Archive for January 2012

Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies

January 22, 2012

As announced by his family this morning, former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, died early Sunday morning at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College after losing his fight with lung cancer. Paterno was 85.

I think I’ll have to agree with ESPN analyst Matt Millen (for the first time). I truly believe that although it was lung cancer which took Paterno’s life…it stands to reason that after the past few months, his death was in part due to a broken heart. The man was a legend for half a century at the University and in college football as a whole. Accumulating more wins than any other college coach in history.

But November, 2011 seems to have been the beginning of the end for Paterno. His lung cancer was disclosed by his family back on November 18, just nine days after he was fired by the Penn State’s board of trustees in the wake of the child sexual-abuse scandal that was revealed following the indictment on November 5 of Sandusky.

It’s safe to say that his all-time wins record will probably never be broken. In today’s game, coaches don’t last 50 years anymore. Yes…there has been a major recent scandal involving the school and it’s coaching staff. But today, I’m going to try to remember the coach that I remember idolizing as a kid growing up…wanting to go to Penn State. Wanting to play football for the great Joe Paterno.

From CBS News:

Paterno’s son Scott announced Nov. 18 that his father was being treated for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in mid-November during a follow-up visit for a bronchial illness.

The storied career of “JoePa” included 409 wins in 46 seasons and two national championships.

But his reputation for success with honor was shattered when a former assistant was charged with molesting 10 boys during a 15-year span, including some in the Penn State athletic complex.

The End of Tebowmania…

January 14, 2012

…starts tonight! Go Patriots Go!!!

Casey Anthony: New Boyfriend?

January 13, 2012

According to a few reports, Casey Anthony is secretly dating a new man and has even been attending church.

I’m sure we’ll learn more in the yet to be release “additional video diary’s”.

From Radar Online:

“She isn’t in hiding…she is out in public all the time…she attends church throughout the week to [sic],” a man who claims to have a “friend that is friends with her” posted on Facebook.

“She is doing good…she is dating someone and does work for his company.”

Court Sentences Joran van der Sloot to 28 Years in Prison

January 13, 2012

Joran van der Sloot has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old woman he met at a casino in Lima.

van der Sloot frequently hung his head as the charges were read in court.

From USA Today:

The court, taking into account the time he has spent in jail, says he would be eligible to be freed in June 2038.

The prosecution has requested a 30 years sentence, but the court said it had reduced it by two years because of Van der Sloot’s “sincere confession” that led to a speedy conclusion of the case.

Van der Sloot, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday to killing of Stephany Flores, 21, last year in a rage at his hotel room in the Peruvian capital.

Natalee Holloway Declared Dead

January 12, 2012

A judge has ruled Natalee Holloway dead, more than six years after she vanished in Aruba during a high school graduation trip.

With both of her parents present in the courtroom, Judge Alan King said he would sign an order to allow Holloways’ death certificate to be issued.

From CBS News:

“We’ve been dealing with her death for the last six and a half years,” Dave Holloway said after a brief hearing. He said the judge’s order closes one chapter in a long ordeal, but added: “We’ve still got a long way to go to get justice.

Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba on May 30, 2005. The 18-year-old was last seen leaving a bar early that morning with a young Dutchman, Joran van der Sloot. Her body was never found and the ensuing searches for the young woman would reap intense media scrutiny and worldwide attention.

 

Casey Anthony: New Theory for Daughter’s Death

January 11, 2012

According to reports, Casey Anthony told two doctors that she suspects her father, George Anthony, took her daughter, Caylee, from her bed, sex with her and then drowned her to cover it up.

From ABC News:

“She said, ‘I think he held her underwater, maybe he was doing something to her and he tried to cover it up,’” Dr. Jeffery Danziger recalled Anthony saying in his deposition that was released today.

Anthony told Danziger that she called her mother Cindy Anthony four times, but could not reach her. It was not until several hours later that her mother called back and, at that point, a shocked Anthony “froze.”

“I hoped he’d step up to be my dad and take responsibility,” she told Danziger.

Danziger said Anthony implied that her father’s eventual suicide attempt was, “his way out of the grief or guilt and I’m left to take the wrap [sic].”

Casey Anthony: Rape Led to Birth of Daughter Caylee

January 11, 2012

It appears that Casey Anthony told a psychiatrist that she became pregnant with Caylee after passing out at a party when she was 18 years old. This according to depositions released today.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Casey Anthony told a psychiatrist she believes her daughter Caylee was the product of a date rape — an attack that must have occurred in the fall of 2004 after someone “spiked” her drink and she “blacked out” at a party, according to court records unsealed Wednesday.

The revelations about Caylee’s parentage are contained in hundreds of pages of documents made public Wednesday at the request of the Orlando Sentinel. The depositions were given by two doctors who conducted psychological evaluations of Anthony before her trial.

Casey Anthony to Fire Jose Baez

January 11, 2012

Reports are surfacing today that Casey Anthony is planning to fire her lead attorney Jose Baez.

The New York Post is reporting that Anthony is angry over the fallout of her case, and thinks Jose Baez hasn’t done enough to secure a sit-down interview with a TV network on her behalf. This is the main reason that she wants to get rid of him.

From The New York Post

Sources tell us Anthony is furious that Baez has been basking in the limelight and rubbing shoulders with top TV talent, but hasn’t nailed down a big interview deal for her.

Anthony’s original attorney, Cheney Mason, will take over as her representative to the media, and sources say an announcement is imminent.

“Casey doesn’t want to be reading that Jose’s working on all of these deals on her behalf,” a source said, adding that Anthony avidly pores over online reports about herself and her camera-hogging lawyer. “She thinks he’s using her name as a meal ticket,” the source said.

Casey Anthony’s Psychiatric Evaluation Revealed

January 11, 2012

A psychiatrist says in newly released depositions that he could find no evidence that Casey Anthony suffers from a mental illness.

From MyFoxOrlando:

Dr. Jeffrey Danziger and Dr. William Weitz both conducted psychological evaluations on Anthony and before her murder trial, both doctors were deposed on what she told them regarding the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 and alleged sexual abuse by her father.

The depositions were done on April 7, 2011 and April 13, 2011 and were ordered sealed by Chief Judge Belvin Perry until the end of the trial. The Orlando Sentinel filed a motion with the court to have the depositions unsealed.

One of the psychiatrists, Danziger, says the results of a psychological test that Anthony took were normal, something he regarded as surprising.

Joran Van Der Sloot Pleads Guilty

January 11, 2012

Joran van der Sloot has pleaded guilty to charges that he killed Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room back in 2010.

Most believe that the case saw global attention because van der Sloot was arrested twice but never charged in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

From CNN:

“I am really sorry for what happened,” he told the three magistrates overseeing his trial in Lima, Peru, after pleading guilty to the “qualified murder” and simple robbery of Stephany Flores. There is no jury.

The 24-year-old Dutch national faces a sentence of 30 years in prison, but his attorney hopes his guilty plea, called an “anticipated conclusion of the process,” will reduce that term.

He will be sentenced Friday morning.


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