Michael Sam's attempt to become the NFL's first openly gay player has hit a roadblock. After surviving a Friday round of cuts, he lost his spot on the St. Louis Rams on Saturday afternoon, the deadline by which all NFL teams were required to have their rosters trimmed down to 53 names. ESPN reports that Sam was passed over for undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.
"A fire broke out in a home on Norwood Drive Friday night after a dog accidentally turned on a stove which then burnt a laptop that was on top of the stove," the Asbury Park Press reports. Firefighters responding to reports of smoke coming from the roof of the house put out the blaze and rescued the pet, who was home alone. We're sure the dog didn't mean to do anything bad, because all dogs are good. Still, his owners might want to spend more time playing fetch and less time looking at Facebook.
Last week, a 24-year-old jorts-wearing Russian tourist named Yaroslav Kolchin scaled the Brooklyn Bridge in broad daylight, took some photos with his iPhone, and was promptly taken into police custody. After missing his flight back to Moscow and spending a week behind bars, Kolchin appeared in a Brooklyn court on Friday to learn more about the legal consequences of his big American adventure.
Seven weeks ago, a 45-year-old Manhattan man named Ron Singleton died in NYPD custody while being transported to the hospital. On Friday evening, the New York City medical examiner's office ruled Singleton's death a homicide caused by "physical restraint by police." Heart disease and obesity were listed as contributing factors.
The White House announced Friday that it is imposing sanctions on several Iranian groups with links to the country's nuclear program, even as the administration "remains committed" to a long-term nuclear deal. The move comes after Iran missed a major reporting deadline and broke several other promises made in an interim nuclear agreement, which was reached in November. Not good news.
The old media giant’s plan to buy a big stake in Vice, and potentially give it control of Time Warner network HLN, have broken down, the New York Times reports, “after the two companies were unable to agree on a valuation.” Rupert Murdoch previously invested at a valuation of more than $1 billion, while initial reports put Vice’s worth in this deal between $2 billion and $3 billion. Instead, A&E, owned jointly by Disney and Hearst, will buy a ten percent stake for $250 million, putting the company’s value right at $2.5 billion.
For the first time ever, the general public will be able to visit the actual 9/11 memorial plaza on the anniversary of the attacks. In past years, only those attending the commemoration ceremony were allowed to do so.
Eternally Outraged Congressman Not Trying to Be ‘Trivial,’ But Doesn’t Think Obama’s Tan Suit Was AppropriateBy Joe Coscarelli
President Obama’s ugly beige suit has quickly gone from stupid joke — “The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit,” the White House press secretary said today — to stupid faux controversy thanks to who else but Long Island Republican Representative Peter King. “There’s no way, I don’t think, any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday. I mean, you have the world watching,” said King on right-wing internet TV today.