Sex-Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts Now Surpass 81,000

first_imgTerry McKiernan, the president of, a watchdog group that tracks abuse in the Catholic Church, said more than 9,000 victims had come forward over the years, although he believed that number represented only a small fraction of those who suffered abuse in the church.Frank Spinelli was 11 years old on Staten Island when he joined the Boy Scouts in 1978. He said his scoutmaster, a police officer named Bill Fox, began to groom him, taking him out for ice cream, pressing to have Mr. Spinelli sleep at his home and turning their conversations toward sex. It ultimately led to three years of sexual abuse, Mr. Spinelli said. But even in the organization’s early years, abuse files maintained at the Boy Scouts headquarters detailed troubles. In 1935, the organization described having files on hundreds of “degenerates” who had served as scout leaders, according to a New York Times article from the time.Lawyers, including Mr. Mones, later pressed to release some of those files in a case in Oregon, where a 2010 jury verdict held the Scouts liable for $18.5 million in punitive damages. The Oregon Supreme Court later ordered that the case records be made public.Although many of the abuse cases occurred in decades past, some states in recent years have passed laws giving older victims a chance to pursue accountability in the courts. That includes New York, which approved a one-year window that opened last year, prompting a stream of new lawsuits with defendants from organizations such as schools, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts.- Advertisement – From an early age, young scouts learn about obedience and loyalty, reciting an oath to stay “morally straight.” The organization has said that some 130 million Americans have gone through its programs over the years, including the likes of John F. Kennedy, the astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Civil Rights icon Ernest Green and the film director Steven Spielberg.While the Boy Scouts count some 2.2 million current members, those numbers have been on the decline from a peak of around five million in the 1970s. In 2017, the organization expanded to allow girls to participate, although that effort has frayed relationships with the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tuesday July 2nd Local Sports

first_img— other softballNorth Butler 4, Newman 2Waukee 12-2, Mason City High 0-0Central Springs 25, North Iowa 2Rockford 7, Central Springs 3Charles City 5, Crestwood 0Forest City 12, Lake Mills 2Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 8, Lake Mills 3Iowa Falls-Alden 7, Hampton-Dumont 4Nashua-Plainfield 10, Riceville 9 (9) CLEAR LAKE — Kameryn Etherington hit a two-run homer in the top of the first and fired a shutout to lead Algona to a 6-0 win over Clear Lake last night in North Central Conference softball, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Etherington had a three-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking two. Clear Lake drops to 8-12 overall and 4-8 in the conference and will travel to St. Ansgar tonight ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild zeroed in on Mats Zuccarello in free agency for a top-six forward group in need of a new look. With a five-year, $30 million contract the right wing agreed when the market opened, Zuccarello has given the Wild another 30-plus core player on a major deal. General manager Paul Fenton is upbeat about the makeup of the roster, though, stressing the importance of experience and competitiveness to surround the young players on the roster. The Wild also added right wing Ryan Hartman. DES MOINES — A year ago at this time Darian DeVries was trying to put a roster together just to be competitive. After a surprising first season that included a share of the Missouri Valley regular season title the Drake Bulldogs men’s basketball team is much more experienced heading into next season.DeVries says nobody is satisfied after last season.DeVries says despite having an experienced nucleus there are several new faces in summer workouts. — other baseball from MondayNewman 15, North Butler 0 (4 innings)Forest City 2, Lake Mills 1Lake Mills 14, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 5West Fork 7, Northwood-Kensett 3 (Game 1)West Fork 7, Northwood-Kensett 0 (Game 2) WAUKEE — A day after finding their way into the Class 4A rankings, the Mason City High baseball team dropped a doubleheader at Waukee. The Mohawks had a three-run homer late in the opener from Dylan Miller, but Mason City fell 5-4 in eight innings. The Mohawks then dropped game two 6-2. Dawson Wedeking had three hits and three runs batted in on the night. Mason City drops to 18-10 on the season and will host Marshalltown in a doubleheader that starts at 3 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon at Roosevelt Field.center_img TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, — Newman softball at Mason City High — 7:30 MASON CITY – Michael Donovan will take over as the head coach for the NIACC men’s soccer program.Donovan takes over for Leo Driscoll, who was NIACC’s head men’s and women’s coach in 2018.Donovan will be the sixth men’s head coach in the NIACC men’s program, which started in 2001.Donovan was an assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs at NIACC in the 2018 season. He will also be the women’s assistant coach in 2019.Donovan played for the Trojans in the 2016-17 seasons. He was a second-team all-region defender during his freshman season.Donovan won seven state championships as a youth playing for Pace FC and AFC Totton in England. He also won five state championships and one national title playing for Southampton Development academy.NIACC will begin workouts in the first week of August. The Trojans open their exhibition season Aug. 13 at Waldorf University and kick off the regular season Aug. 25 at home against Lake Superior College. CLEAR LAKE — Ethan McHenry delivered a walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh to give Clear Lake a 7-6 win over Algona in North Central Conference baseball last night. McHenry finished the night with two runs batted in while Andrew Formanek also drove in two. Mac Adams picked up the win, going five-and-a-third innings, striking out three. Clear Lake is now 10-11 overall and 6-3 in the conference. The Lions travel to Cherokee later today. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx forward Karima Christmas-Kelly will miss the rest of the season with an injury to her right knee. The Lynx said Monday that an MRI taken at Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis revealed the injury. The team says Christmas-Kelly will have surgery tomorrow. The eight-year veteran out of Duke University appeared in six games in her first season with the Lynx, averaging 2.7 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.last_img read more

Hollywood writer talks at standstill

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIn statements Friday, each side accused the other of intransigence and expressed frustration at the sluggish pace of negotiations. The writers’ contract expires Oct. 31. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks, and losses to the industry were put at $500million. The sticking points include a proposal to delay paying residuals on movies and TV shows until producers have recouped their costs, guild negotiators said. The guild also is proposing doubling payments on profits made from DVD sales and providing union pay and benefits to writers working in reality television and on basic cable shows. The two sides also remain far apart when it comes to setting pay for reality TV shows, and for work distributed online and to portable devices such as cell phones. The studios say they need time to determine which models of digital distribution are likely to be profitable. “We have had six across-the-table sessions and have been met with only silence and stonewalling,” said J. Nicholas Counter III, president of the motion picture alliance. “The WGA leadership is hidebound to strike. We are farther apart today than when we started, and the only outcome we see is a disaster,” he said. The writers decried the plan for residual payments. “Our members will not stand for that,” the guild said. “The entertainment industry is successful and growing like never before. Writers, whose creativity is at the heart of that success and growth, are committed to sharing in it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CONTRACTS: The sluggish pace has led TV studios to begin preparing for a strike. By The Associated Press Talks between Hollywood writers and studios abruptly broke off for the weekend, dimming hopes of averting a strike that could cripple the television industry. The Writers Guild of America has been in talks since July with studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Negotiations lasted only about an hour on Friday and were not scheduled to resume until Tuesday. last_img read more