ABC News(KANSAS CITY, Kansas) — The owner and designer of what was billed as the world’s tallest waterslide have had all charges against them dropped on Friday in relation to the horrific death of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016.Schlitterbahn Water Park owner Jeff Henry and designer John Schooley had been charged with second-degree murder after Caleb Schwab was decapitated on the Kansas City, Kansas, ride called the Verrückt. Operations manager Tyler Miles, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter, also had his charges dropped on Friday.The defendants issued a motion to dismiss the charges over what they called “improper evidence and testimony displayed to the grand jury.”The water park company, which has since closed its Kansas City location, hailed the decision to dismiss charges in a statement.“We welcome today’s decision which dismissed the charges against all defendents (sic),” said Winter Prosapio, corporate director of communications for Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. “We are thankful for all the support and encouragement we’ve received.”The grand jury had returned an indictment against Henry, Schooley and Miles on March 21, 2018, in Wyandotte County, Kansas. But on Friday, the judge dismissed those charges saying the jury was shown “a highly dramatized” made-for-TV drama produced by the Travel Channel.The defendants lawyers also argued an expert who testified before the grand jury about American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, even though they weren’t required by law at the time of the development of the slide. An expert also discussed the death of someone at a different Schlitterbahn Water Park, but that was an employee who was killed while performing maintenance.“The Court holds that the three areas of grand jury abuse cited by the defendants are credible and persuasive and must be considered illegal evidence that should not have been presented to the grand jury,” Judge Robert P. Burns wrote.The motion does say the state could still file a criminal complaint or take evidence before a different grand jury.Prosecutors have alleged that Henry and other employees of the water park attempted to hide from investigators documents detailing at least 13 injuries on the Verrückt waterslide leading up to Schwab’s death.“We are obviously disappointed and respectfully disagree with the court’s decision. We will review the ruling carefully, including the court’s observation that the ruling ‘does not preclude the possibility that the State could continue to pursue this matter in a criminal court,’ and take a fresh look at the evidence and applicable law in this tragic and troubling case to determine the best course forward,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement released Friday.Caleb Schwab’s parents, Michelle and Scott, who was a state representative at the time and is now Kansas’s secretary of state, spoke to “Good Morning America” about the accident in 2017.Caleb’s brother Nathan was waiting at the bottom of the slide while his parents were tending to the family’s other children.Michelle heard Nathan screaming, ‘He flew from the Verruckt, he flew from the Verruckt,’” Michelle Schwab recalled to “GMA.”Investigators said Caleb was somehow decapitated on the ride.“There was a gentleman who wouldn’t allow me to come close enough to see what was going on, and he just kept saying, ‘Trust me, you don’t want to go any further,’” Michele Schwab said. “I kind of knew in my mind that I shouldn’t see it, that I probably don’t want to see it.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teachingfocused academic environment and a curriculum that engages thediversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidateswho are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate thatfosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, andwe encourage applications from members of groups that have beenhistorically underrepresented in higher education. Applicationmaterials should clearly articulate how the candidate willcontribute to the University’s commitment to diversity andinclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.Washburn University is an EOE. Washburn University provides equalaccess to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, andemployment without regard to race, color, religion, age, nationalorigin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, genderidentity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital orparental status. Ph.D. in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology from anAPA-accredited program; ABD applicants will be considered, withcompletion of the Ph.D. by August 1, 2022.Graduate training in developmental psychopathology.Experience teaching at the collegiate level.Licensed or license-eligible in Kansas as a psychologist.A demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse populations.Proven dedication to inclusive pedagogies and commitment toinclusion as a core value. Application Procedures: Washburn University’s Department of Psychology invites applicationsfor the position of Assistant Professor in Psychology tobegin August 2021. This is a full-time 9-month, tenure trackposition.Washburn is a public institution located in the metropolitansetting of Topeka that has earned national recognition for itshigh-impact programs for first-generation students. The Universityand Department are dedicated to a culturally diverse faculty andstudent body. This posting is for one of two current openings inthe Department; the other is for a full-time Lecturer position. Inaddition to its undergraduate curriculum, the Psychology Departmentoffers a master’s degree in clinical psychology.For the assistant professorship, a completed Ph.D. is required bythe time of tenure-track appointment. The selected candidate mustdemonstrate a commitment to students from diverse backgrounds and adedication to the development of inclusive pedagogies that supportequity and student success. Application materials should clearlyarticulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’scommitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching,research, and/or service.Required Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: Application review will begin January 4, 2021, and continueuntil the position is filled. Send a cover letter explaining whythe interest in teaching at Washburn, vitae, copies of graduatetranscripts, official copies of student evaluations/reports,evidence of an active research program that can involve students,and the names and contact information of three professionalreferences to Ms. Theresa Young at [email protected] . Use “ChildClinical/Counseling/School Search” in the subject line. Thecommittee will only accept electronic applications. Questions maybe sent directly to the Search Committee Chair [email protected] The successful candidate will berequired to submit to a background check prior to hire. Officialtranscripts are required once hired. Experience mentoring student research.A research program in developmental psychopathology.Responsibilities:Teach 12 credit hours per semester or a full workload asdefined by the faculty handbook.Teach undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars, whichmay include courses such as Child Assessment, Child AssessmentPracticum, Child Treatment, Child Treatment Practicum, IntroductoryPsychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology,Personality, or Diversity as assigned by the DepartmentChairperson.Supervise undergraduate and master’s student research.Have an active research program that can involve students.Advise students and engage in service activities in theDepartment and to the University, the profession, and thecommunity.Become licensed before tenure and maintain licensurethereafter.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 27-year-old woman and injured her male companion in her hometown of Eastport on Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.Erika Strebel and Edward Barton were standing near Strebel’s disabled Jeep on the shoulder of the eastbound lane of Montauk Highway when they were struck by an eastbound vehicle shortly after 9 p.m.The vehicle, which sustained front end damage, fled eastbound on Montauk Highway.Strebel was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where she was pronounced dead. Barton, 26, of East Moriches, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is being treated for head and knee injuries.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Promoter Frank Warren has warned that James DeGale’s European title challenge against Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski is a “make or break fight” for the former Olympic champion.DeGale will face Wilczewski next month in his first bout since losing the British super-middleweight crown – and his unbeaten record – to fellow west Londoner George Groves.Wilczewski, who won the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles in March, has lost only once in 30 fights.DeGale’s defeat against Groves – a bitter rival from the pair’s amateur days – means he badly needs to a victory to get his pursuit of a world title back on track.“This is a make or break fight for James,” Warren declared.“He’s now got a big opportunity in front of him and has to go out there and deliver the goods, and show the fans what he can do.”Since losing to Groves on a split decision, DeGale has insisted he has no plans to replace trainer Jim McDonnell and is set to sign a new three-year deal with Warren.“He (Warren) brought Amir Khan back from a devastating knockout to a world title in only three fights, so I know he can do it for me,” said DeGale.
6 September 2002An unassuming woman from rural KwaZulu-Natal led the winners of South Africa’s premier craft competition, the FNB Vita Crafts Now Awards, when prizes were handed out at MuseuMAfricA in Newtown.Lobolile Ximba received a R6 000 prize for her powerful “Aids Doll”. Other awards were given for works ranging from paintings, ceramic sculptures and quilt portraits to wooden soccer players and telephone wire baskets.All the entries will be on exhibit until 24 September, as part of the museum’s special displays for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.Veteran journalist Denis Beckett, who officially opened the exhibition, paid special tribute to Ximba, each of whose works tells a unique story of how rural women are dealing with the devastating effects of the Aids virus. Ximba was taught by her mother and has been making dolls since 1984. Her dolls are expressive and colourful.Another Aids-related work came from the Karosswerkers of Limpopo province in the form of an embroidered cloth entitled “Aids”, designed by Calvin Mahlaule and Agnes Tshehla.Calvin Mahlaule and Agnes Tshehla’s embroidery “Aids”Held in tandem with the Association of Potters of Southern Africa’s African Earth, the event was adjudicated by professors Ian Calder and Karel Nel of the universities of Natal and Witwatersrand respectively.Nel decided against awarding gold, silver and bronze prizes, and instead gave four equal first prizes of R6 000 each to Ximba, the Karosswerkers, Johannesburg’s Digby Hoets and Katherine Glenday from the Western Cape.Awards of R1 000 each were also presented to Lother Bottcher for his glass vase, Kim Sacks and Joseph Msomi for porcelain and wire bowls, Themba Mnguni for a wooden pair of soccer players, Zama Khanyile for a telephone wire basket, and Jabulile Nkosi for her quilt of portraits.The awards for the African Earth pottery exhibition were given by Calder, who singled out for praise two ceramic sculptors, Henrietta Ngako and Vusumuzi Ntshalintshali.Gauteng’s Henrietta Ngako won the City of Johannesburg Arts, Culture and Heritage Services Premier Award for her work. Born in the town of Rustenburg, North West province, Ngako has exhibited widely in the country and abroad.She has work in collections at more than 10 museums and art galleries across South Africa, and has received numerous awards, including a merit award at the International Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Taiwan in 1992.Source: City of Johannesburg web site
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