Law & Policy: Civil Actions
- Community Works Toward Natural-Themed Playground
by Denisse Salazar July 2016
Vista Del Verde I Park on Lakeview Avenue has been constructed in phases. The final phase, which was approved for $508,000, includes construction of a playground and landscaping next to the existing restroom building.
- County Again Delays Contract Talks with Hockey Team
by Luke Ranker July 2016
Shawnee County again on Thursday delayed discussion and action on its embattled contract with junior hockey team the Topeka RoadRunners. Rich Eckert, county counselor, requested an unspecified amount of time to continue negotiations with legal staff representing team owner Don Stone. The commission agreed, delaying action on the three-year contract for a third time. The financial dispute between the county and team first came to light in June after The Topeka Capital-Journal reviewed documents that revealed a months-long conflict. "This is a very important issue; it's important to the fans," Eckert said. "I want to make sure we do this right."
- Legal Challenge Offers Lessons in Parking Lot Siting
by John Wolohan July 2016
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- Report: Paterno Knew of Sandusky Allegation in 1976
by Paul Steinbach July 2016
A report unsealed by a Philadelphia judge Tuesday indicates that Penn State University officials — including former longtime football coach Joe Paterno — knew of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual misconduct with minors for decades, with Paterno directly informed of one allegation as far back as 1976.
According to pennlive.com, Raymond Williams was asked by the university’s liability insurance provider to assess when key PSU officials should have known about child sex-assault charges against Sandusky. Williams identified six cases, all of which resulted in settlement payments by the university and two of led to criminal convictions against Sandusky, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence.
Williams made his assessment based on reports of Penn State’s history of annual policy renewals with Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Co., as well as on settlement documents. PMA has tried to deny reimbursement of millions of dollars in Sandusky settlement payments, claiming that Penn State had a duty to inform it of incidents that could result in liability exposure — “both to give notice of the potential for claims and to work together to take corrective actions for the future,” according to pennlive.com’s coverage.
“Penn State should have notified PMA of the incidents involving Sandusky on a timely basis. Penn State did not do that,” Williams said, adding the incidents were never reported internally to the university's risk management office.
- Arena Worth Debate Could Impact Tax Status
by Bill Bush July 2016
In December 2007, the Columbus Board of Education ended a long battle over the value of Nationwide Arena when it signed a deal to take a flat $1 million a year that wasn't based on the arena's value.
- State Parks Dept. Feels 'Ambushed' By Developer
by Emily Bregel July 2016
The proposed master planned community could bring 28,000 homes and 70,000 people to Benson. Opponents worry the project's groundwater pumping could harm precarious ecosystems in and around the federally protected San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
- Rec Center Planned with Input from Residents
by James Thomas Jr. July 2016
Suffolk's Parks & Recreation department hosted a Program Charrette at the Creekside Elementary Joint Use Recreation Center to field public input on future programming at the facility.
- Council OKs Rezoning to Allow for $8M Sports Complex
by Telegram & Gazette July 2016
The City Council voted Tuesday to take a first step in plans to build an $8 million commercial sports complex in West Fitchburg in an area that was zoned residential. After hearing strong opposition from neighbors, the council approved rezoning the area to create a special overlay district. It will allow commercial development in the residential area, including the building of a sports complex projected to have 10 outdoor fields and four indoor in a 100,000 square foot building. The area is off Westminster Hill Road and Victorial Lane and will be accessed through Industrial Road in the Montachusett Industrial Park.
- U. of Tennessee Settles Title IX Lawsuit for $2.48M
by MJ Slaby email@example.com 865-342-6305 and Dustin Dopirak firstname.lastname@example.org 865-342-6274 July 2016
The University of Tennessee will pay $2.48 million to settle a federal Title IX lawsuit alleging the university maintains a “hostile sexual environment.”
- Ex-Administrator Stole $24K from Little League
by Sid Cassese email@example.com July 2016
Banners and medals awarded to Nassau County Little League baseball and softball stars and tournament winners will be delayed or not awarded after a former administrator took $24,000 from the group over the past three years, a league official told parents early last week.