Penn State Sexual-Abuse Scandal Updates

Plus: Mayor Nutter gets re-elected, Jersey okays sports betting, Democrats earn control in Montco, and more of what the city is buzzing about today

PSU Board of Trustees to Commission Investigation. Amid the Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse scandal, Penn State’s Board of Trustees held a conference call last night before issuing a statement indicating that a Friday meeting will result in the launch of an investigation into the alleged abuse and subsequent cover-up. Also, yesterday it was reported that the number of victims in the case has doubled and is approaching 20. Joe Paterno addressed students outside his home, and the students gathered and marched around campus last night chanting. Riot police were on hand. Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge’s name popped up as a possible replacement when people began to speculate that the university’s president Graham Spanier might be on his way out. [WHYY]

Michael Nutter Has Been Re-Elected. In an unsurprising, landslide victory, incumbent mayor Michael Nutter was elected to a second four-year term in Philadelphia. Republican candidate Karen Brown didn’t put up much of a fight—Nutter was announced as the victor only 45 minutes after the polls closed. [CBS 3]

New Jersey Says Yes to Sports Betting. In yesterday’s election, a New Jersey ballot item asking if the state should pass a law that allowed sports betting received a majority of the people’s support. Now the state’s government will need to lobby toward the overturning of a law that only allows sports betting to take place in Vegas. [FOX 29]

Former Nittany Lion Wins Seat on Glouco’s Board of Freeholders. Adam Taliaferro, a Voorhees native who suffered a severe spinal cord injury as a defensive football player at Penn State, has come a long way since learning to walk again. Yesterday, the 29-year-old Democrat won a seat on Gloucester County’s Board of Freeholders. [6 ABC]

Montco Votes In Democrat Control. Yesterday’s election in Montgomery County has resulted in two Democrats winning control of the county’s government. Montco’s local government has never been under Democratic control. [Inquirer]

Republican Councilman O’Neill Retains Seat in Northeast. In one of the tightest races in the city, City Councilman Brian O’Neill retained his seat as the only Republican on City Council as a representative from the 10th district. [WHYY]