WASHINGTON — The University of Texas will spend nearly $6 million a year to comply with a string of recent legal rulings requiring colleges to be more generous to their scholarship athletes.
That won’t break the bank, Athletic Director Steve Patterson said Tuesday at a forum on the fast-changing business of college sports. But even rich programs like UT’s will be forced to make tough choices in the future if momentum in the courts continues to push colleges to treat their players like employees or semi-pros, he said.
Chris Plonsky, director for women’s sports at Texas, said the school already employs 350 workers to coach and care for the students who play in Austin. The money for all of those jobs, she said, comes from just two sports, football and men’s basketball.
“If we begin to [further] remunerate the participants, that’s going to break that model,” Plonsky said.
Patterson said UT won’t have problems paying the extra $6 million to its players. That money will break down to about $10,000 for each player. The money will cover college expenses that aren’t covered by a traditional full scholarship and give each player $5,000 in compensation for the university’s use of his image.
Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to $1,000 in daily fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.
“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”
The wedding chapel is registered as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.”
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However, the chapel is also a for-profit business and city officials said that means the owners must comply with the local nondiscrimination ordinance.
That ordinance, passed in 2013, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and it applies to housing, employment and public accommodation.
City Attorney Warren Wilson told The Spokesman-Review in May that the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel likely would be required to follow the ordinance.
According to Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, when he’d written that the time would come when the government would try to silence the pastors in America in his book “God Less America”
Apparently that day has arrived in Houston, Texas through the power of the first openly lesbian mayor of the city, Annise Parker.
It’s reported that the city of Houston has demanded that several pastors turn over their sermons on anything about homosëxuality, gender identity, or the mayor of the city, in apparent revenge for opposition against the city’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The mayor’s office has backed up these demands by issuing subpoenas, so that if they refuse, legal action may be taken against them.
According to Christina Holcomb, attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the city council is attempting to quiet any opposition of actions they take. She added that the ADF has filed a motion in Harris County court to stop these subpoenas, which are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing and vexatious.”
The rapper took to his Instagram, in a post that has since been deleted, to complain about doing numerous concerts without having anything to show for.
“Nah idgaf I’m doing all theses show not getting ma money dey got me doing sh*t every f*c day so its hard to keep up Witt dis sh*t den I ain’t got nobody to trust ain’t no help. I’m ready to go back to da trap be4 jail #RNS dats how I feel foh,” the young rapper captioned the post.
People who have purchased $20,000 Hermès Birkin bags tell “Page Six” they are dissatisfied, because they claim the bags reek of marijuana. According to the column, the odor is caused by a shipment of “badly tanned” leather that reacts to heat. A source told “Page Six”: “Owners are returning the Hermès bags back to boutiques across the US, including the Madison Avenue store, saying they smell of skunk. The bags are being sent back to Paris as nobody knows quite how to deal with this embarrassing situation.
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DALLAS — The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died early Wednesday, officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital announced.
“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am.,” the hospital said in a written statement. “Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola.”
The Liberian citizen, who recently traveled from West Africa to Dallas to reunite with a longlost son and girlfriend, had been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian since Sept. 28.
It wasn’t immediately known what would happen to his body, which could remain contagious for several days. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for the remains to be immediately shrouded in plastic and double-bagged in leak-proof bags at the hospital, then promptly cremated or buried in an airtight casket.
Duncan’s death comes four days after his condition was downgraded from serious to critical. Over the weekend, he had begun receiving brincidofovir, an experimental antiviral drug which recently gained emergency approval from the FDA.
“He fought courageously in this battle,” the hospital said. “Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.”
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will have to use something else to block out the yelling from Seahawks fans. The NFL and Bose have secured a deal that will prohibit the use of Beats by Dre headphones, as well as other headphone manufacturers, while players appear on camera.
The deal between the two entities gives Bose rights that will entitle it to prevent players and coaches from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews. It is said to be effective immediately so consequently gone are the days of Kaepernick and Cam Newton warming up while sporting a pair of Beats on the field.