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  • Children Suspected in Playground Fire

    by Ned Oliver August 2017

    Five children were seen fleeing the scene of a playground fire at Woodville Elementary School in Richmond's East End on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Opinion: Enough is Enough on Turf Safety Debate

    by Art Dodge, Rom Reddy, Darren Gill July 2017

    In any “debate” there is a point when the evidence must be considered sufficient to declare the case closed. When it comes to the specter of health concerns associated with the recycled rubber infill found in synthetic turf fields and playgrounds, we have reached and passed that stage.    

  • How College Athletic Programs Are Preparing for Gun Legislation

    by Emily Attwood July 2017

    The country's attitude toward firearms is changing. As of July 1, Kansas and Georgia will join eight other states in allowing concealed-carry of firearms on public university campuses, with Arkansas joining the campus carry ranks on Sept. 1.

  • Gym Member Goes on Year-Long Burglary Spree

    by John Valenti and Nicole Fuller July 2017

    A Bronx man turned gym rat used a yearlong cover of workout routines coupled with an arm brace to steal...

  • Eight Dead After Riot Erupts at Senegal Soccer Stadium

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Spectator safety continues to be a problem at soccer matches, as eight people were killed and scores more were injured at a Senegal Premier League final over the weekend.

    According to a report from Aljazeera, fans of Ouakam and Sade de Mbour clashed Saturday as they were leaving the game. Police fired tear gas into the crowd, which resulted in a stampede as panic spread throughout the stadium.

    Adding to the chaos, a wall that supported bleacher seating collapsed after police started firing the tear gas canisters into the crowd.

    Matar Ba, the Senegalese sports minister, said a young girl was among the dead and more than 60 other fans were injured and taken to local health facilities. Ba vowed “strong measures” would be taken so that such an event “will never be repeated in Senegal.” The BBC put the number of injured closer to 100.

    The clash between fans apparently began when US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans after Mbour scored in extra time to go ahead 2-1. 

    Cheikh Maba Diop, a spectator at the match whose friend died when the wall collapsed, told the Associated Foreign Press, "All of a sudden when the wall fell... we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people."

    The BBC reported that Senegal’s Football Federation has temporarily suspended US Ouakam until the FSF can decide on sanctions against the team

     

  • Rec Center Bomb Threat Tests UCLA Response Plan

    by Paul Steinbach July 2017

    UCLA campus police received a phoned bomb threat targeting the university's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center late Wednesday, activating an emergency response that greeted individuals in nearby buildings with messaging that ranged from "stay indoors" to "evacuate."

    The first emergency alert was issued shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a report at latimes.com, followed by a second notice 30 minutes later that "the situation is still active." At 12:05 a.m. Thursday, the Twitter account @UCLA Housing sent the message "The Hill is in emergency. Please evacuate to Drake Stadium. Please retweet and share. More information will be provided as it comes in." According a screen capture on latimes.com, that message was retweeted at least 535 times. Five minutes later, @UCLA BruinAlert tweeted "Bomb threat at Sunset Recreation. Residents are requested to remain indoors unless otherwise instructed. Avoid the area until further notice."

    Four bomb-sniffing dogs had searched the rec center, which police determined to be clear of explosives shortly before midnight. At 12:20, a BruinAlert informed individuals that they could return to their residence halls, which were occupied by a mix of students taking summer courses and children visiting the Westwood campus for sports camps. Drake Stadium, home to UCLA's soccer programs, is depicted being cleared in an individual's tweet posted at 1:56 a.m. Other evacuees were directed to a nearby tennis court, as alarms and flashing lights were triggered within some residence halls. In all, more than a dozen halls were affected.

    Nineteen-year-old Lemoine Dillon, who was in Rieber Vista residence hall when alarms sounded, was among hundreds directed to the stadium. “It was really hectic because no one really knew what to do or where we were going,” Dillon told latimes.com.

    The bomb threat came hours after the conclusion of the first orientation program for new UCLA students.

  • New Mexico Missing $400K in Unpaid Basketball Suites

    by Geoff Grammer July 2017

    The University of New Mexico on Monday announced that payment for use of 24 suites in the Pit had gone uncollected...

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    by AB Editors July 2017

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  • Duke Venue Takes Top Safety and Security Honor

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    Duke University’s Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium will receive NCS4’s top honor for the venue’s excellence in safety and security.

    According to a press release, NCS4 has recognized 10 facilities with the award, which commends facilities for leadership in addressing safety and security issues. Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium is one of three NCAA football facilities to receive the award. The other two NCAA facilities are Vaught Hemingway Stadium (Ole Miss) and Ryan Field (Northwestern).

    “The Facility of Merit Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding facilities that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani, in a statement. “These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other facilities to follow.”

    Duke representatives will formally accept the award at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.

  • Making Safety and Security Part of the Facility Design Discussion

    by Jay King, PSP, CPP June 2017

    "This facility was built without much thought given to security" is a common critique offered by security and public safety officials who are responsible for protecting sports venues and other high-occupancy facilities. This refrain often begins when issues such as interrupted sightlines, poor lighting, inadequate standoff distance and crowd circulation challenges reveal themselves once a new or renovated venue begins operations.