• Opinion: Spielman Suit an Opportunity for Ohio State

    by The Columbus Dispatch July 2017

    The lawsuit against Ohio State University, brought by a man who is not just one of Ohio State's all-time greatest players but arguably...

  • Transgender Wrestler Hits YouTube to Oppose Texas Bill

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    The transgender wrestler who won the Texas state girls' championship but identifies as a boy is hoping to take down a proposed “bathroom bill” in his home state.

  • Family Fitness Ordered to Retract Cancellation Policy

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Family Fitness Center of western Michigan has been issued a cease and desist order regarding its cancellation fees from the Michigan attorney general’s office.

  • Council Mulls $1.2M for Recreation Improvements

    by Jacob Tierney July 2017

    Greensburg Council next month will decide whether to borrow $1.2 million to improve its recreation facilities, including a major overhaul of Veterans' Memorial Pool at Lynch Field. As part of the same deal, the city could refinance its existing debt, saving an estimated $120,000 and bringing the total to $8.5 million.

  • Planet Fitness Privacy Suit Decision Appealed

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Yvette Cormier, whose Planet Fitness membership was cancelled after she complained about seeing a transgendered person in the club's locker rooms, says she's taking her case to the Michigan Supreme Court. 

    A Midland County Court dismissed Cormier's suit on Jan. 4, 2016, and the decision was affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals on June 1 of this year.

  • Neighbors Concerned Over Proposed School Stadium

    by Paul Bowers July 2017

    The Friday night lights might shine too bright. The roar of the crowds might be too loud. And what if they have rock concerts in there? These concerns and more were front and center Wednesday night as more than 100 people aired their grievances with a plan to open a new regional football stadium near Wando High School in Mount Pleasant. Charleston County School District officials present at the meeting said they had planned to build a new stadium at the school since it opened at its current location in 2004. In 2014, Charleston County voters approved a school construction referendum that included funding for a "new shared high school stadium for East of the Cooper."

  • Coach Pleads in Sexting Case, Avoids 'Sex Offender' Tag

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Players of Bartholomew McInerney, the former baseball coach at St. Rose High School in Belmar, NJ, can finally move on with their lives.

    McInerney, also known as “Coach Bart,” pleaded guilty to 10 counts of child endangerment, bringing to an end a case that has dragged the St. Rose community through scandal for the past seven years.

    McInerney will not have to register as a sex offender, as he agreed to a low-level fourth-degree offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 25 in Middlesex County Superior Court.

    Prosecutors alleged McInerney encouraged and sometimes paid his players to pleasure themselves, as well as report on their sexual activities through text messages. Prosecutors alleged this was for McInerney’s own pleasure, but McInerney’s lawyers argued that he did it to help the boys abstain from premarital sex.

    McInerney’s lawyer, Edward Bertucio, told the Asbury Park Press, that McInerney wanted to get the case behind him and allow the players affected by his actions to do the same. “He had the best of intentions, but he realized he wasn’t the person to give the advice he was giving.”

    On the stand, McInerney said that the conversations should have been between his underage players and their parents or health professional.

    Allegations of McInerney’s misconduct first surfaced in 2007 after he took a number of St. Rose baseball players to tournaments in Alaska and Hawaii. In 2008, Andrew M. Clark, the first of McInerney’s players to speak to investigators about his coach’s alleged misconduct, was killed after he stepped in front of an oncoming train. Clark’s family sued McInerney, St. Rose and the Diocese of Trenton, alleging wrongful death, and were subsequently awarded $900,000.

    McInerney’s was initially found guilty of child endangerment in 2010. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, but an appeals court threw out his conviction, ruling that a judge had given improper instructions to the jury.

  • New Suit Alleges Cover-Up in Gym Mat Death Case

    by Christian Boone July 2017

    The parents of a Valdosta teen found dead in a rolled-up gym mat have filed a third lawsuit alleging...

  • MSU Doctor Accused of Child Exploitation to Plead Guilty

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar has signed a deal agreeing to plead guilty to three federal charges relating to child pornography.

    Here is a short timeline of events leading up to the deal:

  • Baylor Settles Assault-Based Title IX Suit; More to Come

    by Paul Steinbach July 2017

    Baylor University late Thursday settled a Title IX lawsuit alleging that the school responded inadequately to the plaintiff's claims she was drugged, abducted and raped after attending an off-campus party at "the rugby house" in February 2015.

    According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, the plaintiff's mother called Baylor's Title IX office the next day and was told five other women had been raped at the same house. The plaintiff, who filed the suit as "Jane Doe," said she met with then-Title IX Coordinator Patty Crawford and then-Title IX investigator Ian McRary, who emailed a no-contact directive to the woman and information regarding an unrelated Title IX case. The plaintiff alleged McRary also sent her photos so she could identify her alleged assailant, which she did, then told her at least three women had reported “similar experiences at the rugby house,” the lawsuit states.

    The lawsuit further states that communication between the woman and the Title IX office ended without a hearing about five weeks after their initial contact, and a grade appeal with a vice provost was then unsuccessful, forcing her to leave Baylor and return to her home state. No police report was filed due to the woman's embarrassment, according to the lawsuit.

    Crawford, who was originally named in the lawsuit, resigned in October claiming she lacked the "authority, resources or independence" to do her job — a claim the university disputed. That same month, Baylor attempted to have the Title IX lawsuit dismissed on the grounds the plaintiff had “not alleged that Baylor had substantial control over either the alleged offender or the context in which the assault occurred.”

    In May of 2016, a law firm’s investigation found “fundamental failure” in Baylor’s Title IX implementation, and the school has since replaced its president, athletic director, head football coach and coaching staff, and has implemented other changes, the Tribune-Herald reported.

    “Baylor University is pleased that the parties were able to resolve this dispute in an amicable fashion,” according to a university statement. “We are unable to comment further regarding this particular claim out of respect for the student’s privacy.”

    Once the agreement is finalized, Baylor will face five additional Title IX lawsuits, according to the Tribune-Herald, which adds that Baylor has reached settlements with at least three alleged victims of sexual assault who did not file lawsuits.