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Saturday, March 1, 2008

03/01/08 - Greenwich Newswire For Saturday


Vincent Kennedy McMahon who bluffed and blustered his way into the ringmaster’s role of the testosterone-fueled soap opera that is professional wrestling.

Greenwich News Report

The Softer Side of Wrestling’s Showman Extraordinaire
New York Times - United States

MANY words come to mind when describing Vince McMahon, chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., but for the millions who watch him on television, as he hurls insults and lewd taunts at the wrestlers or the audience, “marshmallow” is probably not one of them.

But that’s how Linda McMahon, his wife of 41 years, sees him: “He’s a marshmallow, a real pushover, a total sweetheart.”

It was Valentine’s Day, and Mr. McMahon had just delivered a bouquet of yellow roses to his wife, the company’s chief executive, at her office in the 114,300-square-foot W.W.E. headquarters in Stamford. “This is the side of Vince McMahon that most people don’t know,” she said. “But I guess that’s good; people love to hate him.”

Mr. McMahon, 62, a two-time world champion wrestler and third-generation wrestling promoter, is better known as the broad-shouldered, insult-spewing narrator in the ring. On this day, he smiled at his wife and spoke softly about the success of his family and his multimillion-dollar business.

Just two days before the interview in his offices, the publicly traded company announced revenues of $485 million in 2007....


...He moved the company from Massachusetts to Greenwich, “mainly because anyone can go to New York City, but I didn’t want to be a little fish,” he said. “I wanted to make a statement. I thought, what better place than Greenwich, with all the blueblood personalities and the cachet that wasn’t normally associated with wrestling?” By 1990, the headquarters had outgrown its space in Greenwich and was moved to its current address in Stamford....

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03/01/08 - Sipel's BlackBerry records show he plotted the scheme for several months, said Greenwich police detective Robert Brown


Queens man gets 16 months for blackmail


Greenwich Time Staff Writer

A Queens, N.Y., man will spend 16 months in prison for blackmailing a Greenwich businessman whom he believed had paid his girlfriend at least $2,000 for what one attorney described as vile and vulgar sex acts.

Roy Sipel, 22, formerly of 102-25 67th Road, Forest Hills, N.Y., used a phony Russian accent and pretended to a mobster when he confronted the unidentified businessman July 31 and threatened to expose the man's payment for sex, court records show...

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The victim did not attend the sentencing.

Sipel had become angry after learning the victim paid his girlfriend $2,000 to $3,000 to perform certain sex acts on him.

Those acts were vile and vulgar, said Robert Bello, Sipel's attorney.

He heard what she went through, and he was going to be her avenging angel, Bello said....

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Bello asked for a minimal prison sentence, noting Sipel's young age and his clean prior record.

This was one mistake, Bello said, Òalbeit an immensely serious one.

He also pointed out that the victim would not have made for a sympathetic witness had the case gone to trial.

We're not talking about a person who's an altar boy, Bello said of the businessman.

Sipel will be on probation for five years upon his release from prison.

03/01/08 - Greenwich Roundup Influencing The Influencers.


A 2007 Newspaper National Network study conducted by Millward Brown reveals that news website users are 52% more likely to be "influencers", as compared to news website non-users.

News website users are more confident about their opinions and more apt to share them with a broad network of friends and colleagues.
Additionally, adults who use news websites and read printed newspapers influence 18 people on average, weekly.

Adults, who use news websites and read printed newspapers are 82% more likely to be early adopters of new products and the latest technology.

Items on news websites is deemed "more credible" than items on other online sites such social networks which are perceived as influencing word of mouth.
News website users are also more likely to be asked their opinion on politics (69%), Investments (63%), Sports (38%), Consumer Electronics (32%) and cooking/Entertainment (23%).

News website users are more confident their opinions resonate with immediate family (73%), Friends / Co-Workers (62%), Business / Professional Associates (46%) and common interest groups (39%).

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