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Stefan Becket
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A look at the history behind Prop 8, California's ban on gay marriage that was struck down in federal court today. (You can register here to make predictions:

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For years, I've heard or read "Joe must go" refrains from Penn State fans and other college football watchers. But that was only about football games, a boring offense, a 6-5 record.

Now it's about why he didn't go to law enforcement or a child abuse helpline when a graduate assistant told Paterno he'd seen a former assistant coach having sex with a boy in the Penn State football facility.

And now the chant is louder, and only sometimes qualified.

From Bob Ford at the Philadelphia Inquirer ( ): "Joe Paterno is done."

From Mike Wise at The Washington Post ( ): "If Sandusky is guilty, Paterno would be guilty ..."

From Dan Wetzel at Yahoo! Sports ( ): "While (Paterno) may have committed no crime, he must fully explain the actions he took after hearing such an unspeakable allegation."

From Gene Collier in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ): "It's truly staggering that these professional academics -- including Paterno -- when faced with an allegation so serious and so sanctimoniously mishandled by the Catholic church almost simultaneously, somehow knew only the wrong thing to do."

From a Catholic priest who founded an organization to counsel abuse survivors, via the New York Daily News ( ): “At the very least, he should be fired,” said Robert Hoatson. “Any adult who learns about a child being abused should immediately go to the police.”

What Paterno did -- and apparently didn't do, according to the grand jury presentment -- has given child abuse protection advocates a platform to drive their point home.

@aaroncitychurch on Twitter (+Aaron Anderson ) posted this, for those of you in Pennsylvania: "Sandusky story is troubling. 800-932-0313 is the PA Childline number to call if you suspect abuse"

If you're not in Pennsylvania, this might be a good time to Google the child abuse prevention hotline where you are, and write it down, just in case.


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Scumbag Stefan: posts to Google+ for the first time in weeks — posts about Facebook.

Here are the dimensions for the cover photo on the Timeline, in case you were wondering:

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‎"About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit...

"The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred."

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Note to Secret Santa: This'll do. Thanks. (h/t +Jason Konopinski)

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One of the few existing recordings of Hitler speaking in his everyday voice. Pretty chilling. Deeper than I would have thought, too.
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