Thursday March 1 2012

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

NO DELAY FOR SANDUSKY

LAST WEEK, JERRY SANDUSKY’S ATTORNEY FILED A MOTION REQUESTING THAT HIS TRIAL BE DELAYED FROM MID-MAY TO MID-JULY, BUT YESTERDAY THE JUDGE REFUSED, SAYING A DELAY WOULD ONLY HAPPEN AS A LAST RESORT. JOE AMENDOLA CLAIMED HE NEEDED EXTRA TIME TO SORT THROUGH ALL THE INFORMATION AS HE PREPARES SANDUSKY’S DEFENSE. JUDGE JOHN CLELAND IS GIVING AMENDOLA 3 EXTRA WEEKS TO FILE A CATCH-ALL PRE-TRIAL MOTION THAT HAD BEEN DUE TODAY.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

PENN STATE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT 86 ALUMNI CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING FOR THE 3 OPEN SEATS ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES…AND THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL IS THE REASON WHY THERE ARE SO MANY THIS YEAR, COMPARED TO 6 LAST YEAR.YESTERDAY BALLOT POSITIONS WERE DETERMINED BY A DRAWING. THE ACTUAL ELECTION BALLOT WILL BE EMAILED TO GRADUTES ON APRIL 10TH. ALL BALLOTS RECEIVED AS OF 9AM ON MAY 3RD WILL BE COUNTED.

GOVERNOR IN ALTOONA

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT TOURED THE NORFOLK SOUTHERN JUNIATA LOCOMOTIVE SHOPS IN ALTOONA YESTERDAY AS PART OF HIS TOUR OF THE STATE AS HE TRIES TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR HIS PROPOSED 27-BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET. CORBETT SAYS NORFOLK SOUTHERN IS AN EXAMPLE OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE SUCCEEDING IN A WAY THAT CAN HELP GROW THE PENNSYLVANIA ECONOMY. CORBETT SAYS HE HAS NO OTHER OPTION THAN CUTTING HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING. STATE LAWMAKERS ARE CURRENTLY DEBATING A PROPOSED 30-PERCENT REDUCTION FOR PENN STATE, PITT, AND TEMPLE…AND A 20-PERCENT CUT FOR LINCOLN UNIVERSITY. THE SCHOOLS’ FUNDING WAS SLASHED 19-PERCENT LAST YEAR. CORBETT SAYS UNIVERSITIES NEED TO CUT THEIR OWN SPENDING AND NOT RAISE TUITION.

BEGGING FOR MONEY

PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON WAS BACK IN HARRISBURG YESTERDAY, ASKING MEMBERS OF THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO NOT APPROVE GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S PROPOSED BUDGET WHICH CALLS FOR A 30-PERCENT CUT IN FUNDING TO PENN STATE, TEMPLE, AND PITT…AND 20-PERCENT FOR LINCOLN UNIVERSITY. LAST YEAR’S BUDGET SLASHED 19-PERCENT OF PENN STATE’S FUNDING AND ERICKSON SAYS ANOTHER MAJOR CUT WILL MEAN A TUITION INCREASE. THE SENATORS ALSO BROUGHT UP PENN STATE’S HANDLING OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL.ONE SENATOR TOLD ERICKSON HE WAS UNSURE HOW TRUSTEES DIDN’T KNOW MORE ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION. COLLEGE STUDENTS ACROSS THE STATE ARE PLANNING TO PROTEST CORBETT’S PROPOSED CUTS LATER THIS MONTH.

MUSHROOM GROWER ORDERED TO TRIAL

A DISTRICT JUDGE YESTERDAY ORDERED 26 YEAR OLD JUSTIN THOMPSON OF TYRONE TO STAND TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY GROWING UP TO 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS INSIDE HIS APARTMENT…THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF MUSHROOMS EVER ENCOUNTERED BY STATE POLICE. THOMPSON IS ALSO ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING HIS LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND AND DUCT-TAPING HER TO A CHAIR IN FEBRUARY. HIS BAIL WAS REDUCED FROM 250-THOUSAND TO 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH ON THE DRUG CHARGES.

FLIGHT 93 BODIES WERE NOT INCINERATED

THE "PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE" REPORTS AN AIR FORCE OFFICIAL CONFIRMS THAT THE REMAINS OF FLIGHT 93 PASSENGERS WERE NOT INCINERATED. EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE PENTAGON SAID THAT HAD HAPPENED, BUT LAST NIGHT AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF GENERAL NORTON SCHWARTZ SAID THE DOVER BASE DID NOT PROCESS REMAINS FROM SHANKSVILLE. SOMERSET COUNTY CORONER WALLACE MILLER PLANS TO RECHECK THE RECORDS TO MAKE SURE PROPER PROCEDURES WERE FOLLOWED.