Friday, November 22, 2013
He does, however, have a very interesting theory about why Kennedy actually died. More to the point, Bonar Menninger and Howard Donahue have the theory, which is laid out in Menninger’s book Mortal Error. James enthusiastically endorses the theory in his own book Popular Crime. (Popular Crime, James’ obsessive study of pretty much every notorious American criminal case of the last three hundred or so years, is highly recommended.) …
It’s a detailed argument, obviously, but it boils down to this: Kennedy’s fatal wound seems to have come from a bullet fired on the same plane as his head (rather than above). Secret Service agent George Hickey, in the car trailing the president, picked up an AR-15 rifle immediately after hearing Oswald’s rifle shots. (See the picture below.) Another Secret Service agent in fact said in a statement that, on that day, he’d thought Hickey had fired his weapon. And several witnesses near Hickey’s car reported smelling gunpowder immediately after the shots. Donahue therefore believes, as Bonar Menninger writes in Mortal Error, that Hickey fired the kill shot by accident.
Eh, I agree with Howard Stern: Kennedy’s head exploded from sexual tension, not a gunshot.
Friday, August 16, 2013
The son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy pleaded not guilty Friday to fatally stabbing his girlfriend a day after he was released from custody for allegedly assaulting her.
Jared Remy was arraigned in Waltham District Court on charges of murder and domestic assault and battery in the Thursday night killing of Jennifer Martel, 27.
Jared Remy formerly worked for the Red Sox as a security staffer. In 2009, The Boston Globe reported that he had been fired along with another staff member following a Major League investigation of possible steroid use in the team’s clubhouse. No players were implicated in that investigation, although the league would not reveal information on who may have been questioned.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Nationals assert that the Gonzalez/Alvarez signing came about as a result of fraud by their employees and filed an insurance claim to recoup the loss. Westchester Fire Insurance Co. denied the claim, so the Nationals are suing the insurance company. The team filed the lawsuit in May in Washington, D.C., Superior Court, but it was transferred to federal court in D.C. last week at the insurance company’s request.
In the lawsuit, the Nationals say that Alvarez “executed an affadavit detailing his fraud, including that he kicked back $300,000 of his bonus to Jose Rijo.” At the time Rijo ran the team’s Latin American scouting as a special assistant to then-general manager Jim Bowden. The Nationals also claim that Jose Baez, the team’s director of Dominican Republic operations at the time, was also involved in the kickback scheme.
Tip of the iceberg?
Friday, August 02, 2013
WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF
This is ugly and awful: Class A Asheville relief pitchers Michael Mason and Jesse Meaux were charged today with two counts each of first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense. From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
The alleged offenses involved one woman and happened in the early morning hours on Saturday at the players’ apartment on Ascot Point Circle, according to a police incident report and arrest warrants. Both players have been suspended from the baseball team.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Glimpses of various aspects of Cooperstown, centered on Cooperstown Dreams Park:
Presutti, the 73-year-old founder of Dreams Park, drives past the park’s 100-plus barracks for the youth teams that live and play here every week during the summer. Against a wonderful backdrop of wooded hills, we roll past some of the 22 ballfields, the 20 batting cages and the concession stands, all precisely maintained. When Presutti spots the rare piece of litter on the well-tended grass, he stops and picks it up. We pass two delighted parents who wave Presutti over and ask him for an autograph, praising him for Dreams Park and his speech at the opening ceremonies. Everyone calls him “Coach.’‘
. . .
There now are 104 teams every week throughout the summer, with a dozen players and four or five coaches per team. Presutti says they turn away thousands of teams a year and that teams put in applications years in advance. There are nearly 17,000 players every summer, each paying $850 to cover their three meals a day, housing, two sets of uniforms, laundry, a commemorative ring, a visit to the Hall of Fame and, of course, the games they play. “And it’s worth every penny,’’ one mother tells me.
The bad news is that they installed parking meters on Main Street. Read the whole thing, then visit.
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