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T he most significant experiment in gay rights in the United States is about to unfold in Vermont, a state where cows officially outnumbered people until 1963. It might seem an odd place to blaze the trail for same-sex marriage. And Michael Venture wonders how the concept of a "gay marriage" can threaten anyone else's marriage.

It's hard to believe there could be people without access to safe, nutritious food in Austin, one of the fastest-growing high-tech meccas in the country. But the twin issues of decreased federal welfare and food-stamp spending and increased costs of living are the main factors contributing to a "food-security gap."

Living in Moscow, Americans Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi have created a viciously funny biweekly called the "eXile," a tabloid-style take on the new Russian oligarchy, hack reporters, and expatriate Americans who've shown up to make their fortunes.

Also, the toughest environmental problem, the inaugural Country Music Marathon, preserving military vehicles, and more.

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Letters at 3AM [10]
Why a sizable number of heterosexuals feel threatened by the concept of gay marriage.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Impostor [11]
2000 Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE

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Mr. Smarty Pants [12]
This week's hot topics: obituary attainment, bodily proportions, laugh tracks, magic numbers, and leaded gasoline.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Now What? [13]
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Volume III, Issue 45
May 1 - May 8, 2000  

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Social Experiment [2]
Vermont really is different. And that's why we aren't going to see gay marriage in any other state for years to come.
Carrying the Burden [3]
You'd think Gov. Bush would have heard if there are pockets of hunger in Texas, especially if one of those pockets is just a few miles from his front door.
— Virginia B. Wood, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
From Russia With Lust [4]
Two American expatriates are making a living in Russia publishing a biweekly newspaper that takes on everything from the Russian oligarchy to hack reporters to obnoxious capitalists.
New Era for Earth [5]
The simple environmental problems have been solved. Now comes the tough part -- reforming people.
— Debbie Gilbert, MEMPHIS FLYER
To The Limit [6]
Serving as a test for local runners, the inaugural Country Music Marathon is pulling in an international field of around 10,000 participants -- from the hard-core racer to the charity-driven runner.
Time Machines [7]
Or, tanks for the memories, World War II-style.
Roller Coaster Ride [8]
What's a regular investor to do about those roller coaster tech stocks?
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
Brown Out [9]
Judge Joe Brown takes his final off-camera bow.

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