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NFL responds to new Jonathan Vilma lawsuit lawsuit to overturn his suspension

NFL responds to new Jonathan Vilma lawsuit lawsuit to overturn his suspension | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via ProCanes:

 

The league hadn’t responded to the Associated Press regarding Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s new Saturday-night’s-all-right-for-suing effort to overturn his suspension. The league has since responded to the new lawsuit, via a statement emailed to PFT.

 

“We have not yet had an opportunity to review Mr. Vilma’s improper effort to litigate a matter that is committed to a collectively bargained process,” the league said, via NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. “There is no basis for asking a federal court to substitute its judgment for the procedures agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA, procedures that have been in place, and have served the game well, for decades.” 

 

That said, it’s fair to attack the process as being unfair. Under the Federal Arbitration Act, the four reasons for throwing out an arbitration award are: (1) if the decision was “procured by corruption, fraud, or undue means”; (2) if there was “evident partiality or corruption by the arbitrator”; (3) if the arbitrator was “guilty of misconduct in refusing to postpone a hearing, in refusing to hear evidence, or in misbehaving in some other way”; or (4) the arbitrator “exceeded his powers and imperfectly executed them.” Though we’ve yet to actually see Vilma’s lawsuit or any briefs filed in support of efforts to block the suspension pending the outcome of the litigation, it’s likely that Vilma’s legal effort will be confined to those four factors...

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Miami leaders and Pitbull urge 4th of July revelers to celebrate gun-free (VIDEO)

Miami leaders and Pitbull urge 4th of July revelers to celebrate gun-free (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Officials are urging everyone to have a safe Fourth of July celebration by not firing guns.


Monday morning, Miami-Dade County and City of Miami officials held a new conference reminding the public about the dangers of celebratory gunfire just days ahead of Independence Day celebrations. "A bullet can land as far as a mile away if shot up into the air, and you may not even hear the gunfire but you can probably hear a bullet crashing through your window, crashing through your ceiling," said Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa.


People have been killed over the years by stray bullets falling from the sky when people choose to celebrate with weapons. In 2008 an 11-year-old Opa-Locka boy playing near a dumpster was killed when a neighbor fired into a piece of discarded furniture celebrating the New Year...

 

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Miami Heat Owner Micky Arison Says Team Will Lose Money This Year, Pay No Rent To Miami-Dade For 12th Year

Miami Heat Owner Micky Arison Says Team Will Lose Money This Year, Pay No Rent To Miami-Dade For 12th Year | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CNBC:

 

“This is a hobby of passion, it’s not a business,” said Micky Arison, the CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines who took control of the team in 1995. “Every year in the building we’ve lost money aside from last year, under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement, because of LeBron.”

 

The Heat have been playing in American Airlines Arena for 12 seasons. They also haven’t ever paid rent thanks to loopholes in the agreement with Miami-Dade County including a clause that allows the team to pay itself back for its contributions to the arena’s cost before sharing the wealth.

 

So how does Arison explain how the team might have lost money after selling out its second straight season and 13 home playoff games?

 

“With the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it works against us because of the dollars we had under contract already and the revenue sharing,” Arison said...

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Making It Rain: Arsht Center Roof Leak Repairs Will Cost Miami-Dade at Least $2.7 Million

Making It Rain: Arsht Center Roof Leak Repairs Will Cost Miami-Dade at Least $2.7 Million | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

Repairs to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts necessitated by a busted water pipe will cost Miami-Dade County at least $2.7 million, according to a recent memo from Mayor Carlos Gimenez. While some of the costs are covered by an insurance policy, the county is on the hook for coming up with the rest of the money.

 

The repairs are needed after a torrential downpour this past May 20 caused a storm pipe in the ceiling to fail. Water cascaded throughout the Ziff Ballet Opera House during a performance of The Lion King and forced theater goers to evacuate the premises.

 

Those quick fixes, along with the inspections to reopen, cost an estimated $1.3 million, Gimenez says. He added that it will require at least another $1.4 million to demolish damaged areas. His administration is waiting on estimates for the reconstruction costs...

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Shakedown Ends: Pasadena, California discontinues red-light camera program

Shakedown Ends: Pasadena, California discontinues red-light camera program | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Los Angeles Times:

 

City officials decided not to renew a contract with American Traffic Systems Inc. for the city's seven red-light cameras, citing a lack of enforcement from Los Angeles County courts, time wasted by Pasadena police officers and questions about the cameras' effectiveness in improving traffic safety.

 

Additionally, the program — while never expected to bring in a lot of money — is running at a $4,487 deficit, the Pasadena Sun reported.

 

Pasadena launched the program in 2003 on a contract that ended in June 2011. The City Council extended the program for a year while studying its effectiveness. The contract ended Saturday, and all the equipment will be taken down.

 

In the first year after the red-light cameras were installed, transportation officials noted a decline in collisions. But that may have been due to lengthening the time that lights remained yellow, said Bahman Janka, a Pasadena transportation administrator. Further studies found that the frequency of collisions at intersections with and without cameras was similar.

 

Janka said the main reason for killing the cameras is that they waste law enforcement resources.

In a month one officer issues as many traffic citations, including for red-light running, as do all of the cameras, according to a staff report. "A lot of time is spent going to court dealing with challenges," Janka said. "It makes more sense to put more money into the Police Department, which is more effective..."

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Scientologist spies allegedly deployed against Katie Holmes

Scientologist spies allegedly deployed against Katie Holmes | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Katie Holmes fears Scientologists are spying on her after her split from Tom Cruise.

Holmes has filed for divorce from her superstar husband Tom Cruise, ending a six-year marriage that produced one daughter and captivated celebrity watchers worldwide.

Holmes filed papers in New York City on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking sole custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter Suri in a move that came "out of the blue" for the "Mission: Impossible" actor, said one source with knowledge of the situation.

The Sun said that mysterious men were seen monitoring the street outside her home. The actress asked aides to take photographs of the alleged spies...
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CNN Video: Penn State had plan in 2001 to end Jerry Sandusky's reign of terror, then Joe Paterno was consulted…

CNN "ACC 360" June 29, 2012

 

Sandusky raped at least four more children after Joe Paterno stopped Penn State from reporting him to authorities in 2001. All four testified at trial in June, 2012...

 

Editing: Sports by Brooks http://twitter.com/sportsbybrooks

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Coast Guard Unloads Major Cocaine Haul At Miami Beach Station: $48 million worth from three seizures (VIDEO)

Coast Guard Unloads Major Cocaine Haul At Miami Beach Station: $48 million worth from three seizures (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Miami:

 

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – More than 3,800 pounds of cocaine seized by the U.S. Coast in three different interdictions were offloaded Friday at the guard’s base in Miami Beach.

 

The wholesale value of the drugs is approximately $48 million. Coast Guard Commander John Detleff ssaid during one of the interdictions, things got a little interesting when they had to open fire on a suspected smuggling vessel from a helicopter.

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Friday night news dump: White House salaries reported, rise since last year

Friday night news dump: White House salaries reported, rise since last year | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Politico: 

 

The White House released its annual report to Congress on staff salaries. At 4:39 p.m. on Friday.

 

A quick review found the White House payroll appears to have grown since last year, going from $37.1 million in 2011 to $37.8 million in 2012. The number of employees listed also grew -- from 454 last year to 468 in 2012...

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Governor Rick Scott: Florida won't comply with Obamacare law

Governor Rick Scott: Florida won't comply with Obamacare law | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via Sun Sentinel:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says Florida will do nothing to comply with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and will not expand its Medicaid program. The announcement is a marked changed after the governor recently said he would follow the law if it were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We're not going to implement Obamacare in Florida, we're not going to expand Medicaid because we're going to do the right thing," Scott said Friday night during an interview on Fox News. He also said the Medicaid expansion would cost Florida taxpayers $1.9 billion a year, but it's unclear how he arrived at that figure.

Scott said the state will not expand the Medicaid program in order to lower the number of uninsured residents, nor will Florida set up a state-run health exchange, a marketplace where people who need insurance policies could shop for them...
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In the latest edition of my VICE column 'This Week in Florida,' a woman gets caught with oxycodone in her vagina

In the latest edition of my VICE column 'This Week in Florida,' a woman gets caught with oxycodone in her vagina | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Plus, "Beware the man with a tanning bed in his barn" and so much more...

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$6 Million Worth of Weed Found in California Condo After Kitchen Fire

$6 Million Worth of Weed Found in California Condo After Kitchen Fire | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Complex:

 

In the event that a kitchen fire gets out of control, you’ll probably want to flee with your valuables—like $6 million worth of weed. A stove top fire brought Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies to a Norwalk, Calif., condo last night, and along with a burned meal, they discovered 2,000 pounds of packaged weed inside of the home...

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Shame on us, we have real criminals to purse: 'U.S. Trying to Extradite 24-Year-Old Brit for Sharing Links'

Shame on us, we have real criminals to purse: 'U.S. Trying to Extradite 24-Year-Old Brit for Sharing Links' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via ReadWriteWeb:

 

The United States government is currently trying to extradite a 24-year-old British citizen, Richard O’Dwyer, to the U.S. for creating a site that linked to - but never hosted - online videos. It's another example of the federal government and Hollywood's antiquated sharing-equals-piracy mentality and their ongoing efforts to criminalize the same kind of activity that happens on Google, Facebook and Twitter every day. The case is so outlandish that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and various politicians and celebrities are stepping in to defend O’Dwyer.

 

In 2007 when O’Dwyer was 19, he created TVShack.net, a small website frequented mostly by Brits which acted as a crowd-sourced search engine for film, documentary and TV show content found on the Web. Users would post links to the content, some of which was illegally uploaded to the Internet, but the site itself did not host any videos; it was more of a forum like Reddit than a video platform like YouTube.

 

When sent a takedown notice for linking to copyrighted material over the three years the site was active, O’Dwyer said he deleted the offending post. That wasn’t good enough because in 2010, when O’Dwyer was 22, he was arrested in his Sheffield Hallam University dorm room by two local police officers, and two Immigration and Customs agents from the United States. O’Dwyer was charged with copyright infringement and conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.

 

The U.S. deemed the $220,000 O’Dwyer made from advertising revenue on TVShack illegal and is currently trying to extradite him to the U.S., where he could receive a sentence of 10 years in a maximum security prison. In comparison, O’Dwyer’s case was investigated by British authorities and dropped, as linking to content is not illegal in the U.K. and is considered protected by free speech...

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Miami Herald editors use journalistic trickery to steal 7-month-old story from Sarasota Herald-Tribune about corrupt Opa-Locka cop

Miami Herald editors use journalistic trickery to steal 7-month-old story from Sarasota Herald-Tribune about corrupt Opa-Locka cop | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Random Pixels:

 

So, here's the problem. You're in charge of what used to be the state's largest and most powerful newspaper.

 

But for the past half-dozen years or so, things haven't been going so well.

 

Your reporting staff has been slashed to almost nothing and readers and advertisers are leaving in droves.

 

Then, seven months ago, a relatively tiny paper from the other side of the state sends a reporter to town and kicks your ass - figuratively speaking - on a story your staff should have known about and reported on.

 

That's exactly what happened last December when the Sarasota Herald-Tribune - a paper with half the circulation of the Miami Herald - discovered that Florida's dirtiest cop, German Bosque, was working in Opa-Locka, a small municipality that's just a dozen miles north of One Herald Plaza.

 

So, what do you do?

 

Well, if you're an editor at the Herald, you wait seven months, then run the story this weekend as if it's your own and cross your fingers and hope that none of your few remaining readers remember seeing it elsewhere.

 

But, on the off-chance that some may remember; you credit the Sarasota paper, slipping in the barest of mentions somewhere around the 46th paragraph of the story...

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Deadly Weekend: Pedestrians killed on sidewalk leaving Marlins Park on Saturday -- team is silent

Deadly Weekend: Pedestrians killed on sidewalk leaving Marlins Park on Saturday -- team is silent | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Transit Miami:

 

The worst of the carnage took place on Saturday evening in the shadows of the sparkling new Marlins Park. Shortly after leaving the Marlins game, three family members from Georgia were killed on the sidewalk walking to their car when a red Dodge minivan driven by Herberto Ortega Arias, 67, of Miami jumped the curb and plowed into them only one block away from the stadium. The dead victims were all related and include a 13-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and a 50-year-old woman. Another relative, a 10-year-old girl remains hospitalized in extremely critical condition. A passing cyclist was struck and slightly injured and another pedestrian was so distraught over the sight that he too had to be hospitalized. The driver of the minivan, Arias, also died in the crash.

 

The Marlins have yet to release any official statement on the crash, they shamefully did not hold a moment of silence for the victims before today’s game, did not make a public service announcement reminding fans to drive safely or do anything to meaningfully address the tragedy right on their doorstep. Last year, when a fan at a Texas Rangers baseball game tragically fell to his death, the Rangers lowered flags to half mast and established a memorial fund the very next day in the victims name. Transit Miami calls on the Marlins to follow suit and not act like insensitive “small fish” in light of Saturday’s horrific crash.

 

Further, we have repeatedly addressed the deplorable pedestrian and cycling conditions around Marlins Park. It’s painfully obvious to anyone walking in the area that the conditions around the stadium are utterly ill-suited for the increased pedestrian volumes that come with major sporting events. In an article for Transit Miami earlier in June (Bike to the Game Day….Not in Miami), I wrote, “The arterials of NW 7th St and NW 17th Ave are downright hostile and nasty – for motorists as well.” This is precisely where the crash on Saturday took place that killed four people. I continue, “The Marlins also consistently brushed off requests from the City of Miami to assist in making the area more bicycle friendly. The team did widen a few sidewalks immediately adjacent to the ballpark..."

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts switched views to uphold health care law

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts switched views to uphold health care law | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS News:

 

Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations.

 

Roberts then withstood a month-long, desperate campaign to bring him back to his original position, the sources said. Ironically, Justice Anthony Kennedy - believed by many conservatives to be the justice most likely to defect and vote for the law - led the effort to try to bring Roberts back to the fold.

 

Roberts had begun to focus on a different argument to uphold the law and the mandate's penalty by defining it as a tax. That strained argument had received almost no attention in the lower courts, which had uniformly rejected it. It was seen as a long-shot by the law's supporters...

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Bath Salt Epidemic Bogus? Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño Says It's Real, and It's Scary...Bro

Bath Salt Epidemic Bogus? Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño Says It's Real, and It's Scary...Bro | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Miami New Times:

 

People love a good story. It's why when Rudy Eugene ate Ronald Poppo's face beneath the MacArthur Causeway on May 26, the whole world latched onto one cop's careless explanation: Bath salts drove Eugene insane.

 

Cue public panic. In Miami, media blamed the mysterious compound -- often called synthetic cocaine -- for a guy exposing himself to children and a young man growling at police. In West Virginia, one dude was so high on bath salts (can we call him a "bath saltine"?) that he supposedly donned a bra and panties, slaughtered his neighbor's pygmy goat, and passed out.

 

Nobody latched harder onto the idea that bath salts are a demon drug than Manuel Maroño. But is the Sweetwater mayor full of synthetic crap?

 

Since 2002, Maroño has presided over the peaceful suburb with just 14,000 residents. It wasn't until this year, however, that he found his signature issue. In early May, Sweetwater became the first city in Florida to ban what was then the newest drug on earth: fake pot. Maroño came up with the idea after police warned him about middle and high school kids streaming into a local convenience store to buy the stuff...

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Cocaine Cowboys: Mexican drug wars bring big money to Miami real estate

Cocaine Cowboys: Mexican drug wars bring big money to Miami real estate | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via rakontur and Housing Predictor:

It's been hard to miss the headlines touting Miami's remarkable real estate recovery.

The buyers are from all over the world, but mainly Central and South America. The cocaine cowboys produced a booming violent metropolis in Miami during the 1970s and the Mexican cartels are injecting plenty of cash into the Miami economy in today’s new era. “Some are buying just because they’re wealthy,” said Peter Zalewski of CondoVultures.com, an online data firm specializing in the condo market. “The Mexican drug wars have brought a lot of money into Miami.”
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Florida Department of Children and Families Worker Arrested After Trying to Flee

Florida Department of Children and Families Worker Arrested After Trying to Flee | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via NBC Miami:

A worker with the Department of Children and Families was arrested Saturday while trying to flee the country following accusations that he had a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in foster care, officials said.

Jean LaCroix, 46, boarded a plane to the Dominican Republic Saturday morning but was returned to New York after U.S. federal authorities asked custom agents in Dominican Republic to deny LaCroix entry to the country, the state attorney's office said. LaCroix was arrested in New York and charged with five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to an arrest warrant.

LaCroix allegedly had sex with a teen who is also one of the victims in the prostitution ring that was busted last week, according to authorities. The DCF investigator had been assigned to the teen's case...
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Florida Man Repeatedly Returned Used Enemas To CVS Store

Florida Man Repeatedly Returned Used Enemas To CVS Store | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via The Smoking Gun:

 

JUNE 29--A Florida man is under investigation for repeatedly returning boxes of used enemas to a CVS pharmacy where workers re-shelved the items, cops report.

 

The unidentified suspect, who has not yet been charged in a product tampering probe being led by the federal Food and Drug Administration, was arrested earlier this month on an unrelated outstanding warrant. He is currently locked up.

  

Remarkably, however, despite discovering on June 5 that four boxes of enemas had been returned used on four separate occasions, CVS personnel did not immediately contact law enforcement about the tampering.

 

It was not until June 12--when the male suspect sought to return a fifth box of enemas to the San Jose Boulevard store--that pharmacy employees alerted Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputies. On that date, a CVS employee told the man that he “could no longer take returns for this item" and also “contacted his loss prevention manager and advised all the area CVS stores about this incident..."

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Joe Paterno influenced Penn State officials to keep quiet about Jerry Sandusky, emails reveal

Joe Paterno influenced Penn State officials to keep quiet about Jerry Sandusky, emails reveal | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via New York Daily News:

 

Newly uncovered emails in the Jerry Sandusky case show that Penn State officials were on the verge of blowing the whistle on him -- but changed their minds after talking to coach Joe Paterno...

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Penn State: Disturbing Jerry Sandusky e-mails could spell more trouble for university officials

Penn State: Disturbing Jerry Sandusky e-mails could spell more trouble for university officials | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CNN:

 

With convicted serial child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky behind bars, new questions are surfacing about what Penn State officials knew about a 2001 incident involving the former assistant football coach's encounter with a boy in the shower -- and whether they covered up the incident.

 

After the 2001 incident, Sandusky sexually abused other boys over the course of years until his arrest.

 

The messages indicate former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former university officials knew they had a problem with Sandusky after a 2001 shower incident, but apparently first decided to handle it using a "humane" approach before contacting outside authorities whose job it is to investigate suspected abuse.


"This is a more humane and upfront way to handle this,' wrote Gary Schultz, then vice president at the university.

 

Records show no authorities were ever contacted and Sandusky was eventually charged with having sexual contact with four more boys after the 2001 incident. On June 22, Sandusky was convicted of abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

 

In an exchange of messages from February 26-28, 2001, Spanier allegedly acknowledges Penn State could be "vulnerable" for not reporting the incident, according to two sources with knowledge of the case.


"The only downside for us is if the message (to Sandusky) isn't 'heard' and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it," Spanier purportedly writes.


The alleged e-mails among Spanier, Schultz, 62, and former Athletic Director Tim Curley, 57, never mention Sandusky by name, instead referring to him as "the subject" and "the person." Children that Sandusky brought on campus --some of whom might have been victims -- are referred to as "guests."


The exchanges began 16 days after graduate assistant Mike McQueary first told Coach Joe Paterno on February 9, 2001, that McQueary believed he saw Sandusky make sexual contact with a boy in a locker room shower...

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Burglars break into Southwest Miami-Dade home, beat dogs (VIDEO)

Burglars break into Southwest Miami-Dade home, beat dogs (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Two burglars are on the loose after robbing a South Florida home and brutally beating the pets inside.

Surveillance cameras captured the crooks in action as they stole a large flat-screen television from a Southwest Miami-Dade residence, last Monday.

According to the homeowners, who were not home at the time of the crime, the duo jumped a tall wooden fence to gain access to their property. The pair smashed a sliding-glass door to get inside the home.
The alarm never went off.

"A bunch of our stuff was gone, some of our handguns were gone," said victim Kayla Harris.

The suspects, who are described as males in their late teens or early 20s, were confronted by the family's seven dogs. They showed no mercy toward the family's pets and beat the animals, including two albino Doberman Pinschers, in order to gain access to the home...
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Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Divorce: Raising Suri As A Scientologist Was Her Breaking Point

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Divorce: Raising Suri As A Scientologist Was Her Breaking Point | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via TMZ:

 

Katie Holmes filed for divorce primarily over Tom Cruise's fierce ties to Scientology, fearing that Tom would drag Suri deep into the church ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.

 

Our sources say ... Katie has never been fully committed to Scientology, even though she has had ties with the church. We're told the couple had been arguing over Suri -- that she's now of the age where Scientology becomes a significant part of her life.

 

Sources familiar with the split tell us Katie is filing for sole legal custody -- as we first reported -- specifically because she does not want Tom to control decisions relating to religion...

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