Navajos look at resort plan for edge of Grand Canyon Report: Sandusky called ‘likely pedophile’ in 1998 Chimp-attack victim says governor knew of danger
FLAGSTAFF | Generations of Navajo families have grazed livestock on a remote but spectacular mesa that overlooks the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.
No significant development has occurred at the eastern flank of the Grand Canyon where the rivers meet.
But ancestral tradition and the tranquillity of the landscape could change.
That’s if the Navajo government’s proposal for a resort and aerial tramway that would ferry tourists from the cliff tops to water’s edge is realized.
Tribal leaders say they are losing out on tourist dollars and jobs for Navajos by leaving the land undeveloped.
But Navajo families who have roots there, as well as the National Park Service and environmental groups, are opposing the large-scale development.
STATE COLLEGE | An attorney for an alleged child victim of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says details of a campus police investigation described in the media point to “a conspiracy of silence” surrounding Mr. Sandusky’s behavior.
Howard Janet, whose client was 11 when he was allegedly sexually abused by Mr. Sandusky in 1998, questioned why the university did not take further action when a psychologist told campus police that Mr. Sandusky fit the profile of a likely pedophile. The attorney also challenged the opinion police obtained from another psychologist who disagreed with the first.
NBC News obtained a copy of the campus police department’s investigatory report. Mr. Sandusky has pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 boys.
HARTFORD | A Connecticut woman who was severely mauled by an out-of-control chimpanzee and is now suing the state says Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, as then-mayor of Stamford, knew the animal was dangerous.
In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Charla Nash said the chimpanzee got loose and roamed Stamford in 2003. She says Mr. Malloy knew the chimp’s owner, Sandra Herold, and let her take him home and warned that he should be locked up. She was attacked by the animal in February 2009.
“I know he was the mayor when Travis was running loose that time in 2003 ... [Ms. Herold] knew him. And she said he allowed her to take Travis home and said [to] keep him locked up,” she said. “I think it was said that if he got loose again, they were going to shoot him. That’s what Sandra told me.”
Mr. Malloy’s senior adviser, Roy Occhiogrosso, said the governor may have met and spoken with Ms. Herold when she attended one or more of his periodic meetings with the public. But he said it was “never about the chimp” and not about the incident Ms. Nash mentioned.
Ms. Nash’s lawyers say state environmental officials received reports and complaints about the danger and that the state was required by law to remove Travis, but did nothing.