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>> no, very nice. >> thank you very much for joining us. on this saturday night, guilty as charged. with jerry sandusky in jail are more charges coming and what is next for the penn state community? left shell shocked by scandal plus a juror takes us inside the deliberations. on alert from florida to texas. they are bracing for a gathering tropical storm in the gulf. while out west a firestorm is forcing evacuations. wake-up call. doctors issue a warning to women about certain sleep habits and they're impact on developing breast cancer. making a splash. an olympic champ at 17. again this time against athletes nearly half her age.
from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening it was on a saturday night on this broadcast last november when we first told you about the lurid accusations against a former member of one of the country's biggest football programs. by now everyone knows the name of jerry sandusky the ex penn state coach whose fall to grace ended last night when a jury convicted him of molesting ten boys over a 15-year period. the verdict came after a parade of victims now adults described in vivid detail the abuse they suffered at sandusky's hands. we are covering all angles of the story. john yang begins our coverage in bellfont, pennsylvania. good evening, john. >> reporter: good evening lester.
for many of those victims it was an emotional moment. they had come to the courthouse to tell in public, their stories of embarrassment and shame. for sandusky it meant the label of convicted child molester. >> anything to say, sir? >> reporter: he looked stunned and confused as he was led away in handcuffs. to the county jail where he segregated from the general population. >> rot in hell ex! moments before he had listened as the jury foreman declared him guilty in 45 of 48 child sex abuse charges. sandusky kept his eyes on the jury. his wife dorothy looked straight ahead. kara, one of their six adopted children dropped her head and cried. prosecution evoked a position to revoke bail. >> it was tense and quiet.
>> reporter: another spectator was victim six who testified how sandusky gave him a naked bear hug in the shower. after the verdict was read, he leaned forward sobbing. >> when you say i believe you, it is common that people get emotional at that point, it makes it real. >> outside the courthouse hundreds gathered. >> yes, yes. [ applause ] >> reporter: there were jeers for defense attorney. >> there are lots of people sitting in jails across this country who are innocent -- there have been people, lots of people -- >> pennsylvania attorney general linda kelly recalled how victims testified they never told of the abuse because they didn't think anyone would believe them. >> a jury of 12 people here in bellfont pa most dest natalie would and did believe a kid.
>> reporter: one juror said in more than 17 hours of deliberations, disagreements were resolved quickly. >> once we laid it all out it made sense and we came to an agreement. >> reporter: he said that the defense came up short. >> they did a good job of putting seeds of doubt. but there wasn't reasonable doubt. >> sandusky was found not guilty of three charges. he was convicted of all other charges involving those victims. the defense said it will appeal because the judge denied it's time to prepare. to win that the defense must prove it's case was harmed. a successful appeal based on the judge allowing more time is very unlikely. >> reporter: defense lawyers reportedly felt so unprepared they tried to resign from the case the morning the jury selection began. but the judge ruled against them. lester? >> john yang, thanks, with jerry sandusky behind bars this case
is still far from over. several investigations are still on going. and our national investigative correspondent michael isacoff joins us with the details what can we expect as we move forward. >> reporter: lester there are pending charges against two penn state officials. both are charged with perjury relating to that 2001 shower incident involving sandusky and a young boy. beyond that there are ongoing investigations into what others at penn state may have known. including the former president. sources have told nbc news showing that spanga agreed that it would be important not to report that to officials. they have all denied wrongdoing. thirdly federal and state prosecutors are investigating sandusky's second mile charity
and what officials may have known about his conduct. with last night's verdict and the victims in this case are most certain to be filing civil suits against penn state. >> this verdict does not bring with it closure. even with those 45 counts guilty, feelings are run aring raw, emotions still running high in the community around penn state. the folks there call happy valley shattered by scandal left trying to pick up the pieces. nbc's ron allen reports from pennsylvania. >> reporter: today at penn state there was a feeling of relief that jerry sandusky had finally had his day in court. >> it is a shame what he did and to be honest with you he got what he deserved. >> it is relief mixed with reality. his conviction is a step down an emotional road penn state has been on since last fall. back then riots broke out when
the case led to the firing of the late legendary football coach joe paterno. last night different emotions, cheers for prosecutors after the verdict and compassion for the victims. >> i hope it brings some peace to the victims, a closure. >> reporter: penn state released a statement saying it now plans to invite the victims here to discuss their concerns and try to resolve their anticipated financial claims. many still want a public investigation about sandusky. >> i think the top dogs knew something and i do believe there was a coverup. >> yet today joins of the presence that the university has long held. >> it is more than football believe it or not and more than sandusky. that is why i believe the university will bounce back. >> reporter: after much soul searching about how this could have happened here. ron allen, nbc news, state college, pennsylvania.
millions of americans are on alert keeping a close eye on what is now tropical storm debby in the gulf of mexico. weather channel hurricane specialist brian norcross joins us now with the forecast. where is this headed? >> it is headed toward the gulf coast. this is a strange one. the first time we have ever had four named storms at this point in the year. it has taken to july before, and normally it would take two months after this to get to four named storms. it's not well-organized. you see the thunderstorms over to the east and ofaffecting the coast of florida. where is it going? it's drifting toward the north coast. louisiana may get flooding outside the levees there. the hurricane center is forecasting it to drift toward texas and get a little bit
stronger. this is an unusual lly uncertai forecast because the computer models point in every direction. the entire gulf coast needs to watch out for this. brian norcross from the weather channel thank you. in the meantime out west tonight, weary firefighters in state won't be able to stand down anytime soon. two wildfires pose the biggest dangers north of denver that has threatened homes in utah. >> reporter: in saratoga springs south of salt lake city, thick smoke swept over a town where 18,000 live. and firefighters are not in control yet. more than 2,000 people have been evacuated. >> i wondered where the heck i was. >> reporter: in colorado's high park fire near fort collins, the flames have scorched more than 100 square miles of forest land
and evacuees who had returned home have been forced to leave again. >> i don't know what the fire behavior is right now. >> reporter: firefighters here lost ground friday shifting this two week old fire disaster, winds colorado's worst ever now halfway contained. >> it is going to burn for a long time. >> reporter: and it is not just current conditions, sustained gusting winds and temperatures are driving the western fires. it is the warm, dry winter just past following know filled winters. >> all of the vegetation that sprouted up thanks to all of that extra moisture is now dry and sitting there fueling those fires. >> reporter: the national fire center says this year more than 25,000 fires that burned nearly 1.2 million acres and it is only june. the ten year average for a full season around 35,000 fires scorching 1.76 million acres. yes the monsoon season is coming.
>> also bring with it lightening which could spark more wildfires. >> reporter: leading to fears that the worst is yet to come. nbc news, los angeles. overseas tonight to egypt, a country on edge as it waits for country on edge as it waits for word tomorrow on who it's new president will be. supporters of the muslim president fear that the country will be stolen from them. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel joins us from cairo, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. there is now a battle in this country that could turn into a street battle as well. here in tahrir square, they say if their candidate is not confirmed tomorrow, there could be violence in this country worse in fact than the violence than egypt saw during the revolution a year and a half ago. but across town, right now,
there is a rival demonstration by supporters of the military' s choice and they do not want to see the muslim brotherhood come to power and impose an islamic agenda. they also blame washington saying the support of democracy is helping to empower the muslim brotherhood, and they say that washington has no idea how dangerous and radical the muslim brotherhood is. the military here is calming for calm. we will see if those calls are heated when results are announced tomorrow. lester? >> still ahead tonight risk factors new findings about certain sleep habits and their possible impact of certain breast cancer. >> and later, one of america's all-time greats. she struck gold at 17. now a 40-year-old mom of two she feels like a teen-ager as she chases her olympic dreams one more time.
back now with health news. new findings about certain sleep habits. and their possible impact in developing breast cancer. estimated quarter million women in the u.s. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. now doctors are developing risk factors. dr. nancy snyderman reports. >> mary ellen davis remembers the nervous feel ing that june day two years ago. >> she said you are not going to
hear anything after what i tell you. you have breast cancer. >> davis had the most aggressive form of the disease. she was 44. >> my sister came over to my mom's and i told her and we all just cried. >> like davis, she had no history of the disease. which is largely associated with risk factors like aging and obesity. now a new study provides risk factors like working overnight shifts which davis did for two years. in some cases those sleep patterns may increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer up to 30%. >> women who worked four and a half years of night shift with an average of three days in their workweek where they were working the night shift, they were at higher risk. >> the risk was higher in women who started working the shifts before they had children.
because their breasts hadn't gone through the normal hormonal cycles of reproduction. >> one reason for the association between irregular sleep and risk for breast answer could be the lack of a hormone called melatonin which is produced during sleep. >> it's kind of like a little pacman that courses through your body. with less of that hormone cells are more susceptible to harm. >> it doesn't mean women stop doing night work. it means the longer that you are in that process the longer the risk may be to you. while there are still many uncertainties, this study adds to the list of lifestyle factors we can control. >> for younger women to change their lifestyle or decrease their risk factors. i would hate to see anybody else go through it. dr. nancy snyderman nbc news, new york. >> we are back in a moment. with a digital revolution helping a great american city on the road to recovery.
amid all the headlines that have come out of detroit, there is a glimmer of hope a quiet digital revolution underway a small piece of the pie helping it find its way on the road to recovery. we get the story tonight from cnbc's brian shackman. >> reporter: detroit, today there is a lot more hustle and bustle than two or three years ago. >> it is a great american city that has become a symbol of urban decay. >> reporter: back then between
the near collapse of the auto industry and the general decline, unemployment reached 18%. but now? >> it feels like the entire city is in the midst of a renaissance. >> reporter: that's right. detroit and renaissance together. unemployment remains high at 10.5% and the blight is still here but something else is here too optimism. >> i think we can compete with boston, new york, chicago. >> reporter: that is billionaire dan gilbert. the chairman of quicken loans is talking about competing for great workers not to build cars but rather to build tech companies. they have moved workers into downtown detroit. >> lease rates were very low. so we could create our own vision down here. >> sit hard to find an apartment here downtown because people my age group basically are taking up everything. >> reporter: gilbert has started a firm to provide seed money to
technology start-ups. >> technology can create value and wealth quicker than 1.0 economy manufacturing. >> reporter: because with tech all you need is a little space and big ideas. >> the tech sector here is important to detroit because it help change people's perspective of our city. >> reporter: greg schwartz moved back from new york to found up to. a mobil app trying capitalize on twitter and facebook. >> it wasn't until we moved our office into detroit that i realized this wasn't just hype. >> reporter: this used to be a office for a theater. a year ago it was empty but today it is full of start-up companies. >> we can offer competitive salaries and you don't get lost in the shuffle. >> in new york or silicon valley, upto might be just another idea. in detroit it continues to
gather momentum and confidence. >> today it has been 40 years since president nixon signed title ix the law best known for providing high school and college sports program for women. making discrimination for men's programs and women's programs illegal. when we come back, she is back in the water, chasing down the next generation.
the summer olympics open in just over a month. but the competition is underway to determine who will represent team usa. while there will be familiar names in beijing and the athens games, one long-distance swimmer is hoping to rekindle the 1988 seoul olympics where she won her three of four gold medals. every morning before the sun is up janet evans is in the pool swimming laps alongside high school athletes half her age. but she hardly feels like a fish out of water. >> my stroke feels like it did when i was in my teen. >> a considerable statement considering she broke 7 world records and captured five olympic medals and now she wants
to go for it again in london. >> so what are you doing? how is that for a first question. >> what am i doing? i'm swimming again. a couple summers ago i just was down on the beach actually and thought gosh i would like to get in better shape. i said to my husband, i think i'm going to jump back into the pool. >> evans didn't jump, she dived right back into the sport that put her on the map. after announcing her come back a year ago evans teamed up with her former olympic coach and has been training twice a day six days a week. she will compete in the olympic swimming trials this coming week for a spot on team usa. >> was there any goal in mind that this was going to lead to an olympic bid? >> there was no goal. i felt like i always wanted to swim again, but there were priorities in my life. >> they include a husband and two young children. >> to qualify, it reminds me
that i was given some god-given ability somewhere and it makes me respect what i accomplished in the past even more. >> the question now 12 years later is does janet evans have what it takes to make a splash. >> when i was swimming in my teens and 20s, i felt a lot of pressure, especially at the end. my name was janet evans and i swam because i was supposed to and this time it hasn't been a job. at the end of the day if i never swim another stroke i still have my family and my kids and my legacy and the ability to inspire others. >> in the water she still feels like a teen-ager. she told me when it comes to chasing two kids around the house she feels like she is 40. she will get another shot at gold this week at the u.s. trials in omaha. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. i will see you tomorrow morning
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