News: Ethiopia, Voyager 1, Richard Holbrooke, Snowman Murder

Road Politico profiles Tim Gill's PAC Fight Back NY.

RoadPhallic: This week's view from the Eiffel Tower.

Colfer RoadGolden Globe-nominated Chris Colfer talks to BlackBook: "I never thought I’d play a character who could inspire so many people. It’s a good thing I’ve gone through so many of the same things Kurt is going through—I definitely approach his character from a personal place."

RoadTom Cruise flexes some muscle.

RoadDallas Morning News declares Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns, whose anti-bullying speech before the Council went viral on YouTube, a finalist for 'Texan of the Year'.

RoadNeil Patrick Harris to star in New York Philharmonic production of Stephen Sondheim's Company. "The performances, which will run from April 7 through 9, will be produced and directed by Lonny Price, who with the Philharmonic has also overseen star-studded productions of 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Candide,' and will be conducted by Paul Gemignani with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick."

RoadThe Kids Are All Right gets boost from New York Film Critics. "Lisa Cholodenko's warmly funny family-at-crossroads film, which picked up three major wins (Actress, Supporting Actor, Screenplay)."

RoadChristina Aguilera thrilled by Golden Globe nom.

RoadDogs are surprisingly adept at Christmas gift wrapping.

Givenchy RoadAlbino model Stephen Thompson gets career boost from Givenchy. Campaign.

RoadWATCH: The new trailer for Johnny Depp's big (gay) pirate movie.

RoadMajority in Western Australia favor same-sex marriage: "The poll of 400 people, conducted last week, reveals 61 per cent of respondents are in favour of gay marriage compared with 33 per cent who are opposed. Six per cent were undecided. Support for gay marriage among people under 35 is even stronger, with 77 per cent in favour and just 16 per cent against."

RoadFirst website for Ethiopian LGBT people launches: "Homosexuality is illegal in Ethiopia and the country is very homophobic. As elsewhere in Africa, he says, 'homosexuality is perceived as being an evil disease or curse brought up on the white man for his wrong doings, hence any appearance of it in Ethiopia would then be attributed to just another shortcoming of globalization.' carries news, a blog, stories of gay Ethiopians and a forum. It has 'been getting very good feedback from the Ethio/Eritrean lgbt community'.

RoadSeparated at birth: Elaine Donnelly and Betty Bowers.

VoyagerRoadVoyager 1 poised to be first craft to ever truly leave our solar system: "It was launched before personal computers were everywhere, before cell phones, before the internet! But it was given a powerful boost by its rocket, and another by the two largest planets in the solar system as it swung by them. And now, in just a few more years, it will have left our nest forever."

RoadDexter divorces his sister.

RoadBus driver loses job after being exposed murdering a snowman on YouTube.

RoadUgandan government blocks broadcast of documentary of human rights workers fighting discrimination on the grounds that the film would "promote homosexuality."

RoadDiplomat Richard Holbrooke, 69, died after a tear to his aorta: "While an aortic dissection is far less common than a heart attack, with roughly 4,000 new cases occurring each year in the United States, doctors do not consider it rare. Many of the symptoms overlap with those of a heart attack; often, it comes on as sudden, sharp pain in the chest or back. But sometimes, the telltale sign that it is aortic dissection and not a heart attack is that one limb will get cold or limp—because the blood flow has been disrupted."

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  1. Good god, I feel like such a chicken hawk ... but I'll say it anyway.

    Chris Colfer is so damn cute. He's just a pup now, but I think he'll grow up to be a very handsome man.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Dec 14, 2010 4:17:02 PM

  2. That photo of Chris Colfer makes him look a bit like Stephen Gately former singer in Boyzone, may he RIP.

    Posted by: Fred | Dec 14, 2010 4:42:51 PM

  3. Voyager is an amazing story of human ingenuity.

    Stephen Thompson is hot. No doubt some think he's too freaky. I think he's very attractive.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 14, 2010 4:47:27 PM

  4. Roads are for motor vehicles. You leave an object smack on it, and it's fair game.
    No way should the driver had lost his job for that. None.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Dec 14, 2010 5:11:27 PM

  5. Wow Chris looks great in that pic!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Dec 14, 2010 5:57:01 PM

  6. Like Holbrooke, both Lucille Ball and John Ritter died of aortic dissection.

    Posted by: Brent Z | Dec 14, 2010 6:11:41 PM

  7. Wow...! I don't even recognize Chris Colfer in that pic...! (Heh, I still don't, actually...) He looks pretty smoking hot!

    Amazing how he looks wayyy hotter when he isn't dressing like some colour-blind, pattern-blind, 60-yo....! (Note to wardrobe staff: sometimes, perhaps, maybe 'less is more'...)

    Posted by: Terrance | Dec 14, 2010 6:52:54 PM

  8. The high pitched scream of sheer joy that I let out upon reading that my future husband, NPH, will be playing Bobby in Company with the New York Philharmonic might now constitute the gayest moment of my life. And I thought setting an alarm in my phone back during freshman year of college to remind myself when tickets for Gypsy with Patti went on sale was pretty freakin gay.

    Posted by: SKOC211 | Dec 14, 2010 7:00:27 PM

  9. I know how you feel, SKOC211. You're responding to your Inner Sondheim.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 14, 2010 7:32:54 PM

  10. This profanity filter is the limit...mine.

    tralfaz, you disgust me. Not because of that, though.

    Dick Holbrooke was...alive. Knowledgeable guy and cagey negotiator...I'm confident he'll be missed by some people...his wife and children come to mind. 69's ripe old age (they call it ripe for some reason) if you live in sierra leone. RIP.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 14, 2010 7:52:34 PM

  11. Tanky, I consider disgusting you a badge of honor.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Dec 14, 2010 8:13:56 PM

  12. I'm sorry, but Mr. Colfer should not be allowed to take photographs like that. There is enough temptation in the world without Sweetie McTalentpants getting all sultry and come hither!

    Posted by: rascal | Dec 14, 2010 10:29:11 PM

  13. Holy you-know-what. That's Master Colfer is turning into quite the awesomely HAWT man!

    Posted by: tancredi | Dec 15, 2010 5:08:41 AM

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