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  • Penn State football needs to be suspended at least two years (calls for the death penalty)

    07/12/2012 9:06:25 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | Rick Morrissey
    I want to hear the silence on Saturdays in State College, Pa. I want to experience the hush of an empty stadium. I want to feel the emptiness as an institution serves its penance for putting a football program above the safety of young boys. Silence in exchange for silence — that’s the price Penn State needs to pay for looking away as a sexual predator ruined lives. The school needs to shut down its football program for at least two years. Or, if university officials can’t quite locate their humanity, let the NCAA do it for them. The Freeh...
  • Big Labor gives Obama, Democrats big cold shoulder with alternate convention

    07/12/2012 2:20:17 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 12, 2012 | Michelle Fields
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that his union will not be at the Democratic convention, “do[es] not intend to put any money into the convention” and will be hosting its own convention — without Obama. Speaking in Washington, D.C., Trumka said the labor group “will not be doing extravagant events” at this year’s convention like “we’ve done in the past.” Instead of giving money to the Obama campaign and Democrats they are focusing on their own event that rivals the Democratic convention. The event, called “Workers Stand for America” will be held on August 11 in Philadelphia. “We will...
  • Freeh Report on Penn State and the Sandusky Scandal Released Today

    07/12/2012 6:16:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 69 replies
    The Freeh Report on PSU ^ | 07/12/2012 | Louis Freeh
    The independent report by Louis Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, into the facts and circumstances of the actions of The Pennsylvania State University surrounding the child sexual abuse committed by a former employee, Gerald A. Sandusky, will be available at 9am today. Mr. Freeh’s statement is available now by clicking on the Download the Press Release link below.
  • Here Is The Official Report Of Louis Freeh’s Investigation Into Penn State

    07/12/2012 6:12:38 AM PDT · by John W · 31 replies
    Deadspin ^ | July 12, 2012 | Dom Cosentino
    II. Findings Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.
  • Ambridge man [300 lb sodomite] accused of assaulting boy, 14 [more victims]

    07/12/2012 5:56:11 AM PDT · by kevcol · 10 replies
    TimesOnline ^ | Jul 11, 2012 | Bill Utterback
    AMBRIDGE -- An Ambridge man is facing multiple charges for serving alcohol to teenagers and then sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy, according to an Ambridge police report. Von Gene Barbee, 44, of 616 Olive Lane was charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and endangering the welfare of a child for assaulting the boy, according to the criminal complaint. Barbee was charged with two counts each of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors for providing beer to the teens in his home. The victim said he and two teen girls were drinking beer in Barbee’s home on...
  • Paterno, in letter, defended Penn St. football

    07/11/2012 3:02:15 PM PDT · by dead · 34 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 7/11/12 | GENARO C. ARMAS and MARK SCOLFORO
    Joe Paterno defended his football program's integrity in a 7-month-old letter released Wednesday, a day ahead of a report that could forever mar his legacy. In the letter, written shortly before his death and confirmed as legitimate by his family, Paterno rejected the notion that Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of boys amounted to a ''football scandal'' or in any way tarnished the accomplishments of his players or Penn State's reputation as a whole. The results of Penn State's internal investigation into the Sandusky scandal are set to be released Thursday in a report that should answer many of the troubling...
  • Amtrak plans 37-minute train from New York to Philadelphia by 2040

    07/10/2012 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 9, 2012 8:20pm EDT | Dave Warner
    Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan on Monday that includes 37-minute trips from New York to Philadelphia at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour (354 km per hour). However, the U.S. passenger railroad will need substantial financial support from both state and federal governments to make its ambitious plan to transform rail travel in the Northeast a reality. The railroad predicted that super-fast train trips along the East Coast could be a reality by 2040. Travel times from New York to either Washington or Boston—both about 200 miles (350 km) in distance—would also be slashed, to 94 minutes, the...
  • Scranton's Public Workers' Pay Cut To Minimum Wage

    07/09/2012 6:54:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Fire Engineering/NPR ^ | 08 July 2012
    SCOTT SIMON: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Scranton, Pennsylvania sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. The mayor has reduced everyone's pay, including his own, to the state's minimum wage, $7.25 an hour. Scranton's mayor says that his city has just run out of money. NPR's Jeff Brady joins us from Philadelphia where he's been following the story. Jeff, thanks for being with us, and explain what's going on? JEFF BRADY: Well, Scranton has had financial troubles for a...
  • Pennsylvania city workers to take mayor to court over across-the-board minimum wage salaries

    07/09/2012 4:25:02 PM PDT · by Harley · 13 replies
    Fox ^ | July 09, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Employees of a Pennsylvania city, who have all seen their salaries cut to minimum wage as the mayor grapples with budget problems, are hoping a judge restores their paychecks in full.
  • Judge: Scranton, must pay employees full wages

    07/09/2012 3:49:08 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Fri, Jul 6, 2012
    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ordered the city of Scranton to pay employees full wages, but the mayor says the cash-strapped government can't afford it. Lackawanna County Judge Michael Barrasse on Friday granted an injunction to unions challenging Mayor Chris Doherty's decision to impose minimum wages to nearly 400 employees. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports paychecks containing the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour had already been issued. Doherty says he can't print money and that City Council has to fulfill the obligations of their budget. City Administrator Ryan McGowan says the city would have only $83,000 available...
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • Scranton's Public Workers Now Paid Minimum Wage

    07/08/2012 3:05:32 PM PDT · by kingattax · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | July 7, 2012 | JEFF BRADY
    The city of Scranton, Pa., sent out paychecks to its employees Friday, like it does every two weeks. But this time the checks were much smaller than usual. Mayor Chris Doherty has reduced everyone's pay — including his own — to the state's minimum wage: $7.25 an hour. Doherty says his city has run out of money. Scranton has had financial troubles for a couple of decades — the town has been losing population since the end of World War II. But the budget problems became more serious in recent months as the mayor and the city council fought over...
  • Victim Speaks After Violent Attack Inside Germantown Restaurant

    07/08/2012 8:25:46 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 07/02/2012
    --snip-- The video shows the 72-year-old male victim, who we are not identifying, enter the store and approach the counter to pick-up his order. As the victim was waiting at the counter, two males, who police believe may be as young as 14 years old, entered the restaurant and acted as if they were customers. A short time later, one of the suspects stood next to the victim and without warning, threw a blind-sided punch that struck the elderly man in the face. The victim immediately fell to the ground
  • Campaigns seek edge with edgy Twitter blitz

    07/08/2012 6:38:07 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 1 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via ^ | 7/8/2012 | John Timpane
    Can Twitter matter? The Republican and Democratic Parties think so. In this tight presidential race, a national battle is on. And the ammo includes thousands of tweets, 140-character messages shot off to hundreds of thousands of followers, a blizzard of news, talking points, zingers, datelines, and instructions to the faithful. Nowhere is it fiercer than in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth has lost 45 percent of its electoral clout since 1932, and it hasn't backed a GOP presidential candidate since 1988. But in a year when every electoral vote is golden, Republicans swear it's in play and Democrats are fighting as if...
  • Obama’s CMU stop to target W.Pa. youth

    07/06/2012 5:07:42 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 6, 2012
    PITTSBURGH — President Obama almost certainly cannot win Pennsylvania again on Nov. 6 without Pittsburgh. He also needs a resurgence of the young voters who helped carry him in 2008, renewed enthusiasm in urban Democratic strongholds and sweeping faith in his economic vision, political analysts said. Winning Ohio, another pivotal battleground state, would not hurt, either. All of which could explain why the president is making Oakland a high-profile stop early in his re-election campaign, the political watchers said. Obama is set for a 2:10 p.m. rally on Friday at Carnegie Mellon University, part of his “Betting on America” bus...
  • (Philadelphia Eagles Owners) Luries call it quits after 20-year partnership

    07/05/2012 8:45:51 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | July 5, 2012 | John F. Morrison
    THE LURIES were a team within a team. Co-owners of the Philadelphia Eagles, partners in various civic and community endeavors, Oscar-winning filmmakers. In the 20 years of their marriage, Christina and Jeffrey Lurie seemed the ideal teammates. For the Eagles, he ran the business of trying to make a winning team; she had a voice in the team logo, the cheerleaders' costumes, the designs of the stadium and practice facility, but primarily the charitable work of the Eagles Youth Partnership.And that original kelly green of the uniforms! Yuck! That had to go. They even co-authored a story in the Inquirer...
  • Atheist files complaint over Lancaster County restaurant's church-bulletin discount

    07/04/2012 10:19:55 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 56 replies
    The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, PA) ^ | July 2, 2012 | Sue Gleiter
    For more than a year, Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, Lancaster County has offered a Sunday special: Diners who bring in a current church bulletin receive 10 percent off the purchase of their dinners. But, the promotion has rubbed some people the wrong way, including John Wolff of Manheim Twp., Lancaster County, an atheist and member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Wolff, who said he's never been to Prudhomme’s, recently filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission claiming the 22-year-old restaurant should not give discounts based on religion. “I bear them no ill will but they...
  • Presbyterians still divided on same-sex unions

    07/04/2012 8:08:29 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 19 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 4 July 2012 | Jason Cato & Bob Kerlik
    Same-sex marriage continues to be a major dividing point among members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) as the issue moves closer to a vote this week by the denomination’s governing body. The 220th General Assembly is expected to address the subject of gay marriage and the church before its biennial conference wraps up on Saturday in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Groups on opposing sides of the debate met separately on Tuesday as the church’s committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues considered proposals both for and against gay marriage. A church survey released in February showed that...
  • Lancaster store clerk shoots at bandits during hold-up (PA)

    07/04/2012 7:17:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies ^ | 30 June, 2012 | BRETT HAMBRIGHT
    A Lancaster city store clerk pulled a gun of his own and fired at a pair of armed robbers early Saturday morning, police reported. One robber, 30-year-old Rodney Green, was shot in the chest and is receiving treatment at area hospitals, according to officials. He underwent life-saving surgeries and is scheduled for further procedures, officials said. The other man fled on foot and is being sought this morning. Police didn't immediately release a description of the man. Two armed men in masks entered Andromeda Grocery Store at 158 S. Queen St. at 12:30 a.m. and demanded money, police reported. During...
  • Former FBI employee 'saw angels guarding Flight 93 site after deadly crash on 9/11'

    07/03/2012 9:41:50 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 46 replies
    MAIL online ^ | 07/04/2012 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Former FBI employee 'saw angels guarding Flight 93 site after deadly crash on 9/11' A former FBI employee sent to the Flight 93 crash site on September 11, 2001 has claimed she saw a legion of angels guarding the scene when she arrived. Lillie Leonardi has made the bizarre claims in a book written after she retired from the FBI due to post-traumatic stress disorder which began after the terror attacks. In the book, she explained she arrived at the still-smouldering scene three hours after terrorists hijacked the passenger jet and it crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.