A few months back, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell faced widespread criticism for suspending running back Ray Rice for just two games following a domestic violence incident. In a letter to team owners obtained by ESPN, Goodell now admits, “I didn't get it right.” Surveillance camera footage after the incident showed the Baltimore Ravens player dragging his unconscious fiancée off an elevator following a dispute in which he violently assaulted her. Rice was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
This week, after suspending Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon for an entire year for a repeat violation of the league’s marijuana policy, social media users once again took the NFL to task for its seeming double standard. In the new letter, Goodell wrote, “We clearly must do a better job of addressing [domestic violence and sexual assault] in the NFL. And we will.” He’s informed owners that according to the NFL’s new policy, players will be suspended for six games for their first offense and will face a lifetime ban from the sport if they perpetrate domestic violence or sexual violence ever again ... Discuss
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been growing steadily worse over the past few weeks, and the World Health Organization said the outbreak could eventually reach over 20,000 cases.
So far, 1,552 people have died from the virus. The total reported number of cases stands at 3,069, 40 percent of which have occurred in the last three weeks. But WHO has speculated that actual numbers of those infected could be much higher than those reported. Already, it’s the largest outbreak in history. Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO's assistant director-general for emergency operations, told the Associated Press that "This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases."
The U.S. National Institutes of Health is set to start human trials of an experimental vaccine for the virus next week. In the meantime, WHO has announced a plan to stop Ebola transmissions and spread within six to nine months, calling for increased aid and international health workers. Discuss
Scientists at the University of Auckland have finally done the world-altering research humanity has long demanded: Their new study, epically titled, “Qualification of Pizza Baking Properties of Difference Cheese and Their Correlation with Cheese Functionality,” has definitively determined that mozzarella is the best kind of cheese used for making pizza. For their research, which was published in the Journal of Food Science, the food scientists watched as pizzas cooked with a variety of cheeses via “cameras and special software” to analyze and measure things like blistering, browning, elasticity and water density. Who cares about trivial factors like taste and deliciousness when science can just examine some formulas to tell us what kind of cheese taste best? ... Discuss