95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
Gay Rights Groups Protesting “Tax Day”
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Members of the local LGTB community are planning a protest outside Columbus’ main post office tonight to call attention to what they call inequities for gays in the tax code.
As last-minute tax filers mail out their returns tonight, members of the group “GetEQUAL” say they’ll picket outside the main post office on Twin Rivers Drive. The group says several parts of the federal tax code are unfair, including provisions in the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that require gays to file as single, even if they’re married and live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages and civil unions. Ohio doesn’t recognize either.
The protest comes as Congressional Republicans are mounting a defense of DOMA, which the Obama administration has instructed the Justice Department to stop enforcing because it’s unconstitutional.