I tried every other way to end this’

first_imgRonaiah Tuiasosopo fell as deeply in love as Manti Te’o did. Tuiasosopo, the mastermind behind the fictional Lennay Kekua, spoke publicly Thursday to Dr. Phil McGraw on “Dr. Phil.” For the first time since the hoax was revealed, Tuiasosopo offered his side of the story. “I grew feelings, I grew emotions that sooner or later I couldn’t control anymore and it just lingered on,” Tuiasosopo said in the interview, the second part of which will air today. “As twisted and confusing as it may be, yeah, I cared for this person. I did all that I could to help this person become a better person, even though I wasn’t getting nothing out of it.” When McGraw asked Tuiasosopo if he was gay, Tuiasosopo said he was confused. The 22-year old confessed to being behind the scam and said he did not perpetrate the hoax in order to gain money. He also added that his plan was cruel – but not a cruel joke – and that Te’o had no involvement. “He said nothing but things about her heart and her character had had a major impact on him and though it was deceptive, there was a lot of positive that came out of it,” Tuiasosopo said. “He really did fall in love with this character and, you know, it is what it is.” Tuiasosopo said he deployed Kekua’s leukemia as a plan to try to end things with Te’o. “I tried every other way to end this. I tried this lie and this lie and this lie but nothing would work,” Tuiasosopo said. So on Sept. 12, 2012, Tuiasosopo killed off Kekua, who had purportedly been battling leukemia, just hours after Te’o’s grandmother died. Tuiasosopo also said Te’o and Kekua broke up two weeks earlier but continued to communicate. Tuiasosopo – who had access to Te’o’s passwords – checked on his Facebook, Twitter and Skype accounts. While there were no changes on Te’o’s Facebook and Twitter, his Skype was different. When Tuiasosopo, posing as Kekua, asked Te’o if he had been Skyping other girls, the two got in an argument before Te’o said his grandmother died. Tuiasosopo said the fight quieted down until Te’o texted Kekua admitting to Skyping other girls and said he didn’t need Kekua. “It hurt me,” Tuiasosopo said. “It hit me like a brick wall. I was like, ‘Whoa, I’ve given so much into this.’ And I realized right then in that moment, that I poured so much into Lennay, that I myself was getting nothing, and look what I was left with. “Right then and there, I made the decision I can’t do this Lennay thing anymore and I ended it.” But nearly three months later, Te’o received a call from Kekua, who he thought had already died. Tuiasosopo said he called because he wanted Te’o to know the truth. “If the truth wasn’t known, it wouldn’t truly be moving on. It wasn’t the truth,” Tuiasosopo said. “I knew I needed to come clean and make everything right.” Te’o said Tuiasosopo offered him a full apology two weeks ago. Te’o and Tuiasosopo, who was acting as a family member of Kekua, met the night before the USC game in November in Los Angeles. Tuiasosopo said he wanted to confess to Te’o then but ultimately decided not to. “I wanted to tell him everything right then and there and that’s the truth,” Tuiasosopo said. “But shortly after, his uncle and a lot of his uncle’s friends and some other family, they all came in … It wasn’t the right time.” Tuiasosopo also said he was the voice behind the phone calls and voicemails to Te’o although previous reports said a cousin of Tuiasosopo’s was the voice. McGraw asked Tuiasosopo to duplicate the voice but he initially declined. The program promised to air it during Friday’s show. “Dr. Phil” airs locally on weekdays at 3 p.m. on WSBT.,Ronaiah Tuiasosopo fell as deeply in love as Manti Te’o did. Tuiasosopo, the mastermind behind the fictional Lennay Kekua, spoke publicly Thursday to Dr. Phil McGraw on “Dr. Phil.” For the first time since the hoax was revealed, Tuiasosopo offered his side of the story. “I grew feelings, I grew emotions that sooner or later I couldn’t control anymore and it just lingered on,” Tuiasosopo said in the interview, the second part of which will air today. “As twisted and confusing as it may be, yeah, I cared for this person. I did all that I could to help this person become a better person, even though I wasn’t getting nothing out of it.” When McGraw asked Tuiasosopo if he was gay, Tuiasosopo said he was confused. The 22-year old confessed to being behind the scam and said he did not perpetrate the hoax in order to gain money. He also added that his plan was cruel – but not a cruel joke – and that Te’o had no involvement. “He said nothing but things about her heart and her character had had a major impact on him and though it was deceptive, there was a lot of positive that came out of it,” Tuiasosopo said. “He really did fall in love with this character and, you know, it is what it is.” Tuiasosopo said he deployed Kekua’s leukemia as a plan to try to end things with Te’o. “I tried every other way to end this. I tried this lie and this lie and this lie but nothing would work,” Tuiasosopo said. So on Sept. 12, 2012, Tuiasosopo killed off Kekua, who had purportedly been battling leukemia, just hours after Te’o’s grandmother died. Tuiasosopo also said Te’o and Kekua broke up two weeks earlier but continued to communicate. Tuiasosopo – who had access to Te’o’s passwords – checked on his Facebook, Twitter and Skype accounts. While there were no changes on Te’o’s Facebook and Twitter, his Skype was different. When Tuiasosopo, posing as Kekua, asked Te’o if he had been Skyping other girls, the two got in an argument before Te’o said his grandmother died. Tuiasosopo said the fight quieted down until Te’o texted Kekua admitting to Skyping other girls and said he didn’t need Kekua. “It hurt me,” Tuiasosopo said. “It hit me like a brick wall. I was like, ‘Whoa, I’ve given so much into this.’ And I realized right then in that moment, that I poured so much into Lennay, that I myself was getting nothing, and look what I was left with. “Right then and there, I made the decision I can’t do this Lennay thing anymore and I ended it.” But nearly three months later, Te’o received a call from Kekua, who he thought had already died. Tuiasosopo said he called because he wanted Te’o to know the truth. “If the truth wasn’t known, it wouldn’t truly be moving on. It wasn’t the truth,” Tuiasosopo said. “I knew I needed to come clean and make everything right.” Te’o said Tuiasosopo offered him a full apology two weeks ago. Te’o and Tuiasosopo, who was acting as a family member of Kekua, met the night before the USC game in November in Los Angeles. Tuiasosopo said he wanted to confess to Te’o then but ultimately decided not to. “I wanted to tell him everything right then and there and that’s the truth,” Tuiasosopo said. “But shortly after, his uncle and a lot of his uncle’s friends and some other family, they all came in … It wasn’t the right time.” Tuiasosopo also said he was the voice behind the phone calls and voicemails to Te’o although previous reports said a cousin of Tuiasosopo’s was the voice. McGraw asked Tuiasosopo to duplicate the voice but he initially declined. The program promised to air it during Friday’s show. “Dr. Phil” airs locally on weekdays at 3 p.m. on WSBT.last_img read more

Appeals Court Blocks Construction Of New Dollar General Store Near Kennedy

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I am pleased with this ruling. Yet another Dollar General is the wrong choice for the location. This rural area is populated by people who chose to live there because of how rural it is. Imagine all the traffic among farming machinery. It would change everything and invite more of the same. There are enough Dollar Generals.. really…,I guess Kennedy Supermarket can still have their exorbitant prices… WNY News Now File Image.ROCHESTER – The construction of a new Dollar General store near Kennedy has been blocked by a court ruling.The New York State Fourth Appellate Division ruled unanimously last month denying a zoning variance for construction of a new Dollar General on Route 62 in the Town of Poland just east of Kennedy.The court revisited a previous decision by the State Supreme Court in Chautauqua County allowing for construction of the project.A group of residents previously challenged the Town of Poland Zoning Board’s decision to grant the zoning variance in State Supreme Court. In the Appellate decision, the justices wrote that the property owners failed to prove a claim of “unnecessary hardship” for the reasonable return on the property that The Broadway Group LLC was going to buy for the Dollar General.The full decision is posted below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more

Gabriel Ebert & More Complete the Cast of Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina

first_img Star Files Casa Valentina will feature Ebert as Jonathon/Miranda, Winningham as Rita, Birney as Isadore/Charlotte, Cullum as Terrence/Terry, Page as George/Valentina, Lisa Emery as Eleanor, Tony nominee Tom McGowan as Albert/Bessie, Larry Pine as Judge/Amy and Nick Westrate as Michael/Gloria. Patrick Page Related Shows Gabriel Ebert Ebert won the 2013 Tony Award for his role as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda and also appeared on Broadway in Brief Encounter and Red. Winningham made her Broadway debut in last season’s Roundabout revival of Picnic, which also featured Birney. He also appeared on Broadway in Gemini. Set in the idyllic Catskills mountains in the early 1960s, Casa Valentina is a discrete venue for men who enjoy dressing up and acting as women. When the opportunity to become an official organization arises, Casa Valentina must decide whether this would help gain their clientele recognition in society or wreck havoc on their personal lives. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Casa Valentinacenter_img Reed Birney Emery has appeared on Broadway in Relatively Speaking, The Smell Of The Kill, The Women, Present Laughter, Jackie, Rumors and Burn This. McGowan earned a Tony nod for his performance in 1991’s La Bête. His other Broadway credits include Chicago, Ivanov and Wicked. Pine’s Broadway credits include The Seagull, End of the World, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Angels in America, Private Lives and Bus Stop. Westrate has appeared on Broadway in A Moon for the Misbegotten. The gang’s all here! Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Emmy winner Mare Winningham, Broadway vet Reed Birney and more complete the star-studded cast of Casa Valentina, a new play written by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. The Manhattan Theatre Club production features previously announced Tony nominee John Cullum and Patrick Page. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, Casa Valentina begins previews April 1 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opening night is set for April 23. View All (4) View Comments The creative team for Casa Valentina includes scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Rita Ryack, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design and original music by Fitz Patton, hair and makeup design by Jason Hayes and fight direction by Thomas Schall. Mare Winninghamlast_img read more

Under-the-hammer success in a popular pocket

first_imgThe home at 430 Newnham Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt.A large brick family home on a 564sq m block of land in Upper Mount Gravatt has sold under the hammer. The four-bedroom home at 430 Newnham Rd sold for $588,000 at auction. Marketing agent Nick Lonzar, of Ray White Stones Corner, said three bidders were vying for the property. “The opening bid was $450,000 and it went quite quickly from there,” he said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Bidding stalled at $588,000 and after some negotiations with the vendor and highest bidder, the property was called on the market and sold. Mr Lonzar said a young Chinese family, looking to get into the Mansfield school catchment, bought the property. “The vendors were really happy — they get to move on with their future plans,” he said. Mr Lonzar said the area of Upper Mount Gravatt around Newnham Rd was proving popular with buyers. “I had about 44 groups through Newnham Rd and I sold a home on Garie St that went crazy. We had 100 people through it,” he said. “I’m seeing a lot of local Chinese buyers moving out of McGregor and Sunnybank and closer to Garden City.”last_img read more

Rosamund Lebruin re-elected as Chairperson of Loubiere/Madrelle/Fond Baron/Wallhouse/Castle Comfort Village Council

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Rosamund Lebruin re-elected as Chairperson of Loubiere/Madrelle/Fond Baron/Wallhouse/Castle Comfort Village Council by: – August 17, 2011 141 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Chairperson Rosamund Lebruin standing with Councillors Danna Delsol, Rhoda James in the front row. In the second row are Councillors; Kathleen Jno. Baptiste, Cathy Moise, Clayton Monroe, Derwin Peltier and Hypolite Thomas Jr.The Council held its ninth inaugural meeting earlier today under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Nicholas Liverpool and several other cabinet officials.  The newly elected council members took their oath of office  and were presented with credentials at today’s inaugural meeting.Mrs. Lebruin who served as Chairperson for the past three years noted that some of the council’s achievements focused on youth and the elderly; she also highlighted a few of the projects undertaken by the council including the repair and restoration of  the Resource Centre and the  completion of  the concrete pavement of the portion of the Madrelle to Everton road which served as a temporary bypass during the rehabilitation of the Loubiere to Grand Bay road. Mrs Lebruin also emphasized that in the near future the Council will focus its efforts on the construction of this bypass which will facilitate residents of the area.According to Mrs. Lebruin, the council intends to undertake two other projects geared at improving public health and safety of its residents in this new term.She stated that “In the new term we hope to see the construction of a side walk between the two bridges in the village which will facilitate the elderly members of our community and enhance the safety of the people who walk in the area to attend church service and visit friends and neighbors. There is also need for a new public convenience which will benefit many of our community members and improve public health in the area.”In related news, Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau South Constituency Honourable Ambrose George admonished the council to take their meetings out of their office in an effort to meet with the various residents within their jurisdiction.  He emphasized that one of the ways of achieving a working relationship with all the communities within the catchment area in terms of its jurisdiction was by seeking to move Council meetings from time to time from the Council office  and  take those meetings to some of those communities.Meantime, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore who represented the Prime Minister congratulated the councilors and expressed his highest esteem for people who serve in local government organizations and urged the villagers to not only cooperate with them, but to also encourage them.The Pointe Michel Cultural Group provided entertainment to the inaugural meeting with popular renditions like “Sans Poser” and a medley of ring games.Here are a few photographs of today’s proceedings: [nggallery id = 66]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Go urges lower House to act on ABS-CBN franchise bill

first_imgThe congressmen, according to Go, muststart the ball rolling on the controversial issue, which has been pendingdespite 11 proposal from the lawmakers. “Dapatna rin nilang i-tackle ito sa lower House. Sa congressmen, justvote according to your conscience,” Go said. “Dapat na rin nilang i-tackle ito sa lower House. Sa congressmen, just vote according to your conscience,” says Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go. SEN.BONG GO/FACEBOOK MANILA – Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go hasurged members of the House of the Representatives to start tackling the franchiserenewal application of broadcast network ABS-CBN. “Maslalo nating pinapatagal, mas lalongumiinit ang issue. Pag-usapan ninyo.Ito namang proseso, ‘pag-usapan ninyo then ipapadala dito sa Senado,”he added.center_img “Antayinna lang po natin sa mga susunod na araw kung ano po ang magiging desisyon atsentimyento ng Presidente. But knowing the President, hindi naman siya vindictive atparati niyang sinasabi na vote according to your conscience at unahin ang Pilipino,” Go said. Go said solons should just let Dutertedecide whether or not to veto the bill extending ABS-CBN’s franchise foranother 25 years. He added the President will express his stand on the issuesoon. House of Representatives Speaker AlanPeter Cayetano earlier said the House isn’t in a rush to hear ABS-CBN’sfranchise application since the network can still operate until 2022./PNlast_img read more

Dogs Blank Cats On The Diamond

first_imgRoell Throws Two-Hit Shutout As Bulldogs Defeat Franklin County.Batesville Senior Alex Roell did not allow a single run as the Bulldogs defeated Franklin County 5-0 on Thursday. Roell allowed just two hits and induced a groundout from the Wildcats’ Grant Smith to end the game.Roell earned the win for the Bulldogs, which makes him 5-1 with a 1.23 ERA on the season. He pitched a complete game seven innings, giving up zero runs, and two hits. Blake Ripperger took the loss for Franklin County. He threw seven innings, giving up five runs, six hits, and striking out six.The Bulldogs had six hits in the game. Senior Zach Britton had two hits (both of them doubles), while Sophomore Trey Heidlage had two hits (a single and a double).The win makes the Bulldogs 14-8 overall with a 7-2 record (2nd place) in the EIAC. Batesville will play Greensburg and Jac-Cen-Del in a Round Robin this Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Justin Tucker.last_img read more

Hillrom to double production

first_imgBatesville, IN—Hillrom announced last week actions it is taking to support customers and caregivers with critical care products necessary to meet COVID-19 patient needs.Hillrom’s business operations continue with no interruption as demand for several critical products has grown substantially with the growing health issues globally. The company is working to significantly ramp up production of its products such as Life2000 non-invasive ventilator, as well as ICU and med-surg smart beds, with the goal of more than doubling capacity. Hillrom was recently recognized for its work during a national press conference by the Trump administration.last_img

Seymour Man dies in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Jackson County

first_imgJackson County– The Indiana State Police are investigating a multiple-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Seymour, Indiana man.Friday,  afternoon Indiana State Troopers along with Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Brownstown Officers, responded to US 50 in front of Schneider Nursery near County Road 260 E for a report of multiple vehicles involved in a crash. Upon arrival, responders found that five vehicles had been involved with several subjects receiving injuries.The initial investigation by Troopers revealed that Herschel Williams, 81, of Seymour, Indiana driving a 2014 Ford F150, was traveling eastbound on US 50 when for unknown reasons his vehicle crossed the center line and struck the driver’s side of a 2018 Chevy Equinox driven by Brandy Schafstall, 45, of Seymour. The impact caused the Equinox to overturn once coming to rest on its wheels. Williams’ vehicle then continued eastbound, where it struck a 2007 Chevy Silverado, driven by Seth Zike, 40, of Brownstown, head-on causing the Silverado to overturn and come to rest on its top in the ditch.A 2005 Chevy Equinox, driven by Haley Godsey struck a guardrail while avoiding Schafstall’s vehicle that had come to rest in the middle of the roadway. A 2001 Toyota truck was damaged by debris in the roadway while trying to avoid the other vehicles involved in the crash.Jackson County EMS transported Schafstall to Schneck Medical Center, where she was treated and evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries. Zike and three other passengers in his vehicle were transported by Jackson County EMS for treatment of their injuries. Herschel Williams was transported to Schneck Medical Center, where he was then pronounced deceased by the Jackson County Coroner’s Office.last_img read more

England recall Willey and  Topley for ODI series

first_imgLEFT-arm seamers David Willey and Reece Topley have been named in England’s 14-man squad for the three one-day internationals against Ireland.Willey last played for England in May 2019 before being left of their World Cup squad, while Topley, who has struggled with stress fractures, has not featured since February 2016.The series begins on Thursday.“We are developing excellent strength in depth in white-ball cricket,” said selector James Taylor.England squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Joe Denly (Kent), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Yorkshire)Reserves: Richard Gleeson (Lancashire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)England are without World Cup winners Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Mark Wood as they prepare for the three-Test series against Pakistan that starts on 5 August.All-rounder Moeen Ali will be vice-captain in Buttler’s absence and Paul Collingwood will be charge of the team with head coach Chris Silverwood also concentrating on Test cricket.Willey has taken 52 ODI wickets in 46 games at an average of 36.32, while Topley took 16 wickets in 10 matches at 25.62.The series will see the launch of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League which will determine qualification for the 2023 World Cup, with the top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the tournament in India.SERIES SCHEDULEFirst ODI: Thursday 30 July, Ageas BowlSecond ODI: Saturday 1 August, Ageas BowlThird ODI: Tuesday 4 August, Ageas Bowl.(BBC Sport)last_img read more