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Madonna's Brother Makes Bid for Simon Cowell's American Idol Job


Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone has launched a Facebook campaign to replace Simon Cowell as judge on American Idol.

Writes Ciccone in a newly-created Facebook group: "Simon Cowell is leaving American Idol, and who better to replace him than Christopher Ciccone? With 25 years in the music business, Christopher knows all too well what it takes to be a Pop Star, and with his infamous 'Ciccone Tongue' he won't be afraid to speak his mind!"

Christopher Ciccone Still Chewing Out Madonna


Christopher Ciccone presented Zivot s Madonnou, the Czech version of his tell-all Life with My Sister Madonna, at Prague's Luxor Palace bookshop earlier today, by demonstrating how audiences are eating it up.

Turning the Page


Christopher Ciccone signed copies of Life with My Sister Madonna at Book Soup in West Hollywood last night. Since its release on July 14, the book has reached #2 on the New York Times Best Seller List; #16 on's bestseller list; and #26 on's bestseller list.

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road.jpg Blue Cross of Western New York says they'll offer spousal health care benefits to validly married gay and lesbian couples: "The news comes less than three weeks after the NYCLU filed a lawsuit against the company on behalf of a Buffalo lesbian couple that said it was denied such health benefits."

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road.jpg Asian HIV infection rate reaching epidemic proportions: "All over Asia there are now epidemics of HIV in men who have sex with men of the same magnitude that we saw in this country 25 years ago. That is something that has been detected fairly recently. There is not enough action yet but we are now starting programs."

road.jpg Arctic ice shelf sheds largest chunk in two years: "The 4-square-kilometer (1.5-square-mile) piece broke off last week, the newspaper said, citing Sami Soja, a surveyor working for Parks Canada who witnessed part of the event. It's the biggest piece shed since the entire Ayles shelf, one of Canada's six major ice shelves, broke off in 2005, creating a 66- square-kilometer frozen island, the newspaper said."

road.jpg The long list for the coveted Man Booker literary prize has been announced.

road.jpg Tim Gunn was paid $2,500 an episode for season two of Project Runway.

road.jpg Man in Sonoma County's first same-sex marriage dies suddenly.

road.jpg Check out the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Brokebackroad.jpg FBI dubs Seattle bank robber 'The Brokeback Bandit': "We don't know his sexual orientation. The name was because of his cowboy hat. The guy's got a cowboy hat. It's a popular movie. Let's not be too overly concerned about the bank robber's feelings." Wouldn't the Brokebank bandit have been more appropriate?

road.jpg Christopher Ciccone denies Madonna involvement in writing of tell-all: "If she did, then she's doing the best acting job I've ever seen. No. Whoever is doing it (making up the stories) is doing me a great favor. I appreciate it."

road.jpg Landslide?: Three political scientists describe tight presidential race as a myth. "Alan Abramowitz, a professor of political science at Emory University, Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution, and Larry Sabato, professor of politics at University of Virginia, accused the media of flogging a dead horse in trying to portray the presidential race as a cliffhanger."

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road.jpg Provincetown police department gets a Harley-Davidson: "The motorcycle, which will be leased for a year, will give the police nimbleness to drive through narrow, crowded streets and respond quickly to crosstown calls, Jaran said. It will also reduce the wear on cruisers and invigorate the younger, more energetic department members, he said."

Parrishroad.jpg Parrish the thought: New season of Weeds gets buff and kinky.

road.jpg Aaron Charney, the attorney who sued his firm Sullivan & Cromwell for anti-gay discrimination and retaliation, will join Clifford Chance next month: "Based on the experts it spoke to, the WSJ concluded that 'it'll be tough for Charney, though not impossible, to find work at another big firm.' In the comments to the WSJ post, readers were less optimistic."

road.jpg Janice Dickinson stops Lizzie Grubman from running anyone else down in an SUV.

road.jpg British lesbian couple receives £5,000 settlement after real estate agency posted the word "lesbians" on an advertisement for their home: "In a statement, they added: 'Publicly linking our home address with our sexuality could have ruined our lives.' The couple's lawyers, Russell Jones & Walker, said the estate agent had settled the case before it reached court. Philip Gilbey, a partner in Jackson-Stops & Staff, said: 'It was the regrettable action of an individual uploading the property details - it wasn't the butt of an office joke. It resulted in a formal disciplinary hearing and that person has narrowly avoided instant dismissal.'"

road.jpg New Alzheimer's drug halts progression of disease: "The people on placebo lost an average of 7 percent of their brain function over six months whereas those on treatment didn’t decline at all."

road.jpg Residents of Salinas, California voice concerns over recently approved gay pride parade: "Vicky Norton said she isn't opposed to free speech, but was concerned that gay pride events would lead to acts such as indecent exposure, public defecation and urination. 'We have the right to assemble, but we also have the right to uphold the law,' she said. Todd Williams, owner of the Cherry Bean Coffee House on Main Street, said the parade attracted lots of customers last year and is hoping the same will happen again. 'I saw no pooping' last year, he said."

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road.jpg Unhealthy. Nearly 40% of gay men do not disclose their sexual orientation to their doctors: "The survey found a striking distinction: While 78 percent of the men who had sex with men and identified themselves as homosexual said they had discussed their sexuality with their doctors, none of the men who had sex with men but identified themselves as bisexual had told their doctors."

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road.jpg Drive to ban gays as adoptive or foster parents falls short of signatures, gets 30 day extension of deadline: "Supporters need 61,794 signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Secretary of State Charlie Daniels' office certified that 57,888 of the signatures the group submitted in were valid and came from registered voters. Cox said about 4.5 percent of the signatures the group turned in were disqualified because of errors by notaries. Of the remaining signatures, 91.3 percent were valid, he said."

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road.jpg Bahamas: Could teen charged with murder be linked to gay serial killings?

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road.jpg Michigan to consider expanded hate crimes law: "Michigan’s hate crime law would expand to include intimidation of gays and lesbians and people with disabilities, and would make hanging a noose or burning a cross on someone else’s property specific crimes, under changes urged by civil rights groups today. Those changes will be put on a fast track in the House next month, said Rep. Paul Condino, D-Southfield, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He said he would introduce a bill today to strengthen the state’s ethnic intimidation law."

Scottroad.jpg Cape Cod Jury rules against Boston DJ Barry Scott in Provincetown police excessive force case: "Scott was arrested July 14 after police broke up a private birthday party he was DJ-ing after alleged noise complaints. In the process, Scott claims that officers smashed him against the side of a house and repeatedly kicked him. In the subsequent months, he and his supporters have been vocal critics of the actions of the Provincetown police department. Prior to today’s ruling, he has appeared in court 15 times on the charges." Scott plans to appeal.

road.jpg Indian Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil to be guest of honor at Stockholm Pride: "I am honoured to be invited as one of the opening speakers for StockholmPride. Especially since I live in a country where LGBT issues continue to be ridiculously taboo, no matter how universally practiced."

road.jpg Christopher Ciccone to the New York Observer on the publication of his Madonna tell-all: " was like a giant fucking orgasm. Therapy I already had; this was pure sex."

Toilethailroad.jpg Hailstones blast man off toilet in Austria.

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road.jpg Pump up the volume: Brangelina twins conceived in vitro.

road.jpg As session end looms, Massachusetts House has yet to take up repeal of 1913 marriage law.

road.jpg Hartlepool: Police appeal for witnesses after UK gay bash.

road.jpg Josh Brolin makes first appearance after bar brawl: "[I'm] sorry. I'm kind of in a bad predicament right now."

road.jpg British man awarded £22,000 in damages over Facebook profile that suggested he was gay: "Grant Raphael created a false profile of his former schoolfriend Matthew Firscht on the social networking site with his name and date of birth. He wrongly stated that Mr Firscht was signed up to gay groups, had lied to avoid paying loans and was 'looking for whatever I can get' in his relationship profile. Mr Raphael, a freelance cameraman, had said the entry had been created by party gate-crashers at his flat. Awarding Mr Firscht and his company £22,000 in damages, a High Court judge yesterday ruled that the defence had been 'built on lies'. It is believed to be the first successful defamation and privacy law case involving Facebook in the UK. Judge Richard Parkes QC said that Mr Raphael was liable for the internet entries and had lied about the posts."

Christopher Ciccone Talks More About His Life with Madonna


Yesterday Good Morning America broadcast the second part (here's Part 1 if you missed it) of their interview with Christopher Ciccone on his book Life with My Sister Madonna. Ciccone claims that the mythology that Madonna arrived penniless in New York is a farce perpetuated by her, and reveals that a turning point in their relationship came when she surprised him with cameras at their mother's gravesite while shooting Truth or Dare and he realized their mother was just "a bit part" in Madonna's life.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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