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  • Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- Michigan State University Interim President John Engler was brought on to clean up the mess left in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Instead, with less than five months on the job, calls are growing for him to resign after private emails showed him criticizing one of Nassar's victims.Engler wrote in an email in April to the president's special counsel, Carol Viventi, that survivors were being "manipulated by trial lawyers" and Rachel Denhollander, the first gymnast to go public with her claims of abuse by Nassar, was likely to get a "kickback" from the lawyers for her role in the case, according to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education.On Friday, two Michigan State trustees told Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV that Engler should step down immediately."He needs to resign immediately. He lacks empathy. He lacks the tone needed to be university president," trustee Brian Mosallam told WXYZ-TV."His comments regarding Rachel Denhollander are unconscionable," he added. "He is not fit to lead Michigan State.""He's the wrong leader for Michigan State University," fellow trustee Dianne Byrum told WXYZ-TV. "He needs to step down and resign."Engler, the former Republican governor of Michigan, responded to Mosallam's calls to resign by digging in. He released a statement Friday saying, "I continue to look ahead.""Whatever the tensions were before, we have successfully negotiated a settlement agreement -- something that is fair and equitable to both sides, and that both sides agreed to," Engler said in the statement. "We are now committed to continuing our efforts to strengthen sexual misconduct prevention on and off campus and to respond promptly to and appropriately if prevention fails.""I am looking forward to the Board of Trustees meeting next week where we will continue our progress and efforts to move forward," he added. "I believe actions matter, and that is how the success of our work will be determined."Denhollander, meanwhile, spent Friday on Twitter amplifying the number of people calling for Engler to resign. She criticized another trustee who continues to support Engler, saying, "Because stability doing the WRONG THING is better than changing for the right thing?"Among the public figures Denhollander applauded for calling on Engler to resign were Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash."I think Engler has made it very clear that he’s not capable of leading MSU out of this crisis," Denhollander said in a statement to WXYZ-TV. "To characterize not just myself as manipulating for money, but to characterize all these other women as pawns, as being too stupid to know that they’re manipulated, is a gross mischaracterization of sexual assault survivors that is going to set the tone on campus."Morgan McCaul, another survivor of Nassar and one of many to speak publicly at his sentencing hearing, called on the public to "occupy" the Board of Trustees meeting on June 22 in order to demand Engler's resignation.Engler could be forced out of the president position if five of eight trustees vote for his ouster.Michigan State University came to a settlement for $500 million with victims of Nassar in May. There has been $425 million set aside for current victims, while $75 million will be set aside for any future claimants.Nassar, who was a faculty member at MSU and served as the longtime doctor to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, was sentenced in January to up to 175 years in prison in connection with the treatment of several victims. Nassar faced charges on seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first degree, to which he pleaded guilty to in November.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Gabby Giffords is set to join the Stoneman Douglas survivors at a rally and march in Chicago on Friday -- the first event in the young activists' new push to take their voter turnout initiative on the road.Friday night's event kicks off the teenagers' tour called "March for Our Lives: Road to Change," which aims to encourage young people to register and vote in the upcoming midterm elections.The students behind the "March for Our Lives" movement plan to make 75 stops across the country.Besides Giffords -- a gun violence survivor and former congresswoman -- other high-profile activists set to join the teenagers in Chicago include Jennifer Hudson and Chance the Rapper.In the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas that killed 17 students and staff, students such as Cameron Kasky, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg organized a youth-led movement to push for gun reform that spread nationwide. The largest event so far was the March for Our Lives rally, which took place March 24 in Washington, D.C., and cities throughout the nation."Over the summer, we're going to key congressional districts. ... We're basically trying to promote the largest youth voter turnout ever in the history of the United States, and making sure the kids that are affected by this most are able to vote on these issues," Hogg told ABC News' Nightline earlier this month. Hogg, who is taking a gap year before college, plans to spend his entire summer traveling to boost voter turnout among young people and focus on issues he believes all Americans can identify with.“The best way to prevent so many bad things is well-educated voting,” he added. “We have to make sure that the people that are in power that refuse to take action on this are no longer in power." Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Authorities are investigating a string of suspicious explosions in Pennsylvania, according to ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV.The most recent explosion occurred Thursday afternoon, when a worker cutting grass hit the suspicious device with a lawnmower, WPVI-TV reported. It left a 2-foot crater in the ground, and both FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents are investigating.The worker was uninjured.Resident Melissa Pfinster was with her kids at home when she felt the explosion, which was so forceful it knocked over a bookcase, she told the station."It's kind of scary when you got little guys," Pfinster said.There have been upwards of three dozen explosions over the past two months in upper Bucks County and Lehigh County, according to WPVI-TV.Richland Township Police Chief Richard Ficco said the reports about the devices have typically come in overnight before dawn."The ground shifting, almost shaking," Ficco told WPVI-TV in a May interview, describing some of the calls his and other area departments have received in the last several weeks. "The buildings are shaking, ceiling tiles are moving, and windows are rattling,""Definitely disconcerting," he added. "I would say unnerving to some people."An explosion a couple of weeks ago left a 10-foot-wide crater that was a foot deep. No one has been injured, and no suspects have been named.Authorities warned those who live in the area not to walk on uncut grass on the side of the road and also not to mow the lawn in case there are other explosive devices.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Monsoon season begins Friday in the Southwest, which could see flash flooding.Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, which haven't seen rain in more than three months, could see 1 to 2 inches of precipitation, courtesy of Hurricane Bud.Monsoon season runs from June to September. It is characterized by shifts in wind patterns in the Southwest. Instead of dry wind coming from the west, the wind comes from the south and even southeast, with the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico bringing moisture to produce thunderstorms and rain in the arid Southwest.Red flag warnings and wind advisories, in addition to flash flood watches, are converging on the Southwest.As of early Friday morning, 43 wildfires were burning in the United States, about half of them in the West and half in Alaska.Parts of southern Arizona and New Mexico may see more than 2 inches of rain.More than 120 damaging-storm reports were produced Thursday from the Dakotas to the Carolinas. North Dakota reported a tornado.Three people in Florida were injured by lightning as strong thunderstorms rolled through the state.Severe weather is expected Friday in the Upper Midwest, particularly near the Minnesota Twin Cities. Damaging winds and tornadoes remain the biggest threats.On Saturday, stormy weather will extend from South Dakota to Michigan, with the biggest threats being damaging wind, hail and potential tornadoes.Summer is coming. An excessive heat watch has been issued this weekend in Chicago as temperatures may climb to the mid-90s, with humidity making it feel like it is 100 to 105 degrees.A heat advisory also was issued in Kansas City; St. Louis; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Des Moines, Iowa, with the heat moving northeast on Sunday.Late Sunday and into Monday, temperatures are expected to be nearly 100 degrees in Washington and the mid-90s in New York. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Comedian Bill Cosby has fired all seven attorneys on his legal team just months ahead of his September sentencing, replacing them with a single Pennsylvania criminal-defense lawyer.The move, confirmed by Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, comes on the heels of the entertainer's April conviction on three counts of felony sexual assault stemming from his 2004 drugging and sexual molestation of Andrea Constand, a former basketball coach at his alma mater, Temple University.The disgraced comedian, who remains on house arrest at his suburban Philadelphia home, is facing as much as a decade in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced in late September.Wyatt told ABC News that Cosby has hired attorney Joseph P. Green Jr. to represent him going forward.Pennsylvania law restricts criminal appeals from being filed until after sentencing, so Cosby has yet to challenge his convictions in court.Green did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.A spokeswoman for Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said her office is aware of Cosby’s change in counsel, but declined further comment.Cosby has steadfastly maintained his innocence and continues to assert that none of dozens of women who have come forward in recent years to publicly accuse him of drugging and molesting them are telling the truth.Cosby, who has been married for decades, has said repeatedly through representatives that any sexual encounters he has engaged in were consensual.Despite scores of accusations dating back to the 1960s, only Constand's claims were reported within the statute of limitations on sexual assault prosecutions. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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