CNN's Susan Candiotti visits the school of alleged victim #1 to verify claims about Sandusky's access to the boy.
New York Rep. Peter King and community organizer Van Jones square off over the mission of Occupy Wall Street protesters.
The guy who called 911 because his iPhone wasn't working returns to the RidicuList after police released the 911 tapes.
The lawyer for an alleged victim says his client came forward after hearing Sandusky deny the abuse in a TV interview.
What everyone’s talking about:
It’s been more than a week since thePennStatesex abuse scandal story broke, and with all the new details emerging, it’s still a major topic of conversation in our newsroom. We’ve been talking to sportswriters, legal experts, psychologists, representatives for alleged victims – as many people as we can to cover all the angles.
Andersontalked to the mother of alleged victim #1 on Wednesday. She said, “"I want Jerry Sandusky to go to jail for the rest of his life." She also claims that Sandusky took her son out of his classes without her permission.
We also asked the question: DoesPennStatelack transparency? Anderson is Keeping Them Honest.
Rep. Gabby Giffords’s recovery is simply amazing. This was a big week for Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. Since her first TV interview this week to talk about the release of their book, “Gabby,” we’ve all been in awe of the couple’s determination.
As the holiday season quickly approaches (yes, even though we haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving yet), find out what got the sugar plum fairy fired! The scandal landed onAnderson’s RidicuList.
And across the Atlantic, Prince William and Kate are celebrating their first engagement anniversary! Rumors are that the Duchess of Cambridge may be pregnant—In Touch magazine claimed they had the exclusive news on Wednesday, and the Daily Beast pieced together clues that a royal baby may be on the way! What do you think?
Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture, and you provide the caption. Our staff will join in, too. Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. to see if yours are our favorite!
Congratulations to the winners!
"No more crying little Johnny, only BIG boys get moon rocks and medals."
"A teary Boehner advises Mr. Armstrong that his latest one small step and one giant leap just landed on his big toe."
Reporter's Note: President Obama is no doubt following the latest developments as the Occupy protestors block roadways in various cities; just as he is no doubt eager to read today’s letter to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
As I watch the news of all these thousands of Occupy protestors filling the streets in New York, L.A., and heaven knows where else, I am struck by two questions: 1) Are there enough porta-potties? And 2) How well will they manage the delicate balance that must be struck between gaining public attention and spurring public irritation? Mind you, angry crowds are seldom known for their sense of delicacy, but still you’ll get my point.
On one hand, they want to protest the imbalance of wealth and wages in this country (or at least that is one of many things on their loose agenda) and they would obviously like to get the attention of the big wigs. What better way to accomplish that than by snarling traffic, forcing businesses to either open late or not at all, and generally playing havoc with the work day.
On the other hand, in doing so they will also almost certainly have an impact on thousands of those ordinary, working Americans for whom they are allegedly fighting; people who repair elevators, sell bagels, clean offices, operate computer systems, drive buses, and on and on and on. Many of these are likely to be hourly workers who may or may not be paid for the time they miss (I’m going to bet ‘not’) as a result of the protestors blocking their way to work.
I’m not saying the protestors should give up on their actions. That is up to them to decide. But what I am saying is that this is one of those strange situations in which they are trying to, in effect, “free the hostages” of our economy, and they just mind wind up injuring a good many of them in the process.
If the protestors get the equation right, they will find rising public support for their cause. If they get it wrong, they will quickly be seen as yet another problem for our economy…not a solution.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so stop by later today if you have time…and assuming the road is not blocked. Ha!
State College, Pennsylvania (CNN) - The mother of one of Jerry Sandusky's alleged victims - the first to come forward in the case - said her son is afraid the former Penn State coach might go free.
The son, who is identified as Victim 1 in the indictment, watched an NBC interview with Sandusky this week and cried, the mother told CNN on Wednesday.
"I said, 'Well, why did you cry?' And he said, 'Because I'm afraid that he might go free,' " said the woman, whose face and voice were altered to protect her - and by extension her son's - identity.
Sandusky told NBC's Bob Costas on Monday that he has been falsely accused, saying that he only "horsed around" with kids in the shower after workouts.
andusky denied being sexually attracted to boys, and his lawyer, Joe Amendola, told CNN on Monday night that showering with children does not equate automatically to sexual assault.
In the NBC interview, Sandusky denied one of the charges in the grand jury report that assistant coach Mike McQueary had walked in on him raping a boy about 10 years of age.
Sandusky was arrested on November 5, after the release of the grand jury report detailing crimes that he allegedly committed between 1994 and 2009. Sandusky is free on $100,000 bail, against the wishes of prosecutors.
The mother of the boy said she first got clues that something was wrong when her son's behavior changed.
With conflicting reports and new evidence, there are more questions about who from Penn State is telling the truth.
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