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Archive for April 24th, 2009

FBI Says Toledo College Football Player Shaved Points

Sometimes you watch a game and figure the team just isn’t that good, that it keeps blowing big plays. Then once in a great while you find out the players really are blowing it on purpose. It’s always a sad day in sports when this happens.

toledo-blade-footballBy MAUREEN FULTON
The Toledo Blade
TOLEDO — A former University of Toledo football player admitted to his participation in a point-shaving scheme involving UT football and basketball teams, according to documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Detroit earlier this week.

According to the criminal complaint, originally filed last August, Adam Cuomo, who was a senior backup running back in 2003 for the Rockets, told FBI agents he began the point-shaving scheme with “Gary,” who is believed to be Ghazi Manni of Sterling Heights, Mich.

The scheme is thought to have began in the fall of 2003 and continued until the winter of 2006.

Mr. Cuomo, of Hamilton, Ont., rushed just six times for 23 yards his senior season, but said he provided information to “Gary” about upcoming UT games to help “Gary” place bets on the games, according to the documents.

He also introduced “numerous” UT men’s basketball and football players to “Gary” for the purpose of asking them to participate in point-shaving.

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Texas Congressman John Carter Wants Homeland Security Chief Napolitano Fired

congressman-john-carter2There’s nothing wrong expressing displeasure over something. But there’s a point, particularly on an issue like this, where it’s time to move on. Belaboring the point only smells of partisan politics. And guess what? The country is still in big trouble. It’s best to suspend politics as usual and address the problems that matter to the American people.

By MARIA RECIO
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, doesn’t just want Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to resign: “I called for her to be fired.”

Carter and a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, are complaining about a recent Homeland Security memorandum to law enforcement that warns of homegrown terrorism from conservatives and military veterans.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s controversial report released last week listed, among others, many of our nation’s veterans as possible domestic terrorists or assassins,” Burgess said. “I find this astonishingly insensitive.”

Carter, Burgess and several other conservative members took to the House floor Wednesday evening to rail against Napolitano, the former Arizona governor, who was sworn in as Homeland Security secretary Jan. 21.

“Singling out political opponents for working against the ruling party is precisely the tactic of every tyrannical government from Red China to Venezuela,” Carter said.

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