Social groups and organizations

January 22, 2019 - 6:01 am
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is announcing plans for a national multidisciplinary research center on fraternities and sororities as part of an effort for change following the death of a fraternity pledge two years ago. University officials pledged $2 million Tuesday for creation of the...
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January 15, 2019 - 5:24 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania colleges and universities are posting online reports of hazing under a new state law passed after a Penn State fraternity pledge died in 2017. The reports posted Tuesday include forced drinking, humiliating rituals that in one case included toe-licking and...
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January 12, 2019 - 3:05 am
DURYEA, Pa. (AP) — It wasn't only the stone tool — possibly more than 8,000 years old — that excited Al Pesotine. It was also where volunteers with a local archaeology group found it — next to a fire pit at the group's dig site in Duryea. That context gave archaeologists with the local chapter of...
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FILE - In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Jim and Evelyn Piazza stand by as Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announces the results of an investigation into the death of their son Timothy Piazza, seen in photo at right, a Penn State University fraternity pledge, during a press conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A string of guilty pleas has left just five defendants still fighting charges in the hazing-related death of Timothy Piazza, a pledge at a Penn State fraternity two years ago. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
January 10, 2019 - 10:19 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A string of guilty pleas has left just five defendants still fighting charges in the hazing-related death of a pledge at a Penn State fraternity two years ago, a case whittled down as prosecutors were unable to get the most serious counts to stick. Twenty-eight members of the...
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January 08, 2019 - 2:36 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A lawyer for a female New Jersey college student who was sexually assaulted at a fraternity party and then driven past a campus checkpoint and assaulted again in a dorm is asking a U.S. appeals court to hold the college liable. Lawyer Patrick Whalen says Ramapo College of New...
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Sgt. Christian Pastrana, right, prepares toys for a donation to the organization Women in Distress, at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots depot, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Hialeah, Fla. The recent closure of Toys R Us created some collateral damage -- the Toys for Tots charity drive. More than 250,000 toys donated by consumers and $5 million, 40 percent of corporate giving, came through Toy R Us last year, holes the annual Marine Corps' community effort is working to fill. At left is Matthew Williams, picking up the donation for Women in Distress. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 21, 2018 - 4:00 am
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss. The toy giant's decision to close its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill. Toys R Us shoppers donated more than 250,000 toys last year and the company gave $5 million in corporate...
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In this Oct. 17, 2018 photo, McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna arrives for a hearing in 54th District Court during a hearing in Waco, Texas. Local leaders say a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president to serve no jail times highlights the outsized influence alumni play in shaping the criminal justice system in and around Waco. Jacob Walter Anderson was accused of raping a woman outside a 2016 fraternity party. The plea agreement allows him to avoid jail or being listed as a sex offender. The judge, prosecutor and defense attorney in the case all have degrees from Baylor. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 5:32 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of rape to avoid jail time holds three degrees from Baylor. The criminal district attorney overseeing the case holds two. The prosecutor who agreed to the plea agreement graduated from Baylor...
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This undated photo shows the entrance to the Charleston Rifle Club in Charleston, S.C. The South Carolina social club’s decision to deny membership to Navy veteran and doctor Melvin Brown, its first black candidate has cost it relationships with several local groups. (Brad Nettles/The Post And Courier via AP)
December 12, 2018 - 9:41 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina social club's decision to deny membership to a doctor who would have been its first black member has prompted several local groups to cut ties with it. Military veteran and doctor Melvin Brown was the only one denied membership to the Charleston Rifle Club...
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Former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson walks out of the courtroom Monday Dec. 10, 2018. Mr. Anderson, accused of rape, will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
December 11, 2018 - 1:38 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A woman who says she was raped by a former Baylor University classmate lashed out over a plea bargain that will spare him from a jail sentence, saying the justice system is "severely broken." Judge Ralph Strother's decision on Monday to accept the plea deal for Jacob Walter Anderson...
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Former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson walks out of the courtroom Monday Dec. 10, 2018. Mr. Anderson, accused of rape, will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
December 10, 2018 - 11:09 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea bargain allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor...
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