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January 17, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Al Pacino will star as Joe Paterno in the movie "Happy Valley", a film about the life of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Brian De Palma will direct the film, which is expected to come out in 2014, The movie will be based on the bestselling book "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski. “ 'Happy Valley' reunites the 'Scarface' and 'Carlito's Way' team of De Palma and Pacino for the third time and I can't think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw,” producer Edward Pressman told Deadline.com , which first reported the story.
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January 10, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Jerry Sandusky emerged from prison to attend a hearing 200 miles away at which his lawyers argued Thursday he deserves a new trial on child molestation charges because they didn't have enough time to prepare for the first one. The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach played no active role in the proceedings but briefly greeted his wife and supporters beforehand. At the hearing in Centre County court in Bellefonte, Pa., Sandusky's lawyers cited flaws in the trial, including that they were swamped by about 12,000 pages of documents and other materials, that Judge John Cleland should have instructed jurors about the years it took for victims to report Sandusky had abused them, and that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed.
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January 10, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Jerry Sandusky's lawyers argued Thursday that the former Penn State assistant football coach should receive a new trial because they didn't have time to properly prepare for his child molestation trial. Sandusky's attorney told a court hearing that the defense was overburdened by more than 10,000 pages of documents. "We felt we didn't have nearly sufficient time to review these materials the way we needed to,"   Joe Amendola said ,  according to the Allentown  Morning Call.  Sandusky's lawyers also argued that Judge John Cleland should have instructed  jurors  about the long lag time between the alleged abuse and when the accusers came forward, the Associated Press reported.
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January 3, 2013 | Wire reports
Serena Williams had a tough win over the woman she's predicting could one day top the rankings, setting up a semifinal match at the Brisbane International in Australia against current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. The reigning Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Olympic champion showed plenty of emotion on key points in a heavy-hitting duel with Fed Cup teammate Sloane Stephens on Thursday before winning, 6-4, 6-3. Williams converted both break points and fended off one break chance against her in each set, later saying Stephens had the potential to be "the best in the world one day. " Williams has an 11-1 record against Azarenka and was 5-0 against the 23-year-old Belarussian in 2012, including the U.S. Open final.
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January 3, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
One of Jerry Sandusky's victims in the Penn State sexual abuse scandal announced through his attorney on Wednesday that he was unhappy with the sanctions the NCAA placed on the school as punishment for its role in covering up the abuse. "Victim No. 4 was very disappointed when he learned of the NCAA sanctions several months ago," attorney Benjamin D. Andreozzi told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. "He was particularly upset the sanctions were so broad that they impacted people who had absolutely nothing to do with the abuse or the failure to properly report the abuse.
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January 2, 2013
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett filed a federal lawsuit against the NCAA on Wednesday, claiming that college sports' governing body "piled on" when it penalized Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The sanctions included a $60 million fine and a four-year ban on bowl games. Penn State itself said it had no role in the lawsuit. Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss which side will prevail in the matter. Feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment of your own. Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times Nice try, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
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January 1, 2013 | Wire reports
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday he plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State University because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Republican governor scheduled a Wednesday news conference on the Penn State campus in State College to announce the antitrust filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg. The sanctions, which were agreed to by the university in July, included a $60-million fine that would be used nationally to finance child abuse prevention grants.
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December 6, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
A photograph of Penn State sorority members donning sombreros and ponchos has landed the school's Chi Omega chapter on probation. In the picture , some of the women have fake mustaches festooned to their lips, and one woman is holding a sign that reads: “Will mow lawn for weed + beer.” "I am disappointed in the choices made by our Nu Gamma Chapter members and we regret any pain caused," Chi Omega's national president, Letitia Fulkerson, said...
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November 7, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was arraigned and released on bail Wednesday on charges he lied about the child sex abuse allegations involving  Jerry Sandusky. Spanier was charged last week with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy for his actions in response to complaints about Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, showering with children. Spanier was Penn State's president for 16 years before being forced out last year.
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