Bonds indictment reworked
Major League Baseball home run record holder Barry Bonds was charged with 14 counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice in a new indictment that was a result of the BALCO doping investigation. Bonds originally was charged with four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice for lying about whether he knowingly used illegal substances on Nov. 15. However, US District Judge Susan Illston ordered government prosecutors on Feb. 29 to rework the indictment so that each charge alleged only one lie rather than combining several alleged falsehoods into single counts. The new indictment does not add any new alleged falsehoods. The case against Bonds is still built on whether he lied when he told the grand jury that his personal trainer Greg Anderson never supplied him with steroids and human growth hormone.
Bush reveals why he quit
US President George W. Bush said on Tuesday he quit playing golf in 2003 out of respect for the families of Americans killed in the war in Iraq. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf,” Bush said in an interview with Yahoo and Politico.com. “I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” he said. Bush said his last round of golf was in August 2003 when he was informed that a truck bomb had wrecked the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. “They pulled me off the golf course and I said: ‘It’s just not worth it anymore to do,’” Bush said.
Tetupu in driving arrest
Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu admitted on Tuesday to being arrested three days earlier for drunken driving. Police in Kirkland, the suburban home of the Seahawks’ headquarters and practice facility, reported Tatupu registered blood-alcohol levels of 0.155 percent and 0.158 percent in breath test readings — nearly twice the legal limit in Washington. Those tests came almost 90 minutes after the 25-year-old cornerstone of Seattle’s defense was handcuffed and driven to a police station. “I want to apologize to my family, teammates, the Seahawks ownership and organization and the fans for making a poor decision and putting myself in a bad situation,” Tatupu said in a statement released by the team on Tuesday.
Dakar goes to South America
The Dakar Rally switches continents next year with a grueling 9,000km event planned for Argentina and Chile. The move from its traditional home in Africa to South America was triggered by the cancelation of this year’s rally because of security concerns after four French tourists were murdered in Mauritania in December. Details of next year’s route were released by organizers in Paris on Tuesday. The race, featuring 6,000km of special stages, sets out from Buenos Aires on Jan. 3, with the Dakar caravan crossing the Andes at altitudes of over 4,500m into Chile and a stop off at the Pacific Ocean resort of Valparaiso. It then makes its way back to the Argentine capital’s Plaza de la Republica for a Jan. 18 finish. “It will be the same adventure as Africa, with the same ingredients, but the terrain is markedly different and the conditions will be difficult,” Dakar director Etienne Lavigne said. “It’s a real Dakar.”