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Maybe We Should Just Let Atlantic City Die Already

There are about as many ideas about how to save Atlantic City as there are residents of Atlantic City (39,551). I don't say that hyperbolically. Or it's because the city's inherently gritty casinos tried to be fancy and that obviously was a bad idea. If Atlantic City just goes back to its roots, some people said, perhaps it could be the seedy, smoke-filled pleasure capital of the northeast once again.
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The hidden leaks of Pennsylvania's abandoned oil and gas wells

Pennsylvanians are racing to find old wells that spread fumes in homes and bubble contaminants into drinking water, even as the industry continues to fuel the state’s economy. Laurie Barr spent a recent Saturday like she spends a lot of her weekends: trodding through the thorny and damp woodlands of rural north-western Pennsylvania, juggling a point-and-shoot camera, a GPS navigator, a cell phone, and, most importantly for the mission at hand, a methane detector.
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Tailings Ponds are the Biggest Environmental Disaster You've Never Heard Of

The scale is hard to imagine: gray sludge, several feet deep, gushing with the force of a fire hose through streams and forest—coating everything in its path with ashy gunk. What happened on Monday might have been one of North America’s worst environmental disasters in decades, yet the news barely made it past the Canadian border.

As Internet behemoths rise, Chattanooga highlights a different path

Chattanooga’s municipally run Internet is faster than most connections in the world and could be a sign of the future. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Clay Posey is in the middle of developing a 3-D printing business out of the premier local startup incubator Co.Lab. He works on his laptop in Co.Lab’s downtown Chattanooga storefront space, where he shares tables, a fridge and a support network with dozens of others who are looking to raise capital and test their tech ideas.
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In death, HIV-positive man may become symbol of transplant hope for others

Activists say Lamont Valentin may have been turned away by hospitals for a lifesaving operation due to his HIV status. Activists say that if health policies were modernized, people like Lamont Valentin, who died earlier this month, could have longer lives.Photo courtesy of ACT UP New York. Lamont Valentin needed an oxygen tank to breathe.
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Touched by Bloodshed, Working Now to Spare Others

Tameeka Ford Norville runs an after-school program at the Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, as well as at seven other locations. The programs are facing significant cuts in city financing. Last month, Tameeka Ford Norville was sitting in her lilac-colored office at the Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where she runs an after-school program, when the phone rang.
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Louisiana forests being sacrificed to fuel Europe’s biomass boom

A swamp with cypress trees in the Atchafalaya Basin.Danita Delimont/Getty Images. BATON ROUGE, La. — The smell of freshly cut wood wafting from a dirt lot along an industrial stretch of road near the state capital might not conjure up an image of green energy, but some say this is the future of sustainability.
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All My Friends Are Dead

Five years off Adderall and Dexedrine and I’m still in withdrawal. Months of yoga, years of therapy, meditating each morning—everything helps, but nothing helps completely. Every time I sit down to do work I have pain in my chest. I feel like I’ve somehow made a wrong turn in life. I miss the amphetamine salts.
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City Housing Projects Call For Environmental Help

On a recent Saturday, Ashley Paniagua walked down a brick pathway that snaked between the towering Manhattanville Houses in Harlem, and headed toward a small garden she had helped plant months earlier. But the gates to the gardens were locked — the government worker who opened them every morning had yet to do so.
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Pa. Dems fight to prove they can milk fracking for all it’s worth

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Lycoming County looks like a lot of the rest of Pennsylvania: Pothole-marked roads snake through mountains and farmland, leading to little one-street towns that often contain little more than a coffee shop, a bank, a gas station and a bar. But ever since companies like Anadarko, EXCO Resources, XTO Energy and Range Resources came to town, everyday life has had a little more buzz around here.
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Federal report warns of dire climate consequences, but will action follow?

Climate change is real and has the potential to catastrophically affect every aspect of American life, Barack Obama’s administration said Tuesday in a report, prompting immediate calls for a national response akin to a “wartime effort.”. The White House said the report is “the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the U.S. economy.”.
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