Facebook photos land 11 athletes lengthy suspensions

Melrose is a small Massachusetts town in the Boston suburbs, and it holds small-town traditions in appropriately important roles in its day-to-day existence. Not surprisingly, school sports play a significant part in town pride and the community’s daily life.

Melrose High School in Melrose, Massachusetts

And that’s precisely why a recent Facebook scandal has hit the town particularly hard. According to the Boston Globe, no fewer than 11 Melrose varsity athletes were recently identified in illegal possession of alcohol or tobacco in photos which first surfaced on Facebook. The photos were taken from the site by a concerned parent, transferred to a thumb drive and submitted to the school’s administration as proof of inappropriate actions by the student body.

As a result, all 11 players who were identified have been suspended from competing in athletic events for various lengths of time. All the players received some suspension, with the most heavily hit athlete forced to miss 60 percent of his or her next athletic season.

Facebook is going to be used less and less if it keeps getting kids in trouble like this.

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Wild! Intentional walk attempt turns costly for Angels’ Jepsen

Hat Tip: Yahoo

On Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Kevin Jepsen(notes) delivered a shocking wild pitch that not only handed the game to the opponent, but also defied explanation.

The Chicago White Sox scored the tie-breaking run in the 10th inning after Jepsen — during an intentional walk sequence to Paul Konkero — comically sailed the first pitch well over the head of catcherHank Conger(notes) and back to the screen.

Alexei Ramirez(notes) scored easily from third base and the White Sox were on their way to an unlikely and madcap 6-4 victory in Anaheim — thanks in part to their hosts, who squandered what had been a three-run lead in the eighth.

Watch the extremely wild one

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Sirius’ Stock Surges On Howard Stern Deal

Howard Stern resigned for another five years and Sirius stock price surged. The drama is over for Sirius XM, as star personality Howard Stern announced he had reached a “fair deal” to stay with the satellite radio company for an additional five years. The announcement caused a spike in Sirius‘ stock price through the early hours of Thursday’s session.

Check out the full story here on Forbes.

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The Best Small Cities To Raise A Family

Big, bustling cities are magnets for adventure-seekers and ambitious young people. But the grit and flashiness that attract singles to New York, Los Angeles and Miami aren’t necessarily what parents look for in a place to settle down. Young people looking to start a family might do well to look past the bright lights of the big city.

Instead, maybe consider a place like Dubuque, Iowa, Manitowac, Wis., or Marquette, Mich. These places boast solid average incomes, good educational prospects, low costs, short commute times and high rates of home ownership–all reasons why they rank as the top three small cities in America to raise a family.

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Brett Maas reflects on Labor Day

Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

I spent my weekend with family and friends how did you you spend your Labor Day? I think our country was built on hard working people so I hope you enjoyed your day off and let’s get America back to the way it was by working hard for our country.

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