By Marc Campos

Armstrong On The Take, The Feds, CBS, And The Ball

By Marc Campos

Armstrong Williams, the African American conservative commentator, was being paid by the U.S. Department of Education to tout the No Child Left Behind program. It turns out Williams never told anyone he was on the take. It was revealed last week that the dude pocketed a cool $240,000.

The loud mouth is now getting his just due. His syndicated columns have been axed. He is getting hammered in the press. His reputation is being shredded. Awwww!

Last week, the FBI raided the administration offices of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District. The feds also swept into the homes of the district's school board members. They hauled off boxes of material and the administration offices closed for a day. You gotta love what the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District said: "no conclusions should be drawn from today’s action". Sure.

Now that CBS has concluded its investigation on the W guard service story and four newsies got fired, are we ever going to find out who actually cooked up the phony documents?

Doug Mientkiewicz, the backup first baseman for the Boston Red Sox, caught the final out of the final game of the World Series. He kept the ball and now has it in a safe deposit box. The Red Sox want the ball returned so they can put it on display in the Red Sox museum. Doug says it belongs to him - but would consider selling the ball. The Red Sox have plenty of memorabilia from the 2004 World Series they can display - bats, uniforms, caps, bases, scorecards, etc., let Dougie keep the ball.

Speaking of baseball, after all the hoopla involving the Astros' quest to sign Carlos Beltran, do we even remember what number he wore as an Astro? 15.

January 11, 2005, 9:00AM

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