One by one, he charmed them.Three middle school girls, two of them only 12 years old, totally smitten with the high school lacrosse player who was paying attention to them and wanted to be their friend.During his freshman and sophomore years, the Brighton High School student Snapchatted the girls, used terms like "baby girl" and "princess," listened to their problems and played the trusting, big brother. As one of the girls’ parents noted, “He seemed like a polite young man.”He manipulated them all.In Livingston County Juvenile Court last spring, the bushy-haired, 6-foot-tall athlete was charged with 20 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct on charges of raping the three girls on multiple occasions when he was 14 and 15 years old. Prosecutors said he used his size to overcome them and manipulated events and the girls to get what he wanted.A 12-year-old girl was raped in a ditch behind a Brighton movie theater, … [Read more...] about Teenage victims: 45 days in Brighton rape case a betrayal; where is justice?
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If Jeff Van Gundy had his way, the USA Basketball team that he's coaching in the qualifying round for the 2019 Basketball World Cup would have been together for a month of practices to get ready for what he calls a daunting challenge.He had five days.Ready or not, qualifying starts Thursday night in Orlando, Florida — when Van Gundy and a team of largely unheralded G League players take on Puerto Rico in the start of a tournament that will decide if the U.S. goes to the World Cup in China two years from now. Van Gundy led a similar team to a gold medal over the summer in the FIBA AmeriCup, and now a bigger test awaits."We all felt he'd be perfect to whip up a team that quickly, get them disciplined and ready to go," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, who will coach the U.S. at the World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics provided the Americans qualify. "He doesn't need my help to get it done. He knows what he's doing."FIBA, the worldwide governing body for basketball, isn't … [Read more...] about ‘JV squad’: US opens World Cup qualifying with G Leaguers
MONONA, Ia. — Tammy Thompson, the mother of two young boys, fears the worst when she looks out at the 10,000-head cattle feedlot and biogas operation that’s moving in next door to her home in northeast Iowa.She’s worried the project's39-million-gallon lagoon will leak, polluting her and her neighbors’ wells.She’s concerned about odor, insects and disease that could spread from the feedlot to her family’s dairy farm a few miles away.Most frightening for Thompson is that natural gas, converted from methane coming off the cattle's manure, could leak and explode."I feel like it's just a waiting game," Thompson said. "We’re waiting until something bad happens."But developers of the $30 million project say it is environmentally friendly, reducing waste going to Iowa landfills and generating renewable energy that cuts the carbon contributing to climate change.Those gains, however, aren’t enough to … [Read more...] about Iowa company will convert cow manure into natural gas. But is it an environmental asset or hazard?
DALY CITY, Calif. — Casey Martin was a Stanford senior. Tiger Woods was a freshman who wanted to win back the few bucks he had lost in a putting contest. “I putted very well and he kept trying to push the envelope and I kept winning and I think I won $190, which is a lot for a college kid,” Martin explained “And he brought me a check. And it says, ‘To Casey Martin, from Tiger Woods 190, $192.’ So I Xeroxed it, sent it home. My mother cashed it but then she put it in the scrapbook so it’s official... you can look it up.” Tuesday at the Olympic Club, Martin will gladly give Woods a chance to win back the $192. He’ll play a practice round with his former teammate, the guy who once won a U.S. Open on one leg. For all intents and purposes, that’s all that Martin has ever had. Martin, the current golf coach at Oregon, may yet need to have his right leg amputated due to Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, a painful condition that … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods’ old Stanford teammate Casey Martin fights painful leg condition to compete in US Open
Venus Williams got through a tougher-than-expected test against Israel's Shahar Peer to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 10th time. The No. 3-seeded Williams beat the 16th-seeded Peer 7-6 (3), 6-3 Sunday, and will face French Open champion Francesca Schiavone for a semifinal berth. Two-time U.S. Open champion Williams is playing in her first tournament in more than two months, having missed time with a left kneecap injury that forced her to skip a pair of hard-court tuneup events. She entered Sunday 5-0 against Peer, including 3-0 in 2010; she won all 10 sets they'd played previously, never dropping more than four games in any. But the 30-year-old Williams found herself in a first-set struggle. "Winning the first set always feels good," said Williams, whose younger sister Serena watched from the stands, "instead of having to regroup and figuring out how you're going to win the match." That, of course, is where Peer was left. And she probably must have thought she … [Read more...] about Venus Williams reaches 10th US Open quarterfinal
The opening match at Louis Armstrong Stadium Saturday did two very different things for the players involved. For Novak Djokovic, the No. 4 seed, it kept alive his quest for his first U.S. Open title. For Jesse Witten, ranked 276th, just being there rekindled his desire - not to mention his ability - to continue playing the sport."It makes me want to keep playing," Witten said, but even more importantly, "it gives me some money to keep playing. Now I can afford it for the rest of the year, at least." This was a match between two players who work in the same business but whose professional lives bear virtually no resemblance - although as Djokovic admitted, their skill levels were barely distinguishable Saturday the end, thanks largely to a couple of faulty service games from Witten at the most pivotal times, Djokovic survived in four sets that took nearly 3-1/2 ours, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-4. So it's on to the round of 16 for Djokovic, where he'll face 15th-seeded Radek Stepanek of … [Read more...] about Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic advance at US Open
Michael Jackson was always larger than life, perhaps even more so after his passing. How better then to do him justice than on IMAX movie screens, where fans get a visceral experience of "This Is It," his blockbuster concert rehearsal film currently in theaters, which drew in more than $20 million at the box office on its opening day. While IMAX digital-mastering always offers eye-popping picture quality and sound that makes you feel immersed in the movie's aural world, these enhancements are especially valuable in a concert film - which much of "This Is It" is. The performances featured in the movie were only rehearsals for Jackson's series of concerts planned for London's O2 Arena. But practice sessions or not, "This Is It" is by definition about the music, and it provides Jackson fans with some magical moments. One of these is his duet with back-up singer Judith Hill on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," in which he seemingly gets so absorbed that the two sing … [Read more...] about Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It: The IMAX Experience’ makes King of Pop seem more alive than ever
With three up and running, one for sale, and two in the pipeline, Mario J. Procida and Louis V. Greco Jr.'s [email protected] product of residential buildings is New York's first multiple property building brand. Launching sales last week for [email protected], the fourth in a series of amenity-heavy buildings priced for young professionals, parent company SDS Procida Development Group has turned the brand into a string of successes. Three years ago, its [email protected] project sold out 147 units in eight days. "It was absurd," says Procida, a lower East Side-born developer and leader in building Bronx housing. "We were getting stacks of contracts piled 2 feet high every day. We took a chance on the neighborhood, thinking it was ready to sell. We were glad we played our hunches." Eighteen months ago, [email protected], the company's 113-unit conversion in the Financial District, recorded the highest amount of sales office traffic for a six-month period of any Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group project … [Read more...] about [email protected] is latest [email protected] residential building
To those who have deeply ingrained, traditional notions of what Italian cuisine should be, and who shudder when an Italian menu isn’t based on a paucity of ingredients treated in the simplest manner possible without fuss... stop reading.Still here? OK, let’s talk about Fat Ox.The quandary in approaching chef Matt Carter’s new modern Italian restaurant is that diners — myself included — tend to bring a lot of baggage to the table when pasta, prosciutto and polenta are involved. And while a string of (mostly) successes have cemented Carter's place as one of the Valley’s most formidable chefs and restaurateurs, his M.O. is to develop menus with an implicit “Inspired by...” on the cover. The Mission, Zinc Bistro and the House Brasserie are filled with dishes that share ingredients and techniques with the cuisines from which they’re derived, but with a decidedly American bent.Fat Ox is much the same. And for better or … [Read more...] about Review: Fat Ox in Scottsdale is sometimes good, always pricey, but is it Italian?
Wings senior guard Randy Corporan admits he’s a little greedy. After Wings won its first PSAL ‘AA’ championship two weeks ago at Madison Square Garden by beating defending champion Cardozo, it only made Corporan yearn for more titles. “That made us more hungry, it made us even get a little greedy,” Corporan said. “We want to win a lot more, and we know this is our last year, so were trying to go out strong and win everything.” As one of the senior leaders on the team, Corporan often gets overlooked, with Georgetown-bound forward Jessie Govan and Hofstra-bound guard Desure Buie getting all the attention. But if Wings hopes to win this weekend’s state Federation tournament in Albany, Corporan must make a big contribution. “Everybody knows who our big guys are, so we tell them that there will be big games where we’re struggling and you all got to pick it up,” Buie said. “We’ve got a lot of pieces … [Read more...] about New York State Federation Tournament of Champions to be played in Albany this weekend