Oct 24

North Carolina Has a Real College Sports Scandal on its Hands

A report finds that Tarheel athletes took sham classes to stay eligible. Can any school be trusted? Georgia running back Todd Gurley allegedly signs autographs for money, & is suspended indefinitely. Reggie Bush receives “improper” benefits from an agent while at USC: his 2005 Heisman trophy is vacated, & the NCAA bans USC from postseason play for two years. Ohio State players sell memorabilia, & they obtain suspended–while the Buckeyes are hit with a one-year bowl ban. The media & others have all labeled these events “scandals.” But really, it’s not all that scandalous to receive money from a third party who wants to donate it to you. Only in college sports, where schools have placed restrictions on an athlete’s ability to profit from his or her skills, are such actions scandals. Now, however, we have a real one. For years, the NCAA has propagated the idea of the “student-athlete” who represents his school on the field, while receiving a top-notch education in the classroom. If schools are still going to require that athletes remain students in good-standing — & there’s no inkling that this rule will alter — academic fraud makes this standard a sham. …

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Oct 24

Chubb’s tough running keeps No. 9 Georgia moving

<!– google_ad_section_start –> ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Thanks to Nick Chubb, concerns approximately Georgia’s running game have subsided even as Todd Gurley’s status remains uncertain.Chubb has proved with his tough running that No. 9 Georgia’s ground game is in satisfactory shape without Gurley.Chubb delivered impressive performances the last two weeks while Gurley was suspended for allegations he broke NCAA rules by receiving improper benefits. There has been no update on his status since Georgia filed a request Wednesday for his reinstatement.Georgia, off this week, hopes to have Gurley back for next week’s game against Florida in Jacksonville. Georgia’s emphasis on the run won’t alter even if Gurley remains suspended.Chubb was a one-man running attack in impressive wins over Missouri & Arkansas as Georgia moreover was without injured tailbacks Keith Marshall & Sony Michel.”I had to step up,” Chubb said Wednesday. ”I had the rest of my teammates behind me, helping me out & pushing me. It’s a huge role, the Georgia running back. Not only that, yet coming in after Todd. I feel like everyone was pleased we did it without Todd, yet if he comes back it’s even better.”Against Missouri, Chubb ran for 143 yards & a touchdown on 38 carries, the most for any Georgia player since 2001. In last week’s 45-32 win at Arkansas, Chubb had 30 carries for 202 yards & two touchdowns. …

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Oct 23

Fitch Affirms 1 Class of South Carolina Student Loan Corp., Series 2010-1

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–<!– –> Fitch Ratings affirms the ratings on the class A notes currently rated ‘AAAsf’ issued by South Carolina Student Loan Corp., Series 2010-1. The Outlook is Stable. Key Rating Drivers: Collateral Quality: The trust collateral is composed of 100% Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans. In Fitch’s opinion, the credit quality of the trust collateral is higher based on the guaranties provided by eligible guarantors & reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal & accrued interest. The Stable Outlook on the notes is consistent with Fitch’s affirmation of the U.S. sovereign rating at ‘AAA’, Outlook Stable. Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): Transaction CE is provided by overcollateralization & excess spread. As of July 2014, reported parity is at 106.87%. Excess cash has not been released as the trust is currently in turbo. …

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Oct 23

South Carolina house speaker pleads guilty in ethics case, to resign

<!– google_ad_section_start –> By Harriet McLeod<!– –> CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal ethics charges & agreed to immediately resign from the legislature. Harrell, a Republican who became speaker in 2005, pleaded guilty to six counts that included using campaign funds for personal expenses, misconduct in office & false reporting, in a case that has laid low a key figure in the state Republican Party. Harrell moreover agreed to cooperate with investigators going forward & to submit to polygraph tests, prosecutors said, raising the specter of further probes into other top state officials. “I have agreed to this today to end what has been a two-year nightmare,” Harrell said in a statement. “To continue to fight this would have taken at least another year, possibly two.” Harrell, who was indicted last month on nine criminal counts that included falsifying his private plane’s logbook to seek payment for non-existent travel, had previously denied any willful wrongdoing. Under the plea agreement, Harrell will serve three years’ probation of a suspended six-year prison sentence & will pay a $30,000 fine, prosecutor David Pascoe said at a hearing in Columbia, the state capital. He moreover agreed to surrender roughly $94,000 in campaign funds that he stood accused of paying himself for the personal use of his plane, Pascoe said. Harrell, who suspended himself from the legislature a day after his indictment, has called the case against him a “political vendetta” carried out by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a fellow Republican, who ordered the investigation & convened a grand jury before appointing Pascoe. (Editing by Jonathan Kaminsky & Eric Walsh)Society & CultureCrime & JusticeBobby Harrell<!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Oct 23

In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

Lacey Williams (from left), Mary Espinosa, Jaime Villegas, Armando Cruz Martinez & Elisa Benitez talk inside the offices of the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte, N.C. According to a 2011 Pew Hispanic report, the median age of Latinos in North Carolina is 24. Andy McMillan for NPR hide caption itoggle caption Andy McMillan for NPR Ahead of the midterm elections, Michel Martin is visiting Charlotte, N.C., to learn more approximately Latino voters’ growing influence in the state. Join Michel for a Facebook chat from 4:30-5 p.m. ET today as she answers questions & shares more on her reporting. Twenty-year-old Mary Espinosa is eager to obtain to the polls this Election Day. “I have a lot of friends who are undocumented [and] can’t vote,” she says. “My parents can’t vote, & so for me, using my ability to vote as a way of kind of letting my dad’s voice count.” Outside traditional Latino strongholds in the West & Southwest, voters like Espinosa are poised to have an impact in close races. She lives in North Carolina, where Latinos make up 9 percent of the state’s population & some 2 percent of registered voters. Many of them are young, first-time voters. …

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Oct 23

Janesville Acoustics’ North Carolina Plant Sets Safety Record

<!– google_ad_section_start –> SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Janesville Acoustics, a Jason company (JASN) & a leading global producer of acoustical fiber insulation & molded fiber & die-cut products, is pleased to announce that its Old Fort, North Carolina plant has surpassed more than 1 million work hours without a lost-time injury. This represents a new record among the organization’s seven worldwide manufacturing facilities. OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) defines a lost-time injury as one that causes at least a single full-day work absence. The last time the Old Fort plant experienced such an event was more than two years ago. Plant manager Roy Heeralall attributes that to a cultural emphasis on safety. “A key part of accomplishing this milestone is the ‘buddy system’ that we utilize, which pairs seasoned employees with newer ones & requires these teams to continuously watch out for one another,” said Heeralall. “Our employees are excited approximately this accomplishment & have already set their sites on reaching 2 million hours.” “Safety is the top priority at each of our facilities,” added David Cataldi, president of Janesville Acoustics. “While we have developed effective protocols & guidelines intended to minimize the risk of injury, our employees should be commended for their commitment to implementing them so effectively.” Janesville Acoustics’ Old Fort plant was established in 1988 & employs 220 men & women. About Janesville Acoustics Janesville Acoustics is a leading global producer of acoustical fiber insulation & molded fiber & die-cut products. …

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Oct 23

GovBeat: Indicted South Carolina House Speaker to resign

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Oct 23

Alabama-Tennessee Preview Capsule

By The Associated Press – Associated Press – Thursday, October 23, 2014 No. 4 Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC) at Tennessee (3-4, 0-3), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Line: Alabama by 17. Series Record: Alabama leads 51-38-7. WHAT’S AT STAKE Alabama likely must win this game to keep its hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff alive. A victory would assist the Crimson Tide remain just behind No. 1 Mississippi State & No. 3 Mississippi – both unbeaten – in the SEC West. This moreover represents a return to Knoxville for Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who coached Tennessee in 2009 before Southern California hired him away. KEY MATCHUP Alabama offensive line vs. …

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Oct 23

Don’t count out Latino voters in NC Senate race

Latinos in North Carolina might become the determining factor in deciding who wins North Carolina’s Senate race. Thom Tillis, a Republican businessman who is the state speaker of the House, & Democratic incumbent Senator Kay Hagan are battling in a state where Hispanics are 9 percent of the population – having more voting power than ever before. “It is very close,” said North Carolina political strategist Larry Shaheen. “The Latino vote is going to be very crucial in this election.” Political experts moreover say North Carolina is like a microcosm of what is happening throughout the county, where Latino voters are becoming more significant in elections. A similar situation is happening in Georgia’s senate race with Michelle Nunn & David Perdue battling it out for a senate seat in a state that moreover has a nine percent population of Hispanics & Latinos. But the changes being wrought by Latinos go beyond state-wide demographics, according to North Carolina State University political science professor Andrew Taylor. “One of the absorbing things approximately the Latino vote in North Carolina,” Taylor told Fox News Latino, “is that most of the Latino population in the state has been growing in small towns & rural areas. So it’s been more difficult for it to become more integrated into the political community.” Which moreover makes it more of a challenge to obtain out the vote. “It doesn’t matter if there are 120,000 or so registered Hispanic voters in North Carolina [if] we don’t go out & vote,” said Olma Echeverri, former State Chair of the Hispanic American Democrats of North Carolina. Political leaders in the Latino community believe both parties can do more to reach out to Hispanic voters. …

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Oct 23

The Fix: In North Carolina a negative ad ran on average once a minute — for SIX days

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