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Among Indian tribes, a division over gay marriage
The Washington Post
May 13, 2013

For Heather Purser, the first pang came more than a decade ago as she gathered clams on Puget Sound’s Chico Beach, watching her cousin’s new husband assist with the digging. She figured she’d never have a legal spouse to help with the backbreaking work.

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FRIEZE: Art, food and drink
artforum.com
May 13, 2013

During its early hours on May 9, it rained art, it rained people, and it just plain rained on Randall’s Island Park, soaking Paul McCarthy’s ginormous balloon dog on the northern side of the slinky white tent.

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Taylor Mead, Bohemian and Actor, Dies at 88
New York Times
May 10, 2013

Mr. Mead colluded with Andy Warhol in the 1960s to make several curious films. Rachel Churner, an owner of Churner and Churner, a Chelsea gallery that has exhibited Mr. Mead’s paintings, confirmed the death, saying she had no further details.

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Heart Disease and Dogs
NYTimes.com
May 10, 2013

The nation’s largest cardiovascular health organization has a new message for Americans: Owning a dog may protect you from heart disease.

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Strong Girl Names Are Taking Over
jezebel
May 10, 2013

many of the names for girls growing in popularity invoke strength and courage instead of delicacy. Case in point: Arya — as in the sword-wieling Stark on Game Of Thrones — is the fastest rising name for girls in 2012.

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Women Who Pray in Garments Traditionally Worn by Men
New York Times
May 10, 2013

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews joined a protest at the Jerusalem holy site, creating a standoff with a group of women praying there in garments traditionally worn by men.

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Michelle Knight, Missing
The New Yorker
May 10, 2013

How many times since August, 2002, did Michelle Knight think that she was going to die? When it became clear that Ariel Castro, who had offered her a ride, was not taking her home, but to a basement in his own house?

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Bill de Blasio’s Formerly Lesbian Wife Patiently Explains Human Sexuality
New York Magazine
May 9, 2013

Before she was married to New York City public advocate and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray was a lesbian. She wrote an essay about it for Essence in 1979...

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Linguists identify 15,000-year-old Words
The Washington Post
May 7, 2013

A team of researchers has come up with a list of two dozen “ultraconserved words” that have survived 150 centuries. It includes some predictable entries: “mother,” “not,” “what,” “to hear” and “man.” It also contains surprises: “to flow,” “ashes” and “worm.”

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Sexual Assaults In Military Have Increased By A Third Since 2010 : The Two-Way : NPR
NPR
May 7, 2013

A Pentagon survey finds that 26,000 service members were believed to be victims of sexual assault in 2012. The report comes as the military faces growing criticism over how it handles cases of sexual assault.

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