There’s really little use debating if the photo currently under fire from a Penn State Mexican-themed sorority party is offensive. It is, without a doubt. In a picture from the party, members of the Chi Omega sorority are seen dressed in ponchos, sombreros, and fake mustaches. That alone is questionable to some, but the signs they were holding were undeniably outrageous. One read: “Will mow lawn for weed + beer” and the other: “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it.” Read more…
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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. Sandusky, who apparently arrived in court this morning wearing a smile, was defiant about his conviction, saying, “They can take away my life, they can make me out as a monster, they can treat me as a monster, but they can’t take away my heart.” Read more…
This morning, students at Penn State University were watching television in anticipation of the release of the Freeh Report, the inquiry into the Penn State sex abuse scandal headed up by former FBI investigator Joeseph Freeh. But as 9 a.m. rolled around — the appointed time when the 267-page report’s details would be released and revealed on CNN — the school’s televisions suddenly went blank. When the TVs came back on, they were broadcasting a local public access channel instead.
Today’s most anticipated news event has arrived: The 9am ET release of the so-called Freeh Report, Penn State’s internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal based on more than 3.5 million emails and documents and 430 interviews. Highlights, per the Washington Post and USA Today:
- The quote initially getting the most attention, which is set to be delivered by report-honcho/former FBI director Louis Freeh at 10am: “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.”
Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach, has been convicted of almost all of the child sex abuse charges leveled against him. He faces a minimum of 60 years in prison. You can read more here.
- Sara Ganim, a 24-year-old reporter at the Patriot News, won a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for breaking the story about former Coach Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State University sex abuse scandal — making her one of the youngest people ever to win a Pulitzer. [Poynter]
- The Washington Post reminds us that Mitt Romney is pro-stay-at-home-moms, unless they are on welfare, in which case they need to learn “the dignity of work.” [Washington Post]
- Takedowns of Katie Roiphe’s 50 Shades Of Grey/BDSM piece in Newsweek that you should check out include this one by Megan Carpentier at Raw Story and this one by Virginia Heffernan at Yahoo. Keep reading »
Joe Paterno’s death caused, to put it mildly, mixed reactions: The Hollywood Reporter has a roundup, and it includes everything from George HW Bush’s glowing remembrance of the Penn State coach to this zinger from a Late Show writer and producer: “Will there be a moment of silence for Joe Paterno, to honor his silence when he discovered children were being attacked?” But the most extreme reaction came, of course, from those paragons of understatement, the Westboro Baptist Church. Read more…
Joe Paterno, the “winningest coach in college football,” who was forced to retire from his position as head coach of Penn State’s football team following the Jerry Sandusky/child rape scandal, has died at the age of 85. Paterno announced he had lung cancer just days after leaving his post at Penn State and his health deteriorated quickly. Some will remember him for his winning record and deep commitment to his school and team; others won’t be able to forget how he allowed that allegiance to a game and institution take precedence over the lives of innocent children. Both would likely agree that his passing comes too soon. He is survived by his wife Sue, five children, and 17 grandchildren. [CBS News, NBC Sports]
- Sarah Palin was asked about Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky during an appearance on Greta Van Susteren’s show on Fox yesterday and said, “Hang him from the highest tree. I’ll bring the rope.” Greta then asked if Sarah might want the justice system to run its course first and Sarah replied, “Hang him from the highest tree and I’ll bring the rope if he is guilty of what is alleged.” [Politico]
- An anti-Kardashian petition on GoPetition.com is begging E! cancel “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Get a clue, people, E! is not going to cancel that cash cow! [The Wrap]
- NeNe Leakes is selling $150 T-shirts that say “I’m Very Rich Bitch!” No, there is no comma. For that much money, you’d think you’d get some proper grammar. [Essence] Keep reading »
Penn State Scandal: Jerry Sandusky’s Lawyer Impregnated A Teenager, Plus More B.S. From McQueary And Paterno!
- Earlier today, I posted the video from last night’s interview between NBC’s Bob Costas and accused child rapist Jerry Sandusky. What I didn’t point out then was that Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, was also interviewed and said that not only does he believe his client is innocent, but that he would happily leave his own kids in his care. He also said that he believes they have figured out the identity of Victim 2 — i.e. the young boy graduate assistant coach Mike McCleary allegedly saw being anally raped by Sandusky in the Penn State locker room showers in 2002 — and implied that they would be able to produce witnesses who would contradict that the attack ever happened. He also said he believes that a number of the victims listed in the grand jury report will come forward and say that the attacks described against them never occurred. Wish in one hand, buddy… [Huffington Post] Keep reading »