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New York Towns Threaten to Secede Over Fracking Ban

Upstate residents seek the “new cars, new four-wheelers,” and “new snowmobiles” enjoyed by their Pennsylvania neighbors.

Southern Tier of New York. Photo by Stilfehler via Wikimedia Commons

Fifteen upstate New York towns are considering secession from the Empire State after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent ban on fracking shut down hopes of a natural gas-related economic boom. Sitting atop the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation that contains a large amount of trapped natural gas, these towns are threatening to move to Pennsylvania, which shares a border with New York’s Southern Tier, and where the fracking business is still thriving. On Friday, a local CBS News Affiliate in Binghamton, WBNG-TV, reported that The Upstate New York Towns Association, a lobby group for a number of upstate municipalities, was “comparing taxes and the cost of doing business in the two states.”

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Bus Drivers The Latest Targets of Anti-Sitting Extremism

Lebanon, Pennsylvania’s school district offers exercise classes to bus drivers to get them out of their seats.

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Another win for the anti-sitting movement: a Pennsylvania school district has just begun offering physical fitness classes for its school bus drivers, who spend most of their day ass-to-seat. The city bus drivers of Lebanon, Pennsylvania congregate twice a week to do step-up lounges, lift some dumbbells and throw around some medicine balls. The classes were made available to the bus drivers after a school district transportation official observed that the drivers had put on a little weight. If sitting can kill you, than being a bus driver (or working all day in an office chair) is a death sentence. Luckily, though the classes aren’t mandatory, Lebanon’s bus drivers have been enthusiastic in their attendance.

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Which High School Kids Will Obama Brainwash This Year?

The Commander in Chief will give the commencement speech to one of these six high schools.

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High school graduations are just around the corner. Thanks to the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, for the second year in a row, one outstanding (and lucky) public school will host the Commander in Chief as its commencement speaker. Hundreds of schools across the country entered by answering essay questions and providing data showing how they're "promoting college and career readiness for all students while establishing a culture of student success and academic excellence." Today the White House announced the six finalists:

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Pennsylvania School Levies Insane Fines for Ditching

How would you like to get a $27,000 fine if your kid missed school? That's what's going down in Lebanon, PA—and a lawsuit plans to stop it.


What happens when a school district cares more about money than it does about kids? It levies insane—as in $27,000 for one student—truancy fines. That's the kind of penalties the Lebanon, Pennsylvania, school district's been imposing on students and their families, and now they're facing a federal lawsuit over the practice.

The class action suit filed by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia on behalf of four parents and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says that Lebanon School District's truancy fines are "excessive and illegal" and are unfairly applied to minority families.

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World's Largest Baseball Bat?

Is Elysburg, Pennsylvania home to this wonder of the world?

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A Community of Ovens

For most of us, cooking is more or less a solitary event. Kitchen stoves, office microwaves, and dorm room toaster ovens fry, zap and roast our...

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