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More Than 70 Pennsylvania Candidates Want To Run For Congress

More than 70 people have submitted paperwork with hours to go until the deadline to run in Pennsylvania’s congressional primary election. Tuesday’s the deadline to submit at least 1,000 voter signatures to get on May 15′s primary ballot. Interest in running for Congress is high. Pennsylvania has its most open seats in decades and more competitive districts after the state Supreme Court redrew a map that it ruled had been unconstitutionally gerrymandered by Republicans. Congressional primary...

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This I Believe: I Believe In Calling My Parents

Mar 15, 2018

Normally, I have a lot of anxiety about talking on the phone. I get scared that I won’t be able to hear the person on the other end, or that I won’t know the answer to their questions. I try to avoid phone calls at all costs. But my parents are one of the few exceptions. I believe in calling my parents every day, especially while I’m away from home. 

Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has dropped all assault charges and some involuntary manslaughter charges in the hazing case in relation to the death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza.
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The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has dropped all assault charges and some involuntary manslaughter charges in the hazing case in relation to the death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Zarallo filed a notice in court Thursday, saying the prosecutors will drop all aggravated assault and simple assault charges, but will continue to press involuntary manslaughter charges against five defendants.

Claudia Sherrod (left) and Haley Dervinis (right) both live in Point Breeze. Although Dervinis is a newcomer, she's also wary of the rapid change.
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Debbie Bell knows what it is to be made to feel like an afterthought.

She’s a lifelong resident of Point Breeze, a historically low-income African-American neighborhood in South Philadelphia that’s seen a lot of change lately.

To hear longtime neighbors like Bell tell it, Point Breeze used to be about pride. It was mothers cooking collard greens. People pulling together to help each other make the rent when times got hard. It was friendly competitions to see who had the tidiest block.

It was about community.

A view of Society Hill taken from inside the Society Hill Towers.
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About 300 State College High School students attended a memorial in rememberance of the victims of the Parkland Shooting in conjunction with the National School Walkout.
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Students across the nation hosted walkouts on Wednesday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. 

Students of State College High School held a memorial to pay tribute. Seventeen students read names and biographies of the 17 victims who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, followed by a moment of silence.  

About 300 students chose to attend the memorial in the school courtyard. School administration and student organizers worked together to plan to event. 

Developers for the Patton Crossing project first proposed a master plan last year. The mixed-use plan drew much opposition from the neighborhood.
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Susan Buda works at the Park Forest preschool and lives in the adjoining Park Forest neighborhood in the State College area.

On most days, she bikes to work.

“It’s actually harder to drive here because it really is just such a short distance," Buda said. "I like riding my bike and walking. It’s very stress relieving and calming. And it’s a great neighborhood to do that in, too.”

But Buda said she is wary a development plan would change the neighborhood.

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“Why should we sell to you when you commodify a human right?”

That was just one of dozens of questions representatives from Nestle Waters fielded during an information session Monday night on the water bottling facility the company is looking into building in Spring or Benner township in Centre County.

Others focused on the environment, jobs and the company’s track record.

Nestle points to the positive economic impact the $50 million facility would have on the area. That includes 50 well-paying jobs at the bottling plant, along with tax revenues.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, flutist Naomi Seidman and pianist Christopher Guzman will play a Sonata for Flute & Piano composed in 1927 by Erwin Shulhoff; the Penn State Glee Club, directed by Christopher Kiver, sings “Draw on Sweet Night” by contemporary composer Casey Rule;  and we’ll hear the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, led by Gerardo Edelstein, in the Symphony No. 3 in C by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

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 An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on March 10, 2018, and hosted by Craig Johnson. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, Tony Lynn Washington, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kenny Neal, Robert Cray,  Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Brian Setzer, Etta James, Joe Cocker, John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, and more.

In the second hour, hear Howlin Wolf, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band, Professor Longhair, Peter Green, The Nighthawks, Koko Taylor, Elmore James and more.




An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on March 9, 2018 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Christian McBride, Ellis Marsalis, Bill Evans Trio with Stan Getz, and more.  

In the second hour, hear Stan Kenton, Tony Bennett, Paul Desmond & MJQ, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Costa, Norah Jones, Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers, and more.



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There's a hole at the heart of quantum physics.

It's a deep hole. Yet it's not a hole that prevents the theory from working. Quantum physics is, by any measure, astonishingly successful. It's the theory that underpins nearly all of modern technology, from the silicon chips buried in your phone to the LEDs in its screen, from the nuclear hearts of the most distant space probes to the lasers in the supermarket checkout scanner. It explains why the sun shines and how your eyes can see. Quantum physics works.

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas last Oct. 1, which began while country star Jason Aldean was performing as the final act of the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, another country singer who had played the event, Lee Brice, appeared on a local news station in South Carolina.

For years Harjit Masih has been talking about what happened outside of the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Associated Press reported. He and 39 other Indian men — all construction workers working on the Mosul University campus — had been kidnapped by members of ISIS as the extremist group waged its assault on the city.

Democrats got their shot at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today as she testified before a House committee about her department's proposed budget.

The hearing followed widespread criticism of DeVos for lackluster performances on 60 Minutes and the Today show earlier this month. She remains one of the most unpopular members of President Trump's cabinet and continues to anger Democrats over many issues.

Poet Philip Levine discovered jazz on the radio when he was a teenager.

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Updated at 4:30 a.m. ET on Monday : Authorities in Austin, Texas, responded to an explosion in the southwest part of the city late Sunday, with the city's emergency medical service tweeting that it caused two serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The blast comes on the heels of three package-bomb explosions in recent weeks that have killed two people and wounded two more, as well as a bomb threat that canceled a Saturday hip-hop concert at the South by Southwest festival. It is not yet...

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Cambridge Analytica CEO Suspended One Day After Release Of Hidden Camera Report

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Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies

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Jennifer Palmieri: Hillary Ran With 'Half Her Humanity Tied Behind Her Back'

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President Trump Congratulates Putin On Re-Election

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Brother Of Florida Shooter Arrested For Trespassing At Stoneman Douglas High

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Sworn To Secrecy: Trump's History Of Using Nondisclosure Agreements

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Taste Buds Dull As People Gain Weight. Now Scientists Think They Know Why

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Take Note: Danielle Dormer On Life After Addiction

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