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Tuesday: Gay scout leader, South Carolina "no guns" sign, Sahara sand in London, and more...

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Geoff McGrath's brief tenure as a Washington state Scoutmaster is ended abruptly -- because he's openly gay...When a South Carolina pub owner puts up a sign banning concealable weapons, he triggers a barrage of criticism...and no matter how busy the British capital is these days, it's deserted when freakish atmospheric conditions deposit sand from the Sahara, downtown.

Part One

Lev Tahor quits
A lawyer representing one of the families belonging to the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect calls it quits.

Gay scout leader
According to their oath, Scouts are to be "physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." But Scout leaders have to be more than morally straight. As Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath discovered yesterday, when he was fired for being openly gay.

Snake gas hunter
Wise men say only fumes rush in. But in Texas, those wise men -- who flush out rattlesnakes by pumping gasoline fumes into their holes -- may be about to see their hopes of continuing that tradition evaporate.

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Part Two

South Carolina "no gun" sign
The Second Amendment doesn't say you have the right to bear arms and bacon cheeseburgers at the same time. Nevertheless, when a South Carolina bar owner put up a sign banning concealed weapons in his establishment, he sparked an unappetizing outcry.

Sahara sand in downtown London
Amber waves of grains. From the Sahara Desert it comes: sand, carried by the winds, all the way from Africa to the streets, cars, and steak-and-kidney pies of unsuspecting Londoners.

Part Three

BC herring fishery
A British Columbia First Nation is set to re-open a fishery that gathers herring eggs off kelp. A commercial fishery is also set to re-open a fishery that catches herring, kills them, and takes their eggs. And the situation has spawned a serious conflict.

Peace River report
For years, residents living near Peace River have complained that a nearby oilsands operation was making them sick, and yesterday Alberta's Energy Regulator agreed, ordering the oil companies to reduce emissions.

Gas-belching microbes
A new study suggests methane-belching microbes may have been responsible for the so-called "Great Dying", where 90 per cent of all Earth's species were wiped out.

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