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Rundown for July 23, 2012
12:06 PM EDT 3 Comments

Penn State Fined $60M, Wins Vacated From ’98-11

The NCAA slammed Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal Monday with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all the school’s victories from 1998-2011, knocking Joe Paterno from his spot as major college football’s winningest coach.

12:15 PM EDT 22 Comments

What Colorado Shooting Means For Gun Control

Washington Post politics reporter Chris Cillizza says though the Colorado shootings will reignite the debate over gun control, they probably won’t change it much.

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Times-Picayune Journalist Decides To Stay Despite Cutbacks

Times-Picayune Journalist Mark Schleifstein was called the “prophet of Katrina’s wrath” for his pre-storm prediction of New Orleans’ vulnerability to flooding. When recent staff cuts were made, he decided to stay at the paper.

12:40 PM EDT 3 Comments

Somerville, Mass. Mayor: ‘This Is Not About Losing Weight, It’s About How We Live’

The mayor of once-gritty Somerville, Massachusetts gives us a progress report on an anti-obesity initiative that’s seen the creation of new parks, playgrounds, gardens and bike lanes.

12:50 PM EDT 21 Comments

Is It Time To Rethink Violent Entertainment Culture?

“Maybe it’s worth having a discussion about an entertainment culture that excels at selling violent power fantasies to people who feel powerless,” the Boston Globe’s Ty Burr writes.

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July 28 146 Comments

Religious Groups Upset Over Boy Scouts’ Decision To Lift Ban On Gay Leaders

The chairman of Trail Life USA, a group that formed after the Boy Scouts opened its membership to gay youth, explains his position.

July 28 5 Comments

Shamir: From Country To Pop

The 20-year-old talks about his new album, his androgynous voice and how his disco-pop sound has evolved.

July 27 10 Comments

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country's largest sources of energy.

July 27 2 Comments

Alaskans Still Cleaning Up Reminders Of Japan Tsunami

Crews are picking up and bagging tons of debris that were swept out to sea when the tsunami hit in 2011.