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Old Rape Case Resurfaces to Haunt an Oscar Hopeful

Actor/director Nate Parker was acquitted in 2001

(Newser) - Nate Parker hoped his drama about an 1831 slave rebellion would generate Oscar buzz. But talk about The Birth of a Nation—which Fox Searchlight bought for a record $17.5 million after its Sundance premiere—has suddenly taken a turn. As the New York Times recounts, the first-time director... More »

Penn State's Ex-President Arraigned, Free on $125K Bond

Spanier faces charges in Sandusky scandal

(Newser) - Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier, facing multiple charges for his alleged role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, was released today on $125,000 bond after his arraignment, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Spanier's lawyer called the charges—conspiracy, obstruction, perjury, and child endangerment—"... More »

Penn State: No More 'Sweet Caroline' at Games

But not because of 'touching me, touching you' lyrics, school says

(Newser) - When Penn State announced yesterday that Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" would no longer be played at its football games, speculation immediately centered around the song's lyrics, specifically the "touching me, touching you" bit. In light of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, that must be why... More »

Witness: I Saw Sandusky, Booster Molesting Boys

Witness comes forward as part of child porn investigation

(Newser) - The horrifying allegations against Jerry Sandusky seem to have no end: Now a witness says he saw the former Penn State coach and a prominent booster from the school sexually abusing two boys on a private plane. The witness has spoken to the US Postal Inspectors and the FBI as... More »

Penn State Sanctions Not Nearly Enough

NCAA football needs to learn a lesson: Joe Nocera

(Newser) - The sanctions handed down to Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal were harsher than Joe Nocera thought they would be—but not harsh enough. The NCAA should have imposed the so-called "death penalty," a move that would have been reminiscent of University... More »

Joe Paterno's Son Leaving Penn State, Too

Jay Paterno had been team's quarterbacks coach

(Newser) - The final tie between Penn State football and the Paterno family has been severed. Quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno announced he was leaving the program after spending 17 years as an assistant under his father, Joe. His departure was expected after the school last week named New England Patriots offensive coordinator... More »

Sponsors Run From Penn State

Six sponsors out of today's game, others reviewing plans

(Newser) - More tangible fallout from the Penn State scandal: About six sponsors, including Cars.com, have pulled out of today's noon game on ESPN, and other marketers are asking the station not to air their ads anywhere near discussion of the matter. "I have multiple advertisers pulling ads from... More »

Threats Keep McQueary Off Sidelines

Future in question for assistant coach

(Newser) - Mike McQueary—the assistant coach in the middle of the Penn State scandal —has received multiple threats and won't be at tomorrow's game against Nebraska after all, officials say. Interim head coach Tom Bradley, who took charge after the firing of Joe Paterno , had earlier told a... More »

The Douchiest Colleges of 2011

Ivy Leagues, and a few 'lucky' state school get top douche marks

(Newser) - For those who felt like you went to school with a high quota of douchebags, here's your confirmation: The Rogers & Littleton Guide to America’s Douchiest Colleges is the new authoritative guide to institutions of high education where a sheepskin amounts to a certificate in lifelong douchebaggery. The... More »

Employers Like State School Grads, Not Ivy Leaguers

Survey says big companies prefer those from non-elite schools

(Newser) - Move over Harvard; when it comes to hiring entry-level employees, most businesses prefer to recruit from state schools, according to a new survey. The Wall Street Journal polled 479 of the country’s largest companies and asked where they did their recruiting. Of the top 25 schools they named, 19... More »

Biggest Party Animals Attend Georgia

In student survey, Ohio U. finishes second

(Newser) - Good news for parents paying for their kids to study at the University of Georgia: The school is finally No. 1. The bad news: The Princeton Review list ranks the nation's top party schools. "UGA has been on the party school list for a while, but it’s one... More »

College Calorie Info Could Be Backfiring

From anorexics to obese students, information can spur 'disordered eating'

(Newser) - Colleges that bombard students with calorie counts and similar information to discourage overeating—and the dreaded "freshman 15" pounds—may be causing bigger diet problems instead, reports Newsweek. Many schools are rethinking their strategy in the wake of rising numbers of eating disorders, and a growing sense that a... More »

Penn State Dethrones Florida as Top Party School

(Newser) - Penn State has knocked the University of Florida from its No. 1 spot … atop the Princeton Review’s “Best Party School” list. Each year, the Review ranks schools in a huge number of categories based on surveys of their students. A Penn State spokeswoman called it a “... More »

Florida's #1 Again ... as Top Party School

Mississippi, Penn State round out top 3 in Princeton Review survey

(Newser) - The University of Florida can raise a glass to another national title—best party school in the country. The Gators, known for wild celebrations following national championships in football and basketball, wrested the party title away from West Virginia University and beat out the University of Mississippi and Penn State... More »

Bedbugs' Itch Breeding New Ways to Scratch

Freeze 'em, bake 'em, call in the dogs—pests can't bite if they're dead

(Newser) - No one’s sure why bedbugs are back, but US companies think they know how to kill them, the Wall Street Journal reports. Startups are using everything from dogs to cold blasts to hair-dryer-like devices to sniff out, freeze or bake the pests. “We don’t have an easy... More »

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