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By Susan Phillips / NewsWorks

Fracking Not the Only Threat to Pa.'s Drinking Water

Like many in her area, Crystal Stroud was aware of the concerns about hydrofracturing, or fracking. In that process, a solution of water, sand and chemicals is shot into a deep well to help release the gas. When she saw the drill rig go up near her house, she had her well water sent for testing. She wanted to get a baseline, in case fracking ended up polluting her water. But Stroud's health issues began before the well near her house had ever been fracked. On April 11, she got a surprising call from the lab. The woman calling said the water tests revealed "major concerns."

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Posted Jun. 9, 2011 | Comments: 2

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By Taunya English / NewsWorks

AIDS Turns 30; Will There Ever Be a Vaccine?

In June 1981, disease detectives at the CDC published the first description of a pneumonia-like illness afflicting five Los Angeles men. The syndrome was later called AIDS. AIDS turns 30 this month, and its death toll in the United States has passed 600,000. Some are asking: Why don't we have an HIV vaccine yet?

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Posted Jun. 3, 2011 | Comments: 0

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By Peter Crimmins / NewsWorks

Punk-Rock Legend Mikey Wild Dies

"I was born in Philadelphia," said Michael DeLuca, aka Mikey Wild, in the YouTube video "Mikey Wild: the Livng Legend." "I'm a Philadelphian. I'm the king."

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Posted May. 27, 2011 | Comments: 0

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By Tom McDonald / NewsWorks

City Council Revives Sick-Leave Bill

A bill mandating paid sick time for all workers in Philadelphia is emerging from limbo in City Council. The "Healthy Families Initiative" would require all employers to offer paid sick time to workers. After intense opposition from business leaders, it was put on the shelf for the past several weeks.

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Posted May. 26, 2011 | Comments: 0

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