Oakland Raiders great Ken Stabler dies

Some statements from people close to him:

“The Raiders are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Ken Stabler,” said Owner Mark Davis. “He was a cherished member of the Raider family and personified what it means to be a Raider. He wore the Silver and Black with Pride and Poise and will continue to live in the hearts of Raider fans everywhere. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to Kenny’s family.”

Statement from John Madden

“I was head coach of the Raiders the entire time Kenny was there and he led us to a whole bunch of victories including one in Super Bowl XI.  I’ve often said, If I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny.  Snake was a lot cooler than I was.  He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler.  Kenny loved life.  It is a sad day for all Raiders.”

Family’s Statement on the Passing of Ken Stabler

We announce with great sadness that our father, Ken Stabler, passed away Wednesday, July 8 as a result of complications associated with colon cancer.

He passed peacefully surrounded by the people he loved most, including his three daughters and longtime partner, as some of his favorite songs played in the background, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Van Morrison’s “Leaves Falling Down.”

He quietly battled Stage 4 colon cancer since being diagnosed in February 2015.

He wanted to make a difference in the lives of others in both life and death. At his request, his brain and spinal cord were donated to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center to support research for degenerative brain disease in athletes.

He was a kind, generous and unselfish man, never turning down an autograph request or an opportunity to help someone in need. A great quarterback, he was an even greater father to his three girls and grandfather to his two “grand snakes.”

We are grateful for the tremendous love and support from friends and fans. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this difficult time as we grieve this heartbreaking loss.

Funeral Arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the XOXO Stabler Foundation to support research of colon cancer and sports-related head trauma. More Information will be available on Ken Stabler’s Facebook Fan page and the XOXO Stabler Foundation.

He is survived by his three daughters Kendra Stabler Moyes (husband, Scott), Alexa (fiancé, Hunter Adams) and Marissa; His grandsons Jack And Justin Moyes; Sister Carolyn Bishop; Nephew Scott Bishop; and great nephew and niece Tayler and Payton Bishop. He is preceded in death by his father, Leroy Stabler, and mother, Sally Stabler.

Dipshit of the day: Ex-teacher sentenced to 2 to 30 years in student sex case

A judge sentenced a former high school English teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three male students to at least two and up to 30 years in prison Thursday.

Prosecutors say one of the boys was 16 and two were 17 when Brianne Altice had sex with them. The 36-year-old Altice was initially free while her case played out, but was sent to jail in January after allegations emerged that she continued a sexual relationship with one of the boys while she was out on bail.

Her lawyer said Altice is a damaged person who gave into daily flirtations from the boys because she was belittled at home and dealing with self-esteem problems.

She cried as she apologized to the victims at a sentencing hearing Thursday.

“I am human and I messed up during a very vulnerable time in my life,” she said.

The mother of the then-16-year-old victim said her son was also vulnerable.

“You hurt my son in ways that you will never know. You hurt all of those boys,” said the woman. She did not give her name, and The Associated Press does not generally identify family members of sexual assault victims to avoid revealing a victim’s identity.

Altice pleaded guilty to three counts of forcible sexual abuse in April.

Altice sent a handwritten letter to Judge Thomas Kay last month asking him not to send her to prison. She said she’s harmless, and promised she wouldn’t repeat the crime.

But Kay said Thursday that she needs to change her life, and he believed that would require prison time.

“You were the adult, you were the teacher, you were the one that could have stopped that from happening,” he said.

Prosecutors say she befriended the boys, allowing them to hang out in her classroom, and the relationships later turned sexual. One victim said he considered her to be his girlfriend during their yearlong sexual relationship.

She was fired shortly after the allegations came to light, and her husband filed for divorce and custody of their child.

Parents of two boys sued the school district, saying that officials knew that Altice was behaving inappropriately but didn’t do enough to stop her. They alleged in court papers that the running joke at the high school was, “Who is Ms. Altice sleeping with now?”

Her lawyer Ed Brass said she was no longer the boys’ teacher when the sex occurred. He later said she took the plea deal to avoid an uncertain outcome at trial.

Her not being their teacher at the time makes all the difference, Atty’s really suck…….

Image of ‘Baby Doe’ found dead moves millions

Nearly two weeks after the remains of a young girl were found along the rocky shoreline of Boston Harbor, more than 45 million people have seen or shared a computer-generated image of what she may have looked like in life.

But authorities are no closer to identifying her.

She is known only as “Baby Doe” and believed to be about 4 years old — with big brown eyes and brown hair reaching just below her shoulders, according to investigators. She was about 3½ feet tall and weighed about 30 pounds.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released the image last week. Massachusetts State Police posted it on Facebook. In that time, more than 45 million people have seen or shared her countenance on social media, according to Renee Nadeau Algarin, deputy press secretary at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Police released photos of the blanket and the polka-dot leggings she was wearing.

“I think we all know she’s a beautiful child,” Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said.

Conley this week made a public appeal to the girl’s parents.

“We ask the parents or caregivers of this young girl to please step forward and clear your conscience,” he said at a news conference.

Authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine whether the girl was poisoned or ingested drugs before her death, Conley said.

It’s unclear how long she had been dead but there was a modest amount of decomposition when her remains were removed from the trash bag, according to Conley.

“Based on tips received, we have coordinated about 20 well-being checks with police in other jurisdictions after people contacted our investigators concerned about children who they believed may have been missing,” Algarin said.”The children in all of those checks turned up fine.”

The child’s body was discovered June 25 along the shore of Deer Island, a narrow peninsula just east of Boston’s Logan Airport. The island houses several large, egg-like sludge treatment cylinders, which help remove human and industrial pollutants from waste water originating from 43 greater Boston communities, according to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.

“We are extremely grateful for the many tips we have received, and we ask the public to keep sharing this little girl’s photo and information so that we may continue to receive and follow up on leads,” the Massachusetts State Police said on its Facebook page.

The post has more than 640,000 shares.

“How can nobody miss her?” Nina Marie Arnold-Orlando said in a post.

Somebody is missing her and they don’t have the balls to face up to it.

People suck!!!

Police investigating Ariana Grande licking donuts

Things you probably shouldn’t do as an American pop superstar.

One: Say you hate your country and the people in it.

Two — and this is really the big one: Lick donuts that aren’t yours.

Now, police are investigating after security footage showed singer Ariana Grande appearing to “maliciously lick” a donut in a Los Angeles shop, according to media reports.

In the video, originally released to TMZ, the 22-year-old celebrity seems to stealthily touch donuts with her tongue, before jumping up and down laughing. Then, when an employee approaches with a tray full of donuts, the singer turns to a male companion and says loudly, “What the f*** is that? I hate Americans. I hate America.”

The singer tweeted an apology-of-sorts after the video went viral on social media.

“I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American,” she wrote. “What I said in a private moment… was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words.”

But instead of addressing the alleged donut licking, Grande then added she felt “very upset” about the food habits of Americans and was “frustrated” by child obesity rates.

Local police did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment, nor did Grande’s manager.

Crime in LA surges

Crime surged across Los Angeles in the first six months of this year despite a campaign by the Los Angeles Police Department to place more officers on the streets and target certain types of offenses.

Los Angeles recorded a 12.7 percent increase in overall crime, ending more than a decade of declines and raising concerns about what more officials can do to reverse the trend.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck attributed the increases to several possible factors, including gang violence, rising homelessness and a November ballot measure that downgraded many theft and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

“This is bad news,” Garcetti said Wednesday as the city released the latest LAPD crime numbers. “Let me be clear: Any uptick in crime is unacceptable.”

The surge in crime was felt across the city. Violent offenses rose 20.6 percent, propelled by increases in aggravated assaults and robberies. Property crime rose 10.9 percent, driven by across-the-board increases in burglaries, thefts and motor vehicle thefts. Overall, crime was up 12.7 percent.

The sharpest increases occurred in the LAPD’s Central Division, which includes parts of downtown, Chinatown and skid row. Violent crime there has risen 67 percent, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of LAPD data through June 27. Property crime increased 26 percent.

Beck and Garcetti emphasized they had seen some progress in recent months — crime is still up, but not as much as it was during the first three months of the year.

Google Prop 47 in California and you will see the idiot voters in Kalifornia voted this bullshit in. There are many former criminals not getting help like they need and were getting before because of prop 47. Now drug users are running unabated and now getting more desperate without previous interventions. Thus the crime rate will go up especially violent crimes as they get more desperate.

Baltimore police commissioner fired

Embattled Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired on Wednesday following criticism of his handling of rioting triggered by the death of a black man from injuries suffered in police custody and a subsequent surge in homicides.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a brief statement that she was replacing Batts as head of the 2,500-officer department. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis will step in as interim head of the police.

Batts, who came to the Baltimore force from California in September 2012, received sharp criticism for his handling of rioting that followed the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray on April 27.

Gray died after suffering an injury while in police custody, heightening a national debate on police treatment of minorities. Six officers have been charged in his death.

Batts and other police commanders told officers to “hold the line” with rioters rather than confront people causing damage or threatening police.

Officials have said the orders were aimed at protecting officers and bystanders. About 160 officers were hurt in the rioting, almost 400 buildings were destroyed or damaged and the National Guard was sent in to restore order.

A review by Baltimore’s police union released on Wednesday criticized the police response. The review said commanders let unrest spiral into arson and looting, and officers lacked riot gear and training.

A spokesman for Rawlings-Blake called the review “a trumped-up political document.”

Batts apologized to officers in May, saying he put them in harm’s way.

Batts also had to grapple with an upsurge in killings after the rioting. Baltimore has tallied 155 killings for the year versus 105 in the same period in 2014.

Batts blamed the upturn in killings to the looting of pharmacies during and after the rioting, leading to turf wars among drug gangs. Gunmen killed three people overnight near the University of Maryland, Baltimore, police said.

Batts’ firing came a day before a faith coalition, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development, planned to ask for his resignation.

Personally I think he was handcuffed by superiors in the situation but was man enough to step up and fall on his sword.

This is his reward…….

Retro of the day: Arlo Guthrie

City of New Orleans” is a folk song written by Steve Goodman (and first recorded for Goodman’s self-titled 1971 album), describing a train ride fromChicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad‘s City of New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic terms. Goodman got the idea while traveling on the Illinois Central line for a visit to his wife’s family. While at the Quiet Knight bar in Chicago, Goodman saw Arlo Guthrie, and asked to be allowed to play a song for him. Guthrie grudgingly agreed, on the condition that if Goodman would buy him a beer, Guthrie would listen to him play for as long as it took to drink the beer. 

Goodman played “City of New Orleans,” which Guthrie liked enough that he asked to record it. The song was a hit for Guthrie on his 1972 album Hobo’s Lullaby, and is now more closely associated with him, although Goodman performed it until his death in 1984. The song has been recorded by numerous artists both in the US and Europe.

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