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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RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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