July 23rd, 2012
05:16 PM ET

Mash-up: Penn State, great pilot, dry lake

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Harsh penalties for Penn State

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the NCAA on Monday announced a $60 million fine against Penn State and took 14 seasons of football victories away from the late coach Joe Paterno. The school was also banned from the postseason for four years and will lose 20 football scholarships a year for four seasons.

Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA's executive committee, said:

The corrective and punitive measures the executive committee and the Division I board of directors have authorized should serve as a stark wake-up call to everyone in college sports.

Air Force pilot shows mad skilz

This was no video game. An Air Force pilot landed a huge cargo plane at a Florida airport whose runway is nowhere near long enough for such a big aircraft. Watch the aviator's impressive work:

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Mental health, judged from a distance

Not surprisingly, the public's first glimpse of James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting rampage, brought out some strong reactions from CNN.com readers. Many are debating his mental state.


This guy is doing a bad job at "faking crazy." His eyebrows are raised high on his forehead, which shows distress and worry.  He knows what he did and his brain is stewing over the not-so-nice future he has created for himself.

Alpha Diallo

Just wanted to say that being an introvert does NOT make you not "normal," as they seem to be presenting that idea in the video talking about possible motives. That aside, I wonder if we'll ever truly know his thought process that led him to do this. Because you don't just do this from snapping, especially after booby-trapping your own house. It seems like this is something that has been in the works/he's been mentally following the path that would lead him to this conclusion for a long time.

Don't mess with mami

When robbers rolled into a small shop outside Boston, an 80-year-old woman fought back with her weapon of choice: mangoes. CNN affiliate WHDH shows the surveillance video.

Drought dries up Indiana lake, fields

CNN iReporter Michael Gerringer documented a dry lake bed near Terre Haute, Indiana.

CNN iReporter Michael Gerringer, 28, is a graduate student studying wildlife biology at Indiana State University. The lake at the nearby Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area is disappearing in this summer's extreme drought. He explains that the lake is a flood plain wetland that is often inundated by floodwater from the Wabash River. He says many lakes do typically dry up to some degree in the summer, but this lake normally stays full.

"It is a big disappointment," he says. "This lake attracts an impressive variety of birds and other wildlife ... but when I walked out into the lake bed the only bird species I saw were a pair of turkey vultures overhead and a few red-headed woodpeckers."

The shot above is a sample from the startling gallery of photos Gerringer shot at the vanishing lake. "The dry and cracked lake bed resembled another planet," he says.

On the horizon: Hudson relative in court, Iran at table

William Balfour, who was convicted in May on seven counts in the murders of singer/actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in Chicago, will be in court Tuesday seeking a new trial. If the judge denies the motion for a new trial, Balfour will probably be sentenced at the same hearing to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Delegations from the European Union and Iran will meet Tuesday to discuss technical aspects of Iran's nuclear program as diplomatic efforts continue to stumble.

July 24 anniversaries

Quecreek Mine, 2002

1847 - Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Utah's Salt Lake Valley.

1974 - The Supreme Court rules that President Richard Nixon must turn over tapes of White House conversations to the special prosecutor.

2002 - Nine coal miners are trapped in the Quecreek mine in Somerset, Pennsylvania. All are rescued three days later.

2005 - Lance Armstrong wins his seventh straight Tour de France.


July 24 birthdays

  • Film director Gus Van Sant, 60
  • Basketball player Karl Malone, 49
  • Baseball player Barry Bonds, 48
  • Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, 43
  • Actress Anna Paquin, 30
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  1. TKFoss

    To bad old Joe P didn't live long enough to see his statue and football records removed

    July 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roll Tide

    I wish we lived way back in the Late 1800's just long enough to watch "suspect" James Holmes straight from the Courtroom after he's convicted to the gallows. And before they open the trap door pour abot 500 Fire ants inside his pants and have a 'Gator chomp on his leg as he goes out in the air to Hell...great sendoff for him..

    July 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barney

    Penn state should have to pay a huge fine but WHY are the students, namely the football players, for the those years bein punished?? That dont make a lick of sense to me.

    July 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • fritz

      The regular students will be just fine. As for the football players, so what? They're just coddled jocks. What are they contributing to the betterment of society? Entertainment? And Penn State isn't the only university in the country.

      July 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hope

    Too bad we can't mash it up, like bananas...
    and feed it to the monkeys!


    July 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barney

    Mash what up like bananas?

    July 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      The stories in the 'Mash-Up', ofcourse.

      July 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Howdy, Hope.
      I trust you're well?
      I suddenly have a craving for a banana smoothie...

      July 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Hi, Barney.
    Behaving yourself today, lol?

    I said this yesterday, but I'll repeat it; I wonder why William Balfour thinks a new trial would result in a different verdict...
    There was a plethora of evidence that lead to his conviction, and I think he would be convicted a second time.
    He was convicted of slaughtering a family; the survivors do not need to be put through the grinder again!
    They need to grieve, to heal.
    He needs to pull on his big-boy pants and take his punishment like a man!

    July 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Those Phillipino police in photo #6 need to die. The guy is on the ground covering his head... not threatening... and they are just a bunch of cowards with armor and sticks beating the heck out of him.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drap™

    Is that Carrot Top... .?

    July 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Maybe the pre-steroidal Carrot Top...

      July 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Odd ball cravings?

    July 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    Not for *that* reason, I do assure you, lol!

    July 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. drap™

    @ banasy... . just looked him up! not only has he bulked up, I'm thinking if a photo of botox makes it on a milkbox,we know where to find it... .

    July 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He is quite frightening anymore, isn't he??
      He has the prettiest waxed brows, too...if he had a pencil mustache, he's look like the guy from V is for Vengeance...samoooooooooooth!

      July 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    The comments about the truck crash is closed. I just wanted to acknowledge and thank the first responders of the crash. I have horrific images in my mind and I wasn't even there. I cannot imagine the toll on their psyches. Also, the number of casualties has been amended. There are fourteen. Thank you to ALL first responders, my thoughts are with you.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    Nope. I don't.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Broadcasting

    How impressive is it to land at the wrong freakin airport?

    July 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |