Report: Joe Paterno Knew About Sandusky’s Child Sex Abuse in 1976

Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach, raises fingers in a victory gesture after Penn State defeated North Carolina State 19-10 at University Park, Pennsylvania, Saturday, Nov. 11, 1978.

Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach, after a victory over North Carolina State on November 11, 1978.

Did Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno know all about Jerry Sandusky‘s horrific pedophiliac ways 40 years ago?

That disturbing possibility was raised in a court filing Thursday, according to this report from Penn State is battling in court with an insurance provider in a bid to recoup some of the $60 million in settlements that the university has paid out in recent years to more than two dozen Sandusky victims.

Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer, who is overseeing the insurance case, wrote that a boy allegedly told Paterno in 1976 that he had been sexually molested by Sandusky. Glazer also referenced assistant coaches who allegedly witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unnamed children in 1987 and 1988. But the judge also wrote that there was no evidence that the reported abuse went up through Penn State’s chain of command, according to the PennLive story.

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Chris Christie: 10 Days to Avert Atlantic City Bankruptcy

Chris Christie

Chris Christie speaking at today’s press conference on the Atlantic City state takeover bill. (Still from NJTV livestream; used under a Creative Commons license)

“We’re either going to do it, or Atlantic City is going to be bankrupt.”

Those were the words from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a late-afternoon press conference today, speaking about series of Atlantic City state takeover bills that he wants the legislature to pass as soon as possible. According to Christie, Atlantic City will run out of cash in about 10 days.

“We don’t have time to dawdle here,” Christie said. “It’s 10 days.… I am not going to permit the taxpayers of New Jersey to be fleeced again.” Christie supports a bill, proposed by Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney, that allows the state to take over large swaths of city government for five years. Read more »

Reports: Sixers Add Marc Eversley, Ned Cohen To Front Office

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

Bryan Colangelo has reportedly made two additions to the Sixers’ front office. 

According to reports, the Sixers have made multiple additions to their basketball operations staff.

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the Sixers have hired Marc Eversley from the Washington Wizards, where Eversley was the vice president of player personnel. According to Zillgitt, Eversley will head up the Sixers player personnel department.

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DA: Man Stole $900K From Farm to Buy Luxury Cars, Bahamas Trip

Maserati suspect

Clifton Willson is charged with stealing more than $900,000 from a Chester County farm. He spent the money on things like two Maseratis. (Maserati badge logo by Tanner-Gas, via Wikimedia Commons, used under a Creative Commons license)

Clifton Willson worked part-time as a painter at a farm in western Chester County. He was fired from that job earlier this year, when police began investigating his involvement in an alleged criminal scheme.

Today, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Wilson had been charged in the theft of more than $927,100 from a farm in Willistown Township. He used the money, Hogan says, to buy two Maserati vehicles, a Porsche SUV, a Land Rover, a rental home and a family vacation to the Bahamas — among other things.

“The defendant took advantage of his position of trust,” Hogan said in a release. “He stole checks, forged the victim’s signature, and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars all because of simple greed.” Read more »

The Eagles Need to Give Sam Bradford What He Wants

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Photos | USA Today Sports

The Sam Bradford Issue hangs over the Philadelphia Eagles like a turkey buzzard. As much as the Eagles try to ignore it, it squawks and flies from tree to tree, peering down at the Nova Care center, waiting for a dead carcass.

The dead man walking is Bradford himself, the self-deposed quarterback who is living somewhere in Oklahoma, hoping the Eagles do the right thing and somehow trade him to the Denver BroncosRead more »

Q&A: James Mergiotti, President of Center City’s Peirce College

James J. Mergiotti, Pierce College president

Photos via Peirce College

During Villanova’s run to the national championship this year, there was much commotion about the team not being a “city school.” It’s true, of course: Villanova is in Radnor Township.

At some point, I tweeted about how I only root for Peirce College, the school located on the 1400 block of Pine Street in Center City Philadelphia. (“Go Fighting Misspellings!” I wrote.) Somehow, that led to me interviewing the president of Peirce College a few weeks later.

A little backstory: Peirce College was founded by Thomas May Peirce in 1865. He found there was no adequate business training facility for veterans returning from the Civil War. He started the Union Business College to help educate Civil War vets and get them started on business careers. He started with nine students on a Saturday morning at Eighth and Spring Garden, and had 550 enrolled by the end of the first year.

The school was eventually re-named Peirce, and moved to its location at 1420 Pine Street in 1915. A member of the Peirce family was president of the school until 1981, when Dr. Raymond C. Lewin became took the role. Current Peirce president James J. Mergiotti, a longtime veteran of the banking industry, is the third non-family member to be president of the college. The school still has a focus on educating people for the professional world, offering degrees in areas like business, IT and healthcare administration.

I sat down with Mergiotti to talk about Philadelphia’s tiny, little-known college, one that sits in the shadows of all the large institutions in the city. This interview has been condensed. Read more »

Report: Sixers Associate Head Coach Mike D’Antoni Interviewed By Rockets

Mike D'Antoni's "Seven Seconds or Less" offensive system could help the struggling 76ers | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers associate head coach Mike D’Antoni interviewed for the Rockets vacant head coaching job | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Sixers associate head coach Mike D’Antoni interviewed for the Rockets vacant head coaching job.

J.B. Bickerstaff, who took over as interim coach when the Rockets fired Kevin McHale after a 4-7 start, has withdrawn his name from consideration to take over as the full time head coach.

The Rockets finished the season with a 41-41 record and lost in five games to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

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3 Men Wanted for Assaulting School Police Officers

Suspects in police assault

Still images of suspects from Philadelphia Police Department

Three men attacked teens leaving Northeast High School — then turned their attack on school police officers who intervened, according to Philadelphia Police.

The assaults happened on Monday at 3:30 as school was dismissing. Police say two school police officers were escorting students out of the school — a normal activity — when they saw two adults attacking a Northeast student. The cops ran over and stopped the fight.

That’s when an argument happened between the two adults and the school police officers. Police say the two men began pushing and shoving the officers, eventually throwing one of the school cops to the ground and punching the other in the face. A third man then joined the fray; according to police, “all three began to pummel the officers.” Read more »

Seven Theories You Might Not Know About Where the Word “Hoagie” Comes From | Jack Puccio | Jack Puccio

We were really hoping we’d be able to trace a Native American origin for the word “hoagie” in celebration of National Hoagie Day today, but we couldn’t. We did, however, find these seven variations, some way more dubious-sounding than others. Get yourself a nice fresh hoagie (or, depending on your place of birth, a submarine, a torpedo, a zeppelin, an Italian, a hero, a grinder, a po’boy, a wedge, a spuckie, a garibaldi, a blimpie … ) and settle in to survey these suggestions. (Note: There is no National Spuckie Day.)  Read more »

Philly Latinos React as Donald Trump Becomes the Face of the GOP

Donald Trump | photo by Michael Vadon, used under a Creative Commons license. Ted Cruz | Photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license

Donald Trump (left) is  the GOP’s presumptive nominee now that Ted Cruz (right) has bowed out. Trump photo by Michael Vadon, Creative Commons. Cruz photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons

You may not have heard much about Ted Cruz’s Latino roots during his campaign, but the fact is that “Felito” (a shortened version of Rafaelito, the diminutive of his given name) accomplished what no other Latino candidate — Republican or Democrat — has ever accomplished in U.S. politics. He won the Iowa Caucus, and then he won Texas, Utah, Kansas, Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Maine … you get the point. Without being popular at all with the Latino electorate, Cruz nevertheless broke ground for Latino politicians before his run came to an end last night in Indiana.

Now that John Kasich has also bowed out, that leaves the GOP — which started the election season with two viable Latino candidates — with a presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, who opened his campaign by insulting and criminalizing Mexicans and other Latinos.

The reaction of Latinos in Philadelphia ranges from those who see Trump’s now solo status as a GOP candidate as a victory of xenophobia and racism in the party, to those who see little actual difference between Cruz and Trump. Read more »

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