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Opponents Of Virginia Abortion Clinic Regulations Deliver Comments

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Abortion-rights supporters have delivered more than 3,600 public comments opposing Virginia's new abortion clinic regulations to the Virginia Board of Health.

The General Assembly mandated the regulations, which would require all Virginia abortion clinics to meet the same strict building standards as newly constructed hospitals. Those standards cover things like doorway widths and room sizes.They had previously been regulated as outpatient clinics, such as oral or cosmetic surgery centers.

Opponents say the regulations would require expensive renovations that would put most of the state's 20 existing abortion clinics out of business.

Activists carried the comments to the state health department's headquarters in Richmond. The board is scheduled to take a final vote on the regulations April 12.

The Board of Health has already given preliminary approval to the regulations, which took effect on an emergency basis on Jan. 1, 2012.

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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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