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04/19/2007


Woman Throws Shoe at Hillary Clinton During Vegas Speech: VIDEO

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A woman was arrested on Thursday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech at a metal recycling convention in Las Vegas. The shoe missed, but Clinton was quick to react after initially thinking the object was a bat.

"Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil? My goodness I didn't know solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:

The U.S. Secret Service confirmed the protester had sneaked into the convention and wasn’t associated with the group. The convention organizers said she was initially denied access to the ballroom, but later rushed past security.

“The subject was not a ticketed guest and had eluded hotel security to enter the event,” said Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie.

Secret Service agents noticed the woman and as they and hotel security approached her she threw a shoe. The women then turned around, threw her hands into the air and began marching toward the back of the room. The woman was immediately taken into custody by Secret Service and hotel security, Ogilvie said.

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Montecore, the White Tiger that Attacked Roy Horn of ‘Siegfried and Roy’ in 2003, Dies

SiegroyMontecore, the 380-pound white tiger responsible for a near-fatal injury to Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy in 2003, has died, Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:

The white tiger was 17 and died “after a short illness,” according to a press release. Zoologists say 17 is within the lower-end parameter of a normal life expectancy for a tiger.

Horn, who was left partially paralyzed from the 2003 incident and forced to end his stage career, released a statement yesterday on the tiger’s passing.

“The world has lost one of its most majestic creatures and I have lost a brother. I will forever believe it was his concern for my safety and well-being that caused him to act as he did on that night long ago. We spent many hours together and he never failed to bring me great joy and wonderment. It was my great honor to be beside him at the end. He is now playing with his siblings in White Tiger heaven.”


Chelsea Clinton Calls LGBT Rights the ‘Unfinished Business’ of this Century: VIDEO

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In a keynote speech given at a Human Rights Campaign conference over the weekend, Chelsea Clinton remarked on the “incredible progress” of gay rights in this country, while also highlighting the ‘unfinished business’ that must be addressed on the road to full equality. CNN reports:

"My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said of Hillary Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state. “That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century." […]

In her address, Clinton pushed for more progress in combating bullying of gay youths. She pointed to celebrities such as Jason Collins, the NBA veteran who announced that he was gay in a Sports Illustrated story in April, and actress Ellen Page, who came out as gay at the same Las Vegas conference last Friday, as role models changing the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer narrative.

"Changing laws and changing the political dialogue while necessary is insufficient to ensure that bullying stops; to ensure that every young person is supported by their parents and their teachers as they question who they are and they discover who they are regardless of the sexuality," Clinton said.

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Vegas Headliner 'Diva' Frank Marino Gets Engaged on Stage: VIDEO

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Last Tuesday on the Las Vegas Strip a big, dazzling, gay marriage proposal took place when 'Divas Las Vegas' performer Frank Marino received a wedding proposal from Alex Schechter is the vice president of SPI Entertainment, the Las Vegas Sun reports:

The iconic “Divas Las Vegas” headliner was about to close his show at The Quad Showroom when the music stopped and the suspense started. Draped in the dripping-with-rhinestones gown and blond wig he typically favors to close the famous drag review, Marino stood stunned as his production was interrupted by a guy in a tuxedo gripping a microphone and a small box.

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'Even Straight People' Welcome In Vegas, Says Ad Campaign

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Hoping to entice more gay travelers to their glittering strip, the Las Vegas tourist board commissioned a series of ads featuring average looking middle aged straight couples amidst gay and lesbian revelry. The captions read "Everyone's welcome; even straight people."

I've included three other examples, via BuzzFeed, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Buckingham Palace Has Prince Harry's Back: It's Nobody's Business

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Prince Harry's wild weekend in Vegas continues to make ripples.

People reports:

Prince Harry has been lying low ever since nude photos, taken during his weekend of debauchery in Las Vegas, hit the Internet last week.  But according to the Palace, the Party Prince, 27, has nothing to be ashamed of.

"He didn't do anything unlawful," a Palace source tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story. "What he did was entirely his own business."

Meanwhile, additional reports are surfacing:

A U.S. website on Tuesday reported that cocaine was present in Prince Harry's Wynn Las Vegas suite and that a video is being shopped of the widening royal-gone-wild scandal. The Radaronline.com report comes two days after a source was quoted in this column as saying "something pretty gigantic" was about to emerge in the aftermath of Prince Harry's naked "strip billiards" photos 11 days ago.


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