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New Lawsuit To Challenge Maryland’s 'DREAM Act' On Ballot

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A new lawsuit in Maryland is challenging the state's referendum on offering in-state tuition to some undocumented immigrants.

Maryland's board of elections certified a petition in July to put the law known as Maryland's 'DREAM Act' on the ballot in 2012. The law -- passed by the General Assembly this year and signed by the Gov. Martin O'Malley -- would offer in-state college tuition to some undocumented immigrants.

Attorneys for some students and the immigrant group Casa de Maryland, who filed the lawsuit Monday, say the board of elections was wrong to certify the petition for the referendum.

Attorney Joe Sandler says the state funding involved puts it in a category of laws that cannot be put on the ballot.

Sandler also says the board of elections improperly validated thousands of signatures gathered online, which he claims makes them susceptible to fraud.

Del. Patrick McDonough (R-Md.), who helped organize the petition drive against the measure, described the lawsuit as frivolous, without merit and a sign of desperation.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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