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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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Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.
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Domino's Pizza Tests Drone Delivery In New Zealand

Don't expect the service soon. The head of a drone company told Reuters they have to figure out how to navigate "random hazards like power lines, moving vehicles and children in the backyard playing."
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All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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