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Cheat Sheet: March 26, 2013

Supreme Court begins gay marriage hearings

Thousands of protestors on both sides of the gay marriage argument have rallied outside the Supreme Court today, as the justices began the hearings of two same-sex marriage cases. The case considered to be landmark concerns California’s Proposition 8, passed in 2008, which restricted marriage to heterosexual couples. The measure was struck down in a California appeals court and is now awaiting a response from the Supreme Court. A decision in favor of overturning California’s Prop 8 would likely allow same-sex marriage in at least eight additional states. (Source)

Suffolk man wanted for murder

Twenty-year-old Monte Robinson of Suffolk is wanted in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Angelo Fleming Beale. Beale was shot in the face in Suffolk in the early hours of Sunday. He was taken to Sentara Obici Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Robinson is wanted for first degree murder, stab, cut or wound, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and reckless handling of a firearm. Robinson is a 175-lb., 6’2” black male. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Crime Line. (Source)

Governor McDonnell amends proposed transportation bill

After much debate surrounding Governor Bob McDonnell’s transportation bill, the governor has announced amendments to the bill before it is considered again by the General Assembly on April 3. One of the most controversial elements of the bill, the elimination of the gas tax, has been amended to a 35 percent decrease. The sales tax is slated to rise from 5 percent to 5.3 percent. McDonnell has also reduced the bill’s alternative fuel annual vehicle fee from $100 to $64. (Source)

London teen sells app for $30 million

A 17-year-old tech genius has sold his smartphone news app to Yahoo for $30 million. Still in high school, Nick D’Aloisio of London is now Yahoo’s youngest employee. His app distils news stories into text chunks that are easy to read on smartphone screens. The app, called Summly, is powered by an algorithm that automatically trims articles down to about 400 characters. The teenager is also the creator of Facemood, used to determine the moods of Facebook users, and SongStumblr, a music discovery service. (Source)

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