Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

STATE/CITY/NORTH [Derived Headline]

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Penn State suspends Adidas clothing deal

Penn State University has suspended its licensing contract with Adidas, one of the firms that manufactures campus items including apparel, giving the company 60 days to resolve issues that include severance owed to 2,600 workers of a factory shut down in Indonesia.

The company is barred during the suspension from producing any item that bears Penn State's logo, the university said.

"Members of the Penn State community, including students, faculty and administration, have engaged in collaborative discussion and decision-making for months regarding the very important issues raised by the closure of the PT Kizone factory in Indonesia in 2011," Penn State president Rodney Erickson said in a letter dated Wednesday and released by the university.

Lauren Lamkin, Adidas Group spokeswoman, said the company is disappointed with Penn State's decision. She said it did not own the factory and is not responsible for the severance but nevertheless has offered assistance.

"We have directly given $525,000 in humanitarian aid to the former workers and their families, provided job placement services and advocated for the workers."

Sandusky lawyer outlines basis for court appeal

A new filing by Jerry Sandusky's appellate lawyer lists seven grounds for his appeal of a 45-count conviction for child sexual abuse.

The document filed Monday is an outline of the claims that the former Penn State assistant coach plans to raise in an effort to overturn his conviction and sentence of 30 to 60 years.

Defense attorney Norris Gelman says Judge John Cleland should have given Sandusky's attorneys more time to prepare for trial and should have issued instructions to the jurors about the years that passed before victims alerted authorities to the abuse.


Ex-school police officer faces more charges

A former Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer faces more criminal charges after another former Rooney Middle School student came forward with accusations of sexual assault.

A trial is scheduled April 15 for Robert Lellock, 44, of Beltzhoover on 16 counts stemming from allegations that he sexually assaulted three young men dating to 1998.

Court records show Pittsburgh police added more charges against Mr. Lellock this week: endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, unlawful restraint, criminal solicitation, simple assault, false imprisonment, indecent assault, official oppression and unlawful contact with a minor.

The latest accusations come from a young man, who, after seeing Mr. Lellock on the news last fall, said he needed to tell authorities what happened to him, according to a Pittsburgh police criminal complaint.

The former student told detectives that Mr. Lellock, a 22-year veteran of the force, assaulted him during the 1998-99 school year, when the former student was 15. …

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