South Koreans will elect a new president today as relations with the U.S. — a vital ally — hang in the balance. Human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in, 64, of the left-leaning Democratic Party of Korea leads polls by a large margin in this election that was triggered by the impeachment of the former on corruption charges. Moon has been critical of the U.S. deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea and has taken a softer stance than others toward North Korea — positions that could cause a rift with the U.S. and President Trump.
More than four years ago, former secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began writing Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, about the challenges to democracy, especially in nations that only recently have moved toward free elections. The book is on shelves today.
A fraternity member is scheduled to be arraigned today in connection with the February death of a Penn State University student. 18 fraternity members in all are facing charges after Timothy Piazza, a Beta Theta Pi pledge, fell face-first down a basement stairway following a hazing ritual. 911 was called nearly 12 hours after Timothy fell. The student passed away died Feb. 4.
An eight mile stretch of 183 is getting an overhaul, turning it into an airport expressway. The plan includes toll lanes. Construction will mostly happen between 8pm and 6am, so it could affect you going to the airport for an early morning flight. The first phase of the project is scheduled to open in 2019 and to be completed in 2020.