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POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 11:05 AM
Map of Delaware, which DEP Secretary Krancer says is "shaped like a dog with a tail." (www, map)

Ouch!  Is the contentious world of natural gas drilling taking a nasty turn?

Speaking at a meeting of the Wayne County Builders Association Tuesday afternoon, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer apparently had strong words for the state of Delaware.

“Sometimes they smell like the tail of a dog,” the Wayne Independent reported. “And it (the state) is shaped like a dog with a tail. This is the tail wagging the dog.”

POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 6:15 AM

Once again -- for the fifth year in a row -- the University of Pennsylvania has emerged at the top of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of green power champions at colleges and universities.

Penn beat 72 other schools across the country by purchasing more than 200 million kilowatt hours of green power -- power from renewable sources -- during the current academic year.

Penn is a big place with a lot of research and a lot of power needs, so this amount turned out to be 48 percent of the school's overall power usage.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 2:29 PM
The adult male red-tailed hawk, the day before the first eggs hatched. (Photo by Kay Meng)

The three eggs hatched on a Monday.

But the celebration was short-lived. By Friday, events at the red-tailed hawk nest on a third-floor ledge of the Franklin Institute took a turn for the worse.

Avid hawk-watchers who have been monitoring the nest last saw the adult male that night at about 6 p.m.

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Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

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