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“The toll in the April 16 massacre at Virginia Tech could have been lessened if authorities had canceled classes and promptly alerted students that a killer was on the loose, a panel appointed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine says.
Join us for a special evening as we, together with Virginia's own Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Phil Vassar, and Nas, enjoy A Concert for Virginia Tech.
By Mark Schlabach – Yahoo Sports.com (edited)
Virginia Tech will honor the 32 victims of April's horrific campus shooting during a 20-minute ceremony before Saturday's football opener against East Carolina at Lane Stadium.
After months of discussions with other campus leaders, Hokies athletic director Jim Weaver said the school settled on a ceremony that will honor the 32 students and faculty killed by a lone gunman in the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history. The school also will honor the victims' families, those wounded and the first responders.
"We wanted to make sure we recognize them," Weaver said. "We will never forget."
After the teams warm up and leave the field around 11:45 a.m. Saturday, the school's Corps of Cadets will march onto the field, which is a tradition for the first home game. Then two school bands -- the Highty-Tighties (the Corps' band) and the Marching Virginians -- will perform, followed by a moment of silence and the national anthem.
East Carolina chancellor Steve Ballard and athletic director Terry Holland will present Virginia Tech officials with a $100,000 donation to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. ACC commissioner John Swofford also will be recognized for the league's earlier donation of $300,000. Virginia Tech president Charles Steger and Virginia governor Tim Kaine then will recognize the first responders at the 50-yard line.
In what will certainly be the most emotional moment of the pregame ceremony, a tribute video of the victims will be shown on the video screens on the scoreboard in Lane Stadium. Afterward, 32 balloons will be released above the stadium to honor the deceased.
"I think it's going to be as emotional of a game day as I've seen in my 10 years here," Weaver said. "I say that because the Hokie constituencies are a very caring people and they feel very badly about what happened on April 16, losing 32 of our own."
After the school's fight song, "Tech Triumph," is played by the bands, both teams will run onto the field at the same time. The Pirates will run through a tunnel created by the Corps of Cadets. After the coin toss, the team's head coaches and seniors will shake hands at midfield. Weaver said the Hokies want to thank East Carolina for its generosity and aid after the shootings.
Weaver also has taken steps to ensure that the Pirates and future opponents are welcomed to Lane Stadium with a warm ovation. Weaver sent a letter to Virginia Tech season-ticket holders and an e-mail to faculty, staff and students, in which he asked them to refrain from booing opposing teams this season.
"With the kind of outpouring of love and concern we were shown, it would be very unsettling if you had a booing situation when an opponent came into Lane Stadium," Weaver said. "We don't want that to ever happen again."
"We're not trying to get them to lose their intensity for the game, but we want them to always show respect for the opponent," Weaver said.
Weaver also said each of Virginia Tech's 21 athletic teams will wear a patch with the Virginia Tech logo and a ribbon this season. Each of the teams at the ACC's other 11 schools will wear a black bar on their uniforms.
And here's the video:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3471034191196708426
Winnie Langley started smoking only days after the First World War broke out in June 1914 when she was just seven-years-old - and has got through five a day ever since.
She has no intention of quitting, even after the nationwide ban forced tobacco-lovers outside.
Speaking at her 100th birthday party Winnie said: "I have smoked ever since infant school and I have never thought about quitting. There were not all the the health warnings like there are today when I started. It was the done thing."
Winnie, from Croydon, South London, claims tobacco has never made her ill. She has outlived a husband, Robert, and son, Donald, who died two years ago aged 72.
The former launderette worker said she started the habit in 1914 - just weeks after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28 - which sparked the First World War. The 100-year-old, who is awaiting her telegram from the Queen today, said smoking helped calm her nerves during the two World Wars.
Despite the numerous health warnings, Mrs Langley insists she's never suffered because of the habit as she "has never inhaled".
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Lauren Caitlin Upton of Lexington, S.C., shown in this undated modeling photo, has become a national sensation after her grammatically challenged response to a question at the Miss Teen USA pageant in Pasadena, Calif., Aug. 24, 2007 (photo courtesy Locke Management)
(Just in case you missed it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww)
"I was never much of a pageant girl," Upton said in an interview published just hours before Friday's competition. "When I first started pageants, I wanted to build up my communication skills for interviews for college and for jobs. I was determined to prove I was able to accomplish anything I put my mind to."
According to Upton, "I didn't do anything wrong. I wasn't expecting [the question]. I lost my train of thought."
Miss South Carolina Teen USA says she graduated with a 3.5 grade-point average from Lexington High School in June, and was a varsity athlete and student leader. "I just want people to know that I'm an average teenage girl, living life to the fullest, learning from my mistakes and living life in a positive way, and that is all I can ask for."
(Wow, is that “pageant speak” or what? She really has improved her communication skills.)
While millions have seen her clip on the Internet and television, Upton said she's not interested in taking a gander. "I don't really want to hear myself," she laughingly told her local newspaper.
Andrew Levy, the ombudsman for the Fox News Channel's overnight show "Red Eye" sarcastically noted, "Whitney Houston says she no longer believes the children are our future."
Upton will get another chance at answering questions in the morning as she's slated to appear on NBC's "Today Show."
Upton is considering scholarship offers from Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech.
Duke isn't interested as she clearly isn't foresightful.
Ookie was gone. The alter ego of Bad Newz Kennels, the brutal benefactor who perpetrated animal cruelty, disappeared before a phalanx of cameras and microphones. On the day he pleaded guilty to a dogfighting conspiracy charge, an ashen-faced Michael Vick, his eyes moist, stood before a no-nonsense judge in a mahogany-walled Virginia courtroom.
"Guilty," he said, solemnly.
The cocksure, blinging Pro Bowler who once boasted of his impending exoneration was nowhere to be found. Along with the diamond-stud earrings. The scully. The cornrows.
“Yes, Saturday's game at Virginia Tech has positives for East Carolina.
National television exposure, an immediate test of the squad's abilities and a spot in history.”
Kass, a native of Longwood, Fla., was arrested at 1:28 a.m. Saturday blowing a .19.
Call it pre-game stress, and rightfully so...
Alleva was retained in light of an extensive report generated this summer by a nine-person review committee comprised of Trustees, alumni and faculty and, in spite of, the horrific mess he helped make of the Duke Lacrosse scandal. For some reason, the Duke Chronicle felt compelled to tell us that this committee of suck-ups was chaired by Trustee Emeritus Harold Yoh, Engineering '58.
According to the Chronicle, over 150 people commented to the committee on Alleva's job performance, said John Burness, vice president for public affairs and student relations. (Something tell us Mike Pressler wasn’t one of the 150…)
Brodhead said "the emphasis on the integrity that [Alleva] has infused in our programs and the central place he gives to the idea of scholar-athletes" was the key factor in granting the director of athletics the five-year extension afforded by the reappointment.
Alleva has been a member of the Department of Athletics since 1980 . What he said: "I am excited and honored to be reappointed as the director of this outstanding athletic department," Alleva said in a statement. "We have made tremendous progress over the past nine years and there is much more to do."
What he meant: "It's a freakin miracle I still have a job."
"The situation of college athletics is changing rapidly and in challenging ways," Brodhead said. "We want to be foresightful in being prepared for these changes. Besides, who really gives a s&%# about Mike Pressler?"
Yes, he actually said “foresightful.”
We're diggin' the cutoffs, man.
(AP Photo via SI.com)
Monday, August 27, 2007
Bronco head coach Chris Pearson attributed his team’s lofty national status to “talent and Toly Hansbrough.” Hansbrough (pictured right with Jack "Atwater"), the highly recruited basketball player who has already signed a letter of intent to attend the University of North Carolina for the fall of 2020, is an impact player mostly off the field.
“Toly has mad skills,” said Pearson, “but it’s not what he does on the field (which is mostly stand around and stare into space when he isn’t trash talking some kid twice his size), it’s more about his leadership and what he does off the field.”
According to Pearson, the Broncos, who defeated the Steelers 5 touchdowns to 3 in Saturday’s opener, rely on Toly’s Rocknesque motivation techniques. “The way he sits on the sidelines and throws dirt at his teammates – you can’t teach that, that’s God given talent.”
Late in the game, with the Broncos tiring and the Steelers attempting to rally, Toly motivated his teams’ final goal line stand by turning his back to them while perfecting the art of standing on his helment on one foot.
“That subtle helmet move late in the game?” Pearson said, “Pure genius. That iced it.”
Dirt celebrated with whiskey and a cigar.
On Sunday, local barrister and PGA rules expert, T. Huntley Thorpe (previously a 14) attacked the links at Hackberry, and wrestled them to the ground for a career-best 76. Evidently, THT3 (who is neither drunk nor Irish as it appears in the photo at right) could do little wrong. According to one of his two-man match play opponents, FSU’s own John Clark, “THT was on fire--things like making a 40' putt on 11 for a birdie, etc. And, knowing he was on the cusp of personal greatness, he parred out 17 and 18 to shoot 76. It was an impressive thing to behold, even though I did get my ass kicked.”
Rumor has it that THT3 celebrated with 1/2 gallon of ice cream.
In other golf news, Steve Stricker won his first pro event in 11 years. He earned $1.26 million for winning the Barclays, and he cried. If we won $1.26 million, we’d cry too. Way to go Steve!
In response, Vick's stable of attorney's released a statement saying, "Mr. Vick believes O.J. is innocent."
And so, with that in mind, TAH went shopping. Of course, on eBay one can buy Michael Vick jersey's and bubble gum cards that have been chewed by various canine's. Here is our favorite item which features Lucy (pictured).
Lucy has been a loyal Falcons fan since she was a pup growing up in Georgia. Mere barks could not express how disappointed Lucy is in Michael Vick's behavior against his team and members of her canine kind.
You should have seen the gleam in her eyes when I told her she could chew up some number seven jerseys! From what I can tell, it made her feel a little bit better.
Proceeds from this auction will go to our local Humane Society and toward helping Lucy cope with another troubling season rooting for the Falcons, which will be hard to endure since Eddie, our cat, likes the Panthers.
The winner of this auction will get the black Michael Vick Jersey pictured in this auction as well as a cd with all the photos of Lucy tearing up this jersey and a red one too.
Here is TAH's translation:
Philippe Lucas, the former trainer of Laure Manaudou, which found Monday morning the swimming pool of Canet-in-Roussillon, refused with any comment concerning its old protected estimating that "that is not used for nothing". Dependent article.
Not bad, eh? (that's Canadian.)
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Sunday, August 26, 2007
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