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Mitchell Gold marries his partner Tim Scofield in Iowa: "The two held the ceremony in Des Moines because Iowa is one of the five states, along with Washington, D.C., that recognizes same-sex marriages. They also appreciated the symbolism of Iowa as part of the nation's heartland, as well as the ruling of district court judge Robert Hanson, which led the Iowa Supreme court to permit same-sex marriages. Judge Hanson performed the ceremony at the Des Moines Art Center on June 19."
A free remix of Kele Okereke's track "Tenderoni".
Will the 'Google App Inventor' be a boon for the Android platform, or just fill it with useless apps?
Brit TAB: Women often 'go lesbo' at 40.
Facebook to add "panic button" for bullied teens in UK: "The button will actually connect the teens with resources hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), an organization run in part by the UK government. Teens will be given advice and resources on dealing with potential threats on the Internet, and they may also report users who they believe are acting inappropriately toward them."
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Brandon Flowers drops cover artwork for Flamingo.
James Cameron picks up $350 million 'Avatar' paycheck.
Blindness-causing toxic weed spreads in Ontario, Canada: "The concern is it's a very poisonous plant, in the sense that if you get any of the sap from this plant on your skin, it can cause severe blistering and very bad burns."
More than 1,000 attend Houston Astros Pride Night at the Park.
Gay Dubai student sentenced to three years in prison asks court to segregate him from the general prison population if his sentence is upheld: "The 22-year-old M N was sentenced to three years in jail by Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance in March after he appeared in pornographic pictures that were distributed online. He was arrested at Dubai International Airport on July 20 last year with his male partner, who had been convicted of homosexuality and sentenced to one year in jail. Yaser al Naqbi, M N’s lawyer, said in today's closing argument that his client should be acquitted because of what he called improper arrest and search procedures. He also called the writ used when apprehending M N into question."
Jon Hamm dons a baseball uniform.
Gerard Butler is ready to mount his Hog.
Bombers target World Cup soccer fans in Uganda, kill more than 60: "The bombs exploded at 10:30 p.m. local time in the middle of the match between Spain and the Netherlands under way in South Africa, with at least three explosions hitting a popular Ethiopian garden restaurant and a large rugby field in a different Kampala neighborhood where hundreds of people had massed to watch the game. More than 70 people were injured."
Male model fix: Caleb Lane.
If Queen Latifah considers being a lesbian to be part of her "personal, personal life" then she will never come out.
Castleford Rugby Club bans three fans for anti-gay abuse of player Gareth Thomas.
Rush Limbaugh sells NYC penthouse for $11.5 million: "A year after railing about the high tax burden on wealthy New Yorkers, Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio talk-show host, is severing one more tie with New York, selling his lushly decorated Fifth Avenue penthouse to an undisclosed buyer. Mr. Limbaugh's 10-room condominium, which features a 30-foot-wide living room with fireplace and four terraces overlooking Central Park at East 86th Street, went into contract Thursday for a bit under the final $12.95 million asking price, brokers said."
In a new interview with Death & Taxes, Kele Okereke discusses how he developed his new solo album The Boxer.
"I'm not really into boxing, per se, as a sport. I think watching people fight for sport is gross, it's like fox hunting or something. But I do like the idea though, as a boxer you have to rely on nobody else but yourself to get something done. You have to summon the energy and strength from inside yourself. Even though you're being knocked down. Even though it's hard. You have to keep going..."
Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...
Check out Kele's first video from the album for "Tenderoni", HERE.
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke is out with a new solo album and a brand new single "Tenderoni", the video for which has popped up online.
Arjan Writes: "While taking time off from Bloc Party, Kele took the opportunity to book his own studio time to explore new sounds, 'I plugged in synths with no idea what they would do. It was completely back to the drawing board. It was exciting and terrifying,' he explains in a press releases. 'The key for the sound of the record was to take things as harsh and as physical as I could make them. These are the sounds that make me happiest in the world.'"
Okereke recently told XFM why he recently shaved his head: "I was doing a Britney. I'd had enough and I needed to start again. I was having a meltdown. I was attacking photographers with my umbrella and not being so good to myself."
Watch the video for "Tenderoni", AFTER THE JUMP...
Flower power: cache of new species discovered in "Green Corridor" of Vietnam. "Scientists have discovered 11 new species of plants and animals in Vietnam, including a snake, two butterflies and five orchid varieties, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Wednesday."
Protest turns violent as Buddhist monks take to the streets in Burma.
Bravo's Andy Cohen checks in with porn legend Ryan Idol, who is about to take the stage as a bathhouse patron in Terrence McNally's The Ritz on Broadway: "I'm focusing on my career right now. I'm 41 and I have that deep desire to have genuine affections for people, whether male or female. Love has different degrees, from genuine affection to the unattainable thing we aspire to of absolute love. It doesn't come often but if you don't have other elements in your life in place you can't have love, so that's why I am focusing on my career. Don't go looking for it, I always say, it will find you when you least expect it."
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Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke says the band's next record will be more introspective: "I think with this third record, its very much going to be a record about interior spaces. If 'Weekend In the City' was me complaining about going out and getting f***ed up, I think this is going to be a very intimate record about staying in and discovering aspects of yourself. And not in a grown-up, Coldplay/Snow Patrol way. "[It's to be about] human relationships, on a real kind of primal level. What it means to feel desire and what it means to actually feel close to someone, or what it feels to feel lament -- the passing of closeness between people. It's very much going to be a record about internal relationships."
Swastika discovered in New Jersey cornfield: "Investigators found that the most recent swastika appeared to have been hand-cut and covered an area of several acres. 'This should be in the past, and we should have learned from our mistakes, and to bring up something that brings back such awful memories, I think, is disgusting,' said Joe Pica, whose property is one of many that border the fields."
Kevin Spacey meets with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: "Neither Spacey...nor Chavez spoke to the press after the nearly three-hour encounter in the presidential palace in Caracas. They shook hands warmly on the red carpet as Spacey left after a dinner with Chavez...Chavez has said Venezuela hopes to produce its own films as an alternative to the "cultural imperialism" of Hollywood. Yet, Chavez speaks highly of some Hollywood films. He has also hosted recent visits by stars including Sean Penn and Danny Glover." (video)
New York City comptroller William Thompson tests the gay waters at mayoral fundraiser.
Janet Reno executive producer on three-disc anthology of music hailing America's history.
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke told the Chicago Tribune that the thing that surprised him most about playing the recent Live Earth 2007 was that "super-huge fan" Madonna came to see them in their dressing room. Unfortunately, the trip to meet the band didn't turn out so well for Madge.
Said Okereke: "Our tour manager is this guy from Scotland that doesn't know much about popular culture and popular music. So when she came in, he alerted security and security dragged her out. They had her head in a headlock, and they were putting her out of the dressing room. It was really surreal, and everyone stopped speaking. And the only thing we could hear is Madonna cursing and saying she's gonna kill these guys. Yeah. She's really tough because of all that pilates that she does. She [got out] of the headlock quite easily. And some of her people came along and told the security guards off, but she was so pissed off at that point that [when] I went to tell her that I was a huge fan of hers she completely freaked out and told me to get the hell away from her. And that was all in the space of like 10 minutes backstage at Live Earth."
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