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June 15, 2012 | By Nicole Radzievich" and Peter Hall, Morning Call
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Inside the courtroom of Jerry Sandusky's trial, the testimony is graphic. Intimate touches. Oral sex. Shower scenes. The news media has descended on the Centre County Courthouse to capture the trial in words and images. But because Pennsylvania bans cameras in most courtrooms, a trio of sketch artists employed by the media organizations offers a peek into an emotional world. One captures a distraught accuser with his face in his hands after an aggressive cross-examination.
June 15, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Timothy Jorden was well-known in the Buffalo, N.Y., area. His career began with a position as a weapons expert in the Army's Special Forces, included a stint as medic and eventually settled into  civilian life as a respected physician and surgeon. But the former military man also had his demons, ones that chased him through a series of incidents -- including cases of domestic violence, police said. On Friday, Jorden's body was found in a heavily wooded area in Lake View, N.Y., part of the town of Hamburg outside of Buffalo.
June 14, 2012 | By Kim Christensen and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of 1,247 confidential Boy Scouts of America files, the first step toward publicly lifting the veil on 20 years of alleged child sexual abuse by troop leaders and others within the organization. Also known as the "ineligible volunteer" or "perversion" files, the 20,000 pages ordered to be unsealed span two decades beginning in 1965, a portion of such records the Scouts have kept under lock and key since the 1920s. The files played a key role as evidence in a landmark Oregon lawsuit in 2010 that resulted in the largest judgment ever against the Scouts in a molestation case.
June 1, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A Tennessee judge is taking the Los Angeles Times and other news outlets to task for publishing reports last month that said a Knoxville man had 30 children and was struggling to make child support payments for all of them. Turns out 32-year-old Desmond Hatchett -- who has been dubbed "Octodad" in the media -- owes child support only for 24 children. "What he is officially, legally responsible for is 24 children," Knox County Juvenile Court child support magistrate Stan Briggs told The Times on Friday.
May 18, 2012 | By James Rainey
The Los Angeles Times will use a $1-million grant from the Ford Foundation to expand its coverage of key beats, including immigration and ethnic communities in Southern California, the southwest U.S. border and the emerging economic powerhouse of Brazil. Times Editor Davan Maharaj announced the grant Thursday, calling it "great news" that will bolster coverage of subjects vitally important to readers. A Ford Foundation spokesman said that as media organizations face challenges in funding reporting through advertising and traditional revenue streams, "we and many other funders are experimenting with new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism.
May 15, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
Perhaps Mitt Romney played it right when he was meek and contrite in response to the Washington Post's front-page allegations that he bullied a kid half a century ago in high school. Romney no doubt feels embarrassed by the charges, even if most of us struggle to understand their relevance or gauge their veracity. But the time is coming for Romney to get angry, very angry, with what is increasingly, quaintly called "the mainstream media. " The Post's decision to play up the story as if it were major news - front page, thousands of drably dull self-serious words piled high as if to justify the one buzzy nugget - is an embarrassment.
May 15, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch and Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
General Motors Co.plans to pull its paid advertising from Facebook Inc. after the nation's largest automaker determined its ads on the social network had little effect on consumers. The move represents an ill-timed setback for Facebook, which is gearing up for what is expected to be the largest ever initial public stock offering of an Internet company. In the run-up to its IPO, expected Friday, investors have been weighing Facebook's revenue prospects and have questioned the effectiveness of advertising on the social networking site.
April 17, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
SANFORD, Fla. — As George Zimmerman's attorney filed a motion for the judge in the Trayvon Martin murder case to step aside, several media outlets sought Monday to unseal court documents. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of the unarmed African American teenager on Feb. 26 in Sanford. The case has sparked national demonstrations and raised questions about race and gun control. Zimmerman, who is white and Latino, says he acted in self-defense.
April 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Media outlets, including Tribune Co., the Miami Herald and the Associated Press, on Monday sought to have court documents unsealed in the case of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the Sanford, Fla., shooting death of unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin. The motions are the latest friction between the public's right to know and the desire of lawyers to protect the interests of defendants, especially in high-profile cases. The court records in the case were sealed last week; normally, they'd be a public document in Florida.
April 1, 2012 | James Rainey
The case of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and the man who shot him, George Zimmerman, has become the most covered story in America, eclipsing even the presidential election, according to one media-tracking organization. But the many Americans who turned their attention to the violent incident got radically different accounts of what happened on that rainy Sunday night in Sanford, depending on where they got their news. The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that about one-fifth of the total news space was devoted to the shooting.
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