Marie Cusick http://wdiy.org en Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests http://wdiy.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 33241 at http://wdiy.org Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests Chef Knows The Cows That Go Into 'The Truth' http://wdiy.org/post/chef-knows-cows-make-truth Lancaster County, Pa., is well known for its pastoral landscape, Amish community, and agricultural heritage. Despite this reputation, few local chefs have embraced the farm-to-table concept until recently.<p>A restaurant called John J. Jeffries, in Lancaster City, was among the first. Although the menu changes seasonally, customers can order the restaurant's version of steak tartare year-round.<p>The restaurant titles its signature raw ground beef spread "The Truth," and it's the kind of dish you would only want to make from meat you trust. As the chef and co-owner of John J. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 25122 at http://wdiy.org Chef Knows The Cows That Go Into 'The Truth' History Buffs Commemorate 150 Years Since Gettysburg Battle http://wdiy.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 22925 at http://wdiy.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight http://wdiy.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 10814 at http://wdiy.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight