The AC360 Weekly Buzz
November 17th, 2011
06:59 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz

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?

And it's a tough week for basketball fans with signs the NBA 2011-2012 season may not happen.

Today’s scoop:

As I mentioned, last night we heard from the mother of one of Jerry Sandusky's victim's - don’t miss tonight’s show when she reveals new details about how she says her son’s school mishandled the situation. And there's at least one new alleged victim, and could be many more. CNN’s Jason Carroll spoke with an attorney representing the accusers. We'll have his that interview tonight on AC360°.

Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the streets across the country today on what they dubbed a national “mass day of action.” Even with more than 150 arrests in New York and Los Angeles, the protesters have not backed down. Follow the CNN live blog for more updates. And don't miss our coverage of the demonstrations tonight on the program.

A look ahead:

The congressional super committee has until November 23 to find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction, and with no deal on the table yet House leaders seem to be playing the blame game and trying to cheat their self-inflicted rules.

With more people getting killed every day, who will Syrialisten to? CNN has a summary of who is openly criticizing the violent crackdown, how the Syrian regime might respond, and if anyone can influence over President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Buzz-winning story:

Whether you love or hate to fly, what would you do if you looked up mid-flight to see...a cockroach? One couple is suing AirTran for the unwelcome passenger.

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  1. Kathy

    Anderson, I am going to challenge you and the rest of the national media who have kept the story and Penn State in the headlines to report on something positive at Penn State, it has been going on since 1977 and last year raised over $95,000,000 and it isn't football! It's THON! the largest student-run philanthropy in the world! The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON! Watch the videos, the kids at Penn State deserve to have all of the stories told, not just the bad ones! But will the media cover this one too?

    November 18, 2011 at 5:34 am |
  2. bob

    anderson.... upon listnening to all the stuff surrounding the penn st coach, i have to say this happens all the time this is what these guys do they befriend you, your parents, then they take advantage of you usually they are pillars of the community so to speak, how do i know because i have first hand experience with one when i was growing up in nc in the late 70's the man is dead now, so don't know what good it will do to say anymore or mention names, i wasn't the only victim so to speak, and his close freinds new what he was doing but did nothing but say i know i know how he is and left it at that . The man was a respected guy in the community heavy into boys baseball and basketball.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
  3. Sharon from Wisconsin

    Why would anyone expect the police, who McQueaqry says he contacted, say that they were indeed contacted and yet did nothing? And if that happened, why would McQueary expect that anyone was going to do anything. The fact that the assistant coach kept a prior commitment that Sandusky would also be at does not to me say that McQueary is lying about anything.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  4. Pwil

    Penn State is a small rural community; of course everyone knows everyone. Stop the coverup angle-just conjecture Explain that reporting it to the head of the campus police is on the record. A school not wanting to talk to your reporter is proper for a case under investigation. I used to like your program , but am choosing another channel.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  5. dan ortmann

    As a adult survivor of child hood sex abuse from a catholic priest the similarity between the institutions and how they hide the predator is simply haunting to me.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  6. Bill Martin

    Maybe you can help me understand why a 10 yo boy was permitted to shower with the coaches and team in the Penn State sex abuse case. I cannot think of any circumstances why such behavior is ever tolerated/permitted? Is this neglagence on the part of the University to permit such behavior?

    November 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Patrick

    How is Sandusky, this clearly disturbed individual, granted bail? Clearly he is unstable, at best. Thus, with all of the new accusers and evidence mounting against him why is the court allowing this man to potentially flee or take his own life? If he was that messed up to take advantage of people, let alone helpless children, then who is to say he is stable enough to make it to trail and get the punishment he deserves. Doesn't make much sense.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm |