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No person faulted for ND death

The final investigation into the death of a student videographer who died after a 40-foot-high hydraulic lift he was atop blew over in a 53 mph gust during a University of Notre Dame football practice ended Monday without anyone involved being faulted or punished.

University officials acknowledged that their procedures and safeguards weren't adequate but said they couldn't find anyone to blame for 20-year-old Declan Sullivan's death. No one was monitoring wind speeds when the lift blew over, but it wasn't anyone's job to do that, executive vice president John Affleck-Graves said.

The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, said he ultimately was responsible, but he doesn't expect any action to be taken against him.

The university's 130-plus page report found that while several members of the football staff were monitoring wind speeds before practice, they stopped checking after they went out for practice about 2:45 p.m. But Sullivan, a junior film student from Long Grove, Ill., checked later and saw a warning indicating the possibility of gusts up to 60 mph.

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Barnes will stay in school

North Carolina's Harrison Barnes will return for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.

Barnes was the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, averaging nearly 16 points. The 6-foot-8 forward was widely regarded as the nation's top freshman entering the season and helped the Tar Heels win 29 games and the ACC regular-season championship before falling a win short of the Final Four.

"As a team, we're preparing for a special season," Barnes said in a statement from the school Monday.

The Tar Heels will return all five starters and their top seven scorers from last season, making them a favorite to enter the year ranked No. 1.

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Duke accuser faces murder charge

The woman who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of raping her in 2006 was charged Monday with murder in the death of her boyfriend.

Crystal Mangum, 32, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of larceny. She has been in jail since April 3, when police charged her with assault in the stabbing of 46-year-old Reginald Daye. He died after nearly two weeks at a hospital.

Mangum falsely accused the lacrosse players of raping her at a 2006 party for which she was hired to perform as a stripper. The case heightened long-standing tensions in Durham about race, class and the privileged status of college athletes.

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Boxing tickets on sale

There are an estimated 500 tickets remaining for Friday night's Unfinished Business boxing card at the Hamburg Fairgrounds that will feature primarily Western New York professionals.

Buffalo southpaw Guillermo Sanchez (12-2-1) will face Eddie Ramirez (6-6-1) in the main event for the WBC Youth Lightweight title. Nick Casal of Niagara Falls is slated to face Martin Tucker, while former state Golden Gloves champions Lionell Thompson and Excell Holmes, both of Buffalo, also will fight on the card.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at tickets.com, at the Fairgrounds Event Center Office or at 648-9733 (ext. 413).

From News Staff and wire service reports

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