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The Legendary Joe Paterno Will Leave Penn State Amidst Sex Scandal

8 Nov

Joe Paterno – a name synonymous with Penn State pride – is likely be asked to leave by PSU officials, reports the New York Times.

Admist the shocking sex scandal involving allegations and charges against former coach Jerry Sandusky and a potential cover-up by the Penn State football organization, the board of trustees at Penn State is quietly planning Joe-Pa’s exit.

Other high-ranking officials at Penn State have already stepped down.

Penn State University is suffering a heartbreaking reputation shift in the wake of this decade-old sex abuse scandal that has implicated more than one Penn State employee.

According to the Times press release, “the board of trustees is yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other  coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a brand will not survive to coach another season.”

Paterno testified in front of the grand jury that he was informed of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy, and that he reported it to school officials. However, his description was “vague” and seemingly downplayed the incident which was purportedly stated to him in graphic detail, and his intentions were questioned when he chose to go to the higher-ups at Penn State instead of reporting the incident (in detail) to police.

Though he is not being indicted and is not a target of the investigation according to authorities, his once-golden image may be tarnished in the court of public opinion.

There really are no winners in this situation.

As for today’s cancelled press conference, a report by Fox News stated the following: “Penn State’s president abruptly canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference Tuesday amid increasing calls for both men to resign in the wake of a former assistant coach’s sex-abuse scandal and as another potential victim came forward. The news conference was to be the first chance for reporters to ask Paterno about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

‘Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,’ assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.”

Paterno may not have broken any laws, but his inaction and the inaction of others allowed for further abuse that should have stopped years ago.

Nonetheless, it is sad that such a legend will have to leave his career on such a sour note when he did so much for the school and the football program. Again — no one wins in this situation.

 

Will Freeze on State Film Tax Credit Freeze Out Dark Knight and Other Movie Productions?

18 Feb

There is currently a freeze on Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program – and this freeze on remaining funds could cause Pittsburgh an other Pennsylvania locations to miss out on many film opportunities including the highly anticipated Batman sequel, “Dark Knight Rises,” which was reported to start filming in Pittsburgh this summer.

So far, producers of Batman and 2 other productions set to be filmed in Pittsburgh have reportedly threatened to back out and shoot elsewhere if the money is not released.

Local media and casting agencies are encouraging citizens to contact local lawmakers and government to keep the productions in town. ilm productions had been receiving a 25 percent credit for spending at least 60 percent of their production budget in the state, which is the amount “The Dark Knight Rises” has been rumored to film in Pittsburgh.

The PA film tax credit program is presently on hold until the Pennsylvania state budget is passed next month. This could cost the city and state mega-bucks if these big-money productions choose another locale.

Movie productions filmed in Pittsburgh had been receiving a 25 percent credit for spending 60% or more of their production budget in Pennsylvania. Though Warner Bros. are yet to officially announce filming locations for “The Dark Knight Rises,” it was reported that this would likely be the amount spent in Pittsburgh.

As no formal announcements have been made regarding the movie, there is still hope for it and others. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the film tax credit mess can get straightened out. Not only is it big business for Pittsburgh, but it is likewise exciting to see our hometown on the big screen!

 

“Is this real life??” … Mikey, Big Bob, Bill Clinton, and Lil’ Wayne.

15 Nov

In an early November interview with our very own 96.1 KISS fm “Morning Freak Show,” President Bill Clinton told Mikey & Big Bob that he was excited for rapper Lil’ Wayne’s release from jail, and that he “believes in” the hip hop artist.

Clinton claims that in the past, he “underestimated the intelligence” of rap artists until daughter Chelsea introduced him to the music. He hopes that Lil’ Wayne will turn his life around.

The story made national and even international news, being written and talked about on ABC News, CNN Headline News, MTV.com, and even a publication in India.

I think that Mikey and Bob are the only guys that could get such a gem out of this former president. Way to go, boys! Putting Pittsburgh on the map, once again.

Check out the KISS blog here about President Clinton appearing in upcoming movie, “Hangover 2” and also listen to the clip: http://www.kissfm961.com/pages/morningfreakshow.html?an=Bill-Clinton-on-Hangover-2

YOUR View: Intellect vs. Faith? Science vs. Religion? – a “Hot Topic”

27 Jun

Earlier this week on The View, the women discussed the concept of Faith vs. Intellect, and Science vs. Religion.

The debate was sparked over comments that comeddiene Janeane Garofalo made regarding President Obama’s encouragement of the nation to “pray” about the BP oil spill in the Gulf. She said that for him to tell us to pray is both “Bush-like” and anti-intellectual, also calling him a “conservative” and, in earlier interviews, calling the Bible a work of fiction and a Bill O’Rielly autobiography (which, totally makes no sense, but, whatever Janeane.)

So, what do you think? Is prayer separate from logic? What about faith? Are they counter-intellectual? I don’t think so. Do you?

Personally, I don’t believe that Faith and Intellect have to be separate entities, nor do I believe that Science and Religion must be segregated, either.

I posted this “conversation-starter” on my Facebook page on Tuesday, the day that this “Hot Topic” first appeared on The View, because, well, I like a good intellectual debate, and I love talking philosophy, religion, and theology. I had a few good comments replying to this post.

One reader said, “But, the basis of religion (world was created in 7 days) is in complete disagreement with science.”

I never want to argue or belittle anyone’s point, as I see where she is coming from with this ‘argument’ (for lack of a better term.)  For the sake of playing “Devil’s Advocate” (there might be a pun there, haha) … my reply is this:  while I am Christian, as much as one can be without being 100% convinced in the validity of “organized religion” but in preferring a personal relationship with God and a more “spiritual path”,  remember that not all religions DO believe in the 7-day creation theory.

Another poster said, “I truly believe that God gave us all of this including the Science and our intellectual abilities as well. I don’t think they are separate at all. Our creator gifted us with EVERYTHING, it doesn’t matter what name you call him by, he/she is truly AMAZING!”  With this person, I tend to agree.

I don’t know what religion is “correct” or which theory of creation or “how we got here” is right, but I do believe in “a” God/higher power that got us here and blessed us with the intellect and sciences to figure all of this “stuff” out. (Science, medicine, technology, and so forth.) Additionally, the power of meditation  and prayer do actually have some quantifiable and provable effects scientifically speaking, which I think is amazing and powerful, just showing us that spirituality, faith, and religion do indeed have us a place in this oh-so-skeptical and science-based world!  (Check into the noetic science division of quantum physics and you’ll be amazed!)

Yet another person had this to say: “I think if one has faith, then of course prayer is logical because that person believes in it.”

This might have been one of the most logical replies that I read. If a person truly believes in something, then isn’t it logical for THEM, in their own personal life, and within the confines of their own personal set of circumstances? Who are we to judge if someone wants to believe something? This might sound totally contrived, but wasn’t this country built on freedom of religion?

Moreover, yes, Ms. Garofolo, was saying that prayer is anti-intellectual and illogical, which, I totally do not agree with. I think that a smart person can also be religious, or, at the very least, spiritual or have faith in their lives. It has nothing to do with intelligence, in my mind.

However, I understood in the context WHY she said that particular part (regarding the oil spill and how it isn’t a “solution” to the problem per se.)

 But why would prayer and faith be a problem, or, dumb? I think that the human condition is that we need it in times of crisis or tragedy. Sure, some people choose not to believe. To each their own! That’s fine, but why belittle those that want to believe that there is a an explanation for suffering?  People who want to look for a reason to hope? Light at the end of the tunnel? A guidance to help us through the tough times?

Regardless of your beliefs, it doesn’t mean a person is any less intelligent or logical because they are a spiritual and/or religious person. That is just small-minded and ignorant to assume, I think, and makes YOU look less intelligent, if you ask me.

(I’d take a less-intelligent, more open-minded , loving, and accepting person, over a stuffy, close-minded wannabe intellectual any day, Garafolo!)

Finally, to those that want to judge people who “believe” and those who criticized Barack Obama for encouraging a nation to pray … I ask, “what could it hurt???”   

It might not be an answer to our problems, or a solution to the oil spill, and, sure, it might not do any good, but it would certainly not cause any harm, either.

What do you think?

 

 

Link: Watch “The View” Discussion on this “Hot Topic”here:   The View: Obama Asks for Prayer

7th Annual Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women to be held in PITTSBURGH this year!

11 Jun

The 7th Annual Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women is going to be held right here in Pittsburgh this year!

Early registration is available until June 13th and you can get more information online at http://www.pagovernorsconferenceforwomen.org.

The event is October 14th, 2010 at the David L. Lawerence Convention Center – and you can follow them on Twitter @PennWomen as well as joining them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

And ladies, get this – if you want to be a part of this fabulous event full of empowered women, esteemed guests, and inspirational speakers, you can do your part by joining the social media street team! Contact @PennWomen on Twitter or email me at glitzburgh@gmail.com for more information on how to sign up now!

It’s sure to be a wonderful occasion for all involved – and it isn’t every year that this unique event is held right here in Pittsburgh, so be SURE to take advantage of it in 2010!

Sarah Palin: the New Kate Gosselin?

26 Mar

TLC  has announced that it will air 8 episodes of a reality television show/documentary series called, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”


The former Vice Presidential candidate will begin filming this summer in her home state and is being paid a rumored $1 million per episode. Gee, is that all?

Do you think it would be worth it? I think people will watch. TLC may have hit another ratings jackpot.  Love her or hate her, she is undeniably entertaining, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way, and even when she doesn’t mean to be at all. She has charisma, is sometimes slightly humorous and self-depreciating in a charming way, and is easy on the eyes. Plus, we DID put up with Jon and Kate Gosselin for years, and, somehow, Jersey Shore on MTV has a following….so you never know. There may be a train wreck in store. Or, it may be the beginnings of 2012 candidacy…which may or may not be one in the same. The price tag on her documentary series reality show is a bit much in my opinion, but my guess is TLC and Discovery Networks won’t mind with all of the exposure the show will surely get.

Saturday Night Live and political pundits alike will have a field day as Palin explores the beauty of Alaska for all of us to see.

Hey, maybe we’ll even see Russia from her porch!

Tiny Fey – the question is, are YOU ready?