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Sandusky Shocks, Waives Preliminary Hearing

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The courtroom stood silent, shocked from defendant Jerry Sandusky waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, leading to a media frenzy and an soon-to-be infamous trial.
50 counts of child sexual abuse on 10 different boys are the allegations surrounding Sandusky, stemming from his days as defensive coordinator at Penn State University. The legal team prosecuting Sandusky find this announcement to be a minor setback, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"We're not disappointed over something like this," said E. Marc Costanzo, a senior Pennsylvania state deputy attorney general. "We're ready to proceed. He's the one giving up rights. We're not giving up anything."
At a press conference shortly after the announcement, Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, insisted that the prosecution would have benefited from a preliminary hearing. Sandusky would have no chance to discredit any of the witnesses' testimonies, leading to a "one-sided" argument, according to Amendola.
"That would have left us with the worst of all worlds," Amendola said.

Boxing Legend Frazier Dies at 67

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Joe Frazier, Olympic boxing gold medalist and world heavyweight champion from 1970 to 1973, died Nov. 7, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was 67.
Frazier died from liver cancer, which was originally diagnosed in Oct. 2011. He spent his final days in hospice care in a Center City apartment in Philadelphia.
"The world has lost a great champion," boxing legend Muhammad Ali said. "I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration."
Known as "Smokin' Joe," Frazier defeated German Hans Huber in the 1964 Olympics to achieve the gold medal. His greatest victory came in 1971, when Frazier defeated Ali in the highly-touted "Fight of the Century" at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
A private funeral took place on Nov. 14 at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Frazier is survived by his daughter Renae and his sons Hector, Brandon, Derek, Joseph Rubin and Joseph Jordan.

Brewers Sign Ramirez to Three-Year Deal

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With the potential departure of first baseman Prince Fielder to free agency and NL MVP Ryan Braun facing a possible 50-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs, the Milwaukee Brewers needed some offensive insurance.
On Wednesday, the Brewers finalized a three-year, $36 million contract with free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez, according to ESPN.com. Despite the possible departure of Fielder and Prince, Ramirez feels a takes all facets of the game to win.
"You're going to miss those guys if Ryan Braun is suspended," said Ramirez. "But I think you win with pitching."
The 33-year-old Ramirez played 149 games for the Chicago Cubs last year. He also produced, batting .306 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs.
"You're probably not ever going to totally replace Prince," Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin said. "But these are some big numbers that he's put up."

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