Advocates for protection for gay Kentuckians say a recent incident in Hazard further underscores the need for updated civil rights laws. Two gay men, who are also developmentally challenged, were with the group Mending Hearts at the public pool in the Hazard Pavilion. One man reportedly sat on the other’s knee and put his arm around his partner. They were then told to leave. Mending Hearts representatives say workers told them gay people weren’t allowed to swim in the pool. Others say the two were kicked out for violating the policy against public displays of affection.
This tornado touched down near Chickasha, Okla., on May 24. In addition to being tracked by the existing NEXRAD radar system, this storm was also being monitored by an experimental radar system that provided more precise information about the tornado's behavior and path.
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Greece seems to be heading for early elections as the country digests the results of the political turmoil of the last three days. Prime Minister George Papandreou looks to be staying in power at least for now. But there is growing opposition to his policy of bowing to pressure from international lenders for more spending and benefit cuts.
Pilots at Denver-based Frontier Airlines are voting whether to reduce their pay and benefits to keep their employer in business. In exchange, they'll get a stake in the airline, which NPR's Jeff Brady says has been losing a lot of money.
Throughout the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, Russia has kept analysts guessing. On Libya for example, the Russians refused to back a UN Security Council resolution and accused NATO of over-stepping its military mandate. But then, Moscow demanded Moammar Gadhafi leave power, and even offered to mediate his exit. NPR's David Greene has more on Russia's diplomacy.
When one man first began writing about the uprising against the regime in Syria, he was terrified. But now he and other Syrians realize there is a certain measure of virtual freedom to be had online. He uses his real name in interviews now, and believes Syrians will not go back to living in fear of the authorities.
Contributor Tam Eastley just returned from a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway, which connects Moscow to the far east of Russia and covers some 9288 kilometers.
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The enchanting and mysterious Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest of its kind.
Snaking through Russia at 60 km/h, it links Moscow with Vladivostok, a city a mere stone's throw from North Korea, and covers a distance of 9288 km.
However, an increasingly popular route is to ride the rails from Moscow down to Beijing via Mongolia, or vice-versa, covering a distance just shy of 6000 km and utilizing both the Trans-Siberian and the Trans-Mongolian railways.