• SEC to Implement Conference-Wide Clear-Bag Policy

    by Jason Scott March 2017

    Following a unanimous approval vote from the league’s 14 athletic directors, the Southeastern Conference has announced that it will implement a clear-bag policy for the 2017 football season.

  • Bill Could Impact Tenn. Sports Venue Gun Policies

    by Jake Lowary March 2017

    A bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee would fly in the face of the gun policies of nearly every major sporting venue in Tennessee, potentially pitting the Legislature against some of the state's most popular sports teams.

  • Jewish Groups Upgrade Security Measures Amid Threats

    by Danae King, The Columbus Dispatch March 2017

    As Jewish groups across the country grapple with anti-Semitism and bomb threats, the local Jewish community in Columbus, Ohio, is refusing to let fear paralyze it. Instead, Columbus area organizations have been propelled into action -- training staff, upgrading security measures and learning more about how to respond in the event of future threats, all while daily activity bustles along. There have been 133 bomb threats against Jewish organizations in the country since Jan. 1, according to ProPublica, an independent, nonprofit online news source. That includes one on Jan. 18 called into the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.

  • Families Resolute in Face of JCC Threats

    by Lauren Markoe February 2017

    Dozens of families have withdrawn from the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando since three waves of bomb threats rocked JCCs across the nation last month. But the Orlando JCC, the only one targeted in all three waves, and situated in the city where a gunman killed 49 people at a nightclub in June, is a glaring exception. Across the nation, JCCs have lost few clients and some have even seen enrollments rise, according to a survey of 73 JCCs taken by the JCC Association after the third wave of threats. A fourth threat targeted at least 10 JCCs Monday.

  • Trampoline Park Safety Standards Sidelined

    by Katie McKellar February 2017

    Despite push from city officials and even trampoline park owners, lawmakers decided this week to hold off on enacting statewide safety standards for trampoline gyms, wary of overregulation.

  • 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.