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Report damns Penn State top brass
Former FBI director and federal judge Louis Free issued the findings of the internal investigation Penn State had him conduct into the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Freeh singled out four former university officials – President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, head football coach Joe Paterno, and Athletic Director Tim Curley – for failing to act on suspicions and reports that former assistant coach Sandusky was sexually abusing boys in his care. In stinging remarks, Free said the officials put the reputation of the school's storied football program above protecting children:
Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest.
Louis Freeh delivers his report Thursday at Penn State.
Findings spur strong reactions from readers
The Freeh report generated thousands of comments from CNN.com users. Here is just a small sampling:
I will always love Penn State and Penn State football; however, I hate what the top officials, including Joe Paterno, did to protect their own interests with no regard to protecting children. I do not feel the entire school, students, or student athletes should be held accountable for the actions of these men's ignorance. PSU needs to remove all remembrances of the Joe Paterno era and everything he represented. The statue, the uniforms, the helmet, the shoes all should go. Start fresh, a new era, Then they should donate every damn cent the football program makes to a victim's abuse fund.
As a proud Penn Stater I must say that the report has completely changed my view of Joe Paterno. Based on the Freeh report, it is clear that the Penn State football program and Joe Paterno were the reasons that the authorities were not notified of the unspeakable crimes committed against those young boys. While this doesn't mean that Spanier and the others should not be held accountable for their inaction, it certainly means that Penn State needs to clean house from the top down. I say take the Paterno statue down. It will never be anything more than a reminder of the terrible dereliction of his moral responsibility to protect those boys.
I think I will believe and go with Joe Paterno's "Death Bed" letter – I am not going to throw any mud on Paterno unless a few people step up and show hardcore evidence that he did something wrong.
Fire everyone involved and prosecute them as accomplices. Then, shut down the Penn State football program so that the "football above all else" mentality can be washed away. Nothing less is acceptable.
'You go, girl!' or too much too soon?
It's my birthday; here's a gift
Doug Eaton of Oklahoma City wanted to do something different for his 65th birthday. That he did, CNN affiliate KFOR reports. Eaton spent 65 minutes Wednesday handing out $5 bills to passers-by at an intersection. Some people came by a few times, thinking it might be a gag. It wasn't. Happy birthday, Mr. Eaton!
Joy in the moment
CNN iReporter Ben Tesiorna was standing near the stage when he captured this photo of students from Banate National High School erupting into celebration after being named the champions of this year's street-dancing competition in Malungon, Philippines. "It was a fun day," he said. "There are so many beautiful festivals in our country. It's always fun to be in the Philippines."
On the horizon: PSU board meets; Clinton meets Myanmar leader
The Penn State board of trustees is scheduled to hold a public meeting Friday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to meet Friday with Thein Sein, the president of Myanmar who has overseen a series of political reforms in the Southeast Asian country over the past year.
And it's Friday the 13th. Watch out for unstoppable, hockey-mask-wearing slashers.
Saturday is Bastille Day in France. Watch out for mimes.
July 13 anniversaries
1787 – The Continental Congress adopts the Northwest Ordinance for the territory north of the Ohio River, which established rules for statehood, guaranteed certain civil rights and prohibited slavery in those states.
1863 – Draft riots, protesting conscription for the Civil War, begin in New York City. More than 1,000 people would be killed or wouned over the next few days.
1977 – A major blackout occurs in much of the East Coast, resulting in widespread looting and rioting in New York City.
1985 – Live Aid, a 16-hour international music concert, raises millions for African famine relief.
July 13 birthdays
- Actor Patrick Stewart, 72
- Actor Harrison Ford, 70
- Comedian/actor Cheech Marin, 66
- Screenwriter Cameron Crowe, 55
- Baseball player Shin-soo Choo, 30