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Five Best Ideas of the Day — Tolerating political differences, reimagining youth sports, gamifying the news, giving ex-cons a fair chance, & converting CO2 to crystals.

What happens when app-makers work with the taxi industry, not against it — Over the past few years, the most disruptive innovation in transportation has been sharing: Smartphone apps like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar match up riders and people with cars in a seamless experience that cuts out entrenched taxi companies altogether. But a whole other suite of apps are using similar technology to strengthen the regulated cab industry, rather than go around it.

How local government played catch-up as a fracking boom rolled through — WELLSBORO, Pa. - Most weekdays for the past 19 years, Erick Coolidge has gotten up at 4 in the morning, gone to help milk his 240-odd cows, then put on a suit and headed to the courthouse in Wellsboro, where he serves as a Tioga County commissioner.

Will trade deals help small businesses? Only if they look like this one. — For 125 years, some small portion of America's fire trucks have come from Columbus, Ohio. That's where the family-owned Sutphen Corp. produces shining red masses of steel and aluminum, loaded with ladders and tanks, the kind of vehicle that towns buy as a promise to keep citizens safe.

Millions of ex-cons still can’t get jobs. Here’s how the White House could help fix that. — Tamisha Walker remembers when she came upon the box. "Right then and there, it was like the air went out of my tires," she says. It was the "have you ever been convicted of a crime?" box on a job application for a job at Burlington Coat Factory in a suburb of San Francisco.

What it’s like to be the only woman in the fracking fields — Last week, we ran a series on how counties in Northern Pennsylvania dealt with the ramp-up and swift decline of natural gas drilling. It's likely to come back, though, and many people have decided to make a career in the industry - including Amy Gallagher, 39, who got a job with a gas field services firm after graduating from a three-week course run by Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Can taxi unions build an app to take on Uber? — NEW YORK CITY - Last Friday, in the Taxi Workers Alliance's recently expanded new offices in an industrial area of Queens, union cab driver activists from across the country, plus a couple from Europe, convened for a council of war.

You can protect the land from gas drilling. The planet is another question. — WELLSBORO, Pa. - Of all the people to watch the gas industry approaching, Jim Weaver - a biologist by training who started a job as Tioga County's environmental planner in 2004 - was the most predisposed to skepticism.

How to bargain with a gas company: Join up with your neighbors — Unlike in the western states, where gas companies deal with a few individuals who own thousands of acres or with the federal government, which owns millions, northern Pennsylvania is broken down into acreages of dozens or hundreds. In order to gain the rights to a large area, gas companies contract with "land men," who go door to door negotiating leases with smallholders.

Gas jobs are a golden ticket, but some restrictions apply — MORRIS, Pa. - Every morning for the past few weeks, Ryan Kreger has been getting up at 5 a.m. and driving an hour from the little white house he grew up in a few miles south of Wellsboro to Montgomery, Pa., where the oil field services giant Halliburton has a training facility.
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True!! RT @Mr_Berman: John Judis coming to NJ is gonna be really fun/make me smarter.

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Dear internet media company employees: Have you considered joining or starting a union? Why/why not? Tell me!

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