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Minnesota woman who lied to support family gets full pardon

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Board of Pardons has granted its first full pardon in more than three decades, to a woman who used a fake name and false documents to get a job in order to cover food and housing costs for her family. Maria Elizondo was convicted in 2012 of wrongfully obtaining assistance and identify theft. She was sentenced to serve 10 years of probation and ordered to pay back $24,758 to the state. The mother of seven took a job at a turkey farm in Ada, Minnesota, in 2006 under the pseudonym Natalia Rubio. Her son, Jorge Elizondo, says his mother never meant to be malicious but “did what she had to do” to feed her family.last_img read more

Ten key events of Ferguson’s reign

first_img The Scot’s 26-and-a-half years at Old Trafford are littered with key moments and turning points that have helped forge the 71-year-old’s legacy. Here, we look at just 10 of those seminal events. 1990: With Ferguson under pressure after a slow start at Old Trafford, Mark Robins fires United to victory over Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup tie to earn him a stay of execution. The goal is the trigger for a run to the final, where United beat Crystal Palace in a replay to secure the Scot’s first silverware. Sir Alex Ferguson will stand down as manager of Manchester United at the end of the season, bringing to an end the career of one of world football’s greatest figures. 1992: After missing out on the league title to Leeds in 1991/92, Ferguson responds by signing Eric Cantona for just over £1million from the Yorkshire club. Cantona goes on to help United to four league titles and two FA Cups. 1993: History records Cantona’s arrival as the final piece of the puzzle that saw United land the first of the 13 championships amassed during Ferguson’s reign at the end of the 1992/93 season. 1995: While Ryan Giggs broke into the first team in 1991, it was not until the 1995/96 campaign that Ferguson felt the full benefit of United’s academy programme, with David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville and Nicky Butt all playing key roles in another successful title campaign. 1997: David Gill arrives at Old Trafford as finance director, later rising to the position of deputy chief executive, group chief executive and finally chief executive of Manchester United PLC. Ferguson and Gill formed a strong working partnership and it came as no surprise to many that the two men elected to stand down within months of each other. 1999: The 1998/99 season marked the height of Ferguson’s reign, his team of homegrown stars and astute signings, among them the likes of Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham and Jaap Stam, sweeping all before them in the Premier League and FA Cup before mounting a dramatic late fightback to stun Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. 2001: Ferguson reveals ahead of the 2001/02 season that he plans to retire at the end of the campaign. The uncertainty caused by his announcement gives way a third-placed league finish and failure in the cups. Ferguson later backtracks on his retirement plans, and in later years brands the episode “an absolute disaster”. 2005: The Glazer family takeover at Old Trafford creates a rare atmosphere of disharmony, with many fans unhappy at the decision to secure much of the debt against the club’s assets. The episode gives Ferguson the opportunity to again display his worth. 2011: A seminal year for Ferguson as he becomes the longest serving manager in United’s history – eclipsing Sir Matt Busby – and guides United to a record 19th league title to finally knock Liverpool “off their perch”. 2012: A season without a trophy reaches its nadir as United lose the Premier League title to Manchester City on the final day of the season. Ferguson tells his players never to forget how they feel, and they duly respond a year later by reclaiming the crown with four games to spare. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

UCF Announces Lazy River Next to Stadium, As Team Drops Game to Pitt

first_imgA slow start, combined with penalties and mistakes, sealed Number 15 UCF’s fate for the game. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett caught a 3-yard touchdown pass during a trick play called the “Pitt Special,” with just 56 seconds left in the game, causing UCF to drop the game to the Panthers (2-2), 35-34. UCF is now 3-1 on the season. The University of Central Florida is planning to take tailgating to a new level in time for next year’s football season, with the introduction of a lazy river to be located outside the school’s stadium.Officials say they will be offering 250 memberships to what will be called McNamara Cove for $2,500 each. The all-inclusive package will cover “covegating” leading up to all regular-season home games.Guests will be able to enjoy the lazy river, in addition to a pool, sand volleyball courts, lounge chairs, a bocce ball green, and a service cabana.Outside of game days, McNamara Cove will be open to student-athletes, as part of the university’s $30 million Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village.The lazy river is named for Tom and Stacey McNamara, who made a naming gift commitment of $1 million last year.Meanwhile, the national champion UCF Knights’ winning streak came to an end on Saturday against Pittsburgh.last_img read more

Slow La Liga starters find form in top match on bettingexpert

first_img Share It has been a tough start to the season for Real Madrid, but the highlight of their 2017/18 campaign so far also doubles up as September’s top match on bettingexpert.Despite sitting outside of the top four in La Liga after seven games played, the Champions League winners from the last two seasons have been faultless in the competition again this time around, which includes a 3-1 win in the month’s top match at Borussia Dortmund.20% of the tips posted on the match at the Westfalenstadion came on Unibet, with 8% on Matchbook and 6% on bet365. The same three bookmakers also topped the tree for the second and third biggest matches across the bettingexpert network, which both featured £200 million-man Neymar.The biggest surprise in the top ten was the inclusion of TonyBet, which accounted for 10% of the tips on Montenegro’s 1-0 win over Romania in qualifying for next summer’s World Cup. Victory at the Podgorica City Stadium left Montenegro seven points ahead of their Eastern European counterparts in Group E.It was perhaps no surprise to see that tennis lost an 8% share of its tips from last month, given that the Grand Slam season ended just a week into September. Meanwhile, ice hockey was the biggest climber, as the Unibet dominated sport achieved parity with basketball and baseball with 4% of the action. Share Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more