Penn State Editor Resigns

    STATE COLLEGE, PA - JANUARY 22: Candles, many burnt out, circle the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, outside of Beaver Stadium in the early hours of January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The community was reacting to news that Joe Paterno, who is suffering from lung cancer and who was fired in November in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against a former assistant, was in serious condition. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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    The managing editor of the online Penn State student news service Onward State has resigned after erroneously reporting that former football coach Joe Paterno had died on Saturday night. The item was picked up by CBSSports.com and other news sites, including, briefly, The Daily Beast. “I never, in a million years, would have thought that Onward State might be cited by the national media,” Devon Edwards’s letter said. “Today, I sincerely wish it never had been.” Edwards did not explain how the error occurred. Paterno was in serious condition in a hospital after being diagnosed with lung cancer, and his son Jay tweeted Saturday night that his father was still “fighting.” Paterno died on Sunday morning.

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