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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Saturday, 7 December

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Can you feel it? Can you feel that air of Christmas? It is almost here. Santa is taking a break from his workshop today to come chat with the young and the young at heart. He will be at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Train enthusiasts will delight in a holiday train and village display at the Citizens Bank in Penn Square. The display will be open today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cylo is selling trees today. Cylo’s Holiday Tree Farm will be open at the Clipper Stadium from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Lancaster Barnstormer’s team store will also be open.

The same devastating winter storm bringing snow and ice from Texas to Tennessee to Ohio has arrived in Lancaster. Lancaster may see up to two inches of snow and ice by the end of the weekend.

Enjoy yoga sessions at Tellus360. Classes have moved inside the store at 24 E King Street during these cooler months. Classes today are at 9:30 a.m.

End your day with Mickey Coleman. Coleman, an Irish singer who hails from Ardboe in the County Tyrone, will perform at Tellus360 at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge but you must be 21. His albums include “Carefully Crafted” and “A Mothers Lullaby.”

Around the Nation:

Metro-North is making changes to ensure the safety of its passengers after the deadly 1 December crash. Aljazeera America is reporting the company will now have two operators on trains in areas with major speed limits.

Carrie Underwood is no Julie Andrews. Evidently many agreed with this statement as the “Sound of Music Live” received poor reviews. CNN headlines the show “hits a sour note.” Even The Grumpy Cat poked fun on Facebook.

Sadly, a Jewish fraternity at Penn State has been the victim of anti-Semitic vandalism. However, the Centre Daily Times reports that State College police have two suspects in custody.

Around the World:

The world is mourning Nelson Mandela. Born in 1918, Mandela was the former South African leader who is credited for ending apartheid. News of his death continues to claim headlines across the world, including on History.com. The site of the History Channel even placed news of Mandela’s passing over any mention of today – 7 December – being the 72nd anniversary of the day Pearl Harbor was bombed.

Syrian refugee children are suffering from malnutrition, a lack of food, and harsh living conditions in the makeshift refugee tents in Lebanon's rural areas. Many of the refugee families arrive there penniless with no access to regular meals or proper shelter, according to the IOCC – International Orthodox Christian Charities.

The Irish Times is reporting a rise in racist incidents. Most of the incidents occurred in the victim’s workplace or local community.

Bitcoin, a virtual currency accepted by retailers online worldwide, is used for drug trades, killers and other illegal acts. This is according to a Russian news site, Pravda.ru. While Bitcoin has made given the media something to talk about recently, this is the first written acknowledgement that it has a down side. The anonymity of the currency is precisely what makes it attractive to criminals.

Criminals in Mexico are finding out the hard way that crime can be deadly. After stealing a truck that contained radioactive material earlier this week, the six thieves have all been hospitalized. BBC reports that all six show signs of radiation poisoning.

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