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State College Borough Council Approves Ordinance Requiring Masks, Limiting Social Gatherings

State College Borough Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring mask-wearing in public and limiting most gatherings to 10 people in an effort to keep the COVID-19 pandemic in check after Penn State's fall semester starts. Someone who violates the ordinance can face a $300 fine. Before the vote, Boalsburg’s Carla Myers said she hoped council would pass the ordinance ahead of students’ return to State College later this month. “Although right now school may be safe, we have no...

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A newly formed group called the Coalition for a Just University at Penn State hosted an online rally Wednesday, questioning the university’s plans for an in-person fall semester in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group wants the university to provide COVID-19 testing to all faculty, students and staff, publicly say staff can work remotely and give faculty control over whether they teach in-person. They're also calling for a guarantee that all full-time faculty and staff will keep their jobs and benefits in 2020-21.

A line outside Doggie's Pub on Pugh Street in State College July 11, 2020.
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State College Borough Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring mask-wearing in public and limiting most gatherings to 10 people in an effort to keep the COVID-19 pandemic in check after Penn State's fall semester starts.

Someone who violates the ordinance can face a $300 fine. 

Before the vote, Boalsburg’s Carla Myers said she hoped council would pass the ordinance ahead of students’ return to State College later this month.

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You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 8 million Americans have Psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder that affects skin. Psoriasis is not contagious, but can reduce quality of life.  

Here are some tips to promote skin healing and calm flare ups:

Moisturize after bathing to decrease dryness, itching, redness, soreness, and scaling. 

Take a warm bath with mild soap to soothe itchy spots and remove dry skin. Pat skin dry. 

A group of State College Area School District students is calling for changes to the curriculum and training programs that they say will make them more inclusive.
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A group of State College Area School District students is calling for changes to the curriculum and the district’s training programs that they say will make them more inclusive.

Dozens of students and parents attended a rally outside the district office Saturday, where student organizers read their list of demands and handed it to the district’s director of equity and inclusivity, Seria Chatters.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on August 1, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Victoria Williams, Hazmat Modine, Casey Jones, Ryan Spearman, Megan Slankard, Otis Spann, Bob Dylan, Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed, and more.

In the second hour, hear The Grateful Dead, Otis Taylor, Jesse Fortune, Hot Sauce Johnson,  The Harvard Crocodiles, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Van Morrison, Hot Tuna, Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler, Diamond Jim Green, and more.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on August 31, 2020, and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In the first hour, hear The 3 Cohens, Abbey Lincoln with Hank Jones, Archie Shepp, Alfred Rodriguez, Allen Toussaint, and more.

In the second hour, hear Lambert & Hendricks, Sonny Rollins, Mose Allison, Eddie Harris,  Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, The Staples Singers, and more. 

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will pay the cost of postage for voters to mail-in ballots in November’s general election. Officials said Friday that Gov. Tom Wolf's administration plans to use money from federal emergency coronavirus aid to foot the bill. It could run several million dollars to cover 55 cents for millions of ballots. Wolf has made paying for postage a priority as the coronavirus pandemic has unexpectedly fueled high interest in voting by mail.

Terry Engelder, professor emeritus of geosciences at Penn State, holding a large rock.
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In 2007, Terry Engelder, then a professor of geosciences at Penn State, estimated how much natural gas could be accessed in the Marcellus Shale formation using hydrofracking. That calculation led to a drilling boom across the Marcellus region in Pennsylvania.

Widely recognized for his work, Engelder has advised state agencies and received funding from companies in the industry. Now retired and a professor emeritus, Engelder is working on a book called “A Frackademic from Appalachia.” 

Sophomore Joshua Kouassi sits outside a restaurant
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While many Penn State students are set to return to the University Park campus for the fall semester in less than a month, some are worried about what school will look like amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Penn State President Eric Barron speaking
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Penn State hosted a virtual town hall on its COVID-19 plans for the fall semester Thursday, including testing for students, faculty and staff amid the pandemic. 

  

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