On the Radar: SCRABBLE finals, News Corp. earnings, stadium beating
Play goes on during Day 4 of the National SCRABBLE Championship Tuesday in Dallas.
August 10th, 2011
06:12 AM ET

On the Radar: SCRABBLE finals, News Corp. earnings, stadium beating

Three things you need to know today.

SCRABBLE championship: America's SCRABBLE champion will be crowned in Texas on Wednesday afternoon.

Jesse Day, a Berkeley, California, graduate student, holds a slim lead over Nigel Richards, a former SCRABBLE national and world champion from Malaysia, and Kenji Matsumoto, from Aiea, Hawaii, as the competition heads into the final day of play.

Twenty-eight rounds have been completed and three will be played on Wednesday. The winner gets a $10,000 prize.

Nearly 350 players have been involved in the National SCRABBLE Championship at the Hotel InterContinental Dallas.

You can follow the play live online. Play begins at 10 a.m. ET and finishes around 3:30 p.m. ET.

News Corp.: News Corp. will release its fiscal year-end earnings report Wednesday, likely thrusting embattled chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch back into the spotlight after a brief respite.

A phone-hacking scandal that has brought a 168-year-old newspaper to its end and caused a parliamentary investigation in the United Kingdom will likely draw attention to a routine report that is usually only combed over by stockholders.

A key group of News Corp. investors is calling for the company to separate the roles of chairman and CEO, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday. The group also wants the majority of the company's board of directors to be independent, according to the report.

Dodger Stadium beating: Two California men are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Los Angeles on charges relating to the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in March.

The victim, Bryan Stow, is still hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 29, both of Rialto, California, are each charged with mayhem, assault and battery, and all three charges are felonies, according to the complaint provided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Sanchez is also charged with two misdemeanor counts - one for battery and the other for assault - against two other persons on the same day, according to the complaint.

Sanchez and Norwood, arrested at their San Bernardino County homes July 21, are being held on $500,000 bail each, the prosecutor's office said.

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  1. Mack

    When our nation's economy is in a disastrous condition, and our citizens are politically polarized almost to the point of joining the rest of the world in violent revolutions, what the country needs is to shift its focus to a good SCRABBLE game.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • prematureape

      Oh come on. There's eleventy stories on the home page about the economy, etc. There is room for other "news", entertaining/interesting/random stories, etc. Some people would like to be able to do through the day being able to read some besides political/economic articles, generally spewing the same bs, day in and day out.

      August 10, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Henry Harrison

    How do you know a winner will be crowned? Maybe a tornado will come through, killing contestants and causing the organizers to declare no winner this year. Basic rules of journalism are followed less and less by CNN.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Yeah! Like when the paper announces the opening of a store than its destroyed by a rampaging pygmy army!!

      August 10, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ray

    I'm glad there are still stories like the SCRABBLE one. We need to hear about the good things occurring in the world sometimes. 🙂 I was hoping they would show what some of the words were, though.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |

    6-letter word for a liberal-minded individual who flip-flops to the other party.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Slaves of own accord

    Our slaves enter this country willingly thses days, so we no longer need to bribe African leaders for access to slaves. It's no more my fault that your government keeps the border open for slaves to enter anymore than it's my fault that my great-great-great grandfather owned yours. If you want to sue someone over this, sue your own African governments who sold your ancestors to the slave traders.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      S C A B R E B L
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      August 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Slaves of own accord

    We would still be bribing African leaders for access to slaves if not for the fact that oil and diamonds are worth more than slaves are these days.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tom

    Your attempt at humor was an abject failure, as you are. Africa is not a country, you geomoron.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Tom...to whom are you addressing?

    August 10, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. ProudGeek

    Americans can SPELL????

    August 10, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    I see no humor in the fact that foreigners have been bribing the leaders of African nations and tribes for centuries. Africa is rich in natural resources yet many of her people starve. Interestingly, countries that do the bribing suffer from obesity, enjoy diamonds, and burn the heck out of African oil.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. j

    Three things you need to know today.

    And the first is the Scrabble tourney... LOL!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    Yes Africia being the second largest continent with Somalia at the horn, suffering with drought and lawlessness. It would only prove Philips point..how can a continent soooo rich in natural resources GO HUNGRY ! Please some one answer that question.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Oh No

    @Philip: Do you EVER blame anyone, but America? I did a paper in school about child and adult slavery going on today and there is more of it now than when the white man was engaging in the practice. All you ever talk about is oil.. Our congress refused to put forth legislation that would bad American companies from doing business with foreign ones that engaged in slavery. American greed set aside it would still be going on without us. Some African children are rented for $20 dollars a year and their parents condone it, so how are they not responsible? If you're so angry then why don't you revolt against your oppressive slave master?

    August 10, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Oh No

      Typo *ban* not bad..
      @Jazzzzzz: At this point it is Africans keeping themselves down and nobody else. The good Africans are being enslaved or slaughtered over mineral deposits, land, or power. If the US was serious about helping then they would send over military to kill all the bad ones and then show the rest of the people how industrial agriculture works. Philip is all hot air. He cries and whines about oil, but does nothing.. Hey Philip.. Why don't you get involved in politics and do something? Hmm?

      August 10, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz


      August 10, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Adam

    Ok I click this link to discuss Scrabble and I see the crazies have injected politics and slavery into it. Thanks guys. Get a life will ya.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    Why is it that the HEADS OF EACH COUNTRY OR CONTINENT GET REPLACED WITH THE SAME TALKING HEAD! GREED... stop pushing others posts aside and ask questions politely. And now your talking about the black mans OWN...doing the same crap to the black man as the white man did!

    August 10, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
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