D-Day was 75 years ago

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State lawmakers are looking to crack down on unregulated “games of skill.” WITF’s Katie Meyer has the full story — including details on Pennsylvania Skill, a politically-connected purveyor of the machines. Lycoming County Rep. Jeff Wheeland owns the company and has retained fellow Republican Tom Marino, an ex-Congressman whose district included Lycoming, as an attorney and lobbyist. -Emily Previti, Newsletter Producer/Reporter

‘I just hate war, really, but it fascinates me’

Members of an American landing unit help their exhausted comrades ashore during the Normandy invasion on June 7, 1944. Nick Russin is pictured in the center being dragged onto shore.

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Members of an American landing unit help their exhausted comrades ashore during the Normandy invasion on June 7, 1944. Nick Russin is pictured in the center being dragged onto shore.

  • It’s been 75 years since Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. One iconic photo from D-Day +1 shows a group of soldiers pulling men out of the churning English Channel. One of the men was from Western Pennsylvania. WITF’s Tim Lambert tells the story of Nicholas Russin — including how he narrowly avoided dying three times that day — from the perspective of the Butler County man, a rescuer and one of the photographers who witnessed it all.

  • Jack Walsh landed on Omaha beach that day, when he was a teen. Walsh, now 94, recounted his experiences at war in his Scranton home for Sean Sauro, who wrote this PennLive story.

  • The Associated Press went back to Normandy for its commemorative coverage, including then-and-now visuals, photos from official ceremonies and re-enactments and a story following one vet’s visit with French students.

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Lake Erie at Presque Isle off the city of Erie.

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Lake Erie at Presque Isle off the city of Erie.

  • Lake Erie reached its highest level for the month of May in decades. Same deal with Lake Superior, and the other Great Lakes also could set records this summer, the Associated Press reports.

  • Pennsylvania charter students aren’t performing better than their counterparts enrolled in traditional public schools, according to a Stanford University study. The report was cited by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators as the group lobbied for more funding at the statehouse earlier this week, Pennsylvania Capital-Star’s Elizabeth Hardison writes.

  • Hershey is one of three major candy companies that pledged 20 years ago to stop using child labor. But today, none of them can guarantee they’re living up to that promise. And “odds are substantial that a chocolate bar bought in the United States is the product of child labor,” write The Washington Post’s Peter Whoriskey and Rachel Siegel. Full story is here.


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