Red Sox win 6-1, 1st WS title at home since 1918

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell holds up the championship trophy after Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell holds up the championship trophy after Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Boston Red Sox David Ortiz, left, waves with his son Kaz after being named the game MVP by Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig after Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz lifts Koji Uehara after Game 6 of baseball’s World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, holds the championship trophy with teammate Junichi Tazawa after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball’s World Series, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara, left, holds the championship trophy with teammate Junichi Tazawa after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP) — More than an hour after the final out, players lingered on the field and fans stood by their seats, cheering, singing and applauding.

A celebration nearly a century in the making was unfolding at the old ballpark, a long-awaited moment generations of New Englanders had never been able to witness.

Turmoil to triumph. Worst to first. A clincher at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on Wednesday night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

When it was over, Ortiz took a microphone on the field and addressed the city, just as he did a week after the marathon bombings last April.

“This is for you, Boston. You guys deserve it,” the Series MVP said. “We’ve been through a lot this year and this is for all of you and all those families who struggled.”

And the Red Sox didn’t even have to fly the trophy home. For the first time since Babe Ruth’s team back in 1918, Boston won the title at Fenway. The 101-year-old stadium, oldest in the majors, was jammed with 38,447 singing, shouting fans anticipating a party that had been building for more than nine decades.

“Maybe they won’t have to go another 95 years,” said John Farrell, a champion in his first season as Boston’s manager.

Shane Victorino, symbolic of these resilient Sox, returned from a stiff back and got Boston rolling with a three-run double off the Green Monster against rookie sensation Michael Wacha. Pumped with emotion, Victorino pounded his chest with both fists three times.

John Lackey became the first pitcher to start and win a Series clincher for two different teams, allowing one run over 6 2-3 innings 11 years after his Game 7 victory as an Angels rookie in 2002.

With fans roaring on every pitch and cameras flashing, Koji Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter for the final out. The Japanese pitcher jumped into the arms of catcher David Ross while Red Sox players rushed from the dugout and bullpen as the Boston theme “Dirty Water” played on the public-address system.

There wasn’t the “Cowboy Up!” comeback charm of “The Idiots” from 2004, who swept St. Louis to end an 86-year title drought. There wasn’t that cool efficiency of the 2007 team that swept Colorado.

This time, they were Boston Strong — playing for a city shaken by tragedy.

“I don’t think we put Boston on our back. I think we jumped on their back,” Jonny Gomes said. “They wouldn’t let us quit.”

After a late-season collapse in 2011, the embarrassing revelations of a fried chicken-and-beer clubhouse culture that contributed to the ouster of manager Terry Francona, and the daily tumult of Bobby Valentine’s one-year flop, these Red Sox grew on fans.

Just like the long whiskers on the players’ faces, starting with Gomes’ scruffy spring training beard.

“As soon as we went to Fort Myers, the movie’s already been written,” Gomes said. “All we had to do was press play, and this is what happened.”

The only player remaining from the 2004 champs, Ortiz had himself a Ruthian World Series. He batted .688 (11 for 16) with two homers, six RBIs and eight walks — including four in the finale — for a .760 on-base percentage in 25 plate appearances, the second-highest in Series history.

“We have a lot of players with heart. We probably don’t have the talent that we had in ’07 and ’04, but we have guys that are capable (of staying) focused and do the little things,” Ortiz said.

Even slumping Stephen Drew delivered a big hit in Game 6, sending Wacha’s first pitch of the fourth into the right-center bullpen for a 4-0 lead. By the time the inning was over, RBI singles by Mike Napoli and Victorino had made it 6-0, and the Red Sox were on their way.

“Hey, I missed two games. It’s time to shine,” Victorino said.

All over New England, from Connecticut’s Housatonic River up to the Aroostook in Maine, Boston’s eighth championship can be remembered for the beard-yanking bonding.

Fans bid up the average ticket price to over $1,000 on the resale market and some prime locations went for more than $10,000 each. Nearly all the Red Sox rooters stood in place for 30 minutes after the final out to view the presentation of the trophy and MVP award. A few thousand remained when a beaming Ortiz came back on the field with his son 75 minutes after the final out.

“It’s so electric in here,” Napoli said.

The win capped an emotional season for the Red Sox, one heavy with the memory of the events that unfolded on Patriots Day, when three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon. The Red Sox wore “Boston Strong” logos on their left sleeves, erected a large emblem on the Green Monster and moved the logo into the center-field grass as a constant reminder.

“It’s hard for me to put sports over a tragedy like that,” Lackey said, “but hopefully people that were affected by it can forget about it for a few hours at least.”

Red, white and blue fireworks fired over the ballpark as Commissioner Bud Selig presented the World Series trophy to Red Sox owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino, leaving a haze over the field.

“When the fireworks went off at the presentation of the trophy out there, when the ballpark was filled with smoke, it was completely surreal,” Farrell said. “To be in this position, given where we’ve come from, reflecting back a year ago at this time, there’s been a lot that’s happened in 13 months.”

Among the players blamed for the indifferent culture at the end of the Francona years, Lackey took the mound two days shy of the second anniversary of his elbow surgery and got his first Series win since the 2002 clincher. He pitched shutout ball until Carlos Beltran’s RBI single in the seventh.

St. Louis had been seeking its second title in three seasons, but the Cardinals sputtered after arriving in Boston late Tuesday following a seven-hour flight delay caused by mechanical problems. Symbolic of the team’s struggles, reliever Trevor Rosenthal tripped while throwing a pitch to Ortiz in the eighth, balking Dustin Pedroia to second.

“They were some frustrated guys in there, but overall you can’t ask us to go about any better than how our guys did,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “Not too many people expected us to do what we did.”

Boston was a 30-1 underdog to win the World Series last winter, but joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win titles one season after finishing in last place. Now, the Red Sox will raise another championship flag before their home opener next season April 4 against Milwaukee.

Gomes was looking forward to Saturday’s parade.

“It’s time,” he said, “to queue the duck boats.”

NOTES: Boston also won the Series at Fenway Park in 1912. The Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903 at the Huntington Avenue Grounds and in 1916 at Braves Field. … Ortiz’s Game 5 bat is going to the Hall of Fame along with Uehara’s Series spikes, Ross’ Series jacket and Farrell’s Game 6 jacket. Gomes’ Game 4 home-run bat arrived in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Wednesday.

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Hawes leads late charge, 76ers stun Heat 114-110

Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams (1) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams (1) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) reacts to a foul call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat’s Chris Anderson (11) reaches for a rebound over Philadelphia 76ers’ Daniel Orton during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) passes the ball past Philadelphia 76ers’ Spencer Hawes (00) and Thaddeus Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh (1) drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers’ Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

(AP) — Michael Carter-Williams had Allen Iverson cheering from his suite and left LeBron James impressed.

Not a bad start for MCW.

It was an even better one for the Sixers.

Carter-Williams had a debut to remember, using 22 points, 12 assists, and nine steals to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Miami Heat 114-110 on Wednesday night.

The rookie out of Syracuse nearly upstaged Iverson on a night Philly feted his spectacular career.

“You see what he can bring on a big stage,” 76ers rookie head coach Brett Brown said.

MCW was the MVP of the fourth quarter, picking up two more steals, harassing James in the lane, and sealing the win from the free-throw line.

Spencer Hawes scored 24 points and put the Sixers ahead for good with a 3-pointer, then a driving layup for a 109-108 lead with 2:01 left.

“Everything was clicking tonight,” Carter-Williams said. “If we can consistently play together, then we can be a good team.”

The guys in the locker room might be the only ones who think that.

As the NBA season tipped off, the over-under out of Las Vegas for total wins for the 76ers this year is 16.5, the lowest of any team in the league.

Against the two-time defending champion Heat, no one in Philly cared.

James missed five of six shots in the fourth, losing the ball on one drive down the middle, then blowing a 6-footer on the next possession. Shane Battier missed all seven 3-pointers in the game and the Heat missed 10 straight shots in the fourth — after scoring a whopping 45 points in the third.

The Heat needed all those points to rally after the Sixers dominated from the opening tip. They made their first 11 shots and raced to leads of 19-0 and 26-4, putting the champs on their heels a night after they received their rings.

James had 25 points and 13 assists and Chris Bosh scored 22 for Miami.

Miami guard Dwyane Wade sat out to rest his sore knees. Coach Erik Spoelstra says he wanted to give Wade an extra day to recover with the Heat playing in consecutive nights. Wade scored 13 points for the Heat in their 107-95 win over Chicago on Tuesday.

Carter-Williams also hit four 3-pointers, had seven rebounds and his nine steals set an NBA first-game record.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to start your NBA career,” James said.

For most of the game, the Sixers played more like the team in the hunt for the championship, not one in full blown rebuilding mode. Iverson, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Moses Malone were among the former Sixers on hand for opening night.

The Heat surely could have used Wade. Wade, though, had walked into locker room both knees wrapped in ice and an understanding it was too early in the season to push himself. He said it was “just being smart.”

“It was not pre-planned, it was something our trainers and coaches came to me with,” Wade said. “It’s early in the season, it’s just a precaution.”

James said Wade could take all the time he needed.

“If he needs to take the second game of the season, the 30th game, 50th game, 80th game, that’s the way it is,” James said.

After all, the Heat were a double-digit favorite to rout the Sixers, and expected to have little trouble against one of the worst teams in the NBA.

Not so fast.

Evan Turner scored 26 points and the Sixers dominated only hours after Iverson announced his retirement, ending a 14-year career.

Carter-Williams had a steal and dunk to open the game, Turner dunked over James, and Hawes tossed in a layup for a stunning 19-0 run to open the game. James finally banked in a shot with 7:07 left in the first to end Miami’s scoring drought.

The Sixers still led 29-11 even with a lineup that included Tony Wroten, Lavoy Allen and Daniel Orton on the court.

Who? Exactly.

“We’ve got a lot of pride, the guys that have been here and done it,” Hawes said.

The Heat, though, became the Heat and used a 14-0 run in the second quarter to pull to 51-49 at halftime.

James hit a 3 that made it a one-point game, and Udonis Haslem’s inside layup gave the Heat their first lead of the game, 60-59. Ray Allen hit all four 3-pointers in the quarter, James made three and the Heat shot a sizzling 10 of 13 from 3-point range in the third. They finished 16 of 22 (73 percent) from the floor overall and stretched the lead to 94-85.

“We’re a comfortable team, we always feel like we can win a game,” James said.

Just not this one.

Notes: The Heat didn’t land in Philadelphia until after 3 a.m. … Patti LaBelle and rapper Meek Mill were at the game. Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Villanova coach Jay Wright also attended the game. … The Sixers will retire Iverson’s No. 3 on March 1.

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Robert Drysdale not medically cleared to fight at UFC 167 after failed test

Jiu-jitsu ace Robert Drysdale has been removed from the fight card of UFC 167 after testing positive for elevated testosterone in a Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) mandated out-of-competition drug test, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer confirmed to

Drysdale tested out at a 19.4-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone level, well above the 6-to-1 limit allowable by the NSAC.

According to Kizer, Drysdale has not been medically cleared to compete due to the failed test. His license, however, was never denied, despite conflicting reports.

A decorated grappler owning both ADCC and Mundials gold, Drysdale (6-0) is undefeated thus far in his MMA career, having finished all six of his opponents via first-round submission. He was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Ednaldo Oliveira on August 3 at UFC 163, however a staph infection caused him to withdraw from the bout.

Drysdale was subsequently slated to meet Cody Donovan (8-3) on November 16 at UFC 167. Due to his failed drug test, UFC officials have tabbed Strikeforce veteran Gian Villante (10-4) as a replacement.

According to NSAC officials, Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir also underwent out-of-competition drug testing for UFC 167, the latter of which took place prior to Mir being pulled from the card. Both men passed all testing.

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David & Victoria Beckham: CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Duo

They’re no strangers to classy gatherings, and David and Victoria Beckham looked right at home at the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists event in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (October 23).

The English soccer stud and his Spice Girl both wore black and mingled with the hosts of the evening- Lena Dunham, Federico Marchetti, Diane von Furstenburg, and Anna Wintour- at Bouchon.

Meanwhile, David is getting ripped apart in Alex Ferguson’s newly-released autobiography, with claims that he cares more about fame than anything else in his life.

Ferguson writes, “David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game. I felt uncomfortable with the celebrity aspect of his life.”
Alex continues, “David thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson. You cannot have a player taking over the dressing room. Many tried. … The focus of authority at Manchester United is the manager’s office. That was the death knell for him.”

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ARM servers with 64-bit Calxeda chips to ship next year

Low-power servers running on Calxeda’s 64-bit ARM chip will be available a year from now, Calxeda said.

Samples of Calxeda’s 64-bit chip will start shipping in the first half of next year, giving server makers a chance to test out the chips before building final systems, said Karl Freund, vice president of marketing at Calxeda. Servers will become available a few months after that.

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“64-bit is coming, it will be an amazing change in the [server] industry,” Freund said. “Our priority is to get them to market as fast as possible.”

ARM processors, used in most smartphones and tablets, are increasingly being viewed as a power-efficient alternative to Intel’s x86 chips, which dominate in data centers. Some believe ARM servers could be good for Web hosting and processing Web requests, which could help cut electric bills in data centers.

Hewlett-Packard is on tap to use Calxeda’s ARM chips in its Moonshot dense server, which currently runs only on x86 processors. ARM 64-bit server processors will also be shipped next year by AppliedMicro and Advanced Micro Devices, which offers x86 chips but is betting its server future on ARM processors.

The company has two 64-bit ARM-based server system-on-chips code-named Lago and Sarita on tap, and Freund said more employees are being assigned to work on the products. The chips are based on ARM’s ARMv8-A processor architecture, which was announced in 2011.

There has been a slight delay in the delivery of 64-bit ARM chips from many companies to server makers. The 64-bit ARM processor is also used in Apple’s A7 mobile chip, but Freund said making server chips is more complex as networking, I/O and memory controllers need to built into a system-on-chip alongside CPUs.

“People set unrealistic expectations on 64-bit and were very aggressive in schedule. It takes time,” Freund said.

Meanwhile, Calxeda will release its EnergyCore ECX-2000 chip, based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 processor design, which could help speed applications in OpenStack distributed computing environments. The chip supports 32-bit addressing and will be found in “beta” servers by the end of this year, Freund said. The Calxeda chip supports virtualization and Xen hypervisor.

Most server applications today are 64-bit, but the ECX-2000 has found use in cloud servers and storage applications, Freund said.

Aeon will sell 1U servers by the end of this year, and a nonoperational sample of HP’s Moonshot server with ECX-2000 chips will be shown at the Open Server Summit trade show this week. A release date for the ARM-based Moonshot hasn’t been announced.

Servers from Boston Ltd. and Penguin Computing will be available with the ECX-2000 chips, Calxeda said.

The ECX-2000 has four Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.8GHz, and draws six watts of power. The chip is a self-contained server unit with 10-gigabit Ethernet networking, I/O and memory controllers.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam’s e-mail address is

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Go for a Stroll in Chilly LA

Heading out for a romantic stroll in LA this morning (October 27), “The Town” stud Ben Affleck and gorgeous wife Jennifer Garner enjoyed each others company and a cup of coffee.

Dressed for the chilly weather, Ben and Jen bundled up, strolling the streets hand-in-hand on the way to a floral shop in Larchmont Village.

In related news, Garner is starring in the upcoming comedy-drama, “Imagine,” directed by “Cars” writer, Dan Fogelman, and set to premiere in the United States in 2014.

According to the synopsis, “An old letter written to him by John Lennon and Yoko Ono inspires an aging musician to live life differently, and he sets out to reconnect with his biological son.”

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World Headlines: A Chinese Trial, The Syrian War Spills Over

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, center, stands as the Shandong Provincial Higher People’s Court announces the decision in his second trial in Jinan, Shandong Province. The court upheld Bo’s conviction and life sentence for corruption and abuse of power.

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In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, center, stands as the Shandong Provincial Higher People’s Court announces the decision in his second trial in Jinan, Shandong Province. The court upheld Bo’s conviction and life sentence for corruption and abuse of power.

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China, Xinhua

We begin in China where a court rejected Friday an appeal by former politician Bo Xilai against his life sentence for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Bo, if you remember, was a rising star in China’s political system before his career collapsed in early 2012 after his wife was linked to the murder of a British businessman. (She was handed a suspended death sentence in August). Bo himself was indicted in July and was convicted last month following a high-profile trial.

Here’s how his sentence was broken down: He was found guilty of accepting bribes totaling about $3.3 million, embezzling about $820,000 and of abusing power. He was sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes, his political rights were deprived for life, and his personal assets confiscated.

Also, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for embezzlement and had personal assets of about $165,000 confiscated. Bo was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for abuse of power.

Xinhua reported Friday on how Bo’s appeals process worked:

“Bo submitted an appeal after the verdict was handed down. The Shandong Higher People’s Court filed Bo’s appeal and formed a collegial panel for the second trial.

“The collegial panel reviewed all the case files and video footage of the first trial, examined Bo’s appeal documents and defence lawyers’ opinions.

“The panel interrogated Bo several times and heard opinions of his lawyers, verified all evidence, comprehensively examined the facts confirmed during the first trial and legal applications to fully safeguard the litigation rights of Bo and the defence lawyers.

“After review by the collegial panel and deliberation of a judgment committee, Shandong Higher People’s Court gave its decision.”

Lebanon, Daily Star

Syria’s civil war has sent refugees flooding into Lebanon. The war has also contributed to violence to the neighboring state.

At least seven people were killed in Lebanese city of Tripoli in overnight fighting between gunmen loyal to Syria’s president and those opposed to Bashar Assad. Twelve people were also wounded, raising the number of people injured in the fifth consecutive day of fighting to more than 70.

Lebanese security sources told the newspaper the overnight battles were the fiercest since the fighting began Sunday.

“Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city, has seen recurrent clashes linked to the crisis in neighboring Syria, namely between Jabal Mohsen, which backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Bab al-Tabbaneh, which supports his opponents,” the newspaper reported.

Tripoli, the BBC reports, has a small Alawite community living amid a Sunni majority. Syria’s Assad is Alawite; his opponents in the civil war are mainly Sunni.

Nigeria, Vanguard

More than half of all Nigerians live on $1 a day. That may be one reason why there’s anger over a government minister’s purchase of two bulletproof BMWs for $1.4 million for her ministry.

Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority says it ordered the two BMW 760 Li cars at the request of Aviation Minister Stella Oduah. The revelations, which were first made in Sahara Reporters, a U.S.-based website that covers the region, sparked outrage in Nigeria.

The country’s House of Representatives is holding an inquiry into the purchases. Oduah did not attend Thursday’s hearing before the House Committee on Aviation, prompting members of the panel to demand that she appear at the next hearing Tuesday or face sanctions.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald

Australia won’t make fridges after 2016: Swedish manufacturer Electrolux announced that it would close its plant in Orange, New South Wales, by 2016.

Some 500 people will lose their jobs, severely affecting the economy of the city in a rural part of the state in eastern Australia. The plant has operated in Orange for more than 70 years.

Here’s more from the newspaper:

“The refrigeration plant in Orange has been under the microscope since February, when Electrolux announced a six-month investment study to see if Orange is globally competitive enough to make a new range of refrigerators and freezers. Reconfiguring the factory to build the new range would have cost more than $45 million.

“John Brown, managing director of Electrolux Home Products Australia and New Zealand, said the company understood the sensitivity of its decision, but the company’s investment study concluded it could manufacture refrigerators more cheaply in other factories in Asia and Eastern Europe. He said the company had spoken to all levels of government before reaching its decision.”


We didn’t mean to leave out the fallout in Europe over the U.S. National Security Agency’s reported surveillance in France and Germany. The controversy has pushed Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande to call for talks with the U.S. (You can read those stories by clicking on the links – or you can find NPR’s coverage here.)

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Abuse Allegations Leave Twin Cities Archdiocese In Turmoil

Jennifer Haselberger, former top canon lawyer for the archdiocese, found stored files detailing how some priests had histories of sexual abuse. She resigned in April.

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Jennifer Haselberger, former top canon lawyer for the archdiocese, found stored files detailing how some priests had histories of sexual abuse. She resigned in April.

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The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been rocked in recent weeks by revelations from a top-level whistle-blower. The former official says church leaders covered up numerous cases of sexual misconduct by priests and even made special payments to pedophiles.

The scandal is notable not only because of the abuse but also because it happened in an archdiocese that claimed to be a national leader in dealing with the issue.

To understand what’s happening now, it helps to go back to 2002, when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops faced a crisis brought on by its failure to remove abusive priests from ministry.

‘I Wanted Them To Do The Right Thing’

Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul and Minneapolis emerged as a national leader on the issue, urging bishops at a now-historic conference in Dallas to root out what he called a cancer in the church.

“This is a defining moment for us this morning as bishops,” he said at the time.

Back in Minnesota, Flynn assured the faithful that the worst problems lay elsewhere and this archdiocese wasn’t going to cover up abuse.

Flynn retired in 2008 and was replaced by Archbishop John Nienstedt, who hired a young canon lawyer named Jennifer Haselberger to oversee church records.

As priests came up for promotion, Haselberger searched church files for any disciplinary problems. Digging deeper, she found separate stored files detailing how some priests had long histories of sexual addiction and abuse. She warned Nienstedt about what she’d learned, she says.

“I wanted them to do the right thing,” Haselberger says. “I wanted them to take allegations seriously. I wanted them to get offending priests out of ministry. I wanted them to be disclosing to the police and working with law enforcement to make sure that our churches were safe for children, and the vulnerable and the elderly.”

She then discovered that some abusive priests got special payments, like the Rev. Robert Kapoun, who for 14 years received nearly $1,000 a month on top of his pension.

Kapoun retired in the late ’90s after admitting in court that he sexually abused boys. He now lives in a half-million-dollar lake home. Because of his history of abuse, he’s supposed to be carefully monitored.

Kapoun says he doesn’t have much contact with the church these days. He says he does meet occasionally with priests to discuss “news and happenings in the world, and so on.”

Haselberger says that for her, one of the last straws came when a priest was arrested for and convicted of sexually abusing children.

Several years earlier, Haselberger had examined the lengthy file of that priest, Curtis Wehmeyer. Documents showed he had approached young men for sex in a bookstore.

Haselberger says she gave the information to Nienstedt. Soon after, he appointed Wehmeyer pastor of two parishes.

A top church deputy, the Rev. Kevin McDonough, says he didn’t realize Wehmeyer was abusing children until after his arrest.

“Nothing, nothing, nothing in this man’s behavior known to us would have convinced any reasonable person that he was likely to harm kids,” McDonough says.

Lawsuits And Calls For A Resignation

Haselberger resigned in protest in April, but she says she felt burdened by what she knew.

“Because I was still having to look people in the face who I knew that I had information that they needed,” she says. “And the fact that I had this and they didn’t, and no one was going to be telling them, was really difficult.”

So Haselberger shared the church’s secrets with Minnesota Public Radio News in a series of interviews this fall.

Nienstedt has declined to be interviewed on tape. In an emailed response to questions, he denied breaking any laws or covering up abuse. Earlier this month, his top deputy stepped down as the crisis widened.

Victims of abuse are preparing to file lawsuits now allowed under a new state law as the archdiocese braces for what could be a massive financial blow.

Thomas Doyle, a Catholic priest who warned bishops in the ’80s of a looming abuse crisis, says it’s remarkable the revelations are coming from an insider.

“What has been happening, it seems to me, in St. Paul has been almost a chain reaction,” he says. “There’s something systemic; it’s not accidental.”

Doyle says the reckoning comes as prosecutors seem increasingly willing to file criminal charges against church leaders.

Nienstedt has responded to the scandal by creating a task force to review church policies.

But some parishioners, and even priests here, are calling for him to resign. They say they feel betrayed by church leaders who led them to believe that their archdiocese remained a safe place for children.

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Pauly D Calls Baby Daughter a “Blessing,” Is “Looking Forward to Being a Parent”

It may not have been a planned pregnancy, but DJ Pauly D is glad to be a father. Following the surprising news that the 33-year-old former Jersey Shore star has secretly welcomed a baby girl with a past hookup, the MTV star is stepping up and taking responsibility.

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“Sometimes in life things aren’t planned and they may even scare you at first, but they end up being a blessing, that is how I feel about having a daughter,” he says in a statement to Us Weekly on Thursday, Oct. 24. “I’m looking forward to being a parent to her.” (Pauly D, real name Paul DelVecchio, also tweeted a similar sentiment on Thursday.)

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Pauly D confirmed to TMZ that he recently welcomed a daughter with a former fling on Tuesday, Oct. 22. “I’m proud I’m a father,” he told Us. “I am excited to embark on this new part of my life.”

Since then, TMZ has further revealed that Pauly D’s daughter is five-months-old and named Amabella. Her mother is Amanda Markert, a former Hooters waitress and current VIP hostess. Markert also has an older child, a son named Mikey, from a previous relationship.

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Pauly D only recently found out that he was a father. “She contacted him after the baby was born. He of course had to take precautions before believing the baby was his, but he is definitely excited to be a dad,” an insider told Us. “Pauly is taking responsibility and will be in this child’s life one way or another.”

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Red Sox Win World Series Opener 8-1

Boston’s Mike Napoli hits a three-run scoring double during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston.

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Boston’s Mike Napoli hits a three-run scoring double during the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in Boston.

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Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox turned this World Series opener into a laugher.

Mike Napoli hit a three-run double right after the umps reversed a blown call, Jon Lester made an early lead stand up and the Red Sox romped past sloppy St. Louis 8-1 Wednesday night for their ninth straight Series win.

David Ortiz was robbed of a grand slam by Carlos Beltran — a catch that sent the star right fielder to a hospital with bruised ribs — but Big Papi later hit a two-run homer following third baseman David Freese’s bad throw.

The Red Sox also capitalized on two errors by shortstop Pete Kozma to extend a Series winning streak that began when they swept St. Louis in 2004. Boston never trailed at any point in those four games and, thanks to this embarrassing display by the Cardinals, coasted on a rollicking night at Fenway Park.

It got so bad for St. Louis that the sellout crowd literally laughed when pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina, who’ve combined to win six Gold Gloves, let an easy popup drop untouched between them.

Serious-minded St. Louis manager Mike Matheny didn’t find anything funny, especially when the umpires huddled in the first inning and flipped a call by Dana DeMuth at second base.

The six-man crew correctly ruled that Kozma had not caught a soft toss from second baseman Matt Carpenter on a slow grounder by Ortiz. A season before Major League Baseball employs full replay, fans got to see a wrong get righted.

“There’s five of us out here, OK? And all five of us agreed 100 percent that it wasn’t a catch. Our job is to get it right,” crew chief John Hirschbeck told Matheny on audio played on the Fox telecast.

The normally slick-fielding Cardinals looked sloppy at every turn. Wainwright bounced a pickoff throw, Molina let a pitch skitter off his mitt, center fielder Shane Robinson bobbled the carom on Napoli’s double and there was a wild pitch.

The Cardinal Way? More like no way.

Game 2 is Thursday night, with 22-year-old rookie sensation Michael Wacha starting for St. Louis against John Lackey. Wacha is 3-0 with an 0.43 ERA this postseason.

Lester blanked the Cardinals on five hits over 7 2-3 innings for his third win this postseason.

“He was locating both sides of the plate. His cutter is so tough on righties. He was pretty impressive tonight,” Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said.

Ryan Dempster gave up Matt Holliday’s leadoff home run in the ninth.

Boston brought the beards and made it a most hairy night for St. Louis. The Cardinals wrecked themselves with just their second three-error game of the season.

The umpires made a mistake, too, but at least they got to fix it in a hurry.

After the control-conscious Wainwright walked leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury, Pedroia singled him to second with one out.

Ortiz then hit a slow grounder to Carpenter, and it didn’t appear the Cardinals could turn a double play. Hurrying, Kozma let the backhanded flip glance off his glove.

DeMuth instantly called Pedroia out, indicating that Kozma dropped the ball while trying to transfer it to his throwing hand. Boston manager John Farrell quickly popped out of the dugout to argue while Pedroia went to the bench.

“I was just trying to slide in there to break up two. I saw it wasn’t on the transfer,” Pedroia said. “They call you out, you have to run off. There’s a lot of great umpires out there. They put their heads together and got it right and that’s the most important thing.”

Farrell argued with every umpire he could and must’ve made a persuasive case. As the fans hollered louder and louder as they studied TV replays, all the umpires gathered on the dirt near shortstop and conferred and decided there was no catch at all.

“It was pretty obvious it wasn’t on the transfer. The umpires got the right call and we got some momentum,” Ortiz said.

Pedroia came bounding from the dugout and suddenly, the bases were loaded in the first. Napoli unloaded them with a double that rolled to the Green Monster in left-center.

Napoli, with maybe the bushiest beard of all, certainly picked up where he left off the last time he saw the Cardinals in October. In the 2011 Series, he hit .350 with two home runs and 10 RBIs as Texas lost in seven games to St. Louis.

The Red Sox added to their 3-0 lead with two more runs in the second. A fielding error by Kozma set up Pedroia’s RBI single.

Ortiz, who hit a tying grand slam at Fenway in the AL championship series win over Detroit, sent a long drive to right-center. Beltran, playing in his first World Series, braced himself with one hand on the low wall in front of the bullpen and reached over with his glove to make the catch.

“At least I got an RBI and we were up four and got the momentum,” Ortiz said.

Beltran hurt himself on the play, however, and left in the third inning. There was no report on his condition.

The Red Sox got another run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by 21-year-old rookie Xander Bogaerts.

While St. Louis stumbled, Boston made the key plays.

When the Cardinals tried to rally in the fourth and loaded the bases, Lester neatly started a home-to-first double play on Freese’s comebacker to end the inning.

Left fielder Jonny Gomes lumbered for a diving catch to start the fifth. Shortstop Stephen Drew finished off that inning, deftly handling a bouncer up the middle to strand runners at second and third.

Boston almost made a terrific play to finish the game. With two outs in the ninth, Freese hit a sharp single and right fielder Shane Victorino nearly threw him out at first base.

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