Lunchbox: Rainy day news round-up

No apologies: In the wake of last week’s not guilty verdict, former PRP football coach Jason Stinson is telling the media he is not responsible for the death of 15-year-old Max Gilpin, and therefore will not apologize. The sophomore football player died of heat stroke last summer, three days after collapsing during a grueling practice lead by Stinson. The coach was prosecuted on reckless homicide and wanton endangerment charges; a jury found him not guilty. He appeared on “Good Morning America” yesterday to chat with Diane Sawyer about the ordeal. In addition to faulting prosecutors for pursuing the case, it turns out Stinson also blames the local print media, claiming they never bothered to do any investigative reporting on the case … I think the C-J’s Jason Riley might disagree, as do we.

Is Karen crazy?: Karen Cunagin Sypher’s former lawyer was apparently quite concerned about his client’s mental state and had recommended she be evaluated by a psychiatrist, according to WHAS-11. Sypher faces federal charges for allegedly trying to extort $10 million from Cards coach Rick Pitino, whom she apparently had sex with at Porcini Restaurant on Frankfort Avenue back in 2003. U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson is currently considering whether to require Sypher to undergo a competency evaluation.

A concession for the kids: There was a little movement in the standoff between Norton Healthcare and Anthem yesterday, with the insurance company finally agreeing to pay the higher costs being demanded for patients treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Had the company not made the concession, Anthem customers with sick kids would have been forced to travel to other cities in the region to seek care at a children’s hospital. Complaining that Anthem consistently made late payments and handled claims poorly, Norton left the insurance company’s network earlier this year. Representatives from both companies are expected to meet today to try and work out their differences.

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