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Fracking

Okay, so what excuse will they come up with this time to justify polluting our water? Because the way things are going, a clean water supply is going to be scarcer than oil:

For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire.

The peer-reviewed study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stands to shape theĀ contentious debate over whether drilling is safe and begins to fill an information gap that has made it difficult for lawmakers and the public tounderstand the risks.

An antique bed

I get sentimental about the strangest things. Today I’m giving away the antique bed that used to belong to my friend Dave’s grandmother, and then my mother, and then me. Letting go of it makes me a little verklempt.

There’s a little white spot on the headboard from a couple of years ago, when I suffered through several days of fevers that were so high, I’d hallucinate. I’d wake up dripping with sweat and my head pressed against the headboard.

It was an imposing piece and I always meant to refinish it, but the reality of living in a small second-floor apartment means it’s just not practical. So I put it on Craigslist, and someone should be here to pick it up this afternoon.

I’m starting a new chapter in my life and I’m changing my surroundings to reflect that. So this well-used and much-beloved item goes off to a new home, where I hope it will again be loved and appreciated.

Bandwidth caps

Why it’s a joke, especially for AT&T.

Deep thought

Suddenly everyone in my city has dogs the size of cats.

Visual thinking

I’m a visual thinker. Are you?

Breaking news

Newt to announce his candidacy Wednesday — on Facebook and Twitter. What a gift!

Manic Monday

The Bangles:

Correction and apology

If you remember this previous piece, I want to make sure you all know the photograph that ran with the story was of a woman who had nothing to do with either of the principles. My deepest apologies to Ms. Kurka!

Greece

Considers leaving the European Union. Interesting!

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