Frank Kameny sued the government in 1957 for firing him as a government astronomer because he was gay. His case is believed to be the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation that reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Kameny then became a vocal gay rights advocate. He died Tuesday at age 86. Michel Martin looks at his legacy.
<p> 1st Lt. Josh Seefried is the author and editor of a new anthology, <em>Our Time: Breaking The Silence of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,"</em> a collection of stories from other gay military members. </p>
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The "Don't ask, don't tell" policy was still in effect when Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried helped start secret Facebook groups to connect active-duty gay and lesbian soldiers with each other online. Lieutenant Seefried also wrote for many publications — under the pseudonym J.D. Smith — about what it was like to be gay and an active-duty member of the military.
<p>Language drives Johnson's art since her illness, as depicted in her piece called "Enthusiastic," created in 2009.</p>
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It's not often you see an image of a brain scan on the wall of an art exhibit. But among works by Monet and Sisley at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore hangs just that — a cross-section of a human brain. It belongs to artist Lonni Sue Johnson.
The room is really two exhibits — the art Johnson created before she contracted viral encephalitis in 2007, which destroyed her hippocampus and parts of her left temporal lobe — and her work after.
Saying "it's time we know the whole truth" about the so-called Fast and Furious gun trafficking operation, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today followed through on his promise to issue subpoenas to Attorney General Eric Holder and other high-ranking Justice Department officials.
<p>David Wood is the senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post. He was previously a staff correspondent for <em>Time Magazine</em>, <em>The Los Angeles Times</em>, and <em>The Baltimore Sun</em>. </p>
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Better medical care and equipment means fewer troops are dying on the battlefield. But more troops are coming home severely wounded, with injuries that require lifelong care and cost millions of dollars in medical costs.
Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 9:48 am
<p>The money is only part of the challenge facing school lunch programs who want to expand contracts with local farms.</p>
When it comes to meeting the goal of getting more local food into school lunch, a major challenge has always been finding the money. Thanks to the new school lunch law, more federal grants than ever are available.
But the problem is bigger than money. It takes a serious supply chain and dedicated labor to make it work, too.
In an interview for Wednesday's Morning Edition, Bill Adair, editor of PolitiFact.com and Washington bureau chief for the St. Petersburg Times, talked with NPR's Steve Inskeep about how candidates at Tuesday night's GOP debate rated on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.