(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A college football player and NFL hopeful is reportedly in “critical condition” after being injured in a shooting.Martayveus “Marty” Carter, a running back at Grand Valley State, was reportedly injured in a shooting this past weekend.Carter is an NFL hopeful, entering the supplemental draft, but he wasn’t chosen.Here are the details on the reported shooting, from the Holland Sentinel:Grand Valley State running back Martayveus “Marty” Carter is in critical condition in an East Chicago, Indiana hospital after being wounded in a shooting either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to the Times Northwest of Indiana.Carter was wounded and Brian Thomas, 30, of Hammond, was killed in the shooting, pronounced dead at the scene by police and is being ruled as a homicide, according to the Lake County coroner’s office in a news release to NWI.Carter, 23, is being treated in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. According to the NWI, he was not listed as a patient as of Monday and four guns were recovered from the scene. Several subjects are detained for questioning regarding the incident.Carter rushed for 3,728 and 36 touchdowns in three years. He was one of the best running backs at the Division 2 level.Our thoughts are with him and his family.
If you ask the audience, they’d much rather have a short actor than other performers on their kneesWarwick Davies Pantomime company Qdos Entertainment admitted giving taller actors a special costume in a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to create the “illusion” of being smaller.Qdos said it is a “casting decision”.Warwick Davis, 46, who has stared in Harry Potter and Star Wars, told The Sun: “Some people say it’s a matter for political correctness but if you ask the audience, they’d much rather have a short actor than other performers on their knees.”Actor Mark Sealey added: “It’s a ridiculous thing to do. It’s called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, not Snow White and the tall people.”It’s a clear cost-cutting exercise because they don’t have to pay as much.”Panto dwarf James Lusted, 28, said: “Qdos clearly have enough money to pay for dwarfs to perform in their shows.”When you’re on stage, the kids love it. It’s a great feeling to hear the gasps when they see us.”Bev Berridge, 50, who runs Spillers Pantomimes, insisted their productions still use dwarfs.But he said: “I know some of the bigger companies don’t. I know some of them use taller actors on their knees.”Qdos chairman Nick Thomas said: “The actors cast for our Snow White productions are selected for their physical and performance skills.” Britain’s panto dwarfs are grumpy at being frozen out by taller actors, it emerged today.Little actors warn cost-cutting theatre bosses are employing non-dwarfs to play their roles on their knees this Christmas.Dwarfs are paid around £1,200 a week – while taller stars may charge half that, it was reported on Monday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.