Trial Of Former PSU President To Begin This Week

HARRISBURG (CBS) — More than five years after the Jerry Sandusky scandal exploded, the trial of the former president of Penn State University, accused in an alleged cover-up in the Sandusky case, is set to begin with jury selection Monday morning in a Harrisburg courtroom.

“Well, with the pleas of Curley and Schultz, I would expect that they would testify as prosecution witnesses,” he said.

It is not known for certain what if any role Curley and Schultz would play in a Spanier trial, but Parry notes that the child endangerment charge to which Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

In any event, Parry said the guilty pleas can’t be good news for the Spanier defense.

Uber’s No. 2 Executive Quits after 6 months

By Sara Ashley O’Brien

NEW YORK, NY (CNN) — Uber president Jeff Jones is quitting after six months on the job.

The ride-sharing company confirmed Jones’ departure in a statement to CNNMoney late Sunday.

“We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” the statement read.

The news was first reported by Recode.

Jones was named Uber’s president at the end of August. He previously ran marketing for Target. Jones headed Uber’s ride-hailing operations, marketing and customer support, and was second in command to CEO Travis Kalanick.

But the task of telling a better story about the company’s business has gotten more difficult in recent months.

The company, valued at $68 billion, has had a rocky few months.

In January, critics of the company began a #DeleteUber campaign after Uber turned off surge pricing at New York City airports.

At the time, taxi drivers were protesting President Trump’s travel ban by calling for a stop to pickups at JFK, where two Iraqis were being detained. Uber’s decision effectively lowered the cost of a ride on its service.

And in February, the company was hit with sexual harassment claims from a former engineer. In a lengthy blog post, the woman accused the company of systemic sexism that included being propositioned for sex.

March also saw more controversy for the company. The New York Times reported that Uber had developed a tool that it used to deliberately deceive authorities in cities that had either banned the app or were trying to restrict its use.

In a letter to employees Sunday, CEO Travis Kalanick said that Jones made the decision after the company said it would hire a chief operating officer. Kalanick is looking for a new second in command that could help him steer the company’s trajectory.

“Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber,” Kalanick wrote.

Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Uber has already lost several big executives in recent weeks.

Uber’s head of growth and product, Ed Baker, resigned from the company earlier this month.

And Amit Singhal, its head of engineering, resigned in late February after Recode reported that he had left a previous job at Google because of sexual harassment claims.

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Some NFL Alumni Help Teach Kids Life Skills Through Cooking

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –NFL alumni team up, to teach kids life skills, by cooking some tasty meals.

Dr. Jen Welter was the first woman to coach in the NFL, and on Sunday afternoon she went to the Woodstone Tavern in Magnolia, Camden County to put her coaching skills to work in the kitchen.

“Being able to experience that with the kids, it’s really great because they can see, as serious as you might be in one thing, you’re always a work in progress in something else,” said Welter.

Dr. Jen says the kitchen is the perfect place to teach life lessons.

“They way we’re cooking today, with everybody taking a different component, its teamwork. Taking different skills ability and talents and putting them together,” Welter said.

Jairo Caba took part in the program hosted by the organization Kitch Cred.

“It feels good, because it’s my first time actually cooking. I don’t really know how to cook,” Caba said. “It’s a new experience and I can’t wait to try this thing out because it’s going to be good.”

The kids and the NFL alum cooked tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, and chili all with a healthy flair.

Confederate Flag Flies Next To NCAA Arena In South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to the arena hosting two men’s NCAA Tournament games.

The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck . They planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Greenville police had the group move the truck about 50 feet away, citing safety concerns if the flag tipped.

Protesters said they wanted to make their presence known to the NCAA. The governing body lifted its ban against South Carolina holding championships in 2015.

By the early afternoon there were about a dozen protesters, many carrying Confederate flags, across the street from the arena’s main entrance.

NCAA executive Dan Gavitt said in a statement the organization would not permit symbols compromising a safe environment on venue property the tournament controls. Other areas are under the city’s jurisdiction, and the NCAA back the city’s efforts to manage actions concerning freedom of speech.

This regional has dealt with politically charged events the past six months. The NCAA originally placed the games in Greensboro, North Carolina. But it removed them from the state over its HB2 bill, which limits protections offered to LGBT people and relocating to Greenville.

In 2002, the NAACP held a march in downtown Greenville to protest the state flying the flag on Statehouse grounds during the NCAA regionals at the arena.

Sunday’s games featured North Carolina against Arkansas and Duke against South Carolina.

South Carolina was unable to host NCAA predetermined championships because of the organization’s ban, which began in 2001. The NCAA regional in 2002 was allowed to remain in the state.

That led the NAACP and others to turn out for a march to the arena steps in support of taking down the flag.

The issue was settled in 2015 after the massacre of nine black Charleston church goers by Dylann Roof, who was seen in pictures with the Confederate flag. State lawmakers voted to remove the flag in July 2015 and the NCAA lifted its sanctions. Roof was convicted of multiple murder counts and sentenced to death.

Hunter Meadows of Blue Ridge said the protesters did not think it fair that all Confederate flag supporters were blamed for Roof’s actions.

“I didn’t feel it was right when the flag came down,” said Meadows, who said his ancestors fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. “We wanted to show the NCAA that we’re still here.”
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Philly Restaurant Holds Special Fundraiser For PPD K9 Unit

 

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A fundraiser was held Sunday afternoon at Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse a Northeast Philadelphia restaurant for the Philadelphia Police’s K9 Unit.

It was a great deal — for three hours, pork and chicken sandwiches were $3 each, with the proceeds going to the Philadelphia Police K9 Unit. Sweet Lucy’s owner Brooke Higgins says it was an easy choice.

“One of the reasons we decided canine is because Sweet Lucy’s was named after our dog, my dog. She’s since passed. So dogs definitely hold a place in our heart,” said Higgins.

Officer Michael McDonough says human or canine, they’re all part of the thin blue line.

“They’re four-legged officers, we’re two-legged officers — we’re still brothers and sisters.”

When asked about how important the work these canine officers do is McDonough said, “Canine work is very important to the department. People can’t sniff out drugs — dogs can.”

“There are certain situations where sending a dog in would be saving an officer from risk. They’re an indispensable part of the Philadelphia Police Department,” said McDonough.

Rita’s Celebrating First Day Of Spring With Free Water Ice

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Rita’s is kicking off the start of spring with FREE water ice.

On Monday, March 20, Rita’s will give out free Italian Ice from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For the last 25 years, Rita’s has been celebrating the first day of spring by giving away free Italian Ice.

Rita’s says last year they gave away almost 1 million cups of water ice in a nine-hour period.

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Sixers Rally From 13 Down To Beat Celtics 105-99

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Robert Covington made the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 105-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

Dario Saric scored key baskets to extend the lead and bolster his bid for NBA Rookie of the Year. Saric scored 23 points and helped rally the Sixers from a 13-point hole in the third.

Covington buried a 3 with 3:37 left that put the Sixers up 94-91 and Nik Stauskas hit his own with 38 seconds left for a 103-97 lead that sent fans inside a packed Wells Fargo Center into a frenzy.

The Sixers thumped Dallas 116-74 on Friday night and improved to a respectable 17-19 at home. The Sixers won 10 games total last season.

Al Horford led the Celtics with a season-high 27 points in a game Boston could not afford to waste.

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Philly’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration Cancelled Amid Immigration Threats

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration has been cancelled this year amid immigration concerns and threats.

This would be 10th year for El Carnaval de Puebla, where thousands gather along Washington Avenue in South Philly, dressed in bright-colored costumes and masks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

“We are trying to show our children the tradition from our country,” said David Pina, one of the event’s organizers.

Pina says they cancelled this year’s party because they’ve gotten threats about federal agents targeting the event.

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“They say, ‘we are going to call the immigration guys, so they can come over and catch more people,’” he said.

2010’s Census shows that 13 percent of Philadelphia’s population is Hispanic.

“We are not a bad people. We are a good people,” said Pina. “We work. We pay taxes. We help the economy and we help the country.”

Pina says they hope to try again next year.