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POSTED: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 10:10 AM

There's an interesting time-line question regarding accused pedophile and former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

It's one that at least suggests other coaches knew there was something inappropriate about Sandusky way back in 1999.

I tend to fall into the category of those who believe plenty of people knew of Sandusky's behavior, now alleged to be criminal, for years before it exploded onto the national scene.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 12:25 PM

I've long believed there's a critical shortage of criticism of major mainstream media, so allow me a little vent regarding a highly played piece in yesterday's New York Times.

It ran under a headline, "A Storm That Should Pass." You can read it here.

It led the newspaper's "SportsMonday" with a large color photo of Penn State students in the stands at Saturday's Nebraska game, one student holding a sign: "We are STILL Penn State."

POSTED: Monday, November 14, 2011, 11:04 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, see your boy on "Morning Joe" today?

BE: I drink morning joe, I don't watch it. Rick Santorum was on?

POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 10:46 AM

In the wake of a devastating week at Penn State, including the firing of its legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, and its president, Graham Spanier, I've been thinking about what Saturday's football game against Nebraska might be like.

It's ironic that the final home game of a better-than-expected (so far 8-1) season, one that still holds the potential of advancement to a top-tier national bowl game, is against Nebraska -- where Spanier served as chancellor before coming to PSU.

There are so many angles.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 10:57 AM

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, chief, see that AP report citing an ESPN report that former Guv Tom Ridge might be in the running for president of Penn State?

BE: I did. And assuming the child-sex scandal swallows current prez Graham Spanier, Ridge might be a good choice, no?

POSTED: Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 9:46 AM

This is about football and only football.

This is about a bold move to separate the legendary Penn State football program from Penn State's horrible child-abuse sex scandal described by the state Attorney General as an "active" and "ongoing" investigation.

As legal proceedings on criminal charges filed against former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, the athletic director and a senior vice president at the university move forward, this is about moving the spotlight away from the team.

POSTED: Monday, November 7, 2011, 10:28 AM

Because of the way the world works, because of how the media is, the pedophilia scandal at Penn State that broke over the weekend will linger for a long time before it passes.

Charges that former defensive football coach Jerry Sandusky, long viewed a likely successor to the sainted Joe Paterno, sexually abused eight young boys from 1994 to 2008 are explosive in and of themselves.

That they splash back on the chieftans of a football program hailed as the jewel of major college sports will draw ongoing attention and, for the university, cause long-term angst.

POSTED: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 10:15 AM

Here we go again.

Because it's November -- and because our state lawmakers are so worth it -- it's time to calculate their annual pay raise.

Remember, no matter how well, or even if they perform, all 253 state lawmakers, along with other top state officials are, by law, entitled to annual, automatic pay bumps.

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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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