Stow beating suspect up for parole hearing

Stow beating suspect up for parole hearing

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The main suspect in the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium in March faces a court hearing to determine whether he should remain in jail for violating terms of his parole.Giovanni Ramirez, 31, has not been charged in the attack on Bryan Stow and police have been in no hurry to present a case to prosecutors, while Ramirez, a convicted felon, has been kept in jail for parole violations.The parole revocation hearing set Monday is to determine whether Ramirez violated conditions of his parole. Police say they found a gun in a laundry basket at the house where he was arrested.Ramirez's lawyers say their client was nowhere near Dodger Stadium at the time of the March 31 attack.Attorney Jose Romero said 11 family members and friends have provided an alibi for Ramirez, saying he was at an aunt's house. Neighbors and a local car mechanic are also supporting the claim, Romero said.If the official leading Ramirez's hearing finds there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that Ramirez was a felon in possession of a firearm, he could be ordered to be set free.Romero said if that happened, police would likely immediately re-arrest his client to keep him in custody. Prosecutors would then only have a few days before they would have to reach a decision about whether to charge Ramirez in Stow's beating.Ramirez's parole lawyer, J. Christopher Smith, said he did not believe authorities had sufficient evidence to show he was in possession of a firearm. The Police Department declined to comment.Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, remains in critical but stable condition under heavy sedation to prevent seizures caused by traumatic brain injury.Police say they're still looking for a second attacker and a woman who drove the car carrying the men.Court records show Ramirez was convicted in 2005 of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Mack, Osemele honored on PFWA's All-NFL team

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Mack, Osemele honored on PFWA's All-NFL team

Honors keep piling up for a pair of star Raiders. Edge rusher Khalil Mack and left guard Kelechi Osemele were named to the All-NFL team, an all-star list created by votes from members of the Pro Football Writers of America.

The association released it’s all-league and all-conference teams on Monday.

Mack is obviously deserving. He had another excellent season, with 73 tackles, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown. He also had 16 tackles for loss, the NFL’s second-highest total in 2016.

Mack is among the favorites for defensive player of the year awards. The PFWA will announce their DPOY on Wednesday.

Osemele signed a record contract for an offensive guard, and lived up to his five-year, $58.5 million contract with $25.4 million guaranteed.

He was one of the NFL’s best guards, and added a nastiness to the Raiders offensive line that help them excel running the football. He was an excellent pass protector as well. He didn’t allow a sack, and gave up just two quarterback hits and nine other pressures in 2016.

The PFWA honored four Raiders on the All-AFC team. Mack, Osemele, center Rodney Hudson and left tackle Donald Penn were on the all-conference roster.

Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs at White House

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Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs at White House

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win and speak to the power of sports to unite a divided nation.

"Throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together even when the country is divided," Obama said in honoring his hometown team.

The ceremony came four days before Obama hands the presidency over to Donald Trump following one of the most divisive elections in recent memory.

It also follows a weekend in which civil rights icon John Lewis said he didn't consider Trump a legitimate president because of Russian meddling in the election. Trump responded on Twitter by criticizing Lewis as "all talk" and suggesting the Democratic congressman take better care of his Georgia district.

The president has a home in Chicago, but he is a White Sox fan. He rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the playoffs.

The Cubs gave Obama a baseball jersey with the number 44, a fitting gift for the nation's 44th president.

Obama invited the Cubs hours after they won the series in November, asking on Twitter if the team wanted to visit before his term ends on Friday.

The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians.