News: Cloud Atlas, Matthew Mitcham, Falling Shark, Meat Loaf

RoadMeat Loaf for Romney.

RoadBlogger buys 1 million Facebook user emails for $5.

DimitrovRoadShot of the year?

RoadShark falls from sky onto California golf course, is rushed to the ocean, and lives. "The 2-pound leopard shark was apparently plucked from the ocean by a seabird..."

RoadJon Stewart is an admirer of Gerard Butler, as is Gerard Butler: “When you look in the mirror… you ever say to yourself, ‘I’d hit that’,” Jon asked, to which Gerard replied, “I do! Frequently!”

RoadMaine's top Catholic Richard Malone speaks out against same-sex marriage.

Road1,000 Catholics to endorse marriage equality in Washington.

RoadPoint Foundation scholarship applications available on November 1: "Point Foundation, established in 2001, was initially funded by a grant from Bruce C. Lindstrom & Carl T. Strickland. Point Foundation is what it is today—the premier national LGBTQ non-profit organization designed to nurture the LGBTQ leaders of the next generation – because of the generous support of others. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society."

RoadAzealia Banks confirms Lady Gaga, Kanye collaborations.

MitchamRoadMatthew Mitcham attacked by dog.

RoadCloud Atlas tackles race and gender issues.

RoadBaltimore Congressman says he'll vote for Question 6: "A Baltimore congressman who has yet to publicly back nuptials for gays and lesbians told the Washington Blade late on Wednesday he plans to vote for his state’s same-sex marriage law on Nov. 6. 'I respect and support the decision of the Maryland legislature and will vote in support of Question 6,' said U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings."


RoadMost accurate synopsis ever for The Wizard of Oz.

RoadBroadway Impact and Wicked National Tour will promote marriage equality in Seattle and Baltimore: "With the support of Washington United for Marriage in Seattle, and Marylanders for Marriage Equality in Baltimore, members of the Wicked cast and crew have volunteered to hand out flyers and talk to patrons immediately following performances in both cities in order to raise awareness about the case for full marriage equality."

RoadZachary Quinto is in it to win it for Obama.

RoadMatthew Rettenmund meets the RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars.

RoadJohnny Depp scarfs it up at David Furnish's 50th birthday party.

NestRoadIntact bird's nest with two eggs survives Arizona to New Zealand flight in plane's wheel housing: "The nest was made from mud, feathers and straw and contained two hatched eggs and two whole eggs. The species of bird is not yet known."

RoadIntercollegiate PAC-8 hockey conference allies with You Can Play Project.

Road15 gay activists receive death threats in Brazil.

RoadBlack and Hispanic LGBTs more likely to be targeted for 'stop and frisk' actions by police, says report: "The Make the Road New York report, released Tuesday, also alleges that transgender women are particularly vulnerable to being arrested and charged with prostitution — often without cause. 'When (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people are stopped and frisked, it’s a very different experience from when heterosexual people are stopped,' said Karina Claudio-Betancourt, who runs Make the Road’s LGBTQ Justice Project. 'They are usually verbally (and) physically harassed.'"

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  1. Could there please, please be some indication which photos go with which story summaries? SO often, it's unclear.

    Posted by: chris | Oct 26, 2012 3:30:05 PM

  2. "[Archbishop] Sartain says the Catholic church is not 'against' anything. It is 'for marriage, for husbands and wives.'"

    I think I'm missing some casuistry here. Isn't it a tautology that when you are "for" something you are automatically "against" something else? Does this logic imply that the Catholic church is not against child rape when it is for the protection of children?

    Perhaps this is yet another example of the RC hierarchy not reading their promulgations for what they really say before issuing them.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 26, 2012 3:31:20 PM

  3. The pictures, themselves, should link to their stories.

    However, you can scroll over each picture to get some idea of what it represents.

    Posted by: Mikey | Oct 26, 2012 3:32:37 PM

  4. I'd just like to be the first to point out that "Cloud Atlas"'s gay characters once again fulfill the old Hollywood stereotype of us as lonely, Machiavellian, and dangerous. As glad as I was to see a gay relationship presented, I wasn't happy with the stock plot the gay characters are given.

    Posted by: Bakeley | Oct 26, 2012 3:36:59 PM

  5. As a plot synopsis. It's actually inaccurate. Dorothy didn't meet the witch, and apparently was unconscious when the house dropped on the latter.

    But she didn't have the slightest compunction about the other witch. Sounds lie, Sarah palin

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Oct 26, 2012 3:58:39 PM

  6. How hard can it be to figure out which stories go with the pictures? Lets see, the picture of the bird's nest and eggs probably goes with the story that starts with "Intact bird's nest with two eggs". The picture of Matthew Mitchum and a dog would be "Matthew Mitcham attacked by dog". The top picture you can use the process of elimination. He's not a shark, Jon Stewart, a top catholic (well. probably not), 1000 catholics or a scholarship so it's probably the story about the "shot of the year".

    You'll also notice that these stories are all the first stories that appear next to the pictures. That's another clue.

    Posted by: ger | Oct 26, 2012 4:08:40 PM

  7. Bakeley, didn't appreciate what that character represented in terms of how that character would have existed in that particular time?

    That's like complaining that a pre-Stonewall era gay character was "woefully unliberated"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 26, 2012 4:11:37 PM

  8. "Tackles" means "incidentally speaking a bit about but not actually addressing" now?

    Posted by: luminum | Oct 26, 2012 4:42:33 PM

  9. RE: stories and their pictures--when Andy posts the news, he always aligns the headline with the top of the corresponding photo.

    Andrew Belonski and the others have not followed this format, and I agree, it sometimes ends up a little frustrating (and unintentionally funny) trying to match the photo with the story.

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Oct 26, 2012 4:46:44 PM

  10. This is maybe not the best example of the captionless photo issue -- it is often less clear. BUT -- the photos do not link to the stories. Click on that top photo and you get: a larger version of that photo. I imagine a lot of people do not know who either of those people is and a headline that reads "SHOT OF THE YEAR" does not exactly lead you right to that -- or any photo. Also, as Sean in Dallas, the photos are sometimes randomly positioned next to teasery headlines and there is no way to know what goes with what. "Process of elimination" is not a great road to good journalism, particularly when NONE of those headlines refers to anything in that photo. Just a thought -- it makes the sight a bit more frustrating and, thus, a bit less clickable.

    Posted by: chris | Oct 26, 2012 4:56:26 PM

  11. The Wizard of Oz synopsis is from the 1990s and quite famous. No idea why it's suddenly bubbled up as new.

    Posted by: MikeW | Oct 26, 2012 5:41:35 PM

  12. What Chris said. And they do NOT necessarily match up to the top line of the text next to it. I end up clicking through every link in the section to figure out which story goes with the photo. I'm sure it's probably a browser thing. I use Safari.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 26, 2012 5:58:17 PM

  13. I had a look at the link to Dlisted about the tennis player showing his abs. I wish I hadn't. Dlisted appears to be the standard for self-loathing queens.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 26, 2012 6:12:34 PM

  14. My guess is that the nest is an old one (it's not nesting season now)of an Ash-throated Flycatcher

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 26, 2012 7:02:49 PM

  15. Andy has always been consistent about aligning stories and photos. If you can't figure them out, I'm surprised that you can read. If it's such a problem, click on the links instead of the photos---which are simply that, photos.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 26, 2012 8:08:11 PM

  16. @Jason: self loathing queens? How so? Dlisted if pretty funny. And I'm not remotely self loathing.

    Posted by: BZ | Oct 26, 2012 8:49:39 PM

  17. Egad, you're contemptuous for no reason, Paul R. The point is it's not possible to quickly click on the links BECAUSE YOU CAN'T TELL WHICH LINK IS WHICH.

    Posted by: chris | Oct 27, 2012 12:48:59 AM

  18. I really appreciate the way you write

    Posted by: Online Movies | Oct 27, 2012 3:23:25 AM

  19. So you can't tell which link is which? Why, exactly? The highlighted orange text that are links aren't enough of a clue?

    Look at the items above. Every item with an accompanying photo is top aligned with that photo. I don't understand how that's confusing.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 27, 2012 4:57:01 AM

  20. Dlisted's writer is self-depreciating and often for hilariously stories. Not self-loathing.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 27, 2012 6:33:54 AM

  21. "hilarious stories" I should auto-correct

    Posted by: MarkUs | Oct 27, 2012 6:34:32 AM

  22. And, Jason, if there's anyone who's an expert on "self-loathing queens", it's you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 27, 2012 11:05:28 AM

  23. Why do people whine so much about certain Towleroad writers? Sean always seems to complain about something. If it's really that hard to follow the stories and the pictures maybe you have bigger issues! If you can't handle what is coming out of your magic picture box then you should take a break from the web. Some of you sound like a bunch of bitchy old queens!

    @JASON/RICK dislikes:

    Effeminate gay men
    Gay parents
    Steven Colbert
    and now sites with tongue-in-cheek humor, like DListed!

    He is nothing more than a bitter, old white Republican who has no compassion or sense of humor. He comes on here to bring everyone else down, spread some mis-information, try to make the GOP look good and share his life of depression to everyone else. He must be an absolute joy to be around.

    Posted by: WOW | Oct 27, 2012 6:37:45 PM

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