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Tuesday, 9-Apr-2013 14:29 Email | Share | | Bookmark
New York City ducks urban disaster as Irene blows through

Photo: #Manhattan and the Manhattan Bridge are hit by Hurricane Irene, in New York, on August 28, 2011. Irene weakened to tropical storm status Sunday as it hit New York City, the National Hurricane Center said,Game Of Thrones spoilers but the still powerful storm was flooding parts of lower Manhattan.

Photo: #A sailboat is washed ashore as Hurricane Irene arrives on August 28, 2011 in Southampton, New York, west of Manhattan on Long Island. Irene is expected to move through the area today with heavy rain and high winds.

Photo: #A man walks in Times Square as Hurricane Irene arrives in New York, on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.

Photo: #A jogger runs past past a boarded Bloomingdales store in New York August 28, 2011 soon after Supernatural spoilersHurricane Irene passed through the city with rain and high winds.

Photo: #Nick Siragusa works on keeping the sump pump unplugged as he helps remove the water from the flooded lobby of the Allegria hotel as they begin to deal with the waters brought in as Hurricane Irene swept through on August 28, 2011 in Long Beach, New York. While Hurricane Irene has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has knocked out power to more than 3 million people and is attributed to 11 deaths as it travels up the Eastern seaboard.

Photo: #An Eyewitness News SUV is covered in sand and mud created when Hurricane Irene swept through on August 28, 2011 in Long Beach. New York.Supernatural spoilers While Hurricane Irene has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has knocked out power to more than 3 million people and is attributed to 15 deaths as it travels up the Eastern seaboard.

Photo: #A boey that sits at the end of the Ocean City jetty is toppled over due to heavy surf caused by the arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 in Ocean City, Maryland.

Tuesday, 9-Apr-2013 14:22 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Pau Gasol likely back on team next season

Everyone's expecting the Lakers to shake up their roster this offseason. Simers about the chances of Bynum and Gasol both being with the team for the start of the 2012-13 season, Buss responded, "Very good."

Buss said he does not agree with those calling for Gasol to be traded. "I think changes are going to be made moving Pau lower to the basket," Buss told Simers. "We can improve that way with a change in coaching strategy rather than a change in personnel."

Buss also expressed confidence in Bynum, who had the best year of his career this past season but whose attitude was far from exemplary.

"I expect Andrew to mature as a player and as a person this upcoming season," Buss said.

In addition to no major trades, Buss does not expect any big free agent signings, either. The Lakers will try to bring back Ramon Sessions, who will opt for free agency rather than exercise his player option for next season.

Lakers great Magic Johnson has been leading the charge among those imploring the organization to shake things up, insisting the team is not championship-caliber the way it is currently constructed.

Johnson, now an NBA analyst on ESPN, said on-air recently, "Jim Buss, brother, you have a job to do. I'm telling you right now because if you don't do it, you're going to hear from me." Magic also tweeted, "If I were Kobe (Bryant), I'd be calling Jim Buss every day until the Lakers make some changes."

"He sounds like a TV analyst to me," Buss told Simers. "That's his job to give opinions. I don't have a problem with that, and like a good Lakers fan he just wants us to get better. So do I."

Tuesday, 9-Apr-2013 14:16 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Ramsey Independent Expenditure Group

State Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, has stepped forward as a leader of Tennesseans for a Better Tomorrow, which was established amid some mystery last month to help Ron Ramsey's gubernatorial campaign with Supernatural dvd independent expenditures.

It's one of the examples used in a story by Chas Sisk on the mish-mash of disclosure - or nondisclosure - by such political groups.

The organization filed an initial report with the Registry of Election Finance on Thursday, revealing it had raised $40,000 from three donors -- $10,000 from James Ayers of Parsons, $10,000 from Larry Bates of Middleton and $20,000 from James Powell of Johnson City.

The money probably will be spent before the primary on automated phone calls and get-out-the-vote efforts, said state Rep. Jon Lundberg, one of its officers.

"What we're really trying to do is we're trying to do everything possible to help (Lt.) Gov. Ramsey," Lundberg said. "I'm not trying to be covert, but if I go into a lot of detail, other campaigns could look at what we're doing."

An excerpt providing other examples:

One of the most detailed records available is on the independent expenditure campaign by Kirkland's Inc. co-founder Robert Kirkland on behalf of his brother Ron's candidacy for the Republican Supernatural recap nomination to represent the 8th Congressional District.

Records show that Robert Kirkland has spent more than $1.25 million of his personal fortune, including $825,000 on television advertising and production, nearly $102,000 on mailers and $99,000 on polling and political strategy. By comparison, the entire budget of Kirkland for Congress, Ron Kirkland's official campaign organization, was just over $1 million.

Such rules apply to the spending by Sumner United for Responsible Government, a tea party group based in Sumner County. The organization's most recent disclosure, filed just last week, lists it as having raised no money and spent none as of June 30.

Yet, the group was able to purchase space on a prominent billboard near downtown Nashville that shows a cat on a litter box and the message that the city needs a "Jim Cooper Scooper" to "clean out his liberal mess." Eric Stamper, a co-founder of the group, said the billboard cost about $2,100.

American Future Fund, an Iowa-based group behind a TV ad that connected Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam to a price-gouging suit brought against his family's chain of truck stops, Pilot Travel Centers LLC.

The ad ran in at least three markets -- Nashville, Memphis and the Tri-Cities -- and was accompanied by a website attacking Haslam.Entourage Season 7 An official with the American Future Fund said earlier this month that it would spend up to $250,000 on the campaign.

But because the group is not advocating the election of one of Haslam's opponents, it does not have to file with the FEC. Under state law, the group should have to file with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, Rawlins said. But as of last week, it had not done so.

Tuesday, 9-Apr-2013 13:51 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Spanish football season to kick off

Officials from a group of 13 clubs said on Tuesday the issues had not been resolved at the LFP assembly in Madrid. But progress was made and the presence of secretary of state for sport Miguel Cardenal had helped calm the situation.

"We discussed issues to do with the league, with governance and with television broadcasts,"watch Dark Shadows LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran told reporters. "There will be games this weekend that will start at the scheduled time."

"There will have to be a solution but it won't be ready tomorrow," Miguel Guillen, president of Real Betis, told the club's radio station after the LFP meeting.

"It was an extremely important step forward that the secretary of state is perfectly aware of the issues to be addressed."

The 13 - Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Betis, Celta Vigo, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Real Mallorca, Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Real Zaragoza - have urged the broadcasters to settle outstanding debts to the clubs and to drop any legal action against them.

They also want the LFP to institute a "transparent and regulated" system for fixing kickoff times. They have accused officials of offering some clubs favourable kickoff times that disadvantage others.

"We are 13 united teams and we have to carry on until we achieve our goals and try to win the battle for the good of our own interests and those of La Liga," Atletico president Enrique Spartacus:Vengeance Season 2Cerezo told reporters.

Many La Liga clubs are also unhappy that Real Madrid andBarcelona dominate revenue from audiovisual rights due to the lack of a system of collective bargaining and income-sharing like those in rival European leagues.

Betis's Guillen said the German model was one La Liga would do well to learn from.

"We fully agree that the way football is organised inGermany would be an ideal formula to apply in Spain, both in the equitable distribution of (cash from) audiovisual rights and treating the fans with maximum respect," he said.

The aim was to "try to make the event last much more than the 90 minutes of the match and provide a range of services to fans that we cannot Justified episodes today because we don't have the basic requirements to get it going."

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