• JCC Bomb Scares Tied to Nationwide Threats

    by Gene Warner February 2017

    A bomb threat late Monday morning that forced the local Jewish Community Center to evacuate both of its buildings, on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo and North Forest Road in Getzville, was part of a nationwide effort that saw at least 10 such centers targeted with similar threats, according to local and national officials.

  • Former Club Directors Arrested for Theft

    by Courtney Cameron February 2017

    On Friday, two former employees of the Mandeville, La., area Franco’s Athletic Club were arrested on charges of racketeering, theft, identity theft and money laundering.

  • Baseball Team Announces Enhanced Security Measures

    by Aaron Besecker February 2017

    Anyone catching a Buffalo Bisons baseball game or other event at Coca-Cola Field this year will have to walk through a metal detector to enter the ballpark. Metal detectors will be set up at each entrance, including all fan gates, as well as the entrance to Pettibones Grille and the center field pavilion, the Bisons announced Monday.

  • Kobe Bryant Memorabilia Stolen from High School

    by Mark Medina February 2017

    Several pieces of Kobe Bryant memorabilia were stolen on Sunday night from what Lower Merion High called "The Kobe Showcase" at his alma mater in Ardmore, Pa. The items included a framed replica of his No. 33 jersey, the Aces' 1996 state championship trophy and net, programs from the state and district title games, a proclamation from the Pennsylvania State House honoring the 1996 team as well as several pairs of signed Nike sneakers from the former Lakers star.

  • Man Accused of Stealing Car, Wallet from Fitness Center

    by Deon J. Hampton February 2017

    A Uniondale man is accused of stealing a vehicle and a wallet from a fitness center in East Garden City, Nassau County police said.

  • JCC Evacuated After Bomb Threat, Others Threatened

    by Taylor W. Anderson and Bob Mims February 2017

    A bomb threat that police later deemed fake forced evacuation of Salt Lake City's I.J. & Jeanncc Wagner Jewish Community Center on Tuesday morning, one of a series of threats to Jewish centers nationwide. Groups tracking the threats say they target the Jewish community, with at least 17 confirmed bomb scares at centers Tuesday alone. Some Jewish Salt Lakers said the call to the JCC, which comes amid an uptick in threats nationally this year, has had an unsettling effect.

  • Man Locked Inside Gym Gets Banned for Life

    by Jason Scott December 2016

    An honest mistake seems to have resulted in one Massachusetts man losing his gym membership privileges — for life.

  • Clear-Bag Policies Become Standard in College Athletics

    by Emily Attwood November 2016

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  • Making Food Defense Part of the Security Plan

    by Marianne Elbertson November 2016

    Imagine a college football game kicking off in the Midwest at 11 a.m. local time. Tens of thousands of fans are counting on stadium concessions for their lunchtime sustenance. Now imagine that food has been intentionally tampered with, and patrons are ingesting an unknown chemical agent. It will be several hours before the first symptoms of illness begin. By the time a connection can be drawn to stadium food service, thousands will have become ill. It may take several days, or even weeks, to pinpoint the source of the contamination.

  • Billy Langenstein Discusses U.S. Bank Stadium Launch

    by Paul Steinbach October 2016

    Billy Langenstein got his start in the event-management game as a 15-year-old water boy at music venues in Philadelphia. He later spent five seasons with the Washington Nationals, ascending to director of event operations. Today, at age 28, he's SMG's director of events services for U.S. Bank Stadium, the newly minted home of the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium will host more than 400 events a year — from weddings to concerts to college baseball games — all under a clear plastic roof and Langenstein's watch. On Vikings gamedays, he's ultimately responsible for everything from transportation and emergency response to the actions of thousands of security and guest-services personnel. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach caught up with Langenstein the morning after the Vikings had played their second home preseason game in four days.