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Body Cameras

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The Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson has started a national conversation about race. It has also started a national conversation about police equipment and body cameras.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will premiere at Sundance festival

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” filmed in Pittsburgh earlier this year, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (pictured) directed and Point Breeze native and Schenley High School graduate Jesse Andrews wrote the novel and screenplay.

It’s the story of Greg, a teenage anti-hero trying to get through high school without being noticed but whose mother guilts him into befriending a girl who has leukemia. Greg and his wildly profane buddy, Earl, are secretly making spirited, bizarre films but his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel with the addition of the ailing classmate.  

The cast includes Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton and Molly Shannon.

It is among 16 narrative feature films announced today for the prestigious festival. The dramatic competition is designed to offer festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

The 2015 festival will be Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

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Bortuzzo suspended two games - 12-03-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was suspended two games by the NHL for a late hit which injured Devils right winger Jaromir Jagr Tuesday during the second period a 1-0 home win by the Penguins at Consol Energy Center.

The hit was not penalized. Bortuzzo will forfeit $6,451.62 of salary due to the suspension.

The NHL's video explanation:

The video states:

 

"After Jagr makes a pass to [Devils center Scott] Gomez, Bortuzzo leaves his man to hit Jagr. The puck already in in front of the net before Bortuzzo initiates this hit along the end boards.

Well after Jagr has released the puck and at a point at which a body check is no longer legal, Bortuzzo drives through Jagr's chest and chin with his right shoulder knocking Jagr out of a tied game in the second period.

This is interference. What elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is its extreme lateness, its predatory nature and the significant head contact that results from the way that it is delivered.

Bortuzzo neither launches into Jagr nor hits with his elbow. However, given how late this hit is, there is no part of his body with which Bortuzzo can deliver a legal body check. Whats more, since Jagr should have no reason to expect to be hit this late, he is defenseless at the moment of contact. Since this play is entirely in front of Bortuzzo and he can see Jagr has passed the puck, the onus is entirely on Bortuzzo to avoid contact completely and he has ample time to do so. Instead, he drives forcefully through this dangerous hit."

 

The video also noted Jagr is not expected to miss any future games and Bortuzzo has not been fined or suspended previously in his career.

Bortuzzo will miss tomorrow's game against the Canucks and Saturday's contest against the Senators. Each game is at Consol Energy Center.

-EN Says: The league got this right within the context of its own rules and precedent. This was interference and it resulted in an injury for Jagr.

To be clear, the league does allow a brief window of 0.5 seconds for a player to be hit legally after he releases the puck without interference being called. According source with the league, Bortuzzo was timed as hitting Jagr as 0.7 seconds after the puck was released.

That might sound like splitting hairs, but when it results in an ugly dangerous hit like that, the league is going to take action.

Quite a bit of attention is being directed at the fact that Bortuzzo struck Jagr's head but is seemed impossible to tell what the principal point of contact was on the video. The shoulder, chest and head all seemed to get contacted at simultaneously. That's why the interference aspect of this play is what got Bortuzzo in trouble.

Thankfully for everyone involved, Jagr has apparently escaped serious injury as he is expected to not miss any games. That as well as Bortuzzo's clean history with discipline prior to this spared him a harsher suspension. The League does weigh those two factors in when determining supplemental discipline. Within that context, the league is consistent in how it has punished Bortuzzo.

Last season, Toronto defenseman Dion Phanuef was given a two-game suspension for boarding Bruins defenseman Kevin Miller. Like the Bortuzzo-Jagr hit, that hit did not result in an injury and Phaneuf, like Bortuzzo, did not have a history of supplemental discipline beforehand.

All in all, this could have ended up being a lot worse for all parties involved.

The Devils seem interested in doling out their own punishment when the teams meet in New Jersey Dec. 29.

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Bowl projection roundup

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So, understandably, the most common question I've gotten this week — in my chat and on Twitter — is what bowl Pitt will be playing in, and who the opponent will be. The best answer is "No one knows. We'll find out on Sunday." But here's a bit more context to fill that in with. First, here's a link to my story from Monday's paper about what Pitt's options are in terms of bowl selection. Second, here's a quick rundown of where some major publications have the Panthers slotted to go. Keep in mind that even the most sophisticated bowl projection is still just an educated guess at this point, and that things could change (possibly significantly) depending on Saturday's results, especially if Georgia Tech upsets Florida State. One thing I'd also like to debunk real quickly is that there's virtually no possibility of Pitt getting left out of a bowl entirely. It's just not going to happen. Even if the ACC has more teams than slots, other conferences won't, and Pitt will be able to get one of those. It wouldn't be a good look for the ACC to have one of its bowl-eligible teams left out of the postseason, so there's no way the league would let that happen. It was much more likely to have happened last year and still didn't.

Now, here are some projections:

ESPN: New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans; Dec. 20) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette OR Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit; Dec. 26) vs. Penn State

CBS: Military Bowl (Annapolis, Md.; Dec. 27) vs. East Carolina

FOX: Military Bowl vs. East Carolina

Sports Illustrated: Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.; Dec. 26) vs. Cincinnati

Phil Steele: Cactus Bowl (Tempe, Ariz.; Jan. 2) vs. Washington

Sporting News: Camelia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; Dec. 20) vs. Toledo

USA Today: Duck Commander Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.; Dec. 27) vs. Arkansas

Yahoo!: Military Bowl vs. Cincinnati

SB Nation: Quick Lane Bowl vs. Illinois

NFL.com: New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

So there you have it. Things are sort of all over the board, with the Military Bowl appearing to get the most love. I would say in that case, a matchup against East Carolina would not be good for Pitt. The Pirates play a spread system that could give the Panthers fits on defense, and I could see Shane Carden tearing up the Pitt secondary. But that's a discussion for another day.

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Schock on Adams: 'I hope he plays 700 in a row' - 12-03-14

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Two weeks shy of his 71st birthday, Ron Schock is still a hard worker.

Owner and operator of his own landscaping business near Rochester, N.Y., the former Penguins captain enjoys his line of work.

"It keeps me trim," said Schock.

That kind of mentality helped Schock become a successful NHLer in the 1960s and 1970s when there were fewer teams and fewer jobs. It also led to him being the Penguins' unofficial "ironman." From Oct. 24, 1973 until April 3, 1977, he played in 313 consecutive regular season games. That mark remains the franchise's record ... for the time being.

Assuming he's in the lineup tomorrow, right winger Craig Adams will tie the record when the Penguins meet the Vancouver Canucks at Consol Energy Center. Adams could break the record with Saturday's home contest against the Ottawa Senators.

Earlier this week, Schock, who was the franchise's third captain, talked about his record, his time with the Penguins and Adams.

What went into playing that many games in a row?

In order to play a bunch of games together, you have to be fairly lucky and injury free. It's a little bit of luck that comes with it.”

Was having that streak and record a point of pride for you?

"I actually considered myself a working player. It was a great pleasure to play and practice. I showed up for work hopefully on the road and home the same every night. I loved playing the game. The numbers of game doesn't particularly matter to me but it is somewhat of a milestone because not many people put that number [of games] together."

The streak came to an end before the 1977-78 season when you were traded to the Sabres. What was your reaction to the deal?

"I would think it would be anger. I actually thought at that particular time I would spend my playing days, the rest of them, in the Pittsburgh organization. I didn't expect to be traded. And it was an odd time. I was traded the first day of training camp, or the second day."

You were on a line here in Pittsburgh with Eddie Shack and Ken Schinkel which was popular for your last names.

"It was the days before all the foreign players and the names were like 'Smith.' It was hard to put the three [names beginning with S] together for the announcers."

How different was the game then compared to today?

The rules have changed a little bit but the players have also. The players are faster. The equipment is better. They're better trained than the players back then. There was a lot of open-ice play at that time. A lot of it today, I don't know how well an older player [from the 1970s] would do because its between the corners and along the boards. Lots of scrambles and close-in goals. You don't see the clear-cut plays. But I do like the rule changes that have come along. Getting rid of the red line a bit.

Do you still watch the Penguins?

"One of the teams when its on television up here I watch is the Pittsburgh Penguins because they're exciting. They move the puck and absolutely work hard. I met the new coach [Mike Johnson] at [owner Mario Lemieux's] golf tournament in the summer. Had breakfast with him. I liked him. I just knew the new guy would fit right in and he has. He went about it low key and [the players] play hard for him."

Are you aware Craig Adams has a chance at breaking your record? Are you sad to see it be broken after so many years?

"Oh, I hope he plays 700 in a row. Those records and things are kept track of more by the media than the particular player. I don't know if he can put together 500 more games there but I'd be happy for him. Now if everybody in the record book, they were going to pay $500,000 to, I may have a different opinion.”

Your former teammate, Jim Rutherford is now the general manager of the team."

"I always got along well with Jimmy. He came in and had to make some tough moves and tough choices and he did them. Maybe he was the right guy for that job."

Have you been to any games in Pittsburgh in recent years?

"Not in a while I haven't been to a game there. I have an open invitation from [former teammate] Pierre Larouche to come down and join him for a game any time I'm in town."

Are you retired or do you still work?

"I own a landscaping company and I still work. I'll probably work about … I don't know … three or four more years. I don't do too much in the winter and I find it very boring doing nothing. I'm not sure at the present time if I'm a good candidate for retirement. There's not enough for me to do."

How much have you kept tabs on the record over the years?

"I do know about the fellow approaching that record. A couple of people that were fans they mentioned it was in the paper. They sent me a copy of the little blurb about the record being in danger. ... If you do run in to him, tell him I said I hope he has another 500 good games in succession."

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