UCLA filed a formal appeal with the NCAA to overturn its ruling that has made freshman sensation Shabazz Muhammad ineligible.The NCAA declared Muhammad ineligible to play after an investigation determined that he had accepted improper benefits in the form of travel expenses and lodging for unofficial visits during the recruiting period to North Carolina and Duke.UCLA coach Ben Howland said on a teleconference that the NCAA appeals committee is expected to hear the case on Friday and that the school hopes to have a decision shortly thereafter.“At this time, I’m optimistic and hopeful that everything is going to work out,” Howland said. “That’s about all I can say. Hopeful is a big part of that.”If the NCAA rules in Muhammad’s favor, he likely would become eligible immediately. But if the appeal is denied, Muhammad would have to go through the reinstatement process to regain his eligibility.The highly touted recruit has been under investigation since this summer, but less than two hours before the Bruins’ season opener last Friday, the NCAA announced Muhammad was ineligible to play.Dan Guerrero, UCLA athletic director, said last week the ruling was incorrect and unfair to Muhammad.During warmups before Tuesday’s overtime win against UC Irvine, freshmen Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Tony Parker wore “Free Shabazz” T-Shirts. Howland said that public display by the first-year players was a one-time show of support.“This is their friend. They love their friend,” Howland said. But “that’s not something we’ll do in the future.”Muhammad will continue to practice with the team as he awaits the NCAA’s decision. The Bruins hope to have Muhammad available next week in the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They will face Georgetown on Monday and then either No. 1 Indiana or Georgia on Tuesday.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, December 28, 2018:Police conducted a wellness check on a party slumped over the steering wheel of a parked car in the Target parking lot. Situation checked OK. Party was just taking a nap. (9:20am)A wallet was found in the MBTA North Wilmington parking lot with a Florida driver’s license. (10:34am)A caller stated there was a possible injured and/or rabid raccoon out in front of Symbotic on Research Drive. Animal Control Officer took possession of the raccoon and made arrangements to euthanize the animal. (10:50am)A walk-in party reported he believed someone was shooting holes in his mailbox on Main Street. Police went to the man’s home and inspected his mailbox. No damage was observed. (12:35pm)Joshua Kivlehan (25, Lynn) was arrested on a warrant. (1:35pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 3: Drug Arrest; 11pm Fireworks On Lowell St.; Raccoon Gets Head Stuck In Soup CanIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”
Describing dissent as a safety valve, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the five human rights activists arrested by Pune police should be kept under house arrest until the next date of hearing on 6 September.In a huge relief to the activists, an apex court bench of chief justice Dipak Misra, justice AM Lhanwilkar and justice DY Chandrachiu ordered the house arrest on a petition filed by well-known historian Romila Thapar as well as Devika Jain, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande and Maja Dharuwala challenging the Tuesday arrests.Taking a dim view of the crackdown, justice Chandrachud said: “Dissent is a safety valve of democracy. If it is not allowed, the pressure cooker will burst.”Those arrested on Tuesday included Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, Sudha Bharadwaj in Haryana and Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonzalves in Maharashtra.Chandrachud noted that the arrests had taken place nine months after the activists were linked to the violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Maharashtra.Visibly peeved over the action of the Pune police, the judge said: “Nine months after Koregoan incident you go and arrest these people.””Nomenclature of the petition does not matter,” chief justice Misra said as additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta questioned the maintainability of the petition by Romila Thapar and others, saying “strangers” can’t seek relief for the arrested activists who had already approached the High Court.Telling Mehta that they will hear the matter, justice Chandrachud said: “It is a larger issue as their concern is that you are quelling dissent.”The court issued notice seeking a response from the Centre, Maharashtra and Haryana to the petition by Thapar and other activists and directed the next hearing on 6 September.Noting the submission by senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi that in pursuance of the High Court Navlakha and Bharadwaj have been kept under house arrest and his suggestion that as an interim measure Varavara Rao, Ferreira and Gonsalves, if arrested, too be kept under house arrest at their own home, the court said, “We order accordingly.”The bench clarified: “Needless to say, an interim order is an interim order and all contentions are kept open.”Describing the matter as a “serious issue”, senior counsel Singhvi, appearing for Thapar and others told the court that those who have been arrested were not even named in the FIR lodged after the Bhima-Koregoann incident.Senior counsel Dushyant Dave told the court that the arrested activists had no criminal antecedents.Another senior counsel, Rajeev Dhavan, told the court that one of the arrested lawyers was working in an organisation funded by him and expressed the apprehension that by that measure he too could also be arrested.Indira Jaising said that five lawyers working with her were arrested in June and she may be the next.They were to have been taken to Pune but would now be sent home and put under house arrest.