George Los



Gay marriage bans aren't representative, profs say

While some D.C. advocacy groups think that this year's election results made a definite negative statement on the status of gay marriage in the United States, some AU professors disagree. Voters in 11 states passed ballot measures Nov. 2 to ban same-sex marriage within their states, and President George W. Bush said earlier this year that he favors a constitutional ban on gay marriage, the Federal Marriage Amendment, which died in Congress this summer. His opponent, Sen. John Kerry, also opposed gay marriage but did not endorse a constitutional amendment.


Increase of STDs in youths proves costly

According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earlier this year, nearly half of all new STD cases occurred in people between the ages of 15 and 24. The three most common diseases - human papillomavirus, trichomoniasis and chlamydia - made up 88 percent of cases among young adults, according to the study.


Tenleytown businesses may face relocation

Proposed changes to Wisconsin Avenue's Tenleytown corridor have threatened to close Babe's Billiards Cafe and Martens Volvo, near the Safeway grocery store, and put larger residential and mixed-use buildings in their place. IBG Partners, LLC, a real estate acquisition company, has entered into a contract-purchase agreement with the owner of the building at 4600 Wisconsin Ave. NW, which currently houses Babe's Billiards, a popular hangout for AU students.


D.C. police redo areas for patrols

D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and Metropolitan Police Department Chief Charles Ramsey introduced a proposal last month that would change the way patrol officers are deployed throughout the District.


Bush gets college vote?

By conventional wisdom, college students tend to be more politically liberal than the general population. However, a new survey by Harvard University's Institute of Politics suggests otherwise. The poll, conducted last month, found that 61 percent of the respondents approved of President Bush's performance.


Admissions rethought

Admission policies at colleges across the nation are launching changes, since the use of points in the University of Michigan's undergraduate admissions system was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer.


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Last June the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan's much-debated use affirmative action in admissions, but ruled against its use of a "point system" that automatically afforded prospective students extra points to minority applicants based on their status as racial minorities.


Metro may hike fares

It may be necessary to raise Metro fares next summer to keep the transportation system operating, although fares just increased this summer, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

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