Jan 26, 2018

Michigan State athletic director resigns amid Nassar outrage

MSU athletic director Mark Hollis. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Michigan State's athletic director, Mark Hollis, announced his resignation Friday, the latest top university official to step down following the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Why it matters: Several women who accused Nassar of molesting them said the abuse occurred while they were students at Michigan State. Their allegations have led to an investigation into MSU's conduct, as 14 university representatives reportedly knew of reports against Nassar. And yesterday, MSU President Lou Ann Simon resigned amid pressure for having failed to do more.

Holls said in a statement Friday that the decision to resign "was not an easy decision for my family, and you should not jump to any conclusions based on our decision – listen to facts. I am not running away from anything."

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Brace yourself for a coronavirus outbreak

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Public-health officials’ warnings about the coronavirus are sounding increasingly urgent, with one top CDC official asking the public yesterday "to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad."

Reality check: Other administration officials, including President Trump himself, were more subdued in their assessments. But underneath those tonal differences, the reality of the coronavirus is the same: It spreads quickly, and has already spread to many countries, making it likely to start spreading here, too.

Exclusive: Pro-Trump group plans post-Super Tuesday blitz on Democrats

Democratic presidential hopefuls take the debate stage in South Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is preparing to unleash a series of targeted, swing-state attacks on the Democrats most likely to face President Trump after Super Tuesday, people familiar with the group's plans tell me in an exclusive preview of its strategy.

The state of play: The group has been tracking favorable/unfavorable ratings in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 2020 candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg — under the theory that if Trump wins each of these six states he would win re-election.

Bob Iger stuns media world with sudden departure as Disney CEO

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In a move that shocked the media industry, Bob Iger said Tuesday he would step down from his role as CEO of the Walt Disney Company after leading the entertainment giant to unprecedented success during his 15-year run in the job.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully led Disney through a series of risky but highly-successful acquisitions that not only solidified the company's entertainment dominance, but also ultimately reshaped the entire media landscape.