The wedding present. The U.S. Supreme Court gets a warm reception from supporters of same-sex marriage -- as it signals a break with the past by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Point of uncertain return. Flooding forces a thousand people from their homes in Alberta's Siksika First Nation -- and the degree of damage done means there's no telling when they'll be allowed back.
Well, she can still clarify butter. But when it comes to clarifying whether she's made racist remarks, celebrity chef Paula Deen is having a tougher time.
They've had quantity -- now they'll take quality. Montrealers are happy to welcome their third mayor in less than a year -- and even happier that he's reliable, stable, and not especially exciting.
A Rudd awakening. Everything unravels for former Australian PM and knitting aficionado Julia Gillard, when she's ousted and replaced by rival and former Labour leader Kevin Rudd.
And...a Nessie business. The monster may rarely stick its neck out near one sleepy Scottish town -- but one resident did, and his pointed remarks about how people talk about her are tearing the town apart.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that knows it's tough to withstand a campaign of myth information.
That's the Washington Gay Men's Chorus singing "The Star Spangled Banner" earlier today, on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States.
LGBT people all across the U-S have reason to celebrate today: in two separate rulings, the top court affirmed the rights of same-sex couples to marry.
In one decision, they declined to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling striking down California's Proposition 8, which would have prohibited gay marriage in that state.
The court also struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which means that legally married gay men and women will be entitled to the same rights and benefits as heterosexuals.
The decision is the end of a long battle for 83-year-old Edith Windsor. In 2009, Ms. Windsor filed a discrimination claim, after she received a several-hundred-thousand dollar tax bill from the estate of her spouse Thea Spyer. Ms. Windsor had married Ms. Spyer in Toronto in 2007.
Today, Ms. Windsor was, understandably, jubilant. Here's some of what she had to say, for the record.
Today, the U-S Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, unconstitutional.
That's also good news for Steve Orner. He and his husband, Joe, became so-called "DOMA refugees" when he was unable to sponsor Joe, who's an immigrant from Indonesia. That's despite the fact that they had been legally married in Connecticut, one of the states that allows gay marriage.
In 2011, the couple moved to Vancouver, B.C., where they have lived since. We reached Steve Orner there.
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And with those words, a Toronto sports hero was born.
That was Blue Jay Munenori Kawasaki, speaking moments after hitting a two-out, bottom-of-the-ninth double to earn the Jays a comeback win last month. His name, and the word "Japanese", were pretty much the only words he could speak in English, but his follow-up -- a bunch of sports cliches he read verbatim from a blue phrase book -- pretty much endeared him to every Blue Jays fan.
That -- and his boundless enthusiasm -- also endeared him to his fellow players, most of whom admitted they rarely understood a word he said.
Last night, he was sent down to the minor leagues, as star shortstop Jose Reyes returned from an ankle injury.
As ever, though, Mr. Kawasaki was happy to try to give reporters an interview. Even though, as you'll hear, he couldn't really understand the questions until they were translated by an interpreter.
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Today Paula Deen appeared on live television, and apologized -- sort of.
Ms. Deen is the multi-millionaire chef whose shows have been dumped by the Food Network, over recent allegations that she's used racial slurs.
Today, she also said she's not a racist and that "evil" forces are spreading lies about her.
Tanner Colby is a writer with Slate magazine. And he's the author of "Some of my Best Friends Are Black". We reached Mr. Colby in New York City.
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Something big has disturbed the deep, still waters of Loch Ness in northern Scotland. And it's not a pre-historic creature, or a gigantic fish. At least, not exactly.
In recent weeks, a bitter dispute has erupted between a local Loch Ness expert named George Edwards and another local expert, named Adrian Shine.
Within days, the dispute spiralled out of control. It's led to the resignation of members of the local Chamber of Commerce, the suggestion of possible legal action against Mr. Edwards, and a good deal of name-calling.
Tony Harmsworth resigned as editor of the Chamber of Commerce website because of the dispute. He is now the president of LochNessUnderstood.com. We reached him at home in Drumnadrochit, Scotland.
Life is far from normal on Alberta's Siksika First Nation at present. And the immediate future isn't looking too bright, either.
The native community, which is about a hundred kilometres east of Calgary, was hit hard by the rising waters of the Bow River. Severe flooding forced around a thousand Siksika people from their homes -- and no one's sure when they'll be allowed to go back home.
Fred Rabbit Carrier is the Chief of the Sisika Nation.
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Even her knitting couldn't save her.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been ousted as leader of the Labor Party, which means she's also been ousted as the P-M. She's being replaced by former Prime Minister and leadership challenger Kevin Rudd. You may recall that Ms. Gillard replaced Mr. Rudd as Prime Minister in a similar internal party battle in 2010. In short, everything old is new again in Australian politics.
Earlier this week, Ms. Gillard was chastised for appearing in magazine pictures that show her knitting a kangaroo for the royal baby.
After her leadership unravelled, Julia Gillard offered these thoughts in her concession speech. This is for the record.
Ms. Gillard is being replaced as leader by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Here's what Kevin Rudd had to say after the leadership vote.
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Montreal's new interim mayor has been accused of being milquetoast. But today, Laurent Blanchard seems willing to embrace that reputation.
Mayor Blanchard, after all, replaces Mayor Michael Applebaum, who resigned earlier this month after he was arrested on fourteen corruption-related charges. Mayor Applebaum had only been in office for a few months. He replaced Mayor Gerald Tremblay -- who resigned after a provincial inquiry heard that he had participated in a cash for kickbacks scheme.
We reached Mayor Blanchard in Montreal.
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Last night -- as you may have heard in the news -- Democrats and activists in Texas successfully blocked an abortion bill in the state Senate.
The bill would have forced the closure of most abortion clinics in the state, and made abortions after twenty weeks of pregnancy illegal.
The effort to block the bill yesterday began with a filibuster attempt, led by Democratic Senator Wendy Davis. During the eleven hours in which she spoke without a break, Senator Davis captivated the nation. And as a mother who had her first child at eighteen, she spoke from the heart.
For the record, here is part of what she said.
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For those fighting for same-sex marriage, today was another day of victory.
As you heard earlier in the show, the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal law restricting marriage to a man and a woman.
The United States is following the lead of other countries, like Canada. And, most recently, France.
Later tonight, you can hear the debut of a new summer show featuring some of the best from the As It Happens archives. And tonight's episode includes an interview from April. We reached a French couple with children who had just learned they had won the right to marry, and to adopt.
Here is Carol speaking to Anne Cremieux.