• Missouri Playgrounds Caught Up in Church-State Debate

    by The Bismarck Tribune April 2017

    Missouri's Department of Natural Resources runs the Scrap Tire Program. It enables playgrounds to replace gravel and dirt with a rubber protective surface that is kinder to the knees of the devout and heathens alike. The department refused the church's request for a $20,000 grant, citing this from the state constitution: "No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion." Trinity Lutheran says the state is abridging its First Amendment right to the "free exercise" of religion and denying the 14th Amendment guarantee of "equal protection of the laws."

  • HS Athletic Director Target of Exploitation Investigation

    by Andrew Marra, Olivia Hitchcock and Jodie Wagner April 2017

    Palm Beach Gardens High School's longtime athletic director has been removed from the school after becoming a subject of a child sexual-exploitation investigation, according to school district officials and court records.

  • Council Approves Controversial Rec Plan After Debate

    by Aleese Kopf April 2017

    Many residents made perhaps their last-ditch effort Wednesday to stop plans to build a new recreation center this summer. They were unsuccessful. The Town Council voted 3-2 to approve eight variances and a site plan review needed to build a new 17,000-square-foot center at 340 Seaview Ave. The vote came after more than four hours of discussion and debate about the proposal. It was essentially the final public hearing in a debate about the controversial project that has been ongoing for more than a year. Council members say they've received "massive" amounts of emails, letters and phone calls from residents both for and against the project over the last several months.

  • Four Fired, One Suspended in HS Recruiting Probe

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    At a Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, a Patterson (N.J.) Eastside athletic director and two coaches were terminated following a series of investigations into the school’s recruiting practices.

  • Man Charged for Filming Girls Hockey Team in Locker Room

    by Pat Reavy April 2017

    A West Jordan man accused of using his phone to secretly film a young girls hockey team in a locker room has been charged with multiple counts of voyeurism.

  • Family of Hazing Rape Victim Files Federal Suit

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    The family of an unnamed student-athlete from La Vernia High School filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, seeking damages for violations of civil rights, as well as constitutional rights outlined in the fourth and 14th amendments.

  • No Charges Filed in SEAL Trainee Drowning Case

    by Spokesman Review April 2017

    The Navy will not pursue criminal charges in the drowning of a sailor who was repeatedly pushed underwater by an instructor during Navy SEAL basic training in California, authorities said Monday.

  • Man Arrested in Locker Room Attack

    by Pat Reavy April 2017

    Timothy Alan Wyatt, 33, of Salt Lake City, was arrested after police say he randomly grabbed an 18-year-old woman in the locker room at Salt Lake Community College around 8 a.m.

  • City May Convert Rail Line into Bike Path, Public Park

    by Cornelius Frolik April 2017

    A conceptual rendering of what the Norfolk Southern rail line could look like if converted into a bike path and park. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the project is "a big deal."

  • Town Settles Suit After Child Injured on Playground

    by Stefanie Dazio April 2017

    The Hempstead Town Board voted 6-0 Tuesday to settle a personal injury lawsuit — filed by a mother on behalf of her child — for $24,000, town documents show.