Israeli Airstrike Flattens Building Housing AP And Other Media In Gaza City

Updated May 15, 2021 at 4:20 PM ET In the latest in a series of attacks, an Israeli airstrike Saturday leveled a high-rise building after the military ordered occupants to evacuate. Inside were the offices of several media outlets — including The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera— and residential apartments. An AP statement said all employees and freelancers safely evacuated the building. AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said the company is looking to the Israeli government for answers. "We are...

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WPSU Jazz Archive - May 14, 2021

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on May14, 2021, and hosted by Rana Glick.

In the first hour, hear Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Diana Krall, John Coltrane, and more.

In the second hour, hear Jimmy Heath, Sarah Vaughn, Madeleine Peyroux, Nat King Cole, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross with Louis Armstrong, Tony Allen with Africa 70, Melody Gardot, and more.

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Lydia and Gary Abdullah are longtime State College residents who met at Penn State in the early 1970s. They talked with WPSU's Cheraine Stanford about the evolution of their relationship and what’s made their marriage work for more than four decades.

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A Penn State political science professor filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the university for racial discrimination. 

Errol Henderson is suing Penn State for $75,000 for race-based discrimination. The lawsuit said he has filed complaints with the university over the past 10 years for racism in the workplace.

Throughout the past decade, Henderson has reportedly issued complaints about the actions of colleagues in the political science department as well university administration like Vice President and Provost Nick Jones.

Candidates for State College Borough Council, Gopal Balachandran, Divine Lipscomb and Rich Biever posed for a photo next to a large sign with their names and faces on
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On a recent Sunday afternoon, Tierra Williams and Rich Biever co-hosted a “politics and poetry” event at the Tudek Park in State College. 

“The purpose of this event is to gather in the name of change,” Biever announced. 

Both Biever and Williams are candidates in this year’s municipal elections. Williams is running for a seat on the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and Biever is a candidate for the State College Borough Council.

BookMark: "The Garden Of Angels" By David Hewson

May 13, 2021

Paolo Uccello is dying. He’s spent the majority of his life building up the fortunes of his family’s weaving business in Venice. Now, he has one last thing to do: Tell his story.

Paolo’s grandson, Nico, has been suspended from school. A so-called “friend” of his was caught bullying a Jewish classmate while Nico stood by and did nothing. With his schedule suddenly empty, Nico visits his grandfather in the hospital every day.

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Just a year after graduating from Penn State’s musical theater program, Talia Suskauer had landed her dream role.

Suskauer was in the Broadway tour of “Wicked” when the pandemic shutdown hit. She was playing a leading role as green witch Elphaba. Suskauer had been touring with the show for six months when she heard the news. 


Students outside of State College Area High School on Jan. 8, 2018.
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The State Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow parents to choose to have their children repeat a grade level because of learning loss due to COVID-19 for the upcoming school year. 

The decision on whether a student should repeat a year is currently made by schools and teachers. 

Taxpayers Foot Huge Bill To Run Pa.'s Full-Time Legislature, But Are Blocked From Many Details

May 12, 2021
About $20 million went into Pennsylvania lawmakers' pockets over four years in the form of reimbursements for meals, mileage subsidies, per diems, and other expenses.
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Over the next year, The Caucus and Spotlight PA will examine and make public specific areas of spending by the legislature as part of their ongoing efforts to follow the money and track taxpayer dollars. Be the first to know by signing up for Spotlight PA’s free newsletters.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania legislature got to work at 1 p.m. on March 18, 2019.

Three and a half hours later on that Monday afternoon, lawmakers had adjourned.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is an excellent time for older adults to focus on preventative care, and to communicate their unique health goals and preferences to their healthcare provider.

If you’ve had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, you may qualify for a free annual wellness visit. While you’re there, you and your care provider will develop or update your personalized health plan.

After Receiving Police Report, Pa. Prosecutor Waited Months To Charge A Man Who Shot At Protesters

May 10, 2021
Civil rights marchers on a journey from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. are seen here in Youngstown, Ohio.
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Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. Sign up for our free newsletters.

BEDFORD — The district attorney in Bedford County has brought dozens of charges against a man for firing a 12-gauge shotgun at civil rights marchers last August, striking one in the face and endangering 19 others.


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After the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin, Black police officers in America are considering what's changed and what hasn't in the year since George Floyd's death.

Updated May 15, 2021 at 4:20 PM ET

In the latest in a series of attacks, an Israeli airstrike Saturday leveled a high-rise building after the military ordered occupants to evacuate. Inside were the offices of several media outlets — including The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera— and residential apartments.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Elizabeth Warren was a law professor before becoming Massachusetts' first female senator in 2012. That went so well, that she decided to join the 800 other Democrats running for president in 2020, and lasted longer than almost all of them. It's a story she tells in her new book Persist.

We've invited her to play a game we're calling "Senator Warren, how 'bout Warren Peace?" (Yes, that pun was a disaster, just like Pierre Bezukhov and Helene Kuragina's marriage. But we couldn't resist.) Three questions about War and Peace.

In February 2020, Norm Carson was attending a trade show in Amsterdam, when news about the coronavirus hit.

"We went in that day thinking we'd see some customers, do some training and it'd be a regular day. And then before you knew it, they had announced the name," he says.

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Here's What Is (And Isn't) Changed By The New CDC Mask Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced new guidance that fully vaccinated people can safely do most indoor and outdoor activities without wearing masks or social distancing. But much of the transportation sector still operates on pandemic-era rules. Here's what is and isn't changed by the updated guidance. What does the new guidance mean for mask requirements on public transit and air travel? For now, nothing changes. Separate from its general guidance on mask-wearing,...

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China Lands On Mars In Major Advance For Its Space Ambitions

China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American rover that arrived at the red planet in February. China's first Mars landing follows its launch last month of the main...

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For four decades, David Taylor has relied on a ventilator to breathe, the whoosh, whoosh of the machine part of the background metronome of daily life. Then, on the night of Feb. 14, an Arctic blast began to overwhelm the Texas power grid . The next morning, the electricity flickered out in the Fort Worth home that the 65-year-old shares with his mother. David's ventilator switched over at some point to a backup battery and kept running. A family member brought over a generator and spent...

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