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Can’t beat your opponents? Beat your girlfriend

New Pittsburgh coach Mike Haywood was jailed Friday on a domestic violence charge after an incident at his South Bend home. Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave. Redman said the woman had marks on her neck, arms and back. “The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incident involving head football coach Michael
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Disgraced Favre will go out with a quiet, scandalous whimper

Brett Favre‘s name has appeared frequently on the NFL’s weekly injury report over 20 seasons of sprains, strains and painful hits. This might be the last time: The Minnesota Vikings declared the 41-year-old doubtful to play at Detroit, due to the lingering effects of a concussion. Favre wore his red quarterback jersey, but he didn’t have a helmet on and didn’t participate in any drills during Friday’s practice. Interim coach Leslie Frazier declined to address whether Favre has passed the post-concussion testing required by the league to return to action. Favre suffered the head injury against Chicago on Dec. 20
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Things get a little tense in residential rehab

Lindsay Lohan has been five times. Charlie Sheen is also a regular. Someone tried to make Amy Winehouse go, but she said, “No, no, no.” Rehab is practically a rite of passage in Hollywood, and Lohan is its latest poster child. Her trips to treatment and travails once there — including an alleged altercation with a worker at Betty Ford Center a few weeks ago — have been well documented for the past three years. The 24-year-old actress, who is set to leave Betty Ford on Monday, follows a pattern: Get in trouble, go to rehab, get released, repeat. It’s
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Mortgage lenders now cast themselves as saviors

PacWest Funding’s CEO watched in late 2007 as rival mortgage brokerages, banks and collaborators collapsed under the weight of the declining housing market. Fearing his company would be next, Curtis Melone restructured his business to offer what he felt people needed most: help with their crushing mortgage debt. Melone re-christened his company Green Credit Solutions, a loan modification firm dedicated to aiding people facing rapidly ballooning payments on loans many of them couldn’t afford in the first place. The journey from subprime-era lender into purported troubled homeowners’ helper has been a common post-meltdown path in the mortgage industry hotbed of
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2011 arrives with so little hope, so much skepticism

Nearly a million revelers crowded New York’s Times Square to witness the traditional dazzling ball drop, fireworks lit up Australia’s Sydney Harbor and communist Vietnam held a rare Western-style countdown to the new year as the world ushered in 2011. In Europe, Greeks, Irish and Spaniards partied through the night to help put a year of economic woe behind them, and Japanese revelers released balloons carrying notes with people’s hopes and dreams. In New York, a crystal ball with 32,000 lights descended at midnight, setting off a wild and noisy confetti-filled New Year’s celebration — the country’s largest — at
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No pardon for Billythe Kid

The rehabilitation of Billy the Kid lies dead in the dust. In one of his last official acts — or non-acts — before leaving office, New Mexico‘s governor refused to pardon the Old West outlaw Friday for one of the many murders he committed before he was gunned down in 1881. Gov. Bill Richardson cited ambiguity surrounding the pledge of a pardon 130 years ago as the reason. “I felt I could not rewrite history,” Richardson told The Associated Press, hours after announcing his decision on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on his last day in office. The prospect of a
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