The D'Backs, who won eight in a row before losing to the Atlanta Braves last Sunday, July 29, announced earlier this week that Tucson Sidewinder Donnie Sadler was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for "a drug of abuse." Sadler, 32, who came up through the Boston Red Sox organization, was batting .214 this year for Tucson.
Speaking of the Sidewinders: The Range got out to Tucson Electric Park to see the home team--for now--beat the Round Rock Express 6-1 last Thursday, July 26. The Sidewinders were without a hit until their bats came alive in the seventh inning, when they scored two runs. They scored another four runs in the bottom of the eighth.
We, of course, were out at the ballpark for buck-beer night, co-sponsored by your pals right here at the Tucson Weekly. Last week's added bonus: bread night! The Range left the ballpark with a dozen loaves in the back of the mobile newsroom, which we later redistributed to our interns at Danny's Baboquivari Lounge.
Army officials originally said that Tillman, who gave up playing for the Arizona Cardinals to enlist after Sept. 11, died charging at enemy forces, but the truth later emerged that he was shot in the head by his fellow soldiers.
The 2,300 pages of testimony obtained by The Associated Press showed that Lt. Gen. Philip R. Kensinger, who covered up the truth about Tillman's death by friendly fire, just couldn't remember details about what he did in the case. "You've got me really scared about my brain right now," he told investigators at one point. "I'm really having a problem."
Although now retired, Kensinger may yet face a demotion for his role in the Tillman cover-up, according to unnamed AP sources.
Craig Smith and Rick Krolak of KNXV Channel 15 and Scott Bowerbank and Jim Cox of KTVK Channel 3 were killed in the collision.
Christopher J. Jones, the man who led police on the chase that the news stations were covering, was booked on charges of aggravated assault, theft and resisting arrest. He may face additional charges as a result of the chopper accident.
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was pleased with the vote but noted that SCAAP reimbursement still falls far below the actual cost of processing and detaining foreign nationals who commit crimes.