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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)


Paterno Still Has Penn State Presence

Jenni Kahler, right, holds her daughter, Emma, 4, as they have a photo taken with the statue of Joe Paterno located outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., today. Paterno's statue stands outside the stadium even as his reputation has swiftly fallen following a scathing special investigative report that found he helped cover up child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/John Beale)

Question: Should Penn State remove all vestiges of Joe Paterno?

Penn State’s Joe Paterno, 85, RIP

For years, Penn State University game days meant long lines of cars and RVs bearing fans making pilgrimages from all corners of Pennsylvania to a school right in the middle of the state, and by extension, to coach Joe Paterno, the man long regarded as its center. The school's flagship campus, established in 1855 in the small town of State College and conceived as a place for farmers to receive a scientific education, sits in the state's geographic center. But its physical presence is also woven throughout Pennsylvania, with two dozen campuses scattered across the state. So Paterno's death from cancer on Sunday has created emotional ripples that have spread throughout the university's broad network of alumni, both within the state and far beyond/CBS News. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: What will be Joe Paterno's legacy?

Costas Weird Interview w/Sandusky

Bob Costas somehow managed to secure a phone interview with Jerry Sandusky on NBC's new newsmagazine show, Rock Center this evening, and he did as good a job one could have done under such bizarre circumstances. He also, it should be noted, managed to include the phrase “slap-slap-slapping” on national television. The interview is as uncomfortable and surreal as we could have imagined, especially since Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola not only agreed to the arrangement, but also sat down with Costas for the talk. Sandusky, when asked if he was a pedophile, told Costas “no”/Emma Carmichael, Dead Spin. More here. (AP file photo of Jerry Sandusky on Penn State sidelines in 1999)

Question: Have you seen the Costas' interview w/Sandusky? Reaction?

A Hug For Joe-Pa

Penn State fan Gary Buck of West Grove, Pa., hugs a statue of former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno at Beaver Stadium before the football game between University of Nebraska and Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa. Penn State is playing for the first time in decades without former head coach Joe Paterno, after he was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. (AP photo, The Omaha World-Herald, Rebecca S. Gratz)

Question: This photo sickens me. How about you?

Penn State Riots After Paterno Firing

Penn State students flip a television news van during a riot after it was announced that Joe Paterno would no longer be head coach of Penn State football on Wednesday. Story of Paterno firing here. (AP Photo/Michael Henninger - Post-Gazette)

Question: Did the Penn State Board of Trustees do the right thing by firing long-time Coach Joe Paterno rather than allow him to ride out the season gracefully and retire at the end?

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?

Signe: In The Way

Signe Wilkinson/Philadelphia Inquirer

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