American Scene: Putnam County N.Y. won’t provide gun data to paper

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CARMEL — Officials in Putnam County, N.Y., say they will reject a newspaper’s request to release the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits — a move an open-government advocate calls illegal.

County Clerk Dennis Sant said officials met Wednesday to discuss legal options.

In December, the Journal News published online maps that allow viewers to see the names and addresses of pistol and revolver permit holders in neighboring Westchester and Rockland counties. The newspaper sought the records under the state Freedom of Information Law after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Critics called the publication an invasion of privacy. Some said it could endanger permit holders.

PENNSYLVANIA

Governor sues NCAA over Penn State sanctions

STATE COLLEGE — In a bold challenge to the NCAA’s powers, Pennsylvania’s governor claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday that college sports’ governing body overstepped its authority and “piled on” when it penalized Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal.

Gov. Tom Corbett asked a federal judge to throw out the sanctions, which include an unprecedented $60 million fine and a four-year ban on bowl games, arguing that the measures have harmed students and others who had nothing to do with Sandusky’s crimes.

A small number of top NCAA officials inserted themselves “into an issue they had no authority to police under their own bylaws and one that was clearly being handled by the justice system,” Mr. Corbett said at the news conference.

The case, filed under federal antitrust law, could define just how far the NCAA’s authority extends. Up to now, the federal courts have allowed the organization broad power to protect the integrity of college athletics.

In a statement, the NCAA said the lawsuit has no merit and called it an “affront” to Sandusky’s victims.

CONNECTICUT

School open house held for Sandy Hook students

MONROE — The children who escaped last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown have been welcomed with their parents at a school in a neighboring town that was overhauled especially for them.

And their new school is being renamed for their old one.

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