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Sandy Koufax on Madoff-Mets NY trial witness list

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax is among witnesses scheduled to testify at a trial next week to determine if the New York Mets' owners must give up millions of dollars they received from jailed financier Bernard Madoff.

Koufax's name is on a list of a dozen witnesses who might be called by Mets' lawyers to testify at the Manhattan civil trial. The list was submitted Tuesday.

Koufax is a childhood friend of Fred Wilpon, one of the Mets' owners.

A trustee recovering money for investors who lost billions of dollars in the Madoff fraud has said the Mets' owners knew or should have known that Madoff was acting illegally. A judge has said the Mets could be forced to pay up to $300 million if a jury agrees.


Alleged clinic shooter previously committed

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The gunman in a fatal shooting rampage inside a Pittsburgh psychiatric clinic was previously committed to a mental health facility for treatment following an altercation with police in Oregon in 2009, a prosecutor said.

Details of John Shick's previous involvement with mental health professionals come as investigators piece together a motive for last week's shooting that killed one person and wounded six others in the lobby of the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh.

Shick was taken for a mental health evaluation following his Dec. 29, 2009, arrest on a road at Portland International Airport that included a scuffle with police that ended with an officer being kicked in the head, according to court documents.

A judge ordered Shick, at the time living under a different name, to undergo up to 180 days of mental health treatment, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Robert Leineweber told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Tuesday's editions. It was not immediately clear how long he was in treatment. Shick had legally changed his name but later changed his name back.

Shick was killed in an exchange of gunfire with University of Pittsburgh police after he entered the clinic and opened fire, killing one person and wounding six, according to authorities.

Hospital officials have refused to say whether Shick was a patient at Western Psychiatric Institute. Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams told The Associated Press there are indications he was a patient there but the matter remains under investigation.

Shick had been enrolled as a graduate biology student at nearby Duquesne University but was banned from campus and withdrew after female students brought harassment complaints against him.

Leineweber told the Post-Gazette Shick was never prosecuted after he didn't hear back from police after the judge ordered Shick's commitment. Shick's 2009 arrest was reported Friday by The Oregonian.

Neighbors who lived in Shick's Pittsburgh apartment building said he behaved erratically, sometimes seemed to walk around while strongly medicated, and posted angry notes on his apartment door in the days before the shooting.

A 25-year-old clinic worker, Michael Schaab, was killed in the shooting. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

All the wounded are expected to recover.


Police: Brother of mutilated boy targets homeless

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Police say the brother of a Pittsburgh boy who was brutally killed by a vagrant targeted homeless people in paintball attacks last week.

Twenty-one-year-old Joseph Drake faces charges including aggravated assault in the attacks Thursday on homeless people living under railroad tracks on the city's North Side.

Police say Joseph Drake told investigators he hates the homeless because his 11-year-old brother, Scott, was murdered and mutilated by a homeless man in 2000.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Drake was arrested after three homeless people complained they'd been attacked with paintballs. Investigators say Drake was in possession of a paintball gun and mask.

Court records do not list an attorney for Drake. A phone listing for him could not be located Tuesday.

Scott Drake's killer is serving a life sentence.

Washington, D.C.

Lawyers say IMF protests in D.C. were recorded

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Newly produced photographs show that the D.C. police department actually did record video footage of 2002 protests in which hundreds of demonstrators were arrested.

That's according to lawyers for the remaining four plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the mass arrests in Pershing Park. The protesters were demonstrating against the policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The lawyers represent four former George Washington University students who were among those arrested. The students had attended the protests either as legal observers or as journalists for the school newspaper.

Lawyers for the D.C. government have denied the existence of video footage, except for limited recordings. They say new photographs recently provided to them show that footage being streamed into the police command center was actually being recorded.


Woman alleges sex bias in lawsuit against company

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A northern Iowa woman has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit over incidents she says occurred at a restaurant where she used to work.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Angela Myers, of Clear Lake, has sued Kinseth Hospitality Cos. and two of its executives. The company owns and operates the Bennigan's restaurant in Clear Lake.

Myers worked at the Bennigan's from November 2000 to Sept. 27 last year. She says she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances from male co-workers and heard discriminatory statements against women.

Myers says she reported the incidents, but the company took no action to halt what she cited as harassment and discrimination.

She's seeking an unspecified amount for emotional distress, mental anguish and lost wages.

A company representative declined to comment about the lawsuit.

Published: Wed, Mar 14, 2012