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 road Maggie Gallagher made an appearance at NOM's lowly-attended bus tour stop in Columbus. The organization's president, Brian Brown, was conspicuously absent.

Thomas road Thomas Beatie is expecting baby # 3.

 road Gay businessman claims police brutality after incident at hotel: "We were threatened with criminal trespass for simply trying to go into the hotel to visit friends staying there, in addition, another guy was CHOKED for no apparent reason."

 road Video: Billy Corgan collapses on stage.

 road UK Study on gays and lesbians and drug use: "(The study) finds the LGBT community tend to be early users of new drugs and says improving links between such minorities and health officials would identify risks before drug use became widespread."

 road The Evangelical Lutheran Church reinstates barred pastors.

 road Levi Johnston continues to pursue acting jobs.

 road According to Zachary Quinto, we won't see a new Star Trek flick for a little while.

 road Palm Springs Police Chief responds to accusations that the department is anti-gay: "I recently met with LGBT committee members, Warm Sands hoteliers and residents, the Human Rights Commission and city staff to dialogue on improving the relationship that has been affected by the public outcry over the enforcement operation. I certainly understand the constructive criticism we have received and taking the appropriate action steps. We have scheduled LGBT cultural diversity training for all members of the department."

 road New Brazilian gay tango festival. Says one dancer: "Tango is so sensual and for me dancing with a man is more sensual when leading or following, there is a little flirting and I don't want to flirt with a woman." 

Mirror  road Amazing "invisible house" is really a mirrored, cubed structure that is part of a hotel complex in Sweden.

 road Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone are definitely broken up, so says the latter via Twitter.

 road Even nerds can be violent.

 road The USDA's Shirley Sherrod tells Anderson Cooper that Andrew Breibart is really being racist and vicious against a black president.

 road Toyota believes that if you drive with a glass of water on your dash, you could save on fuel. Well, not literally.

 road Apparently this girl focused too much on the "sex" in Sex & the City and not enough on the "city" part.

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  1. They should wait for JJ Adams' retirement, before they make another Star Trek movie.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 25, 2010 6:12:48 PM

  2. I mean JJ Abrams.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 25, 2010 6:39:18 PM

  3. Hmmm, the first thing I thought when I saw the invisible cube was "death for birds," but apparently the cube will be covered with a film that is visible to birds but not humans. I know nothing about avian vision but this supposed film had better work or that thing is more of an exercise in human vanity than anything. And yes I know skyscrapers kill birds but at least they mostly have transparent glass and are in cities, not the middle of the forest.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jul 25, 2010 8:25:33 PM

  4. I am sorry but for a site that has publicized Brazilian events/personalities to call Buenos Aires Brazil is kind of ignorant. Step up your game fellas...

    Posted by: Jujie | Jul 26, 2010 4:17:35 AM

  5. That tree house is awesome, but I too am dubious of a film that's visible only to birds.

    The idiot girl who was "inspired" by Sex and the City focused on exactly what that inane show focused on. I kind of pity her, but it's hard to feel sorry for someone so stupid.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 26, 2010 4:41:31 AM

  6. Palm Springs police union defends officers' actions in 'sex sting'

    Paul Abshire • Special to The Desert Sun • August 27, 2010

    The Palm Springs Police Officers' Association is a union consisting of officers and sergeants employed by the Palm Springs Police Department. The association provides support for its members as well as a forum through which our voices, individually and collectively, may be heard.


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    The Palm Springs Police Officers Association would like the public to know where it stands on the lewd conduct enforcement operation that was conducted in June 2009. After numerous meetings with City Council members, leaders of the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) Outreach Committee and other residents, business owners and concerned citizens, it appears that concern regarding the motives and actions of the police department remains. The public should know that we take great pride in the fair and ethical manner in which we respond to calls for service.
    Positive relations with the LGBT community

    The association has had a long history of positive relations with the LGBT community and is taking strides to regain the trust and understanding of the visitors and residents of Palm Springs, which has suffered as a result of the recent controversy surrounding the Warm Sands operation. Although the ongoing court cases restrict the association from discussing details of the operation, our members have and will consistently enforce the law fairly and equitably, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

    Let me assure everyone in Palm Springs that your police officers do not unfairly target the LGBT community. Last year, we responded to a complaint about public indecency generated by a City Council member. We did our job and enforced the law. It is that simple. For years, we have worked closely with LGBT community members in a professional, fair and unbiased manner, and this operation was no exception.

    This was not the first complaint of lewd conduct in the Warm Sands area and was handled the same as any other complaint of a similar nature would have been. Over the past several years, the Palm Springs Police Department has conducted several undercover operations in response to complaints about prostitution, lewd conduct and narcotics activity. During the June 2009 operation, 19 men were arrested and charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure.
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    A culture of tolerance and understanding

    The Palm Springs Police Department culture is one of tolerance and understanding. There are openly gay and lesbian sworn police officers and civilian personnel in our department, all of whom are considered members of our law enforcement family, both on and off the job. Anyone who characterizes our department as unwelcoming or unfair to members of the LGBT community is misinformed.


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    The Palm Springs police outreach efforts have included participation in the Pride Parade, where officers have represented the Palm Springs Police Department by operating a marked patrol car in the parade itself, and the Pride Festival, where officers staff recruiting booths in an effort to attract gay and lesbian officers to careers in law enforcement. This tradition has continued for 10 years.

    The Palm Springs Police Officers' Association is proud of our diversity in race, gender and sexual orientation and we think this diversity helps us to better understand and serve all residents.

    The Palm Springs Police Department is staffed by 89 sworn officers, covering 96 square miles, serving 50,000 year-round residents and hosting 2.5 million visitors annually.

    Paul Abshire is president of the Palm Springs Police Officers' Association. Questions can be directed to him at or (760)323-8105.



    Posted by: Raul | Aug 31, 2010 11:51:43 PM

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