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December 4, 2012

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School defends monument to Ten Commandments

CONNELLSVILLE – A Fayette County school district is defending a Ten Commandments monument on school grounds by arguing that it’s not promoting any one religion and was the gift of a secular fraternal organization.

Attorneys for the Connellsville Area School District have covered the monument in plywood until a federal lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin-based atheist group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is resolved.

School attorneys said in a document seeking to have the federal lawsuit dismissed that the monument was one of hundreds donated to schools by local chapters of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in the late 1950s.

Deep blue creek blamed on printing ink

CONNELLSVILLE – Ink that had been improperly disposed of is to blame for turning a southwestern Pennsylvania creek a deep blue color in November, state officials said.

The state Department of Environmental Protection said investigators followed a trail of ink on the highway from a house on the creek in Connellsville Township, Fayette County, to an envelope printing plant.

Officials said the plant had contracted with the homeowner to dispose of the ink. Some ink escaped and turned the creek an unnaturally blue hue.

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