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Bye, bye ban: We knew it was coming for weeks, but it’s still a big moment. The Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban yesterday on gay adults as Scout leaders. Not everyone is thrilled with the decision, however. LGBT advocacy groups say the change doesn’t go far enough, since it leaves an exemption for troops sponsored by religious organizations. Religious groups say the decision goes too far, and the Mormon church said it was “re-evaluating” its relationship with the Scouts.


Still searching: Family, friends and the Coast Coast still hold out hope that Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos will be found. A Coast Guard captain said yesterday people can survive in warm water for as long as four to five days. The boys have been missing since Friday; their capsized boat was found Sunday. The search is focused on an area about 60 miles off Jacksonville, and the boys’ families are offering a $100,000 reward for their rescue.


Ladies first: The NFL won’t be just about the guys this season, as the Arizona Cardinals hire theleague’s first female coach. Jen Welter was added to the Cardinals’ staff yesterday as a training camp and preseason coaching intern. Welter has played football professionally for more than a decade and most recently was an assistant coach in the Indoor Football League. But she won’t be the only woman in the spotlight: Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first full-time referee, suits up next season as well.

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