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What you really wanted for Christmas? Jared

RoadSinger/songwriter Vanessa Carlton got married. And Stevie Nicks officiated

RoadAre gay marriage bans in jeopardy? Some say "not so fast": "'I wouldn't say [the Windsor ruling] is the death knell for marriage exclusion through the rest of the states, but I think it does initiate the next round of marriage equality victories,' said Bill Eskridge, a professor at Yale Law School and a constitutional law expert who has authored many works on legal issues facing same-sex couples. 'My prediction is that there will be a very fair number of judges who will be persuaded that marriage equality should prevail,' he added."

RoadThe residency has begun

RoadAnd the stars showed up to get a piece of her.

RoadIn case you missed it, the trailer for Zac Efron's raunchy comedy That Awkward Moment that features a scantily clad (and work unfriendly) Efron dealing with some consequences of taking a certain little blue pill. 

RoadBoy Scouts to open ranks to gay youth come January 1: "'My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,' said Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member who chairs the policy implementation committee. 'It's business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.'"

RoadTina Fey has a new show in the works about a "woman who escapes a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City." Sadly, she won't be in this one. 

RoadFellow funny lady Rashida Jones has also sold a show with a somewhat wacky bent:"The half hour comedy [set to air on HBO] is called Claws and is described as a midnight-dark workplace dramedy-noir about a nail salon in Florida and the strange, dangerous women who work there."

RoadFeathers appear to have been the exception rather than the rule with Dinosaurs.

Abandoned RoadThe 38 most haunting abandoned places on earth.

RoadIs Facebook losing ground with teens? "Researching the Facebook use of 16-18 year olds in eight EU countries, the Global Social Media Impact Study found that as parents and older users saturate Facebook, its younger users are shifting to alternative platforms. 'Facebook is not just on the slide - it is basically dead and buried,' wrote Daniel Miller, lead anthropologist on the research team, who is professor of material culture of University College London. 'Mostly they feel embarrassed to even be associated with it. Where once parents worried about their children joining Facebook, the children now say it is their family that insists they stay there to post about their lives.'"

RoadU.N. Peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan: "U.N. warns that despite efforts to organize a ceasefire, tensions remain precariously high."

RoadNY Times reexamines Benghazi terror attack, finds no evidence of a link to Al Qaeda. "Interviews show militia and insults to Islam fueled assault."

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  1. That article on abandoned places is incredible and reminds me why I keep coming back to Towleroad.

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Dec 28, 2013 4:44:54 PM

  2. Leave it to children to tell us that there are different categories of "friend" and maybe you don't want to share everything with everyone.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 28, 2013 5:09:47 PM

  3. Certainly large parts of Gary Indiana deserve to be on the list of abandoned places.

    If you were looking for ghosts I'd wager the abandoned asylum would be a good bet.

    Posted by: BZ | Dec 28, 2013 6:41:48 PM

  4. The kids aren't the only ones turned off from Facebook. I've had to ban quite a number of people for their incessant posts about 'Odumbo' or about their 2nd amendment rights to guns for life or the ones supporting the first amendment rights of the Quacks. Facebook has taken the bigots out of the closet and given them a platform. I block, block, block & just use it mostly to look occasionally at the photos posted.

    I could see instagram being an alternative. Even snapchat although people have found a way to capture those photos so they don't disappear like they're supposed to.

    Posted by: m.r. | Dec 28, 2013 7:15:30 PM

  5. Eastern States Penitentiary, in Philadelphia (#38 on the list) is huge and amazing. It's right downtown, near the Art Museum, and hosts the absolute best haunted house in the US in October and November. It's a huge amount of fun for adults. Go at night--it's great (plus, you get to see a lot of the prison). The prison is open during the rest of the year for tours, but the haunted house is a blast.

    Posted by: Tatts | Dec 28, 2013 11:47:15 PM

  6. I agree Jollysocks- there are many reasons to read Towleroad. but

    Wait….what? The Boy Scouts let in gays, after years and years of pain and strife and it is back page news on Towleroad? A one line notice tucked in with Zac Efron tidbits?

    I assume that there will be more coverage later - but maybe bastions of homophobia will go out with a whimper not a bang. As long as they go out, I suppose.

    Freakin' love me some Towleroad, just the same.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 29, 2013 10:50:47 AM

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