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The Two-Way
11:59 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Supreme Court Hears Challenge To 4 States' Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Supporters of same-sex marriage rally in front of the Supreme Court before the justices heard arguments Tuesday. The hearing was disrupted by an opponent of gay marriage who yelled loudly in the courtroom before — and while — he was removed.
Joshua Roberts Reuters /Landov

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday about whether states have the power to ban same-sex marriage. A dozen couples are challenging the bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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Parallels
11:58 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Measuring Earthquakes With More Than Just The Richter Scale

An elderly Japanese woman carries water past a home destroyed several days earlier on Jan. 17, 1995, in a powerful earthquake centered in Kobe, Japan. More than 6,000 people were killed and destruction was widespread, but the city was rapidly rebuilt.
Lois Bernstein AP

When a major earthquake pummeled Kobe, Japan, in 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed, many buried as their traditional wooden homes collapsed under the weight of heavy, unstable tile roofs.

The quake's power was extraordinary and demonstrated Japan wasn't as prepared as it thought it was. Still, it was no match for Japanese resilience.

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NPR Story
11:50 am
Tue April 28, 2015

"Ain't no way you can sit here and be silent"

A woman faces a line of Baltimore police officers in riot gear.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

"With everything that we've been through, ain't no way you can sit here and be silent in the face of injustice," — Rev. Jamal H. Bryant's eulogy for Freddie Gray at the New Shiloh Baptist Church

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Tensions Running High In Baltimore After Night Of Rioting

A man on a bicycle greets Maryland state troopers on Tuesday in the aftermath of rioting in Baltimore.
Matt Rourke AP

Hundreds of National Guard troops were positioned across parts of Baltimore a day after riots that left at least 15 police officers injured and more than a dozen buildings damaged, destroyed or looted.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the guardsmen are expected to hold areas that have been cleared of rioters.

Nearly 200 people were arrested during the violence, according to the mayor's office.

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The Salt
10:56 am
Tue April 28, 2015

How Newbie Gardeners Can Safely Grow Food On Urban Land

Graze the Roof is a community-produced garden that grows vegetables on the rooftop of a church in San Francisco.
Sergio Ruiz/Flickr

A version of this story was first published on April 5, 2015. It has been updated.

The majority of Americans now live in cities and have very little to do with the production of their food.

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