Nov 28, 2011

Syracuse Struggles to Contain Sex-Abuse Scandal

Today: Barney Frank Goes Out Swingning , Pakistan Rejects U.S. Apology , Egypt Votes In First Post-Mubarak Elections
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Afternoon

November 28, 2011

Syracuse University chancellor Nancy Cantor is trying hard not to let the school's latest sex-abuse scandal turn into another Penn State storm. "We do not tolerate abuse," Cantor said after announcing the firing of Bernie Fine, the school's assistant basketball coach, who is accused of molesting at least three men when they were boys. Head coach Jim Boeheim also expressed regret, saying "I'm not Joe Paterno," referring to the football coach of Penn State who was fired in shame. The scandal took an ugly turn Sunday when an audiotape between Fine's wife, Laurie, and an accuser became public. The recording, which has reportedly been with ESPN and the police for 10 years, shows Laurie Fine acknowledging that she knew of her husband's actions—she even alludes to having slept with one of the allegedly abused boys after he turned 18. Listen to the tape here.

Parting Shots

One of the House's most spirited and controversial members will be retiring in 2012. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts announced he will end his 16-term run. Frank, who in 1987 became the first member of Congress to publicly declare that he is gay, is a Democrat and chair of the House Financial Services Committee. Announcing his decision Monday, Frank blasted his Republican colleageus for "dropping the ball" on financial regulation, and the media for creating partisan echo chambers. "It would have been a tough campaign," Frank said. "In some ways, if you're an incumbent representing people you haven't represented you get the worst of both worlds."


Relations between Pakistan and the U.S. won't get better any time soon, according to harsh new statements from Pakistan's prime minister. In an interview with CNN, Yousuf Raza Gilani said there would be "no more business as usual" with Washington, part of the fallout from a NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops over the weekend. Pakistan's military insists that NATO fired first and that it warned the coalition about the friendly fire. The Army also stood by its decision to block vital U.S. supply routes to Afghanistan. The Pakistani Taliban, meanwhile, appears to be using the incident as a wedge to drive the nations further apart.


Despite fears of violence, Egyptian citizens lined up on the streets Monday to vote in the country's first free elections in decades. They're electing members to the lower house of Parliament, and the Muslim Brotherhood is expected to do well. As The Daily Beast's Mike Giglio reports from Cairo, the long lines indicate huge turnout despite the fact that political parties had little time to campaign, and the mood is upbeat. Meanwhile, Egypt's military leader, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, issued a stark and troubling warning. "Either we succeed—politically, economically, and socially—or the consequences will be extremely grave, and we will not allow that," he said.


With their father, Keith Brown, behind bars for molesting them as children, sisters Desirae and Deondra Brown of the classical quintet talk publicly for the first time about their ordeal, how their family reacted to the news, their father's denials—and why they went to the police.

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