Elizabeth Forward senior Tyler Wachs built a canoe in the school's new FABLab, which allowed him to design the canoe on a computer that then cut the pieces for him. Here, he gives the canoe its second voyage in the high school pool.
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Elizabeth Forward senior Tyler Wachs built a canoe in the school's new FABLab, which allowed him to design the canoe on a computer that then cut the pieces for him. Here, he gives the canoe its second voyage in the high school pool.

Elizabeth Forward student creates canoe in high school's digital fabrication lab

Senior Tyler Wachs could have simply purchased a canoe, but asked, “Why not make something that you can say you built with your own hands?”

  • Student uses computer to build a dream canoe


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    Disappointing conclusion to bald eagles’ breeding season

    Late Friday the Western Pennsylvania Audubon Society confirmed that the second of two eggs laid a month ago was no longer viable.



    Is change an ingredient in Heinz-Kraft merger?

    Heinz, Kraft wedding yields some interesting recipes.



     Jupiter, who was rescued from a puppy mill, is the star of Friends of Jupiter Pet Walk on April 19 at Boyce Park.

    Pet Tales: A good home saves a puppy mill dog

    Jupiter the Maltese is overcoming his puppy-mill misery thanks to Penelope and a patient family in Plum.



     Bruce Goodman and Matthew Burns, both 7, spread mulch on a trail at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in Oakdale as part of a service project for their Cub Scout Pack 225.

    Pittsburgh Botanic Garden opens Wednesday for year-round enjoyment

    The 460-acre garden in Oakdale opens April 1 with lots of outdoor family activities on the schedule.



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    Co-defendant testifies in man's retrial for North Side beating death

    Michael Molina’s previous conviction for killing Melissa Snodgrass in a drug deal was overturned by the state Supreme Court.



    Prosecutors withdraw homicide charge against woman arrested in ex-lover's death

    Jamie Parker, 30, of Wilkinsburg, still faces a conspiracy charge in Leonard Butler’s Oct. 14 death and two others face homicide trials.


     

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    Cultural Crossroads

    Left to right, Langston Brentley, junior at Pittsburgh Obama 6-12; Saroyah Johnson, junior at Penn Hills High School; Margaux Wilson (sister to Liza behind her) junior at Oakland Catholic High School; Liza Wilson sophomore at Oakland Catholic High School; Javar Wilson, junior at Imani Christian Academy.
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    Proposed Medicare overhaul would affect doctors, some beneficiaries

    The House passed a measure that would create a new payment formula for doctors and charge higher premiums to some Medicare beneficiaries.



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    The lists rating which school will boost the students’ earning capacity the most aren’t always accurate measures of a college’s full impact.


     



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    Innovative Mt. Lebanon rehab creates a comfortable home retreat

    Mt. Lebanon designer a co-winner of Renovation Inspiration Contest for opening up her mid-century stone house and making it more modern.


     



    Concert review: PSO horn players give concert some needed oomph

    The Pittsburgh Symphony concert featured four horns on Schumann’s “Konzertstuck” and the local debut of conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada.



    Dance review: Glue Factory's 'House' delves into the human psyche

    This weekend’s “at Once There was a House” at the New Hazlett marks the fifth anniversary season of Corningworks.


     

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    Saturday Diary: Aziz of Allegheny Center

    Looking at Pittsburgh’s bizarre North Side neighborhood through the eyes of a newcomer.



    In good faith: Local churches tackle the tough topic of racism

    Maybe churches can do what Starbucks couldn’t: spark a genuine and voluntary dialogue that leads to reconciliation across racial lines.


     

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