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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Friday, 6 December

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First Friday is always a special night in Lancaster but tonight it is nearly Christmas and the City is sparkling and bustling. Stores and cafes are decorated for Christmas. Horse drawn carriages will offer rides out of Penn Square. The tree in Penn Square is lit up welcoming everyone tonight.

Grab your umbrella before heading out to First Friday tonight. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a rain/snow mix to begin tonight. The chance of snow continues Saturday into Sunday when the snow may mix with sleet. Monday may bring a reprieve of rain only to see more snow Monday night into Tuesday.

Cylo is selling trees this evening. Cylo’s Holiday Tree Farm will be open at the Clipper Stadium from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Lancaster Barnstormer’s team store will also be open.

Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. The State Department of Health will be offering free flu shot clinics at several sites next week. In the City itself, according to the Lancaster Newspapers, residents can go to the Southern Market Center, 100 S. Queen Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 14 December.

Around the Nation:

Philadelphia City Water Department workers unearthed human remains this week. The remains are believed to be left from a cemetery that was relocated more than 50 years ago. The remains, according to the Inquirer, are still unidentified.

Vicco, Kentucky is a small town of roughly 300 people. One would not expect it to make world news but RT, a Russian based online newspaper, featured Vicco’s police chief today. More to the point, it reported on how the chief may soon be paid – by Bitcoin! Bitcoin is a virtual currency accepted by retailers online worldwide.

The 911 tapes from the Sandy Hook School shootings have been released but not everyone wants to listen to them. Understandably, many parents of the elementary school students have no desire to hear the tapes. Parents told the CT Post, out of Bridgeport, CT, yesterday they were not pleased. One parent said she was following her children’s leads.

J.P. Morgan Chase may have been hacked. According to BBC, the financial giant is warning thousands of pre-paid cardholders that their personal data may have been hacked.

Around the World:

Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday. Born in 1918, Mandela was the former South African leader who is credited for ending apartheid. World leaders pay tribute to him. Civil rights leaders recall him.

An American chemistry teacher has been shot and killed in Benghazi. NPR reports 33 year old Ronald Smith II, who was teaching at a school in Libya, was killed while jogging.

Demonstrations continue in Ukraine. Police warn of a harsh crackdown while the prime minister calls the protesters Nazis, according to Reuters.

Portugal has reported a case of avian flu. The Poultry Site states that Portugal has reported its first avian flu case in five years. The virus was detected in a small poultry flock last month.

English rugby clubs may boycott the Heineken Cup, reports the Irish Times.

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