• Richmond's Head Coach Witnessed Fatal Balloon Accident

    by VIC DORR JR. May 2014

    Nothing in Michael Shafer's past has prepared him for his present. Shafer, the head women's basketball coach at the University of Richmond, fought to maintain his composure Tuesday afternoon as he discussed for the first time the death of two members of his staff in Friday's fiery crash of a hot air balloon in Caroline County.

  • Lifeguard Shortage May Delay Community Pool Opening

    by Clint Thomas May 2014

    As of last week, only 11 people had applied to work as lifeguards at the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department's four area public pools.

  • Richmond Remembers Basketball Leaders Lost in Crash

    by Super User May 2014

    By Hank Kurz Jr., Alan Suderman and Larry O'Dell The Associated Press RICHMOND One was the constant in University of Richmond women's basketball, the beloved assistant coach who had been on staff for 15 seasons, remaining through two coaching changes. The other was barely out of college, always cheerful and willing to help. Associate head coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were killed Friday in a fiery hot air balloon crash along with the pilot, Daniel T. Kirk, who had 20 years of flying experience and was affectionately known as "Capt. Kirk." The three were mourned Sunday by friends, family and colleagues.

  • Balloon Accident Claims U. of Richmond Athletics Staffers

    by Jonathan D. Epstein; News staff Reporter May 2014

    The family of former Nardin Academy star swimmer Natalie M. Lewis struggled Sunday to grapple with her death in a hot-air balloon accident, after the last of three bodies from the Virginia disaster was recovered. "Obviously, it's terrible news," said a family spokesman. "Everybody's just trying to do the best we all can." Virginia State Police notified the family early Sunday afternoon that the body of the third victim, a woman, had been found at about 11 a.m. It was discovered about 100 yards north of where the second body was found 24 hours earlier, the family spokesman said.

  • Technology, Collaboration Key to Protecting Open-Access Events

    by Dennis Van Milligen April 2014

    No one anticipated — no one could have anticipated — what happened on that day," recalls Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. An avid runner with more than 40 marathons under his belt, including last year's Boston Marathon, Evans has been preparing harder for this year's Boston Marathon than any other race he's run. But unlike previous years, his morning runs with a member of the Boston Athletic Association aren't meant as training for his participation in the race; they are meant as preparation for his more daunting task of protecting the race.

  • NJ High Schools Preparing for New Safety Mandates

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    New Jersey high schools will soon have new rules in place aimed at keeping student-athletes safer.

  • Flood Emergency Provides Lessons in Crisis Management

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein March 2014

    As a gym owner or manager, there's one phone call, above all others, that you do not want at 1 a.m. — a call from your alarm company.

  • Navy Freshman Dies After Collapse at Football Practice

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    Navy freshman football player Will McKamey died while in a coma Tuesday night, three days after he collapsed during a Midshipmen football practice. He was 19.

  • Blog: Every Athlete Deserves a Certified Athletic Trainer

    by Mike Hopper, Guest Contributor March 2014

    Youth sports injuries seem to continue to pile up. Unfortunately so do the fatalities. In recent years, we’ve heard about many football players who have died after suffering brain trauma. We’ve heard reports of athletes who have died of sudden cardiac death. And we’ve heard of athletes dying of heat illnesses such as exertional heat stroke or sickle cell anemia. In response to that, there have been significant regulations in the way of law or league policies for these various cases.

  • Proposed Law Sets Cardiac Arrest Prevention Protocols

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    More than 2,000 teenagers die from sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year, according to the Connecticut Post. And now the state of Connecticut is trying to do its part to limit that number, particularly in high school student-athletes.