Supreme Court hears arguments in gay marriage ban case

Supreme Court hears arguments in gay marriage ban case

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday took up the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage, hearing arguments from both sides of the debate on California’s gay marriage ban Proposition 8. The court could make history if it decides to extend equal rights to same-sex couples. According to Reuters, the justices could rule by the end of June on whether the law may stand.

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Patrolling Baltimore’s “Wild Wild West”

Patrolling Baltimore’s “Wild Wild West”

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Mike Boyd and Jim Mingle are detectives for the Baltimore City Police Department assigned to West Baltimore, which has seen 15 killings this year, including a triple homicide this week. Along with 150 sworn officers who typically work administrative jobs, detectives are being called upon this month to temporarily bolster patrol units and create a visible blanket over the city to smother the outburst of gunfire.

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March 25 Photo Brief: Spring snow on the East Coast, Supreme Court takes on Prop. 8, rebels capture Central African Republic, a 130 ft Lord Buddha statue

March 25 Photo Brief: Spring snow on the East Coast, Supreme Court takes on Prop. 8, rebels capture Central African Republic, a 130 ft Lord Buddha statue

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Spring snow on the East Coast, Supreme Court takes on Prop. 8, rebels capture Central African Republic, a 130 foot Lord Buddha statue and more in today’s daily brief.

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The end of an era at The Recher Theatre

The end of an era at The Recher Theatre

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Since 1997, The Recher Theatre in Towson has been hosting live music acts, big and small, giving many local groups a chance to perform. Mike Ruocco, who is originally from Lutherville, was one of those acts. He started playing when he was a teenager at the Recher in his then-band Plunge, went on to join SR-71 and eventually started the band Cinder Road. A week before the Recher closes for renovations to turn it into a club and bar, Ruocco led Cinder Road Saturday night to their final performance at the venue.

Below, watch a video from Cinder Road’s performance, and hear Ruocco and theatre owner Brian Recher talk about how the venue contributed to their success.

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March 22 Photo Brief: Obama in Israel, World Water Day, mystical Islam and tiger tongue kisses

March 22 Photo Brief: Obama in Israel, World Water Day, mystical Islam and tiger tongue kisses

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U.S. President Barack Obama visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, the world observes World Water Day with the theme “Water Cooperation,” adepts of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, self-pierce to earn salvation, a pet tiger plays with a keeper at an Indonesian school and more in today’s daily brief.

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Holi celebrations begin in India with local festival

Holi celebrations begin in India with local festival

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On March 27, Hindus across India and the Indian diaspora will observe Holi, a festival that in part marks the beginning of spring. In celebration, Hindu devotees spend the day smearing colored powder on each other’s faces and throwing colored water at friends and family, leading to Holi’s status as India’s “Festival of Colors.”

Local Holi celebrations often begin earlier, including Lathmar Holi in the northern Indian town of Barsana. Unique to the Lathmar Holi tradition is a ceremony where women use long sticks to beat men who sing provocative songs to invite their attention.

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