Wednesday, January 2, 2013
State Rep. Brandon Neuman said he supports the lawsuit over the NCAA’s sanctions of Penn State, but he questions why Corbett didn’t fight for the Penn State community months ago.
State Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-North Strabane, Wednesday questioned why Gov. Tom Corbett did not do enough and waited too long to start fighting for Penn State University against the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s excessive sanctions. “For more than five months the governor supported the NCAA sanctions,” Neuman said. “As attorney general he waited years to take Jerry Sandusky off the streets and now as governor and a Penn State trustee he’s wasted months before standing up for this world-class university. State Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane should deal with this after she is sworn in on Jan. 15." On July 23, 2012, the NCAA announced sanctions against Penn State that include a $60 million fine, four-year bowl ban, reduction…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Pennsylvania voters elect their first woman and first Democrat to be the state's attorney general.
Kathleen Kane achieved two firsts in her Pennsylvania attorney general election victory: She defeated Republican David Freed 56 to 41 percent in unofficial results from Tuesday's voting. Kane won the support of Lehigh Valley voters on her way to statewide success: Lehigh County Northampton County Kane, 46, is a former Lackawanna County prosecutor who will now oversee an office with a staff of about 700 and subject to legislative battles over a budget that now stands at $81 million, according to a Philly.com report. Kane had a slight fundraising edge in the race. Both candidates pledged a review of the Jerry Sandusky child rape case and its handling by former Attorney General Tom Corbett, now the state's governor.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The former Penn State assistant football coach maintains his innocence and vows to continue to appeal his conviction.
This story was updated at 11:17 a.m. McKean County Judge John M. Cleland today sentenced Jerry Sandusky to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 children, multiple media outlets report. “The crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but their psyches and souls,” Judge Cleland told Sandusky in court, the Pittsburgh Tribune reported. “It is this remarkable ability to deceive that makes this crime so heinous.” A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family. “It is for those still standing for us that we will continue to fight,” Sandusky said. “We’re definitely in the fourth quarter…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Two local lawmakers blasted GOP leadership for putting the House in recess instead of dealing with the vote.
A group of state House representatives on Thursday attempted to force a vote on a resolution that would urge the U.S. Attorney to investigate then-Attorney General Tom Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, posted on his Facebook page that the Republican majority “immediately stopped proceedings” and that many representatives on that side of the aisle had “fled the floor” despite the House still being in session. “This is shocking and outrageous—what depths won't they go to in order to learn the truth?” the lawmaker wrote on his Facebook page. To read HR 520, click here. A procedural move was attempted by state Rep. Timothy Briggs, a Democrat, to force a vote on the resolution. State Rep. …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The NCAA imposed $60 million fine, reduced scholarships, and banned bowl appearances.
Stopping short of cancelling the season, the NCAA Monday imposed severe, wide-ranging sanctions against Penn State football in light of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. “This is just an unprecedented, painful chapter in the history of intercollegiate athletics,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. The sanctions include: The NCAA also will require Penn State to employ a chief compliance officer. The NCAA will select an ethics integrity monitor who will report to the NCAA as well as to Penn State and the university’s trustees as to the school’s progress. Also Monday, the Big Ten Conference announced its own sanctions, saying Penn State is not allowed to share the conference's bowl revenues while it's serving the NCAA's postseason ban…
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Penn State's President said the statue had become source of division. Paterno library's name will not change.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson announced early Sunday that the bronze statue of former football coach Joe Paterno would be removed from outside Beaver Stadium, and stored in a secure, unidentified location. "With the release of Judge Freeh's Report of the Special Investigative Counsel, we as a community have had to confront a failure of leadership at many levels," Erickson said in a statement on the University's web site. "The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium has become a lightning rod of controversy and national debate, including the role of big time sports in university life. The Freeh Report has given us a great deal to reflect upon and to consider, including Coach Paterno's legacy." Police and construction workers …
Take our poll and let us know whether you agree with the decision to remove the statue honoring the legendary late coach—in the wake of the Sandusky scandal and Freeh report.
Once one of the most revered coaches in the NCAA, the legendary Joe Paterno was honored on Penn State's campus about a decade ago with a bronze statue that's become a landmark. But in the wake of the Sandusky scandal and the subsequent Freeh report, Penn State removed the statue at dawn on Sunday. Fox News reported earlier this week that some Penn State students had begun a vigil to protect the statue from vandalism. CNN reported that a small plane flew around the Penn State campus on Tuesday carrying a banner that read, "Take the Statue Down or We Will." Other tributes to the much-honored former coach have begun to fall. This week, Paterno's alma mater, Brown University, removed his name from its annual award to the outstanding male …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
See where you can read the entire report, and watch Freeh's news conference.
Four high-ranking Penn State University officials, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s contact with young boys, according to an independent investigation released this morning. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his investigators today released their findings into what Penn State Univerisity officials knew about the child sexual abuse scandal involving retired football coach Jerry Sandusky. Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, were retained in November 2011 on behalf of the Special Investigations Task Force of the Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University to conduct the independent investigation. The entire report was made be available …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Do you think former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky can get a fair trial in his highly publicized child molestation case?
One of the most high-profile trials of the year began Monday and Patch wants to know if you think former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky will be treated fairly. Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments section below. Prosecutors claim that Sandusky groomed boys he met through The Second Mile, the charity he founded for at-risk youth in 1977, then attacked them, in some cases in his own home or inside university athletic facilities. Jurors will not be sequestered, meaning they can spend nights and weekends at home. But the judge gave strict orders for them to stay clear of any news reports, as well as social media.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Looking back on Joe Paterno's life.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
By The Rev. Dr. George Hickok Pennsylvania buried a fallen hero last week. Fallen in scandal, fallen in illness, fallen in death. For most of our adult lives, Joe Paterno plied his trade on the sidelines of one of the nation’s largest stadiums and from that stage launched a cult of football, which outgrew Penn State University. As a sports columnist pointed out long before the scandal news broke, "if the statue in front of your place of work is a likeness of you, it might be time to retire." The legendary coach won more football games than any of his colleagues, an achievement of note. But no one gets more caught up in a cult than a cult leader—it is intoxicating, the closest thing to deification in modern society. Being a hero and a …