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January 2013 Archives

Boy Scouts to end ban on gays

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The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday they are going to eliminate ban on gays, according to the New York Times.

The ban would replace the national policy with a system giving local chapters the power to choose who can receive membership or who can lead, according to the New York Times.

The Associated Press reports that after years of protests and petitions to the anti-gay policy, change could be seen in as little as one week.

The Associated Press reports that gay-rights activists see this ban as another milestone in addition to the advances for gay marriage and the elimination of the ban on openly gay people in the military.

Recently the BSA received criticism for, "ousting Jennifer Tyrell, a lesbian mom, as a den leader of her son's Cub Scout pack in Ohio and for refusing to approve an Eagle Scout application by Ryan Andresen, a California teen who came out as gay last fall," according to the Associated Press.

Andresen was recently featured on the daytime talk show Ellen, according to CNN.

Brazil Nightclub Fire Kills 231 People

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A fire started around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil, killing 231 clubgoers and injuring over 100 others, according to CNN.

USA Today reports Guitarist Rodrigo Martins, who was performing when the fire broke out, said that faulty pyrotechnics may have caused the fire.

Two club owners and two band members have been arrested in connection with the fire, but the investigation is ongoing, according to CNN.

According to CNN, the governor of province Rio do Sul promised that the investigation will have everything it needs to find whomever is responsible for the fire.

CNN reports that 40 of today's 110 funerals for victims of the fire took place at Santa Maria's municipal cemetery.

For photos of some of the burials as well as the Kiss Nightclub visit BBC News.

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