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Public Memorial service for Paterno at 2 p.m.

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The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will air LIVE coverage of the public memorial service for former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. Coverage is courtesy of WPSU-TV. The service, which will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center, is scheduled to air statewide on PCN beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26. The coverage will also be streamed LIVE atwww.pcntv.com by clicking on the “watch now” streaming option located on the website’s homepage.

Following the coverage of the memorial service, PCN will open up the phone lines to allow viewers to share their comments about Joe Paterno with a statewide audience. Viewers are asked to dial toll-free at 1-877-PA6-5001 to participate.

Joe Paterno coached the Penn State football team from 1966 until his firing in November of last year in the aftermath of the child sex abuse charges against former Penn State football defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky. The 85-year-old former coach passed away on Sunday just months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

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10 things you need to know for Monday

It was a news filled weekend not to mention the first snow storm of season hitting Chester County and West Chester especially! Incase you missed the news while shoveling your sidewalk or driveway here are some important stories to catch up on for today! 

1. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ resignation prompts the question: Who will replace her? The race to replace the Arizona congresswoman begins in earnest Monday.

2. Giants to face Patriots in Super Bowl sequel. Is it 2008 all over again? New York hopes it will be, but New England will seek vindication for their surprising loss four years ago.

3. State funding declines for higher education. Total state support declined in 41 states last year meaning larger class sizes and fewer course offerings at many universities.

4. Obama will present his plans for the year in Tuesday’s State of the Union. But many of the promises he outlined in previous addresses remain unfulfilled as they fell victim to congressional opposition or faded in face of other priorities.

5. A new period of mourning starts for Penn State. Just two months after his dismissal as their head football coach, the community

6. Damascus rejects a new plan aimed at ending the country’s 10-month crisis. Syria’s state-run news agency quotes an unnamed official as saying Syria considers the plan “a violation of its sovereignty and flagrant interference in its internal affairs.”

7. The tax season is upon all of us, even the unemployed. Millions of people are still out of work, but they may be surprised to learn they have to pay taxes on their unemployment benefits.

8. Even non-addicts are affected by methamphetamine epidemic. An AP survey shows that up to a third of patients in some burn units of active meth states were hurt while making meth, and most were uninsured.

9. BlackBerry maker co-CEOs step down. Research in Motion’s co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Thorsten Heins.

10. Seal and Heidi Klum call it quits. “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul searching we have decided to separate,” the power couple says.

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Scandal Ends Paterno’s 46-Year Penn State Term

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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will 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.

“This is a tragedy,” Paterno said. “It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

Paterno has been besieged by criticism since former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent Jerry Sandusky was charged over the weekend with molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz have been charged with failing to notify authorities after an eyewitness reported a 2002 assault. Paterno decided to retire at age 84, in the middle of his 46th season with the Nittany Lions. He won 409 games, a record for major college football, but now, the grandfatherly coach known as “Joe Pa,” who had painstakingly burnished a reputation for winning “the right way,” leaves the only school he’s ever coached in disgrace.

“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case,” he said. “I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.”

But Paterno might not be able to execute his exit strategy as the school’s board of trustees is still considering its options, which could include forcing Paterno to leave immediately. Paterno has not been accused of legal wrongdoing. But he has been assailed, in what the state police commissioner called a lapse of “moral responsibility,” for not doing more to stop Sandusky, whose attorney maintains his client’s innocence. Paterno has been questioned over his apparent failure to follow up on a report of the 2002 incident, in which Sandusky allegedly sodomized a 10-year-old boy in the showers at the team’s football complex. A witness, Mike McQueary, is currently receivers coach for the team but was a graduate assistant at the time. Paterno told the athletic director, Tim Curley, who has since stepped down and has charged with lying to the state grand jury investigating the case. The Penn State vice president has also been charged, and the university president could follow. For more information check out the full article here or visit dailylocal.com! For all things West Chester and the surrounding areas make sure to check back soon!


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