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Investigators looking for the cause of a deadly explosion that leveled part of a Pennsylvania chocolate factory are facing an even more difficult task as they comb through wreckage that was picked apart and moved around during the weekend search for victims and survivors. Seven people were killed and several others wounded in the powerful blast at the R.M Palmer Co. plant in West Reading (REHD'-ing). With the recovery effort now over, attention turned to identifying the cause. Authorities say that task is even more complicated because heavy equipment was used to pick apart the wreckage.
Scientists are naming a rare species of beetle in honor of former California Gov. Jerry Brown after finding one at his ranch. Bembidion brownorum was last seen in 1966. But it hadn’t been named or described until one was collected in 2021 near a creek on Brown’s ranch in Colusa County, about an hour’s drive northwest of Sacramento. Brown, who left office in 2019, has allowed plant and animal researchers access to his ranch to collect specimens. The new beetle actually had been collected in California 21 times previously but may have been mislabeled or unidentified. A University of California, Berkeley, entomologist made the discovery. Brown says he is glad that his ranch is advancing science.
Mar. 27—GREENSBURG — The rainy conditions lately are not ideal for area tennis teams preparing for the spring season, but that is not slowing …
Mar. 27—BLOOMINGTON — Batesville had five relays and three individuals qualify and compete at the Hoosier State Relays at Indiana University. …
Mar. 27—BLOOMINGTON — The RCHS boys and girls track and field teams competed at Indiana University Saturday at the Indoor Hoosier State Meet. …
Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said he’s not requiring a first-round pick in a potential trade sending four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets but added he’d want “fair value.”
Lamar Jackson says he has requested trade from Ravens
Voter abstention rises in Cuban National Assembly election
Police say a former student killed three children and three adults at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, armed with two “assault-style” weapons and a handgun after elaborately planning the massacre by drawing out a detailed map and conducting surveillance of the building. Monday's massacre at The Covenant School in Nashville was the latest in a series of mass shootings in a country that has grown increasingly unnerved by bloodshed in schools. The victims include three 9-year-old children, the school’s top administrator, a substitute teacher and a custodian, and a familiar ritual played out in the chaos. Panicked parents rushed to the school to see if their children were safe and tearfully hugged their kids, and a stunned community planned vigils for the victims.