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Madaleno calls for ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to controversial law

Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. called Tuesday for a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a controversial new law that critics say opens the door for businesses to discriminate on religious grounds, including against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Madaleno, a gay Democrat from Montgomery County, wrote in a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday night that Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act could lead to "public humiliation" for him and other elected and appointed officials in Maryland were they to travel to Indiana.

"Your family, an exemplary ambassador for the State of Maryland, could be denied service due to a random business person, waiter, or clerk's objection to the First Lady's previous divorce," Madaleno wrote, referring to First Lady Yumi Hogan. "My family could be denied service in Indiana because of my marriage to another man. Many of our colleagues could also be denied service because of an Indiana business owner's objection to a...

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You can play 'Pac-Man' on Baltimore streets right now

Think you're going to get work done today? Think again.

The good folks at Google Maps are letting folks play the classic arcade game on streets of your choosing.

All you have to do: Go to Google Maps here. Type in a city packed with lots of roads (it only works when there are enough roads for Pac-Man to eat through) and click the Pac-Man icon on the bottom left.

Then just press play. You'll be chomping your way through Canton or Fells or downtown in no time.

That revenue presentation due by 5 p.m.? Consider it postponed.

Enjoy!

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Comedy Central: 'Unfair' to judge Trevor Noah on tweets

Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of "The Daily Show," rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy.

"To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian," Noah posted Tuesday on his Twitter account, the same one that included past tweets others deemed offensive.

Comedy Central also came to his defense, calling Noah a "provocative" comedian who "spares no one, himself included."

"To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair," the network said in a statement, adding that he has "a bright future at Comedy Central."

Noah was announced as Jon Stewart's successor Monday. The next day, he was a trending topic on Twitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful — and unfunny.

Roseanne Barr was among those calling out the 31-year-old South African comic, who has an international following and 2 million...

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Ravens kicker Justin Tucker got married Saturday to Amanda Bass

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker tied the knot over the weekend, marrying Amanda Bass during a wedding ceremony in Texas.

"So happy to say I'm officially a married man!" Tucker wrote on his official Twitter account. "I will always remember 3.28.15 as the happiest day of my life. I love you @AmandaBass!!"

Tucker has dated Bass for several years, and they got engaged two years ago during an elaborate proposal at the Four Seasons in the Inner Harbor.

Now, the couple is heading off on its honeymoon.

Tucker posted a photo Monday on his Instagram account of them at the airport.

"Thanks to all our friends & fam for celebrating with us this wknd," Tucker wrote. "Now it's time for a trip to somewhere warm and sunny"

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Final effort to 'Save the Idle Hour' in full swing for Riverside bar

In late December, the Idle Hour — a celebrated corner bar in Riverside for more than a decade — closed unexpectedly due to a structural issue involving a buckling wall behind the back bar.

Owners Brendan Finnerty and Randal Etheridge said safety concerns for staff and patrons left them with no other choice.

After considering many options, the owners held two fundraising events (one at Little Havana on Jan. 31 and the other at the Ottobar on Feb. 28) that raised approximately $14,000, Etheridge said Friday afternoon.

It was enough to keep their dream of reopening the Idle Hour alive, but not for much else. The money was used to pay outstanding bills for alcohol distributors and mortgage payments. (Etheridge said he and Finnerty own the building next to the bar as well.)

In a final effort to fix the bar's problems and move forward, Etheridge and Finnerty launched the “Save the Idle Hour” campaign on the crowd-funding website Indiegogo this week.

As of Friday afternoon, 93 people had...

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HBO cancels 'Looking,' will air 'final chapter' as special

There will be no third season for HBO's gay-themed series "Looking," which has been canceled, HBO announced March 25.

Instead, a "final chapter" will be aired as an HBO special in order to wrap up the show's various storylines, it said.

"After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special," HBO said in a statement. "We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans."

An HBO spokeswoman said more details about the special -- such as its length and air date -- are not yet available.

The news will no doubt be met with varying degrees of regret and derision by the gay community, which has largely been split over the series and whether it represented gay culture and lives in an interesting, accurate and entertaining way.

But it should also be met with a sense of loss by anyone who believes unapologetic and...

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