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Building on science: One of the jewels of the North Shore is planning to grow larger and more valuable for those drawn to it: The Carnegie Science Center plans to add a new science pavilion as part of a $34.5 million project. It’s financed by a fundraising campaign that, as of April, had collected three-quarters of its goal. What’s proposed will build on an already solid foundation in advancing science education.

Raising a stink: Once again, the operator of a Yukon industrial waste dump faces fines, two in the same week. The state fined MAX Environmental Technologies Inc. of Upper St. Clair $307,000 for illegally raising the height of a portion of its landfill and taking more waste than it was permitted to store. This, after a district judge fined the company more than $67,000 over noxious odors wafting from its site. Amid recurring fines and complaints, the question arises: Are these penalties simply the cost of doing business?

Stop clowning: Social media can be a big help in increasing community awareness, such as putting out a bona fide police alert. Conversely, the same media become problematic when myths, such as the so-called “clown scare” of late, divert police attention and even tie up police phones, as witnessed recently in Greensburg. So-called menacing clown “sightings” locally and elsewhere have turned out to be nothing more than stuff and nonsense. That people are hoodwinked by such hooey on social media is indeed a sad commentary.

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