Tennessee suspends coach Tony Vitello over NCAA violation
Tennessee suspended baseball coach Tony Vitello on Friday for the Volunteers' weekend series with Dayton while university officials, Vitello and the NCAA handle a violation in the program. Josh Elander is replacing Vitello as acting head coach, and the university said in a statement an update will be provided Monday. “Coach Vitello has acknowledged his mistake and accepted full responsibility,” Tennessee said in the statement.news.yahoo.com
Russian military deserting posts, refusing to fight at all levels, says Pentagon
Russian military service members of all ranks are deserting positions and refusing to fight in Ukraine, the press service of the United Stated Department of Defense reported on July 25, citing an unnamed high-ranking Pentagon official.news.yahoo.com
A Pilsen basement turned into a warming space is a ‘blessing’ for homeless neighbors during frigid weather, but more help is needed
Through at least Sunday, the basement will be used as a warming space from 5 to 9 p.m. with a capacity for nine people. Volunteers to spread the word, pick up homeless people and donations of essentials are still needed, said Morales. When the spaces closes, volunteers help the men find somewhere to spend the night. They open their homes, drive them to shelters or work with other nonprofits to get them a hotel room.chicagotribune.com
Vaccine trial participants who received placebo now hop the line for the real thing from Pfizer, Moderna
Levin, 37, said he expected that, if the experimental vaccine turned out to be safe and effective, the trials would follow a protocol known as blinded crossover, endorsed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, among other experts, in which all volunteers come back for a second round of shots. Those who got the placebo get the vaccine, and those who got the vaccine get the saline solution — but everyone remains blinded.chicagotribune.com
Army takes Liberty Bowl spot left by Tennessee's withdrawal
When that bowl game was called off because there was not another team available, it suddenly left Army looking for a postseason opponent. A spot in the Liberty Bowl became available Monday when Tennessee became the first team to back out since bowl berths were announced. The change to its Liberty Bowl opponent was no problem for West Virginia (5-4). “Our team deserves to be in a bowl and so does the 9-2 Army squad,” West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons said. Frankly, I think we were stunned to find out the opportunity would be in a bowl like the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
250 students, volunteers help clean up Guana Beach
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – More than 257 volunteers, mostly students, helped clean up GTMNERR (Guana) Beaches in South Ponte Vedra Beach on Sunday. Some of the schools represented were Ponte Vedra High School, Nease High School, Greenwood High School, Landrum Middle School, Fletcher Middle School, Palm Valley Academy, Ocean Palms Elementary, as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They collected eight bags of trash, two bags of recycling and more. If you want to get involved, sign up for event emails at www.beachesgogreen.org or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
More than 400 carloads of groceries given out at Farm Share event
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Farm Share on Saturday hosted a drive-through food giveaway for families in need. More than 400 carloads of groceries were given out. Farm Share was able to host the event thanks to a $500,000 donation from the city of Jacksonville. Seeing all these cars in a line is heartbreaking, but we are doing our best to meet them where they are at,” said Jacksonville City Councilman Terrance Freeman. Other volunteers echoed Miller’s comments, saying they were just happy to be able to help the community.
Peace Corps volunteers claim retaliation for reporting sexual assaults
CBS News has obtained evidence that the Peace Corps is struggling with sexual assaults in its ranks. A survey shows nearly 20 percent of volunteers experienced some type of sexual assault, and more than half of those say they suffered repeat attacks. Pressure to change a culture of victim-blaming goes back years, but some survivors still claim they are blamed or punished. Kris Van Cleave reports.cbsnews.com
Volunteers deliver Christmas meals and holiday cheer
Volunteers deliver Christmas meals and holiday cheer Volunteers across New York City helped feed thousands of homebound elderly residents on Christmas Day. CBS News' Kris Van Cleave accompanied Citymeals-on-Wheels helpers as they prepared, packed up and delivered food and good cheer.cbsnews.com
Coaches meet, preview TaxSlayer Bowl
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tennessee, the SEC team in this year's TaxSlayer Bowl, is just happy to be playing anywhere in January. TaxSlayer Bowl coaches: Vols' Butch Jones, Hawkeyes' Ken FerentzWhile the January 2 matchup in will be Ferentz's 12th bowl game in 16 years, the Volunteers will be playing in their first preseason game since 2010. Both coaches said they called emergency team meetings Sunday night to tell the players they would be playing in a January bowl game in Florida. Coaches, game officials and Mayor Brown with TaxSlayer Bowl trophyThis the Volunteer's sixth visit to the Gator Bowl; last in 1994 with a win over Virginia Tech in a game played at Florida Field as Jacksonville's stadium was being overhauled into an NFL stadium. In addition to meeting TaxSlayer Bowl officials and sponsors Thursday, the two coaches were presented keys to the city by Mayor Alvin Brown.
U.S. Peace Corp volunteers exposed to Ebola
U.S. Peace Corp volunteers exposed to Ebola Two Peace Corp volunteers in Liberia have been exposed to Ebola, now blamed for 72 deaths there and in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Hundreds of volunteers have been pulled out of Africa. Dr. Jon LaPook reportscbsnews.com
Shiite volunteers mobilize behind religious leader in Iraq
Shiite volunteers mobilize behind religious leader in Iraq While Iraqi government forces are trying to show they’re on the offensive against ISIS militants, there is no denying they are increasingly relying on Shiite volunteers who answered a call to jihad by the country's top Shiite cleric. Clarissa Ward reports.cbsnews.com