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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: 3 December

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Declan O’Rourke, a musician from Dublin, will perform tonight at Tellus360. He is a household name in Ireland and tonight, at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) he will entertain Lancaster. Tellus360 is located at 24 East King Street. Tickets are $20. All ages are welcome.

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts another beautiful day today. Today should be partly sunny with a high of 49. Enjoy it. Get your errands and Christmas shopping done today because the NWS is predicting rain the rest of the week. Friday even shows a chance of snow. In addition, an Air Quality Alert has been issued for the Susquehanna Valley. It is a Code Orange Alert, meaning the air pollution concentrations may be unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children, elderly and those with asthma.

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced yesterday that Alison Beam of the PA Insurance Department will discuss the implementation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), from a regulatory perspective at the Chamber’s Wake Up to the Issues Forum later this week. The Forum is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. at the Eden Resort & Suits, on Oregon Pike. The cost to attend is $25 in advance for Chamber members; $30 at the door and $45 in advance for non-members; $50 at the door. To register, visit then “Calendars of Events” or contact The Chamber at 717.397.3531.

The Lancaster community pulled together last night at Fenz Restaurant, 398 Harrisburg Pike, to support Lancaster resident Tyson Snader. Snader, a 2001 Manheim Township High School graduate, suffered a severe spinal injury in August. He was at his work picnic when he dove head first into a pond, which turned out to be too shallow. He hit his head and injured his spine. According to WGAL-TV, Snader will have heart surgery next month. The surgery is unrelated to the spinal injury.

Cabbage Hill will remain part of the city’s historic district. Lancaster Newspaper reported that the Historic Architectural Review Board last night denied the request to remove Cabbage Hill from history. According to the paper, a resident requested the removal due to the high costs of home improvements. German immigrants settled Cabbage Hill in the late 1800s/early 1900s. The name refers to the cabbage that many German households grew.

Yesterday began deer season in Pennsylvania. It runs through the 14th. Good luck hunters!

PPL Electric Utilities encourages readers to participate in Operation HELP. This campaign, which is actually administered by a network of local agencies, provides assistance to PPL customers who may otherwise not be able to their energy bills. An online form is available at

Around the Nation:

The commuter train that derailed in New York, killing four Sunday, was traveling in excess of 80 mph, it was announced at a press conference yesterday afternoon. It is still unsure if the accident was the result of human error or mechanical issues. The accident remains under investigation. MTA is still working on improving service in that area.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray has announced he will seek a second term, reported NPR.

Matthew Schuler chose to dedicate “Story of My Life” by One Direction to his parents last night on The Voice. He nailed his second song, “When A Man Loves A Woman” as well. Follow Schuler, a sophomore at West Chester University here in PA, on Twitter @MSchulerMusic! James Wolpert was suffering a sore throat going into last night’s performance but it certainly did not show as he sang “I Fell in Love with a Girl”. His second song was Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything for Love.”

Around the World:

The BBC is reporting that Chang Song-thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been removed from his post.

Thousands of Ukrainians remain in the streets of Kiev protesting President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to not sign the EU trade deal. Their movement is uncertain as riot police started beating protestors, according to Aljazeera America.

Police in Thailand are backing down and letting protestors into the state buildings they had been guarding, reports Reuters. The protestors have demanded the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Ive people have been killed during the recent protest and demonstrations.

A massive power blackout sent the Venezuelan capital Caracas and other cities into darkness Monday night, according to Reuters News.

Boko Haram militants attacked an Air Force base and military checkpoint yesterday in Nigeria, according to CNN. The attack occurred in the city of Maiduguri. The militants seek to impose a strict Islamic law.

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