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Sandusky Victim Number One

They called him Victim 1. But many in his community knew exactly who Aaron Fisher was and what he was saying long before he let the world know that he was the first of Jerry Sandusky’s victims to come forward. As Fisher waited years for an arrest, he felt acutely that it was him, and not the popular Penn State assistant coach, who had earned the community’s deepest disapproval. “Because of who he was and what he created and what he did in his lifetime, pretty much Sandusky was a god on earth for people,” said Fisher. To this day, despite Sandusky’s convictions on 45 counts of child molestation and despite the appalling inaction and cover-up at Penn State, there are some who look for the villain and see Fisher/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

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Caught In Scandal, Paterno To Retire

In this Nov. 6, 2010, file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is carried off the field by his players after getting his 400th collegiate win, a 38-21 victory over Northwestern, in State College, Pa. Paterno say he plans to retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. Story here. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Question: Should Penn State ask Joe Paterno to step down now? Or would it be doing the right thing by allowing the legendary coach to complete the season and then retire?

Feds To Review Judge Lashing Teen

Federal prosecutors agreed Friday to look into a video that shows a Texas judge lashing his teenage daughter with a belt, a police chief said a day after authorities said too much time had passed to consider state charges. Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said he discussed the 2004 video of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams beating his then 16-year-old daughter with a prosecutor from the U.S. attorney's Corpus Christi office. … Hillary Adams (pictured), now 23, posted the 8-minute clip on YouTube last week that shows her father viciously lashing her with a belt and trying to force her to bend over her bed to be beaten despite her pleas to stop. The clip had received more than 4 million views by Friday/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Did Hillary Adams do the right thing by posting the video on YouTube?

Post Falls Child Abuser Gets 10 Years

A 27-year-old Post Falls man was sentenced to 10 years in prison — two fixed and eight indeterminate — for fracturing the leg of his fiancee's (Rebecca L. Mullin) 2-year-old son. Michael Robert Edinger was sentenced by Judge Lansing Haynes for felony injury to the child who was in Edinger's care at the time. After initially stating that the injury had been cause while he was playing with the boy, Edinger admitted that he had “snapped” while trying to change the boy's diaper. Edinger, according to a news release from Prosecutor Barry McHugh, said the boy was crying and being uncooperative. Edinger said he grabbed the boy's leg, twisted it, and slammed it to the floor. Full prosecutor's news release here.

Plea Deal In Case Of Abused Twins?

Item: Offer on the table: Possible plea deal could dismiss one of two counts against mother of neglected twins/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: A pretrial settlement offer is on the table in Elisabeth C. Crossley's case that, if accepted by the court, would dismiss one felony count against her in exchange for a guilty plea to another, according to court documents. Crossley, 26, is currently charged with two counts of felony injury to a child. Idaho statutes say each count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Question: Are you OK with a plea deal in this case involving significant child abuse?

KHQ: Kyra Wine Continues To Heal

Last night, KHQ followed Kyra Wine, of St. Maries, to camp and provided this video that shows she is rebounding from the horrible abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother and her horrible boyfriend.

Kyra Wine Back On Her Feet

Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics patient advocate Carrie Davis picks up Kyra Wine, 5, after she tried out her new prosthetic “stubbies” that will allow her to play outside this summer. Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics practitioner Don Christenson, who fitted Wine, is in the background. Meghann Cuniff SR story here. (SR Photo: Colin Mulvany)

A North Idaho girl who was abused so badly both her feet were amputated received a new pair of prosthetics Friday morning. Doctors fitted Kyra Wine, 5, with a new pair of “stubbies” at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics. “Stubbies” are described as short prosthetic legs without knee joints. Doctors say these are specifically for summer, designed for running and jumping and even swimming. Kyra’s prosthetics were personalized with a heart design/KREM2. More here. (Courtesy Photo: These photos taken in fall 2007 show Amanda Wine, left, now 6, Kyra Wine, now 3. Courtesy of Norma Mabbutt.)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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