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Montgomery County To Vote On Minimum Wage Bill

The Montgomery County Council has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on a bill raising the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by the year 2016. The scheduled vote comes after the council's health and human services committee recommended the measure by a 2-1 margin, with committee chairman George Leventhal joining council president and bill co-sponsor Nancy Navarro to approve it.

If Leventhal's support of the bill holds by Tuesday, that would give proponents of the bill four votes on the council — one short of what is needed for final approval. If that fifth vote is not found by Tuesday, then supporters could delay the vote indefinitely as some undecided council members have said they would like to see what the Maryland General Assembly might pass when it convenes in Annapolis in January.

A bill to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour failed last year, but support has been gaining to approve a hike among Democrats who control both branches of the General Assembly. But that wage level is beneath what the councils in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and neighboring D.C. are currently considering.

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Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

In 1858, the poet published a series of advice columns — titled "Manly Health and Training" — in which he recommends wearing a beard, taking a cold bath every morning and avoiding condiments.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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