High school football coach suspends entire team

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 9:09 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 9:09 AM

A high school football coach suspended his entire varsity team. During Homecoming week.

After coach Matt Labrum got word that his players were getting poor grades, disrespecting teachers and that some of them might have been involved in cyber-bullying, he’d had enough. (Via WSYX)

“It just felt like everything was going in a direction we didn’t want our young men going, and we felt like we needed to make a stand.” (Via KSL)

So Friday night in the locker room, Labrum told his players the team was disbanded until they could earn the right to play football. Students’ parents said their kids left that meeting distraught...

“They came out, and there were tears. Those boys were wrecked.” (Via Deseret News)

But there were no angry parents here — they supported the coach. Labrum said he wanted his players to build character and grow as a team.

One way that was done — community service instead of scrimmages. (Via KSL)

Labrum said the team still “practiced” — just on different stills. They also attended study hall and a character education class. 

“In this world of ‘me, me, me,’ we’re representing the whole school, the whole community.” (Via KSTU)

Wednesday night the team found out all but 9 of the 41 varsity players had been reinstated. 

On Friday, they’ll play in their big Homecoming game.

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Woman does cartwheels during field sobriety test

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:08 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:08 AM


            Woman does cartwheels during field sobriety test

It was a move worthy of praise from the U.S. gymnastics team’s “Final Five.” Instead, it vaulted a New Mexico woman into jail.

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Police in Albuquerque said the woman, who was passed out in the driver’s seat of her car on Friday night, did a series of cartwheels during a field sobriety test Friday, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

But the athletic moves did not convince the police officer that 23-year-old Bryelle N. Marshall was sober, and she was arrested on charges of aggravated drunken driving and battery, the Journal reported.

The officer wrote in the criminal complaint, which was filed in Metropolitan Court, that once outside the vehicle, Marshall had a hard time standing and was swaying from side to side. She also smelled like alcohol and had a hard time balancing, according to the complaint.

The officer tired to give her field sobriety tests but she wouldn’t listen to instructions, according to the complaint.

“Bryelle put her hands in the air and completed two cartwheels while I was attempting to demonstrate and instruct the field sobriety test,” the officer wrote.

The officer warned Marshall that if she did another cartwheel, she would be arrested, the Journal reported. The officer put her in a position to do the field sobriety test, and Marshall struck a gymnastic pose.

“While facing the wrong direction, as she had done prior, Bryelle again raised her hands up and while I was instructing she again did a cartwheel and fell to the ground,” the officer wrote.

Marshall was arrested and taken to the Prisoner Transport Center in Downtown Albuquerque, where she allegedly tried to kick the officer in the genitals, according to the complaint.

A look back at President Trump’s first month

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:54 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:54 AM

A look back at President Trump’s first month

Today marks one month since President Donald Trump took office and it has been a busy month.

Since Jan. 20, Trump has named a Supreme Court nominee, fired his national security adviser, fought the courts over his executive order regarding immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries and signed more than 20 other executive orders on everything from reigning in regulations to implementing a federal hiring freeze.

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of the fist month and how local people have reacted:

Jan. 20: Local Republicans energized ahead of inauguration

Dayton-area Republicans energized, party chairman says              They stood by the dozens and applauded and cheered when the first Republican president in eight years was sworn into office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday. 

Watching on television screens, a crowd of more than 200 gathered at the Dayton Country Club as Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States.

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Jan. 20: Lots of people from Dayton headed to the inauguration

Plenty of Ohio Buckeyes packed into Washington, D.C. for President Donald Trump’s inauguration. 
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Health care, jobs top list of local concerns for new president

We asked local people what issues they want President Trump to focus on. Concerns ranged from the economy to immigration, crime and health care.

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Jan. 20: A timeline of Inauguration Day

From the church service to the inauguration speech and the balls, here’s a by-the-minute look at Inauguration Day.

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Jan. 21: Women’s March in D.C., around the nation

Two things became abundantly clear during a six hour span in the nation’s capital Saturday: Donald Trump begins his presidency facing a loud, raucous resistance, and that resistance is still figuring out how to tell its story. 

While hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C. less than 24 hours after Trump was sworn in as president, the program leading up to the march featured everything from speeches on Muslim rights, women’s rights, the Black Lives Matter movement, indigenous people, gun violence and the rights of immigrant families.

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Jan. 26: Mexican president cancels meeting with Trump

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a planned meeting with President Donald J. Trump, signaling a remarkable souring of relations between Washington and one of its most important international partners just days into the new administration.

RELATED: Trump says calling off the meeting was a mutual decision 

Jan. 27:  VP Pence at anti-abortion march: ‘Life is winning in America’

Thousands came to Washington for the annual Right to Life March, except this time a vice president spoke to the group for the first time in history.

RELATED: Coverage of the Right to Life march

Jan. 27: Trump signs executive order suspending refugee admissions

The White House has released the specific text of the executive order signed on Friday afternoon by President Donald Trump, which would suspend refugee admissions into the United States for 120 days, blocking visas for some Muslims by singling out seven specific nations, as Mr. Trump said it was necessary to protect Americans from possible terror threats.

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3 spectators injured when sprint car flies into crowd

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:24 AM


            3 spectators injured when sprint car flies into crowd

Three spectators were injured Sunday evening when a sprint car flipped off the dirt track and into the crowd at Volusia Speedway Park, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said.

Footage showed race fans scattering as the car barreled through a fence shortly before 9:30 p.m. on turn two of a DIRTcar Nationals World of Outlaws event.

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"(It) looked like they had one car bump into another car," a fan said. "One went up and over the fence, another went up onto the embankment and one went down the siderail."

One person was flown and two people were taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for treatment.

Gary Streek, of the United Kingdom, was released from the hospital but two others remain hospitalized, race officials said in a statement. The extent of their injuries weren’t released.

“We would like to extend a thank you for everyone's thoughts and prayers for the three participants injured,” the statement said.

A relative visiting one of the injured people was also hospitalized after experiencing “discomfort,” officials said.

No other details were given.

Trump plans changes to overtime rule: How will it impact you

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 3:17 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

Last May, then-Vice President Joe Biden swept into Columbus on Air Force Two, sampled a bit of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and announced a rule change that would allow some 4.2 million more Americans to receive overtime pay.

Less than one year later, that rule’s future is very much in doubt.

A federal judge in November issued a 20-page temporary injunction stopping the rule — set to be enacted last Dec. 1 — in its tracks. Then President Trump began his first day in office with an order to federal agencies to freeze all pending regulations, which provided another roadblock. The Republican-led Congress, too, has begun the year by rolling back regulations.

It’s an entirely different attitude than it was that day in Columbus, when Biden announced the administration’s plan to pay overtime to the majority of salaried workers who earn less than $47,476 a year. The increase — raising the previous cap of $23,660 — would impact millions if allowed to take effect.

RELATED: Court blocks overtime rule

The rule had some exemptions — people with certain job duties, such as executive or administrative duties, would not have qualified under the new threshold — but the Obama administration estimated that workers would receive more than $12 billion in additional pay over the next decade as a result.

‘Best day’

Sen. Sherrod Brown, in Columbus last May, said that other than the birth of his five grandchildren, “this may be the single best day I’ve had in the United States Senate.”

He’s not talking that way now. “They are taking money away from workers making $30,000 and $40,000 a year,” he said. “If you’re working 50 or 60 hours, you ought to get paid time and a half.”

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On the other end of the spectrum, Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, chair of the House Small Business Committee, is optimistic that the rule is dead.

“I’m feeling a lot better about it now than I did during the last administration,” he said, saying the rule could ultimately drive some small businesses under as they struggle to make payroll under the new rules.

“The vast majority of employers want to treat employees well,” Chabot said. “They don’t need the federal government telling them what they ought to pay people.”

Meanwhile, some companies have moved forward despite the court order. The supermarket chain Kroger had already told its workers about the rule when the injunction stopped it. They moved forward anyway – a decision that cost $11 million and affected some 4,500 Kroger employees.

“We knew that moving forward with the plan was the right thing for us to do for our people,” said Keith Dailey, a Kroger spokesman. “We’ve moved forward and we are comfortable with where we are.”

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‘Spreading employment’

Catherine Ruckelshaus, general counsel and program director for the National Employment Law Project, said overtime rules have been part of labor law since the 1930s. They were designed to protect employees from overwork and also give employers an incentive to “spread employment” by hiring more workers.

“If you do have a job that requires 60 or 70 hours week, you can hire two workers to do that job and you’re spreading employment and not overworking one worker,” she said.

Amy Hanauer, the founding executive director of the left-leaning Policy Matters Ohio, said the rule speaks to “the basic principle of how we establish a middle class in America.”

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“By letting that erode, we really relegated a lot of people to poverty wage jobs despite the fact that they’re working many, many, many hours,” she said. “I think they restored a little bit of sanity and it would be a big mistake to not have it go through.”

But others say it would be a costly job killer. Amanda Wood, director of employment policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, said the rule created uncertainty for employers by linking automatic increases to the Consumer Price Index.

“I think that uncertainty worries our employers, because they can’t plan if there’s a cloud of uncertainty on them,” she said. “It’s also hard to create more jobs when you’re not sure what the next threshold would be in a year, two years, three years going forward.”

Watching Trump

Even as those invested in the rule wait to see what the judge will say, they’re also watching the Trump administration. The administration has yet to weigh in on the rule and Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration late last week, prolonging even further the selection of a new Labor Secretary.

RELATED: Trump names Acosta as new choice to be labor secretary

Ruckelshaus said if the rule is held up in courts, it will be difficult for the Trump administration to undo it.

“It won’t be that easy for the Trump administration to get rid of this, because if they want to completely withdraw the rule, it will have to be done via the notice and comment period, the way it was originally done,” she said. “Because it went through the formal process, that’s the only way to undo it.”