The Philadelphia Inquirer
's lead to this
article would make more sense if it included the word "actions." The lead, "Sandusky lawyer says youths may dispute abuse allegations," makes it seem as if the alleged eight victims of sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky are saying what the media has portrayed and what has been said is false. In my opinion if the lead included "Sandusky lawyer says youths actions
may dispute abuse allegations," it would make more sense as in the story it is alluded that the victims remained in contact and on good terms with Sandusky, never mentioning that they would revoke what they had said under oath to the grand jury.
Sandusky's lawyer, Joseph Amendola, plans to use the fact that ".... a boy who purportedly told jurors that Sandusky had made sexual advances on him during trips to San Antonio, Texas, in the late 1990s -- brought his girlfriend and his child to the coach's house a few years ago and asked him to be a part of their lives." Amendola's plot appears to have no merit due to the fact that of the six victims who testified, all but one said they were subject to "graphic forms of sexual abuse ranging from having their genitals kissed or groped to being forced to perform oral sex."
Information keeps appearing and Sandusky has to keep working to reduce the 40 counts of sexual assault he has been charged with. In a recent interview
with NBC's Rock Center
with Brian Williams
and Bob Costas
, Sandusky claimed innocence. When Costasa asked, "Are you a pedophile," Sandusky responded, "No." This is going to be a rough ride for Penn State and for all the victims involved. For up-to-date information visit the Complete Coverage Scandal at Penn State webpage
and my own Weebly
On Monday a federal jury convicted a Philadelphia
drug lord and his wife for selling crack, cocaine, heroin and PCP in Mayfair located in Northern Philadelphia
. For more than four years, the drug lord Alexander "Reds" Rivera, 29, and his wife, Ileana Vidal, 25, sold drugs out of their home and garage that served as a stable where they kept animals. The two are scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 29 and March 2.
Rivera faces a mandatory life sentence while Vidal is facing 10 years in jail. Currently she is off on bail, but the hearing scheduled for Thursday will reveal whether to revile the bail or change conditions.
raided the "garage/stable" during the investigation of the Riveras where Rivera allegedly kept roosters used for cock fighting. Rivera's attorney said that the stable was the home to several animals such as horses, goats and chickens. It was a "petting zoo" for neighborhood children. The petting zoo stashed drugs that Rivera and his gang sold more than $18,000 work of crack per week from Feb. 2006 to Sept. 2010. In addition to the Rivera's garage/stable they used luxury cars, like Audis
and Mercedes Benzes
, to store, process and distribute drugs.
According to the article
the gang operated mainly around the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Lawrence Street in North Philadelphia and used guns and violence to protect their drug territory.
Fifteen range members in the case pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and related offenses, five of them testified against Rivera and Vidal at trial claiming innocence.
Joe Paterno has been the subject of public scrutiny after the child sexual-abuse scandal that threw Pennsylvania State University
through a loop. Paterno threw another curveball Friday after his son Scott Paterno made a statement to the Associate Press
that Joe Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Joe Paterno, 84, went to the doctor for an exam for a bronchial illness and left with the diagnosis of a treatable form of lung cancer. Scott Paterno eased the media and told the Philadelphia Inquirer
staff in an article
that he "is currently undergoing treatment, and his doctors are optimistic that he will make a full recovery."
According to an ABC News article
, Joe Paterno was seen visiting the Mount Nittany Medical Center
Wednesday, Nov.16 and treated for an undisclosed ailment. The medical exam occurred the same weekend the school played its first game without Joe Paterno as a coach against the Nebraska's Cornhuskers
, loosing by only three points.
"As everyone can appreciate, this is a deeply personal matter for my parents, and we simply ask that his privacy be respected as he proceeds with treatment," Scott Paterno said in a statement to ABC News
and the Inquirer.
Just two days after my initial blog post
, Joe Paterno, head coach of Penn State
's football team
, was fired. On Wednesday, after a hot and heavy week regarding child sex-abuse allegations towards his fellow staff, the University decided Paterno's presence was no longer needed.
Paterno is not charged with conspiracy, but knew about Jerry Sandusky's 15 year span of sexual abuse on children and did not file any reports on the incidents to the police. Paterno announced early Wednesday that he would retire at the end of the current season, but university and the university trustees decided him being on campus was not the best thing for Penn State as a whole.
The Division I-A coach has the most wins ever for a college coach. He has filled the Beaver Stadium for generations. Fathers, sons and grandsons have witnessed Paterno's talent, but his talent will no longer be showcased at Penn State. No replacement has been found, but the football team stayed positive with interim head coach Tom Bradley who encouraged the men to play hard against Nebraska's Cornhuskers
Saturday, loosing by only three points.
is heating up after allegations of sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator for the football team, lack of Joe Paterno's, Penn State's head coach, actions along with administration.
Sandusky was arrested Saturday on 40 counts of sexually abusing minors in the span of 15 years. Two top school officials, Senior Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley, have stepped down through the course of the scandal after it was revealed they were told about the assaults but failed to contact the police.
Paterno's conscious is not clean either. His 46 season career at the age of 84 is likely to come to an end before his ten-year is renewed due to the fact that he concealed the incidents as well.
Schultz and Curley are accused of failing to alert police. Paterno is not being targeted in the investigation after he testified in front of the grand jury that led to the charges, but the state police commissioner became upset and chastised him and other school officials for not trying to stop the suspected abuse. Paterno may not be charged with a crime, but many news sources are reporting that he will be leaving the University within a matter of days or weeks.
The incident derives from a March 2002 encounter when an assistant football coach said he saw Sandusky assaulting a 10-year-old boy in a shower in the football locker rooms. The assistant coach, later identified as Mike McQueary, left and reported the incident to Paterno. Paterno then notified Curley who said he would look into the matter. Police were never notified by officials and the boy's identity remains unknown to the public. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg
, which first reported that the man had come forward, said he is in his 20s, knew Sandusky from The Second Mile
charity and never told his parents or authorities about the alleged encounters from nearly a decade ago. The now adult decided to contact the police department Sunday after seeing the news on Sandusky's arrest, Lt. David Young of the Montoursville station said to the Inquirer staff. Investigators took a statement from him then forwarded it to the Rockview station where officers are investigating the information. Young refused to release the man's name. As this all began to unfold other victims have contacted authorities.
According to an Inquirer article
, "Paterno is done." We will just have to wait and see how it all plays out but for the time being here are a few links to some other stories by the Philadelphia Inquirer related to the incident:
- Photo Gallery
- Staff Report
: Paterno Could Be Out
- John P. Martin and Jeremy Roebuck
: Paterno says all at Penn State were fooled by Sandusky
- Statement by The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees
on Paterno Coaching
I would never have known the Philadelphia Inquirer
had a celebrity gossip
section until Halloween day when the world was using the, now trending, hashtag #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage
. I found out about the divorce through the infamous social media and then looked immediately at Philly.com
to see if there had been reports posted on the website. After all, it's a credible news source and I thought it would never post any nonsense such as this. Boy oh boy was I wrong. Really wrong.
The Inquirer actually has posted several articles about the Kardashian-Humphries wedding and suspected divorce. The article, The Kardashian Times: KK & KH Kaput!?
was written just ten days before the filing was publicly announced, saying things such as "Sure, it's not as bas as Britney Spears' 55-hour-marriage to whatshisname in 2004..." and "...celeb Kim Kardashian and pro basketball player Kris Humphries may be joining the Brit on the ever-growing list, Shortest Celebrity Marriages..."
Now, I understand wanting to know about the lives of celebrities but when I found the celebrity gossip page on Philly.com I was a little concerned. Articles
from the Associate Press regarding the split were published immediately on Philly.com at 3:00 a.m. as well as a breaking report
that made me question why this is news worthy. I think there were multiple stories that could have replaced this but Philly.com is just doing its job and catering to its audience.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
provided continuous coverage this weekend as mysteries surrounding Libyan dictator, Moammar Gadhafi's, death Thursday were revealed. The Inquirer refused to publish articles by their own staff with various articles published since word of Gadhafi's death have been written solely by the Associated Press
Beginning with an article
by Christopher Gillette and Rami Al-Shaheibi from the Associated Press the writers covered the story extensively using multiple sources and spanning two pages online. The story was well written and provided a wide span of information that brings the reader up to speed with Gadhafi's history and death. The gruesome details surrounding his death were well written and showed a much needed level of discrepancy. "Later footage showed fighters rolling Gadhafi's lifeless body over the pavement, stripped to the waist and a pool of blood under his head," Gillete and Al-Shaheibi wrote. This may seem graphic, but compared other information I read on other news sources and publications, it is tame.
While The Inquirer published numerous articles, the multimedia content held their own. However, the coverage again came from only AP sources. In a slideshow
produced from AP photos and compiled to be displayed on Philly.com
the content ranges from Gadhafi's lifeless body, celebrations in the street, Gadhafi with world politicians, and Libyan armed forces. This piece was nicely put together, unfortunately, the multimedia ends with photographs while there is no Twitter
or blogs regarding the event.
The coverage continued throughout the weekend and most recently the Inquirer published an article
on the relocation of Gadhafi's body from a commercial freezer to a warehouse to await proper burial. Again, this article is not written by someone from the Inquirer, but rather an AP reporter. With the amount of time that philly.com had to produce and speak to sources I am shocked they did not produce a single article by themselves.