Firewood Cost Increases Due To Fracking

Concord — Northeasterners who are digging deeper into their pockets to pay for firewood this season can add a new scapegoat to the roster of usual market forces: fracking. A timber industry representative in New Hampshire said hydraulic fracturing well sites in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation built to suck natural gas out of the ground are using construction “mats” made of hardwood logs — think of the corduroy roads seen in...

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Consumer Confidential: Cutting the Cable Cord and Embracing a Digital Media World

I have seen the future, and it doesn’t have cable TV. Our house is undergoing some repairs, so we’ve been staying elsewhere for the past week. I’ve been using my tablet computer for online access to HBO, Showtime and the other premium networks that make up most of my TV viewing. And you know what? It hasn’t been the eye-straining, no-fun experience I’d been expecting. Watching movies and shows while kicked back on the couch, my tablet...

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