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Supreme Court To Argue Same-Sex Marriage This Spring

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Three weeks after voters backed same-sex marriage in three states, including Maryland, and defeated a ban in a fourth state, the Supreme Court is deciding when it will get involved.

The justices are meeting today to decide whether they should deal with the argument this spring that the Constitution gives people the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation.

Cases could be argued as early as March, with a decision expected by June.

Meanwhile in Maryland, Attorney General Doug Gansler says court clerks can begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses before Jan. 1, when the law is scheduled to take effect. He writes that as long as the effective date of the license is for the first of the year, it can be handed out early if a clerk wishes to do so.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.

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Jet Noise Is No Joke For Residents Burned By Report About Airport Complaints

Nobody wants to own up to making thousands of complaints about noise from planes flying out of Reagan National Airport. But nearby residents say the noise definitely has gotten worse recently. And there appears to be a specific reason — a new air traffic control system.

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