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THE BLOTTER
September 30, 2002
CaughtBy several members of The Edmonton Eskimos, a woman who jumped from The fourth floor of a burning apartment building in downtown Edmonton. The 24-year-old woman, who lives in the same building as 15 players from the CFL team, had her fall broken by seven Eskimos, who joined hands and formed a circle below her window.
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September 30, 2002

The Blotter

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Caught
By several members of The Edmonton Eskimos, a woman who jumped from The fourth floor of a burning apartment building in downtown Edmonton. The 24-year-old woman, who lives in the same building as 15 players from the CFL team, had her fall broken by seven Eskimos, who joined hands and formed a circle below her window.

Requested
By Tampa Bay infielder Russ Johnson, that the team drop the word "Devil" from its nickname. Johnson suffered a bout of depression and returned in midseason as a born-again Christian. "There's no use honoring that part of the spirit," he said.

Approved
By the Senate commerce committee, a bill by Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) to create a federal boxing commission. The U.S. Boxing Administration would license all boxers, promoters, referees and judges; require promoters to submit contracts with boxers to prevent them from cheating fighters; and maintain boxers' medical records.

Charged
Gerald Tidwell, 35, football coach at Warren County ( Tenn.) High, with misdemeanor assault, after a helmet he threw during a halftime pep talk struck running back Mario Pezzimenti in the head and opened a cut that required 10 stitches. Tidwell is under suspension pending a court hearing on Oct. 29.

Beaned (Accidentally)
Two Pittsburgh Pirates fans by announcer Steve Blass, whose major league pitching career was cut short by a loss of control. Blass was trying to drop a foul ball he'd retrieved in the booth to a young fan in the second deck, but the ball hit a man on the head and bounced to a lower deck, where it struck the head of a child.

Denied
By a federal court, the appeal of former pitcher John Montefusco to have his lawsuit against ESPN reinstated. Montefusco, who was convicted of simple assault against his former wife in 2000, sued the network after it compared him with O.J. Simpson, which a lower court ruled did not amount to defamation.

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