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Penn State says Sandusky settlements appear close

Penn State says Sandusky settlements appear close

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Penn State's negotiator for civil claims involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said Friday the school has been in talks with 28 people and settlement discussions with some claimants could soon produce results.

The number of claimants is 18 more than were involved in Sandusky's criminal case this summer, when eight young men testified they were assaulted by Sandusky. Prosecutors were not able to identify two victims.

Ken Feinberg told The Associated Press that the talks have gone well and he is hopeful they will yield settlements in the coming weeks.

No one has pulled out of the negotiations, and he said a realistic timetable for settlements is ``the near future. I think the process will be successful, yes I do.''

Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi, who represents multiple claimants in the talks, said there was ``still some ground that needs to be made up.''

``I wouldn't say I'm quite as optimistic as he is,'' Andreozzi said. ``I do think it's been a positive process and both parties are acting in good faith so far. I would say I'm cautiously optimistic.''

Lawyer Joel Feller, who represents several other claimants, said the discussions he's had so far have been ``productive.''

``We are getting close to the point to determine whether the cases can or cannot be settled,'' Feller said.

Feinberg said the 28 claims are being handled on an accelerated basis now that the holidays are over.

``This is not a group settlement,'' he said. ``We're looking at each individual claim.''

Based on other cases, some of the factors that can go into putting a value on a child sexual abuse claim are the age of the victim, the length of time the child was abused, the types of acts involved, where they took place and evidence it has affected them.

Sandusky's November 2011 arrest immediately touched off a massive scandal that cost Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno his job, as well as the university president. Former school President Graham Spanier and two other top administrators currently face charges they covered up allegations involving Sandusky to protect the university's reputation. They maintain their innocence.

Penn State announced in September it was bringing in Feinberg, who helped resolve claims from the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Virginia Tech massacre.

The university said after Sandusky's guilty verdict in June on 45 counts that it wanted to ``privately, expeditiously and fairly'' settle with victims of the former assistant football coach. In some cases, the victims have filed lawsuits.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence. Sandusky maintains he is innocent and is pursuing appeals. Most recently, he was in court for argument on post-sentencing motions, including a claim his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare for trial, and a ruling from the trial judge is pending.

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Ravens' Hayden Hurst hopes his story helps end stigma surrounding mental health

Ravens' Hayden Hurst hopes his story helps end stigma surrounding mental health

Hayden Hurst broke his silence on his struggles with depression and anxiety back in November following a documentary detailing how it affected his baseball career. The Baltimore tight end opened up even more about his experiences in an interview with First Coast News' Chris Porter and talked about his desire to end the stigma surrounding mental health. 

“I want to use my platform to help people,” he said. “For some reason, people equate mental illness with having to be ashamed. It’s something you shouldn’t talk about. I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of. Everybody goes through something. The best thing my parents ever did was just being available. There’s not really a right or wrong thing you can say or an answer that can change everything but just making sure you’re available and you’re understanding. If my story is going to change the narrative on this and people are going to talk about it more, then so be it.”

Before Hurst was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Ravens, Hurst explained an unsettling incident in which he cut his own wrists and ended up in the hospital without even knowing it. 

“I woke up in the hospital,” Hurst said. “I didn’t know what happened. I had to have a friend fill me in. Apparently, I had been drinking and went into my apartment and cut my wrist. My friend found me in a puddle of blood. He called 911.”

It was at the moment he was hospitalized where Hurst realized he needed to ask for help. Now he spends his time, when he's not catching passes or blocking for Lamar Jackson, speaking to kids about his experiences and how important it is to ask for help. 

“I don’t have the answers to fix all of this. It’s still a trial and error to this day, but I will say I have much more good days than I do bad days. I’m not this superhero that’s portrayed on TV. I’m a regular person. I struggle with depression, anxiety and things like that.”

Hurst's foundation is hosting a golf tournament next week to help a Youth Crisis Center in Jacksonville, FL. 

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How to add the Orioles card on the MyTeams app

How to add the Orioles card on the MyTeams app

If you're a fan of the Orioles, or a baseball fan in general, the MyTeams app has good news for you.

Much like Baltimore is undergoing a rebuild, the MyTeams app also added a new prospect of its own: the Orioles card, which can be added to your list of favorite teams and help you keep up with the latest news. Here's how to add it:

1. Make sure you have the MyTeams app (which is available in the App store and on Google play).

2. You can add the card by using the navigational button to swipe over to "Settings".

3. Once in settings click on "Edit/Reorder Teams".

From there you should see the Ravens under the Washington teams. The team will not appear in your carousel list unless you save it to your teams.

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