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Category:  News & Politics
Monday, November 10th, 2014 at 10:00 AM


Ill-Equipped and Underpaid, Kurdish Fighters Keep ISIS at Bay

With U.S. airstrikes failing to turn the tide of battle in Syria and Iraq, and in the absence of U.S. ground forces, much of the fight against ISIS has fallen to bands of Kurdish fighters. Despite the fact that they have been able to hold their ground thus far against the invading militants, the Kurds feel that they are being unfairly treated by Baghdad’s government. Fit with outdated weapons, and suffering from dwindling morale, it stands to be seen if these men will be able to resist the advance of ISIS.

Full article at www.npr,org


Germany’s Merkel: Fall of Berlin Wall Shows Dreams Come True

During a ceremony Sunday to commemorate lives lost as a result of the Berlin Wall and its surrounding conflicts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel took time to reflect on her country’s history. The conclusion that Merkel draws from the ruin of the past holds a hopeful sentiment of impermanence, and the German Chancellor looks to the future and the current state of her nation as indicators of positive change.

Full article at www.npr,org



Obama Says He’ll Use Executive Orders For Immigration Reform

After several months of escalating immigration issues, a frustrated President announced that he is willing to use executive orders to override lagging Congressional progress. The announcement came on Sunday during an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation. Obama focussed his proposed plans for addressing the immigration issue around the securing of U.S. borders, and efforts to streamline immigrants’ ability to legalize themselves.

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Philadelphia Transit Workers Ratify New Contract

As of Sunday, transit workers in the city of Philadelphia voted to ratify a new two year contract, and in doing so avoided a looming strike. Several benefits were pointed to in the new contract such as a five percent wage increase over two years, as well as increased benefits to workers retiring in the next two years.

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Japanese Execs Pay Visit to Erie Insurance

On Oct. 30, several Erie Insurance representatives had the pleasure of meeting with executives of Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., Japan’s second largest insurance company. The visit was made in an effort on Sompo’s part to improve their customer service sector. The company’s general manager, Tsuyoshi Ooide, spoke highly of Erie Insurance, an endorsement many locals hope will bring further positive press to the company, and our region.

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The strength of the Mountain Goats will always rest solely on the shoulders of John Darnielle. His brilliant lyricism and idiosyncratic vocal delivery tells a story like no other living person can. 

The day after Erie’s mayoral primary election

14-year-old Alton Northup's thinking is progressive and something worth listening to. 

Who will win, and who should win, as mayoral momentum mounts

Leader - ship


Who will win, and who should win, as mayoral momentum mounts

Leader - ship

The Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival provides music and art for the community.

Basement Transmissions comes to the rescue amidst library renovations.

The cohesiveness of Jensen & Three Sharks is on full display on this debut album. 

Edinboro’s Happy Mug Coffee stirs up warm feelings.

Freedom to be screwed

Signals Midwest grace the stage of Basement Transmissions again, but at its new location. 

Can you visit more than 15 Erie art locations in three hours during Erie Art Museum’s next Gallery Night?

Country music superstar and all-around national treasure Willie Nelson continues to make great music