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Par­ents of el­e­men­taryschool pupils in af­flu­ent Darien, Conn., are protest­ing a new ban on their vis­it­ing their chil­dren at lunchtime. School of­fi­cials say the num­ber of par­ents de­scend­ing on K-5 schools ev­ery lunchtime to check on their chil­dren’s wel­fare had be­come dis­rup­tive and un­der­mined the pupils’ self-re­liance. The new pol­icy “feels like a punch in the gut,” said par­ent Jes­sica Xu.

A New Mex­ico cou­ple who ap­plied for a mar­riage li­cense in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., were de­layed be­cause the clerk thought New Mex­ico was a for­eign coun­try. Gavin Clark­son says the clerk re­fused to ac­cept his driver’s li­cense as ID and asked in­stead for his “New Mex­ico pass­port.” The mar­riage bu­reau later apol­o­gized for the clerk’s fail­ure to rec­og­nize “New Mex­ico’s 106year his­tory as a state.”

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