Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
Indictment of Professor Details UNC Academic Fraud
by Sarah Lyall January 2014
By Sarah Lyall The New York Times CHAPEL HILL, N.C. In the summer of 2011, 19 undergraduates at the University of North Carolina signed up for a lecture course called AFAM 280: Blacks in North Carolina. The professor was Julius Nyang'oro, an internationally respected scholar and longtime chairman of the African and Afro-American studies department. It is doubtful the students learned much about blacks, North Carolina or anything else, although they received grades for papers they supposedly turned in and Nyang'oro, the instructor, was paid $12,000. University and law-enforcement officials say AFAM 280 never met. One of dozens of courses in the department that officials say were taught incompletely or not at all, AFAM 280 is the focus of a criminal indictment against Nyang'oro that was issued in December.
Boston Approves Ban on Smoking in City-Run Parks
by Super User January 2014
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission has approved a ban on smoking in city-run parks.
Eight Gonzaga Fans Fall Victim to Craigslist Ticket Scam
by John Stucke, firstname.lastname@example.org January 2014
Zags beat Dons, but eight fans lose to ticket scam Monday night By John Stucke email@example.com, (509) 459-5419
Opinion: Put Safeguards in Place to Prevent Embezzlement
by Super User December 2013
At some point, you have to learn from the mistakes of others. So with each new case of a school, civic or sports organization discovering missing or stolen funds because adequate safeguards aren't in place, we have to wonder why this still happens. Plenty of cases over the years should raise red flags with organizers of these activities, but the scenario still often involves a system in which one person controls funds with little or no oversight.
Should Video Help Determine Head Shot Punishment?
by James Yodice Journal Staff Writer December 2013
It was a head shot that rocked New Mexico's high school sports world. In its wake, the governing body for prep sports in New Mexico has said it is powerless to take action against a player based on postgame review of a video, no matter how clear and compelling the evidence. But video of the blow delivered to the head of a Cleveland Storm football player by a Las Cruces Mayfield defender - which an independent evaluator concluded should have been flagged and the Mayfield player ejected - could now lead to changes. Las Cruces school officials say they don't think the video shows anything inappropriate.
Hearing Could Shape Fate of Former PSU Officials
by By Allison Steele; Inquirer Staff Writer December 2013
Almost five months after three former high-ranking Pennsylvania State University officials were ordered to stand trial on charges of covering up evidence that coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting children, they are scheduled to return to a Harrisburg courtroom Tuesday for a hearing that could shape the outcome of the case. The purpose of the hearing has been shrouded in secrecy - the official court docket doesn't specify the nature of the proceeding, and state prosecutors say only that it pertains to sealed grand jury information.
Lower NFL Tackles Good for the Head, Bad for the Knees
by Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post December 2013
If the choice is between a torn ACL and a concussion, Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace leaves no doubt which he would prefer. "Concuss me," Wallace said Tuesday. "If I suffer three concussions, I'm willing to bet at 60 I'll still be able to think straight. Three torn ACLs mean your career is over." Concerned about an increase in concussions, the NFL told its players this season that head shots would no longer be tolerated, and that message has been reinforced with hefty fines.
Man Who Fell from 300 Deck in Buffalo Gets Stadium Ban
by Paul Steinbach November 2013
A fan who attempted to slide down the side railing of the 300 deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, only to topple backwards and land on a fan in the 200 level, has fallen out of favor with the hometown Bills. As a result of his actions Sunday, the fan has been banned from the stadium.
High School's 'Arab' Mascot Called Into Question
by Michael Gaio November 2013
When it comes to nickname and mascot controversy, typically Native Americans and teams like the Indians and Redskins come to mind. But a Southern California high school's longstanding Arab mascot is at the center of its own controversy.
Cheerleaders, Teams Punished Over Impromptu Routine
by Michael Gaio November 2013
File this one under "lack of common sense." Two youth football teams in Florida - and their cheerleading squads - have been banned from their conference championship game for a reason that will only make you shake your head.