May 14, 2013 |
Graham B. Spanier, the former president of Pennsylvania State University who was forced to resign in 2011, was the highest-paid public university president in the country that year, according to a report from the Chronicle of Higher Education released Sunday. Spanier, forced out amid a child-sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, received $2.9 million in total compensation during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to the report, including $1.2 million in severance pay. His total compensation was nearly $400,000 more than that of any other public university president, the report said, and the severance pay alone would have ranked him in the top five.
May 9, 2013
GOV. CORBETT, beset by poll numbers that show voters don't want him to win another term, finally got some good news yesterday. Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor has decided against challenging Corbett in a 2014 Republican primary. Castor, via Facebook and Twitter, thanked his supporters but said such a "massive undertaking" would be impossible given his responsibilities to Montgomery County, to the law firm where he works and to his family. Castor had been mulling a run since December, saying he would make a decision by the spring.
May 7, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - As Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officials gathered in the Capitol recently to announce another jaw-dropping round of corruption charges, a Marine veteran in a dark suit stood quietly in the back. But when the time came to take questions about the pay-to-play allegations against the men who ran the Pennsylvania Turnpike, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan had the answers. Noonan, 66, may well be one of the most influential law enforcement officials you've never heard of. As the state's top cop for the last two years, and before that as head of criminal investigations at the state Attorney General's Office, he has helped guide some of the biggest prosecutions in recent Pennsylvania memory: The Bonusgate cases.
May 2, 2013 |
IN 1941, Father Marcial Maciel founded a lucrative, seductive order of priests and their pupils called the Legion of Christ in Mexico City. It raised outrageous amounts of money and spawned the careers of hundreds of brilliant priests, even as the Catholic Church shriveled globally. As early as the 1950s, accusations of sexual abuse of young boys surfaced against Maciel. A charming leader, Maciel weathered decades of such accusations. The Vatican, alerted of Maciel's actions, allowed him to use his position of immense power to herd victims to himself.
April 18, 2013
HARRISBURG - A whistle-blower and defamation lawsuit against Pennsylvania State University will go forward, a judge ruled Tuesday, denying the school's request to have it dismissed. Former assistant football coach Mike McQueary sued the school in October, claiming he was portrayed as untruthful in statements made in 2011 by the university's president after Jerry Sandusky's arrest on charges of child sexual abuse. Judge Thomas Gavin said McQueary's lawsuit makes sufficient claims of "outrageous conduct" on the part of the school to keep the case alive.
April 11, 2013
HARRISBURG - Three former Pennsylvania State University administrators accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky lost a set of rulings Tuesday, allowing their criminal cases to move forward. Judge Barry Feudale denied an attempt to throw out the grand jury report backing up the accusations and ruled against two other defense requests. As the judge who oversaw the grand jury, Feudale said he no longer has jurisdiction. Defendants Gary Schultz, Tim Curley, and Graham B. Spanier, Penn State's former president, are charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse, and conspiracy.
April 10, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The family of former football coach Joe Paterno has endorsed three candidates for Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees who have the backing of an alumni group that has criticized the way school leaders handled the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. A letter from Paterno's son, David, posted on the website of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship urges alumni to follow the group's lead in voting on three alumni-elected seats that begins Wednesday.
March 28, 2013
IN HIS MARCH 25th letter, Chris Isles suggested that Jack McMahon, the attorney defending Dr. Kermit Gosnell in his murder trial, is attempting to play on the sympathies of minority jury members by suggesting that Dr. Gosnell, who is African-American, is a victim of "prosecutorial lynching. " Well, of course he is, Mr. Isles; he'd be crazy not to! Jack McMahon is (literally) fighting for his client's life, as the District Attorney's Office would like none other than to see Dr. Gosnell put to death!
March 27, 2013 |
Former coach Mike McQueary, who testified that he witnessed Jerry Sandusky raping a child in a Pennsylvania State University locker-room shower, might have been unduly influenced by overzealous investigators, Sandusky said in an interview broadcast on Today on Monday. "His story changed a lot," said Sandusky, 69, who is serving a 30- to 60-year jail term for his conviction last year on sexual-abuse charges. "I don't understand how anybody would have walked into that locker room from where he was and heard sounds, associated that was sex going on," he said before pausing to laugh.
March 26, 2013
An interview with Jerry Sandusky - his first since being sent to prison for abusing young boys on and off Pennsylvania State University's main campus - is scheduled to air on NBC's Today show Monday morning. The network announced on its website that it would have the exclusive interview with Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach. The interview is said to be excerpts of interviews Sandusky had with independent filmmaker John Ziegler. "The former longtime defensive coordinator will describe what he says happened on the campus, and what he thinks of whistleblower Mike McQueary and late head coach Joe Paterno," the network said.