Experts Warn Michelangelo’s David Could Topple; US to Host 2016 Copa America
May 2, 2014
By ABC NEWS
Experts Warn Michelangelo’s David Could Topple
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We thought he was perfect, but turns out Michelangelo’s David statue has an Achilles’ heel just like the rest of us, or Achilles’ ankles to be precise.
Experts in Italy are warning that the 500-year-old statue might be at risk of toppling because of stress placed on the ankles from his leaning posture, and also because his maker carved him from poor quality marble, Australian ABC News reported.
Though David has battled the elements for centuries, suffered damage during a riot in 1527 and a chipped toe from an Italian painter in 1991, it seems the warrior -- and popular tourist attraction in his native home of Florence, Italy -- could be on his last legs.
55 Schools Targeted in Sexual Assault Investigations
In an unprecedented move, the government released the names of 55 colleges and universities under Title IX investigation for how they handled sexual abuse claims, the Associated Press reported.
The Department of Education released the list Thursday, two days after a White House task force released a report with recommendations to colleges on how to prevent sexual assault.
Individual complaints were not detailed on the DOE website and the government emphasized that the schools were under investigation, but there was "absolutely zero presumption" of guilt.
Soccer fever is set to overtake the country again in 2016, when America plays host to a special 16-nation edition of the Copa America in celebration of the tournament's centennial.
The Confederation of South American Football and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football made the announcement Thursday, according to the AP.
Venues for matches haven't been picked yet, but the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey are all possible candidates, the AP reported.
NBA Owners Meet to Discuss Sterling Clipper Ownership
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NBA committee members met Thursday to discuss the future of the L.A. Clippers for the first time since Commissioner Adam Silver urged owners to force Donald Sterling to sell the team two days ago, according to the AP.
There was no mincing of words. The 10-member committee held a conference to discuss "the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement.
Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million Tuesday after the NBA said he admitted to making racist comments that were leaked in a recorded phone conversation with ex-girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano.
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