‘American Space Ninja’ Back On Earth After Record-Breaking Flight

Astronaut Peggy Whitson smiles after landing in Kazakhstan, wrapping up a record 665 days in space for an American. Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky/AP

By Amy Held/NPR
Imagine more than 600 days in space; that’s 21 months cruising the cosmos, or close to two years without flush toilets or pizza. On Saturday, Astronaut Peggy Whitson touched down in Kazakhstan at 9:21 p.m. EDT alongside a fellow American and a Russian in their Soyuz capsule, wrapping up a record-breaking mission. Whitson spent 288 days — more than nine months — on this latest mission aboard the International Space Station. But over the course of her career, she has been away from earth for three long-duration missions, an accumulation of 665 days — longer than any American ever and more time than any woman worldwide.

'American Space Ninja' Back On Earth After Record-Breaking Flight

Astronaut Peggy Whitson smiles after landing in Kazakhstan, wrapping up a record 665 days in space for an American. Photo: Sergei Ilnitsky/AP

By Amy Held/NPR
Imagine more than 600 days in space; that’s 21 months cruising the cosmos, or close to two years without flush toilets or pizza. On Saturday, Astronaut Peggy Whitson touched down in Kazakhstan at 9:21 p.m. EDT alongside a fellow American and a Russian in their Soyuz capsule, wrapping up a record-breaking mission. Whitson spent 288 days — more than nine months — on this latest mission aboard the International Space Station. But over the course of her career, she has been away from earth for three long-duration missions, an accumulation of 665 days — longer than any American ever and more time than any woman worldwide.

Printable Program Guides for September 2017

In early 2016, we stopped production and mailing of our Gamut program guide, preferring to put over $50,000 of annual resources directly into WSKG programs and services. For those who would prefer them, we provide these printable PDF guides. Please click the title of the guide you wish to see. Radio Guide, WSKG and WSQX
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September’s Full Moon Just Around The Corner

Harvest Moon with Century Saguaro (over 100 years old) against the Santa Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona, via Randall Kayfes. By EarthSky: 

The moon turns precisely full on September 6 at 3:03 a.m. EDT, 2:03 a.m. CDT, 1:03 a.m. MDT and 12:03 PDT. That’s why we say the full moon falls on the night of September 5, for the Americas. Is this September full moon the Harvest Moon? Not precisely, but it’ll act like one.

September's Full Moon Just Around The Corner

Harvest Moon with Century Saguaro (over 100 years old) against the Santa Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona, via Randall Kayfes. By EarthSky: 

The moon turns precisely full on September 6 at 3:03 a.m. EDT, 2:03 a.m. CDT, 1:03 a.m. MDT and 12:03 PDT. That’s why we say the full moon falls on the night of September 5, for the Americas. Is this September full moon the Harvest Moon? Not precisely, but it’ll act like one.

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PA’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Turns One Year Old

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — One of the root causes of opioid addiction is over-prescription of addictive drugs. A major reason it occurs is the practice of doctor shopping–when people visit five or more prescribers in hopes of getting drugs.  Pennsylvania–along with a number of other states–is attempting to stop doctor shopping by requiring prescribers use a statewide drug monitoring program, which lets them consult a database before handing over opioids or certain anti-anxiety medications. The catalogue uses doctors’ input to track patients who may be shopping around. If a doctor shopper is identified, they’re given an option for treatment–a process known in the health industry as a “warm handoff.” The commonwealth’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program just hit its one-year anniversary, and Acting Health Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine said its impact has been encouraging.

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PA’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Turns One Year Old

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — One of the root causes of opioid addiction is over-prescription of addictive drugs. A major reason it occurs is the practice of doctor shopping–when people visit five or more prescribers in hopes of getting drugs.  Pennsylvania–along with a number of other states–is attempting to stop doctor shopping by requiring prescribers use a statewide drug monitoring program, which lets them consult a database before handing over opioids or certain anti-anxiety medications. The catalogue uses doctors’ input to track patients who may be shopping around. If a doctor shopper is identified, they’re given an option for treatment–a process known in the health industry as a “warm handoff.” The commonwealth’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program just hit its one-year anniversary, and Acting Health Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine said its impact has been encouraging.

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Pennsylvania’s 2018 Election Already Underway

(Harrisburg) — Statewide political party leaders are starting to hone their messaging for–and against–candidates, more than a year before the midterm elections Particular attention is already being paid to Pennsylvania’s US Senate race, between incumbent Democrat Bob Casey and one of several Republican challengers.  The emails have been coming steadily for a few months now. Salvos from the state Republican Party criticize Casey’s votes against cutting funds to sanctuary cities, or his shifts to the left on abortion and gun control. Messages from the Democrats are similar. Attacks against GOP Congressman Lou Barletta–the most-recognizable name up for the nomination–hinge on his support for President Trump, and his enthusiasm for repealing the Affordable Care Act. And both parties have been hammering at one key message–as state GOP chair Val DiGiorgio said–they want voters to know their candidate can win.

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Pennsylvania’s 2018 Election Already Underway

(Harrisburg) — Statewide political party leaders are starting to hone their messaging for–and against–candidates, more than a year before the midterm elections Particular attention is already being paid to Pennsylvania’s US Senate race, between incumbent Democrat Bob Casey and one of several Republican challengers.  The emails have been coming steadily for a few months now. Salvos from the state Republican Party criticize Casey’s votes against cutting funds to sanctuary cities, or his shifts to the left on abortion and gun control. Messages from the Democrats are similar. Attacks against GOP Congressman Lou Barletta–the most-recognizable name up for the nomination–hinge on his support for President Trump, and his enthusiasm for repealing the Affordable Care Act. And both parties have been hammering at one key message–as state GOP chair Val DiGiorgio said–they want voters to know their candidate can win.