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Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s Managing Editor, to Depart

photo by Richard Perry
The New York Times
Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, will leave the magazine, just months after a controversial article about a supposed gang rape at the University of Virginia was retracted.

Mr. Dana, whose planned last day is Aug. 7, is not leaving for another job, and his successor has not been named. When asked if the departure was linked to the controversy over the discredited article, Rolling Stone’s publisher, Jann S. Wenner, said, via a spokeswoman, that “many factors go into a decision like this.”

In a statement, Mr. Dana said, “After 19 years at Rolling Stone, I have decided that it is time to move on.” He added: “It has been a great ride and I loved it even more than I imagined I would. I am as excited to see where the magazine goes next as I was in the summer of 1978 when I bought my first issue.”

Mr. Wenner, a founder of the magazine, said that Mr. Dana was “one of the finest editors I have ever worked with.”

Mr. Dana and Mr. Wenner both declined to be interviewed.

Rolling Stone and Mr. Dana had been widely criticized after the publication late last year of the article titled “A Rape on Campus,” which reported that a brutal gang rape occurred in 2012 at a fraternity party at Virginia. The article helped prompt a national conversation about sexual assaults on college campuses and sent the University of Virginia into turmoil.

In the weeks after publication, the article, which was based largely on the account of one student, named only as Jackie, fell apart. Police in Charlottesville, Va., said that after exhausting all leads they had found “no substantive basis” to support the article’s depiction of the assault.

The magazine commissioned an analysis of the article by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and its report in April cited failures at every stage of the reporting process. After the report was made public, Rolling Stone retracted the article.

The magazine has since been the target of lawsuits from an assistant dean at the university and by three members of the fraternity at the center of the article, who filed a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday.

Mr. Dana joined Rolling Stone in 1996 as a senior editor and became managing editor in 2005. He had also been editorial director of Rolling Stone’s sister publication, Men’s Journal.

A version of this article appears in print on July 30, 2015, on page B4 of the New York edition with the headline: Rolling Stone Managing Editor to Depart

Brandon Graham: Tebow Will Make Team, ‘Play A Lot’

Brandon Graham
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 7: Linebacker Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles 
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Fans and media members are skeptical of the most polarizing Philadelphia Eagle Tim Tebow, who was seen shirtless doing an unorthodox summer workout via Twitter on Wednesday.
Many do not expect Tebow to make the team, but Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham is not one of those people. In fact, Graham says Tebow will contribute.

“Tim Tebow is going to shock a lot of people, because he is going to make the team,” Graham told Detroit radio host Lauren Beasley, “And I think he will play a lot.”
In his first offseason with personnel control, Eagles coach Chip Kelly signed Graham to a four-year extension. Graham is expected to start at linebacker for the first time in his career this season.
“Coach Kelly he just made me get back into my comfort zone, as far as like standing up,” said Graham. “Because I know I can rush the pass rusher, it’s just all about now I’m standing up. Being able to take off from a standing position.
“I want to breakout this year and show them what they been missing,” Graham continued. “I’ve just been working so hard. Yesterday was so hard, I almost passed out. I was just going too hard because I was just thinking about a lot, as far as I just can’t wait to get out there.
“I just really thank Chip Kelly because he got my mind right.”
Expectations for the season?
“Just to help the team, get to the Pro Bowl, and hopefully get to the Super Bowl,” Graham said.
That’s all.

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Legendary Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons Has Died

by Saving Country Music - concert photos by Ray Tharaldson
One of the most important and influential steel guitar players in the history of country music has died. 

Buddy Emmons, known as the “The World’s Foremost Steel Guitarist” passed away Wednesday evening (7-28) according to reports. He was 78-years-old.

Buddy Gene Emmons was born on January 27, 1937, in Mishawaka, Indiana, and started playing lap steel guitar at the tender age of 11. At the time, the steel guitar was considered just as much an instrument of Hawaiian music as country, but along with other early steel players such as Jerry Byrd and Don Helms, Buddy Emmons helped bring the steel guitar to the forefront of the definable country music sound.

Emmons’ work with “Little” Jimmy Dickens is where he first began to be recognized at large for his steel guitar prowess. Joining Jimmy’s band at the age of 18, Buddy became a star in his own right, and penned two instrumentals while in Jimmy’s band—“Raising the Dickens” and “Buddie’s Boogie” —that have since become standards of the instrument. The complex working of the steel guitar’s pitch bending pedals and levers made steel guitar players like Buddy Emmons the wizards of country music, wooing crowds with lonesome notes that cried and moaned along with the stories of the song.

Later Buddy Emmons played with two of the most legendary backing bands in country music: Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours, and Ray Prices’ Cherokee Cowboys. During his time in the Cherokee Cowboys, Buddy rubbed elbows with future stars such as Willie Nelson and Roger Miller. 

Appreciating Buddy’s tasteful style and deep understanding of music, Ray Price eventually named Buddy bandleader—a position he remained in for many years until leaving the band after Ray began to favor a more pop-oriented sound.

Buddy Emmons on right, with Darrell McCall and Ray Price
Buddy Emmons, with Darrell McCall and Ray Price

Afterwards Buddy joined his old Cherokee Cowboy buddy Roger Miller in California for a while before relocating back to Nashville in 1974. Emmons had experienced martial problems and issues with alcohol, but moved back to Music City with his third wife Peggy who he credited for getting him to settle down. Back in Nashville, Emmons resumed his session work, and put together a long legacy of records and songs his signature steel guitar sound can be found on. Emmons played studio sessions all of the way into the 90’s, finding his way on to records from George Strait, John Hartford, and Ricky Skaggs to name a few.

Buddy ended most if his studio session work around 1998, but would continue to play in the studio and on stage, most notably with a reincarnation of The Everly Brothers between 1998 and 2001.

Buddy Emmons not only contributed to the sound to the steel guitar, but the design and manufacture of the instrument. In 1956, Emmons joined with Shot Jackson to develop the now legendary “Sho-Bud” pedal steel guitar, and the two men set up a company to sell the instruments to the world. 

Emmons was also instrumental in developing the “split-pedal” setup of the steel guitar during his time at Sho-Bud. Buddy eventually left the company in 1963 to start the Emmons Guitar Company, but the name “Sho-Bud” can still be seen on many country music stages around the country today, while Emmons steel guitars are considered by many as the industry standard of the instrument.

Emmons never officially retired, and continued to play at steel guitar shows and other functions, and was known to frequent NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. However repetitive motion injury meant he had to stop playing full time in 2001.

Buddy’s wife Peggy died in 2007. He is survived by two granddaughters Crystal and Brittany, and two grandsons, Levon and Buddie III.

Buddy Emmons was not just a king of the steel guitar, but one of the most influential and important instrumentalists in the history of country music.

NFL upholds 4-game suspension for Tom Brady in Deflategate case

Tom Brady during the Super Bowl last February.
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Tom Brady during the Super Bowl last February.
This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.

The NFL said Tuesday that it has upheld its four-game suspension of New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.

The decision, made by Commissioner Roger Goodell, was made in part because of "important new information" disclosed by Brady and his representatives during the appeal hearing, the NFL said.

This includes the June 18 disclosure that Brady had "directed that the cell phone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed" despite investigators' request to access information stored on that device.

Journalist accuses Mexico coach of punching him


Mexico coach Miguel Herrera Monday denied punching a journalist at the Philadelphia airport, one day after Mexico clinched the Gold Cup with a 3-1 win over Jamaica.

Christian Martinoli of TV Azteca told AS Mexico that he ran into the Mexico team after clearing security at the airport.

Martinoli, who had been critical of Herrera during Mexico's run to a seventh title in the biennial North American football championship, said the coach punched him in the neck after threatening him in the security line.


"He threatened me, he challenged me to fight and he told me 'this is how it is going to be every time I see you,'" Martinoli said.

Herrera, however, denied striking Martinoli, admitting only to pushing him.

"I pushed him," Herrera told El Universal newspaper. "We were arguing and I pushed him."

Speaking to a reporter from the Televisa network, Herrera again denied hitting Martinoli.

"I'm not that stupid," he said.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Daughter of Whitney Houston, Has Died

A representative for the Houston family has said Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late entertainer Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, has died, about 7 months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub. She was 22 years old.
Kristen Foster said Sunday, "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."

Police said she was found Jan. 31 in the suburban Atlanta townhome she shared with Nick Gordon, the man she called her husband. A police report described it as a "drowning."
Bobbi Kristina was the only child between Houston and Brown.

Several people shot at movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana

BREAKING NEWS! UPDATE: Third person has died. 7 injured. Shooter was 58 year old white male.
Lafayette , La. — A shooting was reported at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana Thursday night.
KATC reported on its website several people were shot and the suspect may have been injured as well. It reported that state police confirmed the shooting at The Grand 16 Theater.

Several sources said the shooting happened during the movie “Trainwreck.” There were reports that at least seven people were hurt.

State police said there was no longer an active shooter situation.

This story is developing: Six shot, two dead including the gunman.