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Lincoln experts, venues celebrate emancipation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Lincoln's Cottage is hosting a celebration of the 150th anniversary of District of Columbia Emancipation Day to mark the day slaves were freed in the nation's capital.

The free celebration Sunday afternoon featured Lincoln presidential scholars and a musical program. Lincoln experts at the program included Harold Holzer, Edna Greene and Frank Williams. They discussed Abraham Lincoln's role in the D.C. Emancipation Act, the reactions to it and the role citizens played.

Today, the cottage museum will also join Cultural Tourism D.C., Ford's Theatre and the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in hosting a citywide mobile scavenger hunt called "Free in D.C."

The cottage where Lincoln spent about a quarter of his presidency is now a museum.


Group calls to extend Marcellus measures

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former top environmental official says Pennsylvania's successful efforts to keep Marcellus Shale wastewater away from drinking water supplies should be extended to all other oil and gas drillers.

George Jugovic Jr. says conventional wells produce the same salty contaminants as the Marcellus wells. He's now president of PennFuture, an environmental group.

An analysis by the Associated Press found that a loophole still allows potentially harmful oil and gas wastewater to end up in drinking water supplies. The analysis of state data shows that in the second half of 2011, about 78 million gallons of drilling wastewater from conventional wells went into treatment plants that discharge into rivers.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Kevin Sunday says the agency encourages wastewater recycling. He didn't say why Pennsylvania allows the loophole.