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college clears professor whose online posts brought threats


hartford, conn. — the president of a private college in hartford, connecticut, says the commentary of a professor who was criticized for his social media posts is protected by academic freedom and he didn't violate any college policies.threats related to posts by trinity college sociology professor johnny williams led the college to close its campus one day last month.trinity president joanne berger-sweeney says williams shared a piece that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. williams has said his posts were twisted to sound as though they referred to last month's congressional shooting in virginia.berger-sweeney said friday she doesn't condone the professor's posts but supports his right to express his opinions. she affirmed a dean's conclusion williams didn






trinity college clears professor whose online posts brought threats


hartford, conn. — the president of a private college in hartford, connecticut, says the commentary of a professor who was criticized for his social media posts is protected by academic freedom and he didn't violate any college policies.threats related to posts by trinity college sociology professor johnny williams led the college to close its campus one day last month.trinity president joanne berger-sweeney says williams shared a piece that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. williams has said his posts were twisted to sound as though they referred to last month's congressional shooting in virginia.berger-sweeney said friday she doesn't condone the professor's posts but supports his right to express his opinions. she affirmed a dean's conclusion williams didn






college clears professor whose online posts brought threats


hartford, conn. (ap) — the president of a private college in hartford, connecticut, says the commentary of a professor who was criticized for his social media posts is protected by academic freedom and he didn’t violate any college policies.threats related to posts by trinity college sociology professor johnny williams led the college to close its campus one day last month.trinity president joanne berger-sweeney says williams shared a piece that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. williams has said his posts were twisted to sound as though they referred to last month’s congressional shooting in virginia.berger-sweeney said friday she doesn’t condone the professor’s posts but supports his right to express his opinions. she affirmed a dean’s conclusion williams






college clears professor whose online posts brought threats


hartford, conn. (ap) — a black college professor whose social media posts about white supremacy led to threats that shut down the college’s campus one day last month did not violate any of its policies, its president said friday.a review of the messages posted by trinity college sociology professor johnny williams concluded that his online activity was protected by academic freedom.trinity president joanne berger-sweeney has said williams shared a piece from another writer that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. williams has said his posts were twisted to sound as though they referred to last month’s virginia congressional shooting, in which a gunman opened fire at a baseball practice, badly wounding house majority whip steve scalise, a republican.berger-swe






vikings' berger puts retirement on hold


joe berger, the oldest and longest-tenured vikings offensive lineman, was given no deadline to tell the team whether he planned to continue his career in 2017. so he took his time deciding whether to retire or play a 13th nfl season."it took me most of the offseason to really pin it down," the 35-year-old said at this week's three-day minicamp. "i was training and staying in shape anyway. so at some point you have to make the decision to get in the car and drive out here."berger said he "thought about it heavy," conferring with his wife and considering his four children. but ultimately, it came down to the vikings wanting him back, berger being relatively healthy and the game and the grind still being fun for him."since those three things were true," he said, "i figured i might as well kee






performance picks: ‘sweeney todd,’ ‘welcome to braggsville’ and ‘cabaret’


performance picks for june 16-july 2, 2017, include “cabaret,” “welcome to braggsville” and “sweeney todd.”want to see a show? each week, seattle times critics offer a few opinions. we haven’t seen them all, but here are excerpts from reviews and best guesses.‘sweeney todd: the demon barber of fleet street’seattle times critic misha berson writes: “the demon barber of fleet street has set up shop in west seattle. at artswest playhouse, you can sit inches from sweeney todd as he slashes his way toward perdition in the gripping stephen sondheim-hugh wheeler ‘penny dreadful’ musical … artswest’s ‘sweeney todd’ is plenty taut and tense, and anchored by darkly charismatic leading man ben gonio. gonio’s robust baritone and glowering ferocity fit the role perfectly. as sweeney prepares his bloody






jordan spieth wins travelers on first playoff hole


cromwell, conn. – jordan spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the travelers championship.spieth holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger on sunday at tpc river highlands."that was one for the ages," said spieth, a 23-year-old texan who joined tiger woods as the only pga tour players in the era since world war ii with 10 victories before the age of 24. woods won 15 times before he turned 24.berger hit his drive on the first playoff hole into the crowd behind a fairway bunker. spieth seemed to clip a tree, landing in the fairway but about 150 yards short of his normal drive and 230 yards from the hole.spieth's approach found a bunker. berger's ran






edward sweeney dies; former high school, football coach was 67


advertisement | advertise on newsdayedward sweeney, a longtime high school and college football coach from long island whose career included more than 170 wins, died jan. 28, 2017, in lewes, delaware. he was 67 and being treated for multiple myeloma, a form of cancer. in a career spanned more than three decades at schools in m achusetts, new york and maryland, sweeney turned around teams with losing streaks. (credit: dickinson college) edward sweeney, a high school and college football coach from long island whose nearly 40-year career included more than 170 wins at the collegiate level, died jan. 28 at a hospital in lewes, delaware. he was 67 and was being treated for multiple myeloma, a form of cancer.sweeney, as those who knew him said (and as the stats show), had a talent for turning a






edward sweeney dies; former high school, college football coach was 67


advertisement | advertise on newsdayedward sweeney, a longtime high school and college football coach from long island whose career included more than 170 wins, died jan. 28, 2017, in lewes, delaware. he was 67 and being treated for multiple myeloma, a form of cancer. in a career spanned more than three decades at schools in m achusetts, new york and maryland, sweeney turned around teams with losing streaks. (credit: dickinson college) edward sweeney, a high school and college football coach from long island whose nearly 40-year career included more than 170 wins at the collegiate level, died jan. 28 at a hospital in lewes, delaware. he was 67 and was being treated for multiple myeloma, a form of cancer.sweeney, as those who knew him said (and as the stats show), had a talent for turning a






nassau gop widens search for county executive candidate, source says


the nassau republican party has expanded its search for potential county executive candidates to include hempstead town councilwoman erin king sweeney, the daughter of rep. peter king, and leg. laura schaefer of westbury, according to a gop source familiar with the party’s deliberations.the party has began polling republican voters on a potential king sweeney or schaefer candidacy, the source said. most popularresults of the poll are not clear but the gop is expected to pick a county executive candidate in the next two weeks, the source said.the other names under consideration are former state sen. jack martins, county clerk maureen o’connell, hempstead town councilman bruce blakeman and hempstead town receiver don clavin.the source said all of the names “are still in the mix. the party is






hempstead town board’s relations strained, sources say


unprecedented public discord appears to be growing on the republican-controlled hempstead town board even after nassau gop chairman joseph mondello and former u.s. sen. alfonse d’amato urged unity at a recent republican fundraiser.republican councilwoman erin king sweeney, who had a dispute with republican supervisor anthony santino last year over staff raises, has abstained from voting on town-funded contracts since republican councilman edward ambrosino was arrested on federal tax evasion charges in late march.most popularking sweeney says she wants more vetting of possible conflicts in town-funded contracts. ambrosino, who was not charged with town-related wrongdoing, has pleaded not guilty.republican councilman bruce blakeman offered a bill two weeks ago to create a town inspector gene






berger wins at st. jude classic for second straight year


memphis, tenn. — the first few shots of daniel berger's final round didn't give much clue that his second straight victory at the st. jude classic was only a few hours away.he hit his drive on no. 1 into the rough, sent his next shot into the rough far past the hole and his third shot was a chip that didn't even make it to the green. what was left was an awkward 25-foot chip to save par.he drilled it.and from that point on, berger put together a stellar day on a firm, fast, challenging course at tpc southwind, shooting a 4-under 66 to erase a three-shot deficit and beat south african charl schwartzel and south korean whee kim by one stroke.now he just might be one of the young players to watch going into the u.s. open next week at erin hills in wisconsin."we hear a lot about the young guns






1 held after false bomb threat at trump tower


a person was arrested after a false bomb threat at trump tower friday afternoon, police said.the incident happened around 1:20 p.m. at the tower at 401 n. wabash ave., according to officer thomas sweeney, a spokesman for the chicago police.one person was taken into custody, sweeney said.check back for details.






spieth holes bunker shot to win travelers playoff


cromwell, conn. — jordan spieth holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger to win the travelers championship on sunday.the 23-year-old spieth joined tiger woods as the only players in the modern era with 10 victories before the age of 24. woods had 15 victories before he turned 24.spieth led wire-to-wire at tpc river highlands, holding a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. he closed with an even-par 70 to match berger — who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67 — at 12-under 268.berger, the memphis winner two weeks ago before missing the cut last week at the u.s. open, just missed a 50-foot putt from off the 18th green left that would have forced a second playoff hole.






spieth holes bunker shot to win travelers playoff


cromwell, conn. — jordan spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the travelers championship.the two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger on sunday at tpc river highlands.jordan spieth holes a bunker shot in a playoff with daniel berger to win the travelers championship.the 23-year-old texan joined tiger woods as the only pga tour players with 10 victories in the era since world war ii. woods won 15 times before he turned 24."that was one for the ages," said spieth, also the winner at pebble beach in february.spieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. he closed with an even-par 70 to match berger — who






spieth holes bunker shot to win travelers playoff


cromwell, conn. — jordan spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the travelers championship.the two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger on sunday at tpc river highlands.jordan spieth holes a bunker shot to win a playoff with daniel berger for the travelers championship.the 23-year-old texan joined tiger woods as the only pga tour players with 10 victories in the era since world war ii. woods won 15 times before he turned 24."that was one for the ages," said spieth, also the winner at pebble beach in february.spieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. he closed with an even-par 70 to match berger — wh






jordan spieth holes bunker shot to beat daniel berger in playoff and win travele


jordan spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the travelers championship. the two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger on sunday at tpc river highlands in cromwell, conn. the 23-year-old texan joined tiger woods as the only pga tour players with 10 victories in the era since world war ii. woods won 15 times before he turned 24. “that was one for the ages,” said spieth, also the winner at pebble beach in february. spieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. he closed with an even-par 70 to match berger — who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67 — at 12-under 268. berger, the memphis winner two






nassau gop widens search for county executive candidate, source says


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe nassau republican party's search for county executive candidates includes erin king sweeney, shown on july 14, 2015. (credit: james escher / james escher) the nassau republican party has expanded its search for potential county executive candidates to include hempstead town councilwoman erin king sweeney, the daughter of rep. peter king, and leg. laura schaefer of westbury, according to a gop source familiar with the party’s deliberations.the party has began polling republican voters on a potential king sweeney or schaefer candidacy, the source...






1 held after bogus bomb threat at trump tower


one person has been arrested after apparently causing a bogus bomb threat at trump tower friday afternoon.the incident happened at trump international hotel & tower, 401 n. wabash ave., according to officer thomas sweeney, a spokesman for the chicago policeone person is in custody after the threat, which was not bonafide, sweeney said.check back for details.






no. 23 south florida women hand temple 1st league loss 55-51


philadelphia — kitija laksa scored 16 points, ariadna pujol made a clinching free throw with 1.6 seconds left and no. 23 south florida escaped with a 55-51 win over temple on sunday after blowing most of a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter.the owls, who had won 11 straight, missed three 3-pointers on their final possession before pujol finally secured the rebound and was fouled.maria jespersen added 13 points and tamara henshaw had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the bulls (17-3, 6-1 american athletic), who lost at temple last year on a buzzer-beating putback when they were ranked 19th.feyonda fitzgerald led temple (16-4, 6-1) with 14 points, alliya s added 12 and khadijah berger 11. temple made four of its five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to rally from a 47-31 deficit with 8:09 remai






daniel berger wins st. jude classic for second year in a row


the first few shots of daniel berger's final round didn't give much clue that his second straight victory at the st. jude classic in memphis was only a few hours away.he hit his drive on no. 1 into the rough, sent his next shot into the rough far past the hole, and his third shot was a chip that didn't even make it to the green. what was left was an awkward 25-foot chip to save par.he drilled it.and from there, berger put together a stellar day on a firm, fast, challenging course at tpc southwind, shooting a 4-under 66 to erase a three-shot deficit and beat charl schwartzel and whee kim by one stroke."we hear a lot about the young guns and about the justin thomases and jordan spieths, but i feel like i kind of get forgotten a little bit," berger said. "so i'm just going to try and keep doi






rock stars: mined masterpieces - cbs news


crystals like amethyst are the rock stars of mineralogy -- and one collector’s particular obsession tracy smith shows us the goods:seattle, washington wears its natural beauty out in the open. but the views can be just as stunning indoors if you know where to look.in a neighborhood not far from the city, there’s a warehouse that looks like mother nature’s private museum. for security reasons we can’t reveal the location, for inside are giant crystals, some the size of a compact car. perfect formations, in brilliant white or clear as glacial ice.smith said, “when i think of crystals, i think of those little, dainty things that people wear around their necks.”“this is not one of those,” laughed collector richard berger, who found one 7,000-lb. specimen in namibia.richard berger shows tracy s






rock stars: mined masterpieces - cbs news


crystals like amethyst are the rock stars of mineralogy -- and one collector’s particular obsession tracy smith shows us the goods:seattle, washington wears its natural beauty out in the open. but the views can be just as stunning indoors if you know where to look.in a neighborhood not far from the city, there’s a warehouse that looks like mother nature’s private museum. for security reasons we can’t reveal the location, for inside are giant crystals, some the size of a compact car. perfect formations, in brilliant white or clear as glacial ice.smith said, “when i think of crystals, i think of those little, dainty things that people wear around their necks.”“this is not one of those,” laughed collector richard berger, who found one 7,000-lb. specimen in namibia.richard berger shows tracy s






jordan spieth holes bunker shot to win travelers playoff


cromwell, conn. — jordan spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the travelers championship.the two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger on sunday at tpc river highlands.the 23-year-old texan joined tiger woods as the only pga tour players with 10 victories in the era since world war ii. woods won 15 times before he turned 24."that was one for the ages," said spieth, also the winner at pebble beach in february.spieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. he closed with an even-par 70 to match berger — who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67 — at 12-under 268.berger, the memphis winner two week






jordan spieth holes bunker shot to win travelers playoff


cromwell, conn. — jordan spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the travelers championship.the two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger on sunday at tpc river highlands.the 23-year-old texan joined tiger woods as the only pga tour players with 10 victories in the era since world war ii. woods won 15 times before he turned 24."that was one for the ages," said spieth, also the winner at pebble beach in february.spieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. he closed with an even-par 70 to match berger — who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67 — at 12-under 268.berger, the memphis winner two week






jordan spieth holes bunker shot to win travelers playoff – the denver post


cromwell, conn. — jordan spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the travelers championship.the two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger on sunday at tpc river highlands.the 23-year-old texan joined tiger woods as the only pga tour players with 10 victories in the era since world war ii. woods won 15 times before he turned 24.“that was one for the ages,” said spieth, also the winner at pebble beach in february.spieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. he closed with an even-par 70 to match berger — who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67 — at 12-under 268.berger, the memphis winner two week






bar fight, traumatic brain injury inspire a book and an indie film


in 1992, brian sweeney was at a bar with friends when a fight broke out. the brawl didn't involve sweeney or his pals. they decided to leave anyway. that should have been the end of it. but the person causing the commotion was booted out behind them and — armed with brass knuckles — decided to take out his rage on the back of brian's head, knocking him to the pavement and putting him in a coma.sweeney would later write about the event and its aftermath in the non-fiction book "every 21 seconds," which is being turned into a film about his rehabilitation challenges and what it means to live long term with a traumatic brain injury, or tbi.a small-budget indie shooting in and around will county — including sweeney's actual home in mokena, which he shares with his wife mary beth — it stars sha






'new mom comics' highlights the first year of parenting


updated march 3, 2017 12:20 pmby compiled by jennifer berger   [email protected] artist(credit: alison wong)"we received swaddling blankets as gifts, but we never seemed to swaddle him tight enough," said wong. "velcro swaddles all the way!"with bated breath(credit: alison wong)"coughing, cracking knees, creaking floors. the slightest noise would wake up the baby. i had to hold in so many sneezes," she said.new moms are superheros






berger wins at st. jude classic for second straight year


memphis, tenn. — daniel berger shot a 4-under 66 to erase a three-shot deficit and win the st. jude classic for a second straight year.the 24-year-old is the fourth back-to-back winner at st. jude and the first since david toms did it in 2003 and '04.berger played a bogey-free round on sunday, avoiding trouble on a fast, firm course at tpc southwind. his 17-foot birdie putt on no. 15 put him ahead for good and he finished at 10-under 270. now he'll take quite a bit of momentum into next week's u.s. open.south african charl schwartzel shot a 66 and south korean whee kim shot a 67 to finish in second, one shot behind berger. amateur braden thornberry and billy horschel were among five players two shots back.stewart cink, ben crane and rafa cabrera bello started sunday with a one-shot lead on






jordan spieth, seattle native fred couples post tournament victories


jordan spieth holed a 60-foot bunker shot for a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the pga tour travelers championship over daniel berger. meanwhile, seattle native fred couples, 57, won on the 50-and-older pga tour champions.cromwell, conn. – jordan spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the travelers championship.the two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for a birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with daniel berger on sunday at tpc river highlands.the 23-year-old texan joined tiger woods as the only pga tour players in the era since world war ii with 10 victories before turning 24. woods won 15 times before his 24th birthday.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for






armed robbery prompts evacuation during logan square swat incident


no one was injured but police evacuated a logan square building after an armed robbery tuesday afternoon.around 4 p.m., the chicago police swat team responded to an armed robbery at a business in the 3200 block of west diversey avenue in the logan square neighborhood, according to chicago police spokesman thomas sweeney.police blocked traffic nearby and searched the surrounding area for the suspect. at about 5:50 p.m., police halted the search unable to find the perpetrator.no one was hurt in the armed robbery, sweeney said.






boston bruins fire coach claude julien


boston — the boston bruins fired stanley cup-winning coach claude julien on tuesday as the team was in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season.he was the longest-tenured coach in the nhl.general manager don sweeney announced the change on tuesday, naming istant bruce c idy the interim coach.julien was 419-246-94 in 10 seasons that included two trips to the nhl finals and a stanley cup title in 2011. the bruins lost in the finals two years later, and the year after that earned 117 points and the presidents' trophy before losing in the conference semifinals to archrival montreal.but in 2014-15, boston was eliminated from the playoff race on the final day of the regular season — the first time in julien's tenure they out the playoffs. again last year, the bruins had a chanc






college closes due to threats made after professor’s posts


hartford, conn. (ap) — a private college in connecticut has closed its campus due to threats made against it after a professor’s social media posts that he says were twisted to sound as though they referred to last week’s congressional shooting in virginia.trinity college says it received threats related to social media posts by johnny eric williams. the campus of the liberal arts school in hartford closed wednesday until further notice.trinity president joanne berger-sweeney says the professor posted a piece that concluded with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. she says his post was reprehensible and a dean is looking into whether college policies were broken.williams tells the hartford courant his words were twisted by some people to sound as though he was saying the vi






kill the election ethics panel, already


the tail end of a recently released county audit of the santa clara county registrar of voters had a tidbit on the county’s former campaign finance ethics commission. that’s the panel that’s supposed to watch for problems like when disgraced ex-supervisor george shirakawa, jr., failed to disclose campaign contributors while running for reelection unopposed.that panel hasn’t existed for decades. but sharon sweeney, former chair of the county’s citizen advisory commission on elections, said without it, “there’s no way to enforce the rules.”“when they disbanded the ethics commission, what they did is just made the elections commission responsible for watching for shenanigans,” sweeney said. “all that means is the registrar provides a list of campaigns that aren’t in compliance with the rules,






free (or cheap) for kids on long island


updated february 23, 2017 10:01 amby ian j. stark and jennifer berger   [email protected] home depot hosts its "kid's workshops" on the first saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-noon. (credit: the home depot) need weekend plans or something to do with the kids during the week?there are a ton of free children's events at local libraries, but we also found free and cheap things to do elsewhere this month.whether you have one, two, three or more kids in tow, here's a roundup of fun, budget-friendly events on long island....






'beauty and the beast' fun facts: disney reveals things you may not know


updated march 13, 2017 2:13 pmby compiled by jennifer berger   [email protected] 1,500 red roses were grown or purchased during production for use as research or set decoration. (credit: walt disney studios) disney's classic tale of "beauty and the beast" has an empowering message that true beauty comes from within. it is a tale of love and friendship in a world where good triumphs over evil.in 1991, "beauty and the beast" was the first animated feature to receive an academy award nomination for best picture and won two oscars (best original score and best song), three golden globes and four...






plight of nazi-era émigrés’ to hollywood explored in ‘light & noir’


as adolf hitler rose to power in the 1930s, many german-speaking actors and directors found refuge and work in hollywood. these exiles — many of them jewish, but not all — included directing great billy wilder and much of the supporting cast of “casablanca.”the exhibit “light & noir: exiles & émigrés in hollywood, 1933-1950” at sacramento’s california museum makes clear “how important german-speaking exiles were in shaping what we now call the golden age of hollywood,” says exhibit curator doris berger in a telephone interview.berger, who now works for the under-construction academy museum of motion pictures in los angeles, was curator at that city’s skirball cultural institute when she first put together the exhibit, which includes costumes and props from “casablanca” as well as wilder’s






philippe coutinho signs new long-term contract with liverpool | liverpool fc


by liverpool fc staff on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 9:43am1,940share this:liverpool fc can announce philippe coutinho signed a new long-term contract with the club.the 24-year-old has committed his future to the reds on wednesday by penning the fresh deal at melwood, the terms of which will come into effect from july 1, 2017.coutinho has been at anfield for four years following his transfer from inter milan in january 2013, during which time he has established himself as one of the most impressive performers in the premier league, scoring 34 goals in his 163 liverpool appearances to date.“i would like to thank everybody at the club, first of all,” the brazilian forward told liverpoolfc.com upon signing his contract. “i am very happy to sign a new contract here. it is a club that i am very grate