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State College Borough Council on Monday night unanimously approved plans for a Caribbean-themed festival to be held downtown this summer. The second annual Havana Fest is scheduled for Aug. 27 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza and the 100 block of South Fraser Street.

Penn State student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and surpass Division I national averages. 

The annual “Lift for Life,” the signature event of the Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter is set for Friday, June 30 at the Lasch Practice Fields starting at 5 p.m.

Former Penn State student accused of raping woman inside her dorm room.

Another Primary Election Day Is In The Books. Results are coming in after from four states that held primary elections on Tuesday. 

Senator Pat Toomey wants more done to protect students from educators who engage in sexual misconduct.  The Pennsylvania Republican wants further action from the Department of Education on the matter, including preventing schools from allowing a sexually abusive educator from moving from one school to another. 

Ford is recalling nearly 50-thousand electric vehicles due to a faulty part that could cause power loss.  The Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle already had five recalls in 2021, and now the 2022 model is under scrutiny.  Ford says that fast-charging and harsh accelerations can cause the battery’s main contactors to overheat.  If that happens while driving, it could lead to a loss in power.  A software update next month should address the issue, but until then dealers can’t deliver new vehicles to customers.

The last bridge linking a key eastern Ukrainian city is destroyed.  Escape routes are now cutoff and it’s impossible for humanitarian supplies to be delivered.  The governor of Lugansk region said on social media that 70-percent of the city is now under Russian control. 

The official start of summer is still six days away, but for many across the US, it feels like it’s been here for weeks — with unusual severity. On the heels of an intense heat wave, a large swath of the the country is now bracing for extreme temperatures today, testing power grids and leaving more than 88 million people under heat warnings or advisories. A heatwave is making its way from the Southwest to the Central and Southern U.S. Meteorologists say the heat is due to a large area of high pressure known as a “heat dome.”

Lawyers in the Surfside, Florida condo collapse case are looking to be paid 100-million dollars. A Miami-Dae County judge is expected to decide after the summer whether to approve the request.  Over 100 lawyers and staffers, who represented survivors and the families of victims, say the amount is a significant savings compared to similar cases. 

Meta is adding new parental control features for its Quest virtual reality headsets and updating control features in Instagram.  The new Parent Dashboard for Quest, announced today, will give parents and guardians more control over approving their teens’ purchases and access to viewing Quest usage.  On Instagram, parents and guardians will now be able to send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools.

General Motors is aiming to make rental cars for the moon.  GM announced on Monday that it’s teaming up with Lockheed Martin to develop a line of Lunar Mobility Vehicles to provide transportation for manned missions on the moon.  GM and Lockheed Martin are aiming to have vehicles ready before the first manned moon missions of the 21st century, planned for 2025. 

Gas prices aren’t going up.  The national average price for regular is five-01 a gallon for the third day in a row, according to Triple-A.  The statewide average in Georgia is up a penny but it’s still the lowest in the nation, at four-49 a gallon.  California keeps claiming the crown for most expensive gas at six-48 a gallon, the same as Monday.

Sports

MLB – The Marlins defeated the Phillies last night, 11-9. The Cardinals swept a doubleheader over the Pirates, 3-1 and 9-1.