A young Scrabble player has been ejected—or, for a higher word score, expelled—from the national championship tournament in Florida for cheating. Organizers say the player was busted after a player at another table watched him conceal a pair of blank "wild card" tiles, the AP reports. When confronted by the tournament director, the young man confessed. Organizers are not identifying the player by name or age because he is a minor.
Organizers say the player kept the blank tiles at the end of one game, apparently hoping to use them in the next one; he had made it to Round 24 of the 28-round event. Cheaters have been caught at regional events but this is the first case uncovered at the national championship, says the executive director of the National Scrabble Association. "It does happen no matter what. People will try to do this," he says. "It's the first time it's happened in a venue this big though. It's unfortunate. The Scrabble world is abuzz. The Internet is abuzz."
A 56-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks inside the Century 14 movie theaters in downtown Sparks on Tuesday night when a gun he had brought into the cinema discharged, police dispatch said.
No one else was hurt in the theater at 1250 Victorian Ave. when the gun discharged while the unidentified Sparks resident was seeing “The Bourne Legacy,” police said.
Calls reporting shots fired in the theater came in about 8:40 p.m., according to preliminary information.
“Witnesses inside the theater at the time the shot was fired stated that a (man) was adjusting himself in his seat when a gun he had on him discharged,” Sparks police Sgt. Pay Dyer said in statement issued late Tuesday.
The man immediately got up, apologized to those around him and left the theater before police arrived, police said.
Lamb of God's Randy Blythe was arrested yesterday in Prague on charges of manslaughter stemming from a 2010 altercation with a Czech fan who came onstage during one of the band's shows and later died from injuries he sustained in the scuffle.
Czech news outlet Novinky reports that the as-yet-unnamed fan jumped on the low stage during the May 24, 2010 show at a venue called Abaton, and that he and Blythe got into a fight. Though there is still no video evidence of the fight online (you can watch them performing "In Your Words" at the show in question below), it is rumored by "those who know the band" that he might have been hit in the head with a microphone before being removed from the stage by security.
"Randy Blythe was falsely accused," reads a statement from representatives of Lamb of God's. "There is a team of lawyers working on it and he will be exonerated." Blythe's brother Mark has also said that the charge is "bogus and outrageous and will be dropped immediately." The Richmond, Virginia, band was forced to cancel its show at Prague's Rock Café last night tweeted "#FreeRandyBlythe."
Footage from the Prague show: