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Sports programs across the county are weighing whether tough coaching styles still have a place in the athletic world. The styles once embodied by legends such as Bear Bryant and Bobby Knight have fallen out of favor at a time when student-athletes demand more sensitive treatment and more individualized training. Athletes of this younger generation also possess greater personal power over their career paths, which sometimes forces coaches to accommodate them or risk losing top talent.

The Justice Department's inspector general has found a series of missteps by federal Bureau of Prisons officials preceded the 2018 beating death of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. The watchdog recommends at least six Bureau of Prisons workers be disciplined. The watchdog's report Wednesday finds Bureau of Prisons officials moved Bulger from being housed alone at a prison in Florida to being housed in general population at a West Virginia prison and had shared information about the transfer widely. The BOP hasn’t responded to an email seeking comment. Bulger led a largely Irish mob and spent 16 years on the lam before being captured at age 81 in Santa Monica, California.

Georgia State Rep. Matt Hatchett has been named to lead the state House Appropriations Committee. The announcement Wednesday gives the Dublin Republican a key role in writing the state’s $58 billion budget. The appropriations post is being vacated by Rep. Terry England, an Auburn Republican who did not run for reelection. Hatchett’s appointment was announced earlier than usual by House Speaker Jan Jones, who says Hatchett needs to start preparing. Hatchett is the outgoing whip of the Republican caucus. He was one of the first top Republicans to get behind Jon Burns’ candidacy to become speaker in January. Majority Republicans in the House tapped Burns as the next speaker in November.

Community members are calling for the quick release of body camera video after a Minnesota officer shot and killed a man, who police say had a gun. Family members identified the man as 24-year-old Howard Johnson. He was shot by a St. Paul police officer on Monday. The St. Paul Police Department says officers were responding to a domestic assault Monday evening and were told by the caller that the man had a gun. He fled before officers arrived. Police say they found him with a gun in his hand as he appeared to be attempting a carjacking. Johnson was hit in the torso and leg and died at a hospital.


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