September 23, 2014
A headline Monday with a story Monday on a social worker who heard allegations against child abuser Jerry Sandusky from a victim wrongly indicated that she was the first to hear claims about Sandusky. Concerns about Sandusky and possible child abuse were raised as early as 1998. In addition, the courtroom illustration in a photograph accompanying the story was done by Art Lien. A story Monday about a Conestoga High School student who has co-authored two scientific research papers wrongly stated details of his childhood.
September 23, 2014 |
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Six years after her interview with a teenage boy set off one of the most explosive criminal cases in state history, Jessica Dershem still works in the same windowless office in her hometown. Dershem, a 32-year-old caseworker with the Clinton County Children and Youth Services department, investigates custody disputes and claims of child abuse and neglect. She handles 12, maybe 15, cases each year. Most never make the news - because they don't involve someone like Jerry Sandusky.
September 22, 2014 |
A BIG BATCH of porny emails may be the very last thing Gov. Corbett, trailing badly in the polls to Democrat Tom Wolf, needs to hear about right now. Still, a judge yesterday said the state Attorney General's Office may release emails requested in the last two months by four newspapers, including the Daily News , which may have been sent or received by Corbett's top deputies when he was attorney general. The newspapers, in requests filed under the state's Right-to-Know law, described the emails as "pornographic" in nature.
September 21, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Citing increased costs and the desire to create a business innovation program, Pennsylvania State University will seek a 6 percent increase in state funding next year. President Eric Barron, speaking at a board of trustees meeting Friday, called the request a "modest increase" aimed in large part at creating a "strategic partnership" with the state to bring business leaders to campus to help guide ideas developed by student researchers into the marketplace. The board-approved request of $307 million represents an increase of $17 million over last year.
September 10, 2014 |
CONSIDERING THE horrific nature of the incidents that led to the football program at Penn State being slapped with severe sanctions by the NCAA, it is difficult to separate emotions from an objective analysis. When we are talking about the case of a serial pedophile possibly being granted access to more innocent victims because of the inaction of others who may have been aware, it is hard to care about the collateral damage from the penalties laid down by the NCAA. While it is still a matter of considerable debate, I personally believe that members of the Penn State athletic department, including legendary coach Joe Paterno, knew enough about what former defensive coordinator and now convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky was doing but turned eyes in favor of protecting the program over the safety of children.
August 9, 2014 |
Lawyers for the NCAA, Gov. Corbett, and other state officials think they can settle within the next month a lawsuit over the $60 million in penalties Penn State is paying for its mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual- abuse scandal. In a joint motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Harrisburg, the sides said another month would give them a "meaningful opportunity" to resolve the lawsuit. However, nine members of the university's board of trustees have recommended a meeting Aug. 22 to decide on an official negotiating position for Penn State in the matter.
August 7, 2014 |
IN HINDSIGHT, Joe Paterno wrote, the day after he got fired with a phone call, he wished he had done more. He had not committed a crime, he had not witnessed a crime, he had reported what sounded like a crime to his superiors. The haters jumped all over that sentence, like it was some kind of a confession that the legendary Penn State football coach had somehow enabled Jerry Sandusky to sexually abuse those kids, while he looked the other way. The haters spent a lot less time debating the note he scribbled on a pad before going to the hospital, where he died, the note that said, "Maybe the silver lining in this is that some good can come of this.
July 30, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "Continuing these unprecedented sanctions harms innocent student athletes and further erodes the increasingly specious credibility" of the NCAA, the five lawmakers wrote in a July 24 letter to Mark Emmert, president of the organization that oversees college sports. The representatives cited an April 9 Commonwealth Court ruling that sharply questioned the validity of a consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State imposing the penalties.
July 24, 2014 |
Joe Paterno's son is suing Pennsylvania State University, saying his reputation was destroyed when the school fired him and another assistant football coach in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. In the civil rights suit, filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Joseph "Jay" Paterno and Bill Kenney say they suffered collateral damage from the siege of bad publicity for the university after Sandusky was indicted for child sex abuse in November 2011 and the elder Paterno was dismissed after decades as head coach.
July 10, 2014 |
Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, who has said Sandusky molested him as a child, will appear in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey next week. In the interview, scheduled to air at 9 p.m. July 17 on Winfrey's OWN Network, Sandusky is expected to give a personal account of the abuse he says he suffered as a child. It will be his first public interview since his adoptive father's 2012 conviction on child sex-abuse charges. In a brief video clip posted on Winfrey's website, Sandusky says to Winfrey, "At bedtime, his ritual began.