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Fleetwood Mac returns on tour. New York, Toronto, San Jose, and many more tour stops planned.
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photo by Tony Shek
A Detroit Tigers pitcher now with the Toledo Mud Hens is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a 45-year-old woman in March at a Detroit hotel. When the alleged assault took place, Evan Reed was still pitching for the Tigers.
Reed was accused of sexual assault on March 30, 2014, a day before the Tigers’ home opener against the Kansas City Royals. Reed was sent to Toledo in June; he was 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA for the Tigers.
Reed, 28, met his alleged victim at about midnight on March 30. She and a friend were invited to sit in a booth at a Royal Oak bar with Reed and others, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Worthy announced today that Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Those charges carry a maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison.
“At some point, the (woman) finished an alcoholic drink and began to feel odd,” according to the release from Worthy’s office. Afterwards, she left with Reed and returned to the MotorCity Casino hotel in a taxi with the pitcher. The woman alleges that at 7:30 that morning, Reed sexually assaulted her in the hotel room and then told her to leave.
Reed is being charged under the theory that he committed “sexual penetration through force or coercion,” according to the same news release from Worthy’s office. This apparently hinges on the woman feeling “odd” after finishing her drink; prosecutors will need to show Reed was aware of the woman’s resulting inability to consent.
The Detroit Tigers released the following statement this morning:
“As an organization, we take matters like this very seriously and we are closely monitoring the situation. Evan Reed’s representatives are handling his legal proceeding that must run its course before there is any further comment from the ballclub.”
R. Kelly has been dropped from the line-up of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio. The move is reportedly in response to public outcry over his controversial past.
Organizers of the festival, which is to be held at Nationwide Arena and around the surroudning district on Aug. 29 through 31, issued a brief announcement last night via social media.
“Fashion Meets Music Festival and headlining artist R Kelly have come to the mutual decision to cancel Kelly’s upcoming performance at the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival.”
Kelly’s publicist released the following statement: “R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.”
Although the decision is being presented as a mutual parting of the ways, festival spokesperson Melissa Dickson has indicated that the decision was more one-sided, and comes on the heels of a local public backlash over the R&B singer’s checkered past, which includes a number of colorful incidents.
“We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners … to make a statement and support the city we live in,” said Dickson, who also revealed that the festival has hired a public relations firm to help “repair” its image.
Just to be clear, this will be the inaugural event for Fashion Meets Music. This is a first-time festival that hasn’t happened yet. Repair its image?
The kerfluffle began when local duo Damn the Witch Siren cancelled their festival appearance a couple weeks ago, citing R. Kelly’s history as a reason. Kelly was tried and acquitted of 14 counts of child pornography in 2008.
Late last week, local Columbus folk rock band Saintseneca also pulled out of the festival, citing as their reason “we feel [Kelly’s] selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault.”
Next to pull out was festival sponsor WCBE 90.5 FM, a local radio station managed by Dan Mushalko. Mushalko said in a statement the decision was influenced by listener opinion and by the Columbus City Schools, who hold the radio station’s license.
“Obviously, since they represent children and they represent teenagers, they didn’t want us associated with the event if R. Kelly was a part of it,” said Musalko, adding, “So whether you looked at it from our internal ethics, or the feedback from our listeners and the school district, it came down to everything saying, ‘You just can’t do it.’”
There are no plans to replace R. Kelly on the festival line-up.
Hypnotic Eye, out today, is the thirteenth studio album from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Three years in the making, the new record marks a stylistic return to the early days of the band. Hypnotic Eye sounds more like something Tom Petty would have released at the end of the ’70s than his more recent output – and that’s a good thing.
There’s a garage sound to this record, and it establishes itself immediately. Album opener “American Dream Plan B” starts off fuzzy and insistent. With its speedy, distorted riffs, you might be forgiven for thinking this album belongs to some come-lately indie sensation, at least until the vocals kick in. There’s still no mistaking that voice.
Tom Petty is 63 years old now, and he’s come a very long way since the days of “Breakdown.” Hypnotic Eye finds it way almost effortlessly back to recapture the sound and feel of Petty’s early work, before settling into the well-polished groove established by Damn the Torpedoes.
But this is a more mature album, created by more mature musicians. The lyrics are as powerful as the riffs, when you come down to it. Petty’s rasping Southern drawl spells out eleven tales of varying malaise, from “Forgotten Man” to “Burnt Out Town” but never relinquishes its growling fire. Petty might “feel like a four letter word” but it sure hasn’t brought his voice down.
Hypnotic Eye is a better album than 2010′s Mojo, and maybe the best Tom Petty album since the early 90s. It’s a stylistic throwback with solid lyrics from one of country-rock’s most talented performers, and it leaves no question that Petty is indeed a “Full Grown Boy.”
Joseph Siprut, attorney for the plaintiffs. (photo courtesy Siprut PC)
After nearly a year of negotiating, this morning the NCAA struck a deal to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit. The settlement calls for the NCAA to create a $70 million fund to pay for testing of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma while playing a collegiate contact sport (football, hockey, soccer, etc.)
Also included in the settlement is a uniform return-to-play policy to be adopted by all schools. This new policy will explicitly define how players who receive head blows are treated, and when they may return to games. Critics of the NCAA had pointed out that, until now, the hundreds of individual schools governed by the body dealt with this issue at their own discretion. Collegiate athletes, according to those critics, are put at risk by some schools returning them to the active roster too soon.
The settlement was filed this morning with the U.S. District Court in Chicago, informing the federal judge overseeing the case that an agreement has been reached. The settlement applies to all men and women who participate or participated in college-level football, ice hockey and field hockey, soccer, basketball, wrestling, and lacrosse.
“I wouldn’t say these changes solve the safety problems, but they do reduce the risks,” said Joseph Siprut, the lead plaintiffs’ attorney. “It’s changed college sports forever.”
However, unlike a proposed settlement in a similar case dealing with the NFL, this deal makes no provision for setting aside money to pay players who actually suffered brain trauma. The NCAA will fund testing only. Those test results may then be used as part of the basis for individual lawsuits brought by the players themselves.
photo by Keith Allison
The Los Angeles Dodgers added a third W to their streak last night in the second game in a series against National League Western Division leaders the San Francisco Giants. LA went into last night’s meeting half a game behind, but emerged as the new leader of their division.
LA’s Clayton Kershaw (pictured above) pitched a scoreless (for the Giants) two-hitter. Kershaw, who was placed on the disabled list earlier in the year, has been building up a streak since his return in May. Last night’s 5 – 0 win marks the 26-year-old Southpaw’s ninth consecutive victory. Kershaw earned his third career Pitcher of the Month award last month. On June 18, he pitched a complete game no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies and struck out a career-high 15 batters. The only batter to reach base was due to an error in the top of the seventh inning - otherwise, it would have been a perfect game. Kershaw had a 41 inning scoreless streak that ended in the top of the sixth inning on July 10th.
“You end up counting on him to go at least six,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Kershaw.
Following the 5-run victory, the Dodgers move to the top in the NL West. 58 and 47, the Dodgers have a win percentage of .552 over the Giant’s .548 (57-47). The next contender in the West, the San Diego Padres, trail eleven games back. But the Giants are only half a game behind, and the Dodgers know they’re not going away. The two face off again tonight for the third and final game in the current series.
After tonight, the Dodgers will have one night off before hosting non-division teams the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs for two consecutive three-game series. The Giants will host the Pittsburgh Pirates for the next three nights before heading to New York for a four-game series with the Mets.
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