News archive from 4 August 2012

Lions will win nine games, make playoffs, statistician predicts

Paul Bessire of PredictionMachine.com has done a statistical analysis of the 2012 NFL season and his forecast includes nine wins for the Lions and a 3 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.Bessire, a statistician and sports writer who founded...

 

Olympics are an online hit for NBC

Despite ongoing complaints about NBC's coverage of the Olympics, the 2012 London Games are proving to be a hit for the network on TV and online. The prime-time TV coverage is getting the highest-ever ratings for an Olympics, with the opening weekend...

 

Man charged with assaulting child with shoe

A convicted felon faces another charge alleging he abused a 7-year-old boy with a shoe. Court records indicate Dothan police investigators arrested Rikki Jason Williams, 32, of South Ussery Street, on Thursday and charged him with felony child abuse....

 

Paterno family intends to appeal NCAA sanctions against Penn State

The family of the late Joe Paterno has informed the NCAA that it intends to appeal sanctions imposed against the Penn State football program last month. In a letter to the NCAA, attorney Wick Sollers said that the Paterno family will appeal the NCAA's...

 

How the major stock indexes fared on Friday

Stocks finished sharply higher on Wall Street Friday, breaking a four-day losing streak, after the government reported a big pickup in hiring by U.S. employers in July.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 217.29 points, or 1.7 percent, to close at...

Chron, 17:04 in Business
 

In final individual event of Olympic career, Phelps wins 17th gold medal

LONDON - Michael Phelps began the end of his career with gold: He won the 100-meter butterfly Friday, his last individual race before he retires at the end of these Olympics. His only remaining race is the 400-meter medley relay that he'll swim...

 

Paterno family wants appeal NCAA sanctions against Penn State

State College, Pa. - Joe Paterno's family plans to appeal the sanctions imposed by the NCAA against Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.Family lawyer Wick Sollers in a letter sent Friday to the NCAA said the Paternos would...

 
Director Linda Villella to leave Miami City Ballet school

Director Linda Villella to leave Miami City Ballet school

The upheaval at Miami City Ballet continued Friday, as the company announced that Linda Villella, director of the company's school, will step down Aug. 31. She will be temporarily replaced by incoming artistic director Lourdes Lopez, who is slated to...

 
Phillies trade Blanton to Dodgers

Phillies trade Blanton to Dodgers

PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Joe Blanton has been traded to the Dodgers after Los Angeles claimed him on waivers. Blanton will join outfielder Shane Victorino, who was sent from the Phillies to Los Angeles on Tuesday. Philadelphia also dealt...

 

News Summary: Dow has best day in over a month

STOCKS UP: The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 217 points, making it the index's best day in over a month.JOBS UP: Investors cheered the Labor Department's closely watched monthly jobs report, which showed U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs last...

Chron, 17:08 in Business
 

Crime Stoppers reward offered in Spring killing

The Houston Police Department needs help finding suspects in the murder of a 32-year-old Spring resident, found burned and stabbed Monday. The body of Juan Jose Valerio-Dominguez was discovered stabbed and badly burned around 1 p.m. Monday in the...

Chron, 17:08 in Regional
 

Country of the day: Brazil

BRAZIL Population: 206 million (fifth largest in the world). Major cities: Sao Paulo 19.96 million; Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Brasilia (capital). (Figures from CIA.gov.) Top exports: Steel, iron, machinery, automotive, heavy...

 
Man killed by trooper allegedly wielded bat after Glenn Hwy. chase

Man killed by trooper allegedly wielded bat after Glenn Hwy. chase

An Alaska state trooper shot and killed a man wielding a baseball bat after a car chase early this morning on the Glenn Highway north of Anchorage, according to a written statement from troopers. The shooting, at about 4:20 a.m., and the subsequent...

 

Federer outlasts del Potro, will play Murray in rematch of Wimbledon final

In keeping with the strict branding policies of the Olympic Games, all Rolex clocks and scoreboard logos have been covered at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The word Sony is hidden with black tape on all television sets in the media center, and the...

 
Majewski wins shot put gold, defends Olympic title

Majewski wins shot put gold, defends Olympic title

LONDON -- Tomasz Majewski of Poland successfully defended his Olympic shot put title, winning the first gold medal of the track and field program at the London Games with a throw of 21.89 meters on Friday. The 30-year-old Majewski, who upset the odds...

 

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