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Virginians Back Same-Sex Marriage, Prefer Cuccinelli For Barbecue Conversation

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A new poll finds 50 percent of voters in Virginia back same-sex marriage.

It has been five years since voters in Virginia approved a state ban on same-sex marriage, but a poll released today by Quinnipiac University demonstrates growing support for gay marriage, with 50 percent supporting and 43 percent opposing.

The poll also looked at the race for governor, and it finds Democrat Terry McAullife holding a slight four-point edge over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. The survey finds a big gender gap in support, with women supporting McAuliffe and men backing Cuccinelli.

But in terms of who voters would rather chat with at a barbecue—yes, that is the survey question—voters say the answer is Cucinnelli, giving the Republican the nod over McAullife 38 to 34 percent.

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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.
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Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
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Jon Stewart's Private White House Meetings

Comedian Jon Stewart was called to the White House on at least two occasions for private meetings with President Obama, according to Politico. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with reporter Darren Samuelsohn.
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An App Tells Painful Stories Of Slaves At Monticello's Mulberry Row

A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.

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