Jerry Sandusky Going Straight to Trial

Plus: A woman was attacked inside City Hall, Mumia reacts to his life sentence, Gary Barbera takes down some controversial billboards, and more of what the city is buzzing about today

Sandusky Hearing in Bellefonte, PA Today. Dozens of news vans have descended upon a small town just outside of State College, Pennsylvania. Today, Jerry Sandusky will face five of his accusers in a preliminary hearing that will allow a judge to determine if the prosecution has enough evidence to send the case to trial. [CBS 3] UPDATE: Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary hearing. [The Scoop]

UPDATE: Jerry Sandusky has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Mike McQueary and 11 victims were ready to testify in Bellefonte today.

Woman Attacked at City Hall. A city employee says she was attacked in a sixth floor restroom inside City Hall last Friday. A man approached her in the restroom and grabbed her by the waist. Luckily, she was able to fight him off long enough to run out of the restroom. Police believe her attacker was a homeless man who apparently had a visitor’s pass which requires ID and a legitimate motive to enter the building. [NBC Philadelphia]

Mumia Surprised by DA’s Decision. Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal was taken off guard when District Attorney Seth Williams and company decided not to file an appeal of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Mumia’s death sentence. Mumia has expressed his surprise at the decision and commented that he was expecting to have the appeal hearings to try to generate some more buzz as he maintains his innocence. [6 ABC]

Gary Barbera Used Slain Officers on Billboards. The Fraternal Order of Police was less than thrilled when Gary Barbera posted a slew of billboards using pictures of Philadelphia Police officers killed in the line of duty. Barbera also used a picture of the PPD badge and an FOP symbol. The billboards have been taken down. [FOX 29]

Mayor Nutter to Veto Building Wrap Bill. On December 1st, City Council passed a bill that would allow for a wall-wrap advertisement to be hung on a building at 7th and Callowhill near the Vine Street Expressway. The bill would violate Federal Highway Administration standards by placing the large add in close proximity to the roadway. [Daily News]

Car Thieves Toss Young Boy From Vehicle. Yesterday, a man in West Philadelphia left his car unlocked and running as he went to place a takeout order. While he was placing his order, two men hopped into his car and began to drive away. Then, the thieves realized that the owner’s son was asleep in the backseat. They threw him out of the car a few blocks away and continued off with the vehicle. The boy was unhurt. Authorities say this type of thing is a more frequent occurrence around the holidays when people want to keep their heat running. [Daily News]