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Jun 24, 2011 New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law

QUOTE: Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born....Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage...

New York Times
Dec 16, 2010 Flirty Models Were Hired in Bid to Find Bone Marrow

QUOTE: the recruiters were actually flirtatious models in heels, short skirts and lab coats, law enforcement officials say, asking passers-by for DNA swabs without mentioning the price of the seemingly simple procedure. And the registry, Caitlin Raymond International, was paying up to $60,000 a week for the models while billing insurance companies up to $4,300 per test.

New York Times
Jun 12, 2006 Bottlers, States and the Public Slug It Out in Water War: Rights to Resource Are at Odds With Fears of Shortage

QUOTE: ...Maine has become a battleground in a growing fight that pits environmentalists against an industry that has become rich by selling the purity of nature: the bottlers of spring water. In a series of lawsuits and statehouse debates that reached critical mass in the past year, activists and lawmakers have questioned whether bottling companies have become too greedy about the water they take from the ground, and -- in some cases -- what gives them the right to take it at all

Washington Post
Feb 05, 2006 In N.H., a Beer in the Belly Can Get Youths Arrested: Possession Is Redefined to Cover Alcohol Already Consumed

QUOTE: In a break with legal tradition, an underage person with drinks in his or her system often faces the same charge as one with a drink in hand....spawned criticism from some legal scholars, who say the laws are pushing the definition of a real possession charge.

Washington Post
Dec 09, 2005 Democrats Consider Changes in Primaries

QUOTE: criticisms that Iowa and New Hampshire have enjoyed their privileged positions for too long and that more demographic, geographic and economic diversity is needed to make the nominating process more representative.

Washington Post
Dec 01, 2005 Roberts Seeks Middle Ground: Court Hears Appeal on Parental Notification of Abortion

QUOTE: The basic right to abortion, recognized by the court 32 years ago in Roe v. Wade , is not at stake, but the scope of the right may be. The New Hampshire parental notification law, passed in 2003, requires minors to tell a parent before they can get an abortion, unless a judge grants a "bypass."

Washington Post
Nov 14, 2005 N.H. Puts a Price on Panoramas: Property Taxes Soar Based on Scenery

QUOTE: How do you value a view? That is the strange conundrum that is captivating New Hampshire at the moment, as town officials have embarked on an controversial quest to quantify -- and then tax -- the beauty of their residents' vistas.

Washington Post
Feb 09, 2004 Report Recommends Strong Program for Pro Se Litigants

QUOTE: "...principle that meaningful access to justice in today’s world means a clear recognition by those involved in the system that many of our constituents want to go it alone when they come to court. Our obligation is to give these citizens the help they want, need and deserve."

Aug 26, 2001 One State Finds Secret to Strong Civic Bonds

QUOTE: Community involvement is a New Hampshire tradition...results offer some intriguing ideas about the forces that reduce class bias and encourage broad civic engagement.

New York Times