Olive “Pauline” Rector

Olive “Pauline” Rector passed on Jan. 18, 2013 in Ocala, FL. Born in Mullen, Nebraska on June 1, 1913, she was 99. Pauline was teaching school in the fall after graduating high school in 1931. She taught 1-room country schools and later in the public elementary until 1971 when she used her college degree and became in charge of the Children’s wing of the North Platte, NE public library. She taught long enough that some students were offspring of parents she had taught earlier. Because of Arthritis she retired at 62 years old and became the BIOANIC woman. She had 6 total joint replacements with one repaired later. She was a member of the Methodist Church in North Platte, was recognized in the “Who’s Who in Nebraska” book, and won many awards as a teacher and librarian. She was interviewed weekly on local TV to promote the library.

With her son, she moved to Belleview, FL from Denver, CO in 2001 to be with family.

She is survived by their 3 sons, David and Charles of Belleview, Lloyd of Crystal River; granddaughters, Laura Tierney of Omaha, NE and Brandi Rector of San Diego, CA; grandsons, Danny Rector of Hernando, FL and Nick and Brian Rector of Ocala, FL; and 7 great grandchildren.

Her husband William (Bill) preceded her in death in 1986.

Memorials may be made in her name and online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. MT Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Mullen United Methodist Church with the Reverend Shanon Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedarview Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thursday at Adams Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

Unveiled Documents Accuse 14 Priests Of Sex Abuse

gavelProsecutors will review internal priest personnel files kept by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic archdiocese that show retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top church officials worked to shield molester priests.

District attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said in an emailed statement Tuesday that the office will “evaluate all documents as they become available to us.”

Thousands of pages of confidential records from the files of 14 priests accused of sex abuse were made public Monday.

The documents show how the church handled abuse allegations for decades and provide the strongest evidence to date that Mahony and a top aide consulted about how to handle molester priests and protect the archdiocese from scandal.

Mahony issued an apology Monday.

Dozens more priest files will soon become public under a 2007 settlement agreement.

School Shooting At Texas College

police-lights-redA law enforcement official says Texas authorities have at least one person in custody in connection to the Lone Star College campus shooting in Houston, and local authorities think there could potentially be a second shooter.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss an ongoing case. The official says multiple injuries have been reported.

The Houston-area community college is on lockdown amid reports of a shooter on campus. Lone Star College System issued an alert on its website telling students and faculty to take immediate shelter or avoid the campus.

20 YO NP Man Suspected Of Having An Intimate Relationship With A 15 YO Girl

Cole Deal Picotte

Cole Deal Picotte

On Saturday, January 20th, a 20-year-old North Platte man was arrested under suspicion of being in an intimate relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Authorities responded to the report of a 15-year-old girl who ran away from her home shortly before midnight and that she was possibly with suspect, Cole Picotte, near the 1900 block of W.4th Street.

According to the North Platte Police Department, the two individuals weren’t located immediately but officers made contact with the two later that evening.

An investigation determined that there was probable cause to arrest Picotte for being in an intimate relationship with the female juvenile. Officers arrested Picotte and charged him with 1st Degree Sexual Assault and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Picotte was booked into the Lincoln County Detention Center.

Keystone XL Pipeline Route Approved By Gov. Dave Hineman

GovGov. Dave Heineman today approved the route reviewed in the final evaluation report, which avoids the environmentally-sensitive Sand Hills region of Nebraska. Gov. Heineman sent the following letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, notifying them of the accepted Nebraska route.

In the letter of approval signed by Gov. Heineman, the findings are listed from the evaluation by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality of the proposed route.


What are your thoughts on the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline?

January 22

“7th Heaven” actress Beverley Mitchell (1981)
American singer Willa Ford (1981)
Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody (1980)
“Malcolm in the Middle” actor Christopher Masterson (1980)
character actor Balthazar Getty (1975)
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” actress Olivia d’Abo (1967)
“Unfaithful” star Diane Lane (1965)
Will Smith partner DJ Jazzy Jeff (1965)
late INXS singer Michael Hutchence (1960; d. 1997)
“Exorcist” star Linda Blair (1959)
“Dawson’s Creek” actor John Wesley Shipp (1956)
Journey singer Steve Perry (1949)
British actor John Hurt (1940)
“Incredible Hulk” actor Bill Bixby (1934; d. 1993)
“Carrie” actress Piper Laurie (1932)
Motown singer Sam Cooke (1931; d. 1964)
jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson (1924; d. 2001)
prolific film actress Ann Sothern (1909; d. 2001).

January 22

1901 – Composer Hans Erich Apostel was born.

1916 – Composer Henri Dutilleux was born.

1959 – Buddy Holly made his last recordings alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder. The songs were released posthumously.

1960 – Sam Cooke signed a deal with RCA Records.

1962 – Gene Chandler made his TV debut on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – The Drifters recorded “On Broadway.”

1963 – Gerry & the Pacemakers held their first recording session. They produced “Away from You” and “Pretend.”

1966 – The Beach Boys recorded “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”.

1971 – The Joe Cocker film “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” debuted in London.

1981 – A picture of John Lennon naked appeared in his obituary issue of Rolling Stone.

1984 – Barry Manilow sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XVIII.

1989 – Gene Simmons (KISS) and former “Playboy” model Shannon Tweed had a son.

1990 – Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist Slash used profanity numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award.

1991 – L.L. Cool J’s album “Mama Said Knock You Out” was certified platinum by the RIAA.

1993 – Metallica began their “Nowhere Else To Roam” tour in Kalamazoo, MI.

1998 – Toni Braxton filed for Chapter 7 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, listing liabilities of more than $1 million.

1998 – Snoop Doggy Dogg filed a $10 million suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, its parent Coopers & Lybrand and former Gelfand accountant Steven Cantrock. The suit charged that they had mismanaged Snoop Doggy Dogg’s money.

Tim Brown Claims Bill Callahan Sabotaged Raider’s Appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII

BIll-CallahanAccording to receiver Tim Brown, it’s no surprise that Jon Gruden’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers thrashed the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII because Oakland was “sabotaged” by Bill Callahan, the team’s head coach at the time, who changed the game plan at the last minute.

Brown’s comments to SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday were reported by ProFootballTalk.com, which was provided audio of his remarks.

Brown said that when the Raiders got the game plan on the Monday before the Super Bowl, it was a run-heavy attack taking advantage of Oakland’s size advantage on the offensive line. However, Brown said Callahan scrapped the plan on Friday to the shock of the team.

“We all called it sabotage … because Callahan and Gruden were good friends. And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came because Gruden made him come. Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years.”

Brown stressed that he was expressing his opinion and had no proof that Callahan intentionally doomed his own team.

“You know, can you really say that? That can be my opinion, but I can’t say for a fact that that’s what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl,” Brown said. “He hated the Raiders so much that he would sabotage the Super Bowl so his friend can win the Super Bowl. That’s hard to say, because you cant prove it.

“But the facts are what they are, that less than 36 hours before the game we changed our game plan. And we go into that game absolutely knowing that we have no shot. That the only shot we had if Tampa Bay didn’t show up,” he said.

Brown said center Barret Robbins, who disappeared from the team in the days before the game and did not play, begged Callahan not to change the game plan.

“Barret Robbins begged Coach Callahan, ‘Do not do this to me. I don’t have time to make my calls, to get my calls ready. You can’t do this to me on Friday. We haven’t practiced full speed, we can’t get this done,'” Brown said.

Brown wouldn’t correlate Robbins’ absence from the team with Callahan’s decision, however.

“I’m not saying one had anything to do with the other. All I’m saying is those are the facts of what happened Super Bowl week. So our ire wasn’t towards Barret Robbins, it was towards Bill Callahan. Because we feel as if he wouldn’t have did what he did, then Barret wouldn’t have done what he did,” Brown said.

Brown said “everybody knew Barret was unstable anyway” but the team couldn’t fathom Callahan would change plans at the last minute.

“So to put him in that situation — not that he was putting him in that situation — but for that decision to be made without consulting the players the Friday before the Super Bowl? I played 27 years of football. The coaches never changed the game plan the Friday before the game.

“I’m not trying to point fingers at anybody here, all I’m saying is those are the facts of what happened. So people look at Barret and they say all these things, but every player in that locker room will tell you, ‘You’d better talk to Bill Callahan.’ Because if not for Coach Callahan, I dont think were in that situation,” he said.

Running back Zack Crockett, who also was on that Raiders team and is now a scout for the team, said Callahan changed the game plan only because of Robbins’ disappearance.

“He may have known something we didn’t know,” Crockett told ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” of Brown.

Crockett said “everybody was in shock” when Robbins left the team because he made all the offensive calls. He agrees with Brown that “with the offensive line we had, it was going to be a downhill game” if the original game plan was used.

Oakland rushed the ball only 11 times in the Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers, and two of those attempts were by quarterback Rich Gannon. Gannon attempted 44 passes in the loss.

Robbins was diagnosed as bipolar after that incident but regained his spot in the starting lineup the next season after undergoing treatment at an alcohol rehabilitation center. However, the Raiders released Robbins in 2004 after he tested positive for steroids.

In addition to stays in alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, Robbins has had several run-ins with law enforcement.

Brown’s comments about Callahan came just days after he questioned the Bears’ hiring of coach Marc Trestman, who was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator when Brown was on the team.

“I don’t want to say it was a joke, but I just never saw Trestman as being a head coach,” Brown said last week on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.

Brown had posted nine straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons with the Raiders entering 2002, the year Trestman took over as the team’s offensive coordinator. In that 2002 season, Jerry Rice emerged as the team’s leading receiver and Brown finished with 930 yards.

“The year he took over as offensive coordinator is also the year my reign with the Raiders ended because he made Jerry the No. 1 receiver instead of myself,” Brown said. “The year before I made the Pro Bowl and caught [91 passes for 1,165 yards] … and the year afterwards, the year he takes over, I think I came like 50 yards from catching 1,000 yards in 10 or 11 straight seasons.

“Hey, look, I’m not a selfish player, but come on, if I put the work in, make this happen for me. We had some interesting words about that part of it.”

Brown is one of 15 modern-era Hall of Fame finalists for the class of 2013. The Hall’s 46-member selection committee will meet in New Orleans on Feb. 2 to make its selections.

Callahan is currently the Cowboys’ offensive line coach.

NFL Reinstates Sean Payton

The NFL reinstated New Orleans SaintsSean-Payton coach Sean Payton on Tuesday from his season-long suspension as a result of the league’s investigation into the team’s bounty program.

The league said the decision to reinstate Payton was made after a meeting between the coach and commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in New Orleans.

“We had a very productive discussion,” Goodell said in a statement.

“Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”

The NFL said Payton is allowed to attend Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., this week and resume his duties with the team.