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Prisoner in solitary confinement unit at SCI Rockview dies after cell extraction

Published as a letter to the editor.Alleged homicide at SCI Rocvkiew

Prisoner in solitary confinement unit at SCI Rockview dies after cell extraction


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Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival Sat May 5th Shavers Creek

Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival  Saturday, May 05 2012, 10:00am - 3:00pm  

Come celebrate the arrival of spring, the return of wildflowers, and the beginning of another gardening season at the Central Pennsylvania Native Plants Festival at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center! Sponsored by PNPS and Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in conjunction with the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners. This is our second year of partnering with Shaver’s Creek. Come on out for a hike, a picnic…and enjoy one of the scheduled educational walk/programs on native plant gardening. In addition to expert speakers, there will be native plants for sale; local seasonal prepared foods and breads for sale; and educational resource tables where you can have native plant and gardening questions answered. Admission to the festival is free but please come prepared to support one of our vendors through purchases of plants and/or food.

Schedule of events:

10 am - Plant and food sales begin11 am - Guest speaker (lower classroom): Gardening for pollinators

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Voices has a gay cousin

Linking LGBT Communities In Central Pennsylvania And Beyond




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Confronting the Climate Change Denial Machine

Confronting the Climate Change Denial Machine

We are changing the climate on climate change.

On April 30th at 7 pm noted Penn Staters will confront the climate change denial machine and call for deeper action.

Join us.

This event includes presentations by:

          Dr. Donald Brown. of Climate Ethics and former Clinton Administration Diplomat

          Peter Buckland, Co-host of Sustainability Now Radio

          Dr. Janet Swim, Chair of the American Psychological Associations task force on the Psychology of Climate Change 

          Dr. Rick Shuhmann, of Engineering Leadership

          Dr. Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, Nobel-Prize co-winner for his work on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.Questions and answer will follow the presentations.


Confronting the climate change denial machine.

Will you act?

 April 30th at 7 pm Venue TBA.  

If you would like to sponsor this event or have questions,send them to Peter Buckland: [email protected]

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Thank you, Bob Brownlee, for all you did for voters and voter rights

I am so sad to say that we lost a great friend today.I still remember the first time i ever talked to Bob Brownlee,he called me about the voting machines.

I forget if the commissioners had already bought the machinesor were about to, but I had given up. I was frustrated and tired.I said, "Sorry, it is too late, it is over, we lost the battle."

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Jon Stewart rips into Fox News for ignoring the Koch-funded disproof of Climategate Claims, covering the McRib instead.


On Wednesday night's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart picked up on a story that rocked the science world in 2009: the email hacking that exposed hundreds of exchanges between global warming scientists known as Climategate.

If you remember, the emails weren't a big deal because they proved anything, but because they suggested irregularities in data which in turn encouraged climate change skeptics to continue to deny global warming. As Stewart reminisced with a series of clips, Fox News pundits and conservative analysts on all the 24-hour news networks had a field day proclaiming that these emails proved global warming was a fraud. And it worked, too. As Stewart pointed out, studies show the amount of people who acknowledge global warming dropped nearly 20% since the emails were leaked. Read more »

Natural gas drilling pollutes water at these locations in Pennsylvania

Natural Gas drilling - polluted wastewater, partially treated, pours into Pa - map

(Post idea from an email received from FRAC-NEWS)Wastewater from Pennsylvania's natural gas wells, intensely salty and polluted with toxins like barium and strontiumis partially treated, diluted and then dumped into rivers and streams that supply public drinking water. Most statesrequire natural gas drillers to get rid of the stuff by injecting it down shafts thousands of feet deep.


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Summer at The State Theatre

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Alice Fuller Voices Birdwatch Columnist

Thank you Alice Fuller


Thank you, Alice! Photo by Debra Grimm

Voices and its readers wish to express heart-felt gratitude to retiring Birdwatch columnist Alice Fuller for her many years of keeping Centre County’s bird enthusiasts well informed and enlightened with her fowl-inspired prose. Alice (left) is pictured here with Jen Lee. Alice is Voices’ longest-running columnist, having started in 1993, the same year the paper was launched. She never missed an issue in nearly two decades.