Daily Archive: August 1, 2013

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Sports

More steroid use suspensions expected following Braun

ALEX RODRIGUEZ (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) NEW YORK (AP)—Ryan Braun stood on a spring training field and proclaimed he was innocent of using banned testosterone. “I would bet my life,” he said back then, “that this substance never entered my body at any point.” Seventeen months later, he accepted a 65-game suspension from baseball and admitted, “I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.”

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National

George Zimmerman stopped for speeding in Texas

In this image taken from dashcam video provided by the City of Forney Police Department, a police officer speaks with George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted by a Florida jury of charges in the fatal shooting of a Black teenager, after he was pulled over for speeding along U.S. 80, about 20 miles east of Dallas on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Zimmerman was released with a warning. (AP Photo/City of Forney Police Department) FORNEY, Texas (AP) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was cleared of all charges in the Florida shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was stopped for speeding on a highway near Dallas, officials said Wednesday. Forney police stopped Zimmerman on Sunday as he drove west on U.S. 80, about 20 miles east of Dallas. A police dashcam video released Wednesday shows an officer interacting with Zimmerman and letting him go with a warning.

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Sports

‘Field of Dreams’…Surging Pirates slip by Cardinals 5-4 for 4th straight win

Starling Marte (6) scores from third on a sacrifice fly by Andrew McCutchen in the fifth inning of a baseball game as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz (48) waits for the late relay throw, in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington spent the hours leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline searching for a way to upgrade the team with the best record in baseball. The typically buttoned down Huntington even considered taking leave of his senses to do it.

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People

Rihanna wins case against UK retailer Topshop

In this Wednesday, July 10, 2013 file photo, singer, songwriter Rihanna performs at “Le Sporting” in Monaco during her “Diamonds World Tour”. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) LONDON (AP) — Pop singer Rihanna has won a court case in Britain against retailer Topshop, which was selling T-shirts bearing her image without permission. High Court Justice Colin Birss ruled in favor of the singer on Wednesday, saying buyers were likely deceived by believing Rihanna had authorized its sale.

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Entertainment

Free concerts offer cultural enrichment to city residents

Roger Humphries and RH Factor (Photo by Frank Greenlee) In an effort to provide people of different backgrounds and economic levels to enjoy the arts, Citiparks is offering its three popular summer concert series–“Stars at Riverview Jazz Series,” “Bach, Beethoven and Brunch” and Reservoir of Jazz,” again this year. Each series is sure to whet the appetite of all music lovers in the Pittsburgh area. “These concerts are a great way to provide no-cost access to the arts for families in the City, increase utilization in our parks, and to enhance the quality of life for our residents. We know that everyone cannot afford to go to places like the Opera or the Symphony, so our concerts allow people of all backgrounds and abilities access to the arts,” said Tim Ishman, assistant director Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation.

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People

Dwyane Wade: Single parents prepare kids for game of life

Actress Gabrielle Union, left, and Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade arrive at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) by Dwyane Wade (CNN) — When I became a single father, I joined the increasing number of dads who value the importance of raising their children. Last year, I wrote a book about my experience and the importance of all fathers being present in their children’s lives. Addressing the fatherlessness issue across the country, I’ve also teamed up with President Obama to support his Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative. Being a father is the most important and rewarding thing I will ever do, and I strongly encourage all fathers to love and take responsibility for their children.