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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

The free pizza coupons the company offered Bobtown, Pa., residents after a nearby natural gas well explosion killed a worker have been criticized as paltry, but some in the town don't feel that way.

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Remembering The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

The 1989 oil spill prompted changes in oil industry regulation and spill research. But oil companies today are working in more remote places than ever, from the Arctic to deep below the ocean floor.

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