New York -- A representative for the USA network has confirmed to Usmagazine.com that Chris Noth will not be back for the eighth season of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
Noth previously played Detective Mike Logan on the flagship series "Law & Order" and has been reprising that role on the spin-off "Criminal Intent" since 2005. He is also known for playing Mr. Big on the HBO comedy series "Sex and the City" and its big-screen follow-up.
While promoting the "Sex and the City" film in New York this spring, Noth said of working on "Criminal Intent," "I think we're doing some of the most powerful stories since my first year on 'Law & Order.' That said, the work itself is difficult. Because it's not based on character, it's based on pushing a story and a plot and you try to infuse a little character along the way … I'm lucky because people know my character from how I created Logan."
New York -- Major league umpire Brian Runge was suspended Thursday for one game for his actions in Tuesday night's game between the New York Mets and Seattle.
New York's Carlos Beltran began arguing balls and strikes with Runge in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Mets interim manager Jerry Manuel came out of the dugout to protest the umpire's strike zone.
During the argument, Runge bumped Manuel and subsequently ejected both Manuel and Beltran before the incident ended.
Runge's suspension starts immediately.
In a release late Thursday afternoon, Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations, announced that Manuel and Beltran received undisclosed fines.
Denver -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall calls his third arrest within a year part of a "shakedown" plot by his former girlfriend, his attorney says.
Marshall said he has a letter proving she was trying to extort money from him, the Rocky Mountain News reports.
The two reportedly have a history of domestic spats.
Marshall was arrested March 6 in the Atlanta area for investigation of misdemeanor battery after his longtime partner, Rasheeda Watley, accused him of "striking her in the mouth and left eye." Marshall was released March 7 on $1,000 cash bond after a night in jail.
Harvey Steinberg, Marshall's Denver attorney, noted Wednesday that based on testimony from Watley at a hearing on the matter in May, she admitted to "striking Brandon in the eye" during their latest spat.
New York -- The Dow Jones industrial average plunged to a new closing low for the year Thursday, while other U.S. stock indexes also fell hard.
The DJIA's previous low for the year was on March 16 at 11,740.15. By the close Thursday, the average had fallen 358.41 points, or 3.03 percent, to 11,453.42. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 38.82 points, or 2.94 percent, to 1,283.15, while the Nasdaq composite index dropped 79.89 points, or 3.33 percent, to 2,321.37.
Metals and mining was up 7.05 percent as a group with tires falling 10.39 percent, footwear dropping 8.47 percent and mortgage finance dropping 6.9 percent.
On the New York Stock Exchange, 479 stocks advanced and 2,692 declined on volume of 1.535 billion shares traded.
Athens, Ga -- The risk of using viruses to deliver gene therapy might soon be eliminated thanks to a U.S.-developed non-viral synthetic delivery method.
University of Georgia Assistant Professor Yan Geng and colleagues say they've created a synthetic gene vector that packages DNA into well-defined nanostructures, allowing it to deliver genes without triggering immune responses.
"We've developed a very versatile approach to creating synthetic gene delivery vectors," said Geng. "Our approach is relatively simple -- using simple chemical reactions to create a new class of packaging molecules that wrap up genes on their own -- and has the potential to be very useful in real-world, clinical applications.
"These gene vectors also can be further conjugated with targeting molecules, which will allow us to deliver the right genes to the right spot in our body," Geng added. "Our research is still at an early stage, but we've developed a very promising system."
New York -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand Thursday for the opening of an enormous public art project featuring four man-made waterfalls.
Created by Copenhagen artist Olafur Eliasson, "The New York City Waterfalls" will be on display through Oct. 13.
The exhibition of four man-made waterfalls are on view on the shores of the New York waterfront -- one on the Brooklyn anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge; one on the Brooklyn Piers, between Piers 4 and 5 near the Brooklyn Heights Promenade; one in Lower Manhattan at Pier 35 north of the Manhattan Bridge and one on the north shore of Governors Island, city officials said in a release.
"The 'Waterfalls' are an unbelievable sight: four cascades ranging in height from 90 to 120 feet rising out of New York Harbor," Bloomberg said. "And what a beautiful symbol of the energy and vitality that we are bringing back to our waterfront in all five boroughs. Congratulations to Olafur Eliasson, the Public Art Fund and the many city, state and federal agencies, and partners who played a role in bringing us to this momentous occasion."
Detroit -- A juror whose behavior prompted a request for a new trial for a Detroit Red Wings player and the team masseur says the original trial lawyers were "awful."
Gay Alcenius, 45, a juror in the Detroit traffic injury trial for Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and masseur Sergei Mnatsakonov, said the plaintiffs' lawyers didn't do their job, the Detroit Free Press reported.
She said lawyers Richard Goodman and Kathleen Kalahar showed up for court unprepared, badgered witnesses and took forever to present their case in U.S.
District Court in Detroit. She said the lawyers didn't have a case and felt they were wasting her time.
It was Alcenius' behavior in the jury box, deemed "hostile" by Kalahar, that formed the basis for a new trial request, the Free Press said.
Bloomington, Ind. -- Indiana University Athletic Director Rick Greenspan resigned Thursday with the Big Ten Conference school under ongoing criticism of recruiting violations.
The violations occurred when Kelvin Sampson was men's basketball coach.
Greenspan announced on the school's Web site Thursday that his resignation is effective the end of the calendar year.
"This has been a very difficult time and I am aware that I have become the focus of criticism which will continue to distract Indiana University from its core educational mission," Greenspan said. "You can rest assured that I will work with great diligence and effort on behalf of our student athletes and coaches over the next six months. They deserve nothing less (but) I am extremely disappointed in the new charges brought by the NCAA Committee on Infractions against Indiana."
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