No Escaping Fracking

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*+-Walter Brasch: The New Jersey senate voted 30-5, and the assembly voted 56-19, to ban frack waste. The vote appeared strong enough to be veto proof, but, Gov. Christie vetoed it in June.

Fracking Wars: An Injunction Against the Truth

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*+-Walt Brasch: Before Vera Scroggins were four lawyers and several employees of Cabot Gas and Oil, who accused her of trespassing and causing irreparable harm to the company that had almost $1 billion in revenue in 2012.

Ready for Less Academics?

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*+-Walter Brasch: Fewer people know the names of the recent Nobel laureates than the starting quarterbacks for Division I college teams. To find out why, I went to Green Valley College.

Shuffling Federal Paperwork

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*+-Walter Brasch: Deep in an obscure federal building is Wilson P. Throckmorton, the first secretary of the Department of Administration. With him are his two key assistants, career administrators Samuel J. Stonewall and Waldo P. Rockbottom.

Discriminating Taste

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*+-Walter Brasch: Want to be a CEO for a Fortune 500 company? Make sure you’re about 6-foot tall–too tall also doesn’t work, either–weigh about 170-200 pounds, have hair, and look good in Armani suits. And, also make sure you’re a male.

Tom Corbett’s Sizzle Has Fizzled

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*+-Walter Brasch: There is a lot that Tom Corbett could have done to improve his popularity. But, what he did was to shuffle his top advisors and change his public relations staff, a couple of whom went directly into PR agencies, where they represent the oil and gas industry.

The No-News Media Cover a Royal Birth

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*+-Walter Brasch: While the media are fixated upon the birth of a future monarch, they have cut back their incessant incoherently babbling about the lives and misfortunes of American celebrities.