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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 4:00 AM

The following stories are planned for Wednesday AMs, subject to change as developments warrant. For questions about the state report, contact News Editor Matt Moore at (215) 446-6631 or the Philadelphia bureau at (215) 561-1133. Ron Todt is the breaking news staffer.




BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky, maintaining his innocence, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison — effectively a life sentence — in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family. By Mark Scolforo. 1,147 words.

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— PENN STATE-ABUSE-GLANCE — Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison for molesting 10 boys over a period of 15 years. Some questions and answers about what he can expect: By Mark Scolforo. AP Photo PAGP102.

— PENN STATE-ABUSE-CHARACTERS — The main players in the Penn State scandal.

— PENN STATE-ABUSE-TIMELINE — A chronological look at the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, based on grand jury reports, court appearances and testimony. Some key dates in Penn State football and since the scandal broke are included.

— PENN STATE-ABUSE-CORBETT — Gov. Tom Corbett says he hopes the long prison sentence imposed on Jerry Sandusky is a just reward for his victims' trust in the justice system.


— SANDUSKY SENTENCING-FUNERAL ESCORT — The need for extra security outside the Centre County Courthouse because of Jerry Sandusky's sentencing nearly kept an inmate from being able to attend the funeral for his 2-year-old daughter.


PITTSBURGH — A 13-year-old fatally shot his grandparents in their home because he was upset that they called his mother a whore and "were speaking poorly about her," state police said in charges filed Tuesday. Zachary James Proper, of Oil City, was charged with criminal homicide for the weekend shootings of Dorothy and George Fross. By Joe Mandak. 545 words.

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PHILADELPHIA — A 16-year-old high school sophomore who says she was ridiculed by her geometry teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt returned to school Tuesday following a rally by cheering supporters. The teacher has also written a letter of apology that was read aloud to students. Samantha Pawlucy hadn't been back to Charles Carroll High School in the city's Port Richmond section since last week. That's when she and her family say she was mocked by her teacher for wearing the shirt supporting the Republican presidential candidate. She said the teacher questioned why she was wearing the shirt and called others in to the room to laugh at her. 350 words.

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NORTHERN CAMBRIA — A man tried to rob a Pennsylvania bank of $1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby, police said. Jeffrey McMullen, a 50-year-old regular customer of an AmeriServ bank in the western Pennsylvania town of Northern Cambria, handed notes to two tellers Friday demanding a dollar, according to a police complaint. 200 words.


PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University robotics researchers are hoping a lunar vehicle being built by a spinoff venture will enable scientists to drill below the moon's surface for ice, which scientists think might contain chemicals that could be used to fuel space vehicles. The CMU Robotics Institute and the spinoff firm, Astrobotic Technology Inc., hope to launch the Polaris prototype unveiled Monday on a rocket bound for the moon in October 2015. The company still has to raise $100 million to $150 million to launch the robot on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket. Space X is a private space exploration company that launched a rocket Sunday to resupply the International Space Station. 392 words.


LOS ANGELES — NBC slashes Jay Leno's "Tonight" pay in half, but forks out more than $8 billion to renew its broadcast rights to Sunday Night Football. Rumors swirl about a salary cut for Matt Lauer and Alec Baldwin tweets an offer to cut his salary, even as the network gambles on a $4.4 billion bid for the Olympics. Is this a way to run a network? Yes, say observers, who note that new owner Comcast Corp. of Philadelphia is making the right moves. By Television Writer Lynn Elber.

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NEW YORK — Alcoa Inc. may set the stage for what's expected to be a disappointing earnings season when it reports third-quarter results Tuesday after the markets close. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expect the aluminum manufacturing giant to report break-even results on a per share basis for the July-through-September quarter. Alcoa's net income equaled 15 cents a share in the third quarter of 2011.


PHILADELPHIA — Destination Maternity said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue dipped slightly, but the results still managed to beat Wall Street's expectations. The maternity clothing company also anticipates that quarterly earnings will beat its previous projection and come in well above its performance a year ago. Its shares surged more than 9 percent in morning trading on Tuesday. 357 words.


PHILADELPHIA — It's not a reboot or relaunch. Instead, Marvel Comics' new "NOW" initiative aims to recharge the publisher's heroes and villains, the publisher's editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said of the new effort that starts this week. "This ain't a reboot, we're simply hitting the refresh button. 'Marvel NOW!' simply offers a line-wide entry-point into the Marvel Universe that you're already reading about," he said of the endeavor, which starts Wednesday with the release of "Uncanny Avengers" No. 1 in comic shops worldwide. By Matt Moore. 450 words.


HARRISBURG — If you think the price of gas is high, check out a gallon of apple cider. Local supermarkets are selling the seasonal drink for as much as $5.99 a gallon, up $1 or $2 over last year. Other stores like Target are selling half-gallons for $3.99. Compare those apples to say a gallon of milk, box of cereal or 5-pound sack of potatoes. Apple cider is like the caviar of the produce department. By Sue Gleiter. The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News.


CONDOMINIUM FIRE — A suburban Philadelphia fire marshal has confirmed that a kitchen fire started a four-alarm blaze that forced scores of people from a Montgomery County condominium complex.

LIBERTARIANS-CHALLENGE — The status of Libertarian Party candidates on the Pennsylvania ballot remains uncertain as a court hearing stretched into another day.

QVC-FAINTING HOST — A guest host on QVC who fainted on the air in the middle of a product pitch says she's doing fine.

PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE — The chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says he will leave his post at the end of the month due to health reasons.

FATHER KILLED — A judge has granted a delay in the trial of an eastern Pennsylvania woman who could face the death penalty if convicted of killing the father of her four children just hours before a scheduled custody hearing.

TOW TRUCK SOLICITATION — A tow truck company owner says Pittsburgh and it's police chief are in contempt of a court order that's supposed to prevent police from enforcing a new state law prohibiting tow truck operators from soliciting business at accident scenes.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS SICKENED — Police say several students taken to hospitals after reporting nausea and dizziness due to fumes at a northeast Philadelphia elementary school have been released.

HOSTAGE HOAX — State police are trying to find the man who called in a bogus hostage situation in western Pennsylvania, interrupting a family's dinner.

SMALL FRY-DRIVE-THRU — Talk about a small fry.

BAM MARGERA-PUPPY PRANK — "Jackass" star Bam Margera says he condemns animal abuse and didn't mean any harm by a photo posted online showing him holding his pit bull puppy with a toy gun pointed to its head.

TWO FOUND DEAD-HOMICIDE — A prosecutor says a woman and her adult son found dead in their southwestern Pennsylvania home last week had been beaten to death.

TEACHER SUCKER PUNCHED — Pittsburgh police say a teenager has been arrested in an assault on an English teacher who was sucker-punched near the western Pennsylvania city's Creative and Performing Arts school last week.

TROOPER CRASH-FUNERAL — Hundreds of state troopers and other officers are expected to attend the funeral for a state trooper killed in a western Pennsylvania vehicle crash last week.

PHILADELPHIA MOB — Jury selection is set to start Tuesday in the federal trial for seven defendants charged in a Philadelphia mob case.

JILL BIDEN-PENNSYLVANIA — Vice President Joe Biden's wife is set for the second half of a two-day campaign swing through Pennsylvania.

CAT IN BOX — Police in central Pennsylvania say someone found a cat taped in a box.



BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison — effectively a life sentence — in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. A defiant Sandusky gave a rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family. Three victims spoke, often fighting back tears. One looked Sandusky in the eyes at times during his statement. The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach was found guilty in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, convicted of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. Witnesses said Sandusky used the charitable organization he founded for troubled children as his personal hunting ground to find and groom boys to become his victims. By Mark Scolforo.


UNDATED — Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is brushing off talk he should be considered a frontrunner for national coach of the year. O'Brien has led the Nittany Lions to a 4-2 record, including four straight victories and an upset over previously unbeaten Northwestern. After a rough start to his tenure __ a 24-14 loss at home to Ohio — O'Brien has earned praise for the turnaround and the way he has handled the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sandusky, maintaining his innocence, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison. By Dan Gelston.


PITTSBURGH — For a team that prides itself on discipline, the Pittsburgh Steelers have hardly played like one during the first month of the season. Pittsburgh leads the NFL in penalties per game, a number they know needs to go down quickly. By Will Graves.