May 23, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

State College: Penn State president on the Greek life task force

University President Eric Barron proposed an early warning system that would monitor several key metrics of fraternities and sororities, including grade-point average, dropout rate and their number of citations. The system is being discussed by a task force assembled after allegations that Kappa Delta Rho shared nude photos of drunken partygoers on social media.

Pittsburgh: Wigle Whiskey bourbon

For the first time in decades, a Pennsylvania-owned distillery will manufacture bourbon. Wigle Whiskey in the Strip District will start selling homemade bourbon this week.

Harrisburg: Medical malpractice suit

The family of a 2-year-old, who died after doctors did not discover her stomach had ruptured, was awarded $6 million in damages.

Philadelphia: Temple University chair accused of selling secrets to China

Xiaoxing Xi, the suspended chairman of the Temple Physics Department, is accused of sharing sensitive information about U.S. defense technology with the Chinese government.

Allegheny County: Wage and housing price disparity

A modest two-bedroom apartment in the county requires a wage of more than $15 an hour. Unless the gap closes, some long-term residents with low-wage service industry jobs are likely to get pushed out of the area.

Statewide: Biggest job jump since 1996

A survey released Friday by the state Department of Labor and Industry shows the number of employed spiked by about 27,000 in April, with 10,000 workers getting jobs in the construction field alone.

NATIONAL

Chief suspect in the murders of affluent Washington family arrested

A weeklong manhunt ended Thursday with the arrest of Daron Dylon Wint and four other suspects. Wint was charged with the first-degree murders of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper.

President Obama pushes environmentalism

The Obama administration plans to introduce a bill that allows the federal government to limit pollution in bodies of water.

The Clinton Foundation received up to $26 million in undisclosed payments

The charity categorized speeches by the Clinton clan as revenue rather than donations, so the contributors of an amount between $12 and $26 million are not publicly listed, which may conflict with an ethics agreement.

IN OTHER NEWS

Sad grades on the Nation’s Report Card

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a standardized test indicates that 33 percent of U.S. eighth graders think Canada is a dictatorship.

Meet the toucan getting a 3-D printed beak

Grecia is a Costa Rican toucan whose beak was hacked off, but thanks to a fundraising campaign and the help of some veterinarians, he’s going to receive a prosthetic replacement.

The daily report was compiled by Stephanie Roman, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at sroman@publicsource.org.