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Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill Pushed Back To Committee

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The Maryland Senate voted to send the measure back to a Senate committee, effectively killing it on the final day of this year's legislative session.

The measure would prohibit discrimination based on "a gender-related identity, or appearance of an individual regardless of the individual's assigned sex at birth."

Activists who had pushed earlier in the session to legalize gay marriage also lobbied for the transgender protections, but Senate President Thomas Miller (D-Calvert and Prince George's County) made it clear the measure would not likely pass his chamber.

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Check Out This 1999 Profile Of The Late, Great Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel stayed true to his roots, even when it wasn't easy. This LA Times piece takes a look at why that was.
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Northeast Farmers Grapple With Worst Drought In More Than A Decade

This year, many fields are bone dry — and that has many farmers in the region thinking about how to manage their land, their animals and the water that is there.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Scientists Looking For Alien Life Investigate 'Interesting' Signal From Space

Russian astronomers detected an unusual radio signal last year. The SETI Institute says it's too soon to say whether the signal came from intelligent life-forms — but researchers are checking it out.

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