Talking Points

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

Did the husband of David Petraeus' alleged mistress write to the New York Times about the affair months ago?

Doubtful. In July, an item in the Times's "Ethicist" advice column asked about an affair between a woman and a powerful government leader, sparking speculation this week that Paula Broadwell's husband knew about her affair with Petraeus. The anonymous writer wondered if he should expose his wife's with an unidentified but well-known official whose description matched that of Petraeus.

The editor of the New York Times Magazine has denied that Broadwell's husband wrote the letter.

Can a freshman win the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding football in collegiate football?

In the 76-year history of the Heisman Trophy, no freshman has ever won the award. Only three freshman have ever been finalists: Herschel Walker, Michael Vick and Adrian Peterson.

But quarterback Johnny Manziel, of Texas A&M, may have captured the award Saturday with the Aggies' improbable upset of the defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

Manziel, known as Johnny Football, is on pace to account for nearly 4,500 yards rushing and passing and score 40 touchdowns -- shattering the SEC records set by recent Heisman winners, first by Tim Tebow and then Cameron Newton.

When was Veterans Day first commemorated?

Veterans Day, previously called Armistice Day, was first commemorated on Nov. 11, 1919, to recognize those who died in the country's service. The end of World War I occurred one year earlier, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

The last American World War I veteran died in 2011.

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