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Court: no action yet on same-sex marriage (KSAT)
The Supreme Court took no action Friday on a pending series of appeals over
the divisive issue of same-sex marriage.
The justices had a closed-door conference to consider whether to accept for
review several challenges to federal and state laws restricting the ability of
gay and lesbian couples to legally wed.
But the court, without explanation, had nothing to report on the pending
appeals. It was perhaps a sign it needed more time to consider the complex
legal and constitutional questions.
If the high court has merely delayed consideration of the same-sex marriage
cases, it may be prepared to revisit them as early as next Friday, when the
justices hold another private conference.
The political, social, and legal stakes of this long-simmering debate would
once again put the high court at the center of national attention, a
contentious encore to its summer ruling upholding the massive health care
reform law championed by President Barack Obama.
Three separate issues on same-sex marriage confront the justices, including
federal benefits, state benefits and state referendums.
Although there was no certainty the court was prepared to announce it would be
tackling the issue, there was building anticipation among advocacy groups on
both sides ...
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Minnesota Vikings: Walsh sets NFL field goal record (twincities)
HOUSTON -- When Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer saw rookie
kicker Blair Walsh warming up at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 23, he went
to coach Leslie Frazier with a simple, if bold, opinion: The Vikings should be
able to attempt a field goal whenever they crossed the 50-yard line.
PhoneJoy’s New Play GamePad Is A Universal Smartphone Game Controller That Hugs Your Gadget (crunchgear?)
I would love to do more gaming on my Sony PlayStation Vita, but there just
aren't enough games I'm interested in, and I'd love to do more gaming on my
iPhone or Android handsets, but I still long for physical controls, despite
years of having gotten used to touch. PhoneJoy's new Play controller, which
opened for pre-orders on Kickstarter today, is a blend of both those world's
that extra impressive for being platform agnostic thanks to a unique design
that means it'll fit your phone perfectly, no matter what phone you have.
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Followup: Norman, OK Chevy dealer sells rather than selling out [w/poll] (Autoblog)
Filed under: Car Buying, Marketing/Advertising, Chevrolet, GM
Just like any other retail store, car dealerships are as much about branding
as they are about selling products. So when Marc Heitz decided to design his
Chevrolet franchise to resemble more of an outdoor enthusiast store rather
than a conventional Chevy dealer, General Motors stepped in by stopping
payment of quarterly dealer bonuses to the tune of $250,000 each. Now,
_Automotive News_ is reporting that rather than redesigning the store or
losing an estimated $1 million per year in bonuses, Heitz has instead sold his
franchise to a cross-town rival, David Stanley Chevrolet.
Heitz had built his franchise into an attraction as well as a car dealership
with unique features like a log-cabin facade, two dog runs and a 110-foot
windmill outside and an aquarium, 45-foot tall waterfall and numerous animal
statues inside; Chevrolet's design standards consist of a white-and-blue
With annual sales expected to total more than 1,800 new cars this year (making
it the 15th best-selling Chevy dealer in the US), we doubt that it will take
too long for the new owner to redesign the dealership, which has been renamed
David Stanley Chevrolet of Norman. ...
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The Kimchi-ite: Life As A Foreigner In Asia (gadling)
Filed under: Asia, China, Japan, South Korea
As a tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, white American living in Asia, I tend to
stand out in a crowd. It's an interesting and bizarre thing that has become a
part of my everyday life. Even living in Seoul, one of the biggest cities in
the world, where more and more people of different ethnicities come every
year, children on the subway stare at me unabashedly, store employees
sometimes get visibly nervous when I come to pay at the counter and my
students frequently ask me why I have gold hair.
When I was living in the smaller Fuji City, Japan, my presence as a foreigner
was much more pronounced. While waiting at a crosswalk one day, a high school
girl beside me turned and jumped, screeching "_ah! Gaijin da!_" "Ah! A
foreigner!" I remember once at a hostel in Fukuoka, Japan, a middle-aged
Japanese woman was asking the staff for directions to a certain temple when I
popped into the conversation and told her, in Japanese, what train station it
is near. The woman gave me a confused look, then asked the receptionist, "did
he just speak Japanese?" To ...