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October 12, 2012

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St. Francis ACS chapter recognized

St. Francis University’s chemistry club earned an Outstanding Chapter Award from the American Chemical Society for its 2011-2012 activities.

The award was one of 36 given nationwide among more than 1,000 eligible university chapters. This is the second consecutive year that the chemistry club won the award.

In addition, the chemistry club was recognized as a Green Chemistry Student Chapter by ACS for successfully performing activities that highlight the value of green chemistry to humans and the environment.

The club will be recognized in the November/December issue of inChemistry Magazine, and at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans.

Edward Zovinka, professor of chemistry, is the faculty adviser for the club.

For more information about the chemistry department at St. Francis, visit

Ground broken for trail’s final link

HOMESTEAD – Groundbreaking was set on the final mile of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 141-mile bicycle trail from the Pittsburgh area to Cumberland, Md.

Friday’s groundbreaking was set for the Sandcastle Waterpark, which is closed for the season. The work will require utility poles to be moved.

That work must be done, and electricity restored, by the time the park in the Pittsburgh suburb of Homestead reopens in the spring.

Once the final mile is complete, the Great Allegheny Passage, which travels through Somerset County, will offer an uninterrupted path to Maryland.

That’s where the Great Allegheny Passage links up with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, which stretches to Washington, D.C.


Bulletproof vest saves Pittsburgh officer

PITTSBURGH – A city police officer was saved when his bulletproof vest stopped a shot fired by a gunman who wanted to “kill an officer” but was instead wounded by return fire, police said.

“The intent of Tiant Mitchell was to kill an officer,” police Chief Nate Harper said at a news conference about Friday’s shooting involving Officer Andrew Baker.

Baker responded to a call reporting shots fired about

5 a.m. in the city’s Stanton Heights neighborhood.

Harper said Mitchell has a long criminal record despite being just 25 years old, and police believe he’s involved with a street gang.

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