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Cheat Sheet: December 19, 2012

Mister Rogers and Newtown: Quote and image goes viral During the Sandy Hook tragedy, America searched for a way to come to terms with the incident, and parents fathomed how to explain something so horrible to their children. Americans looked to the wisdom of dearly loved Mister Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers--so many caring people in this world.” The quote and image of a child holding Mister Rogers' face went viral on Facebook and was shared more than...

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Cheat Sheet: December 18, 2012

Loaded gun found on Va. Beach school playground A loaded gun was found on by students at Star of the Sea School on Tuesday morning. According to police spokesman Jimmy Barnes, the semi-automatic pistol was found in dark rubber mulch around the jungle gym in the playground. The school was not placed on lockdown, and students were quickly ushered inside and most were uninformed of what happened. The school did, however, increase patrol presence around the school. The gun is being processed for prints. (Source) Instagram Can Sell Your Photos Instagram announced on Monday that it has the right to sell all images without notification or payment. This controversial policy shift further states that unless Instagram users delete their accounts before January 16—the day the...

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Cheat Sheet: December 17, 2012

Hampton Roads School Increase Security after Connecticut Shooting Local elementary schools have added additional security on Monday following the Connecticut school massacre. Officials say the move is only a precaution. According to spokesperson Lauren Wicks, sheriff deputies were at Virginia Beach Public schools but police also made visits. On Sunday, parents were informed via an AlertNow message. Newport News Public schools have also increased security. Each elementary school will have a security guard and police will visit schools more often. The principals will soon be reviewing their crisis management plans. Suffolk Public Schools have also increased the presence of police both inside and outside of schools. They’ve also asked the principals to make sure that they...

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Cheat Sheet: December 14, 2012

27 dead in Conn. elementary school shooting According to the Associated Press, 27 people, including 18 children, were tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. this morning. Most of the shooting took place in a kindergarten classroom. The shooter--reportedly the son of a teacher at the school--is dead. School and local emergency officials are accounting for the surviving children, who will be released to their parents to get them home. (Source) Secretary of State John Kerry? Susan Rice has dropped out of the race to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and now Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is presumed to be the leading contender. Although there could be other candidates Obama is considering, observers have...

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Cheat Sheet: December 13, 2012

Baby death ruled murder, father wanted Police say 35-year-old Floyd Logan IV of Newport News, the father of a 16-month-old girl is wanted in connection with her death, which was recently classified as a homicide. Police responded to the 800 block of Park Row in reference to an unresponsive toddler on the afternoon of Aug. 15, 2012. The child, Waaliyah Brown, was transported to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Logan is wanted for first-degree murder and child abuse following months of investigation from police. He was indicted on those charges Dec. 4. (Source) Owner claims on-the-loose emu in Virginia Beach Officials say a man jogging on Seaboard Road in Virginia Beach called to report a strange sight this afternoon—an emu following behind him. Animal...

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Cheat Sheet: December 12, 2012

Pope Benedict sends his first tweet The Pope is now on Twitter. Pope Benedict XVI posted his first official tweet to 6660,000 followers on Wednesday. The tweet was retweeted more than 9,000 times within only 15 minutes. The Pope plans to tweet often--and in several languages--to engage more directly with the world's Catholic population, especially young ones. (Source) Three dead in Oregon mall shooting A white-masked gunman wearing ran into the Clackamas Town Center mall outside Portland, Ore., on Tuesday afternoon and fired a many as 60 shots from an assault rifle, killing two people and seriously wounding a third, before killing himself. Police have not released the names of the shooter or any of his victims or speculated on the motive. (Source) Delta buys stake...

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Cheat Sheet: December 11, 2012

Newly discovered small asteroid just misses Earth; next up is much bigger 12/12/12 asteroid On tomorrow’s date of 12/12/12, a nearly three-mile long asteroid is expected to pass within 4 million miles of Earth. However, that’s nothing compared to the asteroid that passed within just 140,000 miles of our planet this morning. Discovered only two days ago, XE54 came about as close to crashing into Earth as an asteroid can without actually doing so, close enough to be “eclipsed by Earth’s shadow, causing its shadow to ‘wink out’ for a short time,” according to Universe Today. (Source) Life sentence closes to oldest cold case Fifty-five years after Maria Ridulph vanished from a small-town street corner while playing in the snow, a...

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Cheat Sheet: December 10, 2012

Navy SEAL killed in rescue identified The Department of Defense identified an elite U.S. special forces team member killed during a rescue operation in Afghanistan. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, died of combat-related injuries sustained on Dec. 8 while supporting operations in Afghanistan. Checque, a highly-decorated combat veteran, was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare command. He was from Monroeville, PA but currently lived in Virginia Beach. (Source) Elmo actor faces sex abuse claim from fourth accuser A fourth man is accusing Kevin Clash, the voice of “Sesame Street’s’ Elmo character, of sexual abuse. In a lawsuit filed today, the accuser, who is using the name John Doe, claims that Clash befriended him in the...

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Cheat Sheet: December 8-9--Weekend Roundup

Mandela Admitted to Hospital According to government sources, former South African president Nelson Mandela was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for "medical attention." The current President, Jacob Zuma, released a statement ensuring the visit was no cause for alarm and simply the result of the former president's old age. (Source) U.N. Extends Kyoto Protocol There will continue to be one legally binding climate plan in the world. The United Nations climate talks in Doha have ended with an extension to the Kyoto Protocol, meaning there will continue to be one legally binding climate in the world. The plan, which was set to expire this year, legally obligates 35 nations to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions. Additionally, the U.N. formed a new agreement...

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Cheat Sheet: December 6, 2012

Skeleton discovered in wooded area in Virginia Beach Skeletal remains were discovered yesterday in an abandoned lot on Bonney Road. Police department spokeswoman Officer Grazia Moyers said a woman reported that her friend discovered the remains while walking in the wooded area of the 4500 block of Bonney Road. A medical examiner and anthropologist visited the scene to examine the bones. Missing persons cases are being reviewed, but officers must await the medical examiner's results before proceeding further. (Source) Navy vet accused of being Russian spy 20-year Navy veteran Robert Patrick Hoffman is accused of attempted espionage for jeopardizing the United States after providing information to Russian officials. The documents "revealed and pertained to methods...

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Cheat Sheet: December 5, 2012

Advocates push for tougher texting while driving law Safe driving advocates are steering a fresh push to make motorists put down the qwerty keyboard and focus on the road. Next year drivers using a handheld communication device, such as a smart phone, for anything other than a voice phone call, could be punished for reckless driving. This would negate Virginia’s current texting law—police can only charge someone for texting if they first stop a driver for another traffic infraction. With the new law in place, texting, emailing, web surfing of similar conduct while driving would be a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $2,500 fine or 12 months in jail. (Source) Arrest made in Hampton teen’s death Police say they have arrested one man and are...

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Cheat Sheet: December 3, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Talks Reach Halt On Monday, House Republicans sent a new deficit proposal to the White House with a counteroffer to President Obama’s proposal calls for $800 billion in tax increases.Republicans say this amount can be achieved without raising tax rates--their proposal cuts $4.6 million from the deficit over ten years and saves $600 million from Medicare and other health programs. It also alters how cost-of-living increases are calculated in Social Security. (Source) Police Search for Kansas City Chief Suicide Motive Police are searching for a motive, and possibly citing head trauma, in the case of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher' suicide and murder of his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. Belcher had a 3-month-old daughter with Perkins....

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Cheat Sheet: December 1-2, 2012: Weekend Roundup

5 states will increase classroom time Five states are going to add at least 300 hours of learning time to public schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee will all take part in the new initiative. Their goal is to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level. The pilot program will last three years and will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 different schools. The schools, working together with districts, parents and teachers will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year or both. Funds to cover the costs of expanded learning time will come from a mix of federal, state and district budgets. There are long term hopes to expand the program to include additional...

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Cheat Sheet: November 30, 2012

Missouri family claims Powerball winnings Mark and Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Mo., claimed their share of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot on Friday at a press conference along with their children.. The couple randomly chose numbers through Quick Pick and were one of two winners in the Wednesday drawing. The other winning ticket was sold in Arizona; however, the buyer has not come forward yet. The Hills won $294 million and will take a lump sum payment, which totals about $192 million before taxes. (Source) Fatal attack at Wyoming college rattles campus According to police, at least three people were killed in a Friday morning attack at Casper College and in another undisclosed location in the town. Police say no suspects are at large and no on else was injured; other...

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Cheat Sheet: November 29, 2012

ODU students concerned for their safety. Because of a sexual assault last week close to the ODU campus, students are now voicing their concerns about their safety. According the police, a masked man forced himself into a student’s home on 41st St. on Nov. 21 and sexually assaulted her in the middle of the night. Online, students have been posting about several break-ins around the off-campus area that have happened since. Some believe that suspects are targeting sorority girls specifically but ODU senior Carolyn McMullin disagrees, saying she thinks it happens to be girls in general. ODU Police Chief Rhonda Harris told reporters, “Every time you have the community afraid, its concerning. As a police chief, I don’t want the community afraid. We’re a...

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Cheat Sheet: November 27, 2012

Facebook privacy changes provokes users Two privacy groups are urging Facebook to reverse its decision to stop letting users vote on controversial policy changes. Until now, the Facebook has allowed users to vote on proposed changes if they get more than 7,000 comments. Additionally, tweaks have been eliminated if more than 30 percent of users voted them down. However, Facebook says that  it has grown so huge that it's too easy to receive 7,000 critics, making the user input mechanism "unwieldy." (Source) Cyber Monday sales up 30 percent Cyber Monday sales jumped 30 percent compared to last year, according to IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, which tracks more than 1 million e-commerce transactions for more than 500 retailers. The increase beats even the...

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Cheat Sheet: November 21, 2012

Distasteful Facebook photo goes viral A personal photo posted on Facebook has drawn outrage across the country, calling for the subject’s firing. A photo posted in October shows Lindsey Stone raising her middle finger and acting as though she’s shouting, as she stands in front of a sign at Arlington National Cemetery calling for silence and respect. The picture quickly went viral, with people so outraged at the lack of respect Stone showed those who made the ultimate sacrifice they demanded she be fired from her job at a non-profit organization. (Source) Chesapeake gives OK to backyard chickens The City Council of Chesapeake voted yesterday to allow up to six laying hens in neighborhoods, with a provision to review the code in one year to decide whether to...

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Cheat Sheet: November 20, 2012

Hamas: Truce with Israel to begin at midnight A Hamas official said Tuesday that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the Gaza conflict with Israel would go into effect at midnight local time. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said earlier that he was open to a long-term deal. According to official reports, 126 Palestinians have died in a week of fighting, most of them civilians, including 27 children. (Source) Hostess and union agree to mediation Hostess has agreed to enter mediation talks with the the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers' International Union, thus averting the liquidation of the company. A bankruptcy judge in White Plains, N.Y., said the liquidation could not proceed until the two sides tried mediation first. (Source)...

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Cheat Sheet: November 19, 2012

Man charged with capital murder in officer’s death Today a grand jury indicted Raymond Lewis Perry, 21, on one charge of capital murder for fatally shooting off-duty Norfolk police officer Victor Decker. This charge makes Perry eligible for life in prison or the death penalty. Detectives charged Perry this past summer, nearly two years after a passerby found the 25-year-old officer shot to death by the side of Oceana Boulevard the morning of Oct. 26, 2010. (Source) Israel says prefers diplomacy but ready to invade Gaza Israel bombed dozens of targets in the Gaza strip today and said that while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire. Mediator Egypt said a deal for a...

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Cheat Sheet: November 17-18--Weekend Roundup

Hostess declares bankruptcy  Facing a significant strike by bakers, Hostess Brands--the maker of Wonder Bread and snack icons such as Twinkies and Ho Hos--announced Friday that it is asking a bankruptcy court for permission to close. The move would put the 5,000 members of the bakers' union, as well as more than 13,000 other employees out of work. However, Hostess has plans to auction its assets to the highest bidder, which could keep its most popular products on the market. (Source) Alleged Twilight mass shooting plot discovered Police in Bolivar, Mo., say that they have foiled a plot by a 20-year-old man to orchestrate a mass shooting this weekend at either a screening of the new Twilight movie or a Walmart. Police arrested Blaec Lammers, accusing him of...

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Cheat Sheet: November 15, 2012

Suffolk boy charged with bringing wooden knife to school On Wednesday, a knife was found to be in the possession of an 11-year-old boy on the school bus. The boy didn’t threaten anyone on the bus and it is unclear how officials initially learned about the knife. The boy was taken off the bus at John Yeates Middle School, where Principal Dan O’Leary found the knife in the boy’s bookbag. The knife was a 10 ½ inch carved wooden knife with no metal blade. The boy was suspended and recommended for expulsion under the school system’s weapon policy. (Source) Norfolk one step closer to giving Waterside Festival Marketplace a makeover The Cordish Cos proposed spending $28 million to create Waterside Live, an entertainment-based venue that will...

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Cheat Sheet: November 14, 2012

Obama addresses nation regarding Petraeus affair, fiscal cliff in presser President Obama appeared Wednesday afternoon to re-emphasize his stance on the looming fiscal cliff, arguing that Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for the middle class, but not for the nation's wealthiest. He urged Congress to take action on the looming fiscal cliff bhuge tax hikes and spending cuts hit at the end of the year. Additionally, Obama took questions on the candal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign last week. Obama said there is "no evidence" of a national security breach during Petraeus' affair with biographer Paula Broadwell. (Source) Pelosi will remain House minority leader House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) confirmed in a news...

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Cheat Sheet: November 13, 2012

Ohio woman holds 'idiot' sign under court order After Shena Hardin of Cleveland was caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a school bus that was unloading children on Sept. 11, a Cleveland Municipal Court judge ordered the 32-year-old to serve a highly public sentence of standing at an intersection and holding a sign. The sign reads: “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” Hardin was ordered to hold the sign for one hour today and one hour tomorrow as vehicles stream by her, honking and yelling comments. (Source) iPads replace books for Isle of Wight County high schoolers Freshmen at Windsor and Smithfield high schools received iPads today for use in the classroom. Online books will be programmed into the iPads and...

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Cheat Sheet: November 12, 2012

Cuomo Seeks $30B in Sandy Aid It is reported that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking at least $30 billion in aid from the federal government. This evaluation includes $3.5 billion to repair the region's bridges and commuter lines, $1.65 billion to rebuild homes and apartments, $1 billion to reimburse local police and emergency personnel for working overtime, and several billion dollars in federal loans and grants for affected businesses. (Source) Armstrong Cuts Livestrong Charity Ties On Monday, Armstrong officially cut all ties with Livestrong, the charity he founded 15 years ago during his battle with testicular cancer. This decision comes less than three weeks after he stepped down as chairman of the organization. In announcing the news, Livestrong officials...

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Cheat Sheet: November 10-11, 2012--Weekend Roundup

Florida governor orders voting process review On Saturday Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said he requested a review of his state’s voting processes with an emphasis on areas where voters waited four hours or longer to cast their ballots. “We are glad that so many voters made their voices heard in this election, but as we go forward we must see improvements in our election process,” Scott said. President Obama noted the long lines encountered by voters in several states in his election night remarks: “I want to thank every American who participated in this election,” he said. “Whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time—by the way, we have to fix that.” (Source) Stabbing, shooting in Norfolk...

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Cheat Sheet: November 9. 2012

CIA Director David Petraeus resigns  NBC reported Friday that director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan David Petraeus has resigned his post due to an extramarital affair. The White House has reportedly accepted Petraeus' resignation. (Source) New York forced to ration gas The fuel crisis cause by superstorm Sandy is forcing New York City to ration gasoline for the first time since the energy crisis of the 1970s. With many gas stations shut down and out of gas, motorists are having to spend hours in line to fill up. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that the city would allow drivers with even-numbered license plates to buy gas on even days, and odd-numbered on odd days. The state of New Jersey has...

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Cheat Sheet: November 8, 2012

Gabby Giffords Shooter Receives Seven Consecutive Life Sentences On Thursday, Jared Loughner, 24, who pleaded guilty to the 2011 Tucson, Ariz. that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences in prison, plus 140 years. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly attended the sentencing, where Kelly spoke for his wife: "You tried to create a world as dark and evil as your own," Kelly said. "Remember this: You failed." (Source) Iranian fighter jet fires on U.S. drone According to CNN, two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force drone in the Persian Gulf last week on November 1, while the American drone was conducting routine maritime surveillance. Although the drone was not hit, the incident...

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Cheat Sheet: November 7. 2012

President Obama Wins Another Four Years President Obama won re-election on Tuesday, winning the crucial battleground states of Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Wisconsin to defeat Governor Mitt Romney. Obama also holds a narrow lead in Florida; howver, officials there have not yet declared a winner. Romney delayed conceding for 90 minutes after the major TV networks called the race, with his aides ready to to contest the results. Ultimately, Romney congratulated Obama from Boston and marked the end of the campaign. President Obama assured his crowds in Chicago that the "best is still to come." (Source) 7.5 Earthquake Strikes Guatemala An earthquake with a 7.5 magnitude struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Wednesday morning, shaking...

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Cheat Sheet: November 6, 2012

Submarine Boise comes home on Thursday On Thursday the 360-foot, Los Angeles-class attack submarine Boise will be returning to Norfolk Naval Station after a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. The ship steamed more than 37,000 nautical miles and conducted port visits to Norway, Scotland and Portugal. The submarine has a crew of 15 officers and 128 enlisted sailors. The commanding officer, Brian Sittlow, was selected during the deployment as the U.S. Fleet Forces Command winner of the 2012 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership award. (Source)   Some wait 4 hours to vote in Chesapeake Today several citizens were forced to wait more than four hours to vote at the Clarence V. Cuffee Community Center in South Norfolk. More than 700 people filled the...

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Cheat Sheet: November 5, 2012

Child drowns in Chesapeake Hotel Pool An investigation has been launched by the Chesapeake Police Department after officers say a child drowned at a hotel Saturday evening. Around 5:45 p.m. officers responded to the Sleep Inn on Western Branch Blvd. for a report of possible drowning. An 8-year-old child who had been swimming in the hotel pool was transported to Maryview Hospital and pronounced dead. The identity of the child has not yet been released and the incident remains under investigation. (Source) Sewage main still pouring in Suffolk In Suffolk, a broken sewage main that is believed to have ruptured during Hurricane Sandy is still pouring raw sewage into a tributary of the Nansemond River. Officials said today that it may take several more days to stop the flow....

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Cheat Sheet: November 3-4--Weekend Roundup

Toddler killed by animals at Pittsburgh Zoo A 2-year-old boy was killed by a pack of African painted dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Sunday after he fell into the animals' caged enclosure. The boy's mother had lifted him onto a railing so that he could see when he slipped. Zookeepers and police were able to call away all but one dog, which police had to shoot. (Source) New York City Faces Housing Crisis New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, warned on Sunday that Hurricane Sandy has left the city with a housing crises comparable to the one New Orleans experienced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. According to FEMA director Craig Fugate, 86,000 households in the New York area have registed for federal disaster aid. Some of the...

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Cheat Sheet: November 2, 2012

Sandy Death Toll Hits 90 Hurricane Sandy’s official death toll reached 90 on Thursday evening. Thirty-eight people were killed in New York City alone. Repair crews and government officials continue to take actions to restore power and basic services to the areas devastated by the storm. (Source) Fuel Situation in Tristate Area Worsens The fuel shortage resulting from Hurricane Sandy worsened Thursday, leading to fist fights and a mile-long line up the Garden State Parkway. The owner of a gas station in Montclair told the New York Times that disputes on the line got so heated he was forced to call the police and turn off the pumps for 45 minutes to restore peace. (Source) Deputy charged in DUI and officer assault A Portsmouth sheriff’s deputy has been...

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Cheat Sheet: November 1, 2012

Former Penn State Pres. Charged Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was formally charged with perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday in connection to the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal. Spanier was forced to step down after Sandusky’s arrest last November, however denied knowledge of the child molestation. (Source) Lance Armstrong Investigation Continues On Thursday, the International Olympic Committee said that it would investigate Armstrong's bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. The International Cycling Union has erased all of Armstrong's victories from August 1998 forward, and his 2000 Sydney bronze medal falls in this time period. (Source) NYC to Receive FEMA Aid...

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