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October 14, 2011

In brief: 4th Avenue detour to end until spring

— A 17.7-mile detour on Route 3039 (4th Avenue) over the Conemaugh River in Cambria City will be lifted Monday.

The contractor, Swank Construction Co. of New Kensington, will reinstate the detour in the spring.

Steel repairs under the structure will continue while the road is open.

The project consists of rehabilitating the main span truss, bridge deck and sidewalk and replacing the four approach spans with three new spans.

Also included are hydrodemolition and resurfacing of the main span bridge deck along with replacing the existing approach roadway on both approaches.

Work on the $5 million project is weather dependent and is expected to be completed by June 2013.

Flight 93 Memorial shifts to winter hours

SHANKSVILLE – The Flight 93 National Memorial is changing to shorter winter hours.

Starting Monday, the park will open at 9 a.m., the last visitors will be admitted at 4:30 p.m. and the memorial will close at 5.

The site will operate under winter hours until March 31.

Meanwhile, the presidential campaign to raise the remaining $10 million to complete the memorial is gaining steam.

The Clinton Foundation, in an e-newsletter earlier this month, included a link for viewers to donate to the campaign.

Upon visiting Shanksville for the Sept. 10 dedication of the memorial, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush – along with House Speaker John Boehner – pledged to help raise the remaining money.

In September, Yahoo solicited donations for the memorial after interviewing Clinton and Bush about their involvement.

Admission to the memorial is free, though groups wishing to visit the site or hold programs or ceremonies are asked to contact the park office in advance at 893-6322 to schedule a time.

For more information, call the memorial at 893-6322 or visit the memorial’s website: nps.gov/flni.

Chalk drawings misconstrued at IUP

INDIANA – Some chalk drawings depicting hangings on trees on the IUP campus have been misconstrued as racist.

Tiana Reid, the vice president of the IUP Black Student League, told KDKA-TV she was “outraged” when she first saw the drawings.

Many other students jumped to the conclusion the drawings were racially motivated because they were discovered a day after a tolerance rally on campus.

But it turns out the drawings were put there by another campus group trying to do a good thing.

Members of the Student Anti-Genocide Coalition said they did the drawings – and some chalk sketches on university sidewalks – to call attention to genocide in the African country of Sudan.

They said that when rain washed away the sidewalk drawings, the tree drawings were viewed out of context.

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