Archive for the ‘newspapers’ Category

LINEBACKER OWES SAN DIEGO CHARGERS $416,000 FOR GETTING SHOT

September 29, 2009

STEVE FOLEY

It’s not debatable that the NFL has the worst union of all the major professional sports. Here’s another example of why. The San Diego Chargers are demanding $416,666 back from former linebacker Steve Foley. Foley was involved in an altercation and shot by an off duty San Diego police officer after a drunk driving chase in 2006. The Chargers contend that Foley’s signing bonus was actually a “signing, reporting, and playing” bonus. Since Foley never played in 2006 (what, with being shot and all) the Chargers want their signing bonus money back. Retroactively.

Foley never played another down in the NFL following the shooting incident. Virtually all veteran contracts in the NBA and Major League Baseball are 100% guaranteed. Even if the player is cut, injured or DIES. Meanwhile, the NFL not only doesn’t guarantee money, they routinely go after signing bonuses that they’ve already paid players.

WASHINGTON POST SPIKES SPORTS CARTOON OVER VICK STORYLINE

August 10, 2009

The Washington Post has pulled the cartoon strip Tank McNamara from its paper today. They deemed a panel where former vice president Dick Cheney ordered NFL quarterback Michael Vick killed as “inappropriate.”

THE DEATH OF NEWSPAPERS CONTINUES: SEATTLE P.I. APPEARS DOOMED

January 10, 2009

seattlepi

 

Seattle may soon be a one newspaper city.

The Hearst Corp. formally put the Seattle Post-Intelligencer up for sale Friday. The company says if no buyer is found in the next 60 days for Seattle’s oldest but number two daily newspaper it will close or go to an online only version. According to a Hearst spokesman, “In no case will Hearst continue to publish the P-I in printed form”

Seattle is one of two major cities on the verge of losing its second newspaper. The Rocky Mountain News in Denver has also been put up for sale and is in danger of closing.

The P.I. was founded in 1863. It lost a reported $14 million last year.

TRANSGENDER SPORTS REPORTER RETURNS TO THE LA TIMES: AS A MAN

October 21, 2008

LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTER CHRISTINE DANIELS/MIKE PENNER

SPORTSbyBROOKS and LAObserved.com are both reporting that sportswriter Mike Penner is returning to the Los Angeles Times.

That’s interesting because the last time we heard from Penner HE was a SHE and writing about his (her?) experiences as a transsexual on the LA Times website.

 

Apparently life as a woman wasn’t for Penner. Although he began the transition (including counseling, hormone treatment etc. all paid for by LA Times insurance) he never had the actual surgery to physically turn himself into a female. Now he returns to the Times as a man.

Brooks writes about the possibility of grousing by LA Times employees. Despite massive layoffs at the paper, he has been receiving a regular paycheck despite the fact that “Penner hasn’t covered events or appeared at the LAT’s offices in person for years.”

Not to mention every single column Penner/Daniels wrote about her transition to life as a woman has been permanently deleted and scrubbed from the LA Times website.