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Author Archives: The Washington Post News Service & Syndicate

Maryland fracking regulations include enhanced buffers around wells (access required)

Maryland environmental officials proposed new regulations Monday to govern the controversial gas-extraction method known as fracking, saying they expect to finalize the rules by the end of the year. State Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles called the guidelines “the most stringent ...

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Five things to know following Marriott’s takeover of Starwood (access required)

Marriott International is taking over Starwood Hotels & Resorts Friday morning, effectively creating the world’s largest hotel company. Here are five things to know about the $13.6 billion merger. 1. Platinum Starwood member? Now you’re a Platinum Marriott Rewards member ...

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Md. man killed two senior citizens, got locked up, and tried to extort money from a third (access required)

Alone in his prison cell, Darren Witmer pulled out a piece of paper and tried a new way to steal someone’s money. “May this letter reach your hands with a welcoming comfort,” he wrote last year to a 75-year-old woman ...

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