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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:05

Website Dead Manti Teo girlfriend a hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Inspiring stories about a girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o who died of leukemia were part of a hoax, Deadspin.com reported Wednesday.

The website said the girlfriend -- Lennay Kekua -- never existed even as the national sports media wrote of how she inspired the Heisman Trophy candidate to feats of glory as the Fighting Irish completed an undefeated regular season.

Rather, Deadspin.com said accounts of how the two met at Stanford University in 2008, later became a couple and her subsequent death in September -- only days after the death of Te'o's grandmother -- were fictional.

Citing extensive interviews, the website reported the girlfriend was an online persona created by Te'o's friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the pastor of a Palmdale, Calif., church, and intimated the linebacker may have been in on the deception.

Te'o issued a statement Wednesday contending he was the victim of an elaborate hoax.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating," he said.

"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life," he added.
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:05

Website Dead Manti Teo girlfriend a hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Inspiring stories about a girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o who died of leukemia were part of a hoax, Deadspin.com reported Wednesday.

The website said the girlfriend -- Lennay Kekua -- never existed even as the national sports media wrote of how she inspired the Heisman Trophy candidate to feats of glory as the Fighting Irish completed an undefeated regular season.

Rather, Deadspin.com said accounts of how the two met at Stanford University in 2008, later became a couple and her subsequent death in September -- only days after the death of Te'o's grandmother -- were fictional.

Citing extensive interviews, the website reported the girlfriend was an online persona created by Te'o's friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the pastor of a Palmdale, Calif., church, and intimated the linebacker may have been in on the deception.

Te'o issued a statement Wednesday contending he was the victim of an elaborate hoax.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating," he said.

"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life," he added.
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OAK PARK, Ill., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. fast-food chain McDonald's defended an employee resource website that advises against eating fast-food often.

The website, which appears to contain content from a third-party vendor, unfavorably compares hamburger meals with submarine sandwiches and includes pictures of food similar to that served at McDonald's as examples of an "unhealthy choice," CNBC reported Tuesday.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:05

Website Dead Manti Teo girlfriend a hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Inspiring stories about a girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o who died of leukemia were part of a hoax, Deadspin.com reported Wednesday.

The website said the girlfriend -- Lennay Kekua -- never existed even as the national sports media wrote of how she inspired the Heisman Trophy candidate to feats of glory as the Fighting Irish completed an undefeated regular season.

Rather, Deadspin.com said accounts of how the two met at Stanford University in 2008, later became a couple and her subsequent death in September -- only days after the death of Te'o's grandmother -- were fictional.

Citing extensive interviews, the website reported the girlfriend was an online persona created by Te'o's friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the pastor of a Palmdale, Calif., church, and intimated the linebacker may have been in on the deception.

Te'o issued a statement Wednesday contending he was the victim of an elaborate hoax.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating," he said.

"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life," he added.
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:05

Website Dead Manti Teo girlfriend a hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Inspiring stories about a girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o who died of leukemia were part of a hoax, Deadspin.com reported Wednesday.

The website said the girlfriend -- Lennay Kekua -- never existed even as the national sports media wrote of how she inspired the Heisman Trophy candidate to feats of glory as the Fighting Irish completed an undefeated regular season.

Rather, Deadspin.com said accounts of how the two met at Stanford University in 2008, later became a couple and her subsequent death in September -- only days after the death of Te'o's grandmother -- were fictional.

Citing extensive interviews, the website reported the girlfriend was an online persona created by Te'o's friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the pastor of a Palmdale, Calif., church, and intimated the linebacker may have been in on the deception.

Te'o issued a statement Wednesday contending he was the victim of an elaborate hoax.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating," he said.

"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life," he added.
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Sunday, 03 February 2013 10:20

My Bloody Valentines website crashes

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- My Bloody Valentine's website crashed just after the late-night release of the Irish alternative rock band's new album "mbv."

The album, which is exclusively available at Mybloodyvalentine.org, was launched at midnight Saturday and the website went down almost immediately thereafter, NME.com reported. It wasn't clear why.

My Bloody Valentine, which hadn't released an album since its 1991 "Loveless," announced the release of the new album via its Facebook page, posting: "We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as its up."

The band's frontman, Kevin Shields, said the album "might be out in two or three days."

In November, Shields said he thought the band's fans would "immediately connect with something" when they hear the new album.

"Based on the very, very few people who've heard stuff -- some engineers, the band, and that's about it -- some people think it's stranger than 'Loveless.' I don't," he said. "I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it's 100 percent necessary."
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:05

Website Dead Manti Teo girlfriend a hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Inspiring stories about a girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o who died of leukemia were part of a hoax, Deadspin.com reported Wednesday.

The website said the girlfriend -- Lennay Kekua -- never existed even as the national sports media wrote of how she inspired the Heisman Trophy candidate to feats of glory as the Fighting Irish completed an undefeated regular season.

Rather, Deadspin.com said accounts of how the two met at Stanford University in 2008, later became a couple and her subsequent death in September -- only days after the death of Te'o's grandmother -- were fictional.

Citing extensive interviews, the website reported the girlfriend was an online persona created by Te'o's friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the pastor of a Palmdale, Calif., church, and intimated the linebacker may have been in on the deception.

Te'o issued a statement Wednesday contending he was the victim of an elaborate hoax.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating," he said.

"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life," he added.
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Sunday, 03 February 2013 10:20

My Bloody Valentines website crashes

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- My Bloody Valentine's website crashed just after the late-night release of the Irish alternative rock band's new album "mbv."

The album, which is exclusively available at Mybloodyvalentine.org, was launched at midnight Saturday and the website went down almost immediately thereafter, NME.com reported. It wasn't clear why.

My Bloody Valentine, which hadn't released an album since its 1991 "Loveless," announced the release of the new album via its Facebook page, posting: "We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as its up."

The band's frontman, Kevin Shields, said the album "might be out in two or three days."

In November, Shields said he thought the band's fans would "immediately connect with something" when they hear the new album.

"Based on the very, very few people who've heard stuff -- some engineers, the band, and that's about it -- some people think it's stranger than 'Loveless.' I don't," he said. "I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it's 100 percent necessary."
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013 11:05

Website Dead Manti Teo girlfriend a hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Inspiring stories about a girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o who died of leukemia were part of a hoax, Deadspin.com reported Wednesday.

The website said the girlfriend -- Lennay Kekua -- never existed even as the national sports media wrote of how she inspired the Heisman Trophy candidate to feats of glory as the Fighting Irish completed an undefeated regular season.

Rather, Deadspin.com said accounts of how the two met at Stanford University in 2008, later became a couple and her subsequent death in September -- only days after the death of Te'o's grandmother -- were fictional.

Citing extensive interviews, the website reported the girlfriend was an online persona created by Te'o's friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the pastor of a Palmdale, Calif., church, and intimated the linebacker may have been in on the deception.

Te'o issued a statement Wednesday contending he was the victim of an elaborate hoax.

"To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is, painful and humiliating," he said.

"It further pains me that the grief I felt and the sympathies expressed to me at the time of my grandmother's death in September were in any way deepened by what I believed to be another significant loss in my life," he added.
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Sunday, 03 February 2013 10:20

My Bloody Valentines website crashes

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- My Bloody Valentine's website crashed just after the late-night release of the Irish alternative rock band's new album "mbv."

The album, which is exclusively available at Mybloodyvalentine.org, was launched at midnight Saturday and the website went down almost immediately thereafter, NME.com reported. It wasn't clear why.

My Bloody Valentine, which hadn't released an album since its 1991 "Loveless," announced the release of the new album via its Facebook page, posting: "We are preparing to go live with the new album/website this evening. We will make an announcement as soon as its up."

The band's frontman, Kevin Shields, said the album "might be out in two or three days."

In November, Shields said he thought the band's fans would "immediately connect with something" when they hear the new album.

"Based on the very, very few people who've heard stuff -- some engineers, the band, and that's about it -- some people think it's stranger than 'Loveless.' I don't," he said. "I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it's 100 percent necessary."
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