Putin: Jews might be responsible for election meddling … Search for Hope Hicks replacement turns into West Wing food fight

Driving the Day BLOOMBERG’S NICK WADHAMS: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, laid low in the middle of a week-long trip to Africa, was feeling better by the end of the day and plans to resume his public schedule in Kenya on Sunday, the State Department said. “The Secretary of State canceled Saturday’s planned events in Nairobi, Kenya, after falling ill. Tillerson, 65, had gone two days without sleep while working on North Korea and other issues, said Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein.” https://bloom.bg/2IfpKnz Story Continued Below KEEP IT COMING! CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP FUND dropped another $70,000 on ground game in Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. The election is on Tuesday. -- THE PRESIDENT heads to Pennsylvania 18 tonight. FROM MEGYN KELLY’S INTERVIEW WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN: “Putin even suggested that Jews or other ethnic groups had been involved in the meddling. “‘Maybe they’re not even Russians,’ he said. ‘Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don’t know.’” http://nbcnews.to/2oZGebn -- WAIT A SECOND: Aren’t Jews with Russian citizenship, well, Russian? Good Saturday morning. INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE -- ANNIE KARNI and MATT NUSSBAUM: “Search for Hicks replacement turns into West Wing food fight”: “[T]he search to take over that job has become something an internal free-for-all, with aides campaigning for the job, Trump soliciting advice directly from Hicks about who should take over when she’s gone, and chief of staff John Kelly trying to broaden the search to include some outside candidates. “The top candidates emerging from inside the White House, multiple officials said, are director of strategic communications Continue Reading

Latest coverage: Larry Nassar scandal roils MSU

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Latest coverage: Larry Nassar scandal roils MSU Accusations of sexual assault opened floodgates, sparked one of biggest scandals in amateur sports history Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs The Detroit News Published 7:06 p.m. ET Jan. 25, 2018 | Updated 1:32 p.m. ET March 2, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Victims speak out about abuse, Nassar gets life sentence  Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Former gymnast Alexis Alvarado, right, is hugged by Christine Harrison after the sentencing of Larry Nassar, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Both were patients of Nassar's and spoke in court. Victim impact statements wrapped up on Day 7 of the sentencing hearing in Lansing, followed by the verdict for the notorious doctor who sexually assaulted girls and young women under the guise of medical treatment.  Rod Sanford, Special to The Detroit News Fullscreen Buy Photo Sterling Riethman made the first victim statement on Day 7. She was 20 when she was abused by Nassar. "I look around this room, and I’m in complete awe," she said. "These women, these warriors, give me life. They lit a fire inside me that I didn’t even know existed ... They inspire me and fuel me to continue on in this fight against predators and their enablers."  Dale G. Young, The Detroit News Fullscreen Buy Photo Kaylee Lorincz weeps while telling her story. At 13, “You stole my innocence from me. … As I look at you today, I feel nauseous. … We were ultimately strong enough to take you down. Not one by one, Continue Reading

Slideshow: Famous Hoosiers throughout the years

Alex Karras Alex Karras became the best known member of a football-playing family, with a career as a dominant defensive lineman in the National Football League, followed by an acting career that included notable roles in "Blazing Saddles" and "Webster."Karras was born in Gary on July 15, 1935. His father was a Greek immigrant and doctor; his mother a nurse. Karras' brothers Lou, Ted and Paul all played football, Lou and Ted in the NFL.Karras graduated from Emerson High School and attended the University of Iowa, where he earned the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. He was drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 1958 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.Karras played for the Lions from 1958-62 and 64-70. He was suspended for the 1963 season after admitting to gambling on NFL games. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and was named to the 1960s All-Decade NFL team.His wider fame had its start in the major role he played in George Plimpton's book "Paper Lion," chronicling the writer's experience as an amateur quarterback for the Lions. When the book was adapted as a movie, Karras played himself opposite Alan Alda's Plimpton.Karras appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, including "Blazing Saddles" as the outlaw Mongo, who memorably knocked out a horse with a single punch; "Porky's"; the TV miniseries "Centennial," and his starring role in the sitcom "Webster," which he produced with his co-star and wife, Susan Clark.Karras also worked as a commentator on Monday Night Football broadcasts from 1974-76, alongside Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.Karras had six children with his two wives. He died at age 77 on Oct. 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, suffering from kidney failure, cancer and dementia. Becca Bruszewski Whether it was basketball or volleyball, Becca Bruszewski found a way to stand out.The 6-foot-1 Wheeler graduate was The Times Player of the Year and an Indiana All-Star in 2007, finishing second runner-up for Miss Basketball. In Continue Reading

Bookers battling over Del Mar’s Race Place contract

Two big names in local entertainment are battling over the right to book the acts at a new, year-round concert venue planned for the Del Mar Fairgrounds. KAABOOWorks Services, LLC, has filed a formal protest against a decision by fairgrounds officials to award the booking contract to Belly Up Entertainment, best known for its live entertainment nightclub in Solana Beach. The agency that gets the contract will be responsible for scheduling up to 60 performances a year at the concert venue being added as part of a renovation of the fairgrounds’ Surfside Race Place off-track betting facility. KAABOO brings some of the biggest names in music to its ritzy three-day fall music festival at Del Mar, an event that includes extras such as gourmet food and drinks, massages, a swimming pool and surfing lessons. Last year, the third annual event had a peak crowd of 45,000 people. The Belly Up has been one of San Diego County’s premier live music venues since it opened in 1974. The club has a maximum capacity of 600 people, but also gets some of the best known acts in the country. The Rolling Stones performed at a private party there in 2015. Officials at the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the fairgrounds, state in their Jan. 10 response letter to the protest that the Belly Up edged out KAABOO by a score of 87.24 to 82.93 in a “fair, consistent, objective, unbiased and impartial” evaluation of the companies’ bids for the contract. Not so, says KAABOO. “There was an error in the bid process sufficiently material to justify invalidation of the award,” states the 18-page protest letter submitted Dec. 27 by Robert Walker for KAABOO, Fairgrounds officials unfairly worked with the Belly Up in advance of the bidding process to assure that the Belly Up would get the contract, Walker states. Belly Up representative Chris Goldsmith has asked the fairgrounds to dismiss the protest, also saying the process was fair. “I Continue Reading

Wednesday Letters to the editor for Jan. 24, 2018

Drain state swamp Oklahomans need to drain the swamp at the state Capitol. Legislators are in session about four months a year and are paid $38,400 plus a per-diem during sessions for those who don’t live in the Oklahoma City area. Most people in Oklahoma don’t make that much in a year. I don’t. Legislators needed two special sessions costing taxpayers $30,000 a day. There are 149 legislators at the Capitol. We ought to cut that in half and cut their pay in half Oklahomans have a 57 percent unfavorable or somewhat unfavorable opinion of the Legislature (“Public ‘blames Mary Fallin more than the Legislature’ for Oklahoma woes, new poll finds,” Jan. 18). The governor’s poor rating was a bit higher. If people aren’t registered to vote, they need to be. We need to remove politicians in this state who don’t do anything for us and only care about their bank accounts, their party and themselves. D.W. Hyatt, Muskogee Editor’s note: The Legislative Compensation Review Board voted in November to reduce legislative pay by 8.8 percent after the 2018 election. A good laugh Wednesday evenings, 80 years ago, were spent with my father reading the “funny papers” to me. He would buy next Sunday’s railroad edition of the papers from New York and Chicago on Wednesday giving us a four-day jump on the comics. Today, when I think of my dad, that’s the context — reading Alley Oop and Orphan Annie and Maggie and Jiggs, and doing all the voices. Throughout my life, I have maintained a strong love of newspapers and the printed word. True, there are some that are only good for covering the bottom of the bird cage. But I mourn the passing of the extra layers of proof-reading in the editing process. I see newsrooms shrink as economics dictate the editorial direction of print media. I know you all do your best every day. I applaud your efforts. But my first stop is the funny papers every morning to Continue Reading

The new norm in Hollywood? Hypersexed

Rihanna is channeling her inner stripper in videos and on Instagram. Britney Spears is whipping women on leashes. Nicki Minaj is braless and spilling out of her revealing jacket on Ellen. Scarlett Johansson's in her undies on the cover of Esquire. Gaga's got a thong on. And Miley Cyrus? Well, she has taught us that each and every day could bring a new tongue or twerk Twitpic from her.Young Hollywood stars seem to have hit a new low. Why are they suddenly so oversexed, so determined to show all, so proud of parading around naked?One answer: Because they want to.Another: survival.Survival of the fittest — and the sexiest. Being a dirty girl seems to be the newest movement in our pop culture evolution, as many of the hottest stars of the moment are upping the sexual ante by taking the Marilyn Monroe sex kitten idea to new, lower and raunchier levels. And a debate has erupted over this new "soft porn" normal, not just among pundits and parents, but within the industry itself. Underneath the Hypersex: Find out who these sex symbols really are "Every pop star wants to look sexy," says Paris Hilton, 32, whose new single and video, Good Time, features her rolling around poolside in a slinky swimsuit, arching her back and rubbing her body. It was her vision entirely, she says. "I wanted to write something that was talking about having a good time, having fun, not caring what anyone thinks and living your life."As for those sexy moves? "When you're doing a music video, that's what it's all about." She adds, "I like doing it."The audience seems to be enjoying it, too, says Kimberly Hairston, a beauty and fragrance marketing executive who has worked with celebrity brand ambassadors."We are accepting it, and we're actually almost celebrating it," Hairston says. "Miley is not on Saturday Night Live by accident. Had she not done (the Video Music Awards), they wouldn't have had her on. ... I think the audience really has dumbed down what we accept as talent. Someone's Continue Reading

First SLII grads made impression

Twenty-five acres of land, $8,000 in cash and a two-mill property tax. That offer from Lafayette was enough in 1900 to convince state lawmakers to build a college on what was then the outskirts of town.Just a few years later, the first graduates of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute were making an impression on Acadiana. Twenty-eight had become bookkeepers. Fourteen were teachers. Four were medical students. There was at least one engineer and one attorney among the first alumni.“...They are at work, they are producing, their earning power is greatly enhanced because of their schooling, wherever they are they are a force for progress in their communities, and they make a flattering showing for the school,” wrote SLII President Edwin L. Stephens in a 1908 alumni roster.The very first graduates of SLII received their diplomas in 1903, according to the book “100 Years: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1900-2000” by Kathleen Thames. Historical records identify those first graduates as:Munger Ball, Annie Bell (valedictorian), Valsin Benoit, Maxime Beraud, Rhena Boudreaux, Mentor Chiasson, Ula Coronna, Harold Demande, Jacques Domengeaux, Alma Gulley, Earl Hatfield, William Mills, Perry Singleton, Henry Smedes, D. Clarence Smith, Edith Trahan, Frederick Voorhies and Pothier Voorhies.Demande continued his association with the university long after his graduation. By 1948, he had become a custodial supervisor and made daily rounds on campus. In the December 1948 issue of The SLI Alumni News, Demande recalled his early days as a student."Students come to classes now in automobiles, on motorcycles, scooter bikes and bicycles," Demande told the Alumni News. "But when I was coming to school a good deal of us rode down on horses or in buggies. We just hitched the mare outside a building and went on inside while the horse waited for class to be dismissed."According to the SLII catalog, the earliest students could pursue one of five courses Continue Reading