Former MCU board members sue New York regulator

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Former volunteers of the $2.9 billion Municipal Credit Union in New York are suing the state regulator to get their board seats back.After former MCU President/CEO Kam Wong was accused of allegedly stealing millions and fired by the board in June, the New York State Department of Financial Services removed the entire board for failing to discharge their duties and for accepting compensation, which is prohibited in the Empire State.Spokespersons for the NYSDFS and MCU declined comment.A former board member who spoke to CU Times on the condition of anonymity argued the board performed their duties, pointing out that volunteers relied on financial reports from six different layers of the credit union’s management, and information from state and federal examinations, that did not detect Wong’s alleged fraud.last_img read more

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Clippers shut down Kobe Bryant, beat Lakers 103-81

first_imgWhen the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant took the floor against the Clippers on Tuesday night, he did so knowing that he had only six games left in his Hall of Fame career. The Clippers knew that, too, “I’ve got a few of them, a lot of them,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said about his Bryant memories. “It’s hard to just draw to one. But the league will miss him, I know that much. Big-time.”Clippers forward Paul Pierce began the video tribute to Bryant by saying, before tip-off, “Kobe, it’s been an honor to compete with you over the years.” That was followed by chants of “Kobe, Kobe.”The host Clippers then went out and routed the Lakers, 103-81, before a sellout of 19,537 at Staples Center. “Just rhythm,” said Griffin, about what is currently ailing him in his return. “Being off three months, it’s like a summer; almost a full off-season; so it’s almost like coming in the first day of camp and everybody else has been playing at their peak for a long time. So just a step slow, a step behind, whatever you want to call it. But it’ll come back.”Coach Doc Rivers pondered re-inserting Griffin, but decided against it.“Blake was pretty good, rusty again,” Rivers said. “I just did not want to put him back in. It was a big lead, a lot of different combinations. This was not a great one for him.“I just felt kind of trapped watching the game. I just did not think it was the right place to put him back in.”Bryant started 0 of 8 from the field and finished 2 of 12, scoring six points in 22 minutes.Bryant and Rivers shared some words after the game.“I am not going to share a lot of the dialogue,” Rivers said. “Just, ‘Mad respect,’ and I said it back. We’ve always had that for him and toward each other. My job was to try to stop him or frustrate him every time I’ve played him and his job is to try and inflict pain. It’s the type of relationship you have.”Rivers coached the 2008 Boston Celtics to an NBA Finals victory over Bryant and the Lakers. The Lakers and Bryant got Rivers and the Celtics back in 2010, and Bryant was the Finals MVP.Bryant didn’t play well Tuesday. He seemed to know it.“I am just trying to push through,” he said. “Some games are better than others, but you just have to do what you can.”This was a Clippers home game, so the fans seemed to be about 75 percent Clippers, 25 percent Lakers. Still, they roared for Bryant. Aside from the video tribute, the Clippers, as they often do, handed out bracelets that light up. But these had an inscription that thanked Kobe.“It was emotional,” Bryant said. “It is crazy to think how far the Clippers organization has come when I first came into the league and where I am now and the battles we had. It is pretty cool for them to give me the type of tribute. It felt good.”Metta World Peace led the Lakers (16-61) with 17 points off the bench, Ryan Kelly and D’Angelo Russell each scored 12 and Jordan Clarkson had 10 points. Clarkson sustained a bruised right fibula in the third quarter. X-Rays were negative and he’s probable for Wednesday’s rematch.The Clippers shot 51.3 percent, the Lakers just 31.3.One of those seemingly most saddened by Bryant’s impending retirement is Clippers forward Green. He came into the league for the 2007-08 season, which was Bryant’s 12th.“Do I have any thoughts on Kobe Bryant? Of course,” Green said. “I mean, a guy you grew up trying to be like. You know, he’s our generation’s Michael Jordan. To say that I have played against him, it’s an honor. One of the top five players to ever play this game.”Green became sentimental.“It’s tough, I know for him, especially, to say goodbye,” he said. “But to watch one of your idols walk away, it’s also tough. You look up to the guy. It’s one of those things that, you know, it’s like a guy you think will play forever. And to have him say goodbye to the game, it’ll never be the same. Nothing will ever be the same.“But he’s had an amazing career and I’m grateful that I’ve been able to play against him.” The Clippers bolted to a 20-2 lead, but the Lakers were within 33-22 heading into the second quarter. Near the end of the quarter, the Clippers’ Jeff Green drove and threw down a powerful long-armed dunk that brought roars of approval from the crowd.The Lakers hung in well and trailed by only eight (52-44) at halftime. Bryant was 2 of 10 from the field at that time. Blake Griffin, in his second game back after missing 45, was 1 of 5 for the Clippers.The Clippers twice led by 27 points in the third quarter and by as many as 28 in the fourth.Paul led the Clippers (49-28) with 25 points and eight assists. He was the only starter to score in double figures as none of them played in the fourth quarter. Green contributed 21 points off the bench, J.J. Redick scored nine and DeAndre Jordan had seven points and 14 rebounds.As for Griffin, he had just four points on 1 of 5 shooting. He also had three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in 16 minutes and 48 seconds.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Penn State downs Duquesne 68-59 at Consol Energy Center

first_imgPenn State guard Tim Frazier (23) looks towards the bench alongside guard D.J. Newbill (2) and forward Ross Travis (43) in the first half of a NCAA college basketball game against St. John’s during the Barclays Center Classic, Nov. 29,  in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Allen Roberts and Tim Frazier are proving they can play whatever role each is needed in to make Penn State be successful.Roberts had 15 points off the bench, Tim Frazier had a career-high 13 assists along with 11 points and the Nittany Lions won for the sixth time in its past eight games, 68-59 against Duquesne on Wednesday night.D.J. Newbill added 13 points for Penn State (8-3), which won despite having only 10 free-throw attempts as compared to the Dukes’ 34.Frazier, an all-Big Ten point guard, was held well below the 18.6-point average he entered the game with. Roberts was the leading scorer for Miami (Ohio) last season but had scored in double digits just once before leading the Lions in scoring for the first time on Wednesday.“I’m enjoying my role now,” Roberts said. “It’s just its so much different than my role last year, when I had a lot on my shoulders and. I had to do the majority of the work. When you do that and put all the effort in and don’t come out victorious, it feels pointless.But with this team, it’s just such a solid unit.”Frazier and Newbill are among the nation’s most experienced backcourt starting mates. Penn State forward Donovon Jack added nine points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.Ovie Soko had 19 points to lead the Dukes (3-4), who shot 27 percent from the field and made just four of 23 attempts from 3-point range.Soko, who made 12 of 14 free throws, played just 22 minutes before fouling out.Duquesne has lost four of its past six and fell to the Nittany Lions for the second consecutive season.The game wasn’t played on Duquesne’s campus but at Consol Energy Center, the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. Dukes coach Jim Ferry indicated the change in venue affected his team’s shooting.Duquesne regularly plays a handful of home games at the arena, which sits a block from its on-campus home arena, the A.J. Palumbo Center.“If we play this game at Palumbo, I think it’s a little different story,” Ferry said. “Five-thousand people in there, it’s rocking. But I wouldn’t trade it. It’s great for us to play here, it helps with recruiting. We’ve just got to make shots.”Playing its second game in the city of Pittsburgh over a nine-day span, Penn State fared better than it did in a nine-point loss at Pitt on Dec. 3. Counting a 90-77 win over Marshall in between, the Lions have combined to hold their past three opponents to 27.8 percent first-half field goal shooting.Unlike they did against Pitt (which shot 58.5 percent in the second half), however, Penn State continued to stifle the Dukes through the final buzzer. Other than a stretch of about seven minutes midway through the second half, Duquesne’s shooting was cold from all over the court.“That’s what we want our identity to be – defending and rebounding,” Frazier said. “Just in case our shots aren’t falling – sometimes they’re not going to fall – but as long as we get rebounding and defense, we will be successful. A lot of times you get a stop, and that leads to rebounds and easy buckets.”That happened numerous times against Duquesne, which had its worst shooting day in the two-year tenure of Ferry. The Dukes entered shooting 47.2 percent for the season.Only one Dukes player – junior forward Dominique McKoy – made more shots than he missed. McKoy finished with 12 points on five of six shooting. Jeremiah Jones also had 12 points for Duquesne.Penn State began the second half on an 8-2 run to open up a 15-point lead. The Dukes answered by scoring 14 of the next 18 points of the game to pull within five – but that would be the closest the Dukes would get.Minutes later, Duquesne was within 50-44 after a pair of free throws by Soko with 8:40 left. But Penn State answered with an 8-0 run that all but put the game away. They led by as many as 19 in the second half.Duquesne shot 25 percent from the field – including two of 12 from 3-point range – in the first half. The Dukes also missed seven of 17 free throw attempts.Jack, a former verbal commitment to Duquesne who switched to Penn State after the Dukes fired former coach Ron Everhart, had a career-high 11 rebounds. He has combined for 13 blocks over the past two games.Through the first 37 minutes of the game, Penn State went to the foul line just six times. Duquesne had nearly six times that many free throw attempts.“That’s just Coach Ferry style of basketball with how aggressive he is,” Soko said. “He encourages us to aggressive, so we’re going to get fouled. But I feel like that bit us from behind this time; we were so aggressive, we took some bad shots, which led to easy (Penn State) points.”last_img read more

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Lacey Summer Lunch Program Begins June 25

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0LACEY, WA, June 18, 2012: The Lacey Summer Lunch Program will provide free lunches to youth and children, from June 25 through August 17, 2012. Nutritious meals will be served at three locations—Lydia Hawk Elementary, Pleasant Glade Elementary, and Mountain View Elementary—each weekday (closed July 4), from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m. Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children, 18 years of age and younger.Over the past nineteen years, the City of Lacey Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with NTPS, has sponsored the Summer Lunch Program. The program began in 1993, at Mountain View Elementary and has since expanded to three sites, selected by percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunches during the school year. In 2011, an average of 505 lunches were served each day to children in the community. This program is made possible by a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program, North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS), the City of Lacey, and generous donations from the community.Lacey’s 2012 Summer Lunch Program schedule will include lunch service from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m., and a snack served from 3:00 p.m.to 3:30 p.m., at the following NTPS sites:Lydia Hawk Elementary School, 7600 5th Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503Pleasant Glade Elementary School, 1920 Abernathy Road NE, Lacey, WA 98516Mountain View Elementary School, 1900 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503The Playground Pals program offers free activities, arts and crafts, games, fitness, and summer reading program at each site from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., following daily lunch service.For more information, please call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857.last_img read more

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