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Gray Backs Bill Decriminalizing Possession Of Small Amounts Of Marijuana

The Gray administration is throwing its support behind a D.C. Council proposal to decriminalize marijuana.

The measure to make the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil fine and not a criminal penalty has the support of a majority of the D.C. Council, and now it appears the mayor is on board too.

A deputy attorney general testified on Thursday at the Council that Mayor Vincent Gray supports the bill but wants several changes to make it tougher. Those changes include keeping it a criminal offense to smoke marijuana on sidewalks, in parks or in other public spaces where children are present.

The deputy attorney general also said that Gray would like to see a provision mandating that people cited for marijuana be forced to identify themselves and that police be allowed to prosecute possession or distribution of marijuana at schools.

During the hearing Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) also expressed support for allowing residents to grow several plants of marijuana at home, but the attorney general’s office didn’t endorse that idea.

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Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo' Full Of Loneliness And Longing

In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.
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Soup to Nuts, Restaurants Smoke It All

While you won't find cigarettes in restaurants anymore, some smoking isn't banned. It's not just meat, either; it's hot to smoke just about anything edible.
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Virginia Remains At Odds With Feds On Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Virginia continue to resist the $9.6 billion Medicaid expansion on offer from the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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