October 2, 2015 |
ON THE LIST of things you can be certain of in life, death and taxes have company: Porngate. There will be more Porngate. As you've no doubt heard by now, thousands of emails tied to the state pornographic-email scandal - which itself is tied to a separate grand-jury scandal that's getting awfully close to ending the career of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane - could be released to the public any day now. It's difficult for people who...
September 26, 2015 |
Former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier won't go to Saudi Arabia this fall after all. Commonwealth Court denied Spanier's request to travel there to meet with higher education officials, noting that the lack of an extradition treaty between the United States and Saudi Arabia would make it impossible to force him back. Spanier is awaiting trial on perjury and conspiracy charges connected to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, and has been barred since August 2013 from leaving the country without approval of the court and the attorney general.
September 13, 2015 |
As he awaits trial on charges that he conspired to cover up child sex assaults by Jerry Sandusky, former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier is complaining about restrictions that prevent him from traveling as an education consultant. Spanier wants to fly to Saudi Arabia this fall to meet with that country's higher education leaders, but the head of probation in Dauphin County, where he is to be tried, denied the request out of concern that authorities would not be able to force him back.
September 6, 2015 |
WELCOME BACK, dear reader, to the land of pornographic emails, fiery vendettas and endless grand jury investigations known as Pennsylvania politics! It's possible you haven't tuned in since last week, when the commonwealth was left stunned by the release of hundreds of graphic sexual images that were contained in emails sent and received by former state prosecutors - including, most prominently, Frank Fina, noted arch-nemesis of recently indicted state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
August 31, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Along one side of College Avenue, striking new classroom buildings and residence halls lend this edge of Penn State's campus a 21st-century glow. But on the opposite side of the town's busiest thoroughfare, it feels like 1985. There, like The Great Gatsby 's all-seeing Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, the bespectacled image of Joe Paterno still looms over Happy Valley like a watchful deity. Merchandise shops display life-size cutouts of the legendary Nittany Lions coach, who died in 2012.
August 28, 2015
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams must feel like he's caught in some crazy summertime rip current. Things had been going so well on the political front. But then, out of nowhere, the Inquirer broke news last Thursday that a federal grand jury had subpoenaed his political campaign's financial records to see if he'd spent money on personal expenses - like $2,175 on membership dues for the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Williams, a Democrat, immediately began swimming parallel to the shore.
August 13, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Three former Pennsylvania State University administrators, accused of ignoring or covering up Jerry Sandusky's sexual attacks, renewed their bid Tuesday to have the criminal case against them dismissed or at least set back significantly. At a hearing in Superior Court, lawyers for former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier and two others urged the three-judge panel to toss the charges or overrule a lower-court decision that for more than two years has snarled the case: whether the university's former top lawyer can become the star witness against its longtime president and his codefendants.
June 20, 2015 |
College sports' governing body has again defended its decision to penalize Pennsylvania State University after the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Sandusky's abuse of children "fell squarely within" its authority, the NCAA contended in a court filing this week, saying his crimes showed "a profound lack of institutional integrity and institutional control. " Filed Wednesday, the documents are the latest volley in the NCAA's court battle with the family of the late football coach Joe Paterno.
June 9, 2015 |
Two presidents and a former president at Pennsylvania State University benefited from a collective $4.1 million in compensation in 2013-14, a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows. They include Rodney A. Erickson, who steered Pennsylvania's flagship university in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and stepped down in May 2014; Eric Barron, who replaced Erickson; and former president Graham B. Spanier, who was forced out as president after the Sandusky scandal broke in November 2011 but who remains on the payroll as a tenured faculty member.
May 21, 2015 |
After being at the helm of Pennsylvania State University's athletic department for less than a year, Sandy Barbour says, "every week, every day, every month" she learns more about what she sees as the overwhelmingly positive impact of football coach Joe Paterno. And she's not talking about national championships. "To me, Coach Paterno brought a . . . value of combining athletics and academic success that I've not seen anywhere else, the idea of success with honor," said Barbour, former athletic director at the University of California, Berkeley, who previously worked at Northwestern and Tulane Universities, and the Universities of Massachusetts and Notre Dame.