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Nittany Notebook (10-3): Happy birthday to Chewbacca! Plus top stories of the week

Welcome to our daily Nittany Notebook. This post will be updated frequently throughout the day with news, notes and sometimes entertaining info. So be sure to check back often to stay on top of everything that’s going on with Penn State football and athletics, plus other sports of interest in central PA.

Update: 2:40 p.m.

**Interesting point here by fellow on Twitter about former PSU WR Justin Shorter, now at Florida.

Update: 1:45 p.m.

**Happy birthday to Chewbacca! The wookiee is played by former Penn State basketball player Joonas Suotamo, who played for the Lions from 2005-08.

**Some good reads about the Lions for your Saturday afternoon:

Update: 12:20 p.m.

**This is real news.

Update: 10:30 a.m.

**Football is three weeks away. And college basketball is now less than two months away.

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Update: 9 a.m.

**Let’s take a look back at some of our best stories of the week:

QB Clifford: Detail-oriented Ciarrocca “gonna get on your ass” for making mistakes

Video: No, Trump didn’t bring back Big Ten football. Scientists, fans, SEC did

You want to be a leader? Forget about the debates. Watch James Franklin

With Parsons gone, Pry says, “We’ve got a bunch of hungry guys looking to make people forget No. 11”

Lamont Wade with powerful words about son, getting out of “dark hole” where he grew up

Video: Always wonderful to see young athletes practice good sportsmanship

Video: Joey Porter Jr. discusses his dad, family, football and Black Lives Matter

Mike Watkins signs to play professionally in Colombia

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