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WNYC News

Sandusky Asks Judge To Overturn Abuse Convictions

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a judge on Thursday to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions and grant him a new trial, claiming his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and the statute of limitations for some charges had expired.

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WNYC News

Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to at Least 30 Years

Monday, October 08, 2012

Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

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The Takeaway

Are the Sanctions Against Penn State a "Death Sentence"?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Do the penalties put upon the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal amount to a “death penalty”? That’s what many are reporting one day after NCAA president Mark Emmert imposed a $60 million dollar fine and barred the team from bowl games for four years.

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The Takeaway

NCAA Announces Penalties Against Penn State University

Monday, July 23, 2012

This morning the NCAA announced massive penalties against Penn State University due to their handling of the child sexual abuse scandal involving the former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lessons from Penn State

Friday, July 13, 2012

Jonathan Mahler, contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and author of the Kindle Single Death Comes to Happy Valley, talks about the findings of the Penn State report issued yesterday, and what they may tell us about other top athletic departments.

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The Takeaway

The Life, Death, and Legacy of Joe Paterno

Monday, January 23, 2012

Joe Paterno, the most successful coach in major college football history, the face of Penn State University, and at one point, among the most admired figures in the entire sporting world, is dead at the age of 85. News of Paterno’s death from lung cancer came early Sunday morning. At the center of one of the worst scandals to ever hit the sports world, what JoePa's legacy will be, once the dust clears, is up to more people than just Lions fans.

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The Takeaway

Should Statutes of Limitations Apply to Child Sex Offenses?

Friday, December 09, 2011

Across the United States, statutes of limitations with regard to sex crimes vary from state to state. The cases of former sports coaches Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine highlight how variations in the law can create very different outcomes. On Wednesday, prosecutors said that despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct with minors, charges against Fine could not be brought because the statute of limitations has expired. Meanwhile, Sandusky has posted bail after spending a night in jail. 

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WNYC News

Former Penn State Coach Paterno Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Joe Paterno was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer the same weekend Penn State's football team played its first game without the Hall of Fame coach in nearly a half century.

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The Takeaway

Are People Losing Faith in Their Leaders?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

On Wednesday, The Takeaway spoke with Thomas Day, an Iraqi War veteran who grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, where he took part in Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile program. "Young folks of my generation don't have a whole lot of faith in the leaders," Day said. "And for me, this situation with my local leaders back home in State College, Pennsylvania, kind of encapsulates that." Some Takeaway listeners thought Thomas's assessment of the Baby Boomer generation was spot on.

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The Takeaway

After Penn State Scandal, Grad Describes 'Loss of Faith' in Parents' Generation

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The damage in the Penn State sex abuse scandal continues to grow. At least 10 more alleged victims have reportedly come forward. Many of the alleged victims came from former assistant Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile foundation, a program he started for at-risk youth. Thomas Day attended the Second Mile foundation when he was younger, and later volunteered with the group.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: More Molestation Allegations Against Sandusky, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The New York Times is reporting that nearly 10 more people have come forward with accusations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Occupy Wall Street Eviction, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In what Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling a "temporary removal", Occupy Wall Street protesters have been cleared from Zuccotti Park by police in riot gear. 

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Latest Updates on Occupy Wall Street Eviction

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

After getting a court order to return, police have told Occupy Wall Street protesters can return to Zuccotti Park, but cannot bring tents, tarps, or sleeping bags.

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The Takeaway

Should Penn State Set Up a Victims' Compensation Fund?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The fallout continues from the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State. Monday night Jerry Sandusky appeared on NBC to respond to the allegations against him. Yesterday the CEO of The Second Mile — the foundation Jerry Sandusky started in 1977 to mentor troubled youth — resigned. Meanwhile, the Big Ten Conference removed former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's name from a new championship trophy.

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WNYC News

Local Colleges Focus on Reporting Requirements in Wake of Penn State Scandal

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In the wake of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, policies and procedures for reporting such incidents on college campuses have come under more intense scrutiny.

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The Takeaway

Penn State Struggles to Redefine Its Identity

Monday, November 14, 2011

In their first game without longtime football coach Joe Paterno the Penn State Nittany Lions fell to Big Ten rivals the Nebraska Cornhuskers. But for the students, the solemn game was about much more than football. The Penn State community is still grappling with how to reshape the university's identity in the wake of allegations that former football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulted young boys.

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The Takeaway

P.J. Crowley on Crisis Management at Penn State

Friday, November 11, 2011

Penn State University has been in full-fledged crisis management mode this week. On Wednesday, football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were both removed from their positions. It was an attempt to answer criticism that the university and football program did not do enough to stop assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from sexually abusing young boys on camps over a span of 15 years.

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The Takeaway

Friday Follow: Rick Perry, Euro Zone, Penn State

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rick Perry's slow motion political gaffe, the continuing debt crisis in Europe, and the scandal that rocked Penn State University were — for better or worse — the stories that dominated the headlines for the last week. The Takeaway has assembled a panel of analysts to rundown, dissect, and wrap-up all the major stories of the week.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn-Born Paterno Leaves Penn State Under a Cloud

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Grand Experiment ended early for Joe Paterno, legendary Penn State football coach, as he was fired on Wednesday evening. The man who holds the record for the largest number of wins in college football came from humble beginnings in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood.

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The Takeaway

Penn State Students Respond to Paterno Riots

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thousands of Penn State students took to the streets of State College, Pennsylvania Wednesday night, furious over the firing of football coach Joe Paterno. Rioting students turned over a TV news van and ripped down two lamp posts. Paterno was fired over allegations that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused eight boys over a 15 year period.

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