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Ex-Penn St. president seeks looser bail for travel

Ex-Penn St. president seeks looser bail for travel

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Former Penn State President Graham Spanier wants looser bail rules so he can travel outside Pennsylvania and overseas for family and professional reasons.

Spanier's request filed last month said his domestic travel needs included visits to his second home in New York City and holidays with relatives in Iowa and his ill mother in Chicago.

Spanier, a tenured faculty member on leave, was charged last month in what prosecutors claimed was a ``conspiracy of silence'' that covered up complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with boys in university athletics facilities. He is free on $125,000 unsecured bail and had to relinquish his passport. A judge also restricted his travel outside the state.

Spanier, 64, said he has ``continuing contact'' with officials in the Washington area ``in the national security arena.'' He said work on educational projects also required travel to New York and New Jersey.

He wants his passport to be returned so that he can travel in May to attend a relative's wedding in Slovakia and to a Holocaust memorial event in his father's hometown in Germany. He also cited a desire to travel to the United Kingdom for a project involving the U.S. Department of State.

The motion proposed having him contact a judge before foreign travel and having him return the passport upon his return.

The attorney general's office, which is prosecuting Spanier, said travel permissions for Spanier should be considered by the court on a case-by-case basis.

``The commonwealth does not object to any specific request for domestic or international travel, only to a request that these be permitted without the need for seeking specific approval or leave from the court,'' wrote Bruce Beemer, the chief of staff to Attorney General Linda Kelly.

Spanier faces a preliminary hearing next week on charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, perjury and failure to properly report suspected abuse. He has asked the judge to delay that hearing.

Spanier had been university president for 16 years when he was forced out after Sandusky's November 2011 arrest. He has denied the charges and has claimed he is being framed for political purposes.

Sandusky, 68, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexually abusing 10 boys. He maintains he is innocent and is pursuing appeals.

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

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PHOTOS: Rui Hachimura has brought tons of Japanese media attention to Wizards

WASHINGTON -- If it wasn't clear on draft night in Brooklyn or the next day at his introductory press conference in Washington, Wizards first round pick Rui Hachimura is a massive deal back in his home country of Japan. He gets the star treatment from Japanese media and that attention has followed him through the first two days of Wizards mini-camp.

Usually, Wizards mini-camp isn't even open to the media. Most years, the Wizards host undrafted players and members of their G-League team with little fanfare as they get set for the Las Vegas Summer League in early July.

But this year has been markedly different with dozens of Japanese reporters and photographers arriving early and staying late, all competing for information about Hachimura to report home to their respective outlets.

While the Wizards' pre-draft workouts, some featuring big-named prospects, had five-to-10 reporters show up to the Wizards' practice facility, the total media contingent probably pushes 50 now.

Here are some photos to put it in perspective...

Here's a photo from Hachimura's press conference on Friday...

On Tuesday at mini-camp, there were two sets of media scrums for Wizards Summer League coach Robert Pack. He first did one with American reporters, then one with those from Japan, who had a lot of questions about one player in particular, of course...

With Hachimura on board, it's a new era for the Wizards when it comes to media attention.

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

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Mystics win fourth straight, beat Sky 81-74

 In their second victory against the Chicago Sky this season, Elena Delle Donne dominated once again.

In 33 minutes of play, the star forward racked up 22 points, seven rebounds and 9 of 15 field goals against her former team. She led the Mystics in points and rebounds. 

Tianna Hawkins brought a spark off the bench, tallying 15 points, four rebounds, six of ten field goals and a +11 differential in just 18 minutes of play. 

The Mystics won all four games on this road trip, tying their season-high win streak from earlier this season. Washington is now 8-3 as they head home to host the Connecticut Sun, who just snapped a seven-game win streak.

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