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Hopkins, MN: Partner Registry Offers Security Without Cost of Marriage

hopkins.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

“For us to be able to declare ourselves as a couple, that increases our social power and decreases our vulnerability.”...

Smithtown, NY: Serving Coffee To Commuters Through Hard Times

smithtown.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

"When you have a family, that changes things. It's not so much about you."...

Altadena, CA: After Losing Everything, Finding Freedom On Rails

altadena.patch.com | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

"I was tied down to a marriage and family for 40 years and now I am allowed to do what I want to do."...

Fight Over Ohio Union Law Repeal Heats Up

Patch.com | Chris Mazzolini | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

Supporters and opponents of Issue 2 are waging full-scale war to win your vote....

Economic Stresses Surface In The Classroom--Even In Affluent Districts

Northbrook, IL Patch | George CastleEmail the Author | Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago

The slumping economy has had an under-publicized effect on children, who bring the pain of their parents' troubles to school in the form of stress, hu...

New Hampshire Republicans Want Nevada To Delay Primary Three Days

Concord Patch | Tony Schinella | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

A number of Republican leaders, led by former Congressional candidate Jennifer Horn, held a press conference on Oct. 19, calling on the state of Nevad...

WATCH: Teachers 'Occupy' The LAUSD

shermanoaks.patch.com | Posted 12.19.2011 | Los Angeles
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A crowd of several hundred people that included parents and teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District held a rally Tuesday at Los Angeles ...

Be Prepared! The 'Rampture' Is Coming

centurycity.patch.com | Posted 12.18.2011 | Los Angeles
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The Skirball Bridge will be closed nightly from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. for three months while a contractor does utility relocation work, according to Metro. T...

Judge Sentences Animal Abuser To 2.5 Years In Prison

Lake Zurich, IL Patch | Claudia LenartEmail the Author | Posted 12.18.2011 | Chicago

A judge today sentenced Diane Eldrup, the woman convicted of numerous counts of animal abuse and torture in September, to two and a half years of pris...

Iowans Give Holiday Campaign Tips To Republican Hopefuls

West Des Moines Patch | Beth Dalbey | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics

Iowans love retail politics and prize their influential role in choosing the next president, but they cherish and guard holiday family time more. So, ...

Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn Headed To Santa Monica High

santamonica.patch.com | Posted 12.18.2011 | Los Angeles
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Charlie Sheen, who memorably played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the big-screen satire Major League, is pitching in to raise money for Santa Monica Hi...

Punk Icon And Author Henry Rollins Heads To Oak Park

Oak Park-River Forest, IL Patch | Robert K. Elder Email the Author | Posted 12.17.2011 | Chicago

Punk Renaissance man Henry Rollins comes to the Oak Park Public Library Tuesday night to talk about his new book of photos, Occupants ($35, Chicago Re...

Jon Huntsman Raises $1,000 in New Hampshire

Salem Patch | Marc Fortier | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

Jon Huntsman is pinning his chances of winning the GOP nomination on the Granite State, even going so far as to boycott Nevada for its attempt to mess...

Salon Shooting Suspect Confronted For Owning Machine Guns 20 Years Ago

belmontshore.patch.com | Posted 12.17.2011 | Los Angeles
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When the boat captain saw the machine gun, he didn't care about Scott Dekraai's explanation--that he was carrying the weapon because he was having...

Senator Endorses Change To Filibuster Rule

Wilmette-Kenilworth-Patch | Steve Sadin | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

Frustrated with Senate Republicans blocking a majority of 51 senators from passing President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act, Sen. Richard Durbin (...

Camouflaged Woman Shot Dead After Home Invasion

Patch | Posted 12.14.2011 | Crime
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Dressed in camouflage from head-to-toe, an unidentified woman parked her car about a mile from her former co-worker's Cherokee County home, walked the...

Revealed: The Man Who Interrupted Tuesday's GOP Debate

Concord, NH Patch | Dan Tuohy | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Whose shouting interrupted the presidential debate at Dartmouth College?...

Sherman Oaks, CA: Shower Truck Helps Homeless 'Feel Like A Human Again'

shermanoaks.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

Once a week, a mobile shower truck from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission offers showers to people who are living on the streets or in their cars...

Westport, CT: A New Antique Store... For Classic Video Games

westport.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"It's not like John Wayne movies, where they keep reissuing them on DVD. Once these are gone, they're gone."...

Santa Cruz, CA: Breaking The Rules With A Plus-Size Second Career

santacruz.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"I hear women all the time say that the sizes stop at 12 and they won't buy something until they lose five pounds. Why should they have to lose five p...

Plymouth, MN: A New Career In Inflatables

plymouth-mn.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"He was working 80 hours a week, and I often felt like a single parent. But it was the right thing at the right time."...

Stonington, CT: Remembering The 'Real' Friendly's

stonington.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

We sat at the counter and tried to get some eggs and toast in our bellies so that we wouldn't die of a hangover during commencement....

Fair Lawn, NJ: Deli Expands, Despite Death And Taxes

fairlawn.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

“It’s unfortunate he never got to see this place. He always wanted something bigger and better.”...

Groton, CT: Betting On Prepared Food In Lean Times

groton.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

“The area right here has been accustomed to a convenience grocery. We felt that we could bring that back, and get people back in.”...

Cockeysville, MD: Flood Washes Away Local Businesses

cockeysville.patch.com | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home

"How many of these floods are we going to go through? Are they going to sacrifice us? Are they going to help us move? They need to let us know their p...