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March 06, 2012

My son will never play football

Amidst widespread fears about the long term dangers associated with football--concussions, skeletal damage, blown knees, permanent brain damage--comes a juicy scandal: It seems that at least one coach at an NFL team was actually placing bounties on injuries opposing players. For every player his guys injured so badly they could play any more, they received $1,000 cash. More for star players. Gregg Williams Meets With NFL Amid Bounty Probe, Washington Post Reports - Bloomberg
The coach at the center of a program that paid bounties for injuring opponents met with National Football League officials yesterday, the Washington Post said, citing a person familiar with the case who requested anonymity. Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL, declined to confirm the meeting in an e-mail last night. The league last week said that about two dozen New Orleans Saints players were paid to injure rivals during Gregg Williams’s 2009-11 stint as defensive coordinator. Players received $1,500 for a “knockout,” in which an opponent was unable to return to the game, and $1,000 for a “cart-off,” in which rivals were carried off the field. Payments doubled or tripled during the playoffs. “It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it,” Williams said last week in an e-mailed statement. “Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role.” . . .

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March 05, 2012

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Obama's nanny is a transgendered woman, now living rough in Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Once, long ago, Evie looked after "Barry" Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world's most powerful man. Now, his transgender former nanny has given up her tight, flowery dresses, her brocade vest and her bras, and is living in fear on Indonesia's streets. Evie, who was born a man but believes she is really a woman, has endured a lifetime of taunts and beatings because of her identity. She describes how soldiers once shaved her long, black hair to the scalp and smashed out glowing cigarettes onto her hands and arms. The turning point came when she found a transgender friend's bloated body floating in a backed-up sewage canal two decades ago. She grabbed all her girlie clothes in her arms and stuffed them into two big boxes. Half-used lipstick, powder, eye makeup - she gave them all away. "I knew in my heart I was a woman, but I didn't want to die like that," says Evie, now 66, her lips trembling slightly as the memories flood back. "So I decided to just accept it. ... I've been living like this, a man, ever since." . . .