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2012

December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review

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Ruling blocks needle in yoga master’s death

Jan. 20. A Union County judge has dismissed the burglary charge against accused killer Joel R. Snider, effectively throwing out the potential for a death sentence if he’s convicted of the July 2010 slaying of New Berlin yoga master, Sudharman.

State prosecutor Frank Fina said he will appeal President Judge Michael H. Sholley’s ruling.

“The law and the facts are on our side,” Fina said Thursday. “Snider broke in by slashing a screen door, snuck in during the middle of the night and killed this man in his sleep.”

Legendary Lion dies

Jan. 23. State College. Happy Valley was perfect for Joe Paterno, a place where “Joepa” knew best, where he not only won more football games than any other major college coach, but won them the right way: with integrity and sportsmanship. A place where character came first, championships second.

Behind it all, however, was an ugly secret that ran counter to everything the revered coach stood for.

Paterno, a sainted figure at Penn State for almost half a century but whose reputation was scarred forever by the child sex abuse scandal that led to his stunning dismissal, died Sunday at age 85.

Police charge neighbor with tying, killing dog

Jan. 23. Danville. A Derry Township woman has been charged with tying a neighbor’s beloved family dog to a tree and shooting her to death on Saturday.

State police at Milton say the yellow lab and her puppy wandered into a fenced-in area where the woman, whom they have not identified, kept numerous rabbits.

She found one of her rabbits dead, removed the dogs from the area, separated them, and then tied the adult dog to a tree. She killed the dog by shooting her three times with a .22 caliber rifle, police said.

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  • 2012: The Valley in Review

    A look at the Valley's top stories each month in 2012. Compiled by Jim Birt and Stacy Hinck of The Daily Item.

    December 29, 2012

  • 2012: Voter ID law motivated Valley Dems

    A controversial Voter ID law, the splitting of the Valley into two congressional districts and Mitt Romney’s victories in all Valley counties in the race for the presidency highlighted a topsy-turvy year in Pennsylvania politics.

    December 29, 2012

  • Paterno_Joe Paterno family challenges Louis Freeh's conclusions

    STATE COLLEGE — Joe Paterno's family released its response to Penn State's report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal Sunday, attacking Louis Freeh's conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant.

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  • Bad Year in Washington: Mitt Romney//

    Remember Mitt Romney? Tall guy, slightly awkward. Looks like a 1950s matinee idol.

    December 29, 2012

  • Bad Year in Washington: David Petraeus

    At the start of the year, retired Gen. David Petraeus was flying high. He was the director of the CIA and was often mentioned as a prospective presidential candidate.

    December 29, 2012

  • The Worst Year in Washington: The Tea Party

    The Gadsden flag, which flew proudly over the 2010 midterm elections, now lies in tatters — rent by internal disagreements, losses among its most visible standard-bearers and a growing sense that the tea party movement, which once looked like it could transform American politics, will soon be nothing more than a blip in the country's collective memory.

    December 29, 2012

  • Armstrong, Houston Among Notable Deaths of 2012//

    The first man on the moon, the first U.S. woman in space and the first black Federal Reserve member were among the notable deaths in 2012.

    December 29, 2012

  • The year in TV - from bad to worse

    Let’s get the bad news out of the way first as we recap the year in TV.

    December 29, 2012

  • Top music of 2012

     

    Maybe it was all the destruction from superstorm Sandy, the ugliness of the lengthy presidential campaign, or all the senseless killings, like the ones in Newtown, Conn., but so much of the music that people sought out in 2012 was fun and escapist.

    December 29, 2012

  • Top 10 books of 2012

    The year 2012 was memorable for the literary world in many ways.

    December 29, 2012

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