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Judge rules Penn State officials can face trial over Sandusky abuse

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – There is enough evidence to try former Penn State officials, including ex-president Graham Spanier, for covering up the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, a judge ruled on Tuesday. After a two-day hearing, Judge Harrisburg District Judge William Wenner ruled that a criminal trial can be…

Researchers create nanosponges to suck up oil spills

Nanosponges created by researchers at Penn State and Rice University have the potential to revolutionize the way environmentally-devastating oil spills are cleaned up. The nanosponges are hydrophobic — they repeal water — and highly porous, being comprised of more than 99 percent air. Their composition makes them able to adsorb…

Judge to rule Monday on Sandusky grandchildren

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – A judge will rule on Monday whether former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky can see his grandchildren while on bail on child sex abuse charges and if a jury from outside Centre County should be brought in for the trial. Centre County Judge John…

Paterno said to be in serious condition

Joe Paterno, Penn State’s iconic collegiate gridiron coach whose legacy was tarnished by a child sex scandal involving a former assistant, was reported to be seriously ill with complications from lung cancer on Saturday. “Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” a family spokesman said,…

Sandusky alleged victim upset by attacks

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania — An attorney hired by an alleged victim of child sex abuse by former Penn State assistant gridiron coach Jerry Sandusky says his client is upset at attacks by an opposing lawyer. Slade McLaughlin said his client, Victim No. 1 in a grand jury report issued November…

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