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News: Alexander Skarsgard, Costa Rica, Paris Hilton, Octopus

 road Melissa Etheridge files to end her domestic partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels.

Aa  road True Blood vamp Alexander Skarsgard doesn't have time for Twilght's blood-suckers.

 road Oil along Gulf Coast beaches found buried at least 2 feet in the sand.

 road Horrible: 15 men and women chased and attacked a gay couple in the UK.

 road Wanting to look like Lady Gaga, contact lenses from Asia are the latest fad: "Known as circle lenses, these are colored contacts — sometimes in weird shades like violet and pink — that make the eyes appear larger because they cover not just the iris, as normal lenses do, but also part of the whites."

 road Janet Jackson performs a steamy show in New Orleans.

 road Carrie Prejean is now Carrie Boller.

 road Costa Rican gay marriage update: "The Sala Constitucional (Constitutional Court) has ordered the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones to suspend the process of the referendum on same sex marriages that was to have been included in the December 2010 municipal elections."

 road Zack Rosen has won a scholarship to the NetRoots Nation. Now he has to pony up. 

 road Eastern Bank has purchased Wainwright Bank & Trust, an institution that has always been a strong supporter of LGBT rights.


 road If you don't believe in psychics, you may have a hard time buying into a psychic octopus.

 road If Britney Spears says that if her kids told her they wanted to be in the entertainment business, she would lock them in their rooms until they're 30.

 road Paris Hilton was briefly detained and then unfortunately released by police in South Africa.

 road Madonna keeps helping her daughter promote her fashion line.

 road More kids: "A gay couple that made legal history when they were jointly registered as fathers are this weekend celebrating the arrival of their fourth and fifth children."

News: Elena Kagan, iPhone, Lady Gaga, BP Oil Spill

 road The raid of the Rainbow Lounge: One year later, some good has come to Fort Worth since.

11  road True Blood's Joe Manganiello flashes the peace sign.

 road Randy Jones and his partner of 25 years renewed their vows today.

 road Gays in China pressured to marry: "'The gay movement is not very developed,' said Wei Wei, a sociology professor at Shanghai's East China Normal University. 'The major issue facing them is not homophobia, it is social pressure for marriage.' In fact, Wei estimates that about 90 percent of Chinese gays eventually will marry someone of the opposite sex."

 road Lady Gaga tweets about NYC Pride: "For all the words you've shot, and all the tears we've cried, here's to New York City, and our very Gay Pride!"

 road Danish professor predicted that there would be issues with the new iPhone's external antenna: "The human tissue will in any event have an inhibitory effect on the antenna. Touch means that a larger portion of antenna energy becomes heat and lost."

 road Cool underwater footage of a 112-year-old shipwreck in Lake Michigan.

 road Queen Latifah on the rumors about her sexuality: "I don't have to explain anything. I don't have to confirm anything. Look, I need my time. I need my life."

 road Jake Gyllenhaal stands up to cancer. Jjjak

 road Kevin Costner-supported spill cleanup technology gadget could help the Gulf: "The gadget in question — an oil-separating centrifuge — marks a major breakthrough in spill cleanup technology. And BP, after trial runs with the device, is ordering 32 more of the Costner-endorsed centrifuges to aid the Gulf cleanup."

 road Homophobia might be becoming more and more common at Duke University.

 road Comedian and ex-gay Jackie Clune: "I am convinced that while men are usually entirely driven by sex when it comes to choosing a mate, women are often attracted more by the emotional side of the relationship and I was excited by the close bond a relationship with another female could bring. I realise that many gay people will think it sounds absurd that I 'chose' lesbianism. For them, their sexuality is so innate and undeniable that the issue of 'choice' doesn't come into it."

 road Republicans don't think Elena Kagan can be an impartial judge.

 road Does this mean that some police officers think that Scrabble must equate to lesbianism?

News: Elena Kagan, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Lady Gaga

 road Stuart Milk recalls a conversation with Desmond Tutu: "He asked me what I was doing to carry on Harvey Milk's legacy. Through his spectacles and with his finger pointed at me, he looked at me and said, 'You must do more.' It was almost one of those aha moments."


 road The New York Times on Elena Kagan's family

 road 706 Earth-like planets found by NASA.

 road Hundreds of potential civil unions in Hawaii: "According to a study by the University of California School of Law Charles R. Williams Institute On Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, an estimated 272 same-sex couples, out of an estimated 2,472, in Hawaii would enter into a civil union within the first year"

 road Really? Sarah Palin to meet with Margaret Thatcher?

 road Mike Huckabee tries his hand at stand-up: "The only thing worse than a torrid affair with sweet, sweet Nancy (Pelosi) would be a torrid affair with Helen Thomas. If those were my only options, I'd probably be for same-sex marriage!"

 road The Real Housewives of New Jersey gets a new cast member.

 road Gay college student Gregg Udulutch went to the police after getting death threats: "According to the teen, Chief William Riesterer put the threatening calls in the same category as toilet-papering a house. Riesterer yelled at him, called him a liar and told him the harassment is all normal high school stuff and that Udulutch needed to grow up and get over it."

 road Lady Gaga - a little under-dressed for a Yankees game.


 road Left bleeding and badly bruised - gay man attacked after leaving a Pride march in Albany.

 road Texas Lesbians denied chapel for their commitment ceremony. Dallas labor and employment attorney regarding venue: "Unfortunately, they are within their rights. It's complete second-class citizenship. You lack the right to go to a business if they decide to exclude you because you're gay or lesbian."

 road Rodrigo Santoro gets shirtless while shooting his new soccer movie.

 road Protest of last weekend's gay beating in Savannah. Kevin Clark of Georgia Equality: "It should only take one or two individuals who have been attacked or know of others who have been attacked to get the attention of someone in leadership in this community-- that in our opinion should have stepped forward way before now and condemned the violence and put out a loud call for swift just action here."

 road BP's Tony Hayward went to that yacht race I reported about yesterday because he hadn't had a day off since April 20.

Sarah Palin tweets: "Gulf disaster needs divine intervention as man's efforts have been futile. Gulf lawmakers designate today Day of Prayer for solution/miracle."

News: The Tonys, Aaron Schock, Sharon & Kelly Osbourne, Disney

 road The compound pyrophosphite could have been what started all life.

 road Illinois state treasurer signs executive order: "Gay and lesbian employees of the Illinois Treasurer's office with domestic partners will have the same benefits as married employees."


 road GOP Rep Aaron Schock, he with the perfect abs who is not gay, in his daytime party outfit which is a tad bit loud

 road A quick prep for tonight's broadcast of the Tony Awards.

 road Obama gets more aggressive with BP.

 road Serbia hopes to see its first Pride march in 10 years sometime in 2011.

 road The power of the gay vote: "Gay rights leaders, many of whom are celebrating at Capital Pride events this weekend, said their immediate focus will be the mayor's race between incumbent Adrian M. Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, two Democrats who played pivotal role in approving same-sex marriage and who marched in Saturday's parade. In what's expected to be a tight mayoral contest, whoever succeeds in locking in the support of the gay and lesbian community may have the advantage on primary day."

 road Ant-gay protesters in West Hollywood get shouted down by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne.

 road Americans for Truth About Homosexuality has put together a so-called "Truth Academy" which I'm sure is anything but.

 road Refused: "Following Israel's interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, Spain's Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals decided that their Israeli counterparts in Tel Aviv would not be invited to the event, which took place late last week."


 road MassEquality gives the thumbs up to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

 road Man who had a "crush" on Sally Ride stole one of her space suits

 road Katy Perry wrapped herself in both the Union Jack and Old Glory.

 road Maybe some other time: Christina Aguilera and Cher will not record a duet.

 road Time magazine piece on Disney's Gay Days: "A former Disney employee who was at the park on June 5 told me that every year, Disney issues refunds or free next-day tickets to angry moms and dads who don't want their kids exposed to gay couples or gay-themed shirts. Some families don't get past Main Street U.S.A. before turning around and taking the monorail back to the parking lots."

News: Chace Crawford, BP Oil Spill, Celine Dion, Apple

 road Chace Crawford tries his luck with a game of horsehoe in Mexico.

Chace road Jason Akermanis's brother comes to his defense: "I know I'm biased, but every time he has an opinion people want to shoot him down. He wasn't gay bashing. He was just saying the culture is not right to have a gay player come out. In my opinion, if a bloke does come out he would get hounded by opposition supporters. It would be sad, I think."

 road 42-year-old Celine Dion is pregnant with twins.

 road Chasing the pink rupee.

 road Katy Perry joined the go-go boys on top of the bar at The Cock.

 road Claim that Rep. Mark Kirk lied about receiving a highly reputable award: "The Republican candidate for President Obama's old Senate seat inaccurately claimed to have received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award for service during NATO's conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s."

 road Sex & the City 2 will most likely pull in over $50 million in the US this weekend, good enough to open at number two at the box office. 


 road The top meat-consuming country is not a world super-power.

 road Apple's "stickiness" explained.

 road BP CEO Tony Hayward to Louisiana residents: "We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back."

 road One energy experts claims that the only way to stop the BP oil leak is to blast it with a small nuclear bomb.

 road Kylie performs her new song "All the Lovers" in Italy.

 road Jake Gyllenhaal celebrates this weekend's release of the Prince of Persia with a trip to the gym.

BP Oil Well Leaking Equivalent of Two Exxon Valdezes a Week


And it's not stopping.

The NYT reports:

"The figure of 5,000 barrels a day was hastily produced by government scientists in Seattle. It appears to have been calculated using a method that is specifically not recommended for major oil spills. Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, said he had made his own rough calculations using satellite imagery. They suggested that the leak could 'easily be four or five times' the government estimate, he said. 'The government has a responsibility to get good numbers,' Dr. MacDonald said. 'If it’s beyond their technical capability, the whole world is ready to help them.' Scientists said that the size of the spill was directly related to the amount of damage it would do in the ocean and onshore, and that calculating it accurately was important for that reason."

Scientists say they're not sure if it was oil that killed the dolphin pictured above, dead on Horn Island in the Gulf. But it sure as hell looks like it.

Think Progress reports:

"Based on 'sophisticated scientific analysis of seafloor video made available Wednesday,' Steve Wereley, an associate professor at Purdue University, told NPR the actual spill rate of the BP oil disaster is about 3 million gallons a day — 15 times the official guess of BP and the federal government. Another scientific expert, Eugene Chiang, a professor of astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley, calculated the rate of flow to be between 840,000 and four million gallons a day. These estimates mean that the Deepwater Horizon wreckage could have spilled about five times as much oil as the 12-million-gallon Exxon Valdez disaster, with relief only guaranteed by BP in three more months."


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