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  • Bill Paves Way for Bike-Sharing Program in Philadelphia

    by CINDY STANSBURY; Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914 June 2014

    City Council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee approved a bill yesterday that would pave the way for a bike sharing program in Philadelphia The bill, introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, now moves to Council for a full vote.

  • UT: No Evidence Official Had Inappropriate Relationships

    by Megan Boehnke June 2014

    After 13 months and a $66,015.50 investigation, a private firm hired by the University of Tennessee found no evidence that a former director of judicial affairs had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes.

  • AD, Coaches Fired in High School Recruiting Scandal

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    An ugly scandal in the Dallas Independent School District is coming to a close with the firings of the district's athletic director, two top basketball coaches and 12 others.

  • Athletics Officials Split Over Transgender Student Law

    by Rhiannon Potkey June 2014

    As a teacher and an athletic director at Ventura High School, Dave Hess is always pondering hypotheticals. He tries to anticipate scenarios before they arise in a changing educational and athletic landscape. Hess would always prefer to have rules and regulations for guidance. That’s why he was pleased when California became the first state in the nation to spell out the rights of transgender K-12 students, in a law Gov. Jerry Brown signed in September. AB 1266 took effect Jan. 1.

  • UNC's Williams Denies Involvement in Academic Fraud

    by Aaron Beard, The Associated Press June 2014

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams and players from the 2005 national championship team deny they were involved with academic wrongdoing alleged by former teammate Rashad McCants.

  • Northwestern Football Players Cast Historic Union Vote

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    Northwestern football players cast their votes to determine if they will unionize Friday morning. The vote by about 70 scholarship players will be watched closesly by colleges and universities across the country due to the impact it could have on the dynamics of college athletics. However, the outcome of the vote may not be known for some time.

  • Mavs' PA Announcer Blasts Refs on Twitter, Gets Benched

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath has been suspended for two games by the NBA after a series of tweets criticizing the league.

  • After 133 Closures in 2013, City Steps Up Pool Testing

    by April 2014

    When many people go to the local pool for a swim, they don’t think twice about the delicate chemical balance required for the water to be safe for swimmers — they assume there are people responsible for checking that — and they’d be right. 

    But according to the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star, city inspectors worry those tasked with checking the pool's chlorine and pH levels may not be doing so correctly.

    In 2013, Lincoln closed 133 pools after inspections revealed that the water did not meet quality standards — which may indicate that water testers are making errors during testing.

    Under current regulations, lifeguards at a pool can handle pool tests with little training in the correct testing processes.

    Pool water is tested by adding a chemical to a small sample of pool water and stirring the sample to turn the water pink. Then another chemical is added to return the water to its original color.

    “It’s like a chemistry test,” Scott Holmes, Environmental Public Health Division manager for the local department, told the Journal Star. “You have to add the correct number of drops. You have to swirl and not shake.”

    Under proposed changes to the outdated pool-testing rules, only certified pool operators or pool testers would be allowed to do quality checks. In order to become certified, candidates would be required to take a short class and be tested to make sure they know how to test the water. The certification class would cost $20 dollars and would make a tester certified for two years.

    Testing water correctly plays a large role in helping maintain healthy pool users. When the water has the right pH and chlorine balance, it can reduce the transfer of certain types of diseases and infections.

    In 2001, Lincoln suffered an outbreak of cryptosporidium, a diarrheal illness, after it is estimated that it originally spread through public swimming pools. At its peak, there were more than 133 cases of cryptosporidium that had been acquired through public swimming pools. 

  • 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.

  • Tuesday Takedown: Judgmental Gym Sends Wrong Message

    by Dennis Van Milligen March 2014

    It has been quite a week for the "Judgment Free Zone" national gym chain known as Planet Fitness, which made national headlines for being the exact opposite. Both Tarainia McDaniel and Tiffany Austin managed to wander outside that aforementioned judgment free zone recently, being told by their respective Planet Fitness gyms how they should dress.