first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — A police officer in a Milwaukee suburb who resigned after being involved in his third fatal shooting in five years has been hired as a sheriff’s deputy. Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson said Tuesday that he hired Joseph Mensah after an extensive review that found his use of force was proper in all three shootings. Mensah was cleared in October in the death of 17-year-old Alvin Cole. Mensah was a Wauwatosa police officer when he shot Cole on Feb. 2 outside Mayfair Mall after police responded to a reported disturbance. Severson says Mensah will go through a supervised field training program.last_img read more

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias met with state legislators and government officials in Sacramento last week in his first trip to the state Capitol as president. Nikias traveled with a delegation of university administrators and trustees to discuss issues ranging from the Coliseum to funding for higher education.A trip to the state Capitol is organized each spring by the USC Office of State Government Relations to allow the university to help shape state policy, particularly issues concerning higher education.Nikias had not been to Sacramento since 2008, when he was provost, said Adele Wilson, administrative assistant in USC’s Office of State Government Relations.“He wanted to reconnect with the Sacramento stakeholders and the legislators,” Wilson said.During the day, Nikias met with Gov. Jerry Brown, Secretary of the State Anna Caballero and Los Angeles legislators, including Assembly member Gil Cedillo. Edward P. Roski Jr., Board of Trustees chairman; Thomas S. Sayles, USC senior vice president for University Relations; and Trustee David Dornsife also held meetings with officials in the capital.Wilson said the lease agreement between USC and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission was a primary issue on the trip’s agenda.This transaction will give USC complete control over use of the stadium and the Los Angeles Sports Arena for 20 years and commit the school to paying at least $70 million in stadium renovations.Brown expressed his support of the lease approval during a meeting, according to a press release.Wilson said the visit ended with a reception in the evening. About 150 people were in attendance, Wilson said, including several legislators and the secretary of foreign affairs.Another issue on the trip’s agenda was higher education and funding. According to a press release, Nikias urged Brown to reconsider cutting Cal Grants, which provide financial aid for low-income students. Cal Grants are currently slated for a 44 percent cut in the upcoming budget.Nikias also discussed The Village at USC project with California legislators and the Keck Hospital of USC.Chester A. Newland, an emeritus professor of public administration, said in an email that the trip was successful in displaying USC’s leadership.“Max Nikias’s visit to Sacramento demonstrated USC’s exemplary, broadly inclusive and shared Trojan leadership culture,” Newland said. “[The meeting worked] to promote understanding of the university’s sustained commitment to [the] vital interests of California and to advanced-knowledge civilization, locally to globally.”last_img read more

first_imgAt 44, Chuck Noll had joined an elite level of NFL coaches with Vince Lombardi and Don Shula after the win in Super Bowl X. Noll, hired at 37, endured a 12-30 record in his first three seasons in Pittsburgh before the success came. (Phil Sandlin, AP)Chuck Noll.You see the name and you immediately think four time Super Bowl winning coach. Noll was one of the best to ever coach the game and fortunately for the Steelers, he spent his entire 22 year head coaching career with the black and gold.After being a defensive assistant with the Chargers for six seasons and then three more years under Don Shula in Baltimore, Noll was hired as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 at the age of 37.Noll struggled out of the gates only winning 12 games in his first 42 tries and not making the playoffs until his fourth year with the Steelers.  By year six, the team that would form the eventual dynasty of the 70’s was born and Noll led his Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles in a span of six seasons.In 22 seasons, Noll compiled a record of 209-156-1, won nine division championships, four conference titles and four super bowl championships as well.  Two years after his retirement, Noll was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.Noll was the father of the Steelers as we know them. Without him, the expectation to win a championship each year would not exist, the team would not have the most Super Bowl rings in league history and the rabid fan base may not even exist as it does today. Noll was a winner through and through and a true representation of the Pittsburgh culture.The Steelers were unsuccessful through their first four decades, when they appeared in just one postseason game. Then in 1969, the Steelers hired Chuck Noll, left, as head coach and he, with a core of players including QB Terry Bradshaw, changed the fortunes of the franchise. (AP Photo/File)Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more