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When The Right To Religion Conflicts With A Changing Society

Nuns sue to avoid contraceptive coverage. A baker refuses to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. These ongoing battles bring into question the scope of the right to religious liberty in America. Where do one person's rights end and another's begin?

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McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Flies Into Retirement

A Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Monday marked the end of an era for the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. The passenger jet first took flight in 1965 and was known for its relatively small size, which let it land on short runways and expand air travel across the nation.

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American Literature And The 'Mythos Of The Boozing Writer'

In her new book, The Trip To Echo Spring, Olivia Laing investigates the role of drinking in the lives of six great American writers: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever, John Berryman, Tennessee Williams and Raymond Carver.

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When The Right To Religion Conflicts With A Changing Society

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With Rainy Eyes Nujabes & Emancipator
Monoliths Maserati
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McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Flies Into Retirement

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A New Rule For The Workplace: 'Hug Sparingly'

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Neighbour Riffs Surfer Blood
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A Feminist Walks Into A Diet Clinic

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Bringing 'Dead Authors' To Life For Book-Smart Comedy

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American Literature And The 'Mythos Of The Boozing Writer'

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Orleans Stomp The Cruel Sea
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