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Riot breaks out after Paterno fired at Penn State

Penn State students pour into the streets of downtown State College, Pa., on Wednesday night after the university’s Board of Trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and the school’s president, Graham Spanier. (Nabil K. Mark / Centre Daily Times)
A news van was toppled by protesters. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Joe Paterno and his wife, Sue, greet supporters at their home in State College, Pa., on Nov. 9, 2011, the night the university’s Board of Trustees announced he was ousted as Penn State’s football coach. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)
Police wear riot gear as crowds build on the streets. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
The streets of State College, Pa., fill with students and members of the community Wednesday night after the Penn State Board of Trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
Penn State students, one holding a cutout of Joe Paterno, rally in defense of the ousted coach near the campus in State College, Pa. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno walks down his driveway through a crowd of students who gathered in his support after Tuesday’s football practice in State College, Pa. (Abby Drey / Centre Daily Times)
Students rally in support of Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno near the school’s campus Tuesday, on a day when Paterno’s support among the Penn State board of trustees was described as “eroding.” He announced his retirement on Wednesday. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno arrives home in State College, Pa. Paterno was fired Wednesday night, his long career brought down by his failure to do more about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant. Paterno said in a statement earlier Wednesday that he is “absolutely devastated” by the developments in the case of Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator accused of molesting eight boys over 15 years. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is carried on the shoulders of his players after his 324th career win, defeating Ohio State at Beaver Field on Oct. 27, 2001, in State College, Pa. (Jamie Squire / Allsport)
Joe Paterno walks off the field after warmups before Penn State’s game against Northwestern, in Evanston, Ill. (Jim Prisching / Associated Press)
Penn State Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson on Tuesday announces the cancellation of Coach Joe Paterno‘s weekly news conference Tuesday in State College, Pa. Paterno announced his retirement Wednesday. Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly confirmed Monday that Paterno is not a target of the criminal case involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly hold a news conference Monday in Harrisburg, Pa., to discuss the child abuse investigation against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky(Matthew O’Haren / Centre Daily Times)
Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz arrives at district Judge William Wenner’s office Monday in Harrisburg, Pa. Schultz and Former Athletic Director Tim Curley surrendered on charges that they failed to report suspected child-sexual abuse by a former coach Jerry Sandusky and committed perjury in their related grand jury testimony. (Matthew O’Haren / Centre Daily Times)
Former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley, center, and former university vice president Gary Schultz, right, walk into the Magisterial District Court to be arraigned on charges of perjury and failure to report under Pennsylvania’s child protective services law on Monday. The two high-ranking Penn State administrators have resigned and will face arraignment on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating suspected child abuse involving the university’s former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky(Patrick Smith / Getty Images)
Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky, center, is placed in a police car in Bellefonte, Pa., to be taken to the office of a Centre County Magisterial District judge on Saturday. Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight young men. (Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General)
Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, 67, was charged with sexually abusing eight boys, a state prosecutor said on Saturday. Sandusky faces an array of charges including seven counts of first-degree involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, all of which are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, according to Pennsylvania State Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly. (Pennsylvania State Attorney General’s Office)
Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is carried by players on Dec. 28, 1999, after Penn State defeated Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl, in San Antonio, Texas.  (Eric Gay / Associated Press)
Joe Paterno left, and Jerry Sandusky, second from right, on Sept. 11, 1999. On Saturday, Sandusky was arrested on charges that he abused boys he met through The Second Mile, a charity he founded for at-risk youths. He faces charges including seven counts of first-degree involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, all of which are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. (Centre Daily Times)
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