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Rich Lord, an investigative reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Lillian Thomas, an assistant managing editor there, sitting for an interview
Anne Danahy / WPSU

On Oct. 27, 2018, a man entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh and began shooting. In the end, 11 people were killed in a massacre officials have said was a hate crime. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was there to report on the attack, its aftermath and its impact on the community. WPSU's Anne Danahy spoke with Lillian Thomas, an assistant managing editor at the Post-Gazette, and Rich Lord, an investigative reporter, who were part of the team that earned a Pulitzer Prize this year for that coverage. 

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaks with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Anne Danahy / WPSU

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey said Monday he hopes Congress can pass legislation to expand background checks. 

“I’m not promising or guaranteeing an outcome here, but I am promising to continue the effort. And I do think we are in a somewhat different environment where maybe we can build the momentum," Toomey said as he headed into a forum with business and civic leaders in Lewisburg.

Toomey was greeted outside the meeting by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

He said he spoke with President Trump Monday morning.

Cumer Family / via AP

One of two mass shootings this weekend has claimed the life of a central Pennsylvania student. Nicholas Cumer, who was killed in the Dayton, Ohio shooting, was a graduate student at St. Francis University in Loretto. He completed his undergraduate degree at St. Francis, and was pursuing a graduate degree in the university’s Master of Cancer Care program

According to a statement from the president of St. Francis, Father Malachi Van Tassell, Cumer was in Dayton doing an internship with the Maple Tree Cancer Alliance.

Kristine Allen / WPSU

A vigil was held in downtown State College Monday afternoon for the victims of last week's mass shooting at P.J. Harrigan's and at a home near the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in State College.  More than 50 people attended, bundled against the cold, to honor those affected by the tragedy.