One Last Edition of Summer Headlines

By Chad Phillips 08.08.2013 blog

With just a few days before we’re back on the air, here is what’s buzzing in the newsroom.

“I’m fighting for my life.”

Facing a 211 game suspension, Yankee’s third baseman Alex Rodriguez is said to be appealing the ruling handed down by Major League Baseball (MLB). Bud Selig, the commissioner for MLB, will try and prove that Rodriguez had been using banned substances.

Furthermore, the MLB will try and prove that Rodriguez interfered with the investigation into the former Miami anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis. If he loses the appeal of the suspension, Rodriguez would lose as much as $35 million and be ineligible to play until 2015. Rodriguez said he hasn’t considered that these upcoming games could be the last of his career.

A year on Mars

Monday August 5, 2013 marked the one year anniversary of its landing on Mars, just halfway through its journey; NASA’s Curiosity rover still has a long road ahead of itself. With only 4.4 miles to go, Curiosity is said to have another eight or nine months left to explore the planet. Traveling at a staggering 100 yards a day, the rover will continue to roam the foothills of Mount Sharp.

At 18,000 feet, the mountain’s rocks could give researchers information about a time on Mars when life could have thrived. Although Curiosity’s trip is only scheduled for two years, the rover just may be exploring the “Red Planet” for a lot longer.

Beach rampage

Authorities say Nathan Louis Campbell, the transient man suspected of being behind the wheel of a sedan that careened down the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk last weekend, killing an Italian newlywed on her honeymoon and injuring 16, has had pervious run-ins with the law. Campbell is being held on $1 million bail in a Los Angeles jail after turning himself into police. Investigators still have no motive behind why Campbell maneuvered his vehicle around barriers and ‘aimed’ for pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk. Police have not yet presented their case to prosecutors, and Campbell is not expected in court until later today.

A Tragic Sleepover

A python in Canada is the suspected killer of two boys, aged 5 and 7. On Monday, the owner of a pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick came upon the awful sight when he entered the living room where the boys were staying. The investigation suggests that the snake escaped its enclosure in the store, got into the ventilation system, then the apartment, and strangled the two boys. The owner, Jean-Claude Savoie, said that be believed the snake had fallen through the ceiling after getting into the ventilation system. Reports say that the python is between 11 and 15 feet long and weighs more than 99 pounds. Autopsies are scheduled for the two victims today to determine the official cause of death.

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