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Sandusky charity asks donors to give elsewhere

HARRISBURG — A charity for at-risk children founded by a former Penn State assistant football coach now charged with molesting boys is telling its donors to give their money to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape instead.

The Second Mile made the recommendation Monday in the latest sign that its days may be numbered. But the charity says its December programs will continue as scheduled.

The Second Mile was founded by Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period. Prosecutors say he met victims through the charity. He denies the allegations.

Last week, the charity said it was considering restructuring, transferring programs to other organizations or ceasing operations.

Attorneys for one of the people described in a grand jury report as a victim of repeated sexual attacks by Mr. Sandusky are seeking a court order to prevent the charity from unloading assets.


More children not getting vaccinations required for school

ATLANTA — More parents are opting out of school shots for their children. In eight states now, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren’t getting all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.

That growing trend among parents seeking vaccine exemptions has health officials worried about outbreaks of diseases that once were all but stamped out.

The AP analysis found more than half of states have seen at least a slight rise in the rate of exemptions in the past five years. States with the highest exemption rates are in the West and Upper Midwest.

It’s “really gotten much worse,” said Mary Selecky, secretary of health for Washington state, where 6 percent of public school parents have opted out.

Rules for exemptions vary by state and can include medical, religious or, in some states, philosophical reasons.

Reasons for skipping some school shots vary. Some parents are skeptical that vaccines are essential. Others fear vaccines carry their own risks. Some find it easier to check a box opting out than the effort to get the shots and required paperwork schools demand. Still others are ambivalent, believing in older vaccines but questioning newer shots against, say, chickenpox.

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