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Baltimore Mayor To Officiate Mass Same-Sex Wedding At Pride Parade

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will preside over a mass wedding for same-sex couples during the city's Pride Festival at Druid Hill Park next month.

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Frontman Of Popular Jamaican Ska Group Hit By Bottle During Virginia Show

Toots and the Maytals frontman Frederick "Toots'' Hibbert was hit in the head on Saturday night, leaving him with seven stitches.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Tells 'Harry Potter' Backstories

Quidditch was invented "in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend," writes the Harry Potter creator. Other book news: Ireland puts an entire short story on a postage stamp; Daniel Handler on Midwestern literature; and the best books coming out this week.
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Nostalgia For Sale As Captain Kangaroo's Pals Are Auctioned Off

A giant lot of Captain Kangaroo memorabilia goes on the auction block this week in Los Angeles. Among the items up for auction are several of the captain's signature jackets, Mr. Green Jeans' famous jeans and the life-sized costume worn by Dancing Bear.
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Decades Later And Across An Ocean, A Novel Gets Its Due

John Williams' Stoner sold just 2,000 copies when it was originally published in 1965. It's now acknowledged as a classic work, is a best-seller across Europe and the No. 1 novel in the Netherlands.
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Unacceptable Anger From 'The Woman Upstairs'

"Women's anger is very scary to people," author Claire Messud says. Her new novel, The Woman Upstairs, features a seething main character, a young woman whose anger is unsettling.
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Three-Minute Fiction: 'Ten Ring Fingers' And 'Ghost Words'

NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read Ten Ring Fingers by Tamara Breuer of Washington, D.C., and Ghost Words by Matheus Macedo of Winthrop, Mass.
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The Movie Katie Aselton Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor-director Katie Aselton could watch Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break a million times. "It totally scoops you up and takes you for a ride," she says.

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