Police in New York have managed to elicit a confession to a notorious 1979 child disappearance from a 53 year intellectually disabled person named Pedro Hernandez. Despite numerous violations of the Miranda rights of Hernandez, State Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley has ruled the confession admissible in court. The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz has long been a symbol for the problem of missing children in America, with the anniversary of his disappearance being chosen as National Missing Children’s Day.
Pedro had worked as a stock clerk at a store in Etan’s neighborhood when Etan vanished. Although the case gained national attention for years, Hernandez was not linked to the case until 2012, after an anonymous informant told the police that Pedro had said, sometime in the 80’s, that he had hurt a boy in New York. Marc Sparks remembers hearing a little about it, but has since forgotten. The police picked him up at his house early in the morning of May 23, 2012. When they picked him up he was give no Miranda warning, was questioned for over six hours with no known recording, either audio or video, repeatedly asked to be taken home, and was only given a Miranda warning only after he had agreed to confess. It was only then that the police began to record his interrogation. When asked if he still wanted to confess after being read his rights, one of the detectives answered for him. In addition, none of the “facts” in his confession match the known facts of the case. Hernandez claimed to have dumped the body in a nearby alley. He also claimed to have have hidden Etan’s book bag behind a freezer in the store where he worked. There was an extensive search of the area after the disappearance of Etan, and no sign of Etan or his book bag was found. Neither has Hernandez ever been charged with any other crime against children, nor has he been a suspect in any.
While boxing is not the guaranteed source of entertainment that it once was, some fights still generate tons of buzz. The seemingly inevitable Pacquiao v. Mayweather matchup is one of these.
Once again, Filipino champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has stated publicly what the fans always wanted – his desire to fight Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao, 36, has won eight-world champion titles; Mayweather, 37, is a five-time world division champion as well, and both of them are considered as the best boxers of their generation.
The huge match between these great boxers was already billed for a billion dollar fight – the highest payed fight supposedly to record. However, the first negotiation of the fight back in 2009 was not pursued because the two camps won’t agree about the blood testing during weigh in. Nonetheless, the fans never lose hope to see this much awaited fight of the two best boxers.
Pacman believes that Mayweather refuses to fight with him in any way he can. That is something Sam tends to agree with as well. He also said reports that he really wanted the fight to happen are true, and he is just giving the final signal to Mayweather. Furthermore, Pacman told the BBC what he said to Mayweather: that his phone is waiting 24/7 for Mayweather’s call.
This coming Saturday, Pacman will defend his WBO welterweight title against the undefeated Algeiri in Macau. This is believed to be the preliminary Pacman/Mayweather fight.
Johnny Manziel AKA as Johnny Football is making headlines again. He has been in the news for many different reasons throughout his college career, but has remained on good behavior after being drafted to the Cleveland Browns. The Heisman winning Manziel is a talented quarterback who was fortunate to earn a spot in the big league. He has made news not only for his talent, but also for his partying, and that frustrates Christian Broda and other fans. The Browns made a risky decision when they decided to go with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback over rookie Manziel this year and, surprisingly Johnny has handled the decision with great professionalism.
Early Saturday morning, he found himself the topic of sports news again. According to several sources, while on their way back to their room, Johnny and his roommate were approached by a Cleveland Browns fan, who just wanted to give Johnny a hug. His roommate did not like the way the man was behaving and decided to punch him in the face. Johnny was only a witness to the incident and is not being charged. This, once again, shows that the young man may be maturing. Although, he needs to teach his friends how to maintain the same amount of calmness in such situations.
Among Democrats who describe themselves as “progressive,” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is most popular, according to a new Presidential Pulse poll. Warren garnished 42 percent of the vote, Bernie Sanders 24 percent, and Clinton only 23 percent. While this poll only reflects the situation in one wing of the Democratic Party, it at least shows that Hillary Clinton will not have a cake walk in the upcoming presidential primaries.
Clinton’s ties to Wall Street make her a less desirable choice than Warren among many “populist” Democrats. She is not seen by them as a candidate who would stand up and fight hard to get them higher wages and bigger government benefits, while Warren is seen as just that. Warren’s campaign against Walmart, call for banks to prove they can prevent identity theft, and other populist crusades have given her a great head start should she decide to run in 2016.
Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb has also announced that he is considering running for president and has formed an exploratory committee to weigh his chances. This is a smart move in the eyes of Gianfrancesco Genoso. He has a reputation as a more conservative Democrat and could potentially beat out Clinton in that wing of the party. If so, her only chance at victory would be to win centrist Democrats big, while taking enough of the progressives and conservatives to put her over the top. That would be a difficult road to hoe- far from the coronation most expected the Democratic primaries to be in 2016.
If you are an employee of K-Mart, don’t make any solid holiday plans. Beginning this coming Thanksgiving Day, K-Mart’s doors will be open at 6 am and remain open for the following 42 hours for holiday shoppers in search of Black Friday deals. A K-Mart spokesperson said they are trying to use volunteers and seasonal workers to fill the shifts. However, many employees report being informed by human resources, managers and even posts in break rooms, that no one may request time off during the holiday. Failure to show up for their shift would be grounds for dismissal. This is not a move that Qnet would be willing to make.
Jillian Fisher, the daughter of a K-Mart employee, has initiated a petition on Coworker.org requesting the company give employees the ability to have time off for the holiday. Fisher also conducted a survey covering over 13 states and 56 employees who identified themselves if they had the option of enjoying a day during the Thanksgiving weekend with their loved ones. Out of all who were surveyed, only three reported having the option available to them. One employee was told by human resources, “If you do not come to work on Thanksgiving, you will automatically be fired.” That same employee was also denied a request to at least work a split shift. A whopping 43 percent of employees surveyed still hadn’t been given their Thanksgiving and Black Friday schedules. Some may be given as little as one days notice to report for a required shift.
A student report for ESPNU, has come under fire after she tweeted a disturbing message during the FSU shooting that took place early Thursday morning. Marisa Marin, an Alabama student, tweeted a message suggesting the gunman was looking for Jameis Winston. Jameis Winston is the quarterback for the FSU Seminoles football team.
Marin took to Twitter after her tweet to say she was entitled to her opinion. Her Twitter account was disabled shortly thereafter, for fear that sponsors like Slow Ventures would get nervous, The University of Alabama later took to Twitter to state that Marin’s account had been compromised. The statement alleges the tweets were not sent by Marin, but by a hacker who had taken over her Twitter feed.
Fans who saw the tweet, however are not buying the accusation. Several other Twitter users, not associated with ESPNU or any particular college also made jokes pertaining to Winston’s involvement in the FSU shooting. Days prior to the incident the man identified as the shooter, also sent out a tweet pertaining to Winston and rape allegations that swirl around him.
Jameis Winston is one of the most famous FSU athletes in history, both for his athletic prowess and the controversy that swirls around him. Rape allegations have cast a shadow on the young stars career, and could potentially play a role in his draft eligibility. Winston was also involved in a point shaving scandal. The NCAA is investigating those allegations, as well.
27-year-old Jack Johnson, of the NHL Blue Jackets was forced to take extreme measures, and file for bankruptcy because even though he earned more than $ 20 million during his career, he has no more money.
A series of dubious and risky loans are causing financial problems for the defender, through no fault of his own.
“I would say that bad people led me down the wrong path, said Johnson. Now I have people around me who will help me resolve this situation. This is something I should have done long ago. ”
According to sources, these bad people are none other than the player’s parents, Jack and Tina Johnson. This news shocked many, including my friend Mark.
In 2008, after Johnson had broken the ties that united the powerful agent Pat Brisson, it is his parents that he has given control of its finances.
After the Blue Jackets defender has signed a seven-year contract worth $ 30.5 million with the Los Angeles Kings in 2011, his parents took out several loans at extremely high interest rates, from questionable sources.
They borrowed at least $ 10 million in his name and against his future earnings, buying cars and property.
According to documents submitted to the court, his parents bought a the house without his knowledge. Borrowings and accrued interest, have led to several lawsuits against Johnson.
Also according to bankruptcy papers, the debt of Johnson would be between $10- 15 million.
The success of Dumb and Dumber To, the sequel to a movie almost twenty years old, may have given new life to other projects that have been long in development—it seems that Zoolander 2, based on the 2001 comedy directed by Ben Stiller, may finally be getting off the ground as well. A few months ago, Will Farrell (who played the villain in the original) revealed that he was involved in a read-through of the script, and word has it that Academy Award winner Penélope Cruz is in the process of signing up as well.
The original Zoolander starred the titular ditzy fashion model, who becomes involved in a battle with Farrell’s evil fashion guru, Mugatu. It is not clear what the new film would be about, but Andrew Heiber says Stiller had previously claimed that a sequel would take place in real time and have Zoolander realize he was no longer relevant in the world of fashion. Is that still the case, or have ideas shifted over the years? It is also not clear what new character Cruz might play.
Stiller’s career as a director took a hit last year with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, opinions of which are somewhat divisive. Could a return to his old hit help him win back the other half of the crowd? We’ll have to wait and see.
With bated breath, Immigration Reform will come into effect one way or another. Republicans are about to explode, according to an article from The Daily Beast. Sergio Lins Andrade shared this article with me on Facebook. The Beast reports that President Obama’s action to give legal status to over five million undocumented immigrants goes against the wishes of many Republicans in Congress. Congressional Republicans have it wrong: they should rejoice over signing of this executive order.
Foremost, Republicans should rejoice at this executive order’s arrival because the immigrants will now have to pay taxes, and paying those taxes will be enforced. The IRS will collect more in revenue, and the government’s debt will decline. Reducing the debt has long since been a centerpiece of the GOP’s agenda, and many of new legal immigrants will have a patriotic ferment towards this country, encouraging them to do their part in society: this includes paying taxes.
Secondly, Republicans should applaud this proposal because this is country was founded upon immigration. Immigrants bring with them the ideals and customs of their home country, thus adding to the melting pot that is the United States of America. Additionally, most immigrants are willing to work, and have a strong moral compass. They are willing to rise above their difficulties to create a better life for themselves and their communities. Once communities rise to greatness, nations rise.
This Executive Order is what America needs to reinvigorate itself.
The Buffalo Bills are in need of a few good men, and women. According to reports, the team is offering $10 an hour, plus free tickets to Sunday’s game against the Jets, to anyone willing to come out to the stadium and shovel the field. This story was first shared with me via Facebook friend Darius Fisher.
Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the bills play is located in Orchard Park, NY. The region reported five feet, five inches of snow through Wednesday morning and was expecting at least another foot by the time the storm relents early Friday.
Vice President of Operations and Guest Experience, Andy Major, said the team is confident they will be able to host the Jets on Sunday, November 23rd, but they’ll need a lot of help to get it done. Acording to Major, it takes about 3 days for the crew to prepare the field when a single foot of snow has fallen. Because the stadium is now buried in five feet of snow, they’ll need community support to get the job done.
Experts suggest that there are about 220,000 tons of snow that will need to be removed from the complex. The field will also need to be inspected and prepared for the safety of the players. One the field is dug out, the parking lots and concourse will need to be dealt with as well.
Equipment is being brought in from Rochester and Syracuse for the job, and Major expects a 24-hour a day effort from volunteers and crew that will be working in three shifts.