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road.jpg Bush vs. Clinton - whose economy is stronger? Each claims his own. Economist Larry Kudlow: "Every expansion has a little different coloration. The Clinton years were colored by the technology boom and the dot-com boom, which ultimately produced a bubble that burst. The Bush years were colored by the tremendous housing boom from the Greenspan interest rates, and we're undergoing some kind of a bubble bursting right now."

Easterroad.jpg Is Easter the new Gay Pride?

road.jpg True: 80's power ballad group Spandau Ballet set to reform.

road.jpg Pop singer Mika seems intent on attempting to control his image. The singer, whose album Life in Cartoon Motion entered the Billboard 200 chart at #29, continues to be annoyed by those wondering about his sexuality. Says Mika: "Sexuality in pop is genderless. If you look at icons such as Bowie or Prince, has it got to do with actual sexual orientation? No. Has it got to do with style, beauty and class, irrelevant to whether you want to f**k them? Yes."

road.jpg Queer Eye's Thom Filicia getting his own show on the Style Network. [Dress my Nest...lets him riff on an individual client's favorite outfit as the basis for making over an important room. If you like khakis and topsiders, that will be reflected in Filicia's design. If you're more into pearls and cashmere, the makeover will reflect that elegance. Primary vendors are Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and West Elm."

road.jpg Justin Timberlake mocks Britney with GQ clip?

road.jpg Gays at black colleges struggling to find community: "It's a tug-of-war that's emerging at other black schools, where students say outdated rules and homophobia block them from forming the gay campus voice common at majority white institutions. At Hampton [University], where rules govern everything from overnight guests to student dress, officials insist they don't discriminate against gays. They say they're simply enforcing the regulations on student groups, and there just isn't space for another one."

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road.jpg Anti-gay Catholic leader William Donohue thought a South Park parody targeting him was hilarious: "Maybe I do come across too tough on TV. I thought it was hilarious and our staff thought it was hilarious. I said, listen, I said I have no defense except I'm gonna go with it."

road.jpg Scientists unveil "spray-on" computer.

road.jpg John McCain on lying about conditions in Iraq: "Of course I’m gonna misspeak. I’ve done it on numerous occasions. And I probably will in the future. I regret that when I divert attention to something that I’ve said from my message. But that’s just life. And I’m happy, frankly, with the way I operate. Otherwise it’d be a lot less fun."

road.jpg First gay health clinic in Ohio opens in Cleveland.


In the Spirit of Capote, Plaza Hotel Gets Versace Makeover

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New York's famed Plaza Hotel has been undergoing massive renovations as much of the hotel is being converted into luxury condominiums.

Plaza_hotelIn March 2006, Christie's held a massive auction of items from the hotel including a parquet dance floor, candelabras, leather club chairs, a Steinway grand piano,and the humidor which used to house cigars in the Oak Room.

Now available for viewing at the Plaza are a set of prefab residences designed with items almost exclusively from the Versace home collection.

As NYC real estate blog Curbed notes, perhaps the black and white motif is an homage to the Plaza's most famous event — Truman Capote's 1966 Black & White Ball.

Well, at least that painting over the bed is symbolic of some sort of gay angst.

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Versace at the Plaza: Making Capote Proud [curbed]

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Top Design's John Gray to Make Announcement Rare for TV

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Last week's premiere of Top Design also featured its first feud, as two contestants forced to work as a team struggled with conflicting personalities. Contestant John Gray, the louder of the two, had a series of emotional outbursts that he reveals on tonight's show were the product of medication he's taking because he's HIV-positive (imho a few of the outbursts toward his annoying partner were entirely justified on their own).

JohngraySays Gray to the rest of the cast: "I just want everyone to know I'm HIV-positive. I'm not making excuses or apologies." The paper notes that soon after his explanation, attitudes from the other contestants change considerably.

As USA Today notes, it's "a rare moment for reality TV" to have a cast member disclose that he is HIV-positive. They compare Gray's admission to that of Pedro Zamora from '94's The Real World when attitudes toward AIDS were tainted by fear and ignorance. Still are today, in some parts.

According to the paper, "Gray says his anger was fueled by testosterone taken to counteract lower levels induced by HIV. His dosage was boosted 400% just before the show started because he wasn't sure how long he'd be away from home. 'After the first episode, I asked myself why I was so angry, and it was a light-bulb moment...I don't want to be the new face for HIV or be on the cover of Out. I felt the cast was entitled to an explanation for my behavior."

For those who haven't seen the show yet, I've provided links to a couple clips below. I must also disclose that they're one of this website's advertisers.

Clip One [top design]
Clip Two [top design]

'Top' designer tells housemates he has HIV [usa today]


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