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road.jpg George W.Bush surpasses Richard Nixon in unpopularity rating. GALLUP: "Gallup has followed its classic job approval measure with this “strongly” probe on only an intermittent basis over the years, so it is important to note that the historical context is fairly limited. Additionally, other variations in polling over the years make comparisons of this measure inexact. Still, it is worth noting that the current 50% “strongly disapprove” figure for Bush is as high as Gallup has ever measured. (A February 1974 poll showed Richard Nixon’s strongly disapprove number at 48%, statistically equivalent to Bush’s current reading on this measure.)"

Nicksroad.jpg The pits: The NYT tackles armpit stench: "Advertisers would have consumers believe that simply washing their armpits isn’t enough to stave off embarrassment and attract mates. But considering the lackluster efficacy of many gels and sticks, deodorants and antiperspirants may be nothing more than security blankets against the social ostracism some fear."

road.jpg Pending resolution to the writer's strike, which seems a long way off, Tony-winning composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have been hired to write the long-rumored musical episode of Ugly Betty.

road.jpg Craig Covey, Ferndale, Michigan's newly elected gay mayor, says sexual orientation no longer an issue in city politics: "Ferndale has demonstrated how to be successful in these new times, using smart-growth policies, diversity, inclusion and a walkable downtown. We've shown the region how a struggling rust-belt suburb can shine."

road.jpg The Netherlands urges international aid recipients to improve their status on gay rights and discrimination: "A government survey showed homosexuality is illegal in 18 out of the 36 countries the Netherlands gives regular aid to, Development Minister Bert Koenders said in a statement, with punishment ranging from prison sentences to the death penalty. 'The Netherlands will promote as much equal treatment of homosexuals as possible. We will not avoid awkward discussions about this,' he said in a letter to parliament."

road.jpg Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon drops trou.

Toysroad.jpg Two children are in comas after ingesting toys from China that are coated with a substance containing the drug GHB.

road.jpg Bigot elected mayor of Quincy, Massachusetts: "How did this bigot get elected in a town which was so strongly in support of marriage equality? How could this happen? My God, I would not order a pizza from or buy a car from a signer of the anti-gay petition, so I cannot even imagine what it must be like to live in a town which has a mayor who unashamedly signed onto that mean-spirited document."

road.jpg REPORT: Failed AIDS vaccine may have increased the infection risk of those participating in the trials.

road.jpg Trial of Navy doctor accused of secretly taping midshipmen having sex centers on whereabouts of doctor when gay porn was downloaded to his computer: "A computer specialist testified last week that one of the pornographic films was downloaded to the computer in Ronan's Annapolis home at about 4:50 a.m. Jan. 29. Ronan has contended that he arrived at his office in Washington that morning at 5 a.m., and that he was on the road at the time the porn was downloaded."

Ferndale, Michigan Elects the State's First Openly Gay Mayor

Ferndale, Michigan on Tuesday chose the city's first openly gay mayor and the first elected in the state, according to the Detroit News: Craig Covey, an eight-year city council member. Ferndale is a northern suburb of Detroit.

CoveySaid Covey in a press release: "We are showing the region a new way. his city embraces diversity, smart growth, efficiency, bi-partisan compromise, and eco-friendly policies...The city is now known as a leader in the efforts to bring mass transit to the metro area and has advocated for greener policies and more regional cooperation. It is also known as a safe place for diverse communities, including the most visible GLBT community in the state." Read Covey's press release here (PDF)

The Detroit News reports: "With the legal battle over whether Proposal Two requires the granting benefits to same sex couples being waged now in the Michigan Supreme Court, [Susan] Horowitz (founder of Pride Source and co-publisher of Between the Lines) said the Ferndale vote was especially encouraging. 'You just look at Ferndale as a really shining light in a state that's had some setbacks,' she said. 'I'm just ecstatic.' Covey, a Ferndale resident for 18 years, founded the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project. As a city councilman, he has championed the city's Human Rights ordinance, mass transit and green-friendly policies."

Leah Closson, a resident of Ferndale for 16 years, told the paper: "He represents the overall interests of everyone in the city. We're a heterosexual family with two kids and we own our own home. I feel he represents us."

Here's more on the benefits case currently being heard by Michigan's Supreme Court. The court is deciding whether Michigan's marriage amendment prohibits the state from extending health and other benefits to partners in same-sex relationships: "Lawyers representing public employers, affected employees, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the ACLU and gay rights groups said voters' support for the amendment reflected a desire to protect the institution of marriage, but not to limit health care or other worker benefits."


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