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Maryland To Vote On Constitution-Rewrite Convention

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Maryland voters get one chance every 20 years to decide whether they want to hold a convention to rewrite the state's constitution, and the question is now before them on the ballot.

The threshold for approval is high. The proposal would need support from a majority of voters, not just from those weighing in on the issue alone. It's a significant qualifier because many people often vote for offices at the top of the ballot and skip questions near the bottom.

Supporters of holding a convention say it could be an effective way of addressing government reforms, such as term limits or reducing lawmakers' roles in redrawing legislative districts. Opponents cite expenses and a lack of a defined purpose as reasons for not holding a convention.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the last few years, that has started to change. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Virginia Republicans Warn Of High Energy Costs With Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'

Republican leaders in Virginia say Obama's clean energy plan would drive up energy costs and damage a struggling economy. Democrats say saving the planet is more important than the short-term problem of higher energy bills.
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Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

Young entrepreneurs in Africa say that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

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