Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday morning quick hits

So much for "sin" and "choice"
Researchers have identified striking differences in the physical structures of the brains of homosexuals as compared to those of straight people. The identified differences held across genders. The new results are part of a convincing body of evidence that suggests sexual orientation results from fundamental developmental differences that are probably caused by hormonal exposures in the womb. "This research is pointing to basic differences in the brain between homosexual and heterosexual people that are likely there right from the beginning," said Sandra F. Witelson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University in Ontario. "These could be reflecting some genetic or hormonal factors that predetermine your sexual orientation."

Public lands, private squatters
Around the DC area, there is a trend afoot of private citizens whose property abuts public land spilling over. They construct outbuildings, plant gardens, install "invisible fences" to give their dogs room to run. In parks across the Washington region, neighbors keep creeping into the commons. "We call it encroachment. That's just a very kind, politically correct word for trespassing," said Michael Rierson, resource protection chief for the Fairfax County Park Authority. There are no regionwide tallies, but it is clear that authorities are struggling to keep up. Violations can linger for years. Officials have lacked the resources, and at times the inclination, for stern enforcement. Being fined fifty bucks just isn't much of a deterrent.

Removing the "mystery" from the meat
Across the country, school lunch programs are moving away from processed and pre-cooked "food" and turning to fresh, local ingredient for their lunch programs. Turns out, the kids like the real food.


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