News: Hawaii, Pedro Almodovar, Snail, Britney Spears, Holy Water

RoadBehind the Candelabra scoops up eight Creative Arts Emmys.

RoadMiss New York wins Miss America Pageant, is first of Indian descent.

FordRoadTom Ford dresses up the cover of the WSJ magazine. "I'm at a point in my life where I want to make the very best," Ford says matter-of-factly. "That's what interests me. If it's not the best, I don't want to make it."

RoadHawaii's DMV just can't handle this.

RoadThe CW is developing a show about a transgender teen: "Written by Brooklyn-based writer-playwright Kyle Jarrow and executive produced by Michael London (Milk), ZE is described as a raw, quirky family drama about a FTM (female-to-male) teen and his family."

RoadNepal gets first LGBTI community center: "Inaugurated last week, the Pink Himalayan Centre, a whitewashed five-story structure in the Dhumabarahi district of the capital city, will also be home to the Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's leading LGBTI rights organisation. The organisation will relocate from its Lazimpat office where it has been based for the past 13 years since its founding."

RoadHoly water is full of s**t: "Tests indicated 86 percent of the holy water, commonly used in baptism ceremonies and to wet congregants' lips, was infected with common bacteria found in fecal matter such as E. coli, enterococci and Campylobacter, which can lead to diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever."

RoadMale model fix: Kacey Carrig.

WizardRoadArtist Jaz Parkinson creates color-field maps of books based on how often the color is mentioned.

RoadPedro Almodovar to get European Achivement in World Cinema Award: "Almodovar has been among the most acclaimed, and successful, European directors since his 1988 melodrama Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown won the best young film honor at the inaugural European Film Awards and went on to arthouse success worldwide."

AP: Ban on gay blood donors persists. "Dating from the first years of the AIDS epidemic, the ban is a source of frustration to many gay activists, and also to many leading players in the nation's health and blood-supply community who have joined in calling for change."

RoadA Dina Lohan mugshot to add to the family wall.

RoadManitoba anti-bullying bill passes into law: "Manitoba's NDP government has passed an anti-bullying bill which requires schools to accommodate gay-straight alliances. The bill was passed during the closing session of the legislature on Friday after an 86-day run."

RoadBritney Spears Vegas contract: "TMZ is privy to the financial details of Britney's deal.  The 2-year contract calls for 48 shows a year at Planet Hollywood. According to the contract, Britney will earn $310,000 per show. By contrast, Celine does 70 shows a year.  Sources say she pulls in $476,000 a show ... so she's way ahead of Britney in the money department, but Brit gets more time off."

RoadReport: Arkansas school district removed students over concerns of HIV exposure.

SnailRoadSemi-transparent snail discovered in Croatia.

RoadAn ongoing problem: "A BBC report on the worrying issue of homophobia in the UK's care homes claimed that elderly gay and lesbian people are suffering homophobic bullying from care staff. The report highlighted the case of a woman who faced carers praying for her because she is a lesbian and another refusing to care for her because of her sexuality."

RoadReverend Albert Ogle on Eric Lembembe's murder and the campaign to send Cameroonian LGBT rights advocates to the African Commission next month.

RoadGossip columnist Liz Smith predicts Brokeback Mountain opera will want to make people slit their wrists.

RoadHawaii Filipino legislators lobbied on marriage equality: "Filipinos and part-Filipinos represent the state’s second-largest ethnic group and a growing part of the voting population. They will play a key role when the legislature convenes in a special session on Oct. 28 to discuss a measure that, if approved, would allow gay couples to get wedding licenses starting Nov. 18."

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  1. Many British and American home health aids, nurses, and senior home staff are savage black african and caribbean idiots who use their religion to justify hate. why are they even in the profession they are in?

    The most insane continent on the planet is AFRICA....caribbean is mostly a hellhole...why do blacks get away with this?

    clean up your damned hood you ratchet jesus loving dingbats. it's getting old.

    Posted by: Worthington | Sep 16, 2013 4:42:57 PM

  2. @Worthington: Please check out the link above to Rev. Albert Ogle's commentary on Eric Lembembe's murder for a way you can help make a difference in Africa.

    Posted by: alb | Sep 16, 2013 4:44:32 PM

  3. The two news stories about Hawaii made me Google "Native Hawaiians". Just as I remember reading before they are treated as third class citizens on their native soil. They deal with generational poverty, and they are over represented in the states prison system.
    Wow...that's really sad.

    And, my God, they are such good-looking people. So beautiful.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 16, 2013 5:07:49 PM

  4. The model's in such ridiculous shape that his stomach (waist) actually looks weird.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Sep 16, 2013 5:26:41 PM

  5. "...opera will want to make people slit their wrists."

    No, the Liz isn't saying the opera is in favour of its audience trying to kill itself.

    You mean: "...opera will make people want to slit their wrists."

    (presumably because it's sad)

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 16, 2013 5:49:47 PM

  6. And I'm with Liz on that one.

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 16, 2013 8:18:32 PM

  7. Wow. Yuck. Campylobacter is unspeakably awful. Trust me, you do NOT want that. And that's some third-world sh*t. You're not supposed to find that in the developed world.

    Posted by: Rich B | Sep 16, 2013 8:38:03 PM

  8. @Worthington: religion that was forced upon them by savage cr@acker-@ss white f.cks like you. :-)

    Posted by: redball | Sep 16, 2013 9:01:39 PM

  9. See also: Scott Lively's LOVELY work in Uganda, you racist-@ss cr@cker!

    Posted by: redball | Sep 16, 2013 9:02:12 PM

  10. No "test" was needed to show that "holy water" is full of sh.t. Any unindoctrinated teenager can figure that one out. I did.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 17, 2013 1:06:58 AM

  11. Q: What do Tom Ford, Pedro Almodovar, Dina Lohan and Holy Water all have in common?

    A: They're full of sh!T.

    Posted by: Carmen Maura | Sep 17, 2013 5:51:46 AM

  12. Such an abscence of discerning judgement means that you are as well CARMEN. There's a tree right over the accelerator.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 17, 2013 8:48:16 AM

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