October 9, 2012 |
There they were Sunday night, during the televised NFL game, their pictures flashed to a nation of TV viewers, with penalties incurred listed below. They were three known New Orleans Saints evildoers. They might just as well have been on the wall of a post office: --Sean Payton, Saints head coach, suspended for the season. --Joe Vitt, Saints assistant coach, suspended for six games. --Gregg Williams, Saints defensive coordinator, suspended indefinitely. They were the core of the New Orleans bounty hunters, the men who un-Saintly created or allowed their players to pool money and award it to those who knocked key opponents out of games.
October 7, 2012 |
It's often said that good writers have to find their voice. If that's so, Samuel Clemens found his in Virginia City, Nev. While working for its local paper in the 1860s, he assumed the name by which he's best known: Mark Twain. Were he alive, Twain would still recognize this town 25 miles southeast of Reno; it hasn't changed much in the last 150 years. The bed Immerse yourself in local lore at the B Street Bed & Breakfast (58 N. B St.;  847-7231) Innkeeper Carolyn Eichin, a former professor of Nevada history, is a walking textbook of information on all things Virginia City and beyond.
September 18, 2012 |
The NFL presented Jonathan Vilma and his attorney with a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre. Vilma met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in New York about his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting. "What Gregg Williams said in his most recent affidavit is the same falsity he has previously provided," Ginsberg said.
September 7, 2012 |
The suspension of four players involved with the New Orleans Saints' bounty program was overturned by a three-member appeals panel Friday, meaning those players are free to return to work. But does that end the possibility of suspensions that stick? Not from the NFL's perspective. Some in the league are interpreting the ruling this way: The panel didn't question that there was a pay-to-injure bounty program, or that players could be suspended for participating in one. But the panel wants to clarify what the suspensions were for -- that players were getting cash to hurt opponents, or that they circumvented the salary cap by collecting money that wasn't reported?
September 7, 2012 |
Two days before the start of their season, the New Orleans Saints have already notched a major victory. The suspensions of four players involved in the alleged bounty program have been lifted by a three-person arbitration panel, meaning the banned players are free to return. The ruling does not lift the suspensions of the coaches, so Saints Coach Sean Payton is still out for the year, linebackers coach Joe Vitt will sit out the first six games, and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is still banned indefinitely.
September 1, 2012 |
In anticipation of this weekend's indie and punk rock FYF Festival, event promoters Sean Carlson and Phil Hoelting had an idea for a contest. It involved cassette tapes, the anachronistic music medium thought to have died in the late 1990s. In honor of the creative, personal means in which music obsessives used to share new sounds before the rise of mp3s, iTunes, Spotify and the world of drag-and-drop music mixes, the two decided to offer a...
August 17, 2012 |
Did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decide that players allegedly involved in the Saints' bounty pool were guilty even before all the facts from the league's investigation were in? That's what the NFL Players Assn. alleges in a court filing Friday that disputes Goodell's sworn statement that he was prepared to issue punishments to players in March, but waited until May as a courtesy to the union. The documents filed Friday include sworn statements by New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita -- one of four players issued punishments by the NFL for their alleged role in the bounty pool -- that Goodell talked about issuing punishments to players in March before the league's investigation into the scandal was complete.
August 4, 2012 |
Roxana Jullapat, the pastry chef at Cooks County restaurant in West Hollywood, drizzles a spoonful of amber honey over a piece of honey-fig-walnut cake with roasted figs and burnt-honey ice cream. The honey she uses for the dessert, according to her menu, is Silver Lake honey, which, she says, often prompts the question from customers: "Are the bees hipsters who hang out at Intelligentsia drinking coffee and wearing skinny jeans?" Actually, they're honey bees who reside on an east Silver Lake hill in the backyard of Amy Seidenwurm and Russell Bates, drinking the nectar of the flowers of lavender, California buckwheat, sage, jasmine and eucalyptus, fig and citrus trees.
July 30, 2012
Writers from around the Tribune Co. are discussing whether or not the New Orleans Saints' Jonathan Vilma might see the field this season after receiving a year-long suspension for his alleged role in a bounty program. Check back throughout the day for their responses and feel free to join the discussion with a comment of your own. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times There's certainly a chance that Jonathan Vilma could obtain a legal order forcing the NFL to lift the suspension, at least temporarily.
July 21, 2012 |
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees defended teammate Jonathan Vilma in a court document filed Saturday to support Vilma's fight against the NFL over his season-long suspension. The affidavit was entered in federal court in New Orleans as evidence for Vilma's motion to dismiss the 2012 suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell , for the linebacker's alleged involvement in a program offering bonuses to players who injure opponents. Vilma has sued Goodell, claiming defamation.