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In Brief for May 21, 2008

In Brief for May 21, 2008

Event planning made E-Z? Fifty-seven percent of respondents to a poll from Special Events condemn the trend of for-profit companies offering brief courses that promise to turn newbies into professional event planners. They agree with the statement that the trend "is bad for the business because it suggests that becoming a skilled professional takes very little time." Twenty percent of respondents say the trend is good for the business because it ensures that would-be event pros have at least some formal training. Twenty-two percent say the trend is neither good nor bad …

California OK's same-sex unions The California Supreme Court last week struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that state Constitution protects a fundamental "right to marry" that extends equally to same-sex couples. The Los Angeles County Clerk's office told the Los Angeles Times that the phone was "ringing off the hook" with couples asking how to apply for marriage licenses. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize such marriages, a ruling that came four years ago …

Cocktails go green Now it's not just the olive in your cocktail that's green. Several distillers are turning to organic ingredients to create their vodkas and gins, the Wall Street Journal says. The hooch brings no special health benefits; instead, "It's all about sustainable farming," one distiller says.

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