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NY Times Headlines – July 25, 2012

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Babysitter tried to save youngest victim in Aurora shooting

Anderson Cooper 360

A teen who survived the Colorado theater shooting without physical wounds is learning to deal with her emotional scars. Kaylan, 13, watched as three people with her at the batman screening were shot, including 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan.

“I put my hand on Veronica’s ribcage to see if she was breathing,” Kaylan tells CNN’s Poppy Harlow, “but she wasn’t breathing so I started freaking out.”

Kaylan, who regularly babysat Veronica, showed tremendous courage in theater 9. “I felt like it was partly my job to protect her,” she says. “She was just a child.”

Veronica was the youngest victim to die. Her mother was shot in the neck and abdomen, but lived.

“I thought I was going to die,” Kaylan says. “It’s the scariest feeling to think that you’re going to die.”

Her pastor Michael Walker calls her a girl with a servant’s heart. “She’s the type of kid that would…

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Grieving father: Son ‘was my best buddy’

Anderson Cooper 360

Alex Sullivan died in theater 9. It was his 27th birthday and he was just two days shy of his first wedding anniversary.

Earlier that night Alex tweeted: “oh man one hour till the movie and its going to be the best BIRTHDAY ever”

“He was my best buddy in the whole world,” his father Tom Sullivan tells Anderson Cooper. “I always went with him places. People would say, ‘Tom when I see you you’re always with your kids,’ and I said, ‘well that’s why you have them they’re supposed to be with you.’”

Sullivan says that going to the movies was a tradition. “We have always gone to the movies on his birthday,” he says. “We started back when he was 6-years-old.”

He also tells Anderson that Alex’s wife is coping with the loss.

“He was just such a fun guy and he was so empathetic,” Sullivan says to…

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Even when Angel Hernandez is right, he’s wrong

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With the White Sox down 4-2 to the Twins, Alejandro De Aza hit a liner to shallow right to lead off the top of the seventh tonight. Darin Mastroianni made a diving play on the ball, but came up a little short, and replays made it clear he grabbed the ball on a hop, leaving De Aza with what should have been a single.

And that’s what it would have been, had first-base umpire Angel Hernandez’s call stood. He ruled no catch on the play, but the umpires gathered afterwards and reversed the call, giving Mastroianni a catch.

How Hernandez allowed that to happen is anyone’s guess. He clearly had the best angle on the play, and while I’m not 100 percent sure about this, he should be functioning as the crew chief with normal crew chief Ed Rapuano apparently on vacation.

As it turned out, the blown call may…

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Adrian Beltre gets drilled in helmet, exits game

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Update: The early word is that Beltre has only a bruise on the back of his head. No concussion. He said after the game that he didn’t believe Padilla was throwing at him.

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Vicente Padilla is known to be a head-hunter, but this one truly appeared to be an accident.

With two outs in the eighth inning tonight, Padilla drilled Adrian Beltre in the back of the helmet with a 92-mph fastball, sending Beltre to the ground in a heap. Beltre got up after a minute and wanted to stay in the game, but the Rangers made the smart decision to send in a pinch-runner.

Padilla was working in a tie game and had an 0-2 count on Beltre when the fastball appeared to get away from him. Had it been anyone else, there would have been no doubt it was an accident. Padilla doesn’t deserve…

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Rays acquire Ryan Roberts from Diamondbacks

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Ryan Roberts was told that the move to designate him for assignment this afternoon was a prelude to a trade, and the deal got done tonight, as the versatile veteran is on his way to Tampa Bay in exchange for minor league infielder Tyler Bortnick.

The Rays were looking for inexpensive infield help and got it here, as Roberts is due a bit less than $900,000 over the rest of the year. He’ll likely see plenty of action at third base until Evan Longoria returns before sliding into more of a utility role.

It will be interesting to see who gets dropped to make room for Roberts. Brooks Conrad is still the likely choice, but he hit a big two-run homer to help the Rays beat the Orioles 3-1 on Tuesday. Hideki Matsui has yet to contribute much of anything as an outfielder/designated hitter, so the Rays could drop him…

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