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

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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.

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