The new map of Pennsylvania Congressional districts, released February 19 by the PA Supreme Court.
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Pa. Supreme Court Dramatically Overhauls State’s Congressional Map (Clickable Map Included)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has enacted a new congressional district map that onlookers say is much more favorable to Democrats, replacing one the court overturned and deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last month. Justices described the new map in their 48-page decision as “superior” to other proposals filed for their consideration. It’s more compact, they wrote, and splits only 13 counties — fewer than half the number divided in the 2011 map drawn in a process controlled by...

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The new map of Pennsylvania Congressional districts, released February 19 by the PA Supreme Court.
PA Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has enacted a new congressional district map that onlookers say is much more favorable to Democrats, replacing one the court overturned and deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last month.

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The new map of Pennsylvania Congressional districts, released February 19 by the PA Supreme Court.
PA Supreme Court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on its self-imposed deadline Monday, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and that Republican lawmakers challenge it in federal court as they seek to protect their advantage in the U.S. House.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on February 17, 2018, and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Thunderbitch, Guy Davis, Little Martha, John Lee Hooker, Shemeka Copeland, Henry Butler, The Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Lead Belly, Bob Dylan, Catfish Keith, and more.

In the second hour, hear Taj Mahall, Willie Lomax, Brownie McGhee, Little Milton, Keb’ Mo’, Otis Rush, Smith and Harper, Mattie Mae Thomas, Leon Redbone, Marcia Ball and more.  

WPSU Jazz Archive - February 16, 2018

Feb 17, 2018
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on February 16, 2018 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In the first part, hear Lionel Hampton, J.J. Johnson, Charlie Hayden, Erroll Gardner Joe Pass, Chico Freeman, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, and more.

In hour two, hear Harry Connick Jr., Houston Perason, Bud Powell, Ben Webster, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Art Pepper, Tony Bennett, and more.  

Richard Biever and Tammy Miller.
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WPSU's Carolyn Donaldson talked with FUSE Productions' Producing Artistic Director Richard Biever about the theater company's upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along." He was joined by community leader Tammy Miller, who is part of an auxiliary project, "Dreams Don't Die," where community members share stories of pursuing their dreams.

When I was little, my mom warned me time and again that if I became nearsighted, I’d only have my bad habit of reading under my comforter with a tiny flashlight to blame. I didn’t listen because in “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,” there was no worrying about eye care. There was just traveling across the ocean through the eyes of an explorer and feeling page-long names of sea creatures swim past my fingertips. A whole bunch of things in that book were made up, but I loved it.

I believe in science fiction.

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President Trump is speaking for the first time about the shooting at a high school in South Florida that left at least 17 people dead.

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Teacher Jon Kimmel in his classroom at Westtown School in Chester County, Pa.
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Viewed from a distance, Westtown School in Chester County, Pennsylvania seems like precisely the place you’d expect a conversation on redistricting and gerrymandering. The Quaker private school sits at the juncture of two especially contorted congressional districts — the 6th and 7th — and counts among its core values “peace and justice in community and in the world.”

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"What do we want? Unions! When do we want it? Now."

That chant was part of the demonstration Penn State graduate student employees who want to unionize held Wednesday in front of Old Main, the university administration building. 

Among those clapping and cheering at a pro-union rally were faculty, employees and politicians.

Derek Fox, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics, said graduate students have voted to unionize at other institutions and the sky hasn’t fallen.

State Representatives Hanna and Markosek are both stepping down, and want their sons to succeed them.
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(Harrisburg) -- Two top Democrats are retiring from the state House this year--and have more in common than just their high-ranking positions.

Minority Appropriations Chair Joe Markosek and Minority Whip Mike Hanna both want their sons to take their place.

Markosek and Hanna are from Allegheny and Centre Counties, respectively, and have served in their leadership positions since 2011.

They announced their retirements and their sons' plans to replace them within a few days of each other.

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Journalist Laura Ingraham sought to rebuke LeBron James for "talking politics" during a recent interview — something the Fox News host believes is out-of-bounds for an athlete.

Ingraham said she was not interested in the political advice from "someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball."

Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, was in the penalty box after a third period fight with a Blackhawks defenseman on Saturday night when four Blackhawks fans started taunting him in unison.

"Basketball, basketball, basketball," they chanted.

"It's pretty obvious what that means," Smith-Pelly said on Sunday. "It's not a secret." The non-secret racial stereotype at play here is that basketball is a "black" sport and hockey is for white people.

Some politicians and political groups have begun creating a parallel universe of websites where the news is always good for them — and bad for their opponents.

Here & Now media analyst John Carroll (@johncarroll_bu), author of the Campaign Outsider blog, joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to take a closer look.

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Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET The U.S. women's ice hockey team dismantled Finland in their semifinals matchup at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Monday, scoring goals early and often and claiming a spot in the gold medal game, where they will face Canada. The U.S. team scored two goals in each of the first two periods; a pair of scores came in less than one minute in the second period. Gigi Marvin set the tone just minutes into the game, scoring on assists from Meghan Duggan and Amanda Pelkey....

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After the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas last year, lawmakers discussed imposing restrictions on "bump stocks." The Las Vegas shooter used that type of gun modification, which makes a semiautomatic weapon fire like an automatic weapon, and killed 58 people. After a gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November, lawmakers discussed how they could improve the background check system. No new laws came of those discussions. Now, after a...

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How Immigration Could Motivate Democrats In 2018

Last week was supposed to be a pivotal moment for an immigration deal. But despite days of debate and numerous proposals, senators were not able to pass a concrete immigration solution. Four separate immigration measures failed in the Senate . Part of the conundrum is that President Trump seems unwilling to sign any bill that does not include a commitment to narrowing legal immigration, after originally saying he would pass any bill that lawmakers could agree on. If Congress does not come up...

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Scientists Develop A Way To Use A Smartphone To Prevent Food Poisoning

Food scientists at the University of Massachussetts Amherst have come up with a technique they say could make it a lot easier to avoid food poisoning. The main piece of equipment? Your smartphone. Currently, to identify the bacteria that can get you sick, like E. coli or salmonella, food scientists often use DNA testing. They obtain samples from, say, raw spinach or chicken skin, by rinsing the food and collecting a tiny bit of bacteria from the water. Then they let that bacteria multiply...

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She Survived Breast Cancer, But Says A Treatment Side Effect 'Almost Killed' Her

After Virginia Harrod was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2014, she had a double mastectomy. Surgeons also removed 16 lymph nodes from under her armpit and the area around her breast, to see how far the cancer had spread and to determine what further treatment might be needed. Then she underwent radiation therapy. As it turned out, the removal of those lymph nodes, along with the radiation, put Harrod at risk for another disorder — lymphedema , a painful and debilitating swelling of...

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This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It

Each year, about 31,000 men and women in the U.S. are diagnosed with a cancer caused by an infection from the human papillomavirus, or HPV. It's the most common sexually transmitted virus and infection in the U.S. In women, HPV infection can lead to cervical cancer, which leads to about 4,000 deaths per year. In men, it can cause penile cancer. HPV also causes some cases of oral cancer, cancer of the anus and genital warts. The CDC says HPV vaccination can prevent many of these cancers , and...

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Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

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For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty? For their parents and teachers, we've put together a quick primer with help from the National Association of School Psychologists and Melissa Reeves, a former...

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Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

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'He's Not A Leading Man': A Casting Director On Rembrandt's Self-Portraits

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Should The Parkland Shooting Change How We Think About Phones, Schools and Safety?

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'Manuscripts' Encourages Readers To Approach The Bible Like A Novel

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WPSU's Annual Art for the Airwaves Contest

Submit your artwork, reflecting life in Central or Northern Pennsylvania, by 5:00pm on February 28. You'll find contest details at the link below.

Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

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