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News: One Direction, Fukushima, Prince William, ‘Group of Death’

Brian RoadDid you want a blunt with that?

Road One Direction will be on SNL this weekend. Teenage glee said to be near all-time highs.

Road Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated

Road PETA upset over use of rodents in erectile dysfunction studies.

Road Lady Gaga gives her best impression of a Picasso.

Road Amidst rumors of retirement, Britney Jean Spears releases a teaser trailer for "Perfume."

Road Government panel in Japan urges continued use of nuclear power despite Fukushima disaster.

Road It would appear Grindr users might not be far off in their prediction as to who will be the next celebrity train wreck.

Road In case you missed it, his name is Michael Campayno.

Road Gabby Giffords starts PAC to boost Senators that favor gun control.

Road Reunited and it feels so good.

Road For those of you who love a man in uniform

PrinceRoad 'The Sound of Music' brought in NBC's biggest ratings in 4 years.

Road From Texas to Tennessee, much of the country is covered in ice.

Road Do you think their names are Naughty and Nice? 

Road Remembering Mandela: three films you can watch for free about the legendary freedom fighter.

Road US Soccer team draws Group G for 2014 World Cup. Panic ensues. "In 20 years, there hasn’t been a harder Group of Death."


News: Hurricane Adrian, Gwen Stefani, GOOP, Tracy Morgan

Road SALON: How would Weiner do on Grindr?

Adrian RoadAdrian is first Pacific hurricane of the season.

RoadOne of the richest dogs in the world is dead.

RoadNuclear fuel has melted through the base of the plant at Fukushima: "The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were revealed by the Yomiuri newspaper, which described a 'melt-through' as being 'far worse than a core meltdown' and 'the worst possibility in a nuclear accident.'"

RoadTracy Morgan's anti-gay stand-up routine.

RoadThe Facebook friends arm tattoo is a viral stunt.

RoadVirginia Department of Juvenile Justice votes to protect gay youth from discrimination despite Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's objection: "The board voted 3-0, with chairwoman Barbara Myers abstaining, to keep its proposed protections pending re-enactment at a special meeting, which could come later this month. At that meeting, the board wants advice from the Attorney General’s Office as to what would happen if they insist upon keeping the anti-discrimination language."

Paltrow RoadGwyneth Paltrow takes on homosexuality and the Bible in GOOP newsletter.

RoadGwen Stefani giving up her solo career. That was a moment in time.  It went on a little longer than we all thought it would, because it was inspired and you have to go with wherever you’re at in that time in your life … [But] everything works out how it should.”

RoadGawker hosting benefit for marriage equality in New York.

RoadGay man killed with platypus statue, court hears: "A Melbourne man who was angry at being propositioned by his gay housemate assaulted him with a platypus statue during a fatal fight, a court has heard. Aaron James Johnstone, 29, 'lost it' after his drunk and naked housemate Phillip Higgins propositioned him in September 2006. Johnstone told police he assaulted Mr Higgins before dropping the platypus statue on him. Johnstone has pleaded not guilty to murder and is facing trial in the Victorian Supreme Court."

RoadChord Overstreet drafted as Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise spoof for CMT Music Awards.

RoadWho doesn't?

Chameleon Road"Glam rock" chameleon among new species identified in Madagascar.

RoadThe first gay cruise on the Amazon River?

RoadArchbishop Nienstedt says Minnesota marriage amendment is not anti-gay: “Regrettably, the media and some secular commentators have chosen to mischaracterize this measure as anti-gay, mean-spirited and prejudicial."

RoadBay Area Reporter celebrating 40th birthday.

RoadLGBT writers list their favorite books.

RoadConservative UK tab Daily Mail says British soap Emmerdale went too far in showing assisted suicide of gay lover.

RoadHolland, Michigan to address anti-gay discrimination: "After hearing a number of opinions both pro and con, the Holland City Council last night instructed City Attorney Andrew Mulder to draw up a proposed amendment that would, if passed, extend the city’s non-discrimination ordinance and equal employment opportunity policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity."


Watch: Journalist Takes Riveting Trip Inside Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Evacuation Zone

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Japanese journalist Tetsuo Jimbo drove inside the Fukushima nuclear reactor evacuation zone, an area of frightening desolation, to file a report:

The Japanese government has issued the evacuation order on March 12 for the residents living within the 20 kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Since then, residents have left their homes, and the "no man land" has been out of touch with the rest of the world.

He says that, inside the evacuation zone, homes,building, roads and bridges, which were torn down by Tsunami, are left completely untouched, and the herd of cattle and pet dogs, left behind by the owners, wonders around the town while the radiation level remains far beyond legal limits.

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No-Fly Zone Established Over Damaged Nuke Plant; Crisis Deepens

The situation in Japan continues to deepen as explosions and fire have damaged the Fukushima nuclear reactor perhaps beyond recovery:

Fukushima In a brief morning address to the nation Tokyo time, Prime Minister Naoto Kan pleaded for calm, but warned that radiation had already spread from the crippled reactors and there was “a very high risk” of further leakage.

The sudden turn of events, after an explosion Monday at one reactor and then an early-morning explosion Tuesday at yet another — the third in four days at the plant — already made the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl reactor disaster a quarter century ago.

Most workers have abandoned the plant:

Engineers at the plant, working at tremendous personal risk, on Tuesday continued efforts to cool down the most heavily damaged unit, reactor No. 2, by pumping in seawater. According to government statements, most of the 800 workers at the plant had been withdrawn, leaving 50 or so workers in a desperate effort to keep the cores of three stricken reactors cooled with seawater pumped by firefighting equipment, while crews battled to put out the fire at the No. 4 reactor, which they claimed to have done just after noon on Tuesday.

RIA Novosti reports: "The Japanese Transport Ministry declared a no-fly zone within the range of 30 km from the blast-hit Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant, the Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday. The ban does not include planes and helicopters involved in rescue efforts and delivering aid to quake-hit areas."

Some folks are evacuating Tokyo: "Panic swept Tokyo on Tuesday after a rise in radioactive levels around an earthquake-hit nuclear power plant north of the city, causing some to leave the capital or stock up on food and supplies. Embassies advised staff to leave affected areas, tourists cut short vacations and some multinational companies told staff to move from Tokyo out after low levels of radiation were detected in one of the world's biggest and most densely populated cities."

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington was docked for maintenance after detecting low levels of radioactivity.


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