Penn State students’ preliminary hearings pushed back to June in hazing death case

first_imgJohn Greim/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Penn.) — Preliminary hearings for the 18 Pennsylvania State University students charged in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza have been pushed back to June. The preliminary hearings initially set for Wednesday, May 17, will now take place on Monday, June 12, the Centre County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore and pledge at Beta Theta Pi fraternity, died on Feb. 4, after he fell down the stairs during a pledge ceremony at the house on the night of Feb. 2. Fraternity members did not call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza’s fall, according to a report on the grand jury’s investigation. Piazza’s death was the “direct result of traumatic brain injuries,” according to the forensic pathologist. Eighteen Penn State students are facing charges: eight for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; four for reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; and six for evidence tampering. The Beta Theta Pi fraternity, which has since been barred from Penn State, is facing charges such as involuntary manslaughter and hazing. The Piazzas plan to sue “all of those responsible for the death of Tim, including the fraternity members, the fraternity, as well as Penn State,” the family’s attorney, Tom Kline, told ABC News. “I think the individuals involved clearly bear the most responsibility,” Piazza’s father, Jim Piazza, told “Good Morning America” on Monday. “If you read the timeline of what happened, they set out to feed these guys lethal amounts of alcohol from the outset. There was intent there right from the beginning.” “This was occurring right underneath the noses of Penn State officials,” he said. “There was a task force that was empaneled a few years earlier that did nothing to stop this. The problem was widespread. The problem was endemic at Penn State. They looked away.” Tim Piazza’s mother, Evelyn Piazza, said, “I don’t understand how they could be so heartless and inhumane.” Penn State officials have acknowledged that alcohol on campus is a “serious challenge” and that fraternity houses are especially hard to control because they are privately owned. After Tim Piazza’s death, the university added restrictions for all Greek organizations and put a hold on the graduation of students charged in his death. It published a new “frequently asked questions” website last week, launched alcohol-education programs and promised, “We will not rest until we solve this problem.” All defendants have been preliminarily arraigned, but none have entered pleas. Defense attorney William Brennan, whose client is facing one count of reckless endangerment, told ABC News last week, “The facts of this case are troubling and tragic, and we’ll do everything we can to defend this charge.” “My client has — and this is not to be misinterpreted as acceptance of responsibility or admitting culpability — my client has tremendous human compassion and empathy for the family of the deceased, for the deceased himself. This was an unspeakable tragedy,” Brennan added. “Having said that, it is my position that there is no criminality on the part of my client.” “It’s heartbreaking. If this case doesn’t draw emotion and tug on your heart strings or bring a tear to your eye, you’re inhuman,” Brennan added. “I commend the DA’s office in the pragmatic way that they handled the charging process here, because hundreds of people were at the frat house.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Bengals’ playoff drought goes on with 18-16 loss to Steelers

first_imgBut, then, the self-destruction began.“We have to be smart in situations throughout the game and make smart decisions,” left tackle Andrew Whitworth said.Instead of protecting the ball at all costs, Hill got stripped by Ryan Shazier to give the Steelers one more chance. Hill lost his starting job temporarily this season because of fumbles. This one set up the ugly final sequence to Cincinnati’s season.“It’s hard to put into words,” said Hill, who failed to run for 100 yards in any game this season. “Words don’t do anything at this point. It’s on me. I take full blame for it. It’s very unfortunate.”Ben Roethlisberger returned from a shoulder injury to lead the winning drive, with personal fouls on Burfict and Jones moving them within range.Burfict lowered his shoulder and hit receiver Antonio Brown in the head after an incompletion, drawing a penalty. While the Steelers were on the field checking on the injured receiver, Jones got into it with Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter and drew another flag, making it 30 yards in penalties.Shortly after the game ended, Jones went on a profane rant against the official on Instagram, which was soon deleted. He also tweeted his disagreement with his penalty, saying a Steelers coach came on the field to trash talk and it was “Not even a head coach.” Burfict had no explanation for his penalty, repeatedly saying, “I don’t know.”Boswell’s fourth field goal extended Cincinnati’s playoff drought to 25 years and counting, the sixth-longest in NFL history.Lewis fell to 0-7 in the playoffs, moving ahead of Jim Mora for most such losses to start an NFL coaching career. And the Bengals (12-5) now have lost an opening-round game for five consecutive seasons — no other team has done it more than three times in a row.McCarron filled in for the injured Andy Dalton and showed his big-game mettle against long odds. No NFL quarterback with so little starting experience had won a playoff game since 1979, when Gifford Nielsen led the Oilers over the Charger. Dan Fouts threw five interceptions to make that one possible.“We were so close to giving this city what they deserved — to do it against a team like Pittsburgh — and for it not to happen … it’s bad,” McCarron said.An injury gave the Bengals their opening. With the Steelers up 15-0 in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger hurt his right shoulder when Burfict sacked him, forcing him to the locker room. McCarron’s clutch TD pass to Green got the Bengals to the verge of their breakthrough.But Big Ben returned to lead the final nine-play, 74-yard drive, converting a third down and a fourth-down play to keep it going.It ended with Burfict jawing at Lewis on the sideline and players staring in disbelief. The Steelers ran right to their locker room when time ran out, getting pelted with cans by angry fans. The Bengals headed into an offseason of change, with nearly half the starting lineup in the final contract year.Lewis has one more year on his deal, but will come under intense scrutiny after his team self-destructed. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap tweeted: “Bengals beat Bengals … No 1 to blame but ourselves.”Heading into the game, Lewis had joked that an “exorcism” was needed for the team’s playoff history.Now what?___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL,CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeremy Hill got stripped of the ball. Vontaze Burfict led with his shoulder head-high. Adam “Pacman” Jones lost his cool. In a matter of seconds, Cincinnati let it all slip away.The Bengals’ latest playoff meltdown was one for the books, in many ways the worst of them all. And it will shake the franchise for a long time.Hill fumbled away a chance to close out the game, and personal fouls on Burfict and Jones moved the Steelers in range for the winning field goal on Saturday night. Chris Boswell’s 35-yard kick with 14 seconds left gave Pittsburgh an 18-16 victory — another blow-to-the-gut moment to the Bengals’ horrid playoff history. “Got back and went ahead, and then we destructed on ourselves, offense and defense together,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “That’s disappointing.” The Bengals rallied from a 15-0 deficit in the fourth quarter behind AJ McCarron, who threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green for a 16-15 lead with only 1:50 to go. The Bengals appeared to seal it when a diving Burfict picked off Landry Jones’ pass with 1:36 left. Burfict celebrated the play by running all the way to the other end of the field and into the tunnel — with the ball — followed closely by an entourage of teammates. But, then, the self-destruction began.“We have to be smart in situations throughout the game and make smart decisions,” left tackle Andrew Whitworth said.Instead of protecting the ball at all costs, Hill got stripped by Ryan Shazier to give the Steelers one more chance. Hill lost his starting job temporarily this season because of fumbles. This one set up the ugly final sequence to Cincinnati’s season.“It’s hard to put into words,” said Hill, who failed to run for 100 yards in any game this season. “Words don’t do anything at this point. It’s on me. I take full blame for it. It’s very unfortunate.”Ben Roethlisberger returned from a shoulder injury to lead the winning drive, with personal fouls on Burfict and Jones moving them within range.Burfict lowered his shoulder and hit receiver Antonio Brown in the head after an incompletion, drawing a penalty. While the Steelers were on the field checking on the injured receiver, Jones got into it with Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter and drew another flag, making it 30 yards in penalties.Shortly after the game ended, Jones went on a profane rant against the official on Instagram, which was soon deleted. He also tweeted his disagreement with his penalty, saying a Steelers coach came on the field to trash talk and it was “Not even a head coach.” Burfict had no explanation for his penalty, repeatedly saying, “I don’t know.”Boswell’s fourth field goal extended Cincinnati’s playoff drought to 25 years and counting, the sixth-longest in NFL history.Lewis fell to 0-7 in the playoffs, moving ahead of Jim Mora for most such losses to start an NFL coaching career. And the Bengals (12-5) now have lost an opening-round game for five consecutive seasons — no other team has done it more than three times in a row.McCarron filled in for the injured Andy Dalton and showed his big-game mettle against long odds. No NFL quarterback with so little starting experience had won a playoff game since 1979, when Gifford Nielsen led the Oilers over the Charger. Dan Fouts threw five interceptions to make that one possible.“We were so close to giving this city what they deserved — to do it against a team like Pittsburgh — and for it not to happen … it’s bad,” McCarron said.An injury gave the Bengals their opening. With the Steelers up 15-0 in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger hurt his right shoulder when Burfict sacked him, forcing him to the locker room. McCarron’s clutch TD pass to Green got the Bengals to the verge of their breakthrough.But Big Ben returned to lead the final nine-play, 74-yard drive, converting a third down and a fourth-down play to keep it going.It ended with Burfict jawing at Lewis on the sideline and players staring in disbelief. The Steelers ran right to their locker room when time ran out, getting pelted with cans by angry fans. The Bengals headed into an offseason of change, with nearly half the starting lineup in the final contract year.Lewis has one more year on his deal, but will come under intense scrutiny after his team self-destructed. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap tweeted: “Bengals beat Bengals … No 1 to blame but ourselves.”Heading into the game, Lewis had joked that an “exorcism” was needed for the team’s playoff history.Now what?___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Bengals rallied from a 15-0 deficit in the fourth quarter behind AJ McCarron, who threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green for a 16-15 lead with only 1:50 to go. The Bengals appeared to seal it when a diving Burfict picked off Landry Jones’ pass with 1:36 left. Burfict celebrated the play by running all the way to the other end of the field and into the tunnel — with the ball — followed closely by an entourage of teammates.center_img Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis following an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh won 18-16. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeremy Hill got stripped of the ball. Vontaze Burfict led with his shoulder head-high. Adam “Pacman” Jones lost his cool. In a matter of seconds, Cincinnati let it all slip away.The Bengals’ latest playoff meltdown was one for the books, in many ways the worst of them all. And it will shake the franchise for a long time.Hill fumbled away a chance to close out the game, and personal fouls on Burfict and Jones moved the Steelers in range for the winning field goal on Saturday night. Chris Boswell’s 35-yard kick with 14 seconds left gave Pittsburgh an 18-16 victory — another blow-to-the-gut moment to the Bengals’ horrid playoff history. “Got back and went ahead, and then we destructed on ourselves, offense and defense together,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “That’s disappointing.”last_img read more

Arch-rival Pep Guardiola picks Jose Mourinho’s side; says he will be back

first_imgAdvertisement xiqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5i4oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E80df8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 405oWould you ever consider trying this?😱q2olCan your students do this? 🌚4iiRoller skating! Powered by Firework “He will come back soon”, said Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola about Jose Mourinho after the latter was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday.Advertisement The two managers had a passionate rivalry when they were opposite numbers at Barcelona and Real Madrid for three years and there were fears that ill feeling might be reignited when Mourinho was appointed United coach shortly after Guardiola was announced at City in 2016.Advertisement However, the pair’s rivalry has been far more friendly during their Premier League years and Guardiola says he hopes to come up against Mourinho again soon.“I am on his side,” Guardiola told a news conference. “As managers, we are alone. They [clubs] contact us to try to win and when you don’t win I know what happens.Advertisement “I always say I am in the position of the manager and I know exactly what they can feel and always I am there because we feel alone. All the pressure is on our shoulders.“But he has a lot of experience, he is a top man and he will come back soon and we are going to play again.” Advertisementlast_img read more