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Penn State’s average room and board rate would increase by 3.5% for 2022-23 under a proposal recommended by a Board of Trustees committee on Thursday. 

The death of a Penn State student who fell down an 11th-floor apartment building trash chute in November has been ruled accidental.

A subvariant of Omicron known as BA.2 is spreading fast and may cause severe disease, research from Japan suggests. New lab experiments show BA.2 is capable of thwarting some of the key weapons we have against Covid-19, including being able to escape the immunity created by vaccines. It also appears to be resistant to some monoclonal antibody treatments currently being used to fight Omicron. BA.2 is highly mutated when compared with the original virus that emerged in Wuhan, China. It has been detected in 74 countries and 47 US states, and about 4% of Americans with Covid-19 now have infections caused by BA.2, according to data from the CDC. 

Police in Canada are cracking down to end a nearly four-week COVID protest. They arrested two organizers yesterday who are expected to be charged. Hundreds of truckers have been blocking streets but police now have checkpoints up in the capital so only residents can enter.

It’s now up to President Biden to avoid a government shutdown tonight.  The Senate approved funding through March 11th and sent him the bill to sign.  This will give lawmakers three more weeks to finalize a deal on spending levels through September.

World leaders are holding more talks today about the crisis in Ukraine.  Vice President Harris is in Germany right now to lead the Munich Security Conference.  She’ll meet with Ukraine’s president this weekend.  President Biden also plans to host a call with NATO allies later on today.

A Minnesota bill restricting the use of no-knock warrants is advancing.  It passed one House committee and now goes to another.  The city of Minneapolis put the warrants on hold after the police killing of Amir Locke two weeks ago.  His funeral was held yesterday.

Thousands of families in two states are being advised that they may have to baptize their children again.  The Catholic Church says some baptisms are no longer valid.  They blame a priest in Arizona for using one wrong word during baptisms in Phoenix and when he worked in San Diego. 

Sports

Penn State Men’s Basketball: Nittany Lions Slowly Racking Up Wins, Thump Minnesota 67-46 for their second win in three days.

A Big Fourth Quarter Propels Lady Lions To 83-76 Win Over Nebraska.

NBA – The 76ers defeated Milwaukee, 123-120.

NHL- The Flyers fell short to Washington, 5-3 and the The Penguins lost to Toronto, 4-1.

The Winter Olympics closing ceremony is set for this Sunday.  It’ll take place inside Beijing’s National Stadium, nicknamed the “Bird’s Nest.”  Medal winners will come together to literally pass the torch to the next host, Milan, Italy.