Susan Sharon http://apr.org en In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights http://apr.org/post/maine-gay-candidate-uneven-record-lgbt-rights Maine was among the first states to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot box — and now, LGBT groups are hoping voters there will break new ground by electing the nation's first openly gay governor in November.<p>But Democratic candidate Mike Michaud only recently came out, and he hasn't always been a gay-rights supporter.<p>Responding to what he called a "whisper campaign" about his sexual orientation, the six-term congressman did something dramatic last November: He outed himself in a series of newspaper op-eds.<p>"Yes, I am gay, but you know, so what?" <a href="http://www.mpbn.net/Home/t Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 55298 at http://apr.org In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed http://apr.org/post/risks-popular-anxiety-drugs-often-overshadowed When actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an overdose in February, the New York City medical examiner ruled that his death was the result of "acute mixed drug intoxication." Heroin, cocaine and a widely prescribed class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, were found in his system.<p>The drugs first burst onto the scene in the 1950s and '60s and quickly became known as "<a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/psych/faculty/metzl/07_Metzl.pdf">mother's little helper</a>," the mild tranquilizer that could soothe frazzled housewives' nerves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 50237 at http://apr.org Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed