End Of An Era

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Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's legacy is already in shambles, but the symbolic end of his demise came Sunday when workers removed the statue of his likeness from its perch outside Beaver Stadium. The decision to remove it had been a subject of heated debate since the damning Freeh Report shed new light on Joe Paterno's knowledge of Jerry Sandusky's child abuse.

The statue will be moved to a secure location, according to university president Rodney Erickson, who explained the ultimate reasoning behind its removal:

I now believe that, contrary to its original intention, Coach Paterno's statue has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing in our university and beyond. I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse.

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The world's longest marriage is headed for Splitsville. Giant tortoises Bibi and Poldi are going their separate ways after 115 years of companionship. They've lived together at an Austrian zoo for the past 36 years, but recent attacks from Bibi (the female) forced zookeepers to move Poldi into a separate pen, as the two are strong enough to kill each other.

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Comedian mechanics Tom and Ray Magliozzi -- perhaps better know as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers -- are throwing in the oil rag after 35 years hosting Car Talk, 25 of them on NPR. Producers will take over the reins this fall.

"My brother has always been 'work-averse,'" says Ray, 63. "Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!"

"It's brutal!" adds Tom, 74.

The guys promise to remain active on Twitter, Facebook, and their blog. No comment from former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who famously targeted the Tappet Brothers in a satiric rant on the House floor last year.

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The space shuttle Discovery flew its final mission today, piggybacking on a Boeing 747 from Kennedy Space Center to D.C., where the shuttle will take up permanent residence as part of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. To commemorate the end of the shuttle era, NASA launched an extensive Flickr feed for citizen journalists in the flight path, and a roundup of landing pics can be found here. And if that's not enough Discovery for you, there's video here and here, and also a Twitter feed. Phew.

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Legendary character animator Glen Keane, best known for designing such beloved Disney characters as Ariel, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Beast, and Elliot the Dragon, announced today that he will be leaving Disney Animation after nearly 38 years.

"I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate art form of our time with endless new territories to explore," Keane wrote in a letter to his Disney colleagues. " I can’t resist it’s [sic] siren call to step out and discover them."

Rumor has it he's headed to DreamWorks. When TAG asked him about it two weeks ago, he would only admit to "doing due diligence, looking around, seeing what's out there."

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End Of An Era of the Day: Encyclopaedia Britannica, the mother of all alphabetized knowledge, will be putting its 244-year-old print business out to pasture effective immediately.

This makes the august encyclopedia publisher's 32-volume 2010 edition the last of its kind.

"Some people will feel sad about it and nostalgic about it. But we have a better tool now," said Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. president Jorge Cauz. "But we have a better tool now. The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia."

Indeed, over the last decade, Encyclopaedia Britannica has seen online rival Wikipedia slowly eat away at its market share, with its high-minded notions of free information for all by all.

By comparison, a complete set of Encyclopaedia Britannica books will set you back a cool $1,395. Additionally, dead-tree tomes lack the self-correction and expansion features that come standard with Wikipedia, and are increasingly necessary in today's fast-paced world of the 24-hour news cycle.

Curriculum products for schools have been Encyclopaedia Britannica primary source of revenue since encyclopedia sales peaked at 120,000 in 1990. According to the company, nearly all the other money it makes comes from subscriptions to its website. Print encyclopedias make up less than 1 percent its profits.

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Celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls has been dropped by the Discovery Channel, allegedly after he violated his contract by refusing to participate in two projects for the network.

"Due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him," a rep told The Hollywood Reporter.

Grylls' show, Man vs. Wild, aired its now-final episode on November 29th. He has yer to issue a statement on his termination.

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End Of An Era of the Day: Just over half a century since she was christened the eighth US naval vessel to bear the name "Enterprise," the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is setting sail for the last time.

In addition to being the only one in her class, the so-called "Big E" is also the longest and oldest aircraft carrier currently in operation. That has presented many a problem for the warship's 4,000-strong crew, who are often forced to resort to makeshift solutions in order to keep the old girl going.

"It's kind of like when you get older and you know it's harder to get out of the bed in the morning," explains commanding officer Capt. William Hamilton. "It takes you a couple hours to kind of really get up and then you're fine. Well, it's the same sort of thing here with Enterprise."

The USS Enterprise was originally slated to be decommissioned 25 years ago, but a ship-wide overhaul in 1979 gave the warship a second wind that lasted another 25 years.

She will eventually be put out to pasture in December, but before then, she's headed to the Middle East for a seven-month stint during which she'll be charged with providing support should tensions with Iran boil over.

When she returns home later this year, the Enterprise will receive a proper sendoff from the President, and then shipped to Newport News, where her nuclear fuel will be removed. Afterwards, it'll be on to Washington state, where the rest of the ship will be scrapped.

There will be no floating museum: The process of removing the nuclear fuel would require repairs too costly to make.

Past and present crew members, however, don't need a storage space for their memories. "Life is hard on Enterprise," said Capt. Hamilton. "But when they leave here, they leave knowing if they can do this, they can do anything."

[ap / @therealnimoy