Here’s something that I hope puts a smile on your face as you start the week. The Albany (N.Y.) River Rats hockey team, despite having one of the worst nicknames I’ve ever heard, captured the heart of a little boy who was born with a rare, extremely painful disease that causes tumors to grow all over his body.
When the team was sold and moved to Charlotte, N.C., the kid, Zach Bennett, was devastated.
So devastated that the Bennett family took the crazy step of moving to North Carolina to be near the team. And then, well, this happened. Watch this 3-minute story (it’s worth sitting through the ad, I promise!), and become a fan of the Charlotte Checkers hockey team for life:
**Ah, the New York Post has done it again. I’m sure you heard the story over the weekend that there was some pornography found inside Osama bin Laden’s compound there in Pakistan.
Well, the New York Daily News ran with the headline “Osama Porn Laden.” Which was solid. Good job, News.
But the Post, well, they’re the Post. It’s OK to laugh at this one, as wrong as it is:
**Finally today, a story that outraged me. And I hope it outrages you. Sean Lanigan was a teacher and soccer coach in Fairfax County, Va. He’s a father of three, a beloved teacher and coach who never was in one iota of trouble with the law.
Until a 12-year-old girl who he had reprimanded for bullying decided she would get even. She accused Lanigan of sexually molesting her, and despite an acquittal from a jury in 47 minutes, and the girl later posting on Facebook “it was a joke,” Lanigan’s life has fallen apart.
The school district, unconscionably, refused to give him his job back, or pay his legal fees as they are required to do. Two years later, Lanigan is still fighting this unfair and untrue reputation, unable to work full-time and dealing with mental anguish I can only imagine.
The prosecutor’s office in this case ought to be ashamed, and the lead detective (who never even interviewed the girl!) should be in serious trouble. There was ZERO evidence in this case.
This story is an absolute tragedy. That one 12-year-old girl could destroy a man’s life is criminally unfair. That so many adults can still fail to accept his innocence and give him his life back is unfathomable to me.