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November 13, 2011
So, an elderly man, well-known in his community, heads a charitable organization to serve young boys. Through that organization, he picks out certain boys to serve his sexual interests. His modus operandi is to give special attention to the boys he has chosen, get them alone and contrive a way to get them in a shower. A few people know of his disgraceful activities but don't have the moral backbone to speak up. Sounds exactly like a certain local judge and the Lancers boys club here in Baltimore about a decade ago. In that case, apparently, the elderly man satisfied himself just looking at the naked little boys.
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Sports Digest | October 13, 2014
Terps hand No. 3 Penn State first loss of 2014 The Maryland men's soccer team (5-5-2, 2-1-1 Big Ten Conference) scored a season-high four goals Sunday in a 4-0 shutout of visiting No. 3 Penn State(10-1-1, 4-1-0). Terps junior midfielder Mael Corboz had the first two goals, and senior forward Alex Shinsky and junior midfielder Tsubasa Endoh each added one to give the Nittany Lions their first loss this year. Penn State's Andrew Wolverton had surrendered two goals total this season until the Terps scored four on him, the most Maryland has had in a game since last October.
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November 22, 2011
Don't need distraction Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times Yes, although it's a different case from Miami, which did the necessary thing in taking itself out of bowl consideration as part of a damage-control strategy. Current Miami players were involved in the Nevin Shapiro scandal. Penn State players had nothing to do with the Jerry Sandusky case. But several members of the coaching staff, including interim head coach Tom Bradley, were longtime associates of Sandusky.
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By Katherine Dunn | October 3, 2014
It's not every day a helicopter lands near a high school football field to drop off a major college football coach on a recruiting trip. Thursday afternoon, Penn State coach James Franklin made such a splashy entrance at Woodlawn to see a couple of Franklin's top prospects. While recruiting by helicopter is nothing new for the Nittany Lions coach, it was something new for the Franklin high school players he was there to see. Indians coach Anthony Burgos said Franklin was looking at senior offensive lineman Patrick Allen and junior wide receiver Steven Smothers.
NEWS
November 14, 2011
Interim Penn State President Rodney Erickson on Thursday afternoon released through the alumni newswire email service a plea, "… to be patient, to avoid speculation and to refrain from passing judgment until the facts are known. " Mr. Erickson should have passed that sound advice to the Board of Trustees before it appeased the "holier than thou" character assassins who demanded a nationally known figure as a scapegoat. It is obvious that at Penn State, loyalty is a one-way street and that the board is comprised of cowards who crushed Coach Joe Paterno's heart, soul and personal honor.
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By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2011
A festive crowd of players, parents and coaches grew silent Wednesday as Calvert Hall safety Adrian Amos reached into a midnight blue bag to unveil the cap of his future school. Amos kept the choice hidden until the Nittany Lion and blue and white colors of Penn State were atop his head. Even though Penn State is one of the most storied programs in college football, the school's academics were the deciding factor for Amos. "Penn State is known for the number of student athletes who graduate," Amos said.
SPORTS
July 23, 2012
Double fine, preserve wins Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune The NCAA mostly got it right and should be commended for acting swiftly. I also applaud the NCAA for not caving to the death penalty crowd that wanted blood at the cost of harming tens of thousands of people who did no wrong. But there are two penalties I would have changed. Doubling the fine to $120 million — two years' worth of football revenue — would have benefited victims of child sexual abuse even more.
NEWS
November 22, 2011
One of the biggest aspects of the Penn State tragedy that has been overlooked is the courage and tenacity of the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. While many details remain unclear, one thing that is apparent is that Penn State was a dominating and intimidating force in the community. No one went against them, even when there was strong, even overwhelming, evidence of significant wrongdoing. In comes 24-year-old Sara Ganim, a writer for the paper, who uncovers this story. And at her side was the editorial staff of the Patriot-News.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | July 23, 2012
Sometimes, launching a book amid a brewing scandal can drive sales, but the author of a new bio of Joe Paterno is suffering from the backlash against the former Penn State football coach. As fallout from the child sex abuse scandal continues, publisher Simon & Schuster is scaling back a  book tour for author Joe Posnanski, according to the New York Times. Jonathan Karp, the publisher of Simon & Schuster, told the Times that a recent report outlining the actions of university officials had hurt the upcoming release of "Paterno.
NEWS
October 22, 2012
I agree with Betsy Schindler's contention that we need more open dialogue about child sexual abuse and the need to advocate for help and support for the victims ("Put the victims first," Oct. 19). We all have to be more vigilant of this societal evil and the need to keep pedophiles out of situations where they can do harm to children. Penn State was a good example of how these people can create havoc in the lives of children that can last a lifetime. Evil in any form tends to infect everything around it. Even an outstanding organization like the Boy Scouts of America, which for years has been making a positive contribution in the lives of millions of young people, has had to face the consequences of this same evil surfacing in its midst and is currently dealing with it in a constructive way. There is no doubt in my mind that by facing up to the situation and by taking positive steps to deal with it, the Boy Scouts will continue to attract outstanding leaders who will continue to contribute positively in their communities.
NEWS
September 18, 2014
On Monday September 8, two off-field events in the world of sports garnered more attention than any competition on the field: the Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice, whom the NFL suspended indefinitely; and the NCAA lifted its postseason and scholarship ban on Penn State University's football team. These two events teach an important lesson about the fine line of acceptability in the very public world of professional and collegiate football. Looking first at the NFL, on Monday TMZ released a full video from inside the elevator of Mr. Rice punching his then-fiancée in the face.
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By Todd Karpovich, For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Tunde Akinlosotu McDonogh, forward, junior The striker helped lead the Eagles to an undefeated season in 2013 and was a member of the national-champion Baltimore Celtic club team. He is being recruited by several Division I schools, including Wake Forest, Georgetown, North Carolina State and Clemson. Gavin Barger Loyola Blakefield, midfielder, senior The four-year starter will be the Dons' captain for the second consecutive season. He scored nine goals and added eight assists last season as a defensive center midfielder.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 30, 2014
Star DeMatha defensive end Shane Simmons orally committed to Penn State Wednesday. I am 110% committed to The University of Penn State. #blessed - Just Watch... (@Shizzeee_) July 30, 2014 Simmons, one of the top-rated prospects for the class of 2016, also considered Maryland, among others, but chose to go with coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions. mzenitz@tribune.com twitter.com/mzenitz
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 28, 2014
CHICAGO -  In May, new Penn State coach James Franklin drew the ire of Maryland coach Randy Edsall and fans of Terps football when he voiced his plans to consistently land the top recruits from the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area. Franklin, a former Maryland assistant, said at the time that he considers Maryland “in-state.” He said the same about New Jersey. He went as far as to say: “I know there are other schools around here, but you might as well shut them down.” He explained those comments Monday at the Big Ten media days.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 18, 2014
Former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin has already antagonized Terrapins coach Randy Edsall this offseason . The new Penn State coach also apparently doesn't have much of a relationship with his former boss at Maryland, Ralph Friedgen. Franklin worked under Friedgen for seven seasons in College Park and called Friedgen a mentor as recently as January. Friedgen was asked whether he maintains a relationship with Franklin during an interview with the Big Ten Network this week.
NEWS
By Austin Brown | July 17, 2014
Now that it's part of the Big Ten Conference, the University of Maryland will play Pennsylvania State University this upcoming football season on Nov. 1, giving fans their first real shot at a solid football rivalry in years. For 61 years, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was home to the University of Maryland and its fans, but it never really accepted the university. The All Carolina Conference, as some call it, has always thumbed its nose at Marylanders (designating the University of Pittsburgh as Maryland's "rival" in 2013 - yuck.
NEWS
November 25, 2011
Your wishy-washy editorial on Iran's nuclear weapons program was pretty dumb ("Iran and the bomb," Nov.11). And your conclusion that "a nuclear-armed Iran would be intolerable, but there are no easy answers" was even dumber. If an Iranian bomb is, as you concede, "intolerable," and if there are, as you lament, "no easy answers," then your editors should wise up and pick the tough answer. Ironically, your stern editorial on the Penn State child-abuse scandal that same day was not all that stupid ("Tragedy at Penn State," Nov.11)
NEWS
July 24, 2012
What a terrible time the students, graduates, teachers and faculty of Penn State are experiencing these past few weeks. To have the entire reputation of the university teeter on the choices of certain few men is very tragic indeed. A nation watches as an otherwise esteemed institution tries to regroup and forge ahead. I do not believe Joe Paterno was an inherently evil man. I liken his situation to that of a person passing by a flaming house, hearing the wails of a trapped child inside, walking on, doing nothing to help that child.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Last month, former Maryland assistant and current Penn State football coach James Franklin came to the area and declared the Nittany Lions would treat Maryland as its home state - even though it's already someone else's home state. Franklin said area schools " might as well shut ... down because they don't have a chance. " On Monday, Randy Edsall responded to that at a charity golf tournament on Franklin's home turf: “Talk is cheap,” Edsall said, according to the York Dispatch . "We're not gonna boast and brag,” Edsall told the Dispatch.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
The Ravens picked their first offensive lineman of the draft, selecting Penn State guard John Urschel in the fifth round with the 175th pick. "It feels fantastic," Urschel said. "Believe me, I'm honored and I'm humbled. " Urschel started 24 games at right guard for Penn State over the past two seasons and excelled on and off the field. He was the recipient of the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the nation's top scholar-athlete. He graduated with a degree in mathematics, finishing with a 4.0 grade-point average during his Penn State career.
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