HIGH­LIGHT: PENNSYLVANIA

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ALABAMA Maxwell Air Force Base:

The Glenn Miller Hol­i­day Con­cert, a cen­tral Alabama tra­di­tion pre­sented by the “Air­men of Note” of the United States Air Force Band, is com­ing back Wed­nes­day at Troy Univer­sity’s Davis Theatre. This free con­cert marks the orig­i­nal event’s 76th an­niver­sary.

ALASKA Wasilla:

With siz­able shock­waves still em­a­nat­ing from last week’s pow­er­ful earth­quake, au­thor­i­ties are urg­ing the selfie-tak­ing pub­lic to stay away from a road that was badly man­gled. Some photos on so­cial me­dia show peo­ple even climb­ing into large cracks on the buck­led road in Wasilla, Alaska State Trooper spokesman Jonathon Tay­lor says.

ARI­ZONA Phoenix:

More than 31,000 pets later, “Pets on Pa­rade” is turn­ing 60. The Ari­zona Hu­mane Society’s weekly tele­vi­sion show on KTVK will cel­e­brate the mile­stone Satur­day.

ARKANSAS Lit­tle Rock:

A bank­ing ex­ec­u­tive and for­mer high­way com­mis­sioner won Tues­day’s runoff for mayor, be­com­ing the first African-Amer­i­can elected to lead Arkansas’ cap­i­tal six decades af­ter it was the cen­ter of a school de­seg­re­ga­tion cri­sis. Frank Scott, 35, de­feated Baker Kur­rus in the runoff elec­tion for the non­par­ti­san, open seat.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA Ox­nard:

On Satur­day, the Chan­nel Islands Har­bor will host its an­nual Pa­rade of Lights at 7 p.m. Visitors can see about 40 boats pa­rade along the wa­ter­way to the sound of hol­i­day songs.

COLORADO Fort Collins:

Colorado State Univer­sity has closed the pay gap among its tenured and tenure­track pro­fes­sors, ac­cord­ing to an in­ter­nal anal­y­sis.

CON­NECTI­CUT New­town:

The fa­ther of a boy killed in the 2012 shoot­ing at Sandy Hook El­e­men­tary School has filed an­other defama­tion law­suit against con­spir­acy the­o­rists who ac­cused him of be­ing an ac­tor. Lenny Pozner’s 6-year-old son Noah was among 26 peo­ple shot to death in the school Dec. 14, 2012.

DELAWARE Mid­dle­town:

While officers were grow­ing their beards, they also were grow­ing the coffers of a lo­cal char­ity that gives kids with cancer the op­por­tu­nity for a week of camp­ing. Mid­dle­town Po­lice and mem­bers of the Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge No. 20 gave up their ra­zors for No Shave Novem­ber. The fundrais­ing effort re­sulted in $1,540 for Kay’s Kamp, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice de­part­ment.

DIS­TRICT OF COLUMBIA Wash­ing­ton:

The Metro Fare Eva­sion De­crim­i­nal­iza­tion bill has passed in D.C. Coun­cil. The leg­is­la­tion makes the $300 crim­i­nal fine for skirt­ing the $2 fare now a $50 civil fine.

FLORIDA Tallahassee:

Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Scott will delay his swear­ing-in cer­e­mony as a U.S. se­na­tor so he can com­plete his term. Scott’s office said Tues­day that Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell has agreed to hold Scott’s cer­e­mony Jan. 8, the day his term ends. Other se­na­tors elected in Novem­ber will be sworn in Jan. 3.

GE­OR­GIA At­lanta:

An au­dit has found At­lanta po­lice officers failed to turn body cam­eras on and off at re­quired times in more than half of cases, news out­lets re­port.

HAWAII Li­hue:

A fun­gal pathogen that kills trees native to Hawaii has been dis­cov­ered in two more ar­eas on Kauai. The Gar­den Is­land re­ports three more trees have tested pos­i­tive for rapid ohia death af­ter it was found for the first time on the is­land in 14 trees in the Moloaa For­est Re­serve in early May.

IDAHO Po­catello:

Com­puter soft­ware de­vel­oped at Idaho State Univer­sity to aid in post-wildfire re­cov­ery efforts is now be­ing used by some fire man­agers dur­ing ac­tive fires.

ILLI­NOIS Chicago:

The Sal­va­tion Army says it has col­lected sev­eral valu­able gold coins in the Chicago area.

IN­DI­ANA Mun­cie:

Mun­cie An­i­mal Care and Ser­vices is hold­ing a 24hour “Twelve Strays of Christ­mas” adop­tion event be­gin­ning mid­night Fri­day, con­tin­u­ing through mid­night Satur­day. All dogs will be $5 to adopt; cats and kit­tens will be $1.

IOWA Des Moines:

The an­nual 80/35 Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­turns July 12-13, or­ga­niz­ers said this week via so­cial me­dia.

Hamil­ton Town­ship:

Jeff Asper’s hol­i­day tra­di­tion is build­ing an eerie sculp­ture based on folk­lore from other coun­tries and dis­play­ing it on his front yard. Out front now is Kram­pus, a horned Christ­mas devil; Jo­lakot­turinn, a giant Ice­landic Yule cat; and this year’s in­stal­la­tion, a Ger­man Christ­mas witch, Frau Per­chta. As leg­end has it, Frau Per­chta would roam the coun­try­side for the 12 days lead­ing up to Christ­mas. She’d leave a silver coin to nice chil­dren. But for the naughty, she’d cut open their bel­lies and re­place all their or­gans with straw and peb­bles. Asper uses only re­pur­posed or re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to make his un­set­tling sculp­tures.

KANSAS Lawrence:

The Univer­sity of Kansas has signed an agree­ment with Wes­tar En­ergy to have its Lawrence cam­pus pow­ered nearly 100 per­cent by wind en­ergy by 2020.

KEN­TUCKY Lexington:

A po­lice horse got stuck in a man­hole Tues­day night and couldn’t quite gid­dyup. It took two hours for crews to free Yoder, who was galloping to the Lexington Christ­mas pa­rade about 6:30 p.m. when he fell.

LOUISIANA New Or­leans:

A famed mu­sic club has been bought by a funk band that has per­formed there for more than two decades. The New Or­leans Ad­vo­cate re­ports the five mem­bers of Ga­lac­tic closed a deal to buy Tip­itina’s.

MAINE Brunswick:

A land­mark fast food drive-in restau­rant is now up for sale. The Fat Boy, which has been sell­ing burg­ers, fries and lob­ster rolls since the 1950s, had pre­vi­ously an­nounced it was clos­ing for the sea­son in Au­gust.

MARY­LAND Sal­is­bury:

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has moved to au­tho­rize the use of seis­mic air­guns to find oil and gas for­ma­tions on the East Coast, draw­ing bi­par­ti­san ire from ac­tivists and law­mak­ers.

MAS­SACHUSETTS West­bor­ough:

State wildlife officials say the num­ber of bald ea­gles in Mas­sachusetts con­tin­ues to grow. The state Divi­sion of Fish­eries and Wildlife an­nounced this week that it had iden­tified 76 ter­ri­to­rial pairs of bald ea­gles this year, up from 68 pairs last year and 59 seen in 2016.

MICHI­GAN Yale:

Michael Mor­ris first turned his hobby of mak­ing cus­tom knives into a busi­ness. Mor­ris Knives has taken him from Yale to the bright lights of cable tele­vi­sion. Mor­ris will be fea­tured on a Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel show called “Master of Arms.” He and two other weapons mak­ers will ap­pear in an episode air­ing at 10 p.m. Fri­day.

MIN­NESOTA St. Cloud:

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by GetCen­tu­ryLink, Min­nesota is among the “Grinchi­est” states in the union. The state ended up near the bot­tom of the list when it comes to Christ­mas spirit, rank­ing 44th out of all 50.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI Jack­son:

The state’s Med­i­caid pro­gram will soon start cov­er­ing more doc­tors’ office vis­its for its re­cip­i­ents. Start­ing Jan. 1, most re­cip­i­ents can see a physi­cian 16 times a year, vs. the cur­rent 12.

MIS­SOURI Springfield:

For artist Ron Campbell, nos­tal­gia is a pow­er­ful hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence – and one of the key rea­sons the Bea­tles “Yel­low Sub­ma­rine” an­i­ma­tor will be in Springfield next week. He’ll ap­pear 4-8 p.m. Dec. 11-12 at a tem­po­rary gallery set up at Alamo Draft­house Cinema.

MON­TANA Great Falls:

Mon­tanans fa­vor a “Frozen” princess from among all the Dis­ney princesses. And it’s not the ice princess. In­stead of Elsa, Mon­tanans are most likely to search for Elsa’s sis­ter Anna on Google. That’s the re­sult of anal­y­sis by CableTV.com, which re­leased the “study” in con­junc­tion with the re­lease of Dis­ney’s “Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net,” which in­cor­po­rates the princesses.

NE­BRASKA Nor­folk:

A me­te­o­rol­o­gist says steam from one or more plants on the east side of Nor­folk helped gen­er­ate re­cent snow that blew south to Se­ward and Lin­coln.

NE­VADA Reno:

The U.S. In­te­rior De­part­ment has an­nounced a $282,975 re­search grant for the state to study mi­gra­tion cor­ri­dors of pronghorn an­te­lope.

NEW HAMP­SHIRE Durham:

The town’s hu­man rights com­mis­sion is look­ing at a de­ci­sion to deny a 10foot-tall meno­rah next to a tree dec­o­rated an­nu­ally at a lo­cal park. Town ad­min­is­tra­tor Todd Selig says officials were con­cerned about van­dal­ism and not “com­fort­able” leav­ing the meno­rah on dis­play for the eight nights of Hanukkah.

NEW JER­SEY Robbinsville:

Au­thor­i­ties say 24 work­ers at an Ama­zon ware­house have been taken to the hospi­tal af­ter a can of bear re­pel­lent was punc­tured and re­leased fumes.

NEW MEX­ICO Santa Fe:

The New Mex­ico En­vi­ron­ment De­part­ment has is­sued a no­tice of vi­o­la­tion to the U.S. Air Force for fail­ing to prop­erly ad­dress ground­wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion at a base near Clo­vis. Chem­i­cals as­so­ci­ated with firefight­ing foam once used at Can­non Air Force Base have been de­tected in ground­wa­ter on and near the mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tion.

NEW YORK New York:

The city’s Apollo Theater plans to build two new per­for­mance spa­ces to in­cu­bate works by up-and-com­ing artists. Ex­ec­u­tives at the Har­lem in­sti­tu­tion say the new Apollo Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter will fea­ture one space with 99 seats and an­other with 199.

NORTH CAROLINA Gas­to­nia:

The mak­ers of Moon­pie have sent con­do­lences to a North Carolina man who lost his horse of the same name in a shoot­ing. Travis Walden tells WBTV-TV that he re­ceived an un­ex­pected de­liv­ery of a box full of Moon­pies, call­ing the move “classy.”

NORTH DAKOTA Fargo:

Need a lit­tle warm-up? City com­mis­sion­ers have ap­proved a law al­low­ing al­co­hol con­sump­tion on the streets of down­town Fargo dur­ing cer­tain events.

OHIO Cincin­nati:

The around-the­clock watch of Anana the polar bear con­tin­ues in anx­ious an­tic­i­pa­tion. Will she or won’t she give birth to cubs? That’s the mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion that no one can an­swer. On Wed­nes­day the zoo posted a video to Twitter of the polar bear lazily loung­ing in her den. She has been un­der 24/7 ob­ser­va­tion for more than a month. There’s cur­rently no preg­nancy test for polar bears, some­thing the sci­en­tists in the zoo’s re­search cen­ter are work­ing to change.

OK­LA­HOMA Ok­la­homa City:

The $8 mil­lion sale of the cam­pus of bank­rupt St. Gre­gory’s Univer­sity in Shawnee to Ok­la­homa City-based Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is final. Doc­u­ments filed in fed­eral bank­ruptcy court com­pleted the sale of the more than 70-acre cam­pus that in­cludes six build­ings and other prop­erty. Hobby Lobby will lease the cam­pus to Ok­la­homa Bap­tist Univer­sity, a pri­vate Chris­tian col­lege in Shawnee, for an undis­closed amount.

ORE­GON Bend:

The state’s trum­peter swan breed­ing pro­gram has a new pair of the el­e­gant white water birds as part of its on­go­ing bid to re­store the pop­u­la­tion of the species af­ter it was hunted to near-ex­tinc­tion.

RHODE IS­LAND Bris­tol:

A group of Roger Wil­liams Univer­sity stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff says the opioid over­dose an­ti­dote nalox­one, also known by the brand name Nar­can, will be placed in build­ings around cam­pus.

SOUTH CAROLINA Clem­son:

A confirmed case of mumps has been iden­tified in con­nec­tion to Clem­son Univer­sity, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the South Carolina De­part­ment of Health and En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­trol.

SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls:

South Dakota is the place to go if you want a cheap date. The state has the cheap­est av­er­age date, ac­cord­ing to a Match.com sur­vey and an anal­y­sis from 24/7 Wall Street.

TEN­NESSEE Mem­phis:

Willy Wonka would be proud of The Pe­abody’s pas­try chefs. This year’s an­nual gingerbread dis­play is an homage to the clas­sic movie “Willy Wonka & The Choco­late Fac­tory.” Oompa Loom­pas, a choco­late fac­tory, a choco­late foun­tain and even Char­lie’s house are part of the 20-foot-wide-by-7-foot-deep dis­play in the iconic ho­tel’s lobby.

TEXAS Fort Worth:

In an effort to com­bat “porch pi­rates” this hol­i­day sea­son in the age of Ama­zon, the Fort Worth Po­lice De­part­ment re­cently an­nounced it would pro­vide “baited” pack­ages with GPS track­ing for par­tic­i­pants, who will then put the pack­ages on the porch, vis­i­ble from the street. Po­lice will mon­i­tor the pack­ages, and if they are taken out of the area, officers will move in. The de­part­ment is call­ing the effort “Op­er­a­tion Grinch Pinch.”

UTAH St. Ge­orge:

You may have read the Na­tiv­ity story in books, lis­tened to it in song and seen it per­formed on stage – but have you ever seen it told through dance? Mother-daugh­ter duo Lisa and An­drielle Cle­ments are mak­ing this pos­si­ble for South­ern Utah res­i­dents. “Hope of the World,” a dance con­cert, will de­but Satur­day at the Ec­cles Fine Arts Cen­ter in St. Ge­orge.

VER­MONT Brat­tle­boro:

A Ver­mont man has been nom­i­nated to serve as the am­bas­sador to Cam­bo­dia. WCAXTV re­ports W. Pa­trick Mur­phy, of Brat­tle­boro, thanked the pres­i­dent and the sec­re­tary of state for the nom­i­na­tion dur­ing a meet­ing with the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Sub­com­mit­tee. Mur­phy is a long­time State De­part­ment em­ployee and a Univer­sity of Ver­mont grad­u­ate.

VIR­GINIA Chin­coteague:

Rain Dancer, one of seven Chin­coteague ponies with “swamp cancer,” died this week. She is the sec­ond pony to die of the dis­ease this year.

WASH­ING­TON Bre­mer­ton:

The Navy is work­ing on a plan to en­cour­age a pair of os­preys to make their homes some­where other than at the top of Bre­mer­ton’s fleet of in­ac­tive moth­balled Navy ves­sels.

WEST VIR­GINIA Mor­gan­town:

A for­mer in­terim pres­i­dent of West Vir­ginia Univer­sity is leav­ing nearly $1 mil­lion to the school in his will. The Charleston Gazette-Mail re­ports that C. Peter Ma­grath an­nounced the gift Nov. 14 dur­ing the univer­sity’s sec­ond an­nual Day of Giv­ing.

WISCONSIN Madison:

As Wisconsin law­mak­ers were busy chang­ing laws this week dur­ing a lame duck ses­sion, writers at The Onion were busy pok­ing fun at them. The satir­i­cal news web­site, which started in Madison in 1988, pub­lished three spoof sto­ries about the state’s messy week.

WYOMING Cheyenne:

Spot­ting a moun­tain goat perched high on a cliff might thrill many of the mil­lions of tourists who visit Grand Te­ton Na­tional Park ev­ery year, but park officials say it might be time for the ag­ile, bearded an­i­mals to go and are tak­ing pub­lic com­ment on a plan to kill or re­lo­cate the moun­tain goats. The prob­lem, ac­cord­ing to the park, is that Grand Te­ton’s 100 or so moun­tain goats threaten a herd of about 80 bighorn sheep, who num­bered as many as 125 just a few years ago.

DAN RAINVILLE/HANOVER EVENING SUN

Frau Per­chta is a Ger­man Christ­mas witch.

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