Tuesday, November 27, 2007

pedro taylor

Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has succumbed to his injuries a day after being shot in the leg at his home in a possible burglary.

The news of Taylor's death came from family friend Richard Sharpstein, who heard word early Tuesday from the football player's father Pedro Taylor.

"His father called and said he was with Christ and he cried and thanked me," said Sharpstein, Taylor's former lawyer. "It's a tremendously sad and unnecessary event. He was a wonderful, humble, talented young man, and had a huge life in front of him. Obviously God had other plans."

Doctors had been working on the 24-year-old pro footballer since he was airlifted to hospital early Monday, but he apparently never regained consciousness.

Miami-Dade Police were probing the fatal shooting, which came a little more than a week after Taylor had reported an intruder at his home in a separate incident. Authorities were called to the scene by his girlfriend at about 1:45am Monday. The woman reported that they were woken up by loud noises and that Taylor was about to check it out. But never had the chance to - an individual burst into the bedroom and fired two shots. One missed, the other hit Taylor in the upper leg, damaging an artery and causing major blood loss.

Neither Taylor's girlfriend nor the athlete's one-year-old daughter Jackie were harmed in the attack.

"It could have been a possible burglary; it could have been a possible robbery," Miami-Dade Police Lt. Nancy Perez said. "It has not been confirmed as yet."

Taylor had bought the home, located in the Miami suburb of Palmetto Bay, two years ago. A star on the University of Miami's team, he was an All-American in 2003 before playing for the Redskins. His father Pedro Taylor is the police chief of Florida City.

LAS VEGAS (AP) ― Kevin Dubrow, lead singer for the 1980s heavy metal band Quiet Riot, which scored a hit with "Cum on Feel the Noize," has died. He was 52.

Dubrow was found dead in a Las Vegas home Sunday. Determination of the cause of death was pending an autopsy and toxicology results, Clark County coroner's spokeswoman Samantha Charles said. No suspicious circumstances were reported, police Officer Jose Montoya said Monday.

Quiet Riot was best known for its 1983 cover of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize," featuring Dubrow's powerful, gravelly voice. It appeared on the band's album "Metal Health" ― which was the first by a metal band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart. The album also yielded the big anthem "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)."

DuBrow recorded his first solo album in 2004, "In for the Kill," and the band's last studio CD, "Rehab," came out in October 2006.


Herb McKenley

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) ― Herb McKenley, a Jamaican track star who was one of the first two people from a Caribbean country to win an Olympic medal, has died. He was 85.

McKenley died Monday at the University Hospital of the West Indies, according to Howard Aris, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association. The cause of death was not disclosed.

McKenley, considered a sports hero in Jamaica, was the first man to run the 400 meters in less than 46 seconds. He won silver medals in the 400 meters at the 1948 games in London and in the 100 meters at the 1952 games in Helsinki, Finland.

In 1948, he and fellow Jamaican Arthur Wint ― who took home the gold ― won the first Olympic medals for the Caribbean. McKenley's only gold came in Helsinki, Finland, where he was a member of the Jamaican team that won the 1600-meter relay.


Josephine Robinson McNair

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ― Josephine Robinson McNair, a former South Carolina first lady who often told friends she didn't want to live without her husband, died only days after the former governor succumbed to brain cancer. She was 84.

Josephine McNair had been sick for a long time and was in hospice care, said Bill Salisbury, Berkeley County chief deputy coroner. Former Gov. Robert McNair died Nov. 17; his wife died Sunday.

"She had to be with him after 63 years. It's one of those incredible love stories," said Claire Fort, a family friend who worked at the McNair Law Firm.

The McNairs married in May 1944, 11 days before he shipped out with the U.S. Navy for the Pacific. The couple eventually settled in Allendale, where he practiced law and got into politics.

Josephine McNair formed the Governor's Mansion Committee in 1965 and led efforts to expand and renovate facilities.


Jaroslav Skala

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) ― Jaroslav Skala, a Czech pioneer of alcohol addiction treatment, has died, Czech media reported. He was 91.

Skala died overnight at home, Skala's granddaughter, Andrea Skalova, told the CTK news agency Monday.

Skala, a psychiatrist, established the first Czech center for treatment of people addicted to alcohol in 1948 as part of a clinic in Prague. He headed the institution until his retirement in 1982.

He released more than 100 studies on the subject, many of which were published abroad. In 2002, he was awarded a high Czech state decoration, the Medal of Merit.

He himself stopped drinking alcohol in 1951.


Sean Taylor

MIAMI (AP) ― Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has died from injuries sustained when he was shot in the leg, said family friend Richard Sharpstein. He was 24.

Sharpstein said he did not know exactly when Taylor died.

Taylor was shot early Monday in his home in the upper leg, damaging an artery and causing significant blood loss. Miami-Dade Police were investigating the attack.

Taylor played at the University of Miami, where he was an All-American in 2003, and was also a high school standout in the city. His father, Pedro Taylor, is the police chief of Florida City.

Taylor had a troublesome first two years in the NFL after he was drafted No. 5 overall by the Redskins in 2004, but he had mostly behaved after his daughter, Jackie, was born in May 2006.

Taylor has been fined at least seven times during his professional career for late hits and other infractions. He was also fined $25,000 for skipping a mandatory rookie symposium shortly after he was drafted.

In 2005, Taylor was accused of brandishing a gun at a man during a fight over some all-terrain vehicles that had allegedly been stolen. Last year, he reached a deal in which he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 18 months' probation. The pleas prompted another fine from the NFL but kept his football career intact.


Marshall Tome

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) ― Marshall Tome, who helped develop a television news report and a radio station on the Navajo reservation, has died. He was 85.

Tome had been battling lung disease and pneumonia. He was in the intensive care unit at an Arizona hospital for about a week before he died Friday, said his son, Deswood Tome.

The elder Tome was born in Red Valley, Ariz. A World War II veteran, he took advantage of the GI bill and attended the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1952.

Tome was an assistant city desk editor at the San Francisco Chronicle in the late 1950s when he was asked to return to the Navajo Nation to help develop what is now called the Navajo Times ― one of the few independent American Indian newspapers in the country.


Margaret Lindsley Warden

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ― Margaret Lindsley Warden, who wrote a column about horses for 55 years for The Tennessean, has died, according to the newspaper. She was 103.

Warden, whose weekly "Horse Sense" column ran from 1939 until she retired in 1994, died Saturday at her home.

She founded the Middle Tennessee Pony Club in 1953 and received awards for her writing. She oversaw the Tennessean Horse Trials from 1953 to 1978 and was named the first recipient of the Tennessee Horse Council's Horseperson of the Year award in 1990.

The award was later named after Warden.

Warden was born in Battle Creek, Mich., and earned her bachelor's degree at Peabody College in Nashville, now part of Vanderbilt University.


Riley Wilson

TULSA, Okla. (AP) ― Riley Wilson, a former general editor of the Tulsa World and member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, has died, the newspaper reported. He was 78.

He died Monday from complications with prostate cancer.

In February 1954, he began working for the Tulsa World as a reporter. Two years later, he was promoted to oil editor, a job he held for 22 years. In that job, he traveled around the world, working on stories from Moscow, Mexico City, Tokyo, Singapore and other major cities.

In 1976, after the paper combined its oil and business and real estate departments, he became the World's business editor. He became the paper's general editor in the mid-1980s.

Wilson's newsroom reputation was that of a no-nonsense reporter, although he was known as one of the World's leading pranksters. The Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame inducted Wilson in 1999.

Wilson attended Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Oklahoma, graduating from the latter in 1950 with a journalism degree. He served as the Norman Transcript's sports editor after his graduation and as a wire editor at the Shawnee News-Star.
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