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European Ryder Cup captain assesses form of 4 of his players at Wales Open

18 Sep 2014 

NEWPORT, Wales - Four members of Europe's Ryder Cup team are playing in the Wales Open this week, giving captain Paul McGinley a chance to assess their form heading into next week's matches against the United States at Gleneagles.

England's Lee Westwood, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and rookies Jamie Donaldson of Wales and Stephen Gallacher of Scotland are in the field at Celtic Manor, venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

McGinley says he'll meet with the four players Wednesday night to brief them on what to expect at Gleneagles, Scotland.

He says this week's Twenty Ten course has been set up to resemble the conditions at Gleneagles.

McGinley says he's not concerned by the absence of French rookie Victor Dubuisson, who pulled out of the Wales Open to stay in France.
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North Carolina passes amendment banning same-sex marriage

11 Jul 2014 

Signs display messages about gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Wilmington, N.C. North Carolina could be the next state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman. Voters are casting their ballots Tuesday. AP Photo/The Star-News, Ken Blevins

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Signs display messages about gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Wilmington, N.C.

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Updated 11:22 p.m. Eastern Time

(CBS News) A majority of North Carolina voters on Tuesday approved a controversial amendment that will write a ban on same-sex marriage as well as civil unions for both gay and straight couples into the state Constitution, according to the Associated Press.

With most precincts reporting, the amendment was passing by a 61 percent to 39 percent margin.

The amendment mandates that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized." Opponents of the measureran ads stressing the impact the language would have on straight North Carolina residents, arguing that the measure would eliminate protections against domestic violence.

Former President Bill Clinton campaigned against the amendment, arguing that it "will hurt families and drive away jobs," and President Obama opposed it in a statement - though the president, who is walking a careful line on same-sex marriage, did not mention the amendment during a recent visit to the state.

Supporters, like 93-year-old Rev. Billy Graham, made a more straightforward appeal: "Watching the moral decline of our country causes me great concern," he said in a newspaper ad supporting the amendment. "I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected."

Polls showed that many North Carolina voters did not understand that the amendment would impact straight couples as well as same-sex couples. The state already has a law banning same-sex marriage on the books; supporters of the amendment said it was necessary because the law could be struck down by judges.

With the passage of the amendment, North Carolina becomes the 30th state and final former Confederate state to write a same-sex marriage ban into its Constitution. Other states are going in the opposite direction: Seven states, mostly in the Northeast, and the District of Columbia have made same-sex marriage legal.

The amendment's passage comes in the wake of statements by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that seemed to support same-sex marriage. President Obama has not come out in favor of same-sex marriage, but says his views on the issue are "evolving".

The White House insists Biden's comment that he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex couples marrying did not represent a break with the official administration position.

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In a statement reported by the Associated Press, Obama campaign spokesman Cameron French said the president was disappointed in passage of the "divisive and discriminatory" ban.

A survey by Gallup on Tuesday found that 50 percent of Americans support legal same-sex marriage, while 48 percent oppose it.

Tami Fitzgerald, head of the group Vote FOR Marriage NC, which backed the amendment, told the AP it sends a message to the country.

"The whole point is simply that you don't rewrite the nature of God's design based on the demands of a group of adults," she said.

Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, called the amendment a "brutal step backward."

"Blocking loving couples from forming legal unions like domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage flies in the face of family values," added Carey.


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'Tech Taxi' Service Makes Its Way To Tulsa - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports

11 Jul 2014 
TULSA, Oklahoma -


Uber, a technological take on the traditional taxi cab is providing a new way to get around in Tulsa, thanks to the Tulsa Young Professionals, "Bring It to Tulsa Campaign."

It's all done through an app, and according to Uber, a ride sharing app used in cities around the world, the future of the taxi is in the tech.

Uber Oklahoma manager Pooneet Kant, explained it as, "A technology company that provides an application that connects riders and drivers."

You tap where on the app, select who you want to pick you up, and when the car arrives, you get a text.

You even pay through the app, with an option to split the fare among friends.

"We really view it more like ridesharing, where these are ordinary citizens of Tulsa who are using their own cars to transport people around the city," Kant said.

He said Uber drivers go through extensive background checks and are required to have insurance.

Founder of local company, Joy Ride, Patrick Cuningkin said his company is almost identical to Uber, with one major difference; Joy Ride charges a flat rate.

"Fifteen dollars in town from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and after 7 p.m. it's always $20 in town," Cuningkin said.

Joy Ride doesn't have an app, but uses texting to get information. Like Uber, you can see the driver and track the car.

Joy Ride averages 100 riders a weekend; Cuningkin said it's the future of taxis.

"There are companies that are growing significantly because they're providing a more personable service," Cuningkin said.

Green Cab Company disagrees. Companies like Green Cab have to be licensed by the city, but Uber and Joy Ride do not, because they're classified as tech companies.

Green Cab released a statement saying, "Our cars are checked [by the city]. Our drivers are background checked. They don't have the insurance that we have."

The city of Tulsa is speaking out about Uber not being licensed. It released a statement stating the city is "actively looking through ordinances to see how a concept such as Uber fits into them."

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