Marie Cusick http://whqr.org en Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests http://whqr.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 48784 at http://whqr.org Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests History Buffs Commemorate 150 Years Since Gettysburg Battle http://whqr.org/post/history-buffs-commemorate-150-years-gettysburg-battle This week marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. While it's widely known as the critical turning point of the Civil War, the small Pennsylvania town has seen many other battles since then — over how the historic site should be preserved and remembered. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 08:42:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 39224 at http://whqr.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight http://whqr.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 27647 at http://whqr.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight Activist Puts Albany Neighborhood On The Bus Map http://whqr.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 14257 at http://whqr.org Activist Puts Albany Neighborhood On The Bus Map