'Natural' Woman Dies

'Natural' Woman Dies, The lady has inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured a major league ballplayer she'd never met into a hotel room with cryptic note and shot him, nearly killing him.

After the headlines faded, Ruth Ann Steinhagen did something else just as surprising: She disappeared into obscurity, living a quiet life unnoticed in Chicago until now, more than a half century later, when news broke that she had died three months earlier. Reported Webpronews...

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Friday that Steinhagen passed away of natural causes on December 29, at the age of 83. First reported by the Chicago Tribune last week, her identity was a surprise even to the morgue employees who knew about the 1984 movie ''The Natural,'' in which she was portrayed by actress Barbara Hershey.

''She chose to live in the shadows and she did a good job of it,'' John Theodore, an author who wrote a 2002 nonfiction book about the crime, wrote in an email Sunday.

The story, with its elements of obsession, mystery, insanity and a baseball star, made it part of both Chicago's colorful crime history and rich baseball lore.

The story began with what appeared to be just another young woman's crush on Eddie Waittkus, the Chicago Cubs' handsome first baseman. So complete was this crush that the teenager set a place for Waitkus, whom she'd never met, at the family dinner table. She turned her bedroom into a shrine to him, and put his photo under her pillow.

After the 1948 season, Waitkus was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies - a fateful turn. ''When he went to the Phillies, that's when she decided to kill him,'' Theodore said in an interview.

Steinhagen had her chance the next season, when the Phillies came to Chicago to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field. She checked into a room at the Edgewater Beach Hotel where he was staying and invited him to her room.

''We're not acquainted, but I have something of importance to speak to you about,'' she wrote in a note to him after a game at Wrigley on June 14, 1949.

It worked. Waitkus arrived at her room. After he sat down, Steinhagen walked to a closet, said, ''I have a surprise for you,'' then turned with the rifle she had hidden there and shot him in the chest. Theodore wrote that she then knelt by his side and held his hand on her lap. She told a psychiatrist afterward about how she had dreamed of killing him and found it strange that she was now ''holding him in my arms.''

 Newspapers devoured and trumpeted the lurid story of a 19-year-old baseball groupie, known in the parlance of the day as a ''Baseball Annie.'' Among the sensational and probably staged photos was one showing Steinhagen writing in her journal at a table in her jail cell with a framed photograph of Waitkus propped nearby.

A judge determined she was insane and committed her to a mental hospital. She was released three years later, after doctors determined she had regained her sanity.

Details about the rest of her life are sketchy. She lived with her sister in a house just a few miles from the hotel where she shot Waitkus. A neighbor told Theodore that Steinhagen said she worked in an office for 35 years but never revealed her employer. And she made an effort to conceal her privacy, often refusing to answer the phone or come to the door when Theodore knocked.

Chris Gentner, a neighbor who used to help the Steinhagen sisters with chores, said he only found out who she was 15 years after they began living nearby.

''I found out through my ex-wife - I'm not sure how she found out - and I looked (Steinhagen) up online. And as soon as I saw (her photograph) online I said, `That's her,''' Gentner said.

The 1984 movie was based on a novel by Bernard Malamud that was inspired by the story. Theodore's 2002 book was entitled ''Baseball's Natural: The story of Eddie Waitkus.''

Waitkus, who played the season after he was shot, helping the Phillies win the National League pennant, decided not to press charges in 1952 when Steinhagen was deemed sane. The trial would have likely made banner headlines - particularly since Malamud's novel was released in 1952 - so Watikus' decision almost certainly assisted Steinhagen's disappearance into obscurity.

He died in 1972, 12 years before Redford portrayed Roy Hobbs, the character inspired by Waitkus.

''He hardly ever talked to his family about Ruth,'' Theodore said.

Natural' woman dies, Barbara Hershey Character

'Natural' woman dies, The woman who played Barbara Hershey's character was based on in the 1984 movie “The Natural” has died, according to a March 17 report by the Associated Press. Hershey brought baseball groupie Ruth Ann Steinhagen to life in the popular Robert Redford movie about a baseball player whose Major League career hits a major snag when he gets shot by an obsessed female fan.

The woman Barbara Hershey's killer character was based on in "The Natural" has died
The object of Ruth Ann Steinhagen’s obsession was Eddie Waitkus, the Chicago Cubs' handsome first baseman. In 1949, she lured him into a hotel room and shot him in the chest with a rifle. Waitkus survived and continued to play ball while Steinhagen only served three months in a mental institution for her crime. According to The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, she passed away of natural causes on Dec. 29 at the age of 83 after fading into obscurity.

Barbara Hershey’s character in “The Natural” was sensationalized quite a bit. Her name was changed to Harriet Bird, and she became a serial killer who takes the lives of two rising athletes before shooting Robert Redford’s character. She also commits suicide by jumping out of a window after she tries to take his life.

Most recently Hershey has starred as a fantasy character in the TV series “Once Upon a Time” -- she plays a sorceress obsessed with gaining power in a fairy tale world. However, the actress has played plenty of other characters based on real people. She portrayed the wife of famous test pilot Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff,” and she starred as a suburban housewife accused of being an ax murderer in the TV movie “A Killing in a Small Town.” It was based on the true story of a Wylie, Texas housewife named Candy Montgomery who was accused of brutally killing another woman after having an affair with the victim’s husband.

Her movie “A World Apart” was based on anti-apartheid activist Ruth First, and she played the first wife of actor Errol Flynn in the autobiographical film “My Wicked, Wicked Ways.”

Hershey really seems to enjoy playing real-life people in TV movies, because she hasn’t stopped signing on for such roles. Just last year she starred in the Lifetime movie “Left to Die,” which is based on the true story of a woman who gets imprisoned in Ecuador after being falsely accused of drug smuggling.

But "The Entity" is definitely one of Hershey's strangest movies that's supposedly based on a true story -- she plays a woman who gets raped by a ghost.

However, because of the movie’s powerful ending and the way it sensationalized an already-sensational story, she’ll have a hard time finding a project based on a true story that beats “The Natural.”

UNHRC set to debate West Bank settlement report

Council to discuss multiple resolutions filed against Israel after report concludes Israel could be culpable for building beyond the pre-1967 lines before the ICC; UN likely to call on Israel to halt all settlement activity.

The United Nations Human Rights Council will on Monday debate a report by its fact-finding mission on West Bank settlements, which concluded that Israel could be culpable for building over the pre-1967 lines before the International Criminal Court, if the Palestinians become party to the Rome Statute.

The report was first published in January, but the debate on the document takes place during the council’s 22nd session from February 25 to March 22.
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On the same day, the council will also debate two other reports and six resolutions on Israeli actions in areas over the pre-1967 lines: east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank.

It includes a report and a resolution calling on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights, which it captured in 1967 during the Six Day War and annexed in 1981.

Neither the report nor the resolution on the Golan Heights took into account the civil war raging in Syria that has led to the deaths of thousands of civilians, or the danger posed to Israel by the rebel forces.

The council will also hear a report on the most recent serious outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last November, known as Operation Pillar of Defense.

That report states that it is possible that one of the more publicized incidents from the war, the death of the 11-month old son of a BBC reporter, may have been caused by a Palestinian-launched rocket that fell short of its Israeli target.

Although the council is weighing censuring a number of other countries, including Syria and Iran, Israel is the only country with multiple resolutions filed against it.

The resolutions against Israel are part of Agenda Item 7, which mandates that the council scrutinize Israel’s actions over the pre-1967 lines at every session.

Although the council has consistently focused more on Israeli action than those of any other country since its inception in 2006, Israel cut its ties with the international body only last year to protest the fact-finding mission on West Bank settlements.

The report, written by a three-person legal team, appeared to take a stand in support of boycotting West Bank settlement products by suggesting that businesses cut their ties with those West Bank Jewish communities.

It warned that private companies could be liable in the future for breaking international law.

Similarly, a draft resolution has already been circulated but not filed asking the council to ratify the report. It spoke of the importance of ensuring that private businesses uphold international law, including with respect to the West Bank settlements, the security barrier and Jewish building in east Jerusalem.

A separate draft resolution that is also likely to be filed to the council on Monday, called on Israel to halt all settlement activity and to rescind actions taken in the last year to advance building projects in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, including the E1 project located within the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said that he expected the resolutions to pass, as they always do.

“There will be no surprises. They will make their outrageous statements as always,” Palmor said.

Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the Geneva-based non-governmental organization UN Watch, said that the fact-finding mission was a “sham.”

“Despite claims to objectivity, the resolution creating the inquiry had determined the verdict from the start, declaring that settlements constituted ‘very serious violations’ of Palestinians’ human rights.

Fact finding was only to support this foregone conclusion,” he said.

“The report is maliciously one-sided and its conclusions extreme. Its narrative omits any reference to terrorism from Palestinian areas, making Israeli security measures appear malevolent. UN Watch’s submission on highly relevant West Bank social, economic and security matters – quoting UN and World Bank reports – was completely ignored.”

Israel has long argued that the best way to deal with issues raised by the council is through direct negotiations with the Palestinians that leads to a final status solution.

The Palestinians, in turn, have refused to talk directly with Israel until it halts all West Bank settlement activity and Jewish building in east Jerusalem. They believe that such resolutions show that they have international support and will help ensure that Israel stops these activities.

Brawl On Train

Brawl on train, The New Jersey Transit train was forced to make an unscheduled stop after a large brawl broke out inside one of the cars, leading to the ejection of several passengers.

It's not yet clear what sparked the brawl, which broke out shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday on a northbound Bergen/Port Jervis line train.

NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. tells The Star-Ledger of Newark that the fight began about 10 minutes after the train departed from Secaucus. The train soon made an unscheduled stop in East Rutherford, and authorities broke up the brawl.

Sixteen people were eventually ordered off the train, and two were issued summons for disorderly conduct. One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The train resumed service 20 minutes after the unscheduled stop.

Brawl on train, 16 were Ejected

An express NJ Transit train Saturday experienced something a bit unusual, when a brawl on the train broke out and eventually 16 people were tossed off in East Rutherford, N.J. NJ.com shared the details on March 16.




A brawl on a NJ transit train leaves 16 ejected
The NJ Transit train had left Secaucus about 10 minutes before the brawl on the train. The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. on the Bergen/Port Jervis line, and the fight forced the train to stop at the East Rutherford station. Luckily there were no major injuries reported, but 16 passengers were ejected from the train. Two received summons for disorderly conduct and one person received medical care at the scene.

The train proceeded about 20 minutes later, and no other trains were impacted by the incident. So far there is no indication what caused the brawl on the train, but The Inquistr notes that this isn't the first time the NJ Transit has had rowdy St. Patrick's Day weekend passengers. Whether this train brawl was related to weekend festivities and alcohol or not remains to be seen.

Eastwood Daughter Wedding

Eastwood daughter wedding, Eastwood's daughter Alison tied the knot with sculptor Stacy Poitras before a small gathering of family and friends in California, the couple said.

The wedding took place Friday at the Saddlepeak Lodge in Calabasas, People reported.

"We are thrilled to be surrounded by our family for this very special day and appreciate their love and support as we begin our married life together," the couple told People.

Eastwood, a 40-year-old producer and director, and Poitras, of CMT's "Chainsaw Gang," met five years ago when she rode a horse into his studio at the Rustic Canyon General Store and Grill in Agoura, Calif.

The two began dating and he proposed two years later.

Poistras said he asked Eastwood's father for his permission before the proposal.

"He looked at me for four or five seconds, which felt like 15 minutes, and then he said, 'You're going to have to take that up with her,'" Poistras told Westlake Magazine. "I said, 'Is that a yes or a no?' And he said, 'That's a yes," and he shook my hand."

Eastwood said yes and they announced their engagement in 2012.

"He's my best friend," she told Westlake Magazine. "He's the first man who has been the closest person to me."

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Eastwood daughter wedding, Gets Married

Eastwood daughter wedding, Clint Eastwood had stood by daughter Alison as she married Stacey Poltras according to widespread reports on March 17. The father of the bride was in attendance for the big day which took place in Calabasas, California.

Clint gave his girl away to the "Chainsaw Gang" star while wearing a Les Habitude gown. The beaded dress was Art Deco inspired and really shined as Alison Eastwood took center stage at her early spring wedding to the man she has been dating for five years and who she has been co-starring with on his CMT reality show.





Presenting Eastwood daughter Alison who just had a wedding

As is tradition, Poltras asked for 40-year-old Alison's hand in marriage from her dynamic dad, Clint. He did so a full three years ago while Stacey enjoyed Thanksgiving with the Eastwood clan at Pepple Beach. Apparently, the man who played "Dirty Harry" didn't say no and now his daughter and her guy are man and wife.

By way of background, Alison and Stacey met at a bar in Agoura Hills, California, not far from where their wedding took at Saddlepeak Ranch. This scenic and very rustic spot is a favorite for weddings, especially those held outdoors against a stunning backdrop that includes the hills known to locals as Malibu Canyon.

And so, as the eldest Eastwood daughter married in a lovely wedding in Southern California, Clint was father of the bride for his kid called Alison. This child has made strides to take after her famous dad, taking the helm as a director, too, on the 2007 flick called "Rails and Ties." She's also a huge animal rights advocate, and, to boot, a real beauty, both inside and out.

Marathon runner dies

Marathon runner dies, A man in his 30s died and four people were put in medically induced comas on Friday after suffering heat stroke and dehydration while running a half-marathon in Israel.

The race was run in temperatures that climbed from the 70s at the 5:45 a.m. (11:45 p.m. Thursday ET) start but approached 90 degrees in less than two hours.

City officials and organizers of the Tel Aviv Gillette Marathon last week decided to postpone the full race until March 22 because the forecast called for temperatures approaching 100 degrees. The starting time of Friday's half-marathon was moved 30 minutes earlier.

Medical personnel said 60 people were tended to by ambulances and 30 were taken to hospitals. Twelve people were listed in critical condition early Friday, with four in medically induced comas, but the number in critical condition had dropped to two by Friday afternoon.

Paul Goldman, an NBC News producer and editor in Tel Aviv, ran the race and said he had no difficulties and was unaware of any problems until he had finished in 1 hour and 42 minutes. Many of those who collapsed were further back in the field, he said.

"After the race, when we finished and went to get water, the ambulances started arriving," Goldman said. "Then I started hearing more sirens. Here in Israel when you hear sirens, you can identify when it’s just one siren or whether it’s an incident. You could tell something was going on."

While Goldman said he was personally unaffected by the temperatures, he added that "everyone complained that it was very dry."

"I felt it was very dry from the start," he said. "You feel it in the lips and the mouth."

City officials held meetings before Friday's race and allowed it to go ahead after consultations with "the highest-ranking medical professionals," Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement.

"We will investigate and examine the event thoroughly and we will reach conclusions and learn the necessary lessons," he added. "We will also cooperate fully with any investigation that will occur regarding this matter."

The mayor noted that the race was run "under decent weather, according to all of the official opinions."

Goldman, who has been running for 15 years, said many runners, particularly Israelis, would not have had an opportunity to train extensively this year in hot weather.

"It was winter until literally a week ago," he said. "Everyone that has trained for the marathon, we were all running in rain conditions and training in pretty cold weather. Suddenly people who were training in the cold were running in the heat. Your body is not used to it."

Marathon runner dies, at 47 of Heart Attack

Marathon runner dies, Marathon runner had suffered heart attack and died during a Barcelona race, according to a March 17 report from the Associated Press via MSN. That sad situation is trending on Sunday.

The 47-year-old athlete passed away after the St Patrick's Day race. This happened while he was being attended to at Clinic Hospital located in the Spanish city. Since this news is just breaking, not much is known about the runner who died, but more information should become available soon and will be updated here.



Many races take place in Barcelona, the location of the marathon where a runner died on March 17

By way of background, the Barcelona Marathon is one of the biggest events held in this lively European city. In fact, tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of the metropolis to watch as runners whizzed by.

Some course landmarks included Gaudi’s imposing La Pedrera as well as his celebrated Sagrada Familia. The UNESCO site called Hospital de Sant Pau was also spotted as these well rehearsed athletes sped past.

That said, the race began in front of the iconic Montjuïc in front of the Magic Fountain, and was a thrilling competition now marred by the death of a marathon runner who was one of more than 8,000 who participated. He apparently fell ill while others passed him, and all attempts were made to save his life but he passed away not long after he arrived at the medical facility where he was being treated.

Stay tuned for more about the marathon runner who died in Barcelona on Sunday during a fast-clipped run that took his life on March 17.

Rac Car kills 2, Killed young and Old Man

Race car kills 2, teenage race car driver taking warm-up laps at a California raceway careened off the track and into pit row, killing a 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man, officials said.

Six or seven cars were on the track Saturday night when the out of control car ran into the two victims, who were standing side-by-side, Yuba County Sheriff's Capt. Ron Johnson said. He said the two were affiliated with one of the cars or drivers but did not yet know how.

Neither the 17-year-old driver nor anyone else was injured, he said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene at Marysville Raceway Park some 40 miles north of Sacramento, and the boy was declared dead either at the hospital or in an ambulance, the officer told The Associated Press.

The raceway was hosting the California Sprint Car Civil War Series on the opening day of its season.

Steven Blakesley, the announcer calling the race from the stands, said the sprint cars were doing so-called "hot laps" about an hour before the race when a car driven by Chase Johnson, traveling at about 90 mph, couldn't make a turn.

"There must have been a mechanical problem," Blakesley said. "The car didn't slow down. "

Blakesley said the car ran through a gap between the track and pit row, hit an empty golf-style cart then ran out of the view of the stands, where fans were mostly silent and left to speculation about what was happening.

He said the next thing he was able to see was CPR being performed on two people, and later a body being covered and crime scene tape going up. The names of the victims weren't immediately available.

The bio on Chase Johnson's website said he's a senior at Petaluma High School north of San Francisco and is a fourth generation race car driver.

Blakesley said Chase Johnson had been driving for two years already, and many on the sprint car circuit, seen as a stepping stone to higher levels like NASCAR, began as young as 15 as Johnson did.

He said others on the circuit, where small, high-powered cars race on short dirt ovals, were older drivers whose careers had peaked earlier.

The Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol were investigating to determine the cause of the crash, Ron Johnson said. The Sheriff's Department also serves as the county's coroner and would determine the identities and official cause of death for the two victims, he said.

An outgoing message on the track's phone line said only that Saturday's race had been canceled, and a message left for a raceway spokesman was not immediately returned.

The race track fatalities come less than a month after a crash on the last lap of a race at Daytona International Speedway injured at least 30 fans Feb. 23. The victims were sprayed with large chunks of debris — including a tire — after a car careened into the fencing that is designed to protect the massive grandstands lining the track.

At another NASCAR race in 2009 at Talladega, the crowd was showered with debris and seven fans were injured when a car sailed upside-down into the front-stretch fence on a furious dash to the finish line, showering the stands with debris. Seven fans sustained minor injuries.

And in 2010 at a National Hot Rod Association event in Chandler, Ariz., a woman was killed by a tire that flew off a crashing dragster at Firebird International Raceway.

Tone Loc collapses

Tone Loc collapses, Singer Rapper Tone Loc had collapsed on the stage this weekend while performing in Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reports that Loc, whose real name is Anthony T. Smith, collapsed after finishing a song during a Saturday night concert in Des Moines, Iowa. Three of the newspaper's workers who were at the show said people attended to Loc for several minutes before fans were asked to leave.

Loc's condition wasn't immediately clear Sunday.

It's not the rapper's first time collapsing on stage. Loc, who is best known for his 1980s hits "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing," collapsed and had a seizure during a 2009 concert in Pensacola, Florida. Authorities said he had apparently overheated.

Loc also collapsed in 1995 while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. The reason he collapsed wasn't given.

Tone Loc collapses, While Performing this weekend

Tone Loc collapses, Rapper Tone Loc had collapsed on stage at the time he was performing in Iowa this weekend.

Loc, whose real name is Anthony T. Smith, collapsed after finishing a song during a Saturday night concert on a bridge in downtown Des Moines, according to the Des Moines Register ( http://dmreg.co/ZAFc0j ). Three of the newspaper's employees who were at the show said people attended to Loc, 47, for several minutes before fans were asked to leave.

Loc's condition wasn't immediately clear Sunday. He wasn't listed publicly as a patient at any Des Moines hospital, and no one answered the phone Sunday morning at the bar that sponsored the concert.

Loc's representative did not immediately respond to phone and email messages Sunday.

It wasn't the rapper's first time collapsing on stage. Loc, who is best known for his 1980s hits "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing," collapsed and had a seizure during a 2009 concert in Pensacola, Fla. Authorities said he had apparently overheated.

Loc also collapsed in 1995 while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. The reason he collapsed wasn't given.

Loc has also appeared in a number of television shows and movies, including "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" with Jim Carrey and "Heat" with Al Pacino. Loc has also been the voice of several animated characters.

Madonna's GLAAD Speech to Anderson Cooper: Material Girl Scout's Honor


When I heard that Madonna would be presenting the Vito Russo Award to Anderson Cooper at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards, I thought, "Oh. I guess Madonna and Anderson Cooper know each other. From a Vanity Fair Oscar's party or something? Maybe Anderson takes kickboxing classes from Lourdes. Did Madonna owe Andy Cohen a favor? Did Anderson Cooper owe Andy Cohen a favor? People make so many deals with Andy Cohen, it's possible he is literally the devil. Why can't I stop thinking about this?" And then I kept thinking about it.

But then I realized what was really going on: This was a marvelous opportunity for Madonna to be Madonna.

Sure, her cutesy tribute to Mr. Cooper had its moments, as she called the silver Vanderbilt scion "brave" and a "a bad-ass motherf*cker." But the sheer spectacle of Madonna was the real GLAAD triumph here, as she took to the stage in a Cub Scout uniform to rail against the Boy Scouts' homophobic policy ("They should change their stupid f*cking rule," she deadpanned), call attention to issues ranging from bullying and discrimination to freedom of speech and artistic expression, and offer to start a "revolution." All the headmistress pomp and kooky auntie charm I needed from Madonna came true -- and it was accompanied by a Lauren Bacall 'do and a slightly slurred delivery that made me wonder which vodka brand sponsored the big event.

Maybe you'll think different than I did, but I really thought this speech gave you everything fun, bizarre, and righteous you've come to expect from Madonna, and that certainly includes a dash of embarrassment. The woman can still work a crowd, and more importantly, she can still taunt a crowd. And luckily, Anderson too -- when Madonna called him out for attending three of her international shows, I whooped in a way I haven't since I first saw Tony Ward's work in the Sex book. Other recipients at the GLAAD Media Awards included How to Survive a Plague for Outstanding Documentary, The Amazing Race for Outstanding Reality Program, and Smash for Outstanding Drama Series. But now Madonna is a shoo-in for next year's Outstanding Drunken Comedic Dead Serious Monologue From A Woman Whose Legend Surpasses Most Of Greek Mythology. I hope she accepts that award after giving herself her own speech -- while wearing a killer tuxedo fitted over a cone bra

Bus Crash That Killed Pa. Coach Under Investigation

Police are investigating what caused a bus carrying a college women's lacrosse team to veer off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crash into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver.

Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among 23 people aboard when the bus crashed Saturday morning. The team was headed to an afternoon game at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania.

Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg died of her injuries at a hospital, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn son didn't survive. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene.

Two victims flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center remained there Sunday, but no information was released about their identities or conditions. A woman was in satisfactory condition at Holy Spirit Hospital in Carlisle in Camp Hill and was expected to be discharged later Sunday. All others aboard the bus were taken to hospitals as a precaution, but almost all were treated and released.

The front side of the bus, which was towed from the scene Saturday night, was shorn away, and the vehicle was left resting upright about 70 yards from the road at the bottom of a grassy slope.

Police couldn't immediately say what had caused the crash.




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Both Saturday's game and a Sunday home game were canceled after the crash, and Seton Hill, a Catholic liberal arts school of about 2,500 students near Pittsburgh, said a memorial Mass was planned for Sunday night on campus. The school is also offering grief counseling to students.

Duquesne University women's lacrosse coach Mike Scerbo remembered Quigley as a warm, outgoing person who immediately impressed him when he hired her to be an assistant during the 2008 season.

Quigley, a Duquesne alum, spent just one season under Scerbo before moving to South Carolina to start Erskine College's NCAA Division II program.

"In that time, I really saw how much passion she had to be a coach, and how much she enjoyed working with the kids," Scerbo said. "She was a teacher, and she wanted to help kids grow and learn, not just about the sport, but about life."

She spent three years at Erskine before taking the top job at Seton Hill for the 2012 season. She stayed in touch with Scerbo, often seeking his guidance and showing up at the Duquesne alumni game.

"She was a very happy person, very passionate about life, about her players, about her job and most importantly about her family," Scerbo said.

Quigley, a native of Baltimore, was married and had a young son, Gavin, the school said.

The bus operator, Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pa., is up-to-date on its inspections, which include bus and driver safety checks, said Jennifer Kocher, a spokeswoman for the state Public Utility Commission, which regulates bus companies.

The agency's motor safety inspectors could think of no accidents or violations involving the company that would raise a red flag, she said, though complete safety records were not available Saturday.

On Tuesday, another bus carrying college lacrosse players from a Vermont team was hit by a sports car that spun out of control on a wet highway in upstate New York, sending the bus toppling onto its side, police said. One person in the car died.

Bat-eating spiders, Found Everywhere

Bat-eating spiders, There is the only place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say.

Bats rank among the most successful groups of mammals, with the more than 1,200 species of bats comprising about one-fifth of all mammal species. Other than owls, hawks and snakes, bats have few natural enemies.

Still, invertebrates — creatures without backbones — have been known to dine on bats. For instance, giant centipedes in a cave in Venezuela were seen killing and eating bats, and the arachnids known as whip spiders were spotted feeding on dead bats in caves of the Caribbean. Cockroaches have been observed feeding on bat pups that have fallen to the floor of caves.

Spider-eat-bat world

Accidental deaths of bats in spiderwebs were known as well, but were thought to happen very rarely. Still, spiders are known to occasionally dine on a variety of vertebrates — creatures with backbones. For instance, fishing spiders capture and devour fish and frogs; some species of wolf spiders, huntsman spiders, tarantulas and related spiders have been seen killing and eating frogs and lizards; and tarantulas and comb-footed spiders have apparently fed on snakes and mice. There are also numerous reports of spiders killing other flying vertebrates, snagging birds with large orb webs.

Recent studies of a web-building spider species (Argiope savignyi) and a tarantula species (Poecilotheria rufilata) both killing small bats led researchers to suggest that bat captures and kills due to spiders might be more frequent than previously thought. So they analyzed 100 years' worth of scientific reports, interviews of bat and spider researchers and the staff of bat hospitals, and scans of image and video sites. The search revealed 52 cases of bat-catching spiders worldwide. [See Photos of Bat-Eating Spiders in Action]

Giant webs

Approximately 90 percent of known bat-catching spiders live in the warmer areas of the globe, in the third of the Earth surrounding the equator. About 40 percent live in the neotropics — the whole of South America, and the tropical regions of North America — while nearly a third live in Asia and more than a sixth live in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Eighty-eight percent of the reported cases of bat catches were due to web-building spiders, with giant tropical orb-weaving spiders with a leg-span of 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) seen catching bats in huge, strong orb-webs up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide.

In instances seen in Costa Rica and Panama, the spiders had built their webs near buildings inhabited by bat colonies. Bat-catching via spiderwebs was also witnessed particularly often in the parks and forests of the greater Hong Kong area. Future research may investigate whether the huge webs that sometimes block the entrances of tropical bat caves in east and southeast Asia and the neotropics may occasionally snag any members of the giant swarms of bats that emerge from the caves at night. [Photos: Creepy, Crawly & Incredible Spiders]

The other 12 percent of cases of spider kills of bats were from spiders that hunt without webs. For instance, tarantulas were seen eating small bats in tropical rainforests in Peru and eastern Ecuador and on the forest floor in northeastern Brazil. A reddish parachute tarantula (Poecilotheria rufilata) was also seen predating on a small bat in Kerala, India, while a huntsman spider (Heteropoda venatoria) was observed capturing and killing a small bat in a shed near Kolkata, India. An attempt by a large fishing spider (Dolomedes triton) to kill a bat pup was also witnessed below a bridge in Indiana.

The victims

Most bat prey of spiders are small or juvenile insect-eating bats, and usually are among the most common bat species of their areas. Bats entangled in webs were usually 4 to 9.5 inches (10 to 24 cm) in wingspan, including some of the smallest species of bats in the world, and they sometimes died of exhaustion, starvation, dehydration or overheating — but there were many cases where spiders were seen actively attacking, killing and eating these victims.

Bats are likely capable of detecting spiderwebs via echolocation, their biological sonar. Even if bats do collide with spiderwebs, only the strongest traps are likely capable of withstanding the energy of such an impact without breaking. As such, bat captures are likely rare.

Still, as scarce as spider captures of bats likely are, they would prove well worth the effort. The catch of a 2-gram bat by the giant orb-weaving spider Nephila pilipes, a common killer of bats, would be a bonanza about 10 times the mass of the average daily catch of insect prey, researchers noted.

Pregnant coach dies

Pregnant coach dies, A road trip by a college women's lacrosse team came to a horrifying end Saturday when the team bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver and injuring numerous others.

Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among the 23 people aboard when the bus crashed just before 9 a.m. No other vehicle was involved, and police couldn't immediately say what caused the crash.

Coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, was flown to a hospital but died there of her injuries, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn child didn't survive, authorities said. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene.

The other passengers were removed from the bus within an hour and taken to hospitals as a precaution. The crash appeared to have shorn away the front left side of the bus, which rested upright about 70 yards from the road at the bottom of a grassy slope.

The lacrosse team was headed to play Saturday afternoon at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania, for its fourth game of the year.

Both Saturday's game and a Sunday home game were canceled after the crash, and Seton Hill, a Catholic liberal arts school of about 2,500 students near Pittsburgh, said a memorial Mass was planned for Sunday night on campus.

Duquesne University women's lacrosse coach Mike Scerbo remembered Quigley as a warm, outgoing person who immediately impressed him when he hired her to be an assistant during the 2008 season.

Quigley, also a Duquesne alum, spent just one season under Scerbo before moving to South Carolina to start Erskine College's NCAA Division II program.

"In that time, I really saw how much passion she had to be a coach, and how much she enjoyed working with the kids," Scerbo said. "She was a teacher, and she wanted to help kids grow and learn, not just about the sport, but about life."

She spent three years at Erskine before taking the top job at Seton Hill for the 2012 season. She stayed in touch with Scerbo, often seeking his guidance and showing up at the Duquesne alumni game.

"She was a very happy person, very passionate about life, about her players, about her job and most importantly about her family," Scerbo said.

Quigley, a native of Baltimore, was married and had a young son, Gavin, the school said.

The bus operator, Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pa., is up-to-date on its inspections, which include bus and driver safety checks, said Jennifer Kocher, a spokeswoman for the state Public Utility Commission, which regulates bus companies.

The agency's motor safety inspectors could think of no accidents or violations involving the company that would raise a red flag, she said, though complete safety records weren't available Saturday.

On Tuesday, another bus carrying college lacrosse players from a Vermont team was hit by a sports car that spun out of control on a wet highway in upstate New York, sending the bus toppling onto its side, police said. One person in the car died.

And last month, a bus carrying 42 high school students from the Philadelphia area and their chaperones slammed into an overpass in Boston, injuring 35. Authorities said the driver had directed the bus onto a road with a height limit.

Tom Sizemore attack, Steals His Guitars

Tom Sizemore attack, Steals His Guitars

Tom Sizemore attack, On Thursday night, A man assaulted allegedly actor Tom Sizemore in his apartment and stole some guitars belonging to the actor. The unnamed man has since been arrested.

The man was reportedly the jealous boyfriend of a woman who was with the actor in his South Main Street home at the time.

Sizemore and the woman were threatened with a fake gun and the actor was attacked and locked in a bathroom as the thief made off with his property, a police source told the Los Angeles Times.

The suspect was quickly apprehended and booked on suspicion of assault. Sizemore's guitars were recovered.

Tom Sizemore attack

Tom Sizemore attack, Thursday night a man allegedly assaulted actor Tom Sizemore in his apartment and stole some guitars belonging to the actor. The unnamed man has since been arrested.

The man was reportedly the jealous boyfriend of a woman who was with the actor in his South Main Street home at the time….starpulse.

Sizemore and the woman were threatened with a fake gun and the actor was attacked and locked in a bathroom as the thief made off with his property, a police source told the Los Angeles Times.

The suspect was quickly apprehended and booked on suspicion of assault. Sizemore’s guitars were recovered.

Race car kills 2

Race car kills 2, Teenage race car driver taking warm-up laps at a California raceway careened off the track and into pit row, killing a 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man, officials said.

Six or seven cars were on the track Saturday night when the out of control car ran into the two victims, who were standing side-by-side, Yuba County Sheriff's Capt. Ron Johnson said. He said the two were affiliated with one of the cars or drivers but did not yet know how.

Neither the 17-year-old driver nor anyone else was injured, he said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene at Marysville Raceway Park some 40 miles north of Sacramento, and the boy was declared dead either at the hospital or in an ambulance, the officer told The Associated Press.

The raceway was hosting the California Sprint Car Civil War Series on the opening day of its season.

Steven Blakesley, the announcer calling the race from the stands, said the sprint cars were doing so-called "hot laps" about an hour before the race when a car driven by Chase Johnson, traveling at about 90 mph, couldn't make a turn.

"There must have been a mechanical problem," Blakesley said. "The car didn't slow down. "

Blakesley said the car ran through a gap between the track and pit row, hit an empty golf-style cart then ran out of the view of the stands, where fans were mostly silent and left to speculation about what was happening.

He said the next thing he was able to see was CPR being performed on two people, and later a body being covered and crime scene tape going up. The names of the victims weren't immediately available.

The bio on Chase Johnson's website said he's a senior at Petaluma High School north of San Francisco and is a fourth generation race car driver.

Blakesley said Chase Johnson had been driving for two years already, and many on the sprint car circuit, seen as a stepping stone to higher levels like NASCAR, began as young as 15 as Johnson did.

He said others on the circuit, where small, high-powered cars race on short dirt ovals, were older drivers whose careers had peaked earlier.

The Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol were investigating to determine the cause of the crash, Ron Johnson said. The Sheriff's Department also serves as the county's coroner and would determine the identities and official cause of death for the two victims, he said.

An outgoing message on the track's phone line said only that Saturday's race had been canceled, and a message left for a raceway spokesman was not immediately returned.

The race track fatalities come less than a month after a crash on the last lap of a race at Daytona International Speedway injured at least 30 fans Feb. 23. The victims were sprayed with large chunks of debris — including a tire — after a car careened into the fencing that is designed to protect the massive grandstands lining the track.

At another NASCAR race in 2009 at Talladega, the crowd was showered with debris and seven fans were injured when a car sailed upside-down into the front-stretch fence on a furious dash to the finish line, showering the stands with debris. Seven fans sustained minor injuries.

And in 2010 at a National Hot Rod Association event in Chandler, Ariz., a woman was killed by a tire that flew off a crashing dragster at Firebird International Raceway.

Race car kills 2, at California speedway

Race car kills 2, A race car struck and killed a teenage boy and a man at a northern California speedway during warm-up laps on Saturday, and authorities are investigating what led to the fatal mishap, a sheriff's official said.

The 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man were standing in the maintenance pit area alongside the dirt track of a sprint-car race at Marysville Raceway Park, about 100 miles northeast of San Francisco, said Yuba County Sheriff's Captain Ron Johnson.

"One of the cars left the track and drove into the pit area," Johnson said, adding that it remained unclear whether the driver exited the track because he was done with his warm-up or lost control of his car due to mechanical problems.

The car ended up striking the teenager and the man who were "standing basically next to each other," Johnson said.

The man died at the scene and the teenager was pronounced dead at a local hospital, Johnson said. Their names have not been released.

A half-dozen racers were performing their warm-up laps at the time of the incident, police said.

The two victims were "both legitimately in the pit area (and) were associated with race-driving teams," Johnson said.

Neither the driver nor anyone else was injured, police said.

The dirt-track race was scheduled as the first round of this year's California Sprint Car Civil War Series, according to a statement from race organizers sent out before the event.

The compact, high-horsepower cars in the racing series are equipped with a metal wing mounted on top the roll cage. Drivers compete for thousands of dollars in prize money, the statement said.

Marysville Raceway Park said in a recorded phone message that the Saturday evening races had been canceled. Event organizers could not be reached for comment.

Last month more than 30 NASCAR fans were injured at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida in a multi-car accident in the last lap of the Nationwide Series race a day before the Daytona 500.

Bat-eating spiders

Bat-eating spiders, There's only one place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say.

Bats rank among the most successful groups of mammals, with the more than 1,200 species of bats comprising about one-fifth of all mammal species. Other than owls, hawks and snakes, bats have few natural enemies.

Still, invertebrates — creatures without backbones — have been known to dine on bats. For instance, giant centipedes in a cave in Venezuela were seen killing and eating bats, and the arachnids known as whip spiders were spotted feeding on dead bats in caves of the Caribbean. Cockroaches have been observed feeding on bat pups that have fallen to the floor of caves.

Spider-eat-bat world
Accidental deaths of bats in spiderwebs were known as well, but were thought to happen very rarely. Still, spiders are known to occasionally dine on a variety of vertebrates — creatures with backbones. For instance, fishing spiders capture and devour fish and frogs; some species of wolf spiders, huntsman spiders, tarantulas and related spiders have been seen killing and eating frogs and lizards; and tarantulas and comb-footed spiders have apparently fed on snakes and mice. There are also numerous reports of spiders killing other flying vertebrates, snagging birds with large orb webs.

Recent studies of a web-building spider species (Argiope savignyi) and a tarantula species (Poecilotheria rufilata) both killing small bats led researchers to suggest that bat captures and kills due to spiders might be more frequent than previously thought. So they analyzed 100 years' worth of scientific reports, interviews of bat and spider researchers and the staff of bat hospitals, and scans of image and video sites. The search revealed 52 cases of bat-catching spiders worldwide. [See Photos of Bat-Eating Spiders in Action]

Giant webs
Approximately 90 percent of known bat-catching spiders live in the warmer areas of the globe, in the third of the Earth surrounding the equator. About 40 percent live in the neotropics — the whole of South America, and the tropical regions of North America — while nearly a third live in Asia and more than a sixth live in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Eighty-eight percent of the reported cases of bat catches were due to web-building spiders, with giant tropical orb-weaving spiders with a leg-span of 4 to 6 inches seen catching bats in huge, strong orb-webs up to 5 feet wide.

In instances seen in Costa Rica and Panama, the spiders had built their webs near buildings inhabited by bat colonies. Bat-catching via spiderwebs was also witnessed particularly often in the parks and forests of the greater Hong Kong area. Future research may investigate whether the huge webs that sometimes block the entrances of tropical bat caves in east and southeast Asia and the neotropics may occasionally snag any members of the giant swarms of bats that emerge from the caves at night. [Photos: Creepy, Crawly & Incredible Spiders]

The other 12 percent of cases of spider kills of bats were from spiders that hunt without webs. For instance, tarantulas were seen eating small bats in tropical rainforests in Peru and eastern Ecuador and on the forest floor in northeastern Brazil. A reddish parachute tarantula (Poecilotheria rufilata) was also seen predating on a small bat in Kerala, India, while a huntsman spider (Heteropoda venatoria) was observed capturing and killing a small bat in a shed near Kolkata, India. An attempt by a large fishing spider (Dolomedes triton) to kill a bat pup was also witnessed below a bridge in Indiana.

The victims
Most bat prey of spiders are small or juvenile insect-eating bats, and usually are among the most common bat species of their areas. Bats entangled in webs were usually 4 to 9.5 inches in wingspan, including some of the smallest species of bats in the world, and they sometimes died of exhaustion, starvation, dehydration or overheating — but there were many cases where spiders were seen actively attacking, killing and eating these victims.

Bats are likely capable of detecting spiderwebs via echolocation, their biological sonar. Even if bats do collide with spiderwebs, only the strongest traps are likely capable of withstanding the energy of such an impact without breaking. As such, bat captures are likely rare.

Still, as scarce as spider captures of bats likely are, they would prove well worth the effort. The catch of a 2-gram bat by the giant orb-weaving spider Nephila pilipes, a common killer of bats, would be a bonanza about 10 times the mass of the average daily catch of insect prey, researchers noted.

Martin Nyffeler and Mirjam Knörnschild detailed their findings online March 13 in the journal PLOS ONE.

Bat-eating spiders, Most Terrifying Creature

Bat-eating spiders, A bat’s enemies: owls, hawks, snakes, the Joker, spiders. Spiders? Yes.

The incidence of spiders eating bats could be more widespread than initially suspected, reports a study published March 13 in PLoS ONE. To reach this conclusion, the authors spoke with scientists, conducted an extensive scientific literature review, dug through the blogosphere, and looked for pictures of spiders eating bats on Flickr.




Argiope savignyi


The search turned up 52 reports of bat-eating spiders, less than half of which had been published before.

The authors report that bat-munching spiders live on every continent except Antarctica. Most catch bats in webs, like the giant golden silk orb-weavers (Nephilidae). As adults, these spiders’ leg spans can be 10-15 centimeters across, and they weave webs more than a meter in diameter. Bats have also been observed in the webs of social spiders, such as Parawixia. But a minority of spiders, like huntsman and tarantulas, forage for prey without a web, and have been spotted munching on bats on forest floors.

Perhaps most surprisingly, “An attempt by a large fishing spider Dolomedes triton to kill a bat pup has been witnessed below a bridge in Indiana,” the authors report.

That spider’s plot was foiled after it became frightened by photographers.