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NBA’s Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, should give Cliven Bundy a call. After Sterling loses his NBA franchise and the deadbeat Nevada rancher loses his cattle to the Bureau of Land Management, the two old racists will both need a buddy. Maybe they can team up together and open an all-white rodeo.

As most of the country has learned in the last couple of days, Sterling wrecked his three-decade tenure as the unsuccessful and unliked boss of L.A.’s No. 2 professional basketball team by making racially charged comments to his girlfriend — comments that the girlfriend recorded and that, mysteriously, ended up on the TMZ website.

Actually, girlfriend does not quite capture the disputed nature of the relationship between Sterling and the former Maria Vanessa Perez, who now goes by the name V. Stiviano. In the lawsuit that has been brought against the 31-year-old Stiviano by the 80-year-old Sterling’s 80-year-old estranged wife, Rochelle, Stiviano is accused of engaging “in conduct designed to target, befriend, seduce, and then entice, cajole, borrow from, cheat and/or receive as gifts transfers of wealth from wealthy older men whom she targets for such purpose.”

Mrs. Sterling claims Stiviano received $2.5 million in gifts from her husband, including four high-end luxury cars and a deluxe apartment, and she insists that the young woman conned Donald into coughing up the goods. Stiviano’s attorney calls that allegation ridiculous and also says his client never had sex with the old man. In documents asking that the case be dismissed, the lawyer said, “Nowhere in the complaint is it alleged that defendant so acted nor that the feminine wiles of Ms. Stiviano overpowered the iron will of Donald T. Sterling who is well known as one of the most shrewd businessmen in the world.”


Oprah Winfrey interested in Clippers bid, report says

Winfrey has joined entertainment mogul David Geffen and Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison in a bid to buy the team, according to ESPN.

“Oprah is not interested in running the team,” Geffen told ESPN. “She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise.

“The team deserves a better group of owners who want to win. Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry’s a sportsman. We’ve talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is urging Sterling to sell the Clippers after league officials determined that Sterling made racially charged remarks in a recording that was released late last week.

Silver subsequently fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him for life from the NBA for his incendiary remarks.

Winfrey, in reference to Sterling’s comments, told TMZ on Tuesday that “the plantation days are over.” She also denied having interest in purchasing the team on her own.

However, Winfrey’s spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that she’s in talks about becoming an investor.

“Oprah Winfrey is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available,” Nichols said in the statement, according to ESPN.

Magic Johnson, Mark Walter and their Guggenheim Partners group are also being mentioned as potential bidders for the Clippers, though Johnson in an appearance on ESPN on Sunday said he was focused on bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles.

Additionally, boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. and music mogul Sean Combs have each expressed interest in buying the team.



Boxer has to go the distance to keep record perfect

Followers of boxer Nick Asberry — and he indeed does have quite a nice little following — wanted to find out two things last Friday night when the 23-year-old who graduated from Waukegan High School stepped into the ring for the third time as a professional.

■ Is the 6-5, 235-pound heavyweight in good enough condition to last into the third and fourth rounds of a four-round fight without there being any falloff in his efficiency or execution.

Can the rising young star in Hitz Boxing’s stable of fighters take a licking and keep on ticking? In other words, can he take a punch? In his first two fights, Asberry squashed tomato cans without working up a sweat, so the search was on for answers when he stepped into the ring against grizzled veteran heavyweight Raymundo Lopez of Holland, Mich.

The verdict? Call it a split decision.

Asberry did get to show he has the endurance, as he won every round on all three judges’ scorecards in posting a four-round unanimous decision to improve to 3-0 and drop Lopez to 5-7.

Alas, for the third straight fight, Asberry got away clean, with nary a hard punch having been landed on him. That, of course, is the object when a boxer enters the ring — to not get hit. But at some point, somebody’s going to connect and Big Nick’s going to have to know how to respond.


Waukegan man grateful for his new set of wheels

The finds, along with recent discoveries in North America like those of the so-called Kennewick Man and Spirit Cave Man, are forcing a reassessment of long-established theories as to the settling of the Americas. Based on such evidence, Dr. Neves suggests that Luzia belonged to a nomadic people who began arriving in the New World as early as 15,000 years ago.

Luzia’s Negroid features notwithstanding, Dr. Neves is not arguing that her ancestors came to Brazil from Africa in an early trans-Atlantic migration. Instead, he believes they originated in Southeast Asia, ”migrating from there in two directions, south to Australia, where today’s aboriginal peoples may be their descendants, and navigating northward along the coast and across the Bering Straits until they reached the Americas.”

About one-third of Luzia’s skeleton has been recovered, enough to indicate that she appears to have perished in an accident or perhaps even from an animal attack. She was in her 20′s when she died, stood just under five feet tall, and was part of a group of hunter-gatherers who appear to have subsisted largely on whatever fruits, nuts and berries they came across in their meanderings, plus the occasional piece of meat.


Gurnee houses of worship vandalized

An Imam and Greek Orthodox clerics gather outside St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Waukegan at a news conference addressing vandalism of the church, which occurred the same night as a similar incident at a nearby mosque.

From left are Imam Matthew Ramadan of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, Rev. James Gordon of Ascension of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Church in Lincolnshire, Bishop Demetrios (center) of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis, Rev. Cosmas Halekakis, pastor at St. Demetrios and Rev. Sotirios Malamis (partially hidden), of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune)

Nearly a dozen houses of worship in Gurnee and Waukegan have been vandalized over the past week, with an obscene “hateful message” scrawled in red on at least two buildings, officials announced Wednesday.

Police are asking the public for help identifying a young man caught on videotape in connection with their investigation, authorities stated in a joint news release.

Numerous religious institutions of various faiths “were graffiti’ed with hate crime literature,” Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley said during a news conference organized by leaders of a church and mosque that were targeted.


Second City show to benefit Waukegan schools

Updated: February 20, 2014 5:32PM

For the fourth consecutive year, the Waukegan Schools Foundation is teaming with the Genesee Theatre to host an appearance by The Second City on Friday, Feb. 21, to raise funds for classroom programs and special projects.

“Happily Never After,” a revue that is touring naionwide this year from Thousand Oaks, Calif., to Waterville, Maine, is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $38, and proceeds will

 benefit a range of school endeavors that will be determined through a grant-application process in April.Ray Vukovich, president of the nonprofit foundation, said up to 10 grants of $1,000 will be awarded from a field of requests that run as high as 40 or 50 from schools throughout District 60.

Asked what types of programs are typically chosen, Vukovich said that, among other things, the selection committee considers “the bigger the impact or the more sudents it might affect.”

“The (programs) range through all different types of things,” he said. “It may be a field trip (or) bringing in a guest speaker for a particular grade, or sometimes for the whole school. Or it might be a workshop for a group of students.”


Fixing schools to fix Chicago

In 1909, when Daniel Burnham issued his Plan of Chicago, city schools bustled with 300,000 children. Before the first day of school that year, the Tribune declared: “The children of all the world … the child of the tenements and the child of millionaire’s row, all will be there when the bell rings, an army of potential citizens whose possibilities stagger the imagination and a goodly portion of whose life training begins with the school year of 1909-10.”

An army of potential citizens whose possibilities stagger the imagination.

Every year an army of high school graduates marches across the stage, beams for the cameras, bids farewell to classmates and ventures from Chicago Public Schools into What Comes Next.

That’s an army — 19,905 strong last spring — we see and celebrate. These graduates decamp for college, training programs or, far less likely, jobs.

But there is another army, half as large, that risks defeat. In the Class of 2013, what Chicagoans didn’t see onstage were 9,310 empty chairs — one for every CPS student who had entered ninth grade but dropped out along the way. This army deserts classrooms and scatters into Chicago’s neighborhoods and streets.

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Do charters expel too many students?

Troubling question. But the other kids in the classroom matter, too
We’ve long heard complaints from Chicago Public Schools teachers that their counterparts in charter schools are too quick to expel students.

Now there’s data to support that contention: In the last school year, 307 students were tossed out of charter schools, from a total enrollment of about 50,000, CPS reported Tuesday. By contrast, the rest of the district’s schools expelled 182 of their 353,000 students.

Crunch those numbers, and you find that charters expelled 61 of every 10,000 students. District-run schools expelled 5 of every 10,000 students.

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