Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Vouchers working

Education | A new study shows that the D.C.
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/08/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Under the direction of a Democratic Congress, the first federally funded program providing low-income families with education scholarships in Washington, D.C., is presumably in its final days. But a newly released Department of Education study evaluating the program's first three years shows reading improvements among participating students.

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Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (AP/Photo by Toby Talbot)

Gay marriage spreads

Marriage | The D.C.
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/07/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, the same day Vermont became the fourth state to legalize homosexual marriages-the first state to do so through legislation. The Iowa Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in that state last week, joining the ranks of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

D.C. Council member David Catania, who is homosexual, told reporters the vote was part of "the march towards human rights and equality."

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Tony Dungy (Associated Press/Photo by Michael Conroy)

Final Faith-based advisers named

Religion | President Obama's Advisory Council for the Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office will not include Tony Dungy
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/06/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The White House announced Monday nine new members of its Advisory Council for the Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office, completing the 25-member panel, but former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, who was invited to join last week (see "Fifth quarter") was not one of them.

Dungy apparently declined because of schedule conflicts.

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