News: Soda Ban, Queen Selfie, Albino Whale, Diamond Star

RoadAlbino humpback whale spotted off coast of Australia.

RoadSally Kern's husband Steve edges closer to the Oklahoma legislature.

BalloonRoadSpace tourism company wants to take tourists 20 miles above Earth in a balloon.

RoadDonny is the only reason so far to watch Big Brother 16.

RoadMexico's Supreme Court backs gay marriage in Baja California. "According to a news release from the court, the ruling stated that a provision in the Baja California Constitution limiting marriage to heterosexual couples is unconstitutional."

RoadCurrent marriage map.

RoadDOMA lawyer Roberta Kaplan reflects on victory a year later.

RoadNew Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for marriage equality: “The mayor has long supported ending marriage discrimination at all levels of government,” Landrieu spokesman Tyler Gamble said in an email. “As an employer, the city of New Orleans recognizes domestic partnerships and allows our employees’ partners to be eligible for benefits.”

RoadDozens hospitalized after Avicii concert.

RoadOil wrestling fest in Turkey.

Queen_selfieRoadRoyal no-no: Kid snaps selfie with Queen Elizabeth II.

RoadDavid Beckham and Tom Cruise spotted at pub: "The stars were spotted at The Cow, an Irish pub in the trendy Notting Hill district in London on Monday. The A-list pals seemed to be enjoying each other’s company as they shared a bottle of wine, while Beckham also nursed a pint of Guinness."

RoadMiss Gay Nicaragua crowned: "Carlos Castro, known as Amerika Ithzell Korkobas Berdrinadxy, will now visit several provinces in the Central American nation in the role of Miss Gay Nicaragua seeking to raise awareness about sexual diversity and gender identity and to help fight discrimination."

RoadShirtless male models strut their stuff at Milan men's fashion week.

RoadVideo: Beyoncé and Jay-Z show off wedding footage on tour opening night.

DiamondRoadThe star that is Carol Channing's best friend: "A team of astronomers has identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its carbon has crystallized, forming — in effect — an Earth-size diamond in space."

RoadFrank Ocean splits with longtime managaement team: "The singer had been managed by Christian and Kelly Clancy — who also manage Odd Future — since 2010, but split from the two earlier this year, the report says. The New Orleans-bred talent has yet to select new management, though."

RoadLGBT advocates in Wyoming applaud 10th Circuit ruling on Utah.

RoadNYC big soda ban dead: "The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and handing a major victory to the American soft-drink industry, which bitterly opposed the plan."

Posted June 26, 2014 at 4:45pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Julie Bindel