2014 names in the news: Frein, Cosby and Mo'ne

Category: In The News
Published: Friday, 02 January 2015
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In this Nov. 11 file photo, entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. Cosby resigned as a longtime trustee of Temple University after renewed sexual assault allegations. the associated press

In the News: Look Keo Power pedals found wanting

Category: In The News
Published: Wednesday, 31 December 2014
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Look KeO Power pedals being assembled and tested in France. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com (File)

In the latest issue of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, Look Keo Power pedals were tested for their validity and reliability.

The test, performed on 10 males familiar with laboratory performance tests, used Look's Keo Power pedals mounted to a stationary SRM ergometer, which is regarded as the most precise power meter on the market. Each of the 10 subjects performed two tests on the Ergometer with Keo Power pedals. The tests used a gradual increase in power, until exhaustion was reached, like a VO2 max step test, followed by 10 minutes of easy spinning. Then, the riders did three 10-second sprints, separated by three minutes of spinning at 100 watts.

The results were not flattering for the Look Keo Power system. "Power data from the Keo Power pedals should be treated with some caution," read the study.

Unfortunately, it is not often that cycling power meters are proven, or disproven, by scientific journals. To our knowledge, SRM, PowerTap, Ergomo, and Quarq are the only other power meters to be tested by journals. Both SRM, Quarq, and PowerTap power meters were given much better marks than the Keo Power pedals in separate tests.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that only SRM and Quarq have been tested by scientific journals. PowerTap and Ergomo were also tested.

You draw the news: 2014

Category: In The News
Published: Wednesday, 31 December 2014
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You draw the news: 2014

Were used to learning about the news through audio and film but BBC News website readers have been using their creative talents to tell the big events of 2014.

This year has seen the emergence of Islamic State, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the crisis in Ukraine. We have also had the landing of the Philae probe on Comet 67P, and the 100th anniversary of World War One, with many of these events inspiring you to take pen to paper.

Thank you for taking part in our Draw the News project; a selection of your amazing efforts can be seen below, with others available in our Twitter collection.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane's trials keep her in the news: Newsmakers 2014

Category: In The News
Published: Wednesday, 31 December 2014
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Editors note: PennLiveon Monday and Tuesdaywill spotlight four people selected as finalists for Newsmaker of the Year. Our choice of Newsmaker of the Year will be unveiled on PennLive Wednesday morning.


  • Gov.-elect Tom Wolf
  • Eric Frein
  • Jarred Tutko, Jr.

It was a trying year for Attorney General Kathleen Kane on a lot of levels, and most of the trials were at least indirectly brought on by her bitter and personal feuds with the career prosecutors who had made the OAG in their image under her Republican predecessors.

The infighting has led to bitter recriminations and the airing of intensely personal dirty laundry from Kanes partial reveal of years of porn-swapping within the officeto still-pending charges of professional misconduct.

Kane herself was subpoenaed to testify in November before a statewide investigative grand jury in Norristownreportedly looking into allegations that years-old grand jury material was improperly leaked to the press by people in her office last year.

That case is expected to reach a decision point soon.

Beyond that, the Attorney General has suffered the ignominy of seeing another prosecutor build cases off of a set of facts cash payments to public officials that Kane herself decided, in 2013, were not worth pursuing.

To date, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has charged three people in the corruption probe.

And Kane has suffered credibility hits with a string of misstatements about newly-discovered Jerry Sandusky victims (there werent); sworn statements alleging racial targeting in the sting probe (not produced); and child pornography in the OAG email caches(not substantiated).

Kane had little respite in her personal life, the most recent news a report Saturday that she was filing for divorce after 14 years of marriage.

In October, her state driver struck a parked car in the borough of Dunmore, relegating Kane to light duty for several weeksas she recovered from concussion-like symptoms.

To all that noise, 2014 ended with a state legislator vowing to open impeachment proceedings for Kanes decisions not to defend the states position in laws concerning same-sex marriage or exposing local gun laws to court challenges.

With so many unresolved issues swirling around her, it will be interesting to see what 2015 has in store for Pennsylvanias first Democrat and first elected female attorney general.

But Kane swears she in this for the long haul. At the Pennsylvania Society weekend in New York City earlier this month, she vowed that through it all,she expects to be seeking re-election in 2016.