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Virginia Board Of Health To Vote On New Abortion Clinic Rules

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Activists on both sides of the abortion issue are rallying their troops for today's meeting of the Virginia Board of Health as that board prepares to take another vote on the contentious issue of abortion clinic regulations, according to the Associated Press.

The board approved the regulations in June, but Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli refused to certify them, charging the board overstepped its authority when it stripped a provision requiring all clinics to meet the same strict architectural standards as newly constructed hospitals.

Abortion rights supporters who cheered the revision are vowing to pack the meeting room again to encourage the board to reject Cuccinelli's position. They argue the tough building standards would force most of Virginia's 20 abortion clinics to close. The conservative Family Foundation of Virginia is also encouraging abortion opponents to attend the meeting in Richmond.

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It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

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Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now being encouraged at some upscale, urban restaurants catering to wealthy, young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
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It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

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DDOT Questions Metro's Ability To Protect People With Disabilities For Ride-Hailing Paratransit Trips

As Metro looks to reduce the cost of its expensive MetroAccess paratransit service, they're turning to ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to provide low-cost trips. Some critics say they represent a race to the bottom.

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