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1  Discussion / Politics / Re: Freddie Gray case: Officer Nero found not guilty of all charges on: Today at 02:11:07 AM
Judge Jeanine: Shame on you, Marilyn Mosby

2  Discussion / Sports Forum / Best NBA players by state (all time) on: Yesterday at 02:50:37 AM
Alabama - Charles Barkley

Although he’s now known best for his over-the-top commentary, there was a time when Charles Barkley was one of the most dominant players in the NBA. An undersized power forward, Barkley, born in Leeds, Ala., attacked the rim like few others and consistently overpowered players much taller than him. The 1993 NBA MVP, “Sir Charles” was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

3  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State fills 2016 football schedule with FCS opponent on: May 23, 2016, 09:46:24 AM
Some people were lost a while back when I stated Albany State needed to get rid of some of those Liberal Arts degrees.
4  Discussion / Sports Forum / NFL will decide Tuesday if Atlanta gets Super Bowl on: May 22, 2016, 09:44:47 PM
Atlanta one of five cities bidding

ATLANTA (TNS) — For a building still under construction, still more than a year from opening, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a couple of impressive victories.

The downtown Atlanta stadium is two-for-two in bids for marquee events, having landed college football’s national championship game in January 2018 and college basketball’s Final Four in April 2020.

The stadium’s winning streak will be on the line Tuesday when the 32 NFL owners vote by secret ballot at the league’s spring meeting in Charlotte, N.C., on the sites of the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls.

Five cities, including Atlanta, are bidding for the games, with no city allowed to land more than one. The Atlanta bid committee prefers the February 2019 event, which will be awarded first, but also is seeking the other two in case the first goes elsewhere.

“We have put a lot of effort into this. But so have the other cities,” Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay said. “And so we don’t go in with any presumption.”

The other bidders are Miami (for all three years), New Orleans (for 2019 only), Los Angeles (for 2020 and 2021) and Tampa (for all three years).

Atlanta was rejected in its past two Super Bowl bids, losing out on the 2009 and 2010 games, with many owners saying they voted against the city because of the ice storm that marred the 2000 Super Bowl here.

But the city’s bid this time features something NFL owners have a hard time saying no to: a new stadium built with the help of taxpayer dollars.

Twice in the past three years, cities with stadiums under construction asked the NFL for a Super Bowl. Both times, the owners obliged, voting in 2013 to put the 2016 Super Bowl in the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium and voting in 2014 to put the 2018 Super Bowl in the Minnesota Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium.

It has become a routine reciprocation for a new stadium: If you build it, the Super Bowl will come. At least once. No matter the weather.

“I feel good about where we are, (but) there are other great cities that are competing that have great venues as well,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said this past week. “We think we’ve dotted every ‘i’ and crossed every ‘t.’”

He hopes the $1.4 billion retractable-roof stadium — slated to open in June 2017 — and its close proximity to the Georgia World Congress Center, thousands of downtown hotel rooms and other attractions will sway the vote.

“We think not just the stadium is unique, but downtown Atlanta is unique,” Blank said. “The fact that everything is walk-able is a major plus, I think, to a lot of the owners. It makes it much easier for guests here for a week to have a tremendous number of attractions and amenities within a stone’s throw of (the stadium).

“I think the amount of public support we’ve gotten in construction from the governor and the mayor and the city council is going to be important to the owners as well.”

Blank has called more than 20 owners recently to answer questions. One brought up the 2000 ice storm. Blank replied that climate change has improved Atlanta’s winter weather since then.

“I don’t think it’ll be an issue,” Blank said.

Weather didn’t dissuade the owners from putting the 2012, 2014 and 2018 Super Bowls in new stadiums in Indianapolis, East Rutherford, N.J., and Minneapolis, respectively.

Each bid city will get 15 minutes for a presentation at Tuesday’s meeting. Atlanta’s will be delivered by Equifax chairman and CEO Rick Smith and United Distributors president and CEO Doug Hertz. Then Blank will have five minutes to make a final pitch, as will the owners of the teams in the other bidding cities.

5  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State fills 2016 football schedule with FCS opponent on: May 22, 2016, 01:25:05 PM
Why will it be interesting?
6  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State fills 2016 football schedule with FCS opponent on: May 21, 2016, 09:58:04 PM
If we're going to be a part white school we're going to have a part white school schedule... tiptoe
7  Discussion / Sports Forum / Albany State fills 2016 football schedule with FCS opponent on: May 20, 2016, 11:52:29 PM
The Albany State Golden Rams have filled out their 10-game football schedule for the 2016 season.

ASU will travel to FCS opponent Charleston Southern on October 8 for a showdown with the Buccaneers.

“We’re glad to have the opportunity to add Charleston Southern to our schedule,” ASU head football coach Dan Land said in a statement. “Charleston Southern had great success last year, and they will provide us with some good, solid competition.”

CSU finished the 2015 season with a 10-3 overall record. The Bucs went 6-0 in Big South play to win the conference title before advancing to the national quarterfinals.

The Golden Rams will play the Bucs at Charleston Southern's Whitfield Stadium Center on Buccaneer Field. Game time will be announced at a later date.

It will be the first football game against a Division I opponent for the Golden Rams since 2011. That year, ASU beat Savannah State 37-34 in Macon to open the season.

Copyright 2016 WALB.  All rights reserved.


8  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Bids in George Zimmerman gun auction up to $65M on: May 13, 2016, 12:53:27 PM
Auction for gun that killed Trayvon Martin possibly hijacked

MIAMI — Bidding in an online auction for the pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin appeared to have been hijacked by fake accounts posting astronomically high bids.

9  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Re: Bids in George Zimmerman gun auction up to $65M on: May 13, 2016, 11:26:25 AM
It really wouldn't surprise me if someone purchased the gun. There are still a lot of  crazy a-- people on this earth. I would give not over $500 just to destroy it.
10  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / Bids in George Zimmerman gun auction up to $65M on: May 13, 2016, 11:21:32 AM
Bidding in an online auction for the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin was up to $65 million Friday morning as Internet trolls appeared to drive the offers to astronomic levels.

Bidding on the 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol began at $5,000 and reached more than $65 million early Friday. The top bidder at one point used the screen name “Racist McShootface.” That account was later deleted. Another bidder used the name Tamir Rice, which is the name of a 12-year-old boy shot by police in Cleveland while carrying a toy gun.

The most recent bid topping $65 million is by someone identified as Craig Bryant.

The United Gun Group website began hosting the auction after another website, GunBroker.com, halted bidding. But United Gun Group briefly pulled the listing Thursday night, saying the auction was not in the organization's best interest.

“Our mission is to esteem the 2nd amendment and provide a safe and secure platform for firearms enthusiasts and law-abiding citizens; our association with Mr. Zimmerman does not help us achieve that objective," the organization wrote.

However, the auction was back up and running on the company’s website early Friday and the bid clock says it will be open for four more days.

GunBroker.com stopped the auction on its site Thursday and said Zimmerman never contacted anyone at the firm about the listing.


George Zimmerman's auction of Trayvon Martin gun taken down a second time

"We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving," it said in a statement.

Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel that GunBroker.com was not "prepared for the traffic and publicity surrounding the auction of my firearm. It has now been placed with another auction house."

Zimmerman told Orlando TV station WOFL that the gun was returned to him by the U.S. Justice Department after he was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in 17-year-old Martin's death in 2012.

Zimmerman, 32, said he planned to use the proceeds from the sale of the gun, which he described as "an American Firearm Icon," to fight "Black Lives Matter" violence against law enforcement officers and to counter "Hillary Clinton's anti-firearm rhetoric." He also said money would be used to "ensure the demise of Angela Correy's (sic) persecution career." Corey was the special prosecutor appointed to investigate Martin's death.

The listing ended with “if you want peace, prepare for war” in Latin.


After death of son, mother stands with Black Lives Matter

Zimmerman, then a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed Martin in February 2012, in a confrontation as the unarmed teenager was heading back to a relative's house in Sanford, Fla., after buying snacks at a convenience store.

Tracy Martin, the boy's father, issued a statement Thursday through his lawyer, Benjamin Crump, saying a foundation in his son's name is focusing on ending senseless gun violence and "has no comment on the actions of that person that murdered Trayvon."

Zimmerman has had several run-ins with the law since Martin's shooting, including domestic abuse charges and an alleged road rage incident. In a conversation with Fox35 in Orlando, he said if he doesn't sell the firearm, it will go in a safe and "never be used or seen again."
11  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Georgia Board Caps Student Funding of Athletics on: May 12, 2016, 11:58:06 AM
Seem to me somebody doesn't like Georgia State buying Turner Field..... tiptoe
12  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / George Zimmerman says he's auctioning gun used to kill Trayvon Martin on: May 12, 2016, 01:38:10 AM

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — George Zimmerman says he is auctioning off the gun he used to kill Miami teen Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman made the announcement on Wednesday night during a newscast on Orlando’s WOFL television.

The online auction starts Thursday. The opening bid is set at $5,000.

Zimmerman was asked for his reaction to people who feel the sale is in bad taste. He said those who don’t approve wouldn’t be bidding, so he doesn’t care what they think.

On the web page for the auction, he calls the gun a piece of American history and claims the Smithsonian has expressed interest in acquiring it.

Zimmerman was acquitted three years ago in the shooting death of Martin.

13  Discussion / General Discussion Forum / 3 girls charged in fatal Delaware school restroom fight on: May 10, 2016, 02:29:49 AM
DOVER, Del. — Three teenage girls have been charged in a high school restroom assault in Delaware that left a 16-year-old girl dead, authorities said Monday.

The Delaware attorney general's office announced the charges after meeting earlier in the day with the mother and older brother of the victim, Amy Joyner-Francis.

Joyner-Francis, a sophomore at Wilmington's Howard High School of Technology, died April 21 after a fight broke out shortly before classes were to begin.

Authorities said a 16-year-old girl, the only person believed to have struck Joyner-Francis, is charged with criminally negligent homicide, which is punishable by up to eight years in prison. Prosecutors said they will seek permission from Family Court to have the girl tried as an adult in state Superior Court.

The other two suspects, also 16, are charged with third-degree criminal conspiracy, which is punishable by up to a year in prison, they added. They will be tried in Family Court.

The Associated Press is not naming any of the suspects because they are juveniles.

Authorities noted that while the evidence indicates that all three suspects were involved in planning a confrontation with Joyner-Francis, only one actually hit her. Authorities did not disclose a motive for the confrontation.

"The individuals responsible for Amy Joyner-Francis's death are minors, but they must be held accountable for their actions," the state Department of Justice said in a statement.

Authorities disclosed Monday that Joyner-Francis died of sudden cardiac death, with a contributing factor of physical and emotional stress because of the physical assault. An autopsy did not detect any internal injuries or significant blunt force injuries.

"In layman's terms, the medical examiner determined that Amy died from a cardiac incident that she was vulnerable to because of a pre-existing heart condition, but the cardiac incident would not have occurred if she had not been assaulted," the DOJ statement read.

According to a police affidavit, a video of the assault obtained by investigators shows a girl striking Joyner-Francis repeatedly in the head and torso with what appears to be a closed fist. As the attacker leaves, Joyner-Francis then attempts to stand up.

"Witnesses confirm that Joyner-Francis then began exhibiting disorientation and collapsed shortly thereafter," the affidavit reads.

Authorities also said in court documents that written and oral communications among the three suspects indicate that the assault was planned over the course of the preceding 20 hours.

Chief state public defender Brendan O'Neill, whose office is representing one of the suspects charged with conspiracy, described the death of Joyner-Francis as "a terrible accident in the context of an ugly incident."

"It's a tragedy all the way around," he said. "The consequences are going to be life-changing for all the kids involved."

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams issued a statement saying the charges are a "first step" in providing the victim's family and the community with closure.

"As this process moves forward, I ask that we keep the family and loved ones of everyone involved in our thoughts and prayers," Williams said.

Police Chief Bobby Cummings did not immediately to requests for comment.

14  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State Names New Coaches on: May 03, 2016, 03:35:35 AM
All we really have to do is model ourselves to some of the great successful teams we've had in the past on the national level. It's not like we never had a winning tradition at ASU.... Stillman in football?
15  Discussion / Sports Forum / Re: Albany State Names New Coaches on: May 02, 2016, 01:41:20 PM
I hope this is true not only in Sports but the Academic side also. I don't see us moving to the GSC. Only Valdosta would bring a crowd. The rest, well look at the games where we've played them before. We can stay where we are and still play them.
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