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No evidence that slain mother who texted ‘They won’t let me go’ was kidnapped, authorities say

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Georgia authorities said on Wednesday there was no evidence to suggest a missing Georgian mother who was found dead this month had been kidnapped – despite a chilling text message to her daughter saying she may have been held against his will.

Investigators also found no evidence linking the death of Deborrah Collier, 59, to suicide, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Collier’s partially burned nude body was found Sept. 11 in the woods by a road in northern Georgia, about an hour from his home in Athens, according to an incident report.

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Collier’s last known communication was a text message to his daughter saying, “They won’t let me go, there’s a house key under a flowerpot,” according to the report.

Collier had also sent her daughter $2,385 via Venmo, the statement said.

Neither the sheriff’s office nor Collier’s daughter immediately responded to requests for comment.

On Sept. 11, Habersham County authorities were alerted that Collier’s vehicle, a late-model van, was linked to a missing person report filed in Clarke County, according to the report.

Deputies found the van shortly afterwards on the side of a state road in Clarkesville, according to the report.

A police officer from a nearby department told a deputy he had seen the van in the same location the day before and described the area as a place where vehicles often stop.

The van was empty and unlocked, according to the report. After a search for K-9 in the nearby woods, officers found a red tote bag on its side near an uprooted tree, according to the report.

They saw what appeared to be the remains of a fire and a partially burned blue tarp, the report said. Nearby, they found a naked woman on her back, clutching a small tree with her right hand, the report said.

His abdomen appears to have been burned, according to the report.

The sheriff’s office said an autopsy was underway by a state crime lab.

The press release says the investigation is continuing and authorities have executed search warrants at locations directly linked to Collier. Investigators have also spoken with people close to her, the statement said.

Suzanne Ciechalski contributed.

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China underlined its commitment to its claim to Taiwan on Saturday, telling the assembled world leaders that anyone who hinders its resolve to reunite with the self-governing island will be “crushed by the wheels of history”.

The language was forceful but, for Chinese leaders, well within the realm of normal.

“Only when China is fully reunited can there be real peace in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the UN General Assembly. He said Beijing would “take the strongest measures to oppose outside interference.”

China regularly and vehemently defends its claim to Taiwan, which broke away from the mainland after a civil war in 1949 and now operates with its own government. A visit last month by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply increased tensions between Washington and Beijing.

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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC
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The language, while pointed, reflected the typical Chinese intensity about the island; its claim is rarely ignored in major international speeches. Taiwan is a central issue in Chinese politics, and Wang’s appearance at the leaders’ meeting – in place of his boss, Chinese leader Xi Jinping – was a signal that the speech was not necessarily meaningful.

“The PRC government is the only government representing all of China,” Wang said, referring to China’s official name, the People’s Republic of China. “The one-China principle has become a fundamental norm in international relations.

He added: “Any attempt to obstruct China’s reunification is bound to be crushed by the wheels of history.

China regularly exerts worldwide pressure on any entity – country, company, cartographer – that even implies that Taiwan might be a separate nation. At the Olympics, for example, Taiwan must compete as “Chinese Taipei”. The mainland’s government muscle has isolated the island’s government, although a few UN members continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Taipei rather than Beijing.

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At the UN meeting on Saturday, a few speakers before Wang, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves spoke forcefully about allowing Taiwan to raise its profile in international organizations, including the World Health Organization.

“How can we stand sideways, in relative silence and contented inaction, in defiance of Taiwan’s legitimate right to exist in accordance with the wishes and will of the Taiwanese people?” He asked.

Wang’s appearance at the 2022 in-person UN General Assembly came after two years of remote pandemic-era speeches by China’s top leader. Xi did not attend this year’s event, which Russian President Vladimir Putin also skipped. US President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday.

The United States and China have tough diplomacy and disagree on many fundamental issues. They have been arguing for decades over human rights, most recently over the mistreatment of ethnic Uyghurs in China’s western Xinjiang region. Beijing views US criticism as hypocritical and an act of interference in its internal affairs.

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People walk past a billboard welcoming U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022.
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This is always reflected in the remarks of Chinese leaders. Wang’s speech used lightly coded phrases and references that criticized Washington without coming out and saying it. For example, Wang said, “We strongly oppose attempts to politicize human rights” and “We must uphold fairness and oppose bullying” – both references to the long-standing irritations he has with American politics.

With Taiwan and human rights still hampering China-US relations, Wang and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met in person on the sidelines of the General Assembly on Friday.

U.S. officials said Blinken stepped up efforts by the Biden administration to pressure China to end provocative actions against Taiwan. China’s Foreign Ministry, in a summary of the meeting, said Wang told his counterpart that “current China-US relations are facing serious impacts, and there are lessons from which the US side must learn lessons”.

He said the two discussed “recent wrongdoings by the US side on the Taiwan issue.” However, he also said: “Both parties believe the meeting was frank, constructive and important, and have agreed to maintain communication.”

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After Mao Zedong’s communist forces took control of China in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalists decamped to Taiwan and maintained their separate government. It was recognized by the United States until 1979, when Washington established relations with Beijing.

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Olympian Kendall Coyne Schofield gives back to hometown Palos Heights with playground project – NBC Chicago

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Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield and her husband, Bears offensive lineman Michael Schofield, are giving back to future generations with a new project – an inclusive park in the southern suburbs.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the couple’s Schofield Family Foundation, the Kendall Coyne Dream Big Park recently opened in the same Palos Heights neighborhood where Kendall grew up.

“They have the opportunity to be active, to have fun and, of course, the name of this park, to dream big,” Kendall said, explaining what the park has to offer kids. “The moment they enter this park, I hope they walk away with a dream bigger than they came.”

Kendall and Michael both want kids to have fun growing up, like they did long before their professional athletic careers.

“I was rollerblading, maybe he was throwing a soccer ball – but we were at the park playing with our siblings, playing with our friends, just enjoying being active, to enjoy the outdoors,” Kendall said.

From smooth rubber ground equipment, Kendall and Michael ensured the park was created for children of all skill levels.

“You don’t want someone not being able to go to the park because of their ability – you want this park to be for everyone and anyone,” Michael said.

Kendall shared a similar post.

“The inclusion of the park – making sure it’s ADA accessible, making sure there’s sensory equipment for the kids as well…I just hope any kid that comes through this park knows that there is something here for me, that this park is for me,” she said.

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Tony La Russa will not return to manage this season, and the Chicago White Sox will address his status for 2023 ‘when it’s appropriate’

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Manager Tony La Russa will not return this season at the direction of his doctors, the Chicago White Sox announced Saturday.

“After undergoing additional testing and medical procedures over the past week, doctors for Tony La Russa have directed him to not return as manager of the Chicago White Sox for the remainder of the 2022 season,” the Sox said in a statement.

Added general manager Rick Hahn at Guaranteed Rate Field: “I did speak to him (Saturday) morning and he had no issue with us letting everybody know that there is a treatment protocol in place that he plans on adhering to. …

“As for the inevitable question, ‘Well, what does that mean for next season?’ We are going to finish up this season first and then address everything when it’s appropriate to turn the page at the end of this year.”

Bench coach Miguel Cairo will remain the acting manager for the rest of the season.

“I talked to him (Friday) night, he’s doing good,” Cairo said of La Russa. “First is health. That’s the most important right now.

“We’ve got a job to do — we’ve got to finish strong. I talked to the players (before Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers), I let them know and it’s 11 more games, let’s finish strong.”

The Sox have been without La Russa, 77, since Aug. 30, when they announced less than an hour before a game against the Kansas City Royals that he would not manage that night. The next day the Sox said La Russa was out indefinitely and would undergo further testing with doctors in Arizona.

La Russa received clearance to attend a ceremony for former pitcher Dave Stewart on Sept. 11 in Oakland, Calif.

“Health ain’t nothing to mess with,” La Russa said before the event. “I got checked in Chicago and the reason I flew to Arizona is because that’s been the place since the ‘90s I’ve had physicals. They addressed it, they fixed it, now it’s just a question of regaining strength. Don’t mess with health.”

He told Janie McCauley of the Associated Press he had a pacemaker inserted for his heart.

La Russa flew to Chicago with the team after the A’s game and was in attendance for the next series against the Colorado Rockies, watching from a suite. He did not travel with the team for the ensuing trip to Cleveland and Detroit.

He is in the second season of his second stint with the Sox, who have hovered around .500 most of the season and are on the verge of missing the playoffs. They entered Saturday at 76-75 and eight games behind the first-place Cleveland Guardians in the American League Central.

La Russa is second all time among major-league managers in victories. The 2014 Hall of Fame inductee won World Series titles with the Oakland Athletics (1989) and St. Louis Cardinals (2006, 2011).

“I learned so much, I’ve been learning so much, I’m still learning because every day you learn something else,” Cairo said. “I always double check with him. What he would do different in that situation and he’s very straightforward to me. Sometimes, ‘OK, I didn’t think about that.’ It’s a learning experience that I’m enjoying. I learn from the best, I’m learning from the best still.

“We reflect on games, reflecting on a move or reflecting on innings that happen. Of course when you lose you’re going to second-guess yourself on everything. When you win, sometimes you’re going to do stuff that’s out of the book and works and sometimes you go by the book and it don’t work. As long as you go with the information and your gut together, that balance, you’re going to give your players a chance to succeed.”

The Sox entered Saturday 13-10 since Cairo took over Aug. 30.

“(Cairo) and the coaches have done a very fine job,” Hahn said. “We’ve seen at various stretches, unfortunately not over the last four days (all four losses), but for extended stretches over the last few weeks, this team showing flashes of playing at the level we thought was capable over the course of the entire season. It’s a little too little too late over the course of the year. But I think those guys deserve a lot of credit for what was thrust upon them on the fly and the way they responded, both in the coaches room and in the clubhouse.

“I feel that in many ways they haven’t missed a beat, which they deserve a lot of credit for. The focus has been on the games and the series right in front of them as opposed to any uncertainty. At the same time Tony is in their thoughts and there has been communication with Tony and well wishes passed along. In no way do I feel the club has been distracted despite the circumstances. Very professional response.”

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Ime Udoka’s Sidepiece Handled His Travel Arrangements Including Nia Long’s Move To Boston

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It’s heartbreaking realizing that the man you’ve been living with for years has a sidepiece at his workplace who handles his travel plans, including your own travels. Nia Long must be going through hell now—knowing that her man Ime Udoka cheated on her with one of his staff members.

But what can Nia do? Leave his cheating a**? TMZ Sports has given some updates about Ime Udoka‘s romantic relationship with his staff member—and according to the updates, this sidepiece handled his travel arrangements including Nia Long’s recent relocation to Boston. Well played!!!

The Celtics employee with whom Ime Udoka had an affair helped make all his travel arrangements … and that job sometimes included organizing travel for his fiancee, Nia Long.

Sources connected to the couple and the NBA franchise tell TMZ … one of the staffer’s duties included planning Udoka’s team-related travel, and we’re told she was also involved in booking travel for Nia to come to Boston or to road games.

Perhaps most upsetting for Nia is that the employee had a hand in Nia’s arrangements to move to Boston permanently, according to our sources.

The public still does not know who this woman is but according to the juicy updates, Nia Long has been told about this woman her man f***ed so why’s she not calling this b***ch out?

The Celtics are not releasing the name of the employee, but we’re told Nia has been told who she is.

Team President Brad Stevens got choked up Friday during a news conference … saying the scandal had been particularly upsetting for all their female employees — due to speculation about who had the affair with Udoka.

As we’ve reported, the team suspended its head coach for the entire 2022-23 season after what it says was a months-long investigation into his conduct.

Ime Udoka and Nia Long’s relationship will never be the same after this whole cheating scandal goes to sleep. A trust has been BROKEN!!!

Here is how Twitter is reacting to Ime Udoka’s cheating scandal:

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Authorities say that three people were arrested and booked on suspicion of murder after investigators responding to a 911 call early Saturday morning in Inver Grove Heights found a man dead inside the home.

According to a press release, shortly after 2 a.m. police went to the 2100 block of 78th Court East after someone called 911 and hung up. When they arrived they found a man on the floor who was unresponsive and later determined to be deceased.

Officers responding to the 911 call stopped a vehicle leaving the area with three adults who were detained, questioned and then booked on suspicion of murder.

Authorities say the following people were booked at the Dakota County Jail:

• Logan David Slack, 25, of Minneapolis, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
• Fotini Anest West, 25, of Minneapolis, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
• Sean Richard Lumley, 30, of Monticello was booked on suspicion of aiding and abetting murder in the first degree and then released.

Police say the death was not a random incident and that there is no danger to the public.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office will release the victim’s name and cause of death at a later date.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this crime to leave a message on the police tip line at 651-450-2530.

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Column: With Tony La Russa officially done for 2022, speculation on next season’s Chicago White Sox managing job can begin

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In early May before a series against the Chicago Cubs, Tony La Russa referred to the White Sox as being in “survival mode.”

“We’re four under, got a chance to win two in a row, but there’s no script for the season,” La Russa said. “That’s probably the most entertaining part of it. You can’t say what’s going to happen. You have to go out there and make things happen.”

If there was a script for the 2022 season, no one would’ve believed it. From beginning to end it has been a series of unforced errors by players, management and La Russa. They always were one hot streak away from living up to expectations, never showing the urgency to make it happen.

Heavy favorites to win the American League Central, the Sox remained in survival mode through August, when La Russa left the team to deal with a heart-related issue. After a brief surge under acting manager Miguel Cairo, they reverted to form over the last week, getting swept by the Cleveland Guardians to fall out of contention.

With the Sox now playing out the string, the announcement was made Saturday that La Russa would not return this season on orders of from his doctors.

Whether this is the end of the story or just a pause is unknown.

It would seem unlikely for general manager Rick Hahn to bring La Russa back in 2023, but crazier things have happened, such as Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf hiring his old friend in the first place after La Russa retired from managing in 2011.

La Russa might have thought it was a push-button job with all the young talent in place. He would walk off with another ring by the time his deal was up after 2023, a second happy ending to a Hall of Fame career. The players seemed to believe the hype as well, as did the media hyping them.

But in the end we were all wrong, myself included. They began Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers one game over .500 with 11 to play, the picture of mediocrity.

How much blame La Russa deserves for the Sox downfall is in the eye of the beholder.

But there is no debating his effect on the Sox culture, once considered the swaggiest in baseball.

For all the talk about how he would relate to Tim Anderson and a group that enjoyed fighting the “fun police,” La Russa let the players do their own thing and had only one publicized incident — throwing Yermin Mercedes under the bus in 2021 in Minnesota for homering on a 3-0 pitch in a Sox blowout.

La Russa came up with excuses for players who didn’t hustle, saying they needed to preserve their legs to avoid injuries. When Anderson bumped an umpire this season to earn a suspension, La Russa falsely claimed the umpire was walking toward Anderson — as if the shortstop were blameless.

It’s no wonder Sox players never had a discouraging word to say about La Russa. He defended them like family and in fact often wore a T-shirt that said “FAMILY” in case the message wasn’t clear enough.

It was only after he left, however, that the family began to play up to its potential and give Sox fans hope the season could be salvaged. That turned out to be false hope, and now the question is what can be done to fix things in 2023.

Hahn on Saturday declined to discuss next year’s plans to reporters at Sox Park, though he lauded Cairo and the coaching staff for “flashes of playing at the level we thought was capable over the course of the entire season.”

Unfortunately for Cairo, those “flashes” provided too small of a sample size to fairly assess whether he would be the right man to take over if the Sox move on from La Russa — or if La Russa moves on from the Sox.

Having Hahn’s endorsement was nice, and Cairo surely has many of the players in his corner. But after the bitter disappointment of this season, there’s a growing sense the Sox will need to do something big this offseason to make amends to the fan base for their suffering.

Does Cairo move the needle with Sox fans? Or do the Sox need to go for a bigger name with experience, gravitas and the ability to help market the team?

The reaction to the La Russa news was, well, the same as it has been all season. Even his health issue hasn’t evoked much sympathy, and most fans were happy he would not return.

If the Sox do decide to bring La Russa back next season, it would be considered a slap in the face to the fan base. But Reinsdorf has done it before, notably with former Sox manager Terry Bevington and former Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Foreman. Few owners of professional teams seem as oblivious to fans’ wishes as Reinsdorf has been over the last four decades.

From a media perspective, La Russa’s return would be bonus points. His fame and strong personality make for good reading, and he’s the king of generating a frenzy on sports-talk radio. La Russa is many things, but boring he’s not.

The Sox haven’t had anyone generate this much publicity since Ozzie Guillén left after battling with then-GM Ken Williams in 2011. After tiring of all the controversies, Williams hired the low-key Robin Ventura in 2012 before Hahn replaced Ventura with the amiable and cliche-spouting Rick Renteria in 2017.

Giving Guillén another shot would be a move that should be considered. It’s doubtful Sox players would be given the go-ahead to jog to first base under Guillén 2.0. But it probably won’t happen. No one has skewered this Sox team more than Guillén on the NBC Sports Chicago pre- and postgame shows. I’m guessing Hahn and Williams would be wary of Guillén upsetting someone’s delicate ego and creating headlines.

Hiring a veteran such as Joe Maddon, Bruce Bochy or Joe Girardi would seem to make perfect sense. Or if Reinsdorf wants a respected former Sox player without experience, A.J. Pierzynski or Jim Thome, a special assistant to Hahn, would be at the head of the list.

There will be plenty of time to debate the candidates once the season ends and La Russa’s fate is announced.

The ending to this strange script has yet to be written.

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