1. PENN STATE

    Panel Created to Investigate Allegations

    In this photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky, center, is placed in a police car iin Bellefonte, Pa. to be taken to the office of a Centre County Magisterial District judge on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight young men. Also, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and Penn State vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62, are expected to turn themselves in on Monday on charges of perjury and failure to report under Pennsylvania’s child protective services law in connection with the investigation into the abuse allegations against Sandusky. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth Media Services)

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    Pennsylvania State University’s board of trustees voted Friday to create an independent panel to investigate the alleged coverup of the reported sexual abuse by a former assistant football coach. With Gov. Tom Corbett in attendance—and just two days after they fired longtime head coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier—the board vowed in their first public meeting since the scandal broke to create an “impartial, open, and transparent inquiry” into how the alleged 2002 incident had gone unreported to police. Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been accused of sexually molesting at least eight boys, and the university has been accused of covering up at least one incident. Meanwhile, Texas officials have begun investigating a 1999 incident detailed in the grand-jury report, when Sandusky reportedly took an underage boy to the Alamo Bowl game in San Antonio.

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