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September 26, 2014 11:58 AM PDT

On Wednesday, September 10th, author David Dekok did a presentation about his new book, "Murder in the Stacks".

"Murder in the Stacks"
On Nov. 28, 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a 22-year-old graduate student in English at Penn State, was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the university’s main campus in State College. For more than forty years, her murder went unsolved, though detectives with the Pennsylvania State Police and local citizens worked tirelessly to find her killer. The mystery was eventually solved—after the death of the murderer. This book will reveal the story behind what has been a scary mystery for generations of Penn State students and explain why the Pennsylvania State Police failed to bring her killer to justice.More than a simple true crime story, the book weaves together the events, culture, and attitudes of the late 1960s, memorializing Betsy Aardsma and her time and place in history.

September 26, 2014 11:48 AM PDT

Harrisburg Hope and Rep. Patty Kim presented a forum at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore for on Ferguson: Can we prevent it from happening here?

The shooting of Michael Brown sparked a national conversation on race, police, and justice. Harrisburg Hope's Alan Kennedy-Schaffer and Rep. Patty Kim brought together many different panelists to discuss how to prevent these issues in the City of Harrisburg.

September 26, 2014 11:41 AM PDT

During the 2014 Annual Harrisburg BookFest presented by the Midtown Scholar, Mayor Papenfuse interviewed local author Brad Bumsted about his new book "Keystone Corruption"

Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider s View of a State Gone Wrong traces the cyclical nature of misconduct in Pennsylvania government over the course of the last hundred years. Most of the book focuses on corruption since the 1970s, when the author had a front-row seat during the unprecedented scandals of 2007 through 2012.

Bumsted witnessed the prosecutions of current and former lawmakers for the theft of some $14 million in taxes, and he provides an insightful analysis of the rise and fall of several of Pennsylvania s most colorful political characters, including Boies Penrose, Matt Quay, R. Budd Dwyer, John Perzel, William DeWeese, Al Benedict, Ernie Preate, Jeffrey Habay, Vincent Fumo, Mike Veon, Michael Manzo and state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.

When it came to crimes from Bonusgate to Computergate and the Big caper Bumsted tracked the case at every turn.

September 26, 2014 11:27 AM PDT

On the eve of the 2014 World Cup, New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey offers a personal perspective on the beautiful game

Blending witty travelogue with action on the field—and shady dealings in back rooms—George Vecsey offers an eye-opening, globe-trotting account of the last eight World Cups. He immerses himself in the great national leagues, historic clubs, and devoted fans and provides his up-close impressions of charismatic stars like Sócrates, Maradona, Baggio, and Zidane, while also chronicling the rise of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams.

Vecsey shows how each host nation has made the World Cup its own, from the all-night street parties in Spain in 1982 to the roar of Velasquez in South Africa in 2010, as the game in the stadium is backed up by the game in the street. But the joy is sometimes undermined by those who style themselves the game's protectors.

With his characteristic sharp reporting and eye for detail, Vecsey brings this global event to vivid life and has written a perfect companion for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

September 23, 2014 01:46 PM PDT

During the 2014 Gallery Walk, presented by the Art Association of Harrisburg, four community leaders, organizers and artists discuss Mural Arts in Harrisburg and the benefits these public art forms bring to our community.

The panel was moderated by Andrea Glass.

Participants include:

Lauren Nye, Exhibitions Manager at the Susquehanna Art Museum and artist

Wendell Murray, Founder and CEO of Barak Inc

Jeff Copus, mural artist with Sprocket Mural Works in Harrisburg

Elody Gyekis, mural artist and current exhibitor at Yellow Wall

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