TIME Football

Baltimore Ravens Legend Ed Reed Is Retiring

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Perry Knotts—AP Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) smiles after defeating the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 in New Orleans

The guy was the master of the 'pick-six'

All-time NFL great Ed Reed is officially retiring after 12 seasons as of one of the most productive ball hawks in league history, the Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday

The 36-year-old safety was named to eight all-pro teams, won the defensive player of the year in 2004 and led the league in interceptions three times — in 2004, 2008 and 2010.

He won a Super Bowl in 2012 with the Baltimore Ravens and during the game tied the NFL record for most postseason interceptions (nine) when he picked off San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

He finished his career with 64 interceptions (sixth all-time) 643 tackles, 11 forced fumbles and 14 touchdowns.

Reed hasn’t stepped onto an NFL field since 2013, when he split time between the New York Jets and Houston Texans.

The Baltimore Ravens and Reed will officially announce the retirement at a 2 p.m. ET press conference Thursday. The team is widely expected to place Reed’s name and jersey in the “ring of honor” next season.

TIME Boxing

Manny Pacquiao Is Facing a $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

Controversy over that shoulder injury intensifies

Manny Pacquiao has been named in a $5 million class-action lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claiming that the boxer and his team had failed to disclose his shoulder injury to the Nevada Athletic Commission prior to his May 2 match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., as required by law.

The lawsuit, filed by Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran, “on behalf of all persons who purchased tickets; purchased the pay per view event or who wagered money on the event,” claims damages for those who “were victimized by [the] Defendants’ failure to disclose and to cover up the injuries of Defendant Pacquiao.”

Filed in a Las Vegas U.S. District Court, the suit names Pacquiao, his promotion company Top Rank Inc. and president Todd DuBoef, adviser Michael Koncz and promoter Bob Arum as defendants.

The lawsuit comes on the heels of a Monday report by the Associated Press that said Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission, was investigating why Pacquiao checked “no” when asked to disclose if he was injured. Koncz later shouldered the blame saying, “I checked it. It was just an inadvertent mistake.”

Pacquiao and Top Rank released a joint statement Tuesday regarding the shoulder injury, but not the lawsuit. “A few hours before he was expected to step in the ring, when Manny’s doctors began the [treatment] process, the Nevada Commission stopped the treatment because it said it was unaware of Manny’s shoulder injury.”

Pacquiao is expected to undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and be out of action for nine to 12 months.

TIME Crime

Jurors See Video of Colorado Theater Shooter Asking If Kids Were Hurt

Officer Jason Oviatt, of the Aurora Police Department and first responder at the theater, heads into court to testify during day four in James Holmes' trial at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, April 30, 2015. The trial of Colorado theater gunman suspect, James Holmes, began nearly three years after the massacre
RJ Sangosti—2015 The Denver Post/MediaNews Group. Officer Jason Oviatt heads into court to testify during Day 4 in James Holmes' trial at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, Colo., on April 30, 2015

Asked if he needs anything, Holmes says, "oxygen"

(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial got their first look at a video recording of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, “There weren’t any children hurt, were there?”

The video, played in court Monday, shows detectives interviewing a dazed-sounding Holmes at police headquarters about two hours after the attack.

Det. Chuck Mehl testified later that Holmes had seen a sign for the Crimes Against Children Unit in police headquarters while he was being taken to the interview room, which might have prompted the question.

The detectives don’t answer Holmes directly about children but say, “We’ll get to that.”

Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the July 2012 attack.

His attorneys acknowledge he was the gunman but say he was mentally ill. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors say Holmes knew what he was doing and should be convicted. They’re seeking the death penalty.

A brief clip of Holmes in the interview room had been played for jurors during opening statements on April 27, but this was the first time his conversation with the detectives was shown in court.

Some of Holmes’s answers are odd. Asked if he needs anything, he says, “Oxygen.” The detectives ask if he is having trouble breathing or wants a fan, but he says no.

When asked how to spell “Holmes,” he answers, “Like Sherlock.”

Testimony resumes Tuesday.

The judge plans to rule Tuesday on whether jurors should see a transcript of another law-enforcement interview with Holmes. The transcript was prepared by prosecutors and reviewed by an FBI agent.

The agent testified during a pretrial hearing that he interviewed Holmes about booby traps at his apartment. Defense attorneys say jurors shouldn’t see the transcript because parts of it were inaccurate and parts of the audio recording of the interview were unintelligible.

TIME Music

James Taylor’s Latest Song, ‘Angels of Fenway,’ Is an Ode to the Boston Red Sox

It's taken from his first album in 13 years, which is set for release on June 16

Fans in attendance for Sunday’s Yankees vs. Red Sox game at Fenway Park got a sampler from what will be James Taylor’s first album in 13 years when he debuted his single “Angels of Fenway” — an ode to the Boston Red Sox — at the ground.

Taylor wrote the song to chronicle his experience as a fan, focusing on the 2004 World Series championship team that finally broke the “curse of the Bambino” and won the franchise’s first championship in 86 years.

“In 2004, that miracle season, that incredible thing that happened and what it meant to Red Sox fans, and to the city of Boston, to all of New England … it moved me deeply and I knew I wanted to write about it,” Taylor said.

According to the Associated Press, the song was played through the public address system prior to the game and was accompanied by a music video featuring iconic moments from Red Sox history — like a shot of Curt Schilling’s iconic bloody sock.

The 67-year-old Taylor also threw out the ceremonial first pitch and sang the traditional seventh-inning stretch anthem “America the Beautiful.”

Taylor is scheduled to perform a concert at Fenway Park with Bonnie Raitt on Aug. 6.

Before This World will be released June 16 and “Angels of Fenway” will be featured on the album. Fans of the song can purchase it on iTunes along with “Today Today Today,” which was released last month.

TIME U.S.

Lake Michigan Is So Clear That You Can See Shipwrecks In These Photos

This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Petty Officer Mitch Brown—AP This shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

See aerial images taken by the Coast Guard

Now that the ice on Lake Michigan’s surface has finally melted, the water is crystal clear — so clear you can see straight down to the bottom in some parts. During a recent routine patrol, a Coast Guard crew snapped some aerial photos of several shipwreck sites, like the particularly striking one above.

The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City shared a few of the images on its Facebook page, asking people to post information if they recognized any of the sites. The photos were taken near Sleeping Bear Point, off the northwestern coast of Michigan.

According to the Coast Guard, the image above shows the wreckage of a 133-foot-long wooden steamer called Rising Sun, which went down in 1917.

Another photo shows the 121-foot brig James McBride, which ran aground during a storm in 1857:

Petty Officer Mitch Brown—APThis shipwreck photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard was taken April 17, 2015, in northern Lake Michigan, near Leland, Mich., off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

 

TIME U.S.

North Carolina Roller Coaster Gets Stuck Mid-Ride 3 Times in a Week

Carowinds Record-Breaking Roller Coaster Fury 325.
AP Carowinds Record-Breaking Roller Coaster Fury 325.

It's the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster

Carowinds amusement park broke records in March after unveiling a new roller coaster called Fury 325. The steel ride, which is the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, has been continually malfunctioning, however, and stalled for the third time in less than a week on Saturday, according to reports.

Visitors to the amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina, told local news station WSOC that the ride stalled several times at the top of a steep incline.

Officials from the park, which bills itself as the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast,” told WSOC that the ride stopped “because a safety mechanism detected a problem.”

“I was debating whether I was going to get on it or not because it’s a scary thing when it gets stuck when you’re in the line, and then it gets stuck directly after you get off,” park visitor Aimee Eudy told a WSOC reporter.

Fury 325 is named for its height; it is categorized as a giga coaster because it falls between a range of 300 to 399 feet. During the ride, which last 3 minutes 25 seconds, the coaster travels up to 95 m.p.h. and drops riders at a 81-degree angle, according to NBC News.

“The safety of our guests and associates at Carowinds Amusement Park is paramount. Our rides have a sophisticated, computerized system that can cause ride stoppages as a precautionary measure,” Carowinds officials said in a statement to WSOC.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Health Care

U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

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The new, lower recommendations are the first in over 50 years

For the first time in over 50 years, the U.S. has lowered its recommendation on fluoride levels in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its recommendation for an optimal concentration of fluoride at 0.7 mg per liter of water. The previous recommendations, released in 1962, allowed for 0.7 to 1.2 mg per liter.

U.S. states and cities began adding fluoride to water supplies in the 1940s to aid dental care and today, 3 in 4 Americans with access to public water systems get fluoridated water. But an excess of fluoride can cause white spots on teeth.

The HHS says Americans today have many other sources of fluoride, including toothpaste and mouthwash. The agency says the new recommended level will maintain the positive effects fluoride has on tooth decay but reduce the risk of Americans getting too much exposure.

Also on Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent an industry letter recommending that bottled-water manufacturers, distributors and importers limit the amount of fluoride they add to bottled water to no greater than 0.7 mg per liter.

“Community water fluoridation is effective, inexpensive and does not depend on access or availability of professional services. It has been the basis for the primary prevention of tooth decay for nearly 70 years,” said U.S. Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Dr. Boris D. Lushniak in a statement.

TIME U.S.

Missing Sisters Survive in Wilderness for 2 Weeks on Girl Scout Cookies

Michigan State Police Lee Wright (L) and Leslie Roy (R) after being rescued by Michigan State Police, April 24, 2015.

They made eight boxes last for two weeks

A pair of sisters survived for nearly two weeks in the woods on cheese puffs and Girl Scout Cookies after getting stranded in their car in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula.

Lee Wright, 56, and Leslie Roy, 52, got stuck in the snow on a one-lane tree-lined road on April 11 after visiting family in Ishpeming, reports the MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. They tried to reach police but had no cellphone service.

They relied on eight boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and cheese puffs for food, as well as snow for water.

On Friday they were rescued by a state police helicopter that spotted the windshield of their Ford Explorer.

“It is unbelievably remarkable,” Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Jeff Marker, who was one of four rescuers aboard the helicopter, told MLive. “They had multiple layers of clothes on and they were rationing their food.”

[MLive/The Grand Rapids Press]

 

TIME U.S.

Lucky Woman Finds 3.96-Carat ‘Hallelujah Diamond’ in State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Best state park visit ever?

This was one profitable trip to the park.

Susie Clark visited Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro on Thursday and found a 3.69-carat diamond about the size of a pinto bean.

Clark, who plans to keep her diamond, said she discovered it after saying a prayer—so she’s calling it the “Hallelujah Diamond.”

Clark, of nearby Sharp County, first visited the park 33 years with her mother and grandmother from Germany. Her triumphal return trip yielded the diamond found near South Washing Pavilion of the park’s search field.

Conditions in the park are perfect for diamond hunting, said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox, as it recently rained heavily, washing away some of the soil.

TIME U.S.

Here’s Where It’s Legal for Women to Go Topless in the U.S.

A guide to patchwork and confusing laws on taking it off

Local officials in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles voiced support this week for allowing women to sunbathe topless, calling the move “a serious equality issue” and citing the city’s Italian namesake as one of many European regions where toplessness is socially acceptable. But topless sunbathing is illegal in the city and county of Los Angeles, and the local disagreement is just the skin of a patchwork of nudity laws and customs that vary by state and municipality across the country.

The vast majority of states actually have laws on the books making clear that women can’t be arrested under state law solely for being topless in settings where it’s OK for men. But many local ordinances ban the practice anyway. And there’s plenty of grey area for police officers to make their own interpretations and make arrests for “public indecency” or “disorderly conduct.”

Celebrities like Chelsea Handler and Miley Cyrus have been public critics of what they call a double-standard that women face when it comes to going shirtless, and have tried to get Instagram to stop taking down photos of breasts, garnering some support with the hashtag #FreeTheNipple. Scout Willis, daughter of the actor Bruce Willis, recently illustrated the point that women are technically permitted to walk the streets of New York City topless—but not to post topless photos on Instagram—by posting shirtless photos of herself on city sidewalks to Twitter.

GoTopless.org

So how to keep track of it all? The organization GoTopless, which advocates for “toplessness equality” in the U.S., has put together the map above illustrating the different laws in different states. Though green states indicate there is some degree of “topless freedom,” that does not mean it’s legal for women to go shirtless throughout the state. Local ordinances may ban or allow the practice in opposition to state law, and California is listed green despite the fight in Venice Beach. Orange states have “ambiguous laws;” in red states, female toplessness is illegal.

Even in areas with topless freedom, police officers may still arrest citizens for disorderly conduct. In in New York City, where it’s technically allowed, police officers have needed reminders that they cannot arrest women simply for going shirtless in locations where it would be permissible for men to do the same, the New York Times reports. “Simply exposing their breasts in public,” police were warned in 2013, doesn’t amount to a crime.

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