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Ban of gay Boy Scouts members may be removed

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Current ban on gay members may be officially lifted announced by Boy Scouts of America, BSA official on Monday, the New York Times reported.

"The Boy Scouts of America have heard from scouts, corporations and millions of Americans that discriminating against gay scouts and scout leaders is wrong," said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick, an advocacy group leader for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

Although a specific date was not mentioned when this policy change will take affect, the New York Times did receive an e-mail from a BSA spokesperson stating the announcement will come after next week's national executive board meeting.

If the policy is dropped, the decisions will be left to local BSA sponsors and Gay-right activists see this potential policy change as a milestone, Fox News reported.

However, it is entirely up to the different BSA sponsors to adapt this new change of policy, Fox News reported.

A nightclub fire killed more than 230 people in Santa Maria, Brazil early Sunday,Associated Press reported appeared in Pioneer Press.

The fire was caused by the burning of Kiss nightclub pyrotechnic show ignited insulation material, reported by CNN. When the foam started melting, the club reached double of its capacity and had only one exit.

The nightclub failed to provide working fire alarm and proper fire escape, Associated Press reported.

Brazilian police officers arrested three suspects and is currently investigating on the forth person who might be responsible for the fire.

Kiss nightclub looked "like a war zone" after the fire burned out, said state lawmaker Valderci Oliveira.

The club owner and co-owners are currently under investigation and funerals for the victims were held on Monday, according to CNN.

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