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  • Wandering Eye: The University of Oregon's shady behavior in a sexual-assault case, new e-cig data, and more

    Wandering Eye: The University of Oregon's shady behavior in a sexual-assault case, new e-cig data, and more
    Back in January, a sexual-assault survivor at University of Oregon filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school for its handling of her case, which involved three basketball players cornering her in a bathroom and raping her multiple times. The school had filed a counterclaim against her that sought to recover legal expenses from the complainant. Though the university later dropped the counterclaim, Katie Rose Guest Pryal points out in The Chronicle of Higher Education an "ugly, frightening sliver" of a legal quirk in the case: "The Oregon administration accessed the rape survivor's therapy records from its counseling center and handed them over to its general counsel's office to help them defend against her lawsuit. They were using her own post-rape therapy records against her." You would presume that such records would be protected by medical privilege, but it turns out that, thanks to a loophole in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, universities can use the records from their campus health clinics without a student's consent in a few instances, including when the student sues the institution. The columnist's advice? "Students: Don't go to your college counseling center to seek therapy. Go to an off-site counseling center. If, God forbid, you've been sexually assaulted, try to find a rape-crisis center . . . You simply do not have adequate privacy protections if you go to a college-provided counselor. Sorry. (Or, in the University of Oregon's case, sorry not sorry.)" (Anna Walsh)
  • Former drug treatment executive charged with embezzlement

    Former drug treatment executive charged with embezzlement
    Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal information charging former Baltimore Behavioral Health CEO William Hathaway with theft from an employee benefit plan and failure to pay payroll taxes totaling nearly $2.5 million. Beginning in March of 2009 and...

    The Year in Murder: 211 murders in 2014

    The Year in Murder: 211 murders in 2014
    Baltimore had 211 murders in 2014—two dozen fewer than in 2013 but still up from 2011’s low of only 197. When you look back on the year in murders the patterns look pretty similar to previous years, but there are some differences. On the...

    Anatomy of a car stop: Baltimore police explain their position to city council public safety committee

    Anatomy of a car stop: Baltimore police explain their position to city council public safety committee
    More Baltimore police should handcuff suspects temporarily for the officers’ safety. Police can park a suspect’s car to save them the towing and impoundment fees. Any time a police officer talks to a citizen he or she is supposed to give...

    Louisville punk band Coliseum had its van (briefly) stolen while working on a new album in Baltimore

    Louisville punk band Coliseum had its van (briefly) stolen while working on a new album in Baltimore
    On Monday night, the van of Louisville punk band Coliseum was stolen from outside the Magpie Cage Studio, where they are recording a follow-up to 2013's "Sister Faith," and driven into the side of a parked van "less than half a block away", the band...