Judge Halts PA’s Attempt To Take Funds From Insurer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A judge has issued an injunction that will at least delay state lawmakers from getting some of the money they planned for in the revenue plan they finished last month. The cash is tied to a pending case about whether the state can constitutionally force the Joint Underwriting Association–a medical malpractice insurer–to give up $200 million. This is the second year lawmakers have tried to take surplus money from the JUA to help balance perennial budget gaps. The state created the JUA in 1975, and its funds and surplus have since been kept independent. Its employees don’t get state benefits, it’s not housed in a state building, and a spokeswoman has said the group is entirely funded by contributions from those it insures.

BU Opera Ensemble Presents ‘Billy Goats Gruff’

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The Binghamton University Music Department’s Opera Ensemble presents composer John Davies’ 40 minute opera for children, ‘Billy Goats Gruff’. The composer and the Opera Ensemble’s Music Director, Willie Anthony Waters, talk about the opera and their casts of singers. Mr. Davies (pictured) explains how he uses preexisting music from operas where similar situations are encountered. Mr. Waters also gives us a heads-up that he will be on the Metropolitan Opera live Saturday broadcast’s Opera Quiz twice this coming season. http://wskg.org/audio/billygoats.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

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Rabbi Pursues Shared Stories Between Islam, Judaism, Christianity

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More and more, Jews and Muslims are finding commonalities and seeing each other as allies, says Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Many of the commonalities between Judaism, Islam, and another Abrahamic faith, Christianity come through shared Scriptures, said Visotzky, and indicate how to see each other. “There’s a wonderful verse in the Book of Exodus where Jacob comes home after 20 years in exile and he’s terrified that his brother, Esau, will be angry and murder him. But Esau greets him with a kiss – and warmly -because Esau has been able to forgive. And Jacob comments, ‘Looking at your face is like seeing the face of God.’  “If we could all get there, in that moment, when we look at another person, even someone we perceive to be our enemy and see the godly in them…That’s the challenge we all face.” With another example, Visotzky looks at the biblical story of Abraham – or Ibrahim in the Quran – and his son, as a shared story of offering and martyrdom.

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When Parents Are On Medicaid, Kids Get Better Healthcare, Too

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Kids in low-income families are 29 percent more likely to have regular doctors’ visits when their parents have Medicaid coverage, according to a new study designed by health economist Eric T. Roberts of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Even though the Children’s Health Insurance program provides coverage to kids in low-income families, giving parents health insurance facilitates access to the health care system. “Physicians practicing in large, multi-group practices can see parents and children within the same practice. There are broad, spill-over effects of providing coverage to parents that accrue to children,” said Roberts. When kids have health care they’re more likely to grow into successful adults.

‘Venetian Traditions’ Presents Music for Multiple Choruses

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The Binghamton University Music Department presents ‘Venetian Traditions’, music for multiple choruses by Heinrich Schütz, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli, and Salamone Rossi.  The new Director of Choral Activites, Bill Culverhouse joins us to talk about those traditions.  Also on the program is the first suite of ‘Ancient Airs and Dances’ by Ottorino Respighi led by orchestra conductor, Timothy Perry. http://wskg.org/audio/venetian.mp3

 

Photo credit: Binghamton University Music Department

Free PBS LearningMedia Webinar for Teachers

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How to Make Frozen Lime Pie Recipe with Tracy Maines

Learn how to cook this sweet dessert of Frozen Lime Pie with Tracy Maines. In anticipation of our Seasons at the Lake documentary, we’re giving viewers a taste of what’s to come (and how to make this recipe themselves.)

Frozen Lime Pie (pg 279 in My Cottage Kitchen Cookbook)
Filling:
2 cans (14 ounces each) sweetened condensed milk
3 egg yolks
1 1/4 cups fresh lime juice
2 (9 inch) graham cracker pie crust
Meringue:
1 cup egg whites
1 cup sugar
Zest of 1/2 lime

Filling:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the milk, egg yolks and lime juice. Mix on medium low speed. Divide mixture evenly between the two pie crusts and bake for 8 minutes until just set.

Artist Blazo Kovacevic Uses Virtual Reality for a New Art Exhibit

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Blazo Kovacevic, Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Binghamton University, has a new exhibit of his work called ‘Incited’ at the Dowd Gallery on the SUNY Cortland campus. “Incited is a large-scale, multimedia installation featuring digitally modified security X-rays taken by European border patrol forces of vehicles carrying hidden illegal immigrants in their cargo. This exhibition focuses on the acute problems of human trafficking, smuggling and terrorism currently dominating the socio-political sphere. The unobstructed views of trucks, vans and cars harboring stowaways also offer insight into privacy issues and the fragility of the human body.” A virtual reality 360 video will allow the viewer to experience being one of the 54 illegal immigrants transported under inhumane conditions in the cargo van that crashed in Serbia two years ago.