STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State’s bill for legal fees, consultants and other costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal stands at more than $27.6 million.
An updated figure as of November 2012 was provided this week on a university website. It includes a $13 million price tag for board of trustees communications and the internal investigation into the scandal by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.
Among other Penn State costs, nearly $7.5 million went to university legal services or defense, including the law firm representing the university to facilitate settlements with people who have told the school they suffered damages related to the Sandusky scandal.
About $4 million covered other legal defense fees including those for three school ex-administrators facing criminal charges related to the scandal.
University insurance policies should reimburse some of the fees and costs, but Penn State has said it won’t dip into tuition dollars, state appropriations or donations.
Radioactive waste tank is leaking
The long-delayed cleanup of the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a radioactive waste tank there is leaking.
The tanks, which are already long past their intended 20-year life span, hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.
Monitoring wells near the tank have not detected higher radiation levels, but Inslee said the leak could be in the range of 150 gallons to 300 gallons over the course of a year and poses a potential long-term threat to groundwater and rivers.
Dorner hid nearby; death called suicide
Fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner killed himself as the cabin he was barricaded inside caught fire after a shootout with officers, police revealed Friday. They also confirmed he spent most of his time on the run in a condo just steps away from the command center set up to find him.
The information that we have right now seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner’s life was self-inflicted, sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Lacy told reporters.
Drivers returning to school buses in NYC
Leaders of a school bus drivers’ union are ending their monthlong strike in New York City.
Some 8,000 bus drivers and aides walked off the job Jan. 16. The union announced Friday that service will resume Wednesday when schools reopen following a mid-winter recess. The strike has affected tens of thousands of schoolchildren, including many disabled students.
Facebook reveals malware attack
Facebook Inc. says it was the target of hackers but found no evidence that user information was compromised.
The social media giant said Friday on its security blog that the company discovered in January that its system had been targeted in a sophisticated attack. A handful of the company’s employees visited a developer’s website that had been compromised, which led to malware being installed on the Facebook employee laptops.