This is the home page for emergency managers, county officials, the public, etc. to do a self briefing.  For information on a particular hazard, just click on the appropriate tab below. Winter Flooding Fire Heat Thunderstorms Tropical Today’s Minimum Relative Humidity Map displays 24 hour minimum relative humidity values for Day 1. Map is updated […]

Penn-led Study: Children With Respiratory Failure Can Be Awake Yet Comfortable in ICU

For small children, being hospitalized is an especially frightening experience above and beyond the challenges of whatever they are being treated for. They are often connected to a variety of unpleasant tubes and monitors, which they may instinctively try to remove.     Standard practice in hospitals is to fully sedate such children for their comfort […]

Penn Medicine Study Shows Menopause Does Not Increase or Create Difficulty Sleeping

Women in their late thirties and forties who have trouble sleeping are more than three times more likely to suffer sleep problems during menopause than women who have an easier time getting shut-eye, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Only 25 percent of women […]

Gospel Choir Fuels Hopefulness and Happiness at Penn

For members of the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, singing and producing shows together is a joyful and meaningful part of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania. Comprised of 30 members, the non-denominational group performs modern to traditional gospel music, as well as contemporary Christian songs. NSP inspires audiences at shows on […]

Swarthmore Applications Soar As Essays Shrink

Admissions officials at Swarthmore College suspected last year that an extra 500-word essay on its application might have fueled a 16 percent drop in applicants, the largest in years. Concerned about the precipitous decline, Swarthmore – one of the most selective and prestigious colleges in the country – deliberately dropped that essay this year and […]

Botching Sexual-Assault Complaints Is Costly, Study Finds

A student tells her RA or coach that she was sexually assaulted, but that person doesn’t alert campus authorities. A staff member dissuades a student from officially reporting an assault by warning her how grueling the process will be. A college finds an alleged perpetrator responsible for an assault without considering text messages from his […]

Eighth Grader Teams with Tim Hortons to Launch Boot Drive

One 8th grade girl is teaming up with three local Tim Hortons to help people in need, by launching a boot and sock collection drive. Fourteen-year-old Hannah Heutsche was volunteering at an overflow shelter before Christmas when she noticed how badly people needed warm shoes. Though she’s an avid volunteer, it was an experience that […]

McDowell Scores $5,000 For Hunger Outreach Effort

MILLCREEK–  It started with an email. McDowell Intermediate High School teacher Jason Markiewicz decided it was time to spice up his students’ mandatory service project. “People always think about world hunger issues but don’t always think about what’s happening even in the school,” Markiewicz says. “There might be some people going through hunger issues, [someone] […]


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US Marshals Seeking Help Locating Erie Fugitive

U.S Marshals are asking for your help, in finding a fugitive, wanted here in Erie. He’s one of many federal fugitives, that the Erie task force is tracking every day. The US Marshals Service is the lead federal investigative agency that tracks and prosecutes unregistered sex offenders. And they’re asking for help in finding 41-year-old […]

Cops: Man Stabbed Woman with Screwdriver at 24-Hour Fitness

Elyssa Lassiter Irving, TX — An Irving 24-Hour Fitness turned into a crime scene after police say Phillip Roberts stabbed a woman with a screwdriver several times as she worked out Tuesday morning. “She suffered non-life threatening injuries but was taken to Parkland Hospital for treatment and evaluation,” Public Information Officer James McLelland said. Thankfully, […]