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SC grad, NFL player, asked not to publicly support gay marriage 09/09/12 10p.m. TDH

A santa cruz high school graduate who now plays for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens is drawing attention for his outspoken support of same-sex marriage.  Brendon Ayanbadejo has been publicly supporting marriage equality since 2008, but now a maryland lawmaker is asking him to [quote] "concentrate on football."   maryland house of delegates member emmett c. burns junior, (a democrat), sent a letter to the ravens' owner requesting that management [quote] "inhibit such expressions."  ravens management did just the opposite, issuing a letter in support of the linebacker's right to speak his mind.    Maryland voters will decide this november on whether or not to legalize gay marriage in the state.   The letter was sent following ayanbadejo's donation of a pair of Ravens tickets to a fundraiser for a group supporting the ballot initiative.

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Child struck by vehicle (WV) 09/09/12 9:40p.m. TDH

a 5-year-old girl sustained non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle in watsonville sunday.   the 6:15 p.m. accident occurred near riverside drive and union street.  the girl was airlifted out of the county to be treated.  authorities are investigating whether the driver should face charges.

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Marina Shooting, no injuries 09/09/12 9:30p.m. TDH

A shooting was reported in marina sunday morning.   gunfire was exchanged between 2-vehicles near vaughn avenue and everett drive.  nobody was reported injured in the early-morning incident, but a car and house were struck by stray rounds.   the suspects had fled by the time marina police officers arrived at the scene.

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Branch Rail line again acquired 09/09/12 9:30p.m. TDH

santa cruz county is one step closer to acquiring the (32-mile rail line from watsonville to davenport), known as the "Branch Rail line."   the deal was previously approved and set to go forward, however union pacific pulled out at the last minute.  that left county transportation officials needing to find a new operator for the railway.    Iowa Pacific was chosen, and will operate locally under the name "santa cruz and monterey railway."    A final petition to acquire the line was again granted last week, moving the process into the final phase before passenger and freight trains start running.

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cliff rescue (SC) 09/09/12 7:45p.m. TDH

a man was rescued by santa cruz firefighters sunday, after taking a tumble off of west cliff drive.    the man fell near merced avenue just-after-noon.  after being hauled up from the rocks by a firefighters using a rope system, the victim was transported to dominican hospital to be treated for moderate injuries.  traffic was held up on west cliff drive for about 25 minutes while the rescue operation was carried out.

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