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Robert Gates, Who Oversaw the End of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Welcomes Gay Scoutmasters to the Boy Scouts – The Atlantic

After presiding over the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the former secretary of defense has now ended the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scoutmasters. Eagle Scout. Young Republican. CIA recruit. Air Force officer. CIA director. Secretary of defense.It’s not the resume of a radical civil-rights campaigner, but Robert Gates …

Celeb birthdays for April 28, 2013

Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 72. Actress Marcia Strassman (“Welcome Back Kotter”) is 65. Actor Paul Guilfoyle (“CSI”) is 64. “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is 63. Actress Mary McDonnell is 60. Singer-bassist Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth is 60. Rapper Too Short is 47. Actress Simbi Khali (“3rd Rock From the …

Elsevier: All your data belongs to us – Salon.com

The huge scientific publisher sparks resentment by gobbling up a popular online gathering place. Sound familiar? A distinct sense of déjà vu kicked in Tuesday afternoon as I read a series of outraged tweets decrying the news that Elsevier, the giant publisher of scientific journals, was buying Mendeley, a cloud-based …

Is Stanford Too Close to Silicon Valley? : The New Yorker

There are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley. Should there be? Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it’s as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever. Students ride their bikes through manicured quads, past blooming flowers and statues by Rodin, to …