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Post Haste: There's apparently flaming water in Nelsonville; We know who your spring commencement speaker will be

A video of the water was published on the Athens Messenger's website Wednesday.

Good morning. Here's what you need to know for Thursday, March. 17, 2016:

Of the many hot issues in Nelsonville, water is not usually one.

That changed Wednesday when The Athens Messenger posted a reader-submitted video of someone setting a Nelsonville resident’s tap water ablaze.

The man said he became curious after noticing the water pressure was low, and the water seemed to be bubbling. The video has since been making the rounds on Facebook.

Some might say fracking is to blame. That remains a topic of discussion, but at least one self-proclaimed geologist has rebuffed the claim in another fracking-heavy area — North Dakota.

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High of 65 degrees today. A little windy again. (Courtesy of Scalia Lab)


  • And your spring commencement speaker is… (The Post)

  • The Program Coordinator of OU’s Women’s Center is leaving her post. (The Post)

  • A Post reporter looked into the claims of sexism and harassment at WOUB. (The Post)

Scores and Game Times

Men’s basketball took down Albany in overtime in the first round of the CBI Wednesday night. The baseball team lost to Northern Kentucky in extra innings.

You might also want to know …

A University of Virginia student was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea Wednesday for attempting to steal a poster. (AP)

President Obama announced his choice for a new Supreme Court Justice Wednesday. But it’s complicated. (CNBC)

For more global news, check out The New York Times' daily briefing.

Athens Bar Specials

Pawpurr’s Bar: Half-off drinks from 8-9 p.m.

The Pub: $2.50 well drinks. $2.50 Cali Boy and Vegas Bombs

Red Brick Tavern: $1 well drinks and domestics from 6-9 p.m.

Courtside Pizza: $2 domestic, $3 Jameson, $2.50 Long Islands from 4-9 p.m.


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