the tournament in the final round with a six-under 70 which lifted her into a share of third place on her debut appearance. The 18-year-old had 31 putts in a bogey-free round. Irish strokeplay champion Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Annes) won the U18 event for the Lawson Trophy. Her final round of 71 was the joint second best and included six birdies with just one bogey. The field of 17 competitors aged U18 was a record for the tournament, which was first played in 1984. Overall, Emily tied for seventh place with Charlotte Wild (Mere, Cheshire), who had a great run in the middle of the final round with birdies on the fourth-fifth-sixth and then on the eighth-ninth-tenth. Charlotte is a past English strokeplay champion. Charlotte, Emily and Brogan Townend (Pleasington, Lancashire) combined to give England second place in the international team event, two shots behind the winners, Scotland. Leading final scores Par 227 New Course (first round) par 75, CSS 76 Old Course par 76, CSS 78 76 220 Laura Murray (Alford) 73 74 73 222 Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool Ladies) 75 72 72 223 Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham) 74 79 70, Jenny Haglund (Sweden) 73 78 72, Louise Kenney (Pitreavie) 74 75 74 224 Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 77 71 225 Emily M Taylor (Royal Lytham) 76 78 71, Charlotte Wild (Mere) 78 73 74 226 Eilidh Briggs (Kilmacolm) 76 74 76 227 Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) 75 77 75 228 Jane Turner (Craigielaw) 76 76 76, Clara Young (North Berwick) 79 76 73, Kelsey MacDonald (Nairn Dunbar) 77 78 73 231 Emilie Lundstrom (Sweden) 78 81 72 232 Lesley Atkins (Gullane Ladies)  74 75 83, Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 80 76 76, Ami Storey (Ponteland) 79 77 76, Jess Wilcox (Blankney) 78 79 75 233 Chloe Williams (Wrexham) 79 79 75, Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) 74 77 82, Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 76 85 72 234 Rachael McQueen (Troon Ladies) 78 80 76, Susan Jackson (Ladybank) 77 78 79 235 Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) 80 78 77, Lauren Blease (Burhill) 76 81 78, Samantha Birks (Wolstanton) 75 83 77, Joelle Van Baarle (Belgium) 82 78 75, Brogan Townend (Pleasington) 76 81 78 6 Jun 2012 Northern players shine at St Rule Trophy last_img read more

England squad named for French U21 championship

first_img England Golf is sending a squad of six players to the French Lady Junior Championship at St Cloud, near Paris, from April 17-21. They are: Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock, Alex Peters, Sophie Keech, Sammy Fuller and Sophie Lamb. This U21 championship is one of the most prestigious in Europe and always attracts a strong field of leading players, whose places in the tournament are determined by their position in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The full field will play two rounds of stroke play qualifying before the leading 32 players go forward to the match play stages of the Esmond Trophy. The next best 16 players aged under 18 will contest the Cartier Trophy which was won last year by England’s Bronte Law. The players: Gabriella Cowley, 18 (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire, image © Leaderboard Photography) was runner-up in this year’s Portuguese amateur championship. She won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2013, a year when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver and helping England to retain their crown at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Annabel Dimmock, 17, (Wentworth, Surrey) won the 2014 Jones-Doherty Cup during a successful trip to the USA for the Orange Blossom Tour, where she was also runner-up in the South Atlantic women’s amateur. She has followed up by becoming runner-up in the Spanish women’s amateur, taking fifth individual place in the European Nations Cup and, with Steven Brown, winning the Sunningdale Foursomes. Alex Peters, 20, (Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire) won the 2013 England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. During the year she was runner-up in the English amateur and Welsh stroke play championships and, like Gabriella Cowley, represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe. She reached the quarter finals of this year’s Spanish amateur. Sophie Keech, 17, (Parkstone, Dorset) won the 2013 English girls’ championship, to add to her English schools’ and South West girls’ titles. She was a member of England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. This year she received England Golf’s Silver Tee award for the way she combines her golf and her studies. Sammy Fuller, 14, (Roehampton, Surrey) was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy. She had top-ten finishes in the 2013 women’s Welsh Open, Irish Open and English Close Championships, she won the Bridget Jackson Bowl and was third on the Lorrin Golf England girls’ Order of Merit. Sophie Lamb, 16, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) was leading points scorer in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals, won the girls’ championship at the 2013 Fairhaven Trophies and represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. She also helped England beat Spain in the annual U16 international. 31 Mar 2014 England squad named for French U21 championship last_img read more

Yorkshire women to defend county title

first_img5 Jul 2014 Yorkshire women to defend county title Yorkshire will defend their title as the women’s English County Champions after they won a thrilling climax to North Region county match week at Northumberland Golf Club. The champions – who have won the national title 12 times – will be challenged at County Finals at Belton Park, Lincolnshire, from September 15-19, by the winning teams from the other five regions. They are: Lincolnshire from Midlands North; Buckinghamshire from Midlands South; Hertfordshire from the East; Gloucestershire from the South West; and Hampshire from the South. Yorkshire squeezed through to County Finals after a countback of games won at their regional match week, after they tied with Lancashire and Cheshire with four match wins apiece. Yorkshire’s 34 points beat Lancashire (30.5) into second place, just ahead of third placed Cheshire (30).  The other North region counties are Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria. Yorkshire are pictured after winning the 2013 national title (image © Leaderboard Photography). Lincolnshire, who won this title in 2011, will be making their sixth consecutive appearance at County Finals and will be playing on home ground at Belton Park. They won the Midlands North regional final at The Leicestershire, winning all five of their matches. The runners-up were Nottinghamshire. The other counties in the region are: Leicestershire & Rutland, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire. Buckinghamshire last represented Midlands South at County Finals in 2012. They clinched their place at their county match week at Northampton Golf Club, where they won four out of a possible five points. Northamptonshire and Worcestershire & Herefordshire both won three matches, while the other competing counties were Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Warwickshire. Hertfordshire, who won the national title four years ago, had a perfect five wins from five matches at the East region week at Gog Magog in Cambs & Hunts. The runners-up were Essex and the other competing counties were Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambs & Hunts. Hampshire won all four of their matches at the South Region week at Muswell Hill in Middlesex. The runners-up were Surrey and the other competing counties were Kent, Middlesex and Sussex. Hampshire have won the national title three times, all in the 1990s and most recently in 1995. Gloucestershire emerged as South West champions at Yeovil in Somerset with 3½ points from five matches. They pipped both the hosts, Somerset, and Cornwall, who both had three points. The other competing counties were Wiltshire, Devon and Dorset. The draw for County Finals is: Monday 15 September Gloucestershire v Hertfordshire Hampshire v Lincolnshire Yorkshire v Buckinghamshire Tuesday 16 September Hampshire v Yorkshire Hertfordshire v Lincolnshire Buckinghamshire v Gloucestershire Wednesday 17 September Lincolnshire v Buckinghamshire Gloucestershire v Yorkshire Hampshire v Hertfordshire Thursday 18 September Gloucestershire v Hampshire Hertfordshire v Buckinghamshire Yorkshire v Lincolnshire Friday 19 September Yorkshire v Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire v Hampshire Lincolnshire v Gloucestershire Each match consists of three foursomes in the morning followed by six afternoon singles.last_img read more

Somerset golfer honoured with top England Golf award

first_img15 Mar 2017 Somerset golfer honoured with top England Golf award A Somerset golfer who has shared her love of the game for over half a century has been honoured with England Golf’s Lifetime Service Award. Jenny Hobbs of Bath Golf Club was presented with the award – sponsored by Your Golf Travel – at a glittering ceremony last night at Lord’s when the spotlight shone on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf.  She was honoured alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Solheim Cup player Charley Hull as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game. Jenny, who is featured in a specially filmed video, was recognised for her decades-long contribution of inspiring fellow players, encouraging juniors and supporting her club, county and country. “If she had been paid for the hours given to golf she would be a rich woman,” said Bath Ladies’ Captain Louise Buxton. “When Jenny reaches heaven if there is no golf course she will set about its organisation!” Jenny remarked: “I’m absolutely overwhelmed, this is marvellous and terribly exciting!” Her award includes a one-night stay with two rounds of golf, for four people at a UK Marriott Hotel and Country Club, given by Your Golf Travel.   She first learned golf as a school leaver, taught alongside a neighbour’s son at a local municipal course by a professional/greenkeeper. “All I remember is that he used to wear a long coat but he gave us jolly good lessons and I have been passionate about golf ever since.” She cherishes the friendships made and the health benefits gained. “I would recommend it rather than depending on the NHS,” she added. Jenny, 83, has been a member of Bath Golf Club since 1969 and is known throughout club, county and region as an unstinting volunteer. At the club, she’s been ladies’ captain three times, has sat on the general committee and still organises the ladies’ friendly matches. In the ladies’ centenary year in 1983 she played 100 holes in a day to raise funds for the celebrations. Then, at the age of 80, she played 80 holes in a day to raise over £1300 for the captain’s charity! Jenny has been closely involved with the county association, playing second team golf and serving as Somerset President before being made a life member. She’s also a keen supporter of the Bristol and District Ladies Golf Alliance and of South West golf, with many particularly fond memories of her days on the regional committee. At national level, she has been involved with training England teams. What’s more, she’s still a winning golfer who collected three trophies last season! Click here to read more about the Awards Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Obama to Ali: ‘You shocked the world’

first_imgSTAR STUDDED GALA—Actress Rasheda Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali arrives at the Keep Memory Alive 16th Annual “Power of Love Gala” honoring Muhammad Ali with his 70th birthday celebration Feb. 18, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari) by Oskar GarciaLAS VEGAS (AP)—President Barack Obama lauded Muhammad Ali Saturday as he joined some of the world’s most famous people in a birthday celebration for the boxer known simply as “The Greatest.”“Happy birthday, champ,” President Barack Obama told Ali through a video message, saying he wished he could have attended a swanky dinner gala in Las Vegas featuring some of the biggest names in sports, film, television and music. “As a fighter, you were something spectacular,” Obama told Ali, who turned 70 last month. “You shocked the world, and you inspired it, too. And even after all the titles and legendary bouts, you’re still doing it.”The gala’s 2,000 attendees were there to celebrate Ali’s life and generate millions of dollars for brain research, a mission Ali’s family says is important to him in part because of his nearly 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.Football great Jim Brown said Ali represents the greatest of America, because at one time people only recognized his athletic ability and didn’t like what he had to say. That changed over time, he said.“America started with slavery and ended up with a Black president,” Brown said. “Muhammad Ali was a part of that … a big part.”Ali’s wife, Lonnie Ali, told the star-studded crowd that her husband’s greatest wish has always been to inspire and help others. She said he feels that his life really began when he retired from the ring.“Muhammad’s gift of inspiration is timeless, and now more relevant than ever,” she said after being introduced by music icon Quincy Jones.Lonnie Ali introduced a video montage of her husband’s life, including clips from his work with children.“People look for miracles, people look for wonders, people expect surprises of all kinds,” Ali said in the video. “Yet the greatest wonder, the greatest miracle, the greatest surprise is to be found in one’s heart.”Guests arriving on the red carpet included football great Franco Harris, supermodel Cindy Crawford, acting star Samuel L. Jackson, Ali’s children and grandchildren and Chuck Wepner, who fought Ali in 1975 for the heavyweight title and lost.“I would go anywhere in the world for Muhammad Ali’s birthday,” Wepner said.One of Ali’s daughters, Rasheda Ali, said the gala is a chance for friends, family and A-listers who look up to her father to show their respect for his life and legacy as a humanitarian. In return, she says he’ll be honored to see them there.“He has not left that need to help others,” Rasheda Ali said. “That’s one of his core values—his charity and his giving.”The gala—with tickets starting at $1,500 per plate—was held at the MGM Grand, the site of most of boxing’s major fights the past two decades. Famous faces converged on the 160 tables adjacent to two rings and a stage—Terrence Howard, Anthony Hopkins, Manny Pacquiao, and Lenny Kravitz, among others. They planned performances and tributes to a fighter who went 56-5 in the ring with 37 knockouts and became perhaps the most famous athlete ever because of his personality and willingness to publicly stand up for his beliefs.Tennis great Andre Agassi said Ali has shown the world that each person has a duty—regardless of their occupation—to live for more than him or herself and help others.“What he did with his platform was unparalleled and the impact he’s had as a result, we still feel to this day, which is why we’re all out here tonight,” Agassi said. “We’re grateful to what he’s done. He’s been a leader—we’re also challenged and charged with a duty of figuring out a way to do more.”Ali has lived with Parkinson’s disease for nearly 30 years, a degenerative brain condition that some doctors say can be brought on by punches to the head.The gala raised funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., a cultural attraction that celebrates Ali’s life and pushes educational goals on a wide range of topics for adults and children.Larry Ruvo, chairman of the clinic’s fundraising arm, Keep Memory Alive, said he’s not sure whether the fundraiser will exceed its record of $27 million, but he hopes so.The gala’s auction includes some items that only an A-lister or others with incredibly deep pockets could possibly afford. The top item was Ali’s gloves that he used to fight Floyd Patterson in 1965, a bout he won by knockout in the 12th round.“If it’s $100, great, $100,000 would be better,” Larry King said in trying to drum up bids.Magician David Copperfield auctioned off a four-night trip to his set of 11 private islands in the Bahamas for $300,000.Boxing promoter Bob Arum said during a pre-gala reception Friday night attended by celebrities including Hopkins and Larry King that Ali will go down as one of the most important Americans in history.“Without Muhammad Ali, there wouldn’t have been an Obama,” he said. “There wouldn’t have been a mixed-race president.”ABC and ESPN plan to air the gala on Feb. 25.last_img read more

Prisoners of the past

first_imgThey not only lost a game, they lost credibility. They lost the link to greatness; well maybe not entirely but they better have two forms of I.D. when they proceed to the lost and found to reclaim their “mojo” and “swag.” When your back is against the wall you are supposed to play to “live for another day.”You are supposed to step up to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a single if nothing else. You may not clear the bases but at least one run should score. There is no excuse for the Steelers losing to the Cowboys, none.There was one particular play when the Ben Roethlisberger was hit hard. When he came up off of the turf he winced and it appeared maybe one of his previous injuries had been aggravated. This is no freakin’ time for drama from any of the Steelers performers. The curtain is about to close on their 2012 season and if it does they will have no one to blame but themselves. Hey listen, ex-Indy Colts and present Denver Broncos QB, future NFL Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning had neck surgery, spent a year out of football, signed a contract with a new team and led his team to a division championship. Recently the Baltimore Ravens beat the Steelers at Heinz Field and when Steelers third string QB Charlie Batch returned the favor in B-more, well let’s just say this; the attention and adulation heaped onto Batch seemed to be just a bit too much for “Big” Ben to take. So he immediately rushed back against the Chargers and got “smizz-oked,” you diggg….There is a pattern of narcissism going on here. Before any of us can save anyone else, we have to be able to rescue ourselves. Before you or I can stand up in the pulpit preaching morality, we have to refrain from taking bills from our wallets leaving them on a dresser at a Nevada brothel.“There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison.” Whoever you “think” you are does not alter the reality of who you really are.The Immaculate Reception by Franco Harris decades ago meant nothing to the Cowboys Sunday evening. The record setting run by “fast” Willie Parker to basically seal the win for the Steelers against Seahawks in Super Bowl XLV is not even on the radar screen of Dallas QB Tony Romo. The game winning catch by ex-Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes to defeat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLVIII did not cause Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to lose any sleep Saturday night.To the current crop of NFL performers and coaches, those deeds are buried deep in the vaults of legend and lore. The jewels of the Steelers past no longer sparkle and Roethlisberger’s throne room has now become a prison. The interception that he threw in Dallas will henceforth be known as; “The Immaculate Interception.” Past deeds of greatness only serve to capture and maintain the psyche of the fan base because yesterday’s performances, as in decades ago; don’t have any bearing on the paychecks of today’s NFL players. Now hear this; Colin Kaepernick the 2nd year QB with the 49ers strolled up to Foxborough and dismantled the Patriots post haste by the score of 41-34. Kaepernick threw for three more touchdowns and one less pick than Patriots future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady. This unlikely feat happened just hours after Roethlisberger threw for two yards less (339) than Romo (341) and threw his season murdering pick in overtime at Dallas. This was not the Roger Staubach, “Too Tall” Jones, Troy Aikman or Emmett Smith Cowboys, this was the 2012 run of the mill version.It seems as if the majority of NFL franchises are not afraid to place a bet on the future. This next list of NFL rookie starting QBs is startling: Russell Wilson, Seahawks, Robert Griffin III, Redskins, Andrew Luck, Colts, Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins. Two second year QBs also stand out; Cam Newton, Panthers, and Andy Dalton, Bengals. I firmly believe that none of the “inexperienced” QB’s would have thrown that same pass that gave the Cowboys their second wind in regards to advancing to the NFL postseason and may have sucked the air out of the Steelers chances. When will Ben Roethlisberger discontinue to scramble in and out of the pocket to keep a drive alive just to ultimately “kill” it?Fans and friends of the Steelers nation, do not allow the grandiosity and victories of the past to hold the present and future hostage in the prison of mediocrity.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.­­­com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the “Odd Couple Sports Show” where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. during the NFL season. Listen to Aubrey’s archived “Odd Couple” segments on: www.worldspeak­connnection.com click on ‘Fair Catch.”) “There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison.” (Spoken by ‘King Osric’ from the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’.) The Pittsburgh Steelers departed the Steel City last weekend not only on a journey to play the Dallas Cowboys in the Lone Star State of Texas; they were by all accounts supposed to be on the road to the 2012 NFL post season. But ya know what? Somewhere along the road to prosperity their GPS failed and they detoured from the “road to prosperity” to the “back alley of incompetence and defeat.”last_img read more

Sterling charged, NBA sets June 3 hearing

first_imgIn this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Rochelle during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. An attorney representing the estranged wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling said Thursday, May 8, 2014, that she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA charged Donald Sterling on Monday with damaging the league and its teams with his racist comments, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.The league also said the banned owner has engaged in other conduct that has impaired its relationship with fans and merchandising partners.“All of these acts provide grounds for termination under several provisions of the NBA constitution and related agreements,” the league said in a statement.Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by Commissioner Adam Silver after the release of a recording in which he made racist remarks. He has until May 27 to respond to the charge, and the right to appear at the hearing and make a presentation before the board of governors. He has the right to a lawyer at the hearing, but strict courtroom rules of evidence would not apply.Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, the board chairman, will preside over the hearing, which is planned for two days before the start of the NBA Finals. If three-fourths of the other 29 owners vote to sustain the charge, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981.Silver has said he is confident he has the votes.Sterling told a female friend, V. Stiviano, not to bring Blacks to Clipper games during their conversation that was recorded. Sterling specifically mentioned Magic Johnson, then criticized the NBA Hall of Famer again as a poor role model during a recent interview with CNN.“Among other things, Mr. Sterling disparaged African-Americans and ‘minorities’; directed a female acquaintance not to associate publicly with African-Americans or to bring African-Americans to Clippers games; and criticized African-Americans for not supporting their communities,” the NBA said.The league also charged Sterling with issuing a false and misleading media statement about the matter.Article 13 of the NBA’s constitution, which deals with termination of ownership, states that one of the conditions is if an owner fails or refuses “to fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association, its members, players, or any other third party in such a way as to affect the Association or its members adversely.”A number of sponsors suspended their deals with the Clippers in the wake of Sterling’s remarks, potentially hurting league revenues, and players have said they would consider a boycott next season.“Mr. Sterling’s actions and positions significantly undermine the NBA’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion; damage the NBA’s relationship with its fans; harm NBA owners, players and Clippers team personnel; and impair the NBA’s relationship with marketing and merchandising partners, as well as with government and community leaders,” the league said.If Sterling does not respond to the charge within five business days, or appear at the hearing, it would be deemed an admission of the “total validity of the charges as presented,” according to the constitution.But even the players who want him out believe Sterling will fight, and his attorney sent a letter to the league last week informing it that Sterling wouldn’t be paying the fine.A message on the office voicemail of Sterling’s lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, said he would have no comment now.Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, has said she will fight to keep her 50 percent share of the team even if Donald Sterling is forced to sell, but the league said in its statement that “all ownership interests in the Clippers will be terminated” if the charge is upheld.___Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoneylast_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar For Olympia

first_imgAnother weekend with forecasted beautiful weather!  Is this really Western Washington?!  Pick from a wide variety of events happening around town.  Then, mark your calendar for the ever-popular Fall Arts Walk next weekend.Thurston Solar Tour – Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pmPuget Sound Classic 5k & 10k – Saturday at 9:00 am, benefitting Bronwyn’s WheelhouseNisqually River Watershed Festival at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge – Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pmPick up a small notebook and head outside to gather leaves.  Get some great tips on creating a leaf journal here.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at submit@thurstontalk.com.  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook23Tweet0Pin0last_img read more