Grand jury leak pushes football scandal back into the spotlight
DENVER – The University of Colorado football recruiting scandal was shoved back into the spotlight Tuesday by a secret grand jury report laced with inflammatory allegations about sexual assaults, slush funds and marijuana enticements for blue chip athletes.New details of the findings were leaked to the media this week, reviving calls for the grand jury report to be officially made public and renewing questions about why the investigation resulted with a single indictment against a low-level university employee.Among the newly disclosed allegations: Two female trainers said they were sexually assaulted by an assistant football coach; one of the women was “coerced to perform sexual favors for players and recruits repeatedly” over two years; and thousands of dollars from coach Gary Barnett’s football camp went into a “slush fund” stashed in 16 or 17 cash boxes and made available to Barnett and other athletics department officials.The report concurred with an independent commission’s finding last year that players arranged sex, alcohol and marijuana for recruits, without the permission of coaches.Settlement makes sense for both sides in Bryant caseDENVER – Experts believe a settlement between Kobe Bryant and the woman who has accused him of rape makes the most sense for both sides because it allows them to avoid a potentially embarrassing trial that would bring out intimate details of their lives.ABC News Radio reported Tuesday that the NBA star and his 20-year-old accuser have reached an agreement in principle, with a settlement possible as early as this week.Earlier, the woman’s attorneys had scheduled a seven-hour questioning session with Bryant on Friday, but it was scratched, prompting speculation a settlement was close.Lawmakers target identity theftDENVER – Colorado is just one of two states where stealing someone’s financial information isn’t a felony but state lawmakers are considering changing the law and giving consumers a tool to prevent themselves from becoming victims.The Senate on Tuesday gave initial backing to allowing people to put freezes on their credit reports, barring credit agencies from giving out information about them. If agencies gave out information anyway, they would have to notify that person, who could sue the agency if the information was used by an identity thief.
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