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5:05 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Boy Scouts' President Says Ban On Gay Leaders Not Sustainable

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:05 am

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The president of the Boy Scouts of America made a surprise announcement today. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the organization needs to rethink its ban of openly gay men serving as scout leaders. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

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Europe
5:04 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Macedonians, Ethnic Albanians Unite Over Effort to Oust Prime Minister

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:48 am

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

'Aloft': A Haunting Family Drama Ripe With Magical Realism

Jennifer Connelly as Nana in Aloft.
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The first scene of Aloft is one of the more haunting movie openings in recent years. It's a bitter cold day in northern Canada; against a barren snowscape, a single mother named Nana (Jennifer Connolly) and her two young sons hitch rides in vans from morose men toward an increasingly remote location. With little dialogue, we discover they are on their way to visit a faith healer named The Architect, who performs rituals for a cult of believers in an igloo-like structure built from twigs.

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Movie Reviews
5:03 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

A Journey Of Self-Discovery In 'When Marnie Was There'

When Marnie Was There
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The adolescent girl at the heart of Hiromasa Yonebayashi's haunting When Marnie Was There has the cropped dark hair, wide eyes and square-peg awkwardness that will be familiar to fans of Studio Ghibli animated movies. Unlike the feisty, willful sprites of Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away and many other Ghibli treasures though, Anna is a cowed, sensitive soul with artistic leanings. At school she's friendless and bullied.

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The Two-Way
5:01 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Maryland Joins States That Won't Test New Drivers For Parallel Parking

A dying art? Maryland has stopped testing new drivers for parallel parking. Here, a car is seen in Baltimore.
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Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 5:41 pm

Saying that it tests parallel parking skills in other ways, Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is phasing out the portion of its test that has intimidated new drivers for generations.

Maryland is joining the list of states that have stopped making new drivers prove that they can maneuver a car into a parallel parking spot. Virginia, California and Florida are among those that have made the move.

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Law
4:51 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Veto Expected After Nebraska Lawmakers Vote To Abolish Death Penalty

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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Commentary
4:45 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Letters: Netanyahu Suspends Segregated Bus Program, Graphic Novels

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Irish Voters Prepare To Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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Around the Nation
4:37 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Maryland Drops Parallel Parking From Driver's License Test

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

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It's a point of pride, or it's a grueling anxiety-inducing exercise.

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Parallel parking - if you're a driver, you know exactly how skilled you are or are not when it comes to snuggling up to a curb.

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The Salt
4:31 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Chew On This: The Science Of Great NYC Bagels (It's Not The Water)

Steaming-hot bagels are scooped out of the water in which they were boiled and dumped onto a stainless steel drain board at a bagel bakery in Queens, New York City, 1963. Traditionally, bagels were boiled, but bakers who use the modern method skip this step.
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Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 6:30 pm

One of the first life lessons I picked up in college was this: The secret to the shiny crust and chewy bite prized in New York bagels is boiling. Any other way of cooking them, my Brooklyn born-and-raised, freshman-year roommate told me, is simply unacceptable.

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