Marie Cusick http://upr.org en Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests http://upr.org/post/natural-gas-boom-cuts-pennsylvanias-state-forests On the side of a mountain road in Pennsylvania's Tiadaghton State Forest, I'm trying to avoid a steady stream of heavy truck traffic. Acres of freshly cut tree stumps stretch out in front of me.<p>Kevin Heatley lives in the area and has come to these woods for years to hike. He's an ecologist by trade and he's concerned about what he's seeing.<p>"Everything from the noise and the traffic to the lighting, to the pad placements, to the pipeline construction to the road expansion — this is all industrial infrastructure," Heatley says. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 35540 at http://upr.org Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight http://upr.org/post/forensic-crime-lab-scandals-may-be-due-oversight Three years ago, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/us/19forensics.html">a report</a> from the National Academy of Sciences exposed serious problems in the nation's forensic science community. It found not only a lack of peer-reviewed science in the field, but also insufficient oversight in crime laboratories.<p>Little has changed since that report came out, but concerns are growing as scandals keep surfacing at crime labs across the country.<p><strong>Critical Errors Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:14:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 16705 at http://upr.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight Activist Puts Albany Neighborhood On The Bus Map http://upr.org/post/activist-puts-albany-neighborhood-bus-map The New York state capital, Albany, is a gathering place for the state's most powerful people.<p>But in the city's poor and predominately black South End neighborhood, many residents once felt powerless.<p>They had repeatedly asked for better public transit for South End, an area plagued with poverty and crime not far from New York's gated governor's mansion.<p>Today, the city's Route 100 bus glides easily up Morton Avenue, a steep hill in the South End neighborhood. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:05:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 5167 at http://upr.org Activist Puts Albany Neighborhood On The Bus Map