Kelly Hanlon Dow was on a University of Tennessee volleyball team coached by Rutgers University's new Athletic Director Julie Hermann in the 1990s. Hanlon Dow tells Anderson Cooper that Hermann was abusive to her and the other players. "I never understood the motivation when she was screaming at us and calling us names," she says.
The accusations about Hermann's past are making headlines now because she was recently hired to help the Rutgers' athletic program recover from a scandal involving the treatment of players by basketball coach Mike Rice. Rice was fired in April and the previous athletic director, Tim Pernetti, resigned after video surfaced showing the coach's behavior during practice.
As AC360 first reported back in December 2012, the Veterans Administration hospital in Pittsburgh had high levels of Legionella bacteria in its water supply, but for months failed to solve the problem.
Staff and patients weren't made aware of the issue, and at least five patients died. Eventually drinking fountains were sealed off and patients stopped getting baths and showers, but it was too late for some of those who came into contact with the bacteria.
Victims' families are livid about how the problem was mishandled. "There were deaths before him that we didn't know about. We wouldn't have gone there ... He had a good outlook on life. He felt he had more time left," says Sandy Riley whose brother Mitch Wanstreet died after contracting Legionnaire's disease at the hospital.
Marilou Allen-Coogan tells Anderson Cooper about her experience as a juror in the infamous Jodi Arias trial. The jury could not agree on Arias' punishment for murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, resulting in a mistrial in the penalty phase of the trial last week. A source with knowledge of the deliberations said there was an 8-4 split in favor of sentencing Arias to death. Allen-Coogan is one of the jurors who voted for the death penalty; she explains why in her interview on AC360.
Rutgers University’s new athletic director is denying allegations that she was abusive to volleyball players at the University of Tennessee in the 1990s. Julie Hermann says she was an “intense” coach, but not abusive. Anderson Cooper speaks with Craig Wolff, the Newark Star Ledger reporter who broke the story, and Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports.
David Mattingly reports on the events that have unfolded in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder. The 17-year-old was killed in Sanford, Florida in February 2012.
Jury selection begins in a few weeks and the men and women selected must decide if the incident was self-defense, as Zimmerman claims, or murder. But there is currently a dispute about photos of Martin and text messages sent from the teen's cell phone the day he was killed. The prosecutor doesn't want jurors to see them, but the defense argues the texts indicate Martin's demeanor before the conflict with Zimmerman.
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