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WORLD
December 19, 2012 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
LONDON - The BBC did not deliberately cover up sex-abuse allegations against one of its most famous hosts in order to go ahead with planned tribute shows to him after his death, but its decision to drop a news investigation into the accusations was “seriously flawed,” a highly anticipated report has found. After the allegations of serial sexual abuse of children by Jimmy Savile came to light on a rival broadcaster, the BBC's management mounted a confused, inept and completely inadequate response that showed considerable internal distrust and that eventually cost the job of its new director general, said the report, released Wednesday.
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BUSINESS
December 16, 2012 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: A new board took over five years ago. Our dues have never been so high. Our reserves, operating funds and bank balances have never been so low. Five years ago we had more than $600,000 cash in the bank for emergency funds. Now we have nothing. The board cannot explain where the money went or where it is going. For fiscal year 2012 we're in the hole for at least $155,000. The board president rejects owner requests for independent audits, stating our annual audit suffices. Our bimonthly newsletters tell owners what a great job the board is doing.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2012 | By Peter Hall, Morning Call
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The charges filed last week accusing three former Penn State administrators of engaging in a "conspiracy of silence" to cover up child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky raise questions about whether legendary football Coach Joe Paterno could have been charged if he were still living. Former university President Graham Spanier and the others face charges including perjury and endangering the welfare of children. "To be fair and consistent, you have to read this as a posthumous indictment of Joe Paterno," said law professor Wes Oliver of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2012 | By John L. Micek and Peter Hall, Morning Call
HARRISBURG, Pa. - When it really counted, three top leaders at Penn State University engaged in a "conspiracy of silence" to cover up child sexual abuse allegations against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, says Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly. Kelly announced Thursday what some in the Penn State community had expected for months: that former university President Graham Spanier had been charged in the Sandusky sex abuse scandal. "This was not a mistake. This was not an oversight.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier was charged Thursday with conspiring with top university officials to cover up the actions of football coach Jerry Sandusky, convicted of abusing young boys he first groomed with gifts. Spanier, president of the university for 16 years, is the third top university official to be criminally charged in the Sandusky scandal. The others, Timothy M. Curley and Gary C. Schultz, have been previously charged and will face added counts, Pennsylvania Atty.
SPORTS
October 10, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Famed swim coach Mark Schubert, who was accused in a recent wrongful-termination lawsuit of ignoring sexually inappropriate behavior between a coach and swimmers, has in court documents dismissed the claims as "distortions and lies. " Swim coach and philanthropist Dia Rianda filed the suit last month in Orange County Superior Court against Schubert, who is the chief executive officer of Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach. Most notably, Schubert was the head of the U.S. national team until 2010 and a fixture on the Olympic scene for decades, having trained an impressive number of world-class athletes, including distance star Janet Evans, who won four Olympic gold medals.
SPORTS
October 9, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Famed swim coach Mark Schubert, who was accused in a recent wrongful-termination lawsuit of ignoring sexually inappropriate behavior between a coach and swimmers, has in court documents dismissed the claims as “distortions and lies.” Swim coach and philanthropist Dia Rianda filed the suit last month in Orange County Superior Court against Schubert, who is the chief executive officer of Golden West Swim Club in Huntington Beach. Most notably, Schubert was the head of the U.S. national team until 2010 and a fixture on the Olympic scene for decades, having trained an impressive number of world-class athletes, including distance star Janet Evans, who won four Olympic gold medals.
SPORTS
August 20, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Melky Cabrera did the right thing. Eventually. Last week the Giants outfielder was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after a positive drug test. Cabrera almost immediately released a statement admitting his "use of a substance I should not have used" and that he would not fight the suspension. Good for him. If you've done something wrong, just come clean. Not only is it the right thing to do morally, but it's a great PR move. Just ask Andy Pettitte. Plus, he wouldn't be wasting everyone's time and resources with an appeal, hoping to get off on a technicality like a certain 2011 National League MVP may or may not have done.
WORLD
August 10, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - The flamboyant police official who blew the whistle onChina's most sensational murder case by fleeing to a U.S. Consulate appears headed for prosecution himself. Four underlings of the official, Wang Lijun, went on trial Friday on charges of covering up the poisoning in November of a British consultant on behalf of Gu Kailai, the powerful wife of former Chongqing Communist Party chairman Bo Xilai. And during Gu's trial Thursday, the prosecution claimed that Gu had repeatedly discussed with Wang the idea of killing Neil Heywood, and that the two had plotted for Heywood to be slain during what looked like a drug raid, according to a lawyer who attended the closed proceedings.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A Roman Catholic monsignor, William J. Lynn, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Tuesday for covering up sexual abuses by a priest he supervised in Philadelphia. “You knew full well what was right, Monsignor Lynn, but you chose wrong,” Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said, according to media reports from the courtroom. “I did not intend any harm,” Lynn said in court Tuesday. “My best was not good enough to stop that harm.” A former secretary for clergy to the late Philadelphia Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Lynn managed priests and investigated claims of misconduct from 1992 to 2004.
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