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UVA Promises New ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy on Sexual Assaults

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The University of Virginia said Tuesday that it has adopted a zero-tolerance policy in dealing with sexual assaults on campus, after an explosive report about rapes that took place on campus prompted a meeting of the school’s governing board.

But school officials did not reveal details of the zero-tolerance policy, noting in a statement that the new rules will be “refined in the near term.”

Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Visitors came after Rolling Stone published a story about a student identified as Jackie who was allegedly gang-raped during a frat party when she was a freshman. School officials have since come under fire for the way they handle sexual assault cases.

According to Rolling Stone, 183 people have been expelled from UVA for honor code violations like lying or cheating on an exam, but not one person has been expelled for sexual assault.

“To Jackie and her parents, I say I am sorry…to the survivors of sexual assault and their families, I am also sorry,” Rector George Keith Martin said at Tuesday’s board meeting, according to the press release.

“This type of conduct will not be tolerated at the University of Virginia. The status quo is no longer acceptable,” Martin said.

In the wake of the article’s publication, fraternities and sororities at the school were suspended until January, and there have been protests on campus calling for action by the administration.

“I write you in great sorrow, great rage, but most importantly, great determination,” university President Teresa Sullivan wrote earlier in a statement sent to the University of Virginia community. “Meaningful change is necessary, and we can lead that change for all universities.”


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“Dancing With the Stars”: Alfonso Ribeiro Wins in Season-19 Finale

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — After a hotly contested finale in which only a few votes separated the final three contenders, actor Alfonso Ribeiro emerged the winner of season 19 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night at the conclusion of the two-part finale.

Ribeiro and his partner, Witney Carson, beat out Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and her partner, Mark Ballas, and Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, to claim the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

Ribeiro appeared elated as he hugged Carson, and he was in tears as he talked with the show’s co-host, Tom Bergeron.

“I cannot believe this,” he said. “I’ve wanted it forever … I don’t even know what to say. These are happy tears.”

Carson was beaming.

“He’s one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met,” she said of her partner, telling him directly: “You deserve it.”

Robertson, who earned second place, thanked God for carrying her through to the finale of the competition and said Ribeiro deserved to win.

Parrish, who took third place, appeared emotional but smiled through tears at her partner.

“I honestly am just so lucky to be here standing next to him. You were my trophy the entire season so I’m happy,” Parrish told Chmerkovskiy.

After their two performances Monday on the first night of the finale, Ribeiro led the pack with a perfect score of 80, followed by Robertson with 78 points and Parrish with 77 points.

YouTube star Bethany Mota, who had made it to the final four competitors, was sent home during the first night of the finale.

With less than a day to prepare, the top three couples were assigned a fusion challenge in which they had to create a new dance routine that combined two contrasting dance styles. They performed the routines Tuesday night for points from judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli.

The three finalists all earned perfect scores of 40 each for their fusion dances – Ribeiro for his cha-cha/Argentine tango, Parrish for her foxtrot/paso doble and Robertson for her samba/quickstep.

The points were added to the judges’ scores from Monday night for a two-night total of 120 for Ribeiro, 118 for Robertson and 117 for Parrish. Those scores were combined with viewer votes from Monday night for a final grand total.

Ribeiro has been fan favorite this season, and delighted the ballroom audience and viewers when he performed “The Carlton,” the quirky dance performed by the character he played on the hit TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The 43-year-old danced his way to the finals despite having suffered groin and back injuries during rehearsals.

Judges had high praise for Robertson’s improvement throughout the competition. The 17-year-old reality TV personality became another fan favorite from the moment she took the stage in the season premiere to perform a cha-cha that impressed the judges. A high point for her came several weeks into the competition, when she performed a Ducky Dynasty-inspired samba that featured a cameo from the men in her famous family.

Parrish, 26, started the competition well and kept on improving, her scores placing her at or near the top of the leader board for much of the competition. Her jazz routine in week three resulted in the first perfect score of the season, but she recently injured her ribs during rehearsals and it showed in her performance Monday night.

The competition started 11 weeks ago with 13 stars — including actor Antonio Sabato Jr., comedian Tommy Chong, Olympian Lolo Jones and NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip – vying for their chance at the Mirrorball Trophy.

Tuesday night’s two-hour show included live musical performances from Jennifer Hudson and Gorgon City, Nick Jonas, and Meghan Trainor. Stars who had been booted from the dance floor during this season also returned to wow the ballroom audience with new routines.

Viewers also got to see an encore performance of Mota’s freestyle after Twitter fans picked it as the freestyle they most wanted to see again.


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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/25/14

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Atlanta Hawks 106 (7-5) – Washington Wizards 102 (9-4)

Golden State Warriors 114 (11-2) – Miami Heat 97 (8-7)

Milwaukee Bucks 98 (8-7) – Detroit Pistons 86 (3-11)

Sacramento Kings 99 (9-5) – New Orleans Pelicans 89 (7-6)

Denver Nuggets 114 (7-7) – Chicago Bulls 109 (9-6)

NHL: Ottawa Senators 3 (10-7-4) – St. Louis Blues 2 (14-6-2) – Shootout

Nashville Predators 4 (14-5-2) – Los Angeles Kings 3 (11-6-5) – Shootout

Dallas Stars 3 (9-9-4) – Edmonton Oilers 2 (6-14-2)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (11-9-3) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (11-9-3)

Colorado Avalanche (7-9-5, 19 pts) - Arizona Coyotes (9-11-2, 20 pts) - Overtime

NCAAB Top-25: (1) Kentucky 92 (6-0) – TX-Arlington 44 (3-2)

(3) Arizona 72 (5-0) – Kansas State 62 (3-2)

(7) Texas 78 (5-0) – St. Francis (PA) 46 (2-3)

(8) Virginia 79 (5-0) – Tenn State 36 (2-3)

Maryland 72 (5-0) – (13) Iowa State 63 (3-1)

(14) VCU 77 (4-1) – Oregon 63 (3-2)

(17) Miami (FL) 77 (6-0) – Charlotte 74 (3-2)

(23) Creighton75 (5-0) – E Illinois 53 (1-4)

(25) Arkansas 78 (4-0) – SMU 72 (2-3)


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Bills Will Play in Buffalo on Sunday

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a temporary hiatus from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Buffalo Bills are fully planning on playing in front of their home crowd this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

The Bills’ scheduled game this past Sunday in Buffalo needed to be played on Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit due to a massive snowstorm that hit the area. Over seven feet of snow fell in less than a week.

“We are looking forward to preparing for the Browns and playing Sunday here at Ralph Wilson Stadium,” Bills president Russ Brandon said. “There’s been an enormous amount of progress over the last few days, and while we had a difficult hand from Mother Nature last week, Mother Nature certainly assisted this week.”

Bills players and coaches barely had any time to meet or practice, yet they were still able to defeat the New York Jets 38-3 on Monday night.

According to Brandon, engineers found no structural issues to the stadium, and it will be safe to host a game.

 


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State Department Says US Has 2 ‘Narrow Missions’ in Afghanistan Next Year

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — State Department Press Office Director Jeff Rathke says that after 2014, the United States will work on two “narrow missions” in Afghanistan.

Rathke said, “The United States and NATO will transition to a non-combat mission of training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces — that’s the first. And second, the United States will continue to maintain a counter-terrorism capability in Afghanistan.”

Most Western combat troops are set to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year.


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France Suspends Delivery of Warship to Russia

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — As the Ukraine situation continues to fester, France has decided to suspend the delivery of a warship to Russia.

Until further notice, the first of two warships will remain in a French port and will not be handed over to the Russians.

A statement from President Hollande’s office stops short of cancelling the deal. At stake is thousands of jobs and a contract worth more than $1.25 billion.


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Exclusive: Police Officer Darren Wilson Explains How He Feared for His Life

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has spoken out to ABC News for the first time publicly since fatally shooting a black teenager, Michael Brown, and he said that he would not do anything differently.

Speaking exclusively to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Wilson said that Brown reached into his police car and grabbed for his gun, causing Wilson to fear for his life.

“All I wanted to do was live,” said Wilson, whom the grand jury declined to indict in connection with the fatal shooting in August.

He told ABC News about the struggle he faced with Brown as the teen allegedly punched Wilson in the face.

“I didn’t know if I’d be able to withstand another hit like that,” Wilson said.

“I had reached out my window with my right hand to grab onto his forearm ’cause I was gonna try and move him back and get out of the car to where I’m no longer trapped,” Wilson said.

“I just felt the immense power that he had. And then the way I’ve described it is it was like a 5-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan. That’s just how big this man was,” Wilson said.


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Homeless Man’s Posting Nets Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(NORFOLK, Va.) — Neal Shytles spends the holidays alone.

The 54-year-old is homeless and has been living in a shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, for two years. With no family nearby and Thanksgiving approaching, Shytles has longed for something that money can’t buy.

“One night, I was talking with two of my friends at the shelter about how lonely it is during the holidays,” he said. “It hurts every day of the year but on Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s 10 times worse being by yourself.”

Shytles went back to his room and created a personal ad titled “Wanted: A family to share Thanksgiving with,” asking someone to invite him into their home to spend the holiday with their family.

“I didn’t have a whole lot of Facebook friends and I was trying to think of places where people would see it,” Shytles said. “So I posted the ad on a few Facebook pages of news sites in the area.”

Shytles was soon approached by a local television station to be interviewed about his heartwarming request.

Just 40 minutes away Ashley McLemore of Newport News, Virginia, was watching the teaser.

“In the teaser was the quote that said, ‘I’m lonely 365 days a year,’ which absolutely broke my heart,” said McLemore, a 7th-grade English teacher. “I called my husband and asked if he would mind having him with us for Thanksgiving.”

Without a second thought, McLemore called Shytles and offered him an invitation.

“She said, we really want you to come over,” Shytles said. “I started crying because I was so excited and then she started crying too.”

Since posting his ad, Shytles has received more media attention than anticipated.

“I thought it would just be a local thing,” he said. “I didn’t realize it would go viral, but since my story aired, the donations at my shelter have gone up. I think it’s made people open up their hearts.”

In addition to Thanksgiving at the McLemores, Shytles has since received more holiday invites than he can count.

“People have been calling from all over the country,” he said. “When I tell them I’ve already accepted an offer, some are inviting me to their homes for Christmas. They’re even willing to fly me out of state to come see them.”

Ashley McLemore isn’t surprised at the overwhelming response to Shytles’ request.

“I think he is absolutely wonderful,” she said. “The things I’ve seen him post on Facebook are always about the people in the shelter. He seems to really have a heart for helping other people.”

For now, Shytles is looking forward to having Thanksgiving with the McLemores, where he’ll enjoy both lunch and dinner, and quality time with the couple and some of their friends.

“I just can’t wait to be in that family atmosphere,” he said. “That’s all I ever wanted in life. I didn’t ask for money. For me, it was never about the riches. I want something to take away the loneliness, where I can love people and they love me back.”


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Broncos Release Kicker Brandon McManus, Sign Connor Barth to Replace Him

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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National Football League(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — Frustrated by the lack of consistency in their kicking game, the Denver Broncos have cut kicker Brandon McManus and replaced him with Connor Barth.

The Broncos had worked out kickers Jay Feely and Barth this week and decided that Barth was a better option.

“We’re in a performance-based business, regardless of what your job description is, you’re expected to perform. I don’t think he’s the worst kicker in the league by any stretch, as I mentioned earlier…don’t know there’s a whole lot of kickers who’ve made every kick thus far, 11 or 12 games into the season,” Broncos head coach John Fox said. “Whether you’re a rookie or a 12-year veteran, you’re still expected to perform. It doesn’t matter what position.”

The Broncos acquired McManus from the New York Giants for a seventh-round pick prior to the start of the season. He converted 9 of 13 field goal attempts, good for only 69.2%.

Barth hasn’t kicked in a regular-season game since 2012, when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 


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How Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Plan to Manage 2 Babies

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard will have their hands full with a toddler and a newborn when baby No. 2 arrives.

No surprise, then, that the couple – already parents to daughter Lincoln, 20 months – is looking forward to some well-deserved time off together.

“The baby’s going to arrive right when we wrap our shows and we are both taking off tons of time to just canoodle as a family,” Shepard, 39, shared with People.

As for juggling two babies, the couple admits they are in new territory.

“I think we’ll probably get through it just like everybody else does, which is we’ll put it together day by day,” Bell, 34, told the magazine with a laugh.

“We were told to pick up the oldest first if both are crying,” Shepard chimed in about advice they received for juggling two babies.

“It seems like a smart piece of advice. Since no one is imprinting memories of how you’re treating [Lincoln] already and the newborn doesn’t really know who’s holding them,” Bell added.

Joked Shepard, “We know the first one is great so we don’t want to ruin the first one. We’d rather roll the dice on the second one.”


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