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  1. Vick Indicted

    He's obviously on a fishing trip. Which is wildly ironic.
  2. Vick Indicted

    From Don Banks' column on Si.com: • Why? That's the question that could be easily overlooked in Vick's current situation. Why would a guy making the millions he's making need to sponsor a dog-fighting ring that could jeopardize his career and personal freedom in order to gamble for mere thousands? One source close to Vick, who I talked to this spring for the story I wrote about the Falcons quarterback's recent slide from grace in Atlanta, gave me a rather blunt rationale for Vick's involvement in dog fighting: "He's not very bright at all,'' the source said of Vick. "And that's a big part of his problems. He's a very unintelligent person and he makes poor decisions because of it. It's not a white or black thing. Paris Hilton is an idiot, too. Mike Tyson was totally dumb, but for a long time his trainer kept him protected from his worst mistakes. You have to have someone around you who can protect you from yourself at times.'' Another league source I talked to had a slightly different take. He too watched Vick up close for years and came to this conclusion: "I've seen what he's truly about, and now, the rest of the world sees what he's truly about,'' the source said. "He's not dumb, and he's not a bad guy. He's just selfish. He's an extremely selfish human being. He doesn't care about his team or his teammates. He says he does, but he doesn't.'' Harsh words to be sure. But these are some of the same sources who, more than two months ago, assured me Vick -- despite his proclamation of innocence -- was heavily involved in the dog-fighting operation in Virginia, from its earliest stages on. With Tuesday's indictments becoming public, the assessment of those sources has been echoed by federal investigators and a grand jury.
  3. Grilling on a porch with a screen

    Bad Idea Jeans.
  4. http://www.news4jax.com/news/13698803/detail.html
  5. 500-pound man rescued after 12-hour ordeal on St. Croix River By DINESH RAMDE Associated Press Writer Advertisement MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Emergency workers labored through the night to rescue an ailing 500-pound man who was stranded on a stretch of the St. Croix River so shallow that rescue vehicles - including a hovercraft - were unable to approach. Martin Rike, 39, of Pine City, Minn., was treated for chest pain at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg on Tuesday morning and discharged that afternoon, his mother said. Rike and three friends were floating down the river on the Minnesota border in northwestern Wisconsin when Rike's tube hit a rock and deflated Monday afternoon, said Chief Deputy Steve Ovick of the Pine County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota. Rike, contacted by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis at his home Tuesday night, said he went on his first tubing trip because of his doctor's suggestion to take up a fun but safe activity, but "the farther we went on the St. Croix River, the worse the conditions got." He said he appreciated everything done to rescue him. "Without those people, I would still be out there," he said. Ovick had said Tuesday morning that Rike was rafting alone, but after speaking with more rescuers, he gave the following account: Rike's group called 911 shortly after 8 p.m. to report that he was ill. A paramedic who arrived by helicopter stabilized Rike, but the pilot couldn't take him to a hospital. "The aircraft that found him said they could not lift that amount of weight," Ovick said. As many as 50 rescuers on the ground eventually responded, with the first reaching Rike about 9 p.m. Crews tried to get to Rike with boats and canoes, but the watercraft ran into the ground in spots where the water was only ankle deep. Even a hovercraft couldn't get close to Rike. Rescuers tried loading him into an aluminum boat, hoping to carry him over the rocky ground. But he was so heavy they could move the makeshift stretcher only several feet downstream per hoist. Eventually, they tired and abandoned the effort. Finally, rescuers created a floating platform by lashing three canoes together and placing four boards across them. "That remedy worked much better, but it was still a lot of work," Ovick said. "They still had to drag those canoes all that way." Rescuers finally got Rike to the ambulance about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, more than 12 hours after the 911 call. Rike wasn't in pain during the ordeal, said his mother, Sharon Rike. "He got really cold because he was in wet clothes all night from being in the river," she said. "(Tuesday) morning, he was tired and hungry, but he was joking and trying to get warm." Rike bruised at least one leg but was able to walk from shore to the canoes, Sharon Rike said. Rescuers had limited his movement because he had symptoms of a heart attack, she said. Even though Rike weighs 500 pounds, the truck driver is "really pretty healthy," his mother said.
  6. Vick Indicted

    A good legal summary from ESPN. IMO, Vick is screwed. Am I lawyer? No. But I play one on TV... A grand jury indicted Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick on Tuesday, which at least partially answers one question that has lingered since the news first broke about an alleged dogfighting operation on property owned by Vick in Virginia: Was Vick involved? Obviously, we know now that investigators believe he was. There are plenty of football-related issues still to be resolved about Vick's future with the Falcons and the NFL, but those might be the least of his concerns right now. Questions about his legal future abound at the moment. Here are some answers. What do these federal charges mean for Michael Vick? Vick is in real trouble. He is up against the might and majesty of the U.S. government with all of its agents, all of its investigative techniques, and all of its skilled prosecutors. If he has any doubts about the power and skill of the forces arrayed against him, he can call Scooter Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, or he can call Lord Conrad Black, the disgraced media mogul now facing time in a federal penitentiary. If he still isn't convinced, he can call Jeff Skilling, the zillionaire Enron CEO who is now residing in a federal pen. All three of them hired brilliant (and expensive) lawyers. All three thought they could explain their way out from under federal charges. And all three were convicted. Vick can, and probably will, hire some of America's best defense lawyers, but they will face a serious battle. Would Vick be sent to jail if he is convicted? Yes. It's hard to imagine any other outcome. The charges are serious, and the evidence against Vick presented at trial will be nasty. The government's case includes evidence that Vick and his cohorts "tested" pit bulls for ferocity. If the dogs failed the test, the indictment charges, they were executed by hanging or drowning. In one case, with Vick present, the indictment says a dog was slammed to the ground until it was dead. In another incident, a dog was soaked with a hose and then electrocuted. Those aren't the sort of transgressions that lead to probation and community service. It's the kind of behavior that results in punishment, and the punishment will be jail time. What is the next step for Vick? Vick will now watch to see which of his three co-defendants will be the first to make a deal with federal prosecutors. Each of them will think seriously about turning on Vick and offering testimony against him in return for less time in jail. Vick obviously is the prime target of the government effort. Prosecutors and agents will be willing to talk with his co-defendants about a deal if they are willing to help prove the case against Vick. The government indictment discloses four witnesses who have already agreed to testify against him. If all three of his co-defendants join these four witnesses against Vick, he and his lawyers might suggest that he, too, should talk to the government about a deal that would minimize his time in jail. Vick is charged with "conspiracy" and violations of the "Travel Act." What does that mean? The conspiracy charge will make things extra difficult for Vick and his lawyers. Under federal laws, the conspiracy charge allows federal prosecutors to link Vick to things that occurred even if he was not present. If the prosecutors can connect the four defendants, then crimes committed by one of them can be used to add to the evidence against the others. It's a tricky legal procedure that prosecutors love and defense lawyers detest. The Travel Act is a device invented by Robert F. Kennedy when he was Attorney General in the early '60s. It was designed for use against organized crime and made it easier to prove cases against hoodlums. In the sports world, it was used most recently in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics bribery scandal. Federal prosecutors charged the Utah organizers under the Travel Act and proved millions of dollars in bribes. Vick, however, can take some hope from the fact that U.S. District Judge David Sam found the organizers not guilty of violating the Travel Act, even though there was powerful evidence of bribery. What was Vick's role in the dogfighting conspiracy described in the indictment? According to the indictment, Vick was in the middle of everything from beginning to end. He purchased a vacant piece of property for $34,000, the indictment says. He then had sheds built for training dogs and staging fights and a fence erected to shield the operation from view. And finally, the indictment says, he had a two-story frame house with a basketball court put up as a residence for the people taking care of the dogs. If you believe the indictment, the Vick property had everything anyone could want in a dogfighting operation. When would Vick's trial begin? The federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., is the home of the nationally recognized "rocket docket." Cases move quickly in Richmond, more quickly than in any other courthouse in the federal system. Vick's lawyers will be looking for delays and for time to prepare a defense, but the trial likely would begin in a matter of four to six months. Are the federal authorities in Richmond tough on crime? Ask Ralph Sampson, the former NBA star. He fell behind in child support payments to seven children that he had with four women, the kind of thing that is ordinarily worked out in a settlement. But instead of a settlement, Sampson found himself charged with felonies in federal court. And then, very quickly, he found himself in jail for two months on a child support charge. Yes, they're tough on crime in Richmond, and they might be particularly tough on crimes involving the torture and killing of dogs. ESPN.com's Lester Munson is a Chicago lawyer and journalist who has been reporting on investigative and legal issues in the sports industry for 18 years.
  7. Vick Indicted

  8. Crash diet

    All the best to your family.
  9. Legal issue w/ the sale of my home

    Serenity Now.
  10. Legal issue w/ the sale of my home

    I'd agree that it's not something you'd list like a remodeled bathroom, but it seems reasonable to me to say to a prospective buyer "we've done x, y and z including substantial improvements to the sewer system, something that you won't have to worry about anymore". Not overly compelling on its own, but a noteworthy improvement to the structure of the property.
  11. Legal issue w/ the sale of my home

    Yeah, that's true too. Sounds like muck is interested in closing the deal in a couple of weeks for the reasons you stated.
  12. Legal issue w/ the sale of my home

    Yes, that certainly sounds like it wouldn't be worth the trouble for you. Unfortunate that the very fair offer that you have now looks less attractive than it did a week ago, but sounds like the right way to go. Especially to remove that mortgage quickly.
  13. Legal issue w/ the sale of my home

    Maybe. Or he could use it as a very reasonable way to up his asking price. It doesn't sound like he's going to be getting any help from the current buyer, so maybe he can get a better deal by waiting.