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Bus driver in California crash that killed 11 leaves prison

Bus driver in California crash that killed 11 leaves prison

first_imgSTOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The driver of a private bus in Northern California that crashed in 2008 and killed 11 passengers headed to a casino has been released from prison after his sentence was reduced because of changes in state law. The Sacramento Bee reported Friday 64-year-old Quinton Watts was released Wednesday from California State Prison-Solano in Vacaville. He was driving the bus with 40 passengers from the Sacramento area to a casino near Colusa on Oct. 5, 2008, when the bus veered off the road. An investigation by the Sacramento Bee found that a physician assistant had erroneously cleared Watts to drive despite his history of having a seizure disorder.last_img

Head of Passes, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Extends Off-B’way

Head of Passes, Starring Phylicia Rashad, Extends Off-B’way

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016 What an opening night present! Head of Passes, which officially opens on March 28, has extended through April 24; the new drama had previously been set to close on April 17. Penned by Tarell Alvin McCraney, led by Phylicia Rashad and directed by Tina Landau, the show began previews on March 15 at the Public’s Newman Theater.Inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes is set at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Shelah’s (Rashad) family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.The off-Broadway cast also includes Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, Robert Joy, John Earl Jelks and Arnetia Walker. ‘Head of Passes'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Head of Passeslast_img read more

Pension funds to transform governance for speedy end to deficits – report

Pension funds to transform governance for speedy end to deficits – report

first_imgState Street said these moves came against the background of increasing overall scrutiny of pension funds in an operating environment that was more complex. Pension funds taking a “more advanced approach to governance” expect to eliminate their deficits more quickly than the rest of the industry, it said.They will also increase their exposure to alternatives, it said, adding that six out of 10 of this group of pension funds think they will put more into hedge fund strategies over the next year, compared with 34% of all respondents.State Street said these governance changes would happen at the same time as plans to cut costs and diversify portfolios. As an example, it said 80% planned to merge assets and liabilities from multiple pension plans.Respondents cited cost cuts and more effective operation as two key benefits of this consolidation.Ian Hamilton, managing director for Asset Owner Solutions at State Street, said consolidation was set to increase, with economies of scale the most obvious hoped-for gains but other motivations also in play, such as risk management and an eagerness to leverage in-house talent. He also said larger schemes were bringing more and more expertise in-house and that this trend was set to continue, although it would not be limited to big schemes.The research showed that only 38% of respondents considered the general investment literacy of their governing fiduciaries was very strong, while only 36% rated their ability to understand the risks their pension funds were facing as very strong, State Street said. Some 92% of pension funds internationally are planning to make at least one major change to their governance models, with many expecting their action to help them get rid of their deficits more quickly than others, according to new research.State Street Corporation said its poll of 400 pension staff in 20 countries also showed that 68% of the funds they work for are planning to make at least three changes to governance.Many of the improvements they are looking to make involve the transparency and frequency of reporting and giving out information, it said.State Street said 41% of respondents planned to increase the detail or frequency of their reporting to the board in 2016, while about the same proportion aimed to be more transparent to their members about the fund’s governance and investment performance.last_img read more

Boeheim passes Bob Knight for 2nd on all-time wins list with 903rd career victory

Boeheim passes Bob Knight for 2nd on all-time wins list with 903rd career victory

first_img Related Stories Boeheim discusses reaching 903 winsGallery: Syracuse beats Rutgers 78-53, Boeheim earns 903rd career winOH, WHAT A KNIGHT: Syracuse surges past Rutgers with 21-0 1st-half run, Boeheim moves ahead of Bob Knight with 903rd career win Jim Boeheim watched Bob Knight roam the sidelines as an opposing head coach when Boeheim was merely a Syracuse assistant coach and Knight the head coach of Army.Four decades later, Boeheim stood at the podium after winning his 903rd career game, one more than “The General,” as Knight was known, won in his years at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech.“He’s always given a lot to the game and we’ve been friends over the years, I think,” Boeheim said. “Never quite sure with Coach Knight.”Boeheim said Knight wrote him a letter in 2003 when Boeheim won his first national championship. And while Boeheim is not one to put much stock in win totals and record books, he took a softer tone while discussing his recent milestones after Syracuse’s 78-53 win over Rutgers in the Carrier Dome Wednesday.Boeheim discounted what the number of wins one coach has means, but said he appreciated all of the kind words he has received from former players, colleagues and opponents. In less than a month, he became the third Division-I men’s basketball head coach to reach 900 wins, then passed the coach who did it first, Knight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Syracuse head coach said he’s received congratulatory notes and calls from many people in the last few weeks, and some of the most notable were opponents he respects. Chris Mullin, who Boeheim discussed as being perhaps the best player in Big East history, and Butler head coach Brad Stevens have both congratulated Boeheim.Stevens thanked Boeheim for his contributions to the game in addition to congratulating him on his win.“If a young coach thinks that, then I’m really happy,” said Boeheim, who lost to Stevens in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. “That meant a lot to me.”Brandon Triche, who has started every game he has played for Boeheim in the last three-plus years, did not downplay Boeheim’s milestone, but did not play it up as that important, either.“I think what would be more important is us winning a national championship,” Triche said. “I think he’d go off smoothly with that.” Comments Published on January 3, 2013 at 12:15 am Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more