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Jim Harbaugh Reprimanded by Italian Mall Security Guard for Throwing Football

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

Jim Harbaugh gets scolded by security inside shopping mall for playing catch. https://t.co/cywWm8yPgm

4/24/2017, 7:46:52 AM[1]

No stranger to scolding players, peers and officials, Jim Harbaugh[2] found himself in trouble with an authority figure during the Michigan football team’s trip to Italy.

The Wolverines head coach played catch in the middle of a shopping mall, which drew the ire of a security guard. He pointed toward the exit sign, either kicking Harbaugh out or asking him to toss the pigskin outside.

The typically uptight leader appears to be enjoying his time abroad. Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade also provided footage of Harbaugh fighting to keep his khakis clean in a paintball battle:

In an ultimate “How do you do, fellow kids[3]?” moment, he tried out a newly purchased selfie stick:

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

Jim Harbaugh just bought a selfie stick. “Who wouldn’t want one of these things. This is awesome.” https://t.co/DJMSzuaktR

4/24/2017, 8:59:29 AM[4]

When the team met with refugees[5] on Sunday morning, Harbaugh struggled to explain how a sport that revolves around throwing adopted the “football” name:

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

A Nigerian refugee, talking with Jim Harbaugh, is utterly baffled at why it’s called football. https://t.co/KYCuEG8BZn

4/23/2017, 2:15:00 PM[6]

Paintball, selfie sticks and playing ball in the house. Just how everyone would envision a football getaway with Harbaugh.

[Kyle Rowland]

References

  1. ^ 4/24/2017, 7:46:52 AM (twitter.com)
  2. ^ Jim Harbaugh (bleacherreport.com)
  3. ^ fellow kids (www.youtube.com)
  4. ^ 4/24/2017, 8:59:29 AM (twitter.com)
  5. ^ met with refugees (www.bcsn.tv)
  6. ^ 4/23/2017, 2:15:00 PM (twitter.com)

Attorneys General speak out against rollbacks on student loan protections

Attorneys General Speak Out Against Rollbacks On Student Loan ProtectionsEarlier this month, the Department of Education took a big step towards deregulating the student loan repayment process. Under new Secretary Betsy DeVos, the agency rolled back guidelines[1] designed to protect student loan borrowers by directing federal agencies to judge student loan servicers based on their past records when issuing new contracts.

DeVos said that the decision was meant to shore up shortcomings that put an undue burden on student loan servicers and led to deficiencies in service, but critics immediately called the notion preposterous and said that the rollback rescinded commonsense consumer protections that had led to a higher level of service for borrowers. It seems that many attorneys general agree with that assessment. In a letter delivered yesterday, attorney generals from 21 states sent a letter to DeVos expressing their concern and discontent with the Department s decision.

We, the undersigned Attorneys General . . . write to express our profound concern regarding the Department of Education s revocation of critical student loan servicing reforms. The memoranda withdrawn by the Department on April 11, 2017 provided guidance designed to reform the student loan servicing industry in order to protect student loan borrowers and help these borrowers find affordable ways to repay their debts and avoid default, the letter reads.

At a time when the need for common-sense federal student loan servicing reforms is undeniable, the Department s decision to roll back essential protections imperils millions of student loan borrowers and families.

Abdicating its responsibility

The AG s point out that the guidelines allowed student loan borrowers to manage their loans, save money, and make informed decisions about their repayment options. However, with their repeal, the AG s say that consumers have become mired in ambiguity and inconsistency that the servicing reforms were intended to prevent. The letter points to several cases where consumers were misled or misguided by servicers, including recent cases brought against ACS Education Services in Massachusetts and Navient in Washington and Illinois. Investigations and enforcement actions undertaken by the state attorneys general have repeatedly revealed the havoc that student loan servicers poor practices and servicing failures wreak on the lives of borrowers, the AG s said.

In summation, the AG s say that one of the primary roles of the Department of Education is to create and enforce standards that protect student loan borrowers, but they believe that the recent actions go in the opposite direction and ultimately fail consumers.

The Department s stated rationale does not justify summarily denying student borrowers basic protections. . . The guidance revoked by the Department was expressly designed to protect borrowers and correct pervasive student loan servicing failures that harm student loan borrowers and their families. By revoking these critical protections, the Department has abdicated its responsibility to student loan borrowers.

We urge you to reconsider immediately, the letter concludes. The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, new York, North Carolina, Oregon Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as by the executive director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii. A full transcript of the letter[2] can be found here.

References

  1. ^ rolled back guidelines (www.consumeraffairs.com)
  2. ^ full transcript of the letter (www.mass.gov)

Security guard who dragged man from United flight says doctor injured himself

The United Airlines passenger who made international headlines after being dragged from a flight earlier this month injured himself by resisting, according to police reports from the incident. Dr. David Dao hit his mouth on an arm rest after pulling his arm away from a [1]Chicago Aviation Department officer’s right hand, police reports obtained by Heavy.com and the Associated Press said. The 69-year-old doctor was “flailing and fighting,” James Long of the Chicago Aviation Department sad in his report.

Dao spent three nights in a Chicago hospital with a concussion, broken nose, sinus injury and two missing teeth[2], his lawyer said at a press conference on April 13. Long said he approached Dao to ask the 69-year-old physician to get off the plane, according to the police report. Long said Dao refused and “folded his arms tightly.” Long said he reached out to “hold” Dao and was able to pull him away from his window seat on the aircraft and move toward the aisle, the police report said.

“But suddenly the subject started flailing and fighting,” Long wrote. The Kentucky resident was one of four people randomly chosen to be “re-accomodated” from the Louisville-bound flight[3] because United needed seats for employees.

Passengers had been offered $800 to fly the following day, but didn’t accept.

A lawyer for Dao said Monday it’s too late for the airline’s CEO to apologize face-to-face and that his client intends to file a lawsuit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jeff Goldman may be reached at

References

  1. ^ hit his mouth on an arm rest after pulling his arm away from a (heavy.com)
  2. ^ a concussion, broken nose, sinus injury and two missing teeth (www.nj.com)
  3. ^ chosen to be “re-accomodated” from the Louisville-bound flight (www.nj.com)
  4. ^

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