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Heidi Lowry

Digital Journalist based in Seattle, WA, United States, United States. Joined on Oct 24, 2009

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Prop 8 stay lifted, gay marriages to resume Aug. 18 in California

Federal judge Vaughn Walker lifted the temporary hold on his Aug. 4 ruling that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional. Same-sex couples can begin to legally wed next week.

New San Francisco parking rates determined by supply and demand

San Francisco - Soon San Franciscans won't need to rely on luck and prayers to the parking gods, though it might cost them. New "SFpark" parking meters will charge more for parking spaces in popular areas. Spots in less popular places will cost less.

Rapper Jay-Z to release memoir in November

The 40-year-old hiphop star will mix autobiography with interviews of family and friends in the book, called Decoded. It will be released Nov. 16.

Seattle Mariners head coach Don Wakamatsu fired

Bench coach Ty Van Burkleo, pitching coach Rick Adair and performance coach Steve Hecht were also dismissed in the team's major management shakeup. AAA minor league manager Daren Brown will run the team for the rest of the 2010 season.

Law & Order franchise to examine Proposition 8

The new Los Angeles-based installment of the popular NBC legal drama will address gay marriage, hypocrisy and the money behind the California ballot initiative.

Author, peak oil advocate Matt Simmons dead at 67

The controversial investment banker warned the Earth's oil supply is running out and that Middle Eastern reserves are unreliable. The author passed away at 67.

California governor says same-sex unions should start now

Arnold Schwarzenegger and other California officials are urging the court to remove a hold placed on the Aug. 4 ruling that overturned Prop. 8, and allow same-sex marriages to start immediately.

Rosie O'Donnell to return to daytime TV on Oprah's new network

Rosie O'Donnell has signed on to host a "fun, uplifting" 1-hour daily talk show that will debut on Oprah's new cable network OWN, which goes on air in 2011.

Tibetan Mastiff dogs fetch up to $600,000 in China

The breed's popularity is growing among the country's wealthiest citizens, but is it puppy love or just another status symbol?

Canadians swear more than Americans and Brits, study says

Over half of Canadians who responded to an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll said they swear occasionally to frequently when talking to their friends. Other cussing habits were also documented.

California's Proposition 8 overturned

Passed by a 52.3 percent margin in November 2008, the ballot measure banned same-sex unions in the state. On Aug. 4, it was ruled unconstitutional. Prop. 8 supporters are expected to appeal the ruling.

Iran plans to hold war games to protect nuclear facilities

Simulated air defense attacks are set to start Sunday and continue over the course of five days, covering 230,000 square miles (600,000 square kilometers).

Tamiflu-resistant strain of swine flu found in UK patients

Five people at the University Hospital of Wales' unit for severe underlying health conditions have developed a form of swine flu that does not respond to Tamiflu.

Depression as deadly as smoking, study says

Researchers from Norway and the United Kingdom found that mortality rates for people suffering from depression are similar to those who smoke.

Ukraine hits Russia with higher fees for natural gas transport

Rates for Russian gas transported through Ukraine to Europe will double next year. The move could raise more tension between the two nations and affect the flow of one-quarter of Europe's gas supply.

Japanese scientists fertilize human eggs with two biological moms

The possibility of 3-parent babies grows nearer as researchers use eggs from younger women to repair damages in older women's eggs, improving their chances of fertility.

Remastered Beatles catalog to be released on USB device

Set to debut Dec. 8 in North America, the green, apple-shaped USB device will contain 16 GB of the band's digitally remastered music, short documentaries, album art, photos and liner notes.

Comedian Stephen Colbert to back U.S. Olympic speedskating team

After previous sponsor DMB Bank NV backed out due to an October bankruptcy, Colbert announced he would take over financing the team's 2010 Olympic run.

Pop star Rihanna opens up to Diane Sawyer about Chris Brown abuse

Breaking her 9-month silence since the violence occurred, the exclusive interview will air on Good Morning America Thursday and be rebroadcast Friday on 20/20.

Seattle job coach reveals Google interview questions

Lewis Lin, a former Google and Microsoft employee, has been helping hopefuls snag jobs at the Internet giant for five years. He compiled a list of 140 of Google's interview questions, which are at times offbeat.
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