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Jared Loughner Unfit to Stand Trial for Shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Jared Loughner, the man who shot Gabrielle Giffords, killed six others, and injured 13 more in Tucson on January 8 is not competent to stand trial according to a federal judge.

Loughner The Arizona Daily Star reports:

A psychologist and psychiatrist both found Loughner unable to help in his own defense or understand the proceedings.

Doctors say he is schizophrenic.

U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns said doctors report Loughner is unable to help with his defense because of his irrational distrust of lawyers.

Loughner was ordered out of the courtroom earlier in the day following an outburst:

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns had Jared Lee Loughner escorted from the courtroom after Loughner lowered his head and said what sounded like: "Thank you for the freak show. She died in front of me." His head was inches from the table in front of him.

Loughner is to be hospitalized for up to four months to see if he can be restored to competency.


News: Donald Trump, John Paul II, Gay Cruise, Endeavor

 road More photos of celebrities who attended the White House Correspondents Dinner, including a dapper Chace Crawford. 

Trump  road A grumpy Donald Trump wasn't happy with the jokes made at his expense at the White House Correspondents' Dinner: "According to multiple guests who sat near Trump during the dinner speeches, his mood shifted from playing along to unvarnished anger."

 road The reward related to the hate crime in which eight horses were killed last week has increased to $7,500.

 road The Preferred Hotel Group has taken steps to become more accommodating to gays: "Employees are suggested, for example, to ask same-sex duos checking in together if they prefer one king bed or two double ones, if they haven’t made a preference in advance. Rooms are stocked with publications aimed at gay readers. If two men are traveling together, the bathroom has extra male toiletries and two sets of large robes and slippers. And the concierge has a list of gay-friendly bars, clubs and restaurants on hand."

 road Second large-scale gay cruise on the massive ship The Allure of the Seas planned for next year.

 road John Paul II beatified at the Vatican.

Endeavor  road Endeavor's final mission delayed again. NASA will try again later this week.

 road Daniel Hernandez Jr., who helped save the life of Gabrielle Giffords earlier this year, receives heroism award, refuses to be called a hero. He said: "I think, really the people that are heroes are people who have dedicated their lives to public service and have really made a concerted effort to help others."

 road Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite Live 2011" tour launches in Boston.

 road New mother Mariah Carey gave birth to twins yesterday.

 road Activist sues Sarah Palin for $100,000.

 road Fox has yanked new Hurricane-focused epsiodes tonight due to sensitivities surrounding the recent deadly tornado outbreak.

 road Prince Harry apparently killed it with his best man speech at last week's royal wedding.

 road Kellan Lutz ditches his shirt for a skateboarding outing in Venice Beach.


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Ce  road Chris Evans films more scenes as Captain America

 road Kelly McGillis on her public coming out: "Fundamentally, I was just tired of lying about who I am. I’ve reached a point where my kids are grown, they’re out of the house, they no longer have to be concerned that their friends, their friends’ families, will put them in compromising emotional situations because of my sexual preference. That was a big concern of mine because, unfortunately, a lot of people are not very tolerant. I got to a certain age and I didn’t give a s— anymore.

 road Gabrielle Giffords' condition is improving.

 road One of the things that helped build the case against a student charged in the Tyler Clementi case was his deletion of posts on Twitter: "It can help demonstrate that your virtual behavior, online activities, are just as important, if not more so, than everything you do in your everyday life."

 road Listen: Britney Spears‘ "Till The World Ends" official remix.

 road First AT&T, then Verizon. Now the iPhone might be now be on its way to T-Mobile.

Nigeria  road Openly gay Reverend Rowland Jide Macaulay to re-open House of Rainbow, the only gay church in Nigeria: "Religion is a backbone to life in Nigeria, so we all want to go to church," he says. "But we don't want to lie to God about who we are."

 road Art: Photographing the deaths of televisions.

 road This is how one resident of Brooklyn's Columbia Street Waterfront District describes his neighborhood, which has the highest concentration of same-sex households in NYC: "(it) is not the epicenter of gay culture.”

 road Beyoncé strikes a pose in Paris.

 road LGBT group Fairness West Virginia hires its first staff member.

 road Former Sony chairman Norio Ohga, who helped develop the CD, has died.

 road Larry Kramer on the current generation of gays: I don't know why so many gay men don't want to know their history. I don't know why they turned their back on the older generation as if they don't want to have anything to do with them. I would like us to get beyond that."


Gay Tucson Hero Daniel Hernandez to Sit with Michelle Obama at Tuesday's State of the Union Address

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Daniel Hernandez (seen here embracing Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), the intern credited with helping save Giffords life after the Tucson shooting, will be seated with First Lady Michelle Obama at Tuesday's State of the Union address, ABC News reports.

Said Hernandez: "I'm both honored and excited to have the opportunity to travel to our nation's Capitol for a once in a lifetime event. Also the chance to bring my father along for his first trip to Washington, D.C. The State of the Union is a pivotal moment because it is our opportunity to find where we are and where we will be going as a nation in this upcoming year."

Tuesday is also Hernandez's 21st birthday.


Watch: Sarah Palin Attacks the Left in Unrepentant Hannity Interview

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In her first interview since the Tucson shooting, Sarah Palin tells Sean Hannity that her 'target' map had nothing to do with it. She also scolds those who tied her and other Tea Party pundits and politicians to the shooting. 

Palin refuses to condemn the use of targets and other symbols of violence in campaign propaganda, calling such censorship "futile".

"I think it's going to be very tough, even futile really to start censoring everyone's speech and everyone's icons that they have used traditionally for decades... We hear now of this demand for civility in discussion when it comes to political debate and certainly I agree with the idea of being civil. By definition, civil means being well mannered. We should be respectful, be civil. We should not use an event like that in Arizona to stifle debate and that time-honored and cherished  tradition that we have in America being able to respectfully petition our government and protest peacefully and respectfully in order to affect the change we see in our government."

Quoting Martin Luther King, Jr, Palin says she cannot let the lie that she and her language are an accessory to murder, to live.

Palin calls Obama's speech in Tucson a campaign stop and accuses the left of hypocrisy because of the attacks against her: "I think the hypocrisy there is so glaring and the double standards I mean, reminds me that those on the left, if it weren't for their double standards, they'd have no standards."

It's apparent she hasn't learned a thing from this whole tragedy, and Hannity does his very best to paint her as the victim.

Palin won't say she's running for President, but she does say: "I'm not gonna sit down. I'm not gonna shut up."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Dave Franco, Tunisia, John McCain, Mark Zuckerberg

 road The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn, has a weak opening at the box office.

Dave  road Like his brother, there are times that Dave Franco can very much echo James Dean.

 road Meet Lesley Pilkington, a Christian therapist who claims she can make you straight: “We say everybody is heterosexual but some people have a homosexual problem. Nobody is born gay. It is environmental; it is in the upbringing.” She's at risk of losing her license in the UK.

 road Jared Leto rocks a fuchsia piggy hat.

 road USA Networks awards $5,000 grant to a gay rights activist whose son was killed in a hate crime in 2007.

 road Government figures arrested in Tunisia amid that country's unrest.

 road Black Swan's Natalie Portman wins Best Actress at the Critic's Choice Movie Awards.

 road RIP: British actress Susannah York.

 road 17-year-old from Nebraska crowned Miss America, hopes to register as an independent next year.

Markhome  road Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg's new modest home.

 road John McCain's words of praise for the President for his speech about the Tuscon shooting: "Obama gave a terrific speech Wednesday night. He movingly mourned and honored the victims of Saturday's senseless atrocity outside Tucson, comforted and inspired the country, and encouraged those of us who have the privilege of serving America."

 road Tuscon shooting victim arrested after threat.

 road The city of Boston has spent $12,000 to retrofit one of their ambulances to accommodate the increasing number of obese patients. Additions include a hydraulic lift and a stretcher that can hold up to 800 pounds.

 road Milan "Menswear Fashion Week" preview.


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