News: Rod Blagojevich, NASA, Elian Gonzalez, SETI, The Queen
Mainstream news outlets ignore Obama's LGBT announcement.
Slaughter: 257 black bears killed on first day of NJ hunting season.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption.
Poor Queen: Pay cut to $50 million a year.
Raleigh, NC City Council passes resolution condemning anti-gay amendment: "The Raleigh City Council passed a resolution Tuesday opposing NC's proposed Anti-LGBT Amendment. The vote was 6-2, with Mayor Nancy McFarlane, who was sworn in yesterday, voting with the majority. Former Mayor Charles Meeker also publicly expressed his opposition to the amendment this weekend."
Kristin Chenoweth on gay adoption: “I have so many gay friends who’ve adopted kids. I think the worry is that their kids will be gay too. And if they’re gay, so what? That fear just shows the ignorance of the overall view of homosexuality and adoption. I swear, if I had two dads or two moms when I was growing up, I’d still be the same person. Probably still not being able to commit!”
Batman or Chinese drone?
NASA's Voyager space craft has reached the outer limits of the solar system: "Voyager 1 still has a little way to go before it completely exits the solar system and becomes the first manmade probe to cross into interstellar space, or the vast space between stars. The spacecraft has enough battery power to last until 2020, but scientists think it will reach interstellar space before that - in a matter of several months to years."
Male model fix: Miguel Iglesias.
Trial begins in murder of gay CUNY professor: "As the friends and a family member of Edgard Mercado wept, prosecutors told a Manhattan jury that the evidence would prove that Davawn Robinson meant to kill the 39-year-old gay man when he strangled him in Mercado’s East Village apartment in 2009."
Michele Bachmann bags Phyllis Schlafly's endorsement.
BMW's electric car event at Art Basel.
John McCain thinks he's the GOP kingmaker.
Rick Santorum says gays "de-stabilize the family" when they have children "through technology": "Some say well, through technology, same-sex couples can have children. Well they can, through either adoption, or artificial insemination…but they don’t get the mother and a father.”
Cuban raft survivor Elian Gonzalez turns 18.
Hangover pill approved by the FDA: "The over-the-counter drug cocktail combines 1,000 milligrams of aspirin, 120 milligrams of caffeine and a stomach-soothing agent into two effervescent tablets taken the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Once dissolved in water, the remedy claims to knock out multiple hangover symptoms in just 15 to 30 minutes."