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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: 4 December

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The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts another Air Quality Alert today for the entire county. A high of 53 is expected today. The warmer temperatures mean the storm system traveling East is bringing us rain. Tonight the NWS predicts a slight chance of showers. The rain will continue Thursday into Friday. Friday night it may change to snow showers. Planning on getting your tree up this weekend? Plan to pick one out – if you have not already – on Saturday. At this time Saturday looks to be nice but Sunday should bring snow to the Lancaster area.

The School District of Lancaster will benefit from book sales today. Today is Barnes & Noble Day at the 1700 Fruitville Pike superstore.

The F&M Philharmonia Concert will feature works of Beethoven tonight at Franklin & Marshall College. The free event is open to the public. No tickets are required for this 8 p.m. concert. It will be in the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.

Have you started your Christmas cards yet? Roaring Brook Market & Café welcomes readers to their Card Writing Party from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Enjoy the art of card making. Roaring Brook is located at 155 East King Street.

PPL Holtwood has completed the new, 125-megawatt powerhouse at its Holtwood hydroelectric facility along the Susquehanna River. The powerhouse is part of an expansion which will increase the dam’s generating capacity and improve fish passage.

Around the Nation:

“We’re not repealing (ObamaCare) as long as I’m President,” declared President Barak Obama yesterday. The deadline is looming to sign up for ObamaCare in order to be insured come January.

The engineer of the commuter train that derailed in New York, killing four Sunday, was “in a daze”. His attorney, according to Aljazeera America, calls it “highway hypnosis.”

Matthew Schuler, a sophomore at West Chester University here in PA, and Lampeter-Strasburg graduate James Wolpert were the final two singers on The Voice. Wolpert won the save to remain in the top five.

After several recent raids by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), several medical marijuana businesses in Colorado find themselves in the spotlight. The Denver Post reports that nearly 100 medical marijuana businesses in the state are operating under pending applications, meaning without a license.

A student at UC Santa Barbara has contracted meningitis, reported Aljazeera America this morning.

Around the World:

A 36 year old woman in Hong Kong has tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu. The avian flu has spread outside mainland China.

In Mexico, a truck carrying radioactive material has been stolen, reports the Associated Press. The theft occurred in Tepojaco and the load is described as “extremely dangerous.”

Not only has North Korea leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle removed from power, but two aides were also executed, according to the South China Morning Post today.

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