The Quotes Making News: 'Who Would Believe a Kid?'

PHOTO: Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse Friday, June 22, 2012, after being found guilty in his sexual abuse trial, in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years Friday, accusations that had sent s
AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark

Check out this week's funniest, craziest and buzziest quotes that made news this week.

PHOTO: Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse Friday, June 22, 2012, after being found guilty in his sexual abuse trial, in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years Friday, accusations that had sent s
AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark
'Who Would Believe a Kid?'

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday of nearly all of the allegations of child sex abuse leveled against him.

After 20 hours of sequestered deliberations, the jury of seven women and five men read 45 "guilty" verdicts as Sandusky stood and looked at the jury with his left hand in a pocket of his brown sport coat. There were three not-guilty verdicts.

After the verdict, Attorney General Linda Kelly said the jury believed that Sandusky "calculatingly and with meticulous planning mercilessly preyed" upon his victims.

"Who would believe a kid? The jury here in Bellefonte, Pa., would and did believe a kid," she said, referring to testimony by Sandusky's victims. "I hope this outcome allows the victims to heal and encourages other victims to come forward."

Click here to read the full story

PHOTO: Billie Jean King, with Bonnie Bernstein, left, and Assistant Attorney General for Civil rights Tom Perez, speaks during a forum in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington during a gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of T
Manuel Balce Ceneta
'No Longer Viewed as Novelty When We Achieve Things'

Forty years later, some boldfaced names, including tennis star Billie Jean King, spoke on Capitol Hill about what the passage of Title IX meant to them.

In 1973, 50 million Americans tuned in to ABC to witness a "battle of the sexes" tennis match: Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs.

What few people knew on that September day was that for King, the tennis match was more about "social change" than anything else.

Just one year before, President Richard Nixon signed a landmark law -- Title IX, that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding.

After hearing the athletes speak, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., attributed her "raging hormones" to guys who did not want to give equal access to women because they had too many "raging hormones."

"We are beyond raging hormones, we are beyond celebrity status ... no longer viewed as novelty when we achieve things." Mikulski said to the panel: "We are very proud of you. You were the founding mothers; you did break the glass ceiling."

Click here to read the full story

PHOTO: Elaine Riddick, now 57, was sterilized at the age of 14 against her will and knowledge by the state of North Carolina.
Courtesy Elaine Riddick
'I Was Raped Twice, Once by the Perpetrator and Once by the State of North Carolina.'

The North Carolina Senate rejected a plan to compensate victims of a mass sterilization plan that targeted mostly poor minorities for decades in the 20th century.

On Wednesday, Senate Republicans refused to support the measure put forth by the House to set aside $10 million in the state budget for compensation, which would have given victims $50,000 each. The move would have made North Carolina the first state to compensate eugenics victims.

From 1929 to 1974, an estimated 7,600 people were sterilized by consent, coercion or without their knowledge as a part of the North Carolina Eugenics Board program, according to the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation. The office estimates that up to 1,800 victims are still living, and 146 have been verified so far.

Elaine Riddick, 58, was one of the victims. Pregnant after she was raped at age 14, Riddick was sterilized without her knowledge when she went to a North Carolina hospital to give birth to her son in 1968. Years later, she learned what had happened to her.

"I was raped twice," Elaine Riddick said. "Once by the perpetrator and once by the state of North Carolina."

Click here to read the full story

PHOTO: Americans say they would need an annual income of $150,000, according to a Gallup poll this week, in order to feel wealthy.
Getty Images
'Even Though It's Been Almost Three Years Since The Recession Ended, It Probably Doesn't Feel That Way For Most Families.'

Last week, the Federal Reserve released its Survey of Consumer Finance, which found the median family had a net worth of $77,300 in 2010, levels last seen in 1992, down from $126,400 in 2007.

The White House responded to last week's data, saying that household wealth has risen in every year President Obama has been in office, by 23 percent. They explained that the drop in household wealth occurred in 2008, before the president took office.

"Broadly speaking, these two surveys are in line and show how tough financial conditions are for American households and just how far we have to go to get back to where we were," said Karen Dynan of the Brookings Institute. "They very much illustrate that even though it's been almost three years since the recession ended, it probably doesn't feel that way for most families."

Click here to read the full story

PHOTO: A Nine West brand wallet from the Nine West Outlet was found with more than 70 times more lead than the limit permitted by the legal agreement with Center for Environmental Health.
Maggie Young/CEH
'Lead Is Stunningly Toxic.'

A groundbreaking new investigation by a consumer watchdog group is raising the question: Is there a hidden danger in purses, an accessory that millions of Americans never leave home without?

The Center for Environmental Health found lead in handbags sold at one out of four retail stores it visited.

The consumer group said that it discovered lead in the sides of 43 of the 300 purses it tested in a lab, even though hundreds of handbag manufacturers signed a court settlement to limit the lead in their products.

The five purses that contained the most lead were made by Tory Burch, Guess, House of Harlow, Nine West and Charlotte Russe.

The group said its concern was that lead can rub off products such as purses and get into the body of a woman or her children.

"Lead is stunningly toxic," said Michael Green, the group's executive director. "We find it really distressing that some of these companies had this problem."

Click here to read the full story

PHOTO: Two of Us is a matchmaking service with 15 offices nationwide.
twoofus.com
'We Don't Guarantee Dates, We Guarantee Introductions'

Jeanne McCarthy, 65, thought she would meet a "quality" man when she paid $7,000 for a professional matchmaking service. Instead, she said she got one date with a man with three drunk driving convictions and an outstanding criminal warrant.

McCarthy is suing her local Lawrenceville, N.J., branch of Two of Us, a brick and mortar matchmaking service with 15 offices nationwide. Instead of the online dating services, like eHarmony, Two of Us offers professional matchmakers and "promises to arrange 'matches' with another member for the purposes of arranging a dating relationship between those individuals."

Two of Us "would merely collect a fee from anyone who signed up and would simply match members at random," the suit states.

Ethan Baker, Two of Us' vice president of operations and general counsel, said the company has not been served yet and could not comment on the specific allegations of the lawsuit.

"We don't guarantee dates, we guarantee introductions," Baker said. "After we provide the exchange of information for two members, it's up to them to talk to each other, set up a date and do what they need to do. That's clear in the contract as well."

Click here to read the full story

PHOTO: A building near Shiner, Texas, where authorities say a Texas father beat to death a man molesting his 5-year-old daughter is shown, June 16, 2012.
Carolina Astrain/Victoria Advocate/AP Photo
'I Need an Ambulance. This Guy Was Raping My Daughter and I Don't Know What to Do.'

A Texas rancher who beat his daughter's accused molester to death moments after he discovered the man raping the 5-year-old girl, will not be charged with his homicide, officials said, as they released chilling 911 tapes of the father calling for help as the other man died.

A grand jury Tuesday decided not to indict the 24-year-old father who beat ranch hand Jesus Mora Flores to death with his bare hands, after finding the man abusing his daughter behind a barn.

"I need an ambulance. This guy was raping my daughter and I don't know what to do," the father is heard telling dispatchers in a frantic call to 911.

The attack happened on June 9 at an isolated ranch near Shiner, Texas.

Click here to read the full story

PHOTO: Microsoft has unveiled a new tablet called, "Surface."
Microsoft
'You Are Going To Want To Hold It'

Microsoft announced this week a new tablet called Microsoft Surface, a device with a 10.6-inch screen that runs on the company's new Windows 8 operating system.

It features a magnesium case and built-in stand, said the company. A keyboard and touch pad are built into its cover, and cameras are built into the front and back.

It will come in two versions, each weighing less than two pounds, the company said.

Panos Panay, who led the design of the Surface, said it was put together so that "the hardware fades into the background." He said the tablet is meant to work seamlessly with Windows 8, so that users can focus on what they're doing with it instead of fussing with equipment.

"When you touch it, you are going to want to hold it," Panay said.

Click here to read the full story

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...