The Two-Way
11:58 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Justices Seem OK With Leaving Some Parts Of Healthcare Law Alone

Members of the anti-abortion group Bound4Life pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 12:51 pm

Update at 12:08 p.m. ET. Everyone Had A Hard Go Of It Today:

NPR's legal correspondent Nina Totenberg tells Ari Shapiro that both sides had a tough go of it today.

During the final day of arguments, Supreme Court justices seemed split on the idea of striking the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, if its the "individual mandate" centerpiece was also found unconstitutional.

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News
11:56 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Underwater Grasses in Chesapeake Bay on Decline

 

      BALTIMORE (AP) - Chesapeake Bay scientists say underwater grasses declined more than 20 percent last year, a blow to many fish and other species that need the grass to live or breed.

     Heavy rains and snow melt that sent tons of mud and debris into the bay and extreme summer heat are being blamed for the loss of the key habitat.

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News
11:53 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Sussex County Will Finish Subdivision if Developer Cannot

 

      GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - The Sussex County Council says it will finish work at a Georgetown housing subdivision if the developer does not complete it by August.

     The council decided Tuesday that it would step in on Aug. 1 if Anderson Homes, of Middletown, does not finish work that includes adding sidewalks and paving roads.

     County staff estimate $180,000 in repairs are needed. A $312,500 line of credit from the developer's commercial lender, M&T Bank,will be used to pay for the project if the county takes it on.

The Two-Way
11:08 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss' Garden, Family Hopes For Its Return

The Lorax, before he was taken away.
San Diego Police Department

The Grinch returned all those stolen presents.

Now the family of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) is hoping that the person or persons who took a Lorax statue from the garden of the late, great author's home also has a change of heart.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:30 am
Wed March 28, 2012

A Struggle To Define 'Death' For Organ Donors

A new method of obtaining organs for transplantation is raising a host of ethical questions, including whether the donors are technically "dead."

For decades, organ donation has been guided by something called the "dead donor rule."

"We have this idea that you must be dead first — so before your organs can be removed, we agree that you are dead," said Leslie Whetstine, a bioethicist at Walsh University in Ohio.

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Sports
10:26 am
Wed March 28, 2012

The 'Illegal Procedure' Of Paying College Athletes

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Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 2:09 pm

In a stunning piece published in Sports Illustrated in 2010, former sports agent Josh Luchs admitted to paying money and providing other benefits to college athletes, in clear violation of NCAA and NFL Players Association rules. Luchs, who represented more than 60 NFL athletes over the course of his career, named more than 30 former players who allegedly accepted money or other benefits while still enrolled at universities around the country.

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News
9:59 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Newt Gingrich Makes Stop in Salisbury

 

     Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich made his pitch to Salisbury University College Republicans yesterday during a campaign tour of Maryland and Delaware which hold their primaries in April.

     The former House Speaker found a receptive audience, even as he began to lay off campaign staff.  

     Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

Krulwich Wonders...
9:59 am
Wed March 28, 2012

How To Spot A Mimic Octopus — The Mystery Revealed

xkcd

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 12:02 pm

In my last post, I wondered: How did Asian fishermen manage to discover the mimic octopus? Thaumoctopus mimicus is a wildly talented cephalopod that lives in shallow waters off Indonesia and Malaysia.

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News
9:17 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Maryland Senate Approves Measure on Placement of Septic Systems

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Senators have approved a bill to regulate where new residential septic systems can be installed.

     The legislation creates a four-tiered system that counties are expected to use to limit where septic systems can be located, especially in the most rural parts of the state.

     Some lawmakers say the bill was significantly weakened last week when senators amended it, taking away any ability of the state to overturn county development plans.

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