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Thu October 13, 2011

Land Rush In Eastern Ohio A Boon For The Economy

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 5:28 pm

T.J. Turner stands in his yard in Yellow Springs, Ohio, on May 27 near a sign protesting the practice of fracking, a process used to extract oil or natural gas from hard rock formations. Turner was approached by a salesman for an energy exploration company to lease rights for drilling on his property.

Jay LaPrete AP

The latest hot spot for oil and natural gas is in eastern Ohio.

Some analysts say energy companies haven't been this interested in the Buckeye State since John D. Rockefeller opened Standard Oil in Cleveland in the late 19th century.

Now there's a land rush for drilling rights in what is called the Utica Shale.

Chasing Leasing Rights

Columbiana County Recorder Craig Brown has little privacy at his desk. His offices are packed with workers preparing oil and gas leases and researching the mineral rights of local homeowners.

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Thu October 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Teens Use Condoms More Often During First Sex

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:12 pm

Teenagers can, in fact, make some mature decisions when it comes to sex.

The latest government data show that 8 of 10 teen males used a condom the first time they had sex, an increase of 9 percentage points since 2002.

The findings, released yesterday, come from the National Survey of Family Growth, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2006 and 2010. The data were gathered from in-person interviews with 4,600 teenagers across the country.

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Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Dennis Ritchie, C Programmer And Unix Co-Creator, Has Died

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 1:49 pm

Dennis Ritchie at the 1999 ceremony when he received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton.

Bell Labs.

Dennis Ritchie is being remembered today as a pioneering computer scientist, the "father of [the] C programming language," co-creator of the Unix operating system and "a 'titan' of the [computer] industry whose influence was largely unknown."

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Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

11-Year Sentence For Hedge Fund Boss Rajaratnam

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 11:10 am

Raj Rajaratnam, billionaire co-founder of Galleon Group, entering Manhattan federal court in May.

Louis Lanzano AP

Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge-fund billionaire convicted of insider trading, has just been given what's said to be the longest-ever prison sentence in the U.S. for that crime.

He's due to spend 11 years behind bars, The New York Times' DealBook blog and other news outlets are reporting. And he's been fined $10 million.

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Thu October 13, 2011
The Salt

'Better For You' Foods May Be Better For Company Profits

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 2:28 pm

We are choosing among a dizzying array of low-fat, low-salt, and low-calorie products

Processed foods that are low in calories, salt, fat or sugar are too expensive. And we won't buy them if we think they won't taste good — or so the conventional wisdom goes.

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