Justin Trudeau Fight, When Montreal MP Justin Trudeau stepped into the ring Saturday night for his charity boxing match against a Conservative senator, it was with a saddened heart.
Trudeau’s grandmother, Kathleen Sinclair, died Thursday at a B.C. nursing home.
“At 92, Gramma’s mind was still strong, but her body slowly shut down,” Trudeau said Saturday morning on Twitter. “She loved, and was loved, immensely.”
Sinclair, born Kathleen Bernard in 1920 in B.C.’s Okanagan region, was part of a family steeped in politics.
Her husband, James Sinclair, served as a member of Parliament for the Vancouver area from 1940 to 1958, including a stint as fisheries minister under Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent.
Her daughter Margaret, one of five girls in the family, married Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1971. Kathleen Sinclair was one of only a handful of people who knew in advance of the secretly planned wedding, and told CBC News at the time that she was delighted to have the prime minister marry her daughter.
“I was very happy for her because I think it was what she wanted,” Sinclair said.
Sinclair’s 11 grandchildren include Justin Trudeau, the MP for the Quebec riding of Papineau, his brother Alexandre (Sacha), and Michel, the youngest of the three Trudeau brothers who died in an avalanche in 1998. She also had 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, according to her obituary.
“Kathleen led a remarkable life,” the obit reads. “Although she travelled the world, moved her family back and forth to Ottawa during the political years, her heart always remained in B.C.”
Joe Paterno Death Reported By Onward State Student News Website, Media organizations and an interested public sat on edge Saturday afternoon, knowing grim news could come at any moment. Just before 6 p.m. PST, it did.
Onward State, a student news site at Penn State, tweeted that according to its sources legendary former Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno had died at 85.
The news was jarring but not unexpected.
Paterno had learned he had lung cancer in November shortly after being fired from his post in the wake of an explosive S-EX- abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.
And, a few hours before Onward State’s report, just before 3 p.m. Saturday, a newspaper in northeastern Pennsylvania had reported that Paterno had fallen gravely ill and that family and close friends had been summoned to say their final goodbyes.
Onward State’s report went viral and some media organizations, including CBSSports.com, went with the story.
But it wasn’t true.
“CBS report is wrong — Dad is alive but in serious condition,” Joe Paterno’s son, Scott Paterno, tweeted.
Later that night, Onward State retracted its original report and issued an apology.
“In this day and age, getting it first often conflicts with getting it right,” wrote Devon Edwards, who resigned as managing editor, “but our intention was never to fall into that chasm.”
Onward State wasn’t the only one. Far more prestigious institutions with professional journalists did as well.
CBSSports.com’s initial report did not cite Onward State as the source of its information but included a link to the student news site’s story. Shortly afterward, in a version that acknowledged conflicting reports, it cited Onward State by name as its source.
CBSSports.com managing editor Mark Swanson issued a public apology near midnight, admitting the original report it cited wasn’t verified. “CBSSports.com holds itself to high journalistic standards, and in this circumstance tonight, we fell well short of those expectations,” Swanson wrote.
The impact of such misreporting reverberated into Sunday when Paterno’s family announced that he had died.
It is not the first time a well-known figure was pronounced dead too soon.
Bad News For Young Sensation Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lin will miss the rest of the regular season because he needs knee surgery that will sideline him six weeks and could leave the Knicks without their star point guard in the playoffs – if they make it that far.
Lin had an MRI exam this week that revealed a small, chronic meniscus tear and he has elected to have surgery next week in New York.
With the regular season ending April 26, the biggest story in basketball this season is done unless the Knicks make a deep postseason run.
Speaking slowly during a pregame press conference, Lin was unable to hide his disappointment with the decision that was reached earlier Saturday after a painful workout.
“It (stinks) not being able to be out there with the team,” he said.
He was barely holding on to a place in the NBA back in February. Now, after the back-to-back Sports Illustrated covers and popularity around the world, and now it’s over.
“If this was done very early in the year, obviously … I don’t know where my career would be. I could be, would be definitely without a job and probably fighting for a summer league spot,” Lin said. “But having said that, this happening now hurts just as much, because all the players, we really put our heart and souls into the team and into season, and to not be there when it really matters most is hard.”
The Knicks will continue to turn to Baron Davis in place of Lin, the undrafted Harvard alum who became the starter in February and turned in a series of brilliant performances, kicking off a phenomenon that was called Linsanity.
Lin is averaging 14.1 points and 6.1 assists, but the numbers only tell a small part of the story.
The Knicks were under .500 and looking like a mess when Lin was given a chance to play extended minutes at point guard for then-coach Mike D’Antoni on Feb. 4 against New Jersey.
Lin, the first American-born player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent to play in the NBA, scored 25 points with seven assists in that New York victory, was inserted into the starting lineup two days later against Utah, and took the Knicks on a seven-game winning streak that gained world-wide attention.
Funniest Readers’ Mega Millions Comments, The Mega Millions $640 million jackpot produced three winning tickets on Friday night. After the drawing, as the nation began to settle down from its lottery frenzy, thousands of Yahoo! readers commented on not beating the odds in order to strike it rich.
Some of the comments were hilarious, others showed honesty. And, as always, a few were a little too disturbing for general consumption.
Here are the top 10 editors’ picks:
10) Maggy (Providence, Rhode Island): “I guess 1,2,3,4,5 with a Mega ball of 6 was a bad choice?”
9) Stugots: “Oh well I was going to split it with all the Yahoo comment posters maybe next week.”
Brian (Mt. Prospect, Illinois): “Guess i told my boss ‘to shove it’ a little earlier than i should have…”
7) Gracie: “I won Ten Dollars, Please no Phone calls.”
6) Queenie: “Is any Lotto money still going to ED-Joo-KAY-shun?”
5) Norman: “Well honey, there is bad news and there is good news…….the bad news is that we didn’t win anything in the MegaLottery……the good news is that we won’t be hearing from your relatives.”
4) AstroBoy: “I am glad it is over, now I can go back to fantasizing about women again instead of money.”
3) Vik (Miami, Florida): “Only time I won a lottery was in 1972 when I was drafted into military service at #85. So did I win or did I lose?”
2) John Joe: “Now [the winners] can afford to buy gas.”
1) Justin Kase: “At least not winning saves a whole lot of deleting of Facebook friends this morning.”
Red Bud Illinois, There are at least three new multimillionaires Saturday morning thanks to a massive Mega Millions lottery payout. One of three winning tickets sold in the record $640 million jackpot was bought in nearby Red Bud, Illinois.
According to Illinois Lottery officials, the winning ticket was bought using quick pick at the Moto Mart on Main Street in Red Bud.
Another winning ticket was sold at a 7-11 near Baltimore, Maryland and a third in Kansas.
Maga Million Numbers, The $640 million Mega Millions jackpot will be split at least three ways as ticket holders in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland all selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking lottery, officials said early Saturday.
Illinois’ winning ticket was sold in the small town of Red Bud, near St. Louis, and the winner used a quick pick to select the numbers, Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang said. The Maryland Lottery said it sold a winning ticket at a retail store in Baltimore County.
A winning ticket also was purchased in northeast Kansas, according to the Kansas Lottery website. A spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a message Saturday morning.
Each winning ticket was expected to be worth more than $213 million before taxes, Lang said. The winning numbers in Friday night’s drawing were 02-04-23-38-46, and the Mega Ball 23.
Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett said the last time a ticket from the state won a major national jackpot was in 2008, when a ticket sold for $24 million.
“We’re thrilled,” she said. “We’re due and excited.”
The estimated jackpot dwarfs the previous $390 million record, which was split in 2007 by two winners who bought tickets in Georgia and New Jersey.
Americans spent nearly $1.5 billion for a chance to hit the jackpot, which amounts to a $462 million lump sum and around $347 million after federal tax withholding. With the jackpot odds at 1 in 176 million, it would cost $176 million to buy up every combination. Under that scenario, the strategy would win $171 million less if your state also withholds taxes.
From coast to coast, people stood in line at retail stores Friday for one last chance at striking it rich.
Maribeth Ptak, 31, of Milwaukee, said she only buys Mega Millions tickets when the jackpot is really big and she bought one Friday at a Milwaukee grocery store. She said she’d use the money to pay off bills, including school loans, and then she’d donate a good portion to charity.