R.I.P.: Sally Ride

Doctor Sally Ride was the first American woman to travel into space, and probably the first gay woman to do so. She died from pancreatic cancer at age 61, and is survived by her partner of 27 years Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy.

Penn State Removes Paterno Statue

Pennsylvania State University has removed the famous statue of football coach Joe Paterno in the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. Although Paterno informed Penn State officials of Sandusky’s conduct, neither he nor they reported it to authorities. Some feel removing the statue is an over-reaction, and instead Paterno’s pose should have been changed to something more appropriate.