Two audio slideshows complete and I am happy with the end results. In the previous project on Domonique Whitehurst, and intern for ArtWorks for Milwaukee I enjoyed speaking to the youth of Milwaukee, Wis., but on this project, I enjoyed speaking to an educator who really put his students needs first. 

Jon Brown is the lead artist and mentor for ArtWorks' eight interns. He assists the students in designing anti-drug and violence campaigns and developing skills necessary for them to achieve success in the art and design world. Brown’s favorite aspect is working with the students to develop new ideas and supporting the growth of the arts for youth, something he feels is lacking in the artist community and public at large. 

ArtWorks mission statement, is to teach students with underperformance in high school that they can achieve employment success. ArtWorks provides interns with a mentor and resources that are often professional artists. 

For this portion of the project I was again, lucky enough, to be partnered with Rebecca French, a photo journalist at Marquette University and for the Marquette Journal. Her insight on photos was again wonderful and the project would not be as successful as it is without her. This has been a wonderful journey and I really enjoyed doing this type of work, it is definitely in the plans to continue to do these types of projects. 
 
 
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.  

The FBI 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. 
 
 
One of the most enjoyable things about completing this project was the ability to speak with a  youth from Milwaukee and his struggles with academics and not having a creative outlet at his high school. First the students were shy and we didn't know if we would be able to single one out, but it soon became apparent that one intern would be the best fit for our slideshow and audio compilation for Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. 

Domonique Whitehurst began his internship with ArtWorks for Milwaukee this past fall. As an intern, he develops creativity skills, produces his own anti-drug and violence campaigns, and works with a seven other interns. 

ArtWorks mission statement, is to teach students with underperformance in high school that they can achieve employment success. ArtWorks provides interns with a mentor and resources that are often professional artists. 

For this project I was partnered with Rebecca French, a photo journalist at Marquette University and for the Marquette Journal. She provided insight as to what angles would be best for photos, which chronological order would be most beneficial for the slideshow and whether class was needed or not. Having someone who is more experienced with photography than myself was wonderful. 
 
 
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.
 
 
Penn State 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
- Video on Paterno Coaching
 
 
Boxing legend Joe Frazier died Monday at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with liver cancer about a month ago. He spent his last days living in a Center City apartment under hospice care.  

Frazier was the son of a South Carolina sharecropper, won an Olympic gold medal, and beat an undefeated Muhammad Ali before becoming one of the most glorified and respected all-time heavyweight champions.

According to the article, Frazier's signature weapon was a left hook that could be destructive for any opponent. He used it to win his first title in 1968 and land Muhammad Ali on the ground in their first match against each other in 1971. Frazier developed his left hook as a young child who grew up without electricity or plumbing in Beaufort, S.C. His father lost his left arm in a shooting over a mistress, and a young Frazier soon became his father's left arm.

"When I was a boy, I used to pull a big cross saw with my dad," Frazier once said. "He'd use his right hand, so I'd have to use my left." After watching a boxing match on TV with his father, he decided to fill a burlap sack with a brick, corncobs, rags, and moss, and hang it from a tree. 

In his 1966 autobiography, "Smokin' Joe: The Autobiography of a Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin,'" Joe Frazier he wrote, "For the next six, seven years damn near every day I'd hit that heavy bag for an hour at a time."

Time magazine described his style as "A kind of motorized Marciano" in the 1971 cover story. This was before Mr. Frazier's $5 million fight with Muhammad Ali, one of three battles between the two.

Frazier's accomplishments are limitless. At age 15, Frazier began training in a Police Athletic League gym, won three national Golden Gloves titles, then a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He won the world heavyweight title  from 1968 to 1970. He Lost his world title in 1973 to George Foreman and never won it back, ending his career with 32 wins, 27 by knockout, four losses, and one draw.

Frazier was a true sport inside and outside the rink. In 1967 Ali refused to enter the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was banned from boxing and stripped of his title. Frazier lobbied for Ali's return, even loaning him money.

Philadelphia and the boxing world has lost a true sport, but his memory and victories will forever live on.
 
 
I know very little about coffee and when there was no hard breaking news this weekend that I felt extremely bad about not blogging about I decided to peruse the dinning portion of The Philadelphia Inquirer. I was absolutely delighted about my find and my mouth began to water and mind began to stray to the land of cocoa beans after seeing the definitions of the mumbo jumbo listed under coffee types.  

The article on the Phrequency Blog is about the up and coming coffee revolution in Philadelphia, Penn. that began two years ago when a number of new coffee shops began to pop up on the streets. The blog talks about the first mobile coffee truck courtesy of Rival Bros. Coffee and the Third Wave coffee movement that focuses on ethical sourcing from sustainable small farms and roasting in small batches while appreciating coffee to be a culinary art and production similar to wine. 

The writer, who remains anonymous, says he or she will update us on their "coffee journey covering hand pours, local roasters, different brewing methods you can try at home and so forth."

But for now, here is a list of drinks baristas brew for me and you: 
Americano: double shot of espresso, hot water, perfect for those who love traditional black coffeeCortado: espresso cut with steamed milk and a little foam
Doppio: standard double espresso shot
Latte: double shot of espresso, steamed milk, thick foam, invented by an Italian-American in California
Macchiato: espresso stained with small drop of steamed milk, no syrups or extra milk
 
 
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 on Twitter. 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.