NEW YORK - Former National League MVP Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason in what appears to be the first of a series of suspensions resulting from baseball's investigation of a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced the penalty Monday, citing Braun for multiple ``violations'' of baseball's drug program and labor contract. The Milwaukee Brewers star will miss at least 65 games.
In a statement, Braun indicated he has made some mistakes in the past and the Milwaukee outfielder says he's willing to accept the consequences of his actions.
Braun was among the players interviewed as part of baseball's investigation into Biogenesis, the closed Florida anti-aging clinic. The company was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Braun was reportedly one of several players who refused to answer questions about their dealing with Biogenisis.
He also tested positive for an elevated testosterone level, and was dealt a 50-game suspension, but an arbitrator overturned it in 2012 before the suspension took effect.
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MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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