10/26/2010 by Peter Hart
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
LeBron James and the new-look Miami Heat opened the NBA season last night in Boston.
Apparently, LeBron was the only one of the “Three’t” to show up for the game, as he put up 31 points in his team’s 88-80 loss to the Celtics. Holy crap, “Three’t” might be the worst moniker ever.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers is convinced the Heat will progress into a title contender.
“They’re going to be great,” he said.Not yet, though. Wade and Bosh weren’t even all that good on opening night.
Wade was limited to 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting and Bosh added eight points and eight rebounds. The trio combined for 15 of the Heat’s 17 turnovers— eight by James, six by Wade and one by Bosh. And Miami was outscored 16-9 in the first quarter. –Y! Sports.
Obviously the Heat still need time to find ways of maximizing their personnel advantages. After all, both Wade and James were playing in the FIBA Worlds this summer and have barely had any sort of offseason break. But I thought the Celtics were supposed to be too old to compete for the East this year.
You know, just like last year and the year before that. They’ve got more toilet water on their balls than a dead goldfish. Okay, I might have to draw you a picture for that one.
At least Kobe won last night. Good job, Kobe.
Federal authorities say a man from Virginia was attempting to help al-Qaeda operatives in a plot to bomb Metro stations. But from early indications, it doesn’t look like the alleged bomber got very far into his plans before law enforcement tracked him down, and the only plotting he did was in response to instructions from federal agents he thought were accomplices.
Farooque Ahmed, 34, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, was arrested Wednesday. On Tuesday, a federal grand jury in Alexandria had indicted the Ashburn man, charging him with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility, and attempting to provide material support to help carry out multiple bombings to cause mass casualties at D.C.-area Metrorail stations.
Authorities say the public was never in danger because their agents had been monitoring the man’s activities throughout the conception and planning of the attacks.
Ahmed was discovered by agents to be seeking to obtain unspecified materials (presumably bomb-related). As a part of a sting operation that lasted from April through early this week, federal authorities posing as al-Qaeda operatives asked Ahmed to collect video and photographic surveillance footage and draw diagrams of Metrorail stations. According to the indictment, Ahmed carried out all of those tasks and handed over the information to people he thought were affiliated with al-Qaeda. They were, in fact, undercover agents.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.
Read the indictment here:
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