Local News 2-20-14

PENN STATE THON

Penn State’s THON 2014 begins on Friday at 6 pm inside the Bryce Jordan Center. The 46-hour dance marathon concludes fundraising efforts benefitting The Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The world’s largest student-run philanthropy has raised more than 101 million dollars since it began in 1977. 

PSU ADMINISTRATORS TRIAL

Attorneys for Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are hoping to have criminal charges against the former Penn State administrators thrown out. According to Statecollege.com, attorneys claim the judge and deputy attorney general in the Jerry Sandusky grand jury investigation acted unfairly. The battle stems from the controversial role played in the investigation by former Penn State General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin. Dauphin County President Judge Todd Hoover is presiding over the case. The three men face multiple charges, including perjury, child endangerment and conspiracy.

I-80 FREEZING RAIN SHUTDOWN

A fifty car pileup after a morning ice storm forced officials to close Interstate-80 westbound in Clearfield County for roughly 10 hours yesterday. Finally, one lane of the highway reopened just after 6 pm. The string of accidents occurred between mile markers 120 and 127. Police say roughly 40 tractor-trailers and 10 cars were involved. Icy conditions also shut down all area schools yesterday. Treacherous conditions and minor accidents were also reported across the region.

BARRON PREPARES TO LEAD PSU

Penn State President-Elect Eric Barron’s last day at Florida State is scheduled for April 2nd. According to the Centre Daily Times, Florida State’s board of trustees accepted Barron’s resignation yesterday during a special meeting in Tallahassee. The governing board waived a clause in his contract requiring him to give 180 days’ notice of leaving the school. Barron’s first official day at Penn State is set for May 12th