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Celebrity ‘Fractivists’: True Advocates Or NIMBYs?

By Kevin Begos and Jennifer Peltz NEW YORK (AP) – The scene: a Manhattan art-house theater. The cause: a campaign against the gas drilling process known as fracking that’s being led by more than 100 celebrities, including Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo and Mario Batali. Outside, demonstrators in hazmat suits circle the [...]

Beer Will Help Power Alaska Brewery

By Joshua Berlinger JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace [...]

If It Winds, Chirps Or Chimes, He’ll Fix It

By Brian Ojanpa ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) – As a kid, Steven Hultengren had wind-up toys that buzzed and clacked and annoyed his mother so much she broke them to bring her quiet. At which point her 8-year-old son would take them apart, tinker away in fascination of their mechanical innards and make them work [...]

Plant That Burned Natural Gas Now Distant Memory

By Adam Voge MIDWEST, Wyo. (AP) – The plant sits in a valley near Ship Rock, empty, broken and forgotten. Sixty years have not been kind to this building. The walls were once a solid, concrete gray. Fifty-four high school classes have come through Midwest since the plant’s closure, and members of most of them [...]

W. Pa. Duo Uses Solar, Recycling To Live Off Grid

By Janice Crompton LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) – How great would it be to have all the conveniences of modern life without most of the bills — or worries about power outages? It may sound too good to be true, but that’s life for Ted and Kathy Carns of Ligonier Township, who have managed to build [...]