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Penn State fraternity shut down for three years after nude photos

  • misbehavior: The organizational misbehaviors is far more than the University can tolerate from a student organization that seeks its imprimatur," vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said.
  • culpable: Sims said not all of the members were equally culpable for the activities.
  • epithet: Cases of racism, hazing, nude photos, vandalism and a death have rocked U.S. college fraternities in recent months, including a University of Oklahoma fraternity that was closed after a video surfaced online in which students chanted about lynchings and used racist epithets.

California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill

  • gravely: Burge said the goal is to test whether gravely ill patients suffering from debilitating anxiety, fear or depression due to their diagnoses can find a measure of peace during the extended ecstasy-influenced psychotherapy sessions.
  • psychotherapy: Burge said the goal is to test whether gravely ill patients suffering from debilitating anxiety, fear or depression due to their diagnoses can find a measure of peace during the extended ecstasy-influenced psychotherapy sessions.
  • psychotherapy: "Our hypothesis is that something is happening with MDMA that makes psychotherapy easier," Burge said.
  • fool: So with a lower dose of MDMA in the active placebo, it might fool the subject or the therapist.
  • psychotherapy: It's a substance that supports deep, meaningful and rapidly effective psychotherapy," Wolfson told the Chronicle.

Penn State frat linked to nude photos shut down for 3 years

  • culpable: The university's vice president for student affairs, Damon Sims, said not all frat members were equally culpable.
  • misbehavior: Even so, the sum of the organizational misbehaviors is far more than the university can tolerate from a student organization that seeks its imprimatur," Sims said.
  • errand: Penn State said it found members had forced pledges to run errands, clean the house, participate in boxing matches and maintain a painful posture similar to a pushup position, called a plank, with bottle caps under their elbows.
  • plank: Penn State said it found members had forced pledges to run errands, clean the house, participate in boxing matches and maintain a painful posture similar to a pushup position, called a plank, with bottle caps under their elbows.

Data thieves gain access to 100,000 U.S. taxpayers' information: IRS

  • syndicate: These are actually organized crime syndicates that not only we but everyone in the financial industry are dealing with," Koskinen said.
  • access: Reuters)- Tax return information for about 100,000 U.S. taxpayers was illegally accessed by cyber criminals over the past four months, U.S. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of data thefts that have alarmed American consumers.
  • hack: The IRS data theft differs in that it did not involve a computer hack.

'Free' university education in the US?

  • servitude: O ddly, while many students aren't legally permitted to take a sip of alcohol, they are systematically encouraged to contract into years of, essentially, indentured servitude.
  • contender: Instead of playing politics within the narrow lines prescribed by the partisans and pundits who police the political process in America, the recently announced contender for the Democratic presidential nomination is going big.
  • culprit: Others are more blunt, saying the current system of federally subsidised student loans and government tuition grants are the real culprit.
  • inefficiency: S kyrocketing tuition, high default rates, and pathetic graduation rates- to name a few- are all by-products of a system that incentivises inefficiency, largess and misguided decisions," writes Aaron Smith for the Mises Institute.
  • pinch: New taxes at the federal level are also a non-starter, and states- still feeling the pinch of the economic recession- would be hard-pressed to come up with their portion of the cost of the senator's programme.

11-year protest in Catholic church faces moment of reckoning

  • vestment: The confessional area and sacristy, where priests vestments are traditionally kept, have been converted into cozy sleeping quarters complete with beds and nightstands.
  • longevity: The protest's longevity is a testament to the group's faith and determination, if nothing else, said Thomas Groome, a Boston College theology professor.
  • replenish: What the archdiocese has done is sell off our beloved churches to replenish coffers depleted by the sexual abuse scanda l," Rogers said.

AP source: Cleveland reaches deal with Justice on policing

  • barrage: News of the settlement comes two days after a white police officer was acquitted of manslaughter for firing the final 15 rounds of a 137-shot police barrage through the windshield of a car carrying two black, unarmed suspects in 2012.
  • chase: The suspects ' backfiring vehicle had been mistaken for a gunshot, leading to a high-speed chase involving 62 police cruisers.
  • improper: The department found that only six officers had been suspended for improper use of force over a three-year period.
  • decree: Several other police departments in the country now operate under federal consent decrees that involve independent oversight.

How to Safeguard Your Mobile Privacy

  • proactive: A great deal has been written over the years about the necessity of computer users to be proactive if they want to guard their privacy and keep their machines clean of vir uses.
  • hygiene: Habits such as changing passwords, updating software, running anti-virus and using encryption when possible are often referred to as “good web hygiene.”
  • uncommon: In crowded urban environments, it’s not uncommon for phones to sniff out 20 or more WiFi services with decent signal strength.
  • denote: If possible, users should only connect to secure WiFi services; these are denoted by a locked padlock icon and require some type of password to access.
  • havoc: It’s simply too easy for a bad guy on open WiFi to break into others also online and create havoc.

Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

  • frivolous: Think places for quiet serious thinking and real drip coffee, not sweet, frivolous drinks.
  • fortify: Instead, they will focus on fortifying a brand image, which can lead to other kinds of lucrative businesses.
  • fragrant: On a recent day, the Blue Bottle shop in Kiyosumi, Tokyo, was filled with sunlight pouring through huge windows, the hum of a giant roaster, the fragrant aroma of fresh coffee and a crowd of people.
  • aroma: On a recent day, the Blue Bottle shop in Kiyosumi, Tokyo, was filled with sunlight pouring through huge windows, the hum of a giant roaster, the fragrant aroma of fresh coffee and a crowd of people.

Yellowstone injuries: slips, falls outpace bear mauling

  • infrequent: Injuries and deaths caused by the geothermal features are also infrequent.
  • crevice: He was able to stop himself after about 25 feet and brace his feet on opposite sides of a crevice, allowing park rangers to rescue him.
  • maul: Yellowstone injuries: slips, falls outpace bear mauling- Yahoo News.

The Latest on flooding: Texas rivers cresting above normal

  • course: The Wichita River crested at about 21 feet, more than 3 feet above flood stage where it courses through the city.
  • drainage: Douglas says Farley was swept into a drainage ditch about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and his body was recovered about 1 a.m..
  • nestle: Wyatt says some 1,000 homes are damaged across Hays County, a fast-growing area nestled between the San Antonio and Austin metro regions.

A sampling of efforts to fight blight in Appalachia

  • blight: A sampling of efforts to fight blight in Appalachia- Yahoo News.
  • dilapidated: Efforts to rehabilitate vacant or dilapidated property have sprung up around Appalachia, with states in the region taking varying approaches.
  • blight: While it's common for big cities to have efforts to fight urban blight, it's less common to find extensive networks aimed at remedying abandoned or dilapidated buildings in small towns or rural areas.
  • dilapidated: Below is a sampling of efforts toward abandoned and dilapidated buildings in the Appalachian region.
  • blight: Fighting blight is a focus area for the nonprofit Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.

Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message

  • encyclical: Francis is issuing the encyclical by the end of June with an eye toward the end-of-year U.N. climate change conference in Paris.
  • encyclical: The pope, who will address the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 25 when he visits the U.S., has said he wants the encyclical to be released in time to be read and absorbed before the Paris talks.
  • ecology: Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecology agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops ' Conference, plans an event on the encyclical at the Australian Parliament and will publish a book on the encyclical for use in parishes.
  • encyclical: Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecology agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops ' Conference, plans an event on the encyclical at the Australian Parliament and will publish a book on the encyclical for use in parishes.
  • encyclical: Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecology agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops ' Conference, plans an event on the encyclical at the Australian Parliament and will publish a book on the encyclical for use in parishes.

In the coalfields, dilapidated sites make way for renewal

  • remodel: Portions that pass muster wind up in neat stacks for reuse by the crew remodeling the warehouse into office space, or for sale to builders looking to add a rustic touch to homes and restaurants.
  • rustic: Portions that pass muster wind up in neat stacks for reuse by the crew remodeling the warehouse into office space, or for sale to builders looking to add a rustic touch to homes and restaurants.
  • topography: The need is also more acute in the Mountain State than elsewhere, according to the 2013 legislation that created a state land bank to take over ailing commercial properties that are beyond local governments ' capacity: " Due to topography, the state has somewhat limited amounts of developable land, " and" promoting the productive reuse... will maximize this valuable resource.
  • dilapidated: "As we're discussing these issues with communities, dilapidated buildings are always at the top of the list," she said, noting that attorneys for small towns are often generalists without specialized expertise in thorny issues such as properties that pass to heirs out of state.
  • dilapidated: The clinic works closely with the BAD Buildings program, which helps towns gather data on dilapidated buildings and plan for redevelopment or improved upkeep.

Navy divers to help raise confederate warship artifacts

  • salvage: The Navy divers assigned to the project are from the same unit that's had some of the military's highest profile salvage operations.
  • ordnance: The weapons, which include four cannons and about 50 projectiles that are either rifle shells or cannon balls, will be handled by explosive ordnance disposal technicians from Kings Bay, Georgia.
  • propeller: Potts said the weapons systems would be removed first, then divers would focus on the propeller and main shaft, portions of its steam machinery and large portions of the ship's armored encasement.

Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests

  • chase: CLEVELAND (Reuters)- Some 71 people were arrested in Cleveland overnight during protests that flared after a police officer was found not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman following a high-speed car chase in 2012, police said on Sunday.
  • outburst: The deaths of unarmed black men during confrontations with police in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, Baltimore and elsewhere have spawned protests and occasional violent outbursts around the country.
  • chase: Brelo was one of a group of officers who fired on the car at the end of a chase that began in downtown Cleveland after reports of gunfire coming from the car.

The Latest in Cleveland: Ohio governor praises protests

  • acquittal: Gov. John Kasich has praised the mostly peaceful protests following the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists in a barrage of police gunfire.
  • acquittal: Kasich said " the verdict is the verdict" when asked whether patrolman Michael Brelo's acquittal on voluntary manslaughter charges was just.
  • acquittal: Officials say some protesters angry over the acquittal of a police officer charged in the deaths of two unarmed suspects became violent and turned on bystanders, including some who pepper-sprayed patrons sitting at outdoor cafes downtown.
  • accost: He says bystanders were also accosted in at least one other instance.
  • acquittal: The streets of Cleveland have largely remained calm on the morning after police made numerous arrests of protesters angered by the acquittal of a police officer charged in the deaths of two unarmed suspects.

After bruising safety crisis, U.S. car watchdog shows its bite

  • lever: David Strickland, the last permanent NHTSA administrator who served between 2010 and 2013, told Reuters that Rosekind was looking for new levers to bring change, just as past agency chiefs did.
  • rupture: During his tenure, the agency drew fire for being slow to act on unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, and over an agreement with Fiat Chrysler to limit the recall of Jeep vehicles equipped with fuel tanks that could rupture and catch fire in crashes.
  • scrutinize: The same recalls will now be scrutinized at Rosekind's hearing in July.
  • mane: Distinguished by a towering frame and gray mane, Rosekind is a Stanford- and Yale-educated expert who worked as a scientific consultant before spending four years at the NTSB, where he took part in seven major accident investigations.
  • expedite: In the Takata recall, the regulator for the first time is exercising its authority to expedite recalls under the 2000 Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation ( TREAD) Act.

The Latest on flooding: Music festival evacuated in Oklahoma

  • impassable: Heavy rainfall also made roads impassable Saturday night across much of the Oklahoma City metro area.
  • saturate: Elk City firefighter L.J. Geist said 4.5 inches of rain had fallen on the area that was already saturated by rainfall earlier in the week.
  • impassable: Several roads were impassable Saturday evening in Oklahoma City due to the rainfall.

Cleveland protests erupt after officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects

  • bewilder: Reaction to the verdict was swift on social media, with many saying they were bewildered.
  • waive: Brelo, who waived his right to a jury trial, will remain on unpaid suspension until a police review is completed, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said.
  • suspension: Brelo, who waived his right to a jury trial, will remain on unpaid suspension until a police review is completed, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

Ohio patrolman acquitted in 2 deaths amid 137-shot barrage

  • felonious: Brelo could have been convicted of lesser charges of felonious assa ult, but O'Donnell determined his actions were justified following a chase that included reports of shots being fired from Russell's car, because officers perceived a threat.
  • salvo: While prosecutors argued they were alive until Brelo's final salvo, medical examiners for both sides testified that they could not determine the order in which the deadly shots were fired.
  • dereliction: In addition to the charges against Brelo, a grand jury charged five police supervisors with misdemeanor dereliction of duty for failing to control the chase.

Ohio officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects

  • chase: CLEVELAND (Reuters)- A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012, one in a series of cases that have raised questions over police conduct and race relations in the United States.
  • aggravate: Brelo, who was among a group of officers who fired on the car, was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assa ult.
  • siren: He was in a strange place at night surrounded by gunfire, sirens and flashing bulbs.
  • bewilder: Reaction on social media was swift, with many saying they were bewildered by the decision.
  • culpable: While the law and the court... found him not guilty, we feel that he was culpable and he was far from innocent, as was the city of Cleveland in their role in this situation," Paul Cristallo, an attorney for Russell's family, told a news conference.

California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

  • allotment: Some of the farmers made the offer after state officials warned they were days away from ordering the first cuts in more than 30 years to the senior water rights holders ' allotments.
  • irrigate: That could include irrigating their crops less or leaving some of their land fallow.
  • fallow: That could include irrigating their crops less or leaving some of their land fallow.

Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California

  • carcass: LOS ANGELES (Reuters)- The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California's Santa Barbara coastline, the first apparent sea bird fatalities stemming from the oil spill to be documented by officials overseeing the disaster response.
  • carcass: The body of a dolphin with no visible signs of oil also turned up on Friday in Santa Barbara Harbor, though a post-mortem exam must be conducted on the carcasses of the dolphin and birds to determine conclusively whether or not they were victims of the spill.
  • impair: Oil impairs the insulating properties of birds ' feathers, exposing them to cold and making it difficult for them to float, swim and fly.
  • swim: Oil impairs the insulating properties of birds ' feathers, exposing them to cold and making it difficult for them to float, swim and fly.
  • irritate: Chemicals in the crude petroleum also can burn their skin and irritate their eyes, and they end up ingesting the oil as they preen, damaging their digestive tracts.

Missouri governor commutes man's life sentence for drug charge

  • commute: Missouri governor commutes man's life sentence for drug charge- Yahoo News.
  • commute: Reuters)- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a drug possession charge, his office said on Friday.
  • pardon: Also on Friday, Nixon's office said he had pardoned five people convicted of non-violent offenses who had served their sentences and remained out of trouble with the law.

Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

  • gush: According to the agency, an estimated 1,700 to 2,500 barrels of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles ( 32 k m) west of Santa Barbara when the underground pipeline, which runs along a coastal highway, ruptured on Tuesday.
  • rupture: According to the agency, an estimated 1,700 to 2,500 barrels of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles (32 k m) west of Santa Barbara when the underground pipeline, which runs along a coastal highway, ruptured on Tuesday.
  • dwarf: That disaster, which dwarfs Tuesday's accident, killed thousands of sea birds and other wildlife and helped spark the modern U.S. environmental movement.
  • corrosion: According to PHMSA, two previous such inspections, in 2007 and 2012, led to a total of 54 excavations of the pipeline for repairs, mostly due to external corrosion.

Wal-Mart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment

  • gestation: The guidelines also aim to get suppliers to stop using sow gestation crates and other housing that doesn't give animals enough space.
  • gestation: Battery cages, gestation crates and veal crates_along with other long-s tanding practices that immobilize animals_have a short shelf life in our food system," he said.
  • gestation: Solomon said that Wal-Mart has been one of the last remaining major retailers to take a stance against " gestation" crates.
  • vogue: This is quickly going out of vogue," he said.
  • remodel: It's also encouraging hog farmers who supply to Tyson to focus on the quality and quantity of the space for sows when they remodel or build new barns, though it hasn't set a timeframe.

Cleveland calmly awaits decisions in 3 killings by police

  • boil: There's nothing at this point that indicates there's a cauldron of dissent in the predominantly black, largely poor city that's about to boil over into violence.
  • chase: The chase began after Russell's beat-up Chevy Malibu backfired as it sped past police headquarters, which caused officers to think someone in the car had fired a gun.
  • burnish: Cleveland has worked hard to burnish its image as a decaying Rust Belt city.
  • vibrant: Downtown has become a vibrant place for people to live, work and play.
  • commuter: Just four days after Rice was fatally shot in November, about 200 protesters blocked evening rush hour traffic, but officers simply directed commuters around the protest instead of arresting the demonstrators.