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Md. Officials Argue For Fracking Regulation At Hill Hearing

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Congress held a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning on the environmental impact of that controversial drilling technique.

Hyrdaulic fracturing, also called "fracking," involves injecting chemically treated water into the ground to crack shale deposits and release trapped natural gas. Industry advocates say the technique is well-regulated and safe, but opponents warn it could contaminate water supplies.

Hearing co-chair Sen. Ben Cardin listened to, among others, Robert Summers, Maryland's acting Environment secretary. Summers urged the federal government to take a more active role in regulating future hydraulic fracturing in western Maryland's Marcellus shale deposits.

Experts say that site, along with others in neighboring states, contain enough natural gas to last approximately 20 years.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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