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The chemistry of poison ivy (video)


IMAGE: Leaves of three, let them be, right? But what happens when you get covered in poison ivy and can’t stop scratching? Jennifer Novotney, winner of the 2014 Chemistry Champions science…
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WASHINGTON, March 9, 2015 — Leaves of three, let them be, right? But what happens when you get covered in poison ivy and can’t stop scratching? Jennifer Novotney, winner of the 2014 Chemistry Champions science communications competition, breaks down what it is about that dreaded vine that makes us so itchy. Reactions also offers up a remedy for the poison ivy’s itch using the power of chemistry. Check out the video here: http://youtu.be/SJEU3PT0O5g.


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The chemistry of poison ivy (video)


Chelsea Ellen Bruck was last seen leaving a crowded Halloween party around 3:00am on October 26th, 2014 in Newport, Michigan.

The 22-year-old was dressed as the Batman character ‘Poison Ivy’ wearing black yoga pants, ivy leaves and a dark wig. Police have released the sketch below of a man with whom witnesses say Bruck was last seen before she vanished. However, the man has not yet been identified and police have not named him a suspect in her disappearance.

Monroe Police have also identified and spoken with four men who were wearing orange security shirts at the party, but have not said if any of them is possibly connected to the case. Police said there may have been more than 800 people at the party, and they are interested in any information from those who may have seen Chelsea there.

The Facebook group, Help Find Chelsea Bruck, has already gained more than 6,500 members. Hundreds of volunteers are continuing to comb the cornfields and wooded areas surrounding the property where she was last seen, but so far have not turned up any new clues.

“This is 100% uncharacteristic, it’s not anything she would do,” Bruck’s sister, Kassandra, told local NBC affiliate NBC 24. “She even told my mom, ‘I’m not staying long. I’ll be back in a couple of hours.’ This has just broken my parents.”

A prayer vigil is being held tonight, November 3rd, starting at 5:45pm at Monroe’s Loranger Square. Participants are asked to arrive between 5:00pm and 5:30pm.

Chelsea is 5’7” tall, 140 lbs. with blonde hair, green eyes, and a small anchor tattoo behind her right ear. Anyone with information that could help in Chelsea’s case is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at (734) 240-7700, or the Monroe county Central Dispatch at (734) 243-7070.

First published November 3 2014, 10:59 AM

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Police Use Party Photos in Hunt for Missing 'Poison Ivy'

Police in Michigan on Monday were focusing on clues they received when they asked the public to identify men in pictures taken during a large outdoor costume-party that a 22-year-old woman disappeared from more than a week earlier. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office posted another picture earlier in the week that showed the missing woman, Chelsea Bruck, in costume and smiling with five other people. The nine party-goers in the three photos have all been identified, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, but Bruck is still nowhere to be found.

Bruck got separated from her friends at the Halloween bash on Oct. 25 and hasn’t been heard from since, according to NBC affiliate WDIV. She was wearing a Batman-inspired “Poison Ivy” costume comprised of black yoga pants and a leaf-covered green top, according to police. Her naturally blonde hair was colored purple. Volunteers and investigators have been scouring Monroe all week, fueled by tips on the “Help Find Chelsea Bruck” Facebook page, and leads called into police. The community has also rallied around the Bruck family by setting up a donation page and organizing a Monday night prayer vigil, according to Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe. “We just want her back,” Bruck’s mother Leannda Bruck told WDIV. “We just want her safe.”


— Elisha Fieldstadt

First published November 3 2014, 9:04 AM

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