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The union representing professors and coaches at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities says members have decided against a walkout before the academic year ends in May. But the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties says delegates at its legislative assembly voted Saturday to take a strike authorization vote either during the summer or at September's meeting if there is no progress in contract negotiations. Union president Kenneth Mash said members decided that a strike at the very end of the semester "would unfairly burden students and their families." Comment?
Forty-six Allentown School District students won awards in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science's Region 3 competition at Easton High School Saturday. Fares Saed, an 8th grader at Harrison-Morton Middle School, earned a "perfect" score of 5.0 for his project in the chemistry category. Comment?
Chill out, Penn State's famous Berkey Creamery 's retail store is closing for longer than usual this winter, but only so it will be cooler when it reopens. The creamery, located on the ground floor of the Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building on Curtin Road in State College, will be improved with new floors and paint, but the biggest improvement will be increasing the freezer space by about 50 percent. Comment?
Many parents roll up towels and blankets and use pool noodles just to get their child's car seat to fit better in their car. This common practice creates extra steps for parents and can make proper installation more difficult. Comment?
The Lehigh Valley's unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent in July, slightly higher than the state and national rates, according to the state Department of Labor & Industry. The Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by two-tenths of a percentage point in July to 5.6 percent, reported L&I Tuesday. Comment?
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