High school football coach suspends entire team

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 9:09 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 9:09 AM

A high school football coach suspended his entire varsity team. During Homecoming week.

After coach Matt Labrum got word that his players were getting poor grades, disrespecting teachers and that some of them might have been involved in cyber-bullying, he’d had enough. (Via WSYX)

“It just felt like everything was going in a direction we didn’t want our young men going, and we felt like we needed to make a stand.” (Via KSL)

So Friday night in the locker room, Labrum told his players the team was disbanded until they could earn the right to play football. Students’ parents said their kids left that meeting distraught...

“They came out, and there were tears. Those boys were wrecked.” (Via Deseret News)

But there were no angry parents here — they supported the coach. Labrum said he wanted his players to build character and grow as a team.

One way that was done — community service instead of scrimmages. (Via KSL)

Labrum said the team still “practiced” — just on different stills. They also attended study hall and a character education class. 

“In this world of ‘me, me, me,’ we’re representing the whole school, the whole community.” (Via KSTU)

Wednesday night the team found out all but 9 of the 41 varsity players had been reinstated. 

On Friday, they’ll play in their big Homecoming game.

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Tiger Woods arrested on drunken driving charges in Florida

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

 

Golfing great Tiger Woods was arrested Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida, on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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Woods, a Jupiter Island resident, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail around 7 a.m. and released on his own recognizance around 11 a.m.

He was pulled over and taken into custody around 3 a.m.

Social media erupted over the news, with some questioning why Woods didn’t call a Taxi or Uber.

This is a developing story with more to come.

Memorial Day not about thanks, but remembrance

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 8:20 AM

American flags  are placed near gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
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Memorial Day is a solemn holiday, intended to honor those veterans who died while serving. It’s not the same as Veterans Day, which honors the service of people who have worn the uniform.

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It may seem like hair-splitting, but Navy veteran Like Visconti insists there is a difference between honoring a fallen veteran and saying “Thank you for your service.”

"On Memorial Day, the veteran you're talking to may be going through a bit of melancholy remembering people who died over the years," Visconti told NPR

 

"I don't need to be thanked for my service," he said. "I think it's become kind of a platitude, toss-away thing to say."

Visconti co-founded the website DiversityInc, which addressed the topic of remembrance on May 22. He said he encourages those who want to say supportive words to a veteran to recognize "that the person may have friends who died in combat."

Chris Wilson, vice president of major accounts at DiversityInc., said that Memorial Day is a holiday where people should “memorialize those that decided to sign a contract” to join the U.S. military.

“Memorial Day is essentially the one day that we should remember all veterans that are no longer with us, whether that is from combat, everyday accidents or just the natural course of life with people dying of old age,” Wilson told DiversityInc.

And while people mean well when they thank a veteran for their service, Visconti said there are other ways to show appreciation.

"I think sometimes maybe just a pat on the back or an arm around the shoulder is really better than words," Visconti told NPR. "So just be a friend."

Memorial Day: Rolling Thunder remembers the fallen 

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 7:26 AM

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 26:  Bikers participate in a Blessing of the Bikes event at the National Cathedral May 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Rolling Thunder will mark the 30th anniversary of its annual

Members of the motorcycle group Rolling Thunder have continued their 30-year tradition to make sure that the nation’s fallen haven’t been forgotten.

Thousands of motorcyclists rode into the nation’s capital in honor of Memorial Day.

They arrived Sunday before visiting Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and The World War II Memorial, WTOP reported.

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“It’s too many guys that haven’t come home,” one rider told WRC Sunday.

They started the ride by meeting at the Pentagon before crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge before parading through the streets of Washington, D.C., WTOP reported.

Participants also took part in the Blessing of the Bikes at the National Cathedral, WRC reported.

Riders come from all over the country, including one person who told WTOP that he flew his bike from Hawaii to California before continuing on a cross-country ride to D.C.

Soldier gets to see family for Memorial Day weekend thanks to stranger’s kindness

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

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A soldier from Illinois was able to spend the Memorial Day weekend with his family in Missouri all thanks to the kindness of a stranger he met at a Dallas airport.

U.S. Army mechanic Keaton Tilson, who is stationed at Fort Hood, was stuck at an airport for two days, trying to get a flight on standby, KTVI reported. But Josh Rainey from Glendale, Missouri, wasn’t having any of it. 

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At first Rainey tried to give Tilson his ticket, but airline regulations wouldn’t allow the transfer, so Rainey decided on the next option, buying a last-minute ticket for Tilson to St. Louis so he can be with family over the holiday weekend.

Rainey told KTVI that the he spent $341 on the ticket and that the fact that Tilson was able to get home was worth more than the money.

“He walked away and came back and asked if he could hug me, and I think we both had to fight back the tears after that,” Rainey said.