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3 Ex-Penn St officials get jail terms in Sandusky abuse case

The former president and two other administrators were sentenced Friday.

A former president of Penn State and two other former university administrators were each sentenced Frida…

See why Penn State star’s father is suing bus company

Alibay Barkley said he was wrongly arrested on a LANTA bus due to his race.

The father of Penn State star football player Saquon Barkley claims he was wrongly accused of not…

Ex-PSU president guilty of 1 count of child endangerment

Graham Spanier showed no emotion as the verdict by a jury in Harrisburg was read.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected chi…

Nazareth High kids hold school’s 1st mini-THON (PHOTOS)

Nazareth Area High School joined the mini-THON effort to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

Nazareth Area High School held its first-ever mini-THON on Friday. The event star…

Not reporting Jerry Sandusky let evil ‘run wild,’ Spanier prosecutor says

The former Penn State University president’s criminal trial kicked off with opening statement on Tuesday.

The failure of Penn State’s former president to report child molestation accusations against Jerry Sandusky allowed evil “to run wild,” prosecutors said Tuesday at the start of Graham Spanier’s trial. A defense attorney accused prosecutors of trying to “criminalize a judgment call.”

Opening statements got underway in the long-delayed criminal trial against Spanier, who faces felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy for how he handled a 2001 report that the former assistant football coach had abused a boy in a team shower.

Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving decades in prison.

On Monday, seven women and five men were chosen for the main jury panel after questioning of prospective jurors was done in secret. Four alternates were picked Tuesday morning.

Deputy Attorney General Patrick Schulte told jurors that Spanier and others agreed not to report Sandusky and, as a result, “evil in the form of Jerry Sandusky was allowed to run wild.”

The attorney general’s office’s witness list includes two former Penn State officials who took plea deals in the case last week — former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

It also includes a former Penn State lawyer, the onetime head of a charity for children founded by Sandusky, police and someone described only as “a confidential witness.” Another potential witness is Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant coach who reported seeing Sandusky shower with the boy.

Defense attorney Sam Silver disputed any notion that his client and others didn’t respond to the 2001 complaint about Sandusky.

“They made a decision they believed was appropriate under the circumstances,” he said, accusing prosecutors of trying to “criminalize a judgment call.”

‘Historic’ $2.4M fine for PSU over Sandusky assaults

Schulte told jurors about a May 1998 incident in which a mother reported Sandusky showering with her son, and said Schultz informed Spanier “because the president of the university should be apprised of something like that.”

After a month the investigation ended with no charges being filed.

After McQueary’s 2001 report, Spanier, Schultz and Curley decided to talk to Sandusky and bar him from campus rather than report him to child-welfare authorities, Schulte said. They told him if he didn’t get help they would report him, he said.

“Gary Schultz is going to tell you that he is very regretful of the decision to not be firmer in insisting that they go to” state child-welfare authorities, Schulte said.

The trial is expected to last about a week.

Spanier, 68, was forced out shortly after Sandusky was charged with child molestation in 2011. Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison and maintains his innocence.

Schultz and Curley had faced the same charges as Spanier before they pleaded guilty last week to a single misdemeanor count of child endangerment, and they await sentencing.

Silver took issue with the conspiracy charge, saying Penn State officials told a few other people about the complaint and reported Sandusky to Second Mile, a charity Sandusky founded and where he met most of his victims.

“That’s a heck of a way to pull off a conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children, to go off and tell all these people,” he said.

The charges stem from their handling of the 2001 report from McQueary that Sandusky had apparently molested a boy in a team shower. Prosecutors say their failure to report that to authorities allowed Sandusky to continue to abuse boys and also endangered others.

Spanier has said that Curley and Schultz characterized the incident in the shower as horseplay and not any form of child abuse. He denies any wrongdoing.

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THON 2017 Raises Over $10 Million

UNIVERSITY PARK — Every year, thousands of Penn State students dance for 46 straight hours as part of the dance marathon known as THON. They do it to raise money to help those with pediatric cancer. Around 700 Penn State students packed the dance floor inside the Bryce Jordan Center, and they didn’t stop for 46 hours, while friends and family cheered them on. “For all of us, all 50,000 students to be here right now and to kind of […]

24 hours into Penn State’s 2017 THON (PHOTOS)

The annual dance marathon has raised more than $136 million to Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

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One day down for THON 2017, one more to go.

Penn State’s annual 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon is in full swing, on its way to a 4 p.m. conclusion Sunday.

More than 165,000 students are helping — with more than 700 pledging to dance — in the annual dance marathon, which has raised more than $136 million over 40 years to Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital, funding comprehensive care and critical research, according to pennlive.com.

The event is punctuated by presentations and performances, including a surprise show by Joe Jonas and his band DNCE on Friday.

Locally, there are smaller versions of the event. One at Notre Dame High School started at 5:30 p.m. Friday and concluded 24 hours later.

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Jury hands ex-Penn St. assistant $7M in defamation case

Mike McQueary was defamed by the university after it was revealed that his testimony led to charges against Jerry Sandusky.

A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football …

‘Arrests pending’ after Penn State fans rampage, report says

The celebration of a stunning upset of Ohio State turned ugly.

One person was hurt, small fires were lit and a vehicle, street lights and signs were damaged late Saturday night i…

Penn State Topples Ohio State Under ‘Whiteout’ Conditions

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.– James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions nabbed a signature win Saturday night at Beaver Stadium when they dispatched the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, 24-21, thanks to a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown with four minutes, 27 seconds remaining. After Ohio State lined up for a field goal to try to stretch its lead to seven, Marcus Allen broke through and blocked the Buckeyes’ attempt before it was returned 60 yards […]