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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Thursday, 12 December

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McCaskey students Logan Santiago, Ben Juengling, Willem Blakely and Yuri Benjamin will represent the Music Department – and the school district as a whole – at the 2014 PMEA District 7 Band and Orchestra Festivals. According to the School District of Lancaster, Santiago and Juengling have advanced to the Orchestra Festival in January. Juengling – as well as Blakely, Benjamin and Rivera – will represent McCaskey at the Band Festival in February. Santiago plays the violin and Juengling plays the oboe. Blakely and Benjamin both play the trumpet. Rivera plays the bass clarinet.

Wheatland Middle School students will return to school today. Wheatland is one of the schools within the School District of Lancaster and had been closed this week due to a fire at the school on Monday evening.

A vigil in memory of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims will be held tonight at 5:15 p.m. in Penn Square. This month mars one year since the shooting.

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.

Snow is in the forecast again for the weekend. For today though – cold! While today should be sunny, the National Weather Service is predicting a high of just 26. Wind gusts are expected to be nine to 14 mph but could be as high as 21 mph at times. Dress warm!

Music lovers can now get advance tickets for February’s Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival. The Festival will be held at several venues throughout the City. It is slated for 21-22 Festival. Ticket prices go up after the New Year.

Around the Nation:

The pump module on one of the space station’s two external cooling loops automatically shut down when it reached pre-set temperature limits, reports NASA. The crew and the station were never at any harm.

Virginia State Police are investigating a crash that occurred earlier this morning in Waverly, VA. An Amtrak train and a vehicle collided, according to the Washington Post and Associated Press.

A 16 year old Texan boy who admitted to being drunk when he killed four people in a vehicular accident back in June, has been given probation. ABC-13 reports that the teen – Ethan Couch – confessed and, although prosecutors were seeking the maximum 20 year sentence, he was sentenced to just 10 years probation with no jail time.

Around the World:

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, according to Time Magazine, has finally announced that he will sign the EU deal.

The interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral service has been ousted as not only a fake, but as a potentially violent person suffering schizophrenia. Thamsanq Dyantyi took the stage next to world leaders, including President Barak Obama, to interpret the speeches to the deaf community. Media around the world have reported of this fake interpreter but the BBC also reports that the firm that hired him has vanished!

Iran is finally releasing the last two Slovakian paragliders who were detained after landing near Iran’s nuclear facilities in May, according to the Voice of Russia. The six other paragliders have already been released.

Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year yesterday. The announcement was made live on the Today Show by Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs.

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