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  • Wandering Eye: French newspaper attacked by terrorists, Maryland takes on fracking, and more

    Wandering Eye: French newspaper attacked by terrorists, Maryland takes on fracking, and more
    Outgoing Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D) recently gave the green light to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, better known as fracking, and incoming governor Larry Hogan (R) supports the controversial policy. But here's something Free Staters may want to consider, should fracking start in their neighborhood: Data increasingly show it causes earthquakes. The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America published a new study concluding that 77 earthquakes last March in Poland Township, Ohio, were directly caused by fracking, and one of them was "potentially one of the largest earthquakes induced by hydraulic fracturing in the United States." The online trade publication EnergyWire, meanwhile, looked at federal earthquake data to discover that frack-booming Oklahoma in 2014 had "564 earthquakes of magnitude 3 and larger, compared with only 100 in 2013" and an average of one to three between 1975 and 2008. The link between fracking and earthquakes has been a simmering discussion, and, given the emerging data, look for it to heat up. (Van Smith)
  • The House that Mencken Built

    The House that Mencken Built
    When the Sunpapers bought City Paper last spring, we were uncertain, to say the least. We’d been through a heavy battle with our old owners. We’d been for sale for a long time. We were tired. And then the paper against which the City Paper had...

    More Mencken

    More Mencken
    As a student, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers was intending to write a master’s thesis on the poetry of T. S. Eliot, when she stumbled upon a box of letters between H. L. Mencken and his wife, Sara, at the Goucher* Library. That chance encounter led to her...

    Beyond the Beltway

    Missed It: As a journalist, I'm practically required to check out Jim Romenesko's media news blog daily, but I don't, so I missed C-Span CEO Brian Lamb's Feb. 27 interview with Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. In it, Steele, says he has "no use" for The Sun due...

    Current Mood: Disgruntled

    On Sept. 26, the following letter appeared on the media blog Romenesko, a compendium of "media industry news, commentary, and memos," compiled by Jim Romenesko (view the original posting). The letter was signed by 100 Sun newsroom staffers and handed over...