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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Friday, 13 December

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Tonight is Tavern Night at the Rock Ford Plantation. The evening of food, drinks and games begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. The cost is $40 for adults and $12 for children. The Plantation is located at 881 Rockford Road. Readers should call 717-392-7223 to reserve your spot.

One cannot live in Lancaster without at least hearing about the Paxton Boys and the Conestoga Massacre. Today and tomorrow the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and are sponsoring a mini-conference remembering the event 250 years later. Click here to see the program schedule and to register for this free event.

Billboard Top 100 Artist Erin Cruise will perform at the Ware Center tonight. Her Christmas cabaret performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Reserve your space here. The Ware Center is located at 52 N Prince Street.

Mary Myers, former owner of Lancaster’s Kegel’s Produce Inc. passed away earlier this week. According to The Packer, Myers passed on 10 December. Her viewing and funeral service is today. Click here to read her obituary and her funeral information.

Twenty local organizations will receive over $800,000 in grant investments from the Lancaster County Community Foundation. The Foundation released a list of it 2013 Ah-Ha Grant recipients earlier this week. Among the benefiting groups are: Assets Lancaster, the Imani Edu-tainers African Dance Company, Pennsylvania College Art & Design, the Samaritan Counseling Center, the Water Street Health Services, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the Congregation Shaari Shomayim, the Cripus Attacks Community Center and the Spanish American Civic Association. This is only a partial list. Click here to read the full list, as well as project descriptions.

Lancaster General Hospital was awarded the highest level of implementation and adoption of an advanced patient electronic medical record environment from HIMSS Analytics. During the third quarter of 2013, LGH was among 2.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database to receive the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award, according to Frieda Schmidt, Manager of Public Relations at LGH.

Trash collections will continue this week under the “holiday” schedule. This means that collections will occur a day later. Residents whose collection is normally scheduled Wednesday to Friday, should set out trash and recycling a day later. Readers with questions should call Solid Waste Hotline at 717-291-4744.

Set aside any Friday the 13th superstitions and enjoy today. Tomorrow will bring snow again. Lancaster is again under a Winter Storm Watch. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts another “significant winter storm” which may drop a total of six inches or more on the Central Pennsylvania area.

Around the Nation:

A 16 year old Texan boy admitted to being drunk when he killed four people in a vehicular accident back in June, has been given just 10 years probation. Ethan Couch, according to CNN and numerous other media, used “affluence” as his defense. So, essentially this spoiled child used the excuse that he was spoiled as his defense and literally got away with murder.

The Northern States Power Co. has been approved to increase the generating capacity of the Monticello nuclear power plant in Minnesota, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

A California man has been charged in a case of revenge porn, reports CNN. Only CA and NJ have specific laws concerning revenge porn, according to Aljazeera America.

After a 4.5 earthquake in Oklahoma on Saturday, scientists are looking at oil and gas industry. The New York Times reports that scientists are linking earthquakes and the disposal of wastewater from oil and gas wells. This begs the question – are we creating the earthquakes?

Around the World:

Jang Song-thaek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was removed from power earlier this week. He stood before a military trial and, BBC reported, he was executed for treachery. The announcement has made South Korea concerned, according to The Voice of Russia. The Voice of Russia report includes a statement by KCNA – the state news agency – which says, “the regime accused him of attempting to stand in the way of Kim Jong-Un's succession.”

In Bangladesh, Islamist Abdul Quader Molla was executed. He was hanged for his role in the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan, according to

A wedding party in Yemen was killed after being mistaken for a wedding party. The culprit is believed to be a US drone, according to The Irish Times.

Chinese agricultural scientists have been charged with stealing from a US company. They stole patented seeds from a biopharmaceutical company in Kansas, reports NPR.

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