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For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

David Giffels spent his whole life watching people — friends, colleagues, LeBron James — leave his hometown. In a new book, he reflects on the effects of those departures.

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Chevron Pizza 'Scandal' Leaves Small Town Divided

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Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

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Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

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For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

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