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Party Time! Michael Vick is free

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Drip, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Michael Vick is a free man.
  2. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    woof, woof. Let the dogs out.
  3. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Wait, wouldn't it technically only be party time if Marcus Vick was out? Or is that only if you are a 16-year-old girl?
  4. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    This from wikipedia.
    Within three days of his expulsion from Virginia Tech, Marcus Vick became involved in another incident resulting in criminal charges, this time back home in Hampton Roads. The result in court was yet another misdemeanor conviction, but only suspended jail time. He also subsequently became the target of a civil lawsuit which had not been resolved as of June 8, 2007.

    On January 9, 2006, he was charged with three counts of brandishing a firearm, a Class One misdemeanor,[24][25] in Suffolk, Virginia. A police report stated that he allegedly pointed a gun at a 17-year-old and at least two of his friends in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in the 6200 block of Town Point Road in Suffolk. After Vick's girlfriend had an argument with three people, they claimed that Vick pointed a gun at them.[26] Vick claimed that the "gun" in question was actually a BlackBerry cell phone that was mistaken for a gun and that his accusers were trying to blackmail him.[27]

    On December 14, 2006, a 17-year old girl from Montgomery County, Virginia, filed a civil lawsuit against Marcus Vick accusing him of molestation of a minor, fraud, and additional charges. In the lawsuit, seeking $6.3 million[5], an unnamed girl claims that when she was 15 (below the legal age of consent in Virginia) and was a student in high school, she was forced into a sexual situation with Vick, who was 20 years old, over a nearly two year long period. She also alleges Vick offered to provide her alcohol and marijuana and forced her to have sex with other men and women.[6] On September 15, 2008, the New York Times reported according to the plaintiff's attorney, the parties had agreed in principle to a settlement in the lawsuit. [7]

    According to Virginia court records, on January 9, 2007, Marcus Vick was charged in the City of Hampton with Speeding 45 miles per hour (mph) in a 30 mph zone. On March 5, he was tried and convicted in absentia by a Hampton General District Court judge, and a penalty of a fine and assessment of court costs were imposed.[28]

    On February 6, 2008, Marcus Vick was charged in the City of Norfolk with several traffic-related offenses, including Speeding 48 miles per hour (mph) in a 30 mph zone, operating a vehicle without a valid motor vehicle [safety] inspection sticker, and driving while his privilege had been suspended. On April 4, he was tried and convicted in absentia by a Norfolk General District Court judge of the first two counts. The suspended driving license charge was reduced to a less serious charge of not having a valid Virginia license in his possession at the time of the offense. Court records indicate that fines and court costs were imposed for each of the three convictions.[28]

    On June 13, 2008, according to a report in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper, a bicycle officer in Norfolk approached a couple arguing in a car shortly after midnight. When asked for identification, the driver, Marcus Vick, allegedly took off, driving the car at high speed. When another officer spotted the car and stopped it, Vick failed a sobriety test. Marcus Vick was charged with DUI, misdemeanor eluding police, driving on the wrong side of a street, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license, and taken into custody. The young woman who is from Miami, Florida was charged with being drunk in public.[29] Vick listed his address as a riverfront mansion in Suffolk whose owner in the city's real estate tax records is listed as his older brother Michael. According to a report by the New York Post newspaper in 2007, Marcus also was spending part of his time at Michael's luxurious condominium in the Philippe Starck high-rise building in the exclusive South Beach section of Miami Beach.[30]

    He was released on bond later Friday morning. At a preliminary hearing on June 16, a court date of September 10 was set.[31][32] On September 10, trial dates for all five charges were continued until October 20, 2008, The judge allowed him to remain free on bond until that date.[33] On October 20, Vick plead guilty to the DUI charge. He was sentenced to 12 months in jail, which the judge suspended, a fine of $250 and his Virginia driving license was suspended for a year. He was also convicted of eluding a police officer and driving on the wrong side of the road, and fined $280 on those charges
  5. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    What was the point of posting all that crap?

    The thread is about Michael, not Marcus. Please, Drippy, stay on topic.
  6. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Oh, I forgot: Have a happy WE LANDED ON THE MOON!!!! day.
  7. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Mustang mentioned Marcus and I just posted on.
    Do yourself a favor and stop being KYSportsWriter for a day. The posts are about MichaelVick and his freedom.
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    This from Wikipedia.
    Eugene Lavon "Gene" Banks (born May 15, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired American professional basketball player. He is one of a handful of players to make high school All-America three times.

    A 6'7" forward, Banks starred at Duke University, where he received the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Year award in 1978. He also received team MVP honors three times. He went on to play six seasons in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs and the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 11.3 points per game spanning over 468 games in his professional NBA career.

    In the 1988-1989 season he played in Italy for Arimo Bologna.

    Banks was inducted into the Duke Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.
  9. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Ragu can you define what a moderator is?
  10. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    This from Wikipedia.
    The moderators (short singular form: "mod") are users (or employees) of the forum which are granted access to the posts and threads of all members for the purpose of moderating discussion (similar to arbitration) and also keeping the forum clean (neutralising spam and spambots etc). Because they have access to all posts and threads in their area of responsibility, it is common for a friend of the site owner to be promoted to moderator for such a task. Moderators also answer users' concerns about the forum, general questions, as well as responding to specific complaints.[18] Moderators themselves may have ranks: some may be given mod privilege over only a particular topic or section, while others (called 'global' or 'super') may be allowed access anywhere. Common privileges of moderators include: deleting, merging, moving, and splitting of posts and threads; closing, renaming, stickying of threads; banning, unbanning, warning the members; or adding, editing, removing the polls of threads.[19]
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Is there anything Wikipedia doesn't know?
  12. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    This from Wikipedia.
    The Birmingham News is the principal daily newspaper for Birmingham, Alabama, United States, and the largest newspaper in Alabama. The paper is owned by Advance Publications. Advance, owned by the Newhouse family, also owns two other Alabama newspapers, the Press-Register in Mobile and The Huntsville Times.

    The Birmingham News was launched on March 14, 1888 by Rufus N. Rhodes as The Evening News, a four-page paper with two reporters and $800 of operating capital. At the time, the city of Birmingham was only 17 years old, but was an already booming industrial city and a beacon of the "New South" still recovering from the aftermath of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Newspapers joined with industrial tycoons, academics and real-estate speculators in relentless boosterism of the new city. Rhodes was working as editor of the Daily Herald when he found his campaign for a viaduct spanning the "Railroad Reservation" dividing Birmingham's north and south opposed by his publisher. He determined to strike out on his own and launched the News with the slogan "Great is Birmingham and The News is its Prophet!" The "News Bridge" (21st Street Viaduct) was dedicated on July 4, 1891, deemed by his paper the "grandest of all municipal achievements of great and glorious Birmingham."

    The News circulation grew from 628 in 1888 to over 7000 in 1891, when it became the largest daily in Alabama and won the contract to publish the General Laws of Alabama. The name was changed from The Evening News to The Daily News and then, in 1895, The Birmingham News. The newspaper continued to grow, reaching a circulation of 17,000 in 1909.

    Staunchly progressive in its political stance, the News supported a straight-ticket Democrat platform in election seasons and championed progressive causes such as prohibition. The News led the drumbeat for the "Greater Birmingham" movement to annex suburban communities. The successful campaign caused the population of the City of Birmingham to grow from 40,000 in 1900 to 138,685 in 1910, at which time Birmingham was the third largest city in the South. That same year, Rhodes died and was succeeded by his vice-president and general manager, Victor H. Hanson.

    Hanson, only 33 years old, was already an accomplished newspaperman, having at age 11 founded the City Item in Macon, Georgia which he sold four years later for $2,500. Hanson helped modernize the newspaper's format, tone and operations, oversaw an increase in subscriptions from 18,000 in 1910 to 40,000 in 1914 when he boldly claimed the title of "The South's Greatest Newspaper." In direct competition with the morning Age-Herald, the News began a Sunday edition in 1912.
    The 1917 Birmingham News building, vacated in 2006 and demolished in 2008

    In 1917 the News moved to a new six-story Jacobethan-style office building on the corner of 4th Avenue North and 22nd Street. At the time of their move, the News published this opinion: "The News is proud of its new home and believes it to be the handsomest and best equipped in the entire South. Publishers from other cities have been kind enough to say that nowhere in the land was there a more adequate, convenient and efficient newspaper plant. Many thousands of dollars have been expended with that end in view."

    A year later the paper made good use of its new space by purchasing the rival Birmingham Ledger, increasing the size of its staff to 748 and its circulation to 60,000.

    In 1927 the Birmingham Age-Herald was sold to Hanson, who continued publishing both papers. In 1950 Scripps-Howard, which already owned the Birmingham Post bought the Age-Herald, but entered into a joint-operating agreement that moved the new Birmingham Post-Herald into the Birmingham News building. The News press printed both papers and handled advertising and subscriptions sales while the editorial and reporting staffs remained independent. The agreement lasted until the Post-Herald ceased publication in September, 2005, leaving the News as Birmingham's only daily newspaper.

    In 1997, the News Company switched the morning and evening publications, making the News the morning paper and the Post-Herald as the evening paper. This move reinforced the News's preeminent role as morning papers were the norm.
    The current home of The Birmingham News, opened in 2006.

    On August 10, 2006 the News cut the ribbon on their new headquarters building across 4th Avenue from their 1917 plant. The $25 million, 4-story, 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2) brick and limestone building, designed by Williams-Blackstock Architects, borrows several details from the older building and is dramatically bisected by a glass atrium. The 1917 building was demolished in 2008 in order to make room for a surface parking lot serving employees of the paper. The lot is between the new office building and the facility that houses The Birmingham News presses.

    The Birmingham News maintains suburban bureaus in Hoover and Trussville, as well as bureaus in Montgomery and Washington, D.C.

    [edit] Honors

    In 1991, Ron Casey, Harold Jackson and Joey Kennedy received a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for their editorial campaign analyzing inequities in Alabama's tax system and proposing needed reforms.

    In 2006, staff photographer Bernard Troncale took top honors at the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Awards for his work on a series about AIDS in Africa.

    In 2006 the News editorial staff were finalists for another Pulitzer for Editorial Writing for a series of editorials reversing the paper's longstanding support of the death penalty. That same year the paper won two Awards of Excellence from the Society for News Design for the paper's overall graphic layout.

    In 2007, reporter Brett Blackledge won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his series of articles exposing corruption in Alabama's two-year college system.

    [edit] Features

    Every edition features main news, Local News, Money and Sports sections.

    The Monday edition features the TechKnow section.

    The Wednesday edition features the Food section and six regional sections: The East News, The Hoover News, The North News, The Shelby News, The South News, and The West News, covering local stories from those areas.

    The Thursday edition features the Health section.

    The Friday edition features City Scene, a local entertainment magazine.

    The Saturday edition features Spaces, a home design section.

    The Sunday edition features Viewpoints, a commentary and opinion section; Play, a leisure magazine; Travel; LifeStyle; and Parade magazine.
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