Why our savings rate is falling, and what to do about it

first_imgPaying yourself first is one way to pad your bank accountby: Kimberly PalmerIf you’re like most Americans, you aren’t saving enough money. That’s a problem, because it means if unexpected costs come up – an emergency room visit, a car accident or a high air conditioning bill – they can create stress and even go unpaid. That scenario can lead to bigger problems, including escalating debt.A June survey of 1,000 adults from Bankrate.com found that 65 percent of Americans lack substantial emergency savings and 29 percent have none. That’s the first time in the survey’s five-year history that so many people have admitted to having nothing saved.“American household budgets are really tight. They haven’t been able to move the needle on savings over the past several years, and the inevitability of unplanned expenses has chipped away at what they had,” says Greg McBride, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst. It’s a huge problem, he adds, because not having money in the bank to fund a few months’ worth of expenses can keep you up at night.While historically low interest rates haven’t made it easy to grow savings parked in bank accounts, they are not the cause of Americans’ paltry savings, McBride says. Instead, he attributes it to people failing to prioritize savings by paying themselves first, through automated transfers at the beginning of the month before everyday expenses eat up entire paychecks. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Pregnant Emma Roberts Froze Her Eggs After Endometriosis Diagnosis

first_imgUs Weekly broke the news in June that the American Horror Story alum is expecting her and boyfriend Garrett Hedlund’s first child. The couple conceived as soon as they “stopped thinking about it,” Roberts said on Wednesday.Pregnant Emma Roberts Describes ‘Difficult Process’ Freezing Her Eggs After Endometriosis DiagnosisEmma Roberts. Anthony Harvey/ShutterstockA source exclusively told Us earlier this month that she and the actor, 36, are “getting more and more excited” as her due date nears.- Advertisement – While the Holidate star didn’t initially “have time to freeze” her eggs, she went through with the process, explaining, “To be honest, I was also terrified. Just the thought of … finding out, perhaps, that I wouldn’t be able to have kids. … It was a difficult process.”The Unfabulous alum also had to battle feelings of guilt after her diagnosis as if she had “done something wrong” — but saw the light after speaking to other women.“All of a sudden, there was a new world of conversation about endometriosis, infertility, miscarriages, fear of having kids,” the New York native said. “I was so grateful to find out I was not alone in this. I hadn’t done anything ‘wrong’ after all.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Parenthood prep. Pregnant Emma Roberts was “terrified” to freeze her eggs after being diagnosed with endometriosis.“I always had debilitating cramps and periods, so bad that I would miss school and, later, have to cancel meetings,” the actress, 29, told Cosmopolitan in her December/January cover story, published on Wednesday, November 11. “I mentioned this to my doctor, who didn’t look into it and sent me on my way because maybe I was being dramatic? In my late 20s, I just had a feeling I needed to switch to a female doctor. It was the best decision. She ran tests, sent me to a specialist. Finally, there was validation that I wasn’t being dramatic. But by then, it had affected my fertility. I was told, ‘You should probably freeze your eggs or look into other options.’”Pregnant Emma Roberts Describes ‘Difficult Process’ Freezing Her Eggs After Endometriosis DiagnosisEmma Roberts on the cover of Cosmopolitan, December/January 2020/2021. – Advertisement – “Garrett is really looking forward to becoming a dad and feels as though this is something he needed,” the insider said at the time. “He is ready to take on all the daddy duties, and Emma getting pregnant has forced him to become more responsible. He thinks that’s a blessing.”In January, the Minnesota native was arrested for driving under the influence, Us exclusively confirmed. Hedlund “immediately sought treatment, which was successful,” his rep told Us. “Today, he’s in a solid and great place.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

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Green joins up with Allders takeover bid

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Rare dolphins return to Hong Kong as coronavirus halts ferry traffic

first_img“These waters, which were once one of the busiest thoroughfares in Hong Kong, have now become very quiet,” said Porter, who has studied dolphins for three decades from Hong Kong.From a small rubber boat, Porter and her team drop microphones into the water and use drones to watch for dolphins.The research suggested the dolphins had adapted more rapidly than expected to the quiet environment, and the population was likely to rebound when such stressors were removed, Porter said.Scientists think there are about 2,000 dolphins in the entire Pearl River estuary. A Hong Kong government survey from 2019 found only about 52 dolphins entered the waters around the Asian financial hub, but Porter believes the real number may be slightly higher. “I sometimes feel that we’re studying the slow demise of this population, which can be really sad,” she said.Still, even if this population’s decline could not be stopped, the research could help other dolphin populations elsewhere, she said.Hong Kong’s conservation plans have focused on opening marine parks, where ship traffic is limited but not banned. Three of those areas are frequented by dolphins.The Hong Kong WWF, a conservation group, and Porter said such measures were inadequate as dolphins were still in danger of being hit by ferries as they moved between the protected areas.”It means that if we did have a comprehensive management plan in Hong Kong with more effective conservation measures, we might be able to quickly stop the decline in the dolphin population,” she said.Topics : The number of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins seen around Hong Kong has jumped as the pause in high-speed ferry traffic due to the coronavirus allows the threatened species to make something of a comeback, scientists said.Marine scientist Lindsay Porter of the University of St. Andrews said the mammals – also known as Chinese white dolphins and pink dolphins – were moving back into parts of the Pearl River Delta that they typically avoided due to the ferries that connect Hong Kong and Macau.Dolphin numbers in the area had jumped by up to 30 percent since March when the ferry traffic was suspended, allowing scientists a rare opportunity to study how underwater noise affected their behavior, she said.last_img read more

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Shkodran Mustafi reveals what Unai Emery told him in showdown talks over Arsenal future

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Sep 2019 8:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Shkodran Mustafi helped Arsenal keep a rare clean sheet against Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Shkodran Mustafi insists Unai Emery has promised him he will be ‘treated like any other player’ despite having been told he was surplus to requirements earlier this summer.The Germany international was scapegoated for his role in Arsenal’s failure to secure Champions League qualification last season after a comically inept performance against Crystal Palace, during which he was at fault for all three goals in a damaging 3-2 defeat.Mustafi made his first appearance of the season during last night’s convincing 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, as a makeshift back four helped record a rare clean sheet away from home.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe summer arrival of David Luiz has contributed to Mustafi falling further down Emery’s pecking order, but the World Cup winner insists he remains committed to the Arsenal cause, even if his current predicament is far from ideal.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMustafi said: ‘My dad talked to the club. I am a player of Arsenal and have another two years of contract.‘I was never the one who starts a war when something does not work out.‘If something turns out, I’m open to taking the next step. If not, then I will continue my football.‘The coach told me that he sees me the same way as any player in the team. That’s why I played today.‘I do not want to say that this is not an issue. I have a wife and two children and that has to be sanctioned.‘If at some point a club from Germany has interest and it fits, I’m open for it.’Should Mustafi keep his place against Aston Villa?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi reveals what Unai Emery told him in showdown talks over Arsenal futurelast_img read more

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Premier League final day TV schedule, fixtures, channels and live streams

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 Jul 2020 9:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Premier League final day TV schedule, fixtures, channels and live streamscenter_img Advertisement Manchester United have a huge final day of the season against Leicester City (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Sunday 26 July sees this unique Premier League season come to an end, with all 20 teams in action and plenty still to play for.All the matches kick-off at 4pm on Sunday and while the title has long been wrapped up by Liverpool, there are European places and relegation spots to confirm.The Reds and Manchester City have secured the top two places in the table, but Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester are fighting over the next two, with the Red Devils and the Foxes facing each other.If United avoid defeat they will finish in the top four, but Leicester will be pushing hard as they look to climb above them, currently two places and one point behind them in fifth. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTChelsea sit between the sides, level on points with United, but with an inferior goal difference to Leicester. If the Blues lose to Wolves, a draw between United and Leicester would see those two teams take top four spots.Relegation is tight, with Aston Villa 17th on 34 points and Watford one place behind them but with the same points and just one worse off on goal difference.It looks like a two-way scrap to stay up, but if both lose on Sunday and Bournemouth win, the Cherries will overtake both.Tension awaits.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhat TV channels the final day fixtures on?Arsenal vs Watford – Sky Sports Premier LeagueBurnley vs Brighton – Sky Sports ArenaChelsea vs Wolves – Sky Sports FootballCrystal Palace vs Spurs – Sky Sports ActionEverton vs Bournemouth – Sky Sports GolfLeicester vs Man Utd – Sky Sports Main EventMan City vs Norwich – Sky Sports Pick/Sky OneNewcastle vs Liverpool – BT Sport 2Southampton vs Sheffield United – Sky Sports MixWest Ham vs Aston Villa – BT Sport 1All games kick-off at 4pmSky Sports subscribers can stream their games on the Sky Sports app or on Sky Go, while non subscribers can buy a Sky Sports Pass from Now TV.To stream BT Sport matches, you will need to subscribe to a BT Sport package.The Man City vs Norwich game is available on free-to-air TV.MORE: Premier League dates set for 2020/21 seasonMORE: Liverpool? Man City? Chelsea? Man Utd? Ray Parlour predicts who will win Premier League next seasonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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Egg producer issues massive recall

first_imgLOOSE A USDA SMALL X 30 DOZENN/A CRYSTAL FARMS A MEDIUM X30077236000203 COUNTRY DAYBREAK A LARGE X 30 DOZEN077236000302 LOOSE A XLARGE X15 DOZENN/A COUNTRY DAYBREAK USDA GRADE A XLARGE X 240 DOZEN PULP077236700400 Item DescriptionCarton UPC LOOSE USDA AA MEDIUM X30 DOZENN/A FOOD LION A MEDIUM X15 DOZEN035826089649 GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 12PK XLARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC078742127128 COUNTRY DAYBREAK A JUMBO X12 DOZEN077236000500 WAFFLE HOUSE LOOSE USDA A LARGE X 30 DOZENN/A LOOSE USDA AA LARGE X15 DOZENN/A GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 18PK XLARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC078742127132 COUNTRY DAYBREAK A MEDIUM X30 DOZEN077236000203 COUNTRY DAYBREAK A XLARGE X30 DOZEN077236000401 GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE MEDIUM (12-2.5 FLATS) X 30 DOZENN/A COBURN FARMS A 18PK LARGE X 30 DOZEN051933182509 COUNTRY DAYBREAK USDA GRADE A LARGE RACK X 240 DOZEN PULP077236700301 LOOSE A USDA MEDIUM X 30 DOZENN/A GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 18PK LARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC078742127088 LOOSE A MEDIUM X30 DOZENN/A LOOSE AA XLARGE X30 DOZENN/A COBURN FARMS A MEDIUM MP X 30 DOZEN051933182608 GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 5DZ LARGE X 5 DOZEN078742127118 The voluntary recall was a result of some illnesses reported on the U.S. East Coast, which led to extensive interviews and eventually a thorough FDA inspection of the Hyde County farm, which produces 2.3 million eggs a day. The facility includes 3 million laying hens with a USDA inspector on-site daily.Consumers who have purchased shells eggs are urged to immediately discontinue use of the recalled eggs and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (855) 215-5730 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time. LOOSE USDA AA XLARGE X15 DOZENN/A LOOSE USDA AA LARGE PFG X 30 DOZENN/A GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 12PK MEDIUM X 15 DOZEN078742127224 LOOSE USDA A XLARGE X30 DOZENN/A GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE XLARGE (6-2.5 FLATS) X 15 DOZENN/A GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE MEDIUM (6-2.5 FLATS) X 15 DOZENN/A GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE XLARGE (12-2.5 FLATS) X 30 DOZENN/A FOOD LION A JUMBO X 12 DOZEN035826089618 COUNTRY DAYBREAK A JUMBO X24 DOZEN077236000500 GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE LARGE (6-2.5 FLATS) X 15 DOZENN/A LOOSE A XLARGE X30 DOZENN/A LOOSE A MEDIUM X 15 DOZENN/A Seymour, In. — Through an abundance of caution Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with SalmonellaBraenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.The eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery.22 illnesses have been reported to date.The affected eggs, from plant number P-1065 with the Julian date range of 011 through date of 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package, as follows:Lot Codes 011 – 102 FOOD LION A 6PK LARGE X 15 DOZEN035826089632 COUNTRY DAYBREAK A XLARGE X15 DOZEN077236000401 GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA TWIN 18PK LARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC078742127101 GLENVIEW USDA AA LOOSE LARGE (12-2.5 FLATS) X 30 DOZENN/A COUNTRY DAYBREAK A LARGE X15 DOZEN077236000302 COBURN FARMS A LARGE X 30 DOZEN051933190801 CRYSTAL FARMS A 2.5 DOZ MEDIUM X 25077236000124 SUNSHINE FARMS A JUMBO X 12 DOZEN804879457336 LOOSE USDA AA LARGE X30 DOZENN/A FOOD LION A 18PK LARGE X15 DOZEN035826089601 NELMS A JUMBO X24634181000018 FOOD LION A LARGE X15 DOZEN035826089588 GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 6PK LARGE X 15 DOZEN078742127095 LOOSE USDA AA LARGE PFG X 15 DOZENN/A GREAT VALUE GRADE A USDA 12PK LARGE X 24 DOZEN RPC078742127071 LOOSE USDA AA XLARGE X30 DOZENN/A GREAT VALUE GRADE A 12PK JUMBO X 22 DOZEN RPC078742127149 FOOD LION A XLARGE X 15 DOZEN035826089625 CRYSTAL FARMS A 18PK MEDIUM X 30077236000258last_img read more

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The Latest: European Masters golf tournament canceled

first_imgWorld Athletics says it’s looking to hold Ultimate Garden Clash competitions in other events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The Latest: European Masters golf tournament canceled Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media.Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France.Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place.Duplantis broke Lavillenie’s world record in February. He cleared 6.17 meters and then 6.18 on consecutive weekends. May 1, 2020 Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30.Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.___The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled.last_img read more

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Modric: We Have Every Reason to be Proud of Our Achievements

first_img“When you see this support of the fans after the match, it definitely makes you happier. We know we did something big here. But when you come so close, it is not easy to take.”Though justifiably proud, both of his own outstanding performances in Russia and of his team’s spectacular campaign, Modric winced at the fresh and painful memory of their 4-2 Final loss to France in that epic final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.“We fought heroically, we did everything to win, but we were unlucky,” he said. “We were the better team most of the match but unfortunately some unlucky and clumsy goals cost us dearly and gave France the advantage.”Modric’s assessment was echoed by his coach, Zlatko Dalic, who was gracious in his praise for Les Bleus and generous in his acknowledgement of his players’ Herculean efforts.“I congratulate France on their title,” said Dalic. “And I also have to congratulate my players. This was maybe the best game we played in this tournament; we controlled the match. But against a side as strong as France, you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what we’ve done.”No-one had more reason to be proud than Modric, of course, and Dalic was quick to praise his star midfielder for following in the footsteps of Golden Ball winners such as Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona.“We are very glad that Luka has won the Golden Ball, and deservedly so,” said Dalic. “He had a terrific tournament.”The same, too, could be said of the entire Croatia team, and a heroes’ homecoming is assured. Modric certainly believes that every member of the Vatreni squad can leave Russia with heads held high and memories that will last a lifetime.“We can be proud of this tournament,” he said. “We played very well. Truly, this was a great tournament for Croatia.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Croatia’s players and their coach headed home from Russia 2018 as national heroes on Monday. Luka Modric was rewarded for his massive contribution to the Croatian team with a tangible reward, collecting the tournament’s adidas Golden Ball award as the best player of this edition.“I’m proud of that,” he said. “I would also like to thank all my team-mates, because without their help I would certainly not have received this award.“We were so close to winning the World Cup itself,” he added. “And we will certainly think about it for a long time. But we can be proud.last_img read more

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Penn State : Fans stay peaceful after Nebraska loss

first_img Comments Published on November 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: jdharr04@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Just before kickoff between Penn State and Nebraska at noon Saturday, the sidelines were empty. The players, coaches and athletic officials were absent. They were already on the field, huddling together in a circle at the 50-yard line to kneel down in complete silence amid more than 107,000 people in Beaver Stadium.The 12th-ranked Nittany Lions and No. 19 Nebraska were praying.‘It was loud and cheering when the players were coming together but then it got really quiet and I almost felt everyone in the stadium could hear it, and for 100,000 people to stay hush, I say that’s the power of god. It was very touching,’ Nebraska running backs coach Ron Brown told reporters after the game.Brown, who led the prayer, said the gathering at midfield allowed the nation to understand the reality of the situation at Penn State and would help heal the community.‘I think one of the most touching moments was right before the prayer, Tom Bradley said to me, ‘Where’s Bo? Where’s Bo?’ and Bo was coming,’ Brown said. ‘He was a little behind. He says, ‘I want Bo to kneel next to me.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBo Pelini is the head coach of Nebraska (8-2), while Bradley is the interim head coach of the Nittany Lions (8-2).‘And I really thought it represented he spirit that was taking place inside that huddle,’ Brown added. ‘We knew we were going to go to battle against each other. It was a big game for both teams, but there was something bigger.’At the end of the game, police officers stood in the endzones with their eyes watchful on the crowd — watching for someone to act after a Penn State rally came up short against Nebraska in a week when scandal had riddled State College. But no such action occurred — even a day after a Beaver Stadium received a bomb threat while the Penn State community held a moving candelight vigil Friday night on Old Main Lawn.As the defeated Penn State players made their way to the lockeroom after the clock hit zero on their spirited comeback try, most of the crowd remained in Beaver Stadium and applauded the Nittany Lions, playing without legendary former head coach Joe Paterno.Outside the stadium, the scene was just as respectful as several Nebraska fans said they felt welcomed by the Penn State community, despite the sexual abuse charges and national media attention facing the university. Nebraska fans claimed that the emotion pouring from State College didn’t cause Penn State fans to disrespect or harass them, although the Cornhuskers won the game 17-14.Mike Vendetti, of Maryland, said after the game that the prayer was an important gesture from Nebraska.‘It was respectful of the team, it was respectful of the coach and it was respectful of the whole situation,’ he said. ‘I thought it was a great first step for a visiting team to come in and make a gesture like that. I think that’s exactly the spirit of Penn State and I’m glad Nebraska did it.’Although Paterno has given back to the Penn State community throughout his time at the helm of the Nittany Lions, the legendary head coach lost more than a job when he was fired Wednesday night, Vendetti said.‘He doesn’t lose his ability to provide like I would if I got fired, he loses a reputation that he worked very hard to build in this community,’ Vendetti said. ‘You got an 84-year-old man who intentionally built a good reputation and will never be able to recover it. It’s gone for good and that’s tough.’Standing with Vendetti was Virginia resident Jim Rodriguez, who was sporting a Nebraska visor and black Cornhuskers hoody.Rodriguez said he was treated fairly by Penn State fans after arriving in State College at about 8 a.m. Saturday. Rodriguez said he and his family were expecting to leave later on Saturday after some of the traffic died down.‘We had planned this trip in August and even though the events unfolded, we got tickets, we’re still going to go,’ Rodriguez said.And although Rodriguez thinks it’s unfortunate that the scandal brought down Paterno before he could retire, he knows where the focus truly lies.‘Joe was an icon, a legend, and always will be that,’ Rodriguez said. ‘I think he said it best when he said I should have done more. It’s unfortunate but you move forward, you got to move on and pray for those families and pray for the children affected here at Penn State.’It was announced during the game that Nebraska and Penn State fans had helped donate $22,582 at the stadium Saturday to prevent child abuse.Mary Rodriguez, Jim Rodriguez’s mother and a Florida resident, said she felt welcomed in State College even while wearing her Nebraska red.‘I can’t tell you how many people came up and gave me a big hug,’ Mary Rodriguez said. ‘Before the game even started on our way in, they were all like, ‘Hey, welcome, we’re so happy to have you and how was your trip over.”Steve Nicholas, an Albany resident, fell in love with the Cornhuskers while watching a TV interview with former head coach Tom Osborne when he was 7 years old. Osborne, the athletic director at Nebraska, coached the Cornhuskers for 25 years.And although Nicholas said the game between Nebraska and Penn State was ugly, he was treated kindly by those cheering for the Nittany Lions.‘Everybody was very friendly, courteous,’ Nicholas said. ‘People actually went out of their way to make sure we knew where we were going and if we needed anything and they welcomed us. We had a great time.’Nicholas arrived in State College on Friday with a group of about 10 other people, who were planning to go home Sunday.Both Craig Bonza, of Oklahoma, and Brett Petersen, of Washington, D.C., said the Penn State fans were accommodating all weekend, even buying the two Nebraska fans drinks in downtown bars Friday.‘They want to make sure it’s not a negative reflection on them,’ Bonza said. ‘They more than went out of their way — I don’t know if they’re like that normally — but they’re extremely nice, polite and courteous people.’But Eric Milton, a State College resident and Penn State fan, said the courteousness of the Nittany Lion community isn’t anything new.‘It’s not this week, it’s every week,’ Milton said. ‘There’s nothing different about this week than any other week. Everybody gets treated properly at Penn State; it’s how Penn State rolls. That’s the god’s honest truth. It’s not just this weekend, it’s always like that. I always go out of my way to make sure the tailgating people next to me have a good time and that’s just the Penn State way.’To Milton, the decision to fire Paterno was warranted.‘I’m glad he’s gone,’ Milton said. ‘I’m glad all those guys are gone. I have a 7-year-old boy at home and it makes me think. Joe didn’t stop it, he allowed that guy to continue to operate. That monster kept going for seven more years.’Rob Raubenstine, who resides in Elizabethville, Pa., said he didn’t hear any negative comments from Nebraska fans about Paterno or the sexual abuse charges hanging over Penn State.Raubenstine has been a fan of the Nittany Lions for about 30 years, as he has been coming to the games since he was 16 years old. He now has season tickets, family members that attend the university and a relative who works at Penn State.But the longtime fan knows the decision to fire Paterno was the right one, although the media has skewed the focus of the scandal away from the victims and onto the winningest head coach in major college football history removed in the midst of his 46th season.‘First thing you see is Joe Paterno, you don’t see about the university, the scandal,’ Raubenstine said. ‘It’s like Joe’s the rapist and not Sandusky and that’s kind of wrong. I understand they had to do what they had to do because you wouldn’t have looked good keeping him and not anybody else. It’s sad that he couldn’t have said goodbye today at the last home game.’jdharr04@syr.edu last_img read more

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