Leading off today:
Former NFL running back John Harvey admitted today in state Supreme Court that he raped a 12-year-old Spring Valley girl, ending his trial on the second day of testimony, The Journal News
Harvey, 41, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. He'll face a maximum of 13 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 23.
Harvey had been indicted on nine felony charges, including six rape counts.
Harvey graduated from Spring Valley with All-Rockland County and all-state honors. He played college football at UTEP and was drafted by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played for one season before a brief CFL career.
Charge dropped: The assault charge against Harrison football coach Art Troilo Jr. has been dismissed, The Journal News reported.
Westchester County DA spokesman Lucien Chalfen said the misdemeanor third-degree assault charge was dropped after his wife failed to appear in Town Court on Friday.
Troilo was arrested June 18 after police were called to his home, accused of hitting his wife with his elbow during an argument. Phyllis Troilo told The Journal News that her husband's arrest was the result of overzealous police officers.
Chilling reading: It was the 26th paragraph of an Associated Press story, but it stopped me cold as I read it this evening:
"The military also has asked (President) Bush to authorize the execution of Dwight J. Loving, who has been at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., since 1989 after being convicted of killing two taxicab drivers while he was an Army private at Fort Hood, Texas."
Most of the story was about the president authorizing the execution of Army private Ronald A. Gray, who could be the first U.S. soldier executed in 51 years. Gray was convicted