Daily Archive: November 23, 2011

National

Penn State sex case rivets public, fuels reforms

by Maryclaire Dale PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Jerry Sandusky’s brief call to a TV sportscaster may have done more to raise concern over child-sex crimes than three decades of church-abuse cases. Sandusky, 67, quickly denied being a pedophile when Bob Costas asked him. But Penn State’s retired defensive coordinator paused, and rambled, when asked whether he’s sexually attracted to children. TARNISHED MASCOT—Students walk by a statue of a Penn State Nittany Lion mascot at the Penn State-Beaver campus in Monaca, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) “He doesn’t want to label himself what he is,” said former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham, who once led a grand jury investigation into the Philadelphia archdiocese and is working with the charity Sandusky founded to conduct an internal investigation. “This is a pattern of conduct that is so classic in its context: the grooming, the young boys, the gifts, the flattery, the meals, the trips, the jock thing, the touching.”

National

This Week In Black History

Week of Nov. 26 to Dec. 2 November 26 1873—Macon B. Allen is elected a judge in Charleston, S.C. Allen holds the distinction of being America’s first Black lawyer having been admitted to the bar in Massachusetts on March 5, 1845. During Reconstruction he decided to aid the former slaves in the South by moving to South Carolina and running for judge. TINA TURNER

National

Perry defends casting of Kardashian in new movie

(NNPA)—Filming of Tyler Perry’s new movie, “The Marriage Counselor” began only recently, but fans are already threatening to stay away, angry over the director’s casting of reality TV star Kim Kardashian for a role in the film. According to The Huffington Post, fans have used Perry’s website to criticize his choice for the role of Ava, coworker and friend of the titular marriage counselor Judith (Jurnee Smollett) in the movie. CHOICE QUESTIONED—In this Sept. 13 photo, TV Personality Kim Kardashian attends the Vera Wang 2012 Spring collection during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York. (AP Photo/Donald Traill, file) “Mr. Perry as much as we the middle class Black folks love u, I have made my mind up on your next movie. Me and my wife and children will NOT be supporting you on this one. You are way too classy to have this un-talented lady named Kim Kardashian in your film. … All the Black actresses out there needing work and you choose this negative person. How sad. And what a slap in our face as Black people,” one fan wrote, according to the Post.

National

Food pantry Christmas list includes rice, tuna

by Dinesh Ramde Associated Press Writer MILWAUKEE (AP)—The season of giving has started, with schools, churches and businesses kicking off food drives that have become annual holiday traditions. But many food banks are asking donors to think twice before dropping ramen noodles and frosted cereals in donation barrels. HEALTHY GIVING—In this Nov. 16 photo Patricia Howard looks through a bag of groceries she picked up from the Milwaukee food pantry. Howard, who is anemic and has high blood pressure, joins food officials who ask that food donors this holiday season offer nutritious foods instead of unhealthy alternatives. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde) Many commonly donated foods are high in salt, sugar or calories, making them poor choices for people with high blood pressure, diabetes and other diet-related health problems. With more people turning to food banks and for longer periods of time, agency officials say they need donations but they’d like to see people give the kind of healthy and nutritious items they’d serve to their own families.

National

Survey: More expecting to retire in their 80s

by David PittAP Personal Finance Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—Workers are growing to accept the idea that they may be working long after they’ve become eligible for senior discounts. Yet rather than fixate on their target retirement age, they’re increasingly focused on how much money they’ll need to retire, according to a new national survey by Wells Fargo & Co.

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Opinion

Soulless or do you have soul?

Soulless is defined in the dictionary as a person who lacks sensitivity, compassion or feelings for others and is only concerned about themselves. If you just reflect for a moment it will occur to you that we are inundated with soulless individuals. There is not a day that goes by that I am not approached or called by a person, who starts off a conversation with, “You know what we should do?” At the conclusion of the conversation the “we” generally winds up being something to benefit them.

Opinion

Did race explain Penn State’s blind eye to child sex scandal?

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson Enough of the ghoulish, sordid facts are known about the Penn State University child sex scandal to say this. The alleged child rapes were known by some athletic department members, up to and including the football program boss, JoePa, Joe Paterno. The rumors, or worse, knowledge of the rapes may have been known by or at least heard of by others still unnamed that could eventually be a winding tangle through university staff, faculty, administrators, trustees, corporate donors and politicians.

Opinion

Guest editorial…Officials’ actions in Penn State scandal questioned

The more information is revealed about the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, the more it becomes clear this is about more than the alleged monstrous crimes of one man. This does not mean society in general should be blamed as some commentators have suggested. Generalized blame would let off easy the accused and the specific people who failed to act more aggressively on behalf of child abuse victims. Penn State administration officials, officials at The Second Mile charity for at-risk children where the accuser allegedly recruited his young victims and members of law enforcement knew of allegations of child sex abuse and failed to act to protect children.

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Opinion

No Supercommittee deal is the best deal

(NNPA)—Although automatic cuts in defense spending and domestic programs are scheduled to go into effect as a result of the congressional supercommittee’s failure to reach a budget deal by Wednesday, those reductions are far better than what Republicans on the committee were proposing and Democrats were willing to accept.

Opinion

Scaling Mt. Nittany

Let’s get this out there right quick. I abhor the terrible tragedy that has taken place at Penn State University. The pedophilia that is described in the 23-page grand jury testimony is heinous, and no one involved seems to have done enough to protect these young people.That said, now it seems that everyone is spending too much energy pointing fingers, and to be sure some of the finger pointing has absolutely nothing to do with those young victims.Of course, the first reaction was to clean house. People in very high places were either covering up the depraved misdeeds of football coach Jerry Sandusky, or they chose to simply look the other way (which is the same as covering it up).