News: Chicago, Jake Gyllenhaal, Pakistan, Booker Prize, XY

 road 20 million people affected by flooding in Pakistan. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: "I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this."

Richberg  roadIs Kevin Richberg your soulmate?

 roadHow does Carrot Top maintain his golden carrot tan?

 roadChicago area split on same-sex marriage: "In a recent Tribune/WGN poll, 46 percent of suburban residents said they oppose legalizing same-sex marriage, while 40 percent approve and 14 percent have no opinion. When asked their opinions on civil unions — which would provide same-sex couples with many of the same legal rights as marriage — the results switch: 54 percent of suburban residents favor legalizing same-sex civil unions, compared with 33 percent who would oppose such a law."

 roadHulu plans IPO.

 roadWhich nightclub will Lindsay Lohan hit first?

 roadNY1 looks at Manhattan's planned gay-themed hotel complex on 42nd street: "We are going to be a hetero-friendly urban resort, which means we are going to turn Ian Schrager’s concept upside down. His hotels 20 years ago were more 80 percent straight and 20 percent gay-friendly. Here we hope to be more of a true hetero-friendly complex -- a gay environment where straight friends and family are welcome to come and enjoy our fun too."

 roadBrad Goreski — with clothes on this time.

 roadJake Gyllenhaal sells drugs...in his new romantic comedy.

Realestate  roadGay real estate agent uses Lutheran pastor's home for sexcapades: "While they were gone, they allege in a lawsuit filed last week, their real estate agent used their house and possessions for 'unauthorized sexual escapades,' staining their sheets, couch, carpet and other surfaces. Coldwell Banker Burnet spent more than $7,000 to clean the home and replace sullied furniture, sheets, towels, the couple's robes and her negligee. But the family says they were repulsed by the intrusion and can't stay there anymore."

 roadAdam Lambert parties with the Philly boys.

 roadMarine investigated for alleged participation in gay porn: "Sgt. Matthew W. Simmons, whose alleged screen name is 'Christian Jade,' acknowledged in an e-mail that he believed his case would be taken to court-martial."

 roadMale model fix: Nils Butler.

 roadPaul Krugman on the Social Security "crisis". "An aging population will eventually (over the course of the next 20 years) cause the cost of paying Social Security benefits to rise from its current 4.8 percent of G.D.P. to about 6 percent of G.D.P. To give you some perspective, that's a significantly smaller increase than the rise in defense spending since 2001, which Washington certainly didn't consider a crisis, or even a reason to rethink some of the Bush tax cuts."

Manilow_slater  roadSteven Slater meets Barry Manilow.

 roadGay man and lesbian lead Booker longlist sales: "Leading the pack by far is openly gay Christos Tsiolkas, whose novel The Slap has been widely praised for its eight different perspectives (including a gay teen, Richie's) on contemporary Australia. According to Nielsen BookScan figures, he sold more than 5,000 copies in the UK last week. In Australia, The Slap has remained on bestseller lists since its publication in 2008. Ranked second for sales among the longlist is Irish writer Emma Donoghue (who lives in Canada with her partner and their children) for her explosive novel Room."

 roadSong lyrics as Google maps.

 roadXY magazine owners to destroy user info: "A tussle over the remaining assets of defunct XY magazine has ended in an agreement to protect the identities of former customers of the gay lifestyle and dating properties. After XY declared bankruptcy recently, the business partners fought over ownership of the assets, including the identities and personal information of over one million users...An agreement between the two parties has resolved the issue without litigation. The publisher has agreed to destroy the personal information."

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  1. I could go the rest of my life without ever seeing or hearing the name Steven Slater again.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Aug 16, 2010 5:11:39 PM


  2. Wasn't the real estate agent story a subplot in the movie Bedrooms and Hallways? With Hugo Weaving? Gross.

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 16, 2010 5:16:32 PM


  3. I've had my share of raunchy, rowdy sex, but it's never taken anywhere near $7000 to clean up after it. I want pictures of the mess, or I'll continue to believe that this is an absurd amount of overkill.

    Posted by: Dagoril | Aug 16, 2010 5:45:10 PM


  4. I'd certainly be up for trying to create $7,000 worth of mess with Kevin. Hubba hubba!

    Posted by: Joel | Aug 16, 2010 6:35:51 PM


  5. I can't tell if I'm intrigued by Kevin Richberg's project or turned off by his narcissism.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 16, 2010 7:16:36 PM


  6. If I weren't a happily married man, I'd propose a date to that hottie Kevin Richberg. I see your point, Brian, but somehow I didn't get the narcissism. I just think it's very clever.

    ANd did I say I think he's H-O-T?

    Posted by: Stew outta IAD | Aug 16, 2010 7:25:18 PM


  7. I've been on a date with Kevin Richberg. Meh.

    My question is: if he finds someone he likes, what does he do to his scheduled dates for the remainder of the month? Just call 'em off? Isn't that... well... kind of a dickish move?

    Posted by: John | Aug 16, 2010 7:35:11 PM


  8. The real estate agent was stupid, just stupid. I hope the sex was worth losing your license, your livelihood, and your reputation. Didn't you have a home of your own where you could take your trick?

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Aug 16, 2010 8:02:04 PM


  9. Now John,

    If you would READ the boy's site, you will see that he's committed to keeping all 30 dates regardless of whether he meets Prince Charming on date #1.

    And call me skeptical, but did you REALLY go on a date with my sweet little Kevin? I find that just too coincidental to readily believe . . .

    Posted by: Stew outta IAD | Aug 16, 2010 8:17:48 PM


  10. I have to admit the Carrot Top thing was hot

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Aug 16, 2010 11:26:27 PM


  11. Re: Kevin Richberg,

    You know, Kevin is an attractive man but you can just tell by the expression on his face in the picture above that he is completely full of himself and seriously overestimates his cuteness, which makes him VERY unattractive to me!

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 17, 2010 12:36:34 PM


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