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Yesterday, I went to State College with photographer Jason and reporters Frank and Mike for the last chapter of the three-day whirlwind of events honoring and memorializing former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.

After we parked the car outside the Bryce Jordan Center, where the public memorial for Paterno would begin at 2 p.m., Mike and Jason headed to the Paterno statue, and Frank and I headed to campus — all in search of pre-memorial features.

It was 11 a.m. on a Thursday, and Frank and I found that life on campus went on, but signs here and there reminded students of Paterno’s legacy.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Students wait to board a campus bus with "PATERNO PROUD" lit on the signboard on Curtin Road on campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

We moved on to the Paterno Library, where the library staff also honored the man who raised funds and donated his own money for that building.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Library staff wearing "JOE KNOWS LIBRARIANS" move from the foyer for a group photo in the Paterno Library on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. The shirts were made at the beginning of the semester. The librarian in center is carrying a Joe Paterno standee, one of two that are available in the library foyer for people to post notes addressed to Joe. The standees were placed on Monday afternoon, and have since accumulated thousands of Post-It notes that are removed daily to be saved in the archives.

Then, on to the memorial itself.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A member of the media, center, is on the phone as people enter the arena in the Bryce Jordan Center for the memorial service in honor of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

Jason was slated to look for “color,” while I was to stick to the goings-on on-stage. These next few pictures are among those I made when I wasn’t aiming my lens at the stage.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Members of the audience clap at the conclusion of a video montage featuring moments from former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno's career, during a memorial service in Paterno's honor on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Bryce Jordan Center. About 12,000 people are estimated to have attended.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Two of Joe and Sue Paterno's grandchildren remain seated in the front row as the entire audience in the Bryce Jordan Center gives a standing ovation at the conclusion of the memorial held in Joe Paterno's honor on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Sue Paterno leaves the memorial service with one of her grandchildren on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.

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“Come back with a portrait of her using her electronic cigarette,” my editor said. “I want to see… not smoky…”

“Hazy?” I suggested.

“Yes. Hazy.”

The hazy portrait that ran on A1:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Sharon Luers of Shrewsbury exhales while demonstrating a particular model of electronic cigarette in her home on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. Luers is an organizer for the White Rose Vapers Club, a group of about 50 people in the York area who smoke electronic cigarettes. Luers herself has a sizeable collection of electronic cigarettes and e-liquids, the use of which she encourages as a way to stop smoking actual cigarettes.

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Dec. 30, 2011 — A woman’s children find her lying on the living room floor, with duct tape over her mouth. She was already dead.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A York City police officer exits a home in the 200th block of Liberty Court, where the body of Anaida Rivera was found by her children on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in the living room of their home.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Neighbors inform Joseph Rodriguez, of York, left, of the death of Anaida Rivera on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, outside her home on the 200th block of Liberty Courty in the city. Rodriguez said Rivera was his daughter's mother, that he was swinging by her home to pick up his daughter and that he had not heard of Rivera's death before he arrived.

Dec. 31, 2011 — Anaida Rivera’s death is ruled a homicide.

Jan. 6, 2012 — Four men are arraigned on charges of criminal homicide, burglary, robbery and conspiracy. One of the men tells police they had taken jewelry and $80 in cash.

Reporter Mike followed up with the victim’s family following the arrests:

“They’re monsters. They’re animals to me.” — Rivera’s sister-in-law

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ruth Kennedy holds her great-granddaughter Daymaya Peoples, 19 months, as her other great-granddaughters N'elossia Kennedy, 7, and Unique Williams, 5, stay with her on the porch on the 200th block of Liberty Court, as police investigate a homicide in a nearby home.

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Getting a shot of someone getting a flu shot is a little trickier than you might think. Sometimes, you’ll be in such a position that you’ll get the needle but not the person’s face, or the person’s face but not the needle.

Or, sometimes, you’ll get the person and the needle while the person gets the needle.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Jayda Trust, 15 of York, gets her flu shot administered by nurse Debbie Stoops at the York City Health Bureau office on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.

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Last night, I moved from downtown venue from downtown venue over the course of six hours.

With a camera bag on my shoulder. And a camera around my neck.

Ringing in the new year with a camera to my face was a new experience for me, but the music was loud, people were reveling and the spirit in the air was infectious. Here’re a few of my favorite photos from the scenes around downtown York last night:

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Lacie Evans of Heidelberg Township, far right, toots her horn as her son Riley, 2, plays his own noisemaker while on his father Corey's shoulders at the Children's Countdown event on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Central Market. York's New Year Revolution 2011 celebration included events at various venues downtown, as well as a main stage area in Continental Square, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ginny and Jim Droll, of Cleveland, Ohio, dance together while singing "Auld Lang Syne" with Thirst 'n' Howl Musical Productions at the Children's Countdown event at Central Market on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Sara Gross of York holds her daughter Chloe Lewellyn as they dance alongside Heather Crapper, right, of Hellam Township, at the main stage at Continental Square on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

Be sure to check out the ountdown-to-midnight photo/video/audio piece I put together late last night!

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