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State College Reacts To News Of Joe Paterno's Death
State College Reacts To News Of Joe Paterno's Death
STATE COLLEGE, PA - JANUARY 25: Mourners line the sidewalks of College Avenue on the campus of Penn State, as the procession carries former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno from the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to his burial site, January 25, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama celebrates after delivering his acceptance speech ion Chicago on November 7, 2012. Obama swept to re-election, forging history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment which haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jerry Sandusky arrives at courthouse for sentencing (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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(The site in which the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stood sits empty after it was removed by workers outside Beaver Stadium on July 22, 2012.  Penn State's president Rodney Erickson made the decision to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. It's believed that Paterno had detailed knowledge of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing children before and after Sandusky retired from coaching at Penn State.  File photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)
Penn State Removes Joe Paterno Statue
The site in which the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stood sits empty after it was removed by workers outside Beaver Stadium on July 22, 2012. Penn State's president Rodney Erickson made the decision to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. It's believed that Paterno had detailed knowledge of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing children before and after Sandusky retired from coaching at Penn State. (Credit: Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)
(The site in which the statue of former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno stood sits empty after it was removed by workers outside Beaver Stadium on July 22, 2012. Penn State's president Rodney Erickson made the decision to remove the statue in the wake of the child sex scandal of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. It's believed that Paterno had detailed knowledge of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing children before and after Sandusky retired from coaching at Penn State. File photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)
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Monsignor Lynn
Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was sentenced this morning to 3-6 years in prison, just shy of the maximum 3½-7 years requested by Philadelphia prosecutors. One priest, Edward Avery, admitted assaulting a teenage boy even after Lynn was aware that Avery had behaved inappropriately with other children. Lynn was convicted of failing to reassign Avery so that he would not have further access to children. (Credit: CBS 3)
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Tony Mack
The FBI raided the home of the Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and charged him, his brother Ralphiel Mack and convicted sex offender Joseph Jo Jo Giorgianni with extortion, bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud. All three entered not guilty pleas.
Shooting At Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut
Shooting At Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: People gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy
October 31, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, United States.
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Connecticut Community Copes With Aftermath Of Elementary School Mass Shooting
STRATFORD, CT - DECEMBER 15: Donna Soto (R), mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot and killed while protecting her students, hugs her daughter Karly (second from right) while mourning their loss with Victoria's other two siblings, Jillian (far left) and Matthew Soto (second from left), at a candlelight vigil at Stratford High School on December 15, 2012 in Stratford, Connecticut. Twenty-six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire in the school. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Arlen Specter (Photo credit MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Arlen Specter
US Senator Arlen Specter, whose political career took him from Philadelphia City Hall to the US Congress, died October 14th at his home in Philadelphia at the age of 82 from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
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U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) (Photo credit: akin.org)
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Todd Akin, a six-term Republican congressman, made a comment in August suggesting that women are unlikely to become pregnant if they are victims of "legitimate rape."
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) (Photo credit: akin.org)
Remembering Officer Brian Lorenzo
Remembering Officer Brian Lorenzo
Family, friends and hundreds of fellow officers paid their final respects on Friday morning to Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo who was killed last weekend by a motorist who was driving in the wrong direction along I-95 north near Cottman Street. (Credit: Lorenzo Family)
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Officer Brad Fox (credit: Facebook)
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Officer Brad Fox was killed while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect in Plymouth, Pennsylvania in September.
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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
MARSEILLE, FRANCE: (FILES) Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise and his fiancee of four months, actress Katie Holmes (L) waves to the crowd 17 June 2005, in Marseille. "Katie is pregnant," the "Mission Impossible" and "Top Gun" star's publicist and sister, Lee Anne DeVette, told AFP, 06 October. DeVette declined to say when the 26-year-old actress was expected to give birth to the famous pair's first child, but said Holmes was doing well with her pregnancy and "had never felt better". The couple, dubbed "TomKat" by the entertainment press -- a combination of the first syllable of each of their first names -- have not yet set a day to tie the knot. (Credit: BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced.
12 Dead After Shooting During ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Movie
12 Dead After Shooting During ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Movie
AURORA, CO - JULY 20: The Century 16 movie theatre is seen where a gunmen attacked movie goers during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises" July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. According to reports, over 10 people have been killed and over 30 injured. Police have the suspect, twenty-four year old James Holmes of North Aurora, in custody. (Credit: Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)
Eagle's owners divorced.
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Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie (right) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before an NFL NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 13, 2007 in the Superdome in New Orleans. The Saints won 27 - 24. (credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Eagle's owners divorced.
NCAA president Mark Emmert (R) speaks as Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA's executive committee and Oregon State president announce sanctions against Penn State University's football program ( credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
penn state / ncaa sanctions NCAA president Mark Emmert (R) speaks as Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA's executive committee and Oregon State president announce sanctions against Penn State University's football program ( credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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US Marines carry the caskets during the transfer of remains ceremony marking the return to the US of the remains of the four Americans killed in an attack this week in Benghazi, Libya, at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 14, 2012. US Ambassador Christopher Stevens died on Tuesday along with three other Americans in the assault on the consular building in Benghazi, on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)
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A magnifying glass shows the number of times that viewers have watched South Korean rapper Psy's video Gangnam style on YouTube on December 21, 2012. Psy's "Gangnam Style" became the first video to hit a billion views on YouTube on Friday, marking a fresh milestone in the global craze for the South Korean rapper and his horse-riding dance. The view counter attached to "Gangnam Style," which was only posted on the video-sharing site July 15, clicked over into 10 figures at around 1550 GMT, confirming its status as the most viewed video in the site's history. (Credit: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Customers queue outside the Apple Store in the southern German city of Munich on September 21, 2012 as the iPhone 5 (front) goes on sale. (Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages)
iphone5_getty Customers queue outside the Apple Store in the southern German city of Munich on September 21, 2012 as the iPhone 5 (front) goes on sale. (Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages)
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Dick Clark
Music Icon Dick Clark died on April 18th of a heart attack. (Credit: Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Venna Saanvi missing
Venna Saanvi missing
Police learned that Raghu Yandamuri, who knew the family, killed the grandmother and 10-month-old baby after trying to kidnap the baby for ransom to fix his gambling debt.
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(From L) Gold medalist Team US Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, Mckayla Maroney, Gabrielle Douglas and Jordyn Wieber celebrate on the podium of the women's team competition of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 31, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. The United States triumphed in the women's team gymnastics final on Tuesday to claim their first Olympic gold medal in the event since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab Holds Viewing Of Mars Curiosity Rover Landing
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab Holds Viewing Of Mars Curiosity Rover Landing
Pasadena, CA, United States: Sunday, August 5, 2012 -NASA celebrate a successful landing inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, USA on Sunday, August 5, 2012. The Curiosity robot is equipped with a nuclear-powered lab capable of vaporizing rocks and ingesting soil, measuring habitability, and potentially paving the way for human exploration. (Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times-POOL/Getty Images)
Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Affordable Care Act
Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: Local resident Angela Botlicella (R), along with other Obamacare supporters, celebrate as they respond to the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Health Act June 28, 2012 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court has upheld the whole healthcare law of the Obama Administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Dr. William Hite, head of Prince George's County schools in Maryland, met with local parents, teachers, and community leaders at a town-hall style meeting.  Credit: Tim Jimenez)
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Hite was later announced as the new superintendent for the Philadelphia School District. In December he announced the SRC's recommendation to close 37 schools in Philadelphia.
(Dr. William Hite, head of Prince George's County schools in Maryland, met with local parents, teachers, and community leaders at a town-hall style meeting. Credit: Tim Jimenez)
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua
Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died at age 88 on January 31st. His death came less than 36 hours after a judge ruled him competent to testify in open court in two grand jury reports exposing clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. (Credit: Don Murray/Getty Images)
Firefighters Killed In Kensington Inferno
Firefighters Killed In Kensington Inferno
Two Philadelphia firefighters were killed early Monday, April 9th while battling a massive warehouse fire in Kensington. Three other firefighters were injured.
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This past spring, a group of Septa employees had the luckiest lunch break in company history: at the Gallery shopping mall in center city, they bought a Powerball ticket that won a jackpot worth $107 million.
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Shooting Death Of Unarmed Teen Trayvon Martin Sparks National Outrage
SANFORD, FL - MARCH 24: Members of the New Black Panther Party rally next to a memorial to Trayvon Martin outside The Retreat at Twin Lakes community where Trayvon was shot and killed by George Michael Zimmerman while on neighborhood watch patrol March 24, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. The New Black Panther party said it is calling for a mobilization of black men to search for and arrest George Zimmerman. The organization has offered a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman's capture. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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