In California, the question of whether a member of a jury can be excluded due to his or her sexual orientation has come up; the stock market cheats the middle class; meanwhile, videos have been released showing Iran’s involvement in training Syrian soldiers. These discoveries and more below.
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San Juan Capistrano Bans Flip-Flops At Park
When Jenna Burgdorf sat at a picnic table enjoying San Juan Capistrano’s new dog park recently, the 20-year-old had no idea she was violating park rules regarding footwear.
Can Being Gay Get You Out of Jury Duty?
In the middle of marriage equality’s ascendance to inevitability, it’s often forgotten that relationship rights are only the start of gay people’s full integration into American society.
Apparently, Stephen Hawking has come out in favor of assisted suicide—but only for “those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain.”
This past Sunday night on “60 Minutes” John Miller of CBS News said, “I’ve spoken with intelligence analysts who have said an uncomfortable thing that has a ring of truth, which is: the longer this war in Syria goes on, in some sense the better off we are.”