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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a former Highlands Middle School teacher accused of sexually abusing a student at the school is now facing brand new charges stemming from newly uncovered illegal relationshipMore >>
Police say a teacher is facing new charges.More >>
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say an Indiana teenager handling a rifle accidentally shot his younger brother in the head.The Jennings County Sheriff's Department says the 12-year-old was not responsiveMore >>
Police say an Indiana teenager handling a rifle accidentally shot his younger brother in the head.More >>
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've caught a pair of thieves they say broke into homes and cars throughout our area.Hunter Browning and Cordella Turrell were arrested yesterday.NeighborsMore >>
Louisville Metro Police say they've caught a pair of thieves they say broke into homes and cars throughout our area.More >>
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities have identified a body found in a Shelbyville creek Monday afternoon.The body is identified as 15-year-old Jackleen Lane, of Bagdad, Ky.According to Shelby CountyMore >>
According to Shelby County Coroner Jeff Ivers, autopsy results show a cause of death "consistent with drowning" and point to the death being an accident.More >>
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been arrested after police say he stabbed a man at Churchill Downs multiple times for declining beer.According to an arrest report, the incident took placeMore >>
According to an arrest report, the incident took place Monday night, near Barn 47.More >>
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I've often said that even if you do a thousand wonderful things in your life, one huge mistake can permanently destroy your reputation. And there's no better example than former Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
By now, everyone knows about the allegations of child sexual abuse that were merely reported up the school's chain of command instead of to the police. And now that they've resulted in Paterno's downfall, he's acknowledged, "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I'd done more."
But while hindsight can often give us the benefit of information we didn't originally have, this isn't one of those cases.
What does Paterno know now that he didn't then? The allegations were certainly clear -- and serious -- enough. Most responsible people would have notified the authorities, let them investigate, and made sure any guilty parties were banished from the program forever. That would not only have been the right thing to do, it would have enhanced Penn State's reputation.
Instead, the cover-up allowed more molestations to occur, and Penn State's image has been virtually destroyed.
Paterno didn't need hindsight. He needed an accurate moral compass to rely on when the charges were first brought to him, and he failed.
No one will ever take away Joe Paterno's football records. But he'll also never erase the black mark that now makes them all irrelevant.