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  • Ma'lik Richmond cries in juvenile court. (AP/Pool)

    CNN's coverage of the Steubenville, Ohio, rape verdict involving a pair of high-school football players is being harshly criticized for its focus on the rapists rather than the 16-year-old victim.

    "I've never experienced anything like it," CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow said live outside the juvenile court in Steubenville. "It was incredibly emotional—incredibly difficult even for an outsider like me to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believe their life fell apart."

    Harlow continued:

    One of the young men, Ma'lik Richmond, when that sentence came down, he collapsed. He collapsed in the arms of his attorney, Walter Madison. He said to me, "My life is over. No one is going to want me now." Very serious crime here. Both found guilty of raping this 16-year-old girl at a series of parties back in August, alcohol-fueled parties. Alcohol is a huge part in this.

    [Related: The reaction to the #Steubenville verdict on Twitter]

    Both Richmond and Trent Mays, the other defendant, stood up and apologized to the victim and her family. Harlow described the scene to Candy Crowley.

    "I was sitting about three feet from Ma'lik when he gave that statement. It was very difficult to watch," Harlow said. "This was an incredibly emotional day. These two juveniles being carried out and they will be committed today, Candy."

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  • A UCF police officer stands outside Tower 1. (WKMG-TV)

    The University of Central Florida in Orlando canceled some classes on Monday after police responding to a 911 call found improvised explosive devices in a dorm room and a man dead in an apparent suicide.

    A school official said a fire alarm went off in the Tower 1 residence hall at approximately 12:20 a.m. Monday. As firefighters were en route, police received a 911 call reporting a man with a gun. The building—which houses about 500 students—was evacuated. During a sweep of the building, police discovered the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a bag containing multiple devices.

    Police found an assault weapon in the room as well as the handgun used in the apparent suicide, the school official said. It's unclear if the suspect was a student at the school.

    The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are assisting campus police with the investigation, the official said. A bomb squad was called in to examine the IEDs.

    Students were notified by a text message alert from the school at approximately 2 a.m., according to WKMG-TV.

    UCF’s main campus will be closed for all classes until at least noon "out of an abundance of caution," the school said, as police continue their investigation at Tower 1, which remains closed. Classes at other campus locations will continue as scheduled.

    "There is no threat to the campus community related to the suspicious death police are investigating in Tower 1," a message published on UCF's Facebook page read.

    Staff members from UCF's Counseling and Psychological Services were headed to campus to assist students, the official added.

    "Counselors are available in the Recreation and Wellness Center annex to talk with students who need assistance," an alert on the UCF website reads. "Students also can go to the Student Union. The UCF Arena will open at 7 to accommodate students evacuated from Tower 1. Counseling services will move into the Arena at that time."

    UCF is the nation's second-largest university, according to its website, with more than 59,000 students enrolled at the school. About 11,000 live on campus.Read More »from UCF classes canceled after IEDs found on campus

  • Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond in the courtroom before their trial (AP/Pool Photo)

    The news that two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, were found guilty of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl lit up Twitter on Sunday, with many users—most of them women—celebrating the verdict while calling for more work to be done to transform America's rape culture.

    GUILTY verdict in #Steubenville! Let's hope this serves as a lesson nationally—only yes means yes.

    — Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) March 17, 2013

    These young men have forced a young woman to relearn trust, dignity, self worth and sexuality. And demonized her afterwards.

    — Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) March 17, 2013

    Full justice will not be realized for survivors until we stop blaming victims and destroy the culture that feeds this. #Steubenville

    — Lily Bolourian (@LilyBolourian) March 17, 2013

    There are a lot of tears in the courtroom. Wonder where the tears were for the victim that night? #Steubenville

    — Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) March 17, 2013

    When I was in college guys used to joke

    Read More »from #Steubenville verdict: The reaction on Twitter


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