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AP drops ISIL moniker – now refers to them as “Islamic State group”

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Associated Press blog:

Back in June we talked in this blog about AP’s preferred abbreviation for the fast-growing Islamic militant group in Iraq and Syria, known variously at the time as ISIL and ISIS. We explained why our preference was ISIL.

Things then changed with ISIL’s decision in July to rebrand itself as the “Islamic State.” In a recent story, we explained that AP now refers to the organization as “the Islamic State group” (not simply “the Islamic State”) and the reason for this approach.

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Prior to the group’s self-declared rebranding in July, The Associated Press opted to refer to it as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, believing it was the most accurate translation.

The AP now uses phrases like “the Islamic State group,” or “fighters from the Islamic State group,” to avoid phrasing that sounds like they could be fighting for an internationally recognized state.

So they changed the name to match what the group calls itself basically. When do they start using the term pro-life instead of anti-abortion now?

Breaking: Bomb explodes near Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul

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The BBC’s report went up just after midnight Eastern Time.

A powerful bomb explosion has rocked the Afghan capital Kabul, sending a plume of smoke over the city and shaking buildings, reports say.

Interior ministry sources said the bomb went off near the Supreme Court building on the airport road.

The United States Embassy is not far away from the site and reports are a siren was sounded there. No word on casualties yet.

Bedbugs give some MD state employees the day off

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AP/WTOP reports:

The Maryland Department of the Environment [MDE] is giving some employees the day off after bedbugs were discovered in a portion of the agency’s headquarters building in Baltimore.

Agency spokesman Jay Apperson says employees who work on one floor of the building were granted administrative leave for Monday. The agency is conducting a comprehensive inspection to ensure all areas infested with bedbugs have been identified.

Apperson says the agency will remain open for business Monday.

Bedbugs were discovered in August and an exerminator has been hired, according to the report.

MDE offices are located at 1800 Washington Boulevard in Baltimore, a.k.a. the Montgomery Park building. The Maryland State Lottery & Gaming Control Agency is also in that building.

Watch C.J. Spiller’s 102-yard touchdown return

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C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff for 102 yards and a touchdown today for the Buffalo Bills against the Miami Dolphins. SB Nation has this GIF:

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You can see a video on NFL.COM.

 

Goodell on thin ice? AP reports NFL had Rice video in April

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The AP reports:

A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week.

The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.”

The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can’t confirm anyone watched the video. The person said they were unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because they wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice’s punishment.

The NFL has repeatedly said it asked for but could not obtain the video of Rice hitting Janay Palmer — who is now his wife — at an Atlantic City casino in February.

The league says it has no record of the video, and no one in the league office had seen it until TMZ released it. When asked about the voicemail Wednesday, NFL officials repeated their assertion that no league official had seen the video before Monday.

It’s past time for heads to roll over how this situation was mishandled, at both the league and team level.

Police: Former WWE Wrestler Sean O’Haire committed suicide

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O’Haire had been working as a personal trainer in Spartanburg. After he left wrestling he tried his hand at kickboxing, MMA, and being a hair stylist. He and Chuck Palumbo were WCW tag team champions when that organization was shut down after being purchased by WWE.

WYFF (emphasis added):

Former WWE wrestler Sean Christopher Haire was found dead in his Spartanburg home Tuesday, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger.

Clevenger said Haire, 43, was found dead at the home at 7:30 p.m.

Police told WYFF News 4 the death is a suicide, but Clevenger said the cause and manner of death are under investigation.

Student disciplined for displaying Confederate flag at game

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A Washington Post story on a Howard County student disciplined for displaying a Confederate flag at a high school football game:

Rebecca Amani-Dove, the spokeswoman, would not say what type of action was taken against the Glenelg student who displayed the flag while standing at the top of the bleachers during the season opener between Glenelg and River Hill high schools on Friday night. The student was immediately told to take the flag down.

“Carrying a Confederate flag is not illegal, but anything that causes disruption is actionable from an administrative perspective,” Amani-Dove said. “Administrative action was taken in alignment with our student code of conduct.”

Amani-Dove said the principals at Glenelg and River Hill sent letters to parents and addressed students about the incident on Monday.

Ken Ulman, county executive and Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, weighed in as well (along with the school superintendent):

“Public displays of the Confederate Flag evoke division, hate and subjugation — precisely the opposite of the values we hold in Howard County, and in Maryland,” Howard County Executive Ken Ulman posted on his Facebook page Monday. “We must teach our kids why this is such a hurtful symbol to so many people. We must fight against injustice and intolerance in any form, especially at our schools.”

Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee A. Foose released a statement saying the incident “has been addressed in both of the school communities, and administrative actions have been taken in accordance with our Student Code of Conduct.”

Saying that to many, “the Confederate flag is a powerful symbol of racism, hatred, and unspeakable acts against humanity,” she said the county school system has policies that address civility, student conduct, and safe schools, and that “collectively, these policies support a culture that is intolerant of hateful and disruptive behaviors, words, and symbols.”

This is the same Howard County school system that indoctrinated students with a song praising President Obama a few years ago.

Of course, Ulman will get involved because there’s nothing he won’t get involved in – like his ban on sugary soft drinks at events in the county, which he later backed down on. The county also fired firefighters who spoke out against Ulman’s gun control stance on their personal Facebook accounts in 2013.

Top golf courses rejected Obama over Labor Day Weekend

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NBC New York reports on several New York-area golf courses that refused President Barack Obama’s business over Labor Day weekend:

The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president’s request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president’s advance team’s calls to the club managers

Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president.

The president was in town Friday, Aug. 29 for fundraising events in New York and Rhode Island. He had been scheduled to stay overnight in Westchester County in order to attend the Saturday evening wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass at Blue Hill Farm.

The story notes that the presidential advance team was looking for a tee time Saturday morning. If you will recall Obama unexpectedly returned to Washington Friday night and then went back to New York for the wedding Saturday. Labor Day weekend is a busy weekend for golf courses.

Parody video targets Ray Rice in “Video Killed the Ravens Big Star”

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A parody video dealing with Ray Rice is set to the tune of “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

More from the video’s YouTube description:

As much as I hated to make this video, it had to be said! Ray Rice was a great Raven, but a bad man. I cannot abide a man hitting a woman under any circumstances unless he has to avoid being beaten badly. This was not the case here. Sorry Ray!

Here’s the parody video itself:

Parody targets Ray Rice in “Video Killed the Ravens Big Star”

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A parody video dealing with Ray Rice is set to the tune of “Video Killed the Radio Star.” More from the video’s YouTube description:

As much as I hated to make this video, it had to be said! Ray Rice was a great Raven, but a bad man. I cannot abide a man hitting a woman under any circumstances unless he has to avoid being beaten badly. This was not the case here. Sorry Ray!

Here’s the parody video itself: