Mural artist removes halo over Paterno's head

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- An artist has removed a halo from a large mural of veteran Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in this college town.

Artist Michael Pilato had put a halo over Mr. Paterno's image after the coach's death in January, something he does when a subject passes away.

But he said he felt he had to remove it Saturday after the release of a report concluding that Mr. Paterno and other officials buried allegations of sexual abuse against longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Instead, Mr. Pilato said, he added a large blue ribbon on Mr. Paterno's lapel symbolizing support for child abuse victims--an idea he said Mr. Paterno endorsed before his death.

Mr. Pilato earlier removed Sandusky from the mural, and he said he hasn't made a decision on the image of former university president Graham Spanier.

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First Published July 14, 2012 4:00 PM


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