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04/19/2007


BP To Pay $4 Billion For Deepwater Oil Spill

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BP will pay a record-breaking fine for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: $4 billion. They will also pay $525 million in additional security and exchange commission fines.

Also, there are reports that two BP employees will face manslaughter charges for the deaths of eleven Deepwater workers and that BP will plead guilty to lying to Congress about the amount of damage caused:

[A source], who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal, also said two BP employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill.

The person said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well. The person declined to say exactly how much the fine in the billions of dollars would be.


News: Sharks, Glee, Kellan Lutz, Mark Zuckerberg

 road The Q! Film Festival, the only one of its kind in the Muslim world, hopes to pull in 15,000 participants.

Shark  road Did the BP oil spill displace whale sharks in the Gulf? "The Gulf oil spill fouled a vital stretch of feeding habitat for whale sharks, possibly killing some of the world's largest fish, new research suggests. An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil (one barrel equals 42 gallons, or 159 liters) flowed into an area south of the Mississippi River Delta, where of one-third of all northern Gulf of Mexico (map) whale shark sightings have occurred in recent years, scientists say."

 road Chicago's Windy City Times publisher Tracy Baim does not believe print is dead and says this vabout her paper: "We try to be where the readers are. And for now, some readers also want print, as do our advertisers."

 road James Franco suits up for a screening of Howl.

 road Here's one way to not get out of being tasered by police.

 road The revolving door that is Lindsay Lohan's jail cell...

Lutz  road Kellan Lutz gets oral with his toothpick.

 road The gay support youth group Indiana Youth Group has slapped Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles with a lawsuit for denying it a specialty license plate.

 road Here's a video preview of next week's upcoming Britney Spears episode of Glee.

 road It's hard not to believe that Mark Zuckerberg recent $100 million donation to schools in New Jersey is not merely a way to improve the Facebook CEO's negative portrayal in the upcoming movie The Social Network. Putting a more human face while appearing on Oprah ain't a bad thing, either.

 road Indian actor who took part in that country's first on-screen gay kiss has been disowned by his family.

 road Very upsetting - Bullied gay 13-year old attempts suicide: "The bullying might have been what led him to try to take his own life, friends said. The boy hanged himself at his own home from a tree and has been on life support since Sunday, according to the Tehachapi Police Department."


News: Kristin Chenoweth, Joe McElderry, Arizona, Rent

 road Kristin Chenoweth on the reaction caused by her speaking out against the Newsweek article in which she defended Sean Hayes and other openly gay actors: “If it was a way to get the conversation started then I’m very happy. I said exactly what I needed to in that article and I stand by everything that I said.”

Joe  road Joe McElderry grateful for the support he's received since his coming out. One of those supporters, Simon Cowell, is "thrilled" about his decision.

 road Ne-Yo says that people think he's gay because he's never shot a person before.

 road Madonna-directed film "W.E." takes shoots in Paris.

 road The US version of the incredibly raw UK show "Skins" has changed the original show's gay dancer character with that of a lesbian cheerleader.

 road Dick Cheney in the hospital after heart surgery.

 road Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison won't vote to confirm Elena Kagan: “Her decision on military recruiters while at Harvard gives evidence of her personal views instructing her professional decisions in order to promote a social agenda. I simply cannot reconcile Ms. Kagan’s sparse record and my concerns about whether she will be an impartial arbiter of the law and so I will oppose her appointment."

 road Don't be surprised to find out your Blackberry doesn't work in the UAE.

 road 15 years ago, Lisa Simpson was married on this date - August 1, 2010.

 road Sarah Palin's focus will certainly change over the next 2 years: "I've never committed to running for president. That's not where my focus is."

 road Those affected by the BP Oil spill might get a lump sum payout.

Ar  road Men protest Arizona's immigration law by storming Citi Field with Mexican flags during Mets/Arizona Diamondbacks game.

 road Gay perceptions in both Jamaican and Japanese reggae: "Over the last decade, gay activism, which has led to the cancellations of European tours for a number of Jamaican dancehall artistes, has made Japanese reggae fans aware of the presence of anti-gay lyrics in Jamaican dancehall. This has led to debates within the Japanese dancehall community on the extent to which aspects of Jamaican dancehall performance should be adopted in Japan when the social circumstances in Japan are different,"

 road I don't think Tiger Woods marrying one of his mistresses would improve his PR image.

 road A Neil Patrick Harris-helmed Rent prepares to take over the Hollywood Bowl next weekend.

The Space Station's cooling system is experiencing big problems.

 road Eddie Munster gets a Mrs. Munster.


Report: BP Chief Tony Hayward To Step Down

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According to the New York Times, this information comes from "a person close to the company’s board." Hayward, who has been BP's chief since 2007, will be replaced by Robert Dudley, who is currently in charge of the company's operations in the Gulf.

Reports the Times:

The change in leadership will be discussed by the board of directors on Monday and may be announced Tuesday if the board ratifies the decision. Mr. Hayward would probably be replaced in the fall, the person said, but a decision has already been made by mutual agreement between Mr. Hayward and senior BP management.

Hayward will reportedly walk away with tons of cash - $18 million.

I guess this means that he'll now receive just what he wanted: to get his life back.

Watch an AP clip about the news AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: NOM, Thomas Beatie, Palm Springs, Marc Jacobs

 road Maggie Gallagher made an appearance at NOM's lowly-attended bus tour stop in Columbus. The organization's president, Brian Brown, was conspicuously absent.

Thomas road Thomas Beatie is expecting baby # 3.

 road Gay businessman claims police brutality after incident at hotel: "We were threatened with criminal trespass for simply trying to go into the hotel to visit friends staying there, in addition, another guy was CHOKED for no apparent reason."

 road Video: Billy Corgan collapses on stage.

 road UK Study on gays and lesbians and drug use: "(The study) finds the LGBT community tend to be early users of new drugs and says improving links between such minorities and health officials would identify risks before drug use became widespread."

 road The Evangelical Lutheran Church reinstates barred pastors.

 road Levi Johnston continues to pursue acting jobs.

 road According to Zachary Quinto, we won't see a new Star Trek flick for a little while.

 road Palm Springs Police Chief responds to accusations that the department is anti-gay: "I recently met with LGBT committee members, Warm Sands hoteliers and residents, the Human Rights Commission and city staff to dialogue on improving the relationship that has been affected by the public outcry over the enforcement operation. I certainly understand the constructive criticism we have received and taking the appropriate action steps. We have scheduled LGBT cultural diversity training for all members of the department."

 road New Brazilian gay tango festival. Says one dancer: "Tango is so sensual and for me dancing with a man is more sensual when leading or following, there is a little flirting and I don't want to flirt with a woman." 

Mirror  road Amazing "invisible house" is really a mirrored, cubed structure that is part of a hotel complex in Sweden.

 road Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone are definitely broken up, so says the latter via Twitter.

 road Even nerds can be violent.

 road The USDA's Shirley Sherrod tells Anderson Cooper that Andrew Breibart is really being racist and vicious against a black president.

 road Toyota believes that if you drive with a glass of water on your dash, you could save on fuel. Well, not literally.

 road Apparently this girl focused too much on the "sex" in Sex & the City and not enough on the "city" part.


News: Obama Cover Drama, Natty Nadal, Shotgun Weddings, Scraping By

Rafa1Road Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and others attend the 2010 Wimbledon Champions Ball. Nice tux!

Road Families forcing gay men in the UK into straight marriages. Also an interesting finding, the UK has a Forced Marriage Unit that investigates this phenomenon.

Road If a gay (but celibate) man is appointed Bishop of Southwark, conservative parishes of the Church of England might seek leadership abroad.

Road Gallagher, he of watermelon-smashing fame, is now "a paranoid, delusional, right-wing religious maniac." (And still isn't funny.)

Road Will Republican Minnesota state Sen. Paul Koering lose votes—or gain them—in the wake of his dinner "date" with a porn star?

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Road The cute cyclist above got into quite a scrape. It's probably wrong to check out his ass when he's in pain. Here's hoping it heals quickly. 

S-CASTER-SEMENYA-largeRoad South African Caster Semenya—banned from competitive running for nearly a year over a gender controversy—has been cleared by the findings of a panel of experts. It took them 11 months to figure out she's a woman?

Road The hottest guys of...The Price is Right???

Road That Bachelor relationship sounds like it went from honeymoon to seven-year itch overnight, with Jake Pavelka admitting he withheld sex from his faux-fiancée after less than a month of togetherness.

Road George Michael arrested. Again.

Road Via Kenneth In The (212): An op-ed by a gay scholar who thinks "the argument for upholding California's gay marriage ban has merit—not because the policy is fair or wise (it isn't) but because it represents a reasonable judgment that the people of California are entitled to make." Huh?

IfbeRoad Today, controversial artist Mr. Brainwash finds beauty everywhere.

Road I'm From Driftwood launches four-month, 50-state tour across the country in search of true LGBT stories. Sounds expensive!

Road The only person convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, was released by Scotland last year so he could die in Libya...except it turns out he "could survive 10 years or longer."

Road Jared Leto's hair-raising appearance for Christian Dior.

Road SHOCK: Gay youth activist Pasikali Kashusbe has been found decapitated and dismembered in Uganda. UPDATE: This story was a hoax.

Road The Economist doctors a photo of President Obama to make a more compelling cover, and one that becomes "the ideal metaphor for a politically troubled president." The mag thinks it's no big deal.

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