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News: $181 Million, Gay Avengers, 'Ex-Gay' Ban, Slavery Praise

1NewsIcon Will Ann Romney congratulate gay weatherman Sam Champion on his forthcoming marriage when she hosts GMA?

RomneyBoys1NewsIcon Mitt Romney and his body doubles.

1NewsIcon The New York City Health Department found six "critical" violations at the Italian restaurant owned by Lady Gaga's parents.

1NewsIcon President Obama's reelection campaign says they raised over $181 million the month of September, meaning the president is inching closer to the $1 billion fundraising mark.

1NewsIcon The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy told its 3,000 members that "ex-gay therapy" is now banned. Their letter also noted that "the diversity of human sexualities is compatible with normal mental health and social adjustment."

Blaine1NewsIcon David Blaine is electric.

1NewsIcon More pictures of Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello at the GLSEN Respect Awards.

1NewsIcon Meredith Baxter is narrating a documentary about the 2009 police raid at a Fort Worth gay bar. "I think it's important for people to realize that events like what happened at the Rainbow Lounge are still happening in our lifetime," said Raid of the Rainbow Lounge director Robert L. Camina.

1NewsIcon Karen Andresen, the mother of a teen denied Eagle Scout status for being gay, will appear on Ellen next week.

1NewsIcon Gay activists in Serbia held a silent protest and pride event indoors after police banned their planned pride parade for the second year in a row.

1NewsIcon Colin Farrell tells Ellen DeGeneres he loves getting wet and sweaty.

Wiccan1NewsIcon Gay heroes Wiccan and Hulkling would make a great addition to the new, more diverse Avengers, says Newsarama.

Arkansas State Rep. Jon Hubbard thinks slavery may have been a "blessing in disguise": "The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."

News: David Blaine, Brazil, Tim Gunn, Arctic Gas, Taser Death

road.jpg Barack Obama and John McCain's joint statement on the economy.

Thorperoad.jpg Ian Thorpe dabbles in painting.

road.jpg "Ex-gay" Alan Chambers to lead simulcast rallies for Prop. 8 at churches via satellite.

road.jpg This doesn't look like a "suspended" campaign to me. Also, this morning, "while McCain says he was meeting with key advisors and becoming increasingly concerned about the financial crisis facing the country -- he was actually holding a special meeting with Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the expat international financier who once supported Hillary Clinton but now is supporting McCain because she thinks Obama is 'elitist'.

road.jpg Clay Aiken still a working dad.

road.jpg Pepsi grants $500,000 to PFLAG. Exec director Huckaby: "PepsiCo has provided PFLAG with an enormous gift, and an unparalleled opportunity, to demonstrate the power we have to create change, no matter where we are, or who we are. Because of the Foundation's generosity and commitment, we now have the resources to produce materials for our chapters to use in their communities, and to create critically important conversations, in every corner of our country."

road.jpg SICK: NYPD tasers chemically imbalanced naked man on ledge, who falls to his death.

Wigroad.jpg Britney Spears wigging out again.

road.jpg Study supports gay adoption: "...findings by a nonpartisan adoption group being released Thursday conclude that gays and lesbians are an important resource for children awaiting adoption. There is near "universal professional consensus" that these applicants should be judged on their qualifications, not sexual orientation."

road.jpg Polish men get community service, fine, for anti-gay threats, assault: "The pair downed vodka with the couple, also Polish, before turning nasty, Bradford Crown Court heard last Thursday...Prosecutor Dave MacKay said the gay couple, from Keighley, asked the defendants to help move some of their property. All drank vodka together and Klodzinski and Szofer began making homophobic comments. Klodzinski, of Holker Street, Keighley, shouted: 'I kill gays,' the court heard. Both he and Szofer, of North Street, Keighley, were told to leave but they returned to break a window and hurl plates at the couple. One of the men was punched in the face by Szofer and kicked on the knee by Klodzinski."

road.jpg Two big Broadway shows are getting the old heave-ho...

road.jpg A McDonald's hamburger from 1996: how it looks today.

Blaineroad.jpg David Blaine completes Central Park hanging stunt.

road.jpg Tim Gunn does an interview with Time Out and talks about his favorite New York moment: "We had just wrapped the taping of Project Runway season two. Season one had aired, and there were mixed reviews in the industry, including a fair amount of snarkiness about whether it was a quality program. On Bastille Day 2005, I was in my office and received a call from Lauren Zalaznick telling me we had been nominated for an Emmy. I went screaming down the halls to see the producers, who were a floor below me, shouting at the top of my lungs, 'We’ve been nominated for an Emmy! We’ve been nominated for an Emmy!' I remember it vividly. And one of the things I was most pleased about was, 'Take that, Seventh Avenue snarkiness. Take that!'"

road.jpg Brazilian gay rights group Arco-Iris launches petition drive in support of law criminalizing homophobia.

road.jpg Travolta to play secret agent in new Luc Besson film?

road.jpg Little Britain USA is on its way...

road.jpg Scientists: is melting of the arctic ice cap triggering a methane timb bomb? "Underground stores of methane are important because scientists believe their sudden release has in the past been responsible for rapid increases in global temperatures, dramatic changes to the climate, and even the mass extinction of species. Scientists aboard a research ship that has sailed the entire length of Russia's northern coast have discovered intense concentrations of methane – sometimes at up to 100 times background levels – over several areas covering thousands of square miles of the Siberian continental shelf."

News: David Blaine, Spiders, NFL Draft, Methodists, George Bush

road.jpg Bush disapproval rating breaks Gallup poll record: "President Bush has set a record he'd presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll. In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 28% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing; 69% disapprove. The approval rating matches the low point of his presidency, and the disapproval sets a new high for any president since Franklin Roosevelt."

Blaineroad.jpg Breathe: David Blaine to attempt record-breaking inhale on Oprah.

road.jpg Queer Month at Rhode Island College plagued by vandals.

road.jpg "Possesses a V-shaped torso with a well-defined upper body, good bubble, developed calves and good chest thickness." Craigslist ad or NFL Draft profile?

road.jpg Gay joke ban rejected by British House of Lords: "The television stars Rowan Atkinson and Christopher Higgins, who is himself homosexual, are among the prominent figures to have spoken out against the proposal to create a new offence of incitement to 'homophobic hatred'. ...Peter Tatchell, the prominent homosexual rights campaigner, also spoke out against the measure, arguing that freedom of speech should be sacrosanct."

Pittroad.jpg Brad Pitt is a ruff rider.

road.jpg Gay-straight alliance challenged in Janesville, Wisconsin.

road.jpg David Beckham to strip for Ellen Degeneres?

road.jpg Market: Clay Aiken will premiere his new album to audience of housewives on QVC.

Spiderroad.jpg Plague of venomous spiders shuts hospital in Australia: "The black spiders with a red stripe, close relatives of the black widow, are about 2-4 centimetres (0.8-1.6 inches) long and common across Australia. Their bites can cause severe pain, muscle spasms and death, although no fatalities have been recorded since an anti-venom was introduced in the 1950s."

road.jpg Methodists hold convention in Fort Worth, brace for debate on homosexuality: "...there will almost certainly be another round of heated debate and contentious votes over whether the UMC should change its official position that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching and withdraw its ban on noncelibate gay pastors. Recent General Conferences have seen protests by gay-rights supporters. Eight years ago in Cleveland, some 200 demonstrators, including two bishops, were arrested for disrupting proceedings. Still, most experts believe the big tent of the UMC will hold, however the winds blow in Fort Worth. Some even say the denomination has turned a corner toward unity."

News: David Blaine, Amazon, Dog Reason, Manolo Blahnik

road.jpg BREAKING: Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill dropped from National Defense Authorization Act. More from Lane Hudson at the HuffPo: "There are a couple problems with this situation. First, it doesn't even make sense. The House of Representatives was able to pass a fully-inclusive stand alone hate crimes bill this year. It defies logic to tell us now that they don't have the votes now that it is attached to the Defense Authorization bill. If anything, it should make it significantly easier to pass. After all, this is legislation that I'm told is supported by about 80% of the public in opinion polls. It's also named after a kid who was beaten to death and has become an icon in American history. But, the Democrats are scared that Bush may veto the bill and they'll get blamed for trying to starve soldiers. There go the Democrats again. Scared of our own shadow."

Domroad.jpg Brazilian gay magazines are popping out of the woodwork: "following the footsteps and recent success of Junior magazine, DOM (or De Outro Modo) is the second big gay publication to debut in Brazilian newstands this year."

road.jpg TIRED? David Blaine announces what he'll do for his next trick.

road.jpg British city of Brighton first to ban racist, anti-gay "murder music".

road.jpg Gay rights pioneer Bob Kohler dies. Village Voice: "Bob Kohler, gay activist, former owner of the Loft on Christopher Street, Stonewall veteran, founder member of the Gay Liberation Front, ACT UP member, and longtime fixture of Charles Street, died on Wednesday at the age of 81. The cause of death was cancer, according to family friends. A Queens native who lost a kidney in World War II, Kolher was remembered as tireless fighter for gay rights, transsexual rights, queer youth, and people with HIV/AIDS who never gave up the struggle even as he battled illness and advancing years."

road.jpg Scare: Manolo Blahnik making shoes for men.

road.jpg Gerard Butler shows off some muscle.

road.jpg National Board of Review launches film awards season: "For 2007 They've chosen Best Picture: No Country For Old Men (The rest of their top ten is: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bucket List, Into the Wild, Juno, The Kite Runner, Lars and the Real Girl, Michael Clayton and Sweeney Todd." Check out the rest of the nominees here.

Amazonroad.jpg WWF: More than half of Amazon will be lost by 2030. "Almost 60% of the region's forests could be wiped out or severely damaged by 2030, as a result of climate change and deforestation...Destroying almost 60% of tropical rainforest by 2030 would do away with one of the key stabilisers of the global climate system, it warned. Such damage could have a knock-on effect on rainfall in places such as central America and India, and would also destroy livelihoods for indigenous people and some 80% of habitats for animal species in the region. The 'point of no return', in which extensive degradation of the rainforest occurs and conservation prospects are greatly reduced, is just 15-25 years away - much sooner than some models suggest, the report warns."

road.jpg Man accused in anti-gay bottle-throwing case in Scottsdale says he didn't do it: "A bouncer at a downtown Scottsdale bar told police he watched as a man coming out of a nearby bar curled his right hand around a beer bottle and hurled it through a gay man's car windshield, racking up the third gay hate crime in the city in the last year. But James Randall Walker, the 24-year-old airplane mechanic arrested for tossing the bottle, said in an exclusive Scottsdale Republic interview that his is a case of mistaken identity. 'I'm not the right guy,' Walker said."

Lukasroad.jpg Dogs can sort photos into categories, or at least know what other dogs look like: "At first, the pooches were simultaneously shown photographs of a landscape and of a dog, and were rewarded if they selected the latter, using a paw-operated computer touch screen. After attaining a good level of computer savviness, the dogs were then shown an unfamiliar landscape and dog photos. They continued to correctly identify the pictures with the dog. In the final phase of the experiment, the dogs were shown an unfamiliar dog that was superimposed on a landscape that had been used in the training phase. The animals were still able to pick out the dog in preference to an image of just a landscape. Range told New Scientist that this is proof that dogs have reasoning abilities."

road.jpg Alarm in Britain after U.S. says it has the right to kidnap British citizens wanted for crimes: "A senior lawyer for the American government has told the Court of Appeal in London that kidnapping foreign citizens is permissible under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it."

David Blaine: Seven Minutes in Seven Seconds

In case you missed last night's David Blaine stunt, he missed beating the breath-holding record by two minutes (cue debbie-downer music), but you can watch this short strip and get the gist of it.






Okay, here's where he starts to go a little cross-eyed...

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David Blaine: The Human Prune

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Yikes. Check out these shots of David Blaine's hands after living in his fishbowl for nearly a week. Imagine what, um, other parts of him look like.

I haven't made my way up to Lincoln Center to see him yet, but I think I better get up there before his skin starts falling off.

And bring some Palmolive.

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