Ellen's Halloween ritual of sending faint-hearted staffers through haunted houses is back - with Executive Producer Andy Lassner and his assistant Jacqueline being the lucky two chosen to brave a vampire-themed maze this year.
Earlier this week, Major League Baseball player Torii Hunter released a radio spot, endorsing a politician from his native Arkansas. The politician is Asa Hutchinson (R), who is running for governor.
In the spot, Hunter specifically appeals to Black voters, saying that in Hutchinson's time as a lawyer, he "fought for more majority African-American districts in the state legislature." He continues, saying Hutchinson is "committed to the principles we hold dear, like a strong faith in God, equal justice for all, and keeping marriage between one man and one woman."
As if the above contradiction weren't blatant enough, Hunter also invokes Martin Luther King in the spot, quoting him in saying "men should be judged by the content of their character." This is given as a reason for Black voters to not dismiss Hutchinson: Said Hunter: "we too often prejudge political candidates by their party label. I'm asking you to consider Asa for his actions."
This isn't the first time Torii Hunter has let his beliefs on gay issues be known; in 2012, he said the thought of playing with a gay athlete made him "uncomfortable," "as a Christian."
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert this afternoon, NBC News reports:
The explosion scattered debris across a two-mile swath of the desert floor outside Mojave, California, and came after the plane was released from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane. SpaceShipTwo was testing its rocket engine in flight for the first time in more than nine months.
"During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle," Virgin Galactic said in a statement. "The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots."
Jesse Borne, an officer at the California Highway Patrol, told NBC News that there was one fatality and one major injury.
SpaceShipTwo was designed primarily for space tourism, meant to carry passengers high enough to experience near-weightlessness for roughly $200,000 per ticket. This was a test flight, however, so no passengers are believed to have been onboard.
Watch a ABC Los Angeles report on the developing story, AFTER THE JUMP...
Sir Ian McKellen has been given the Freedom of the City of London award in honor of his work promoting LGBT equality. The award dates back to 1237 and is handed to people who have achieved success in a given field.
Speaking to an "insightful" listener on the Family Research Council radio program this week, hate leader Tony Perkins spouted some crackpot nonsense about how gay rights are part of a wider "anti-life" agenda to end humanity as we know it.
...the agenda of climate change alarmists and those that are pushing for population control, they're all kind of in the same wagon there. That is one of the reasons they promote homosexuality - there's no procreation there. And I know they go crazy and deny it, but the evidence is there.
And where might we find the evidence for this explosive conspiracy theory? Why, that's easy - you just have to buy his book!