NCAA slams Penn State
Paterno stripped of honors; university fined $60M
July 24. State College. The NCAA crippled Penn State football for years to come and practically tore Joe Paterno’s name out of the record books Monday, erasing 14 years of victories and imposing an unprecedented $60 million fine and other punishment over the child sexual abuse scandal.
“Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,” NCAA President Mark Emmert declared in announcing the penalties.
The governing body of college sports shredded what was left of the Hall of Fame coach’s legacy — the sanctions cost Paterno 111 wins and his standing as the most successful coach in the history of big-time college football — while dealing a severe blow to the university’s gold-plated gridiron program.
The NCAA ordered Penn State to sit out the postseason for four years, slashed the number of scholarships it can award and placed football on probation, all of which will make it difficult for the Nittany Lions to compete at the sport’s highest level.
Raising the specter of an exodus of athletes, the NCAA said current or incoming football players at Penn State are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school.
5-hour traffic jam
18-wheeler crashes on ramp to busy bridge
Aug. 2. Sunbury. Rescuers worked more than an hour to free a trucker trapped in his rig that overturned Wednesday morning near Veterans Memorial Bridge, spilling a portion of his load of 24 tons of shelled corn and creating a five-hour traffic jam in the city.
Stacey Joel Shenk, 46, of Elizabethtown, was listed as being in serious condition at 11:15 p.m. by a nursing supervisor at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was taken by ambulance after the 9:15 a.m. accident.
Shenk was driving an 18-wheeler owned by E.E. Shenk Sons Inc., Elizabethtown, when his rig flipped on the eastern on-ramp to the bridge and also leaked fuel.
Emergency officials closed the bridge for more than five hours, leaving motorists irate and disgruntled in a hurry, while crews cleaned the scene.