NEast Links: high school science lessons, St. Patty’s Day and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here.


Scientists from Dow Chemical were at Benjamin Rush High School Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort to help teachers make science more fun for students. Melissa Hogg, a ninth grade teacher at Rush, was featured in the story.

Continue reading for interesting information about the Erin Express, a 1968 murder case and more.

Metro ran a St. Patty’s Day article complete with an interview with a Northeast police officer, and statistics about how bus parties like the Erin Express can help decrease DUI-related accidents.

CBS3 ran a story last Friday, March 12, about the fight to keep Mayfair CDC open. We ran a similar story a week earlier. The reason we’re not calling CBS out on this, like we did with FOX29, is that this story is timely, whereas the blue light story was a general interest article.


Family members of Candace Clothier have some closure, more than 40 years after the teen’s death. Clothier, a Lincoln High student, was murdered in 1968, and her body dumped near Northeast Philadelphia Airport. Bucks County officials, who later found Clothier’s body in the Neshaminy Creek, say the case has finally been solved.

Former police officer Adrian Makuch pleaded guilty Tuesday to accusations of having sex with a minor. The 49-year-old Morrell Park resident faces seven to 14 year in prison for charges on felony count of unlawful contact with a minor for the purpose of prostitution and to misdemeanor counts of luring a child into a motor vehicle and of patronizing prostitutes

Surveillance cameras caught Sunday’s smash-and-grab at Diamond Depot on tape. Though the suspects have not been caught, the video shows the Franklin Mills Mall store being robbed, and the security guard’s pursuit of the thieves.

William Fleet, who in January was charged with setting a puppy on fire, remains in custody on charges of animal cruelty, arson and child endangerment. The 33-year-old is being held on $200,000 bail.

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