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And Today's Forecast for Miami is ... Sunny with a Chance of Oil

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According to at least one model.

The New Times reports: "The latest updates to those forecast has oil from the Gulf spill showing up in Gulf Stream off the coast of Miami today...The way [Dr. Robert H. Weisberg, director of the University of South Florida Ocean Circulation Group in the school's College of Marine Science] explains an eddy has formed in the massive loop of oil still growing in the Gulf. 'If the loop reattaches with the eddy then it could mean a lot of oil for Miami. That is the reality,' he says. 'It all depends on whether the loop current reattaches and those things we can't really predict.' He says that the fact that more oil hasn't been spotted off the coast of Miami, considering it unique position so close to the Gulf Stream, has been pure good fortune."

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Miami Skyscraper Would Dwarf Dubai's Burj Khalifa

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Developer Guillermo Socarras has been in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration to secure approval for the height of the tower in this superstructure proposed for Miami, called Miapolis:

"The 160 storey building would be more than 183 metres higher than the Burj Khalifa if built and would house an amusement park, observatory, restaurants, 1.96 million sq ft of shops, over 1000 apartments, 1 million sq ft office space and a 792 room hotel."

The project has been around for 10 years but the FAA movement is new, apparently.

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News: Bozeman, Liberty University, Kept Boys, Doomsday Clock

 roadExodus: Gays abandon South Beach for Fort Lauderdale.

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 roadBozeman, Montana adopts LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances: "The commission voted 3-0 Monday night to move forward with plans to protect homosexual and transgendered city employees from discrimination and to provide same-sex partners with the same benefits as opposite-sex couples. Commissioners also supported spelling out same-sex partners' equal right to health care insurance and other benefits in the city's employee handbook."

 roadMan murdered in Sydney, Australia park last year revealed to be gay.

 roadDivorce rates HIGHER in states with same-sex marriage bans.

 roadConan won't budge from late-night slot.

 roadLiberty University withdraws sponsorship of CPAC over involvement of gay Republican group GOProud: "In the letter withdrawing its sponsorship from the event, Liberty University Law School Dean Mat Staver wrote that gay Republicans, by their very existence, work against his university." CPAC keeps GOProud.

 roadHeidi Montag says her new album, Superficial, is as good as Thriller.

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 roadStories of older gay Irishmen go on stage in New York: "The music is lovely and the performers earnest — perhaps too earnest — but to a New York audience, at least, the tales may seem somewhat elementary and generic. A man mourns the death of his longtime partner. A mother declares her love for her gay son despite her religious convictions. An AIDS diagnosis changes a father-son dynamic."

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 roadGoogle reviewing operations in China due to censorship.

Gaga road Lady Gaga is putting herself out there for the gays again at a benefit this Saturday at Club Worship, House of Blues at Harrah’s Showboat Casino in Atlantic City following her show to raise money for LGBT groups Empire State Pride Agenda, Garden State Equality, Equality Pennsylvania and The Power. Said Gaga: "I am honored to be able to continue to raise awareness and money for this cause and these outstanding organizations. Organizations like these are in the trenches every day working on behalf of all of us, whether you are LGBT or straight. Equal and full civil rights are supposed to be for all of us." It's a minimum $20 donation.

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 roadGay man's murder at rural Louisiana gay bar goes unsolved: "Detectives are not ready to commit to any theory of a single motive. Whether the crime was motivated by money – about $4,000 was reported missing from the bar – by hate, or by personal animus against LeCompte remains undetermined."

 roadDustin Lance Black and Neil Patrick Harris join Trevor Project board.

 roadDan Savage and Benoit Denizet-Lewis debate sex addiction on the Michelangelo Signorile Show.

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 roadTen trolls every blogger will encounter.

 roadGay "housewife" still wanted for LOGO's show Kept. Gawker: "One of the reasons recruiting might be difficult is because some men don't like the tenor of the show. Our source says, 'Lots have backed out. They positioned it as gay housewives when in fact it's based on gold diggers. It's called Kept and [they] are having trouble finding guys who are happy having a sugar daddy yet interesting enough to fill reality TV. Best cast for reality shows are normally pushy with big opinions and personality! These aren't the peeps who marry rich old men!'"


Anti-Gay Singer Buju Banton in Miami Jail on Drug Conspiracy Charges

Murder music singer Buju Banton has been jailed in Miami:

Bujubanton  "Drug Enforcement Administration agents say Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine. Banton has homes both in Jamaica and Tamarac. While legions of dancehall reggae enthusiasts view Banton as one of the most prolific voices of Jamaica's poor masses, critics say he's a gay basher whose lyrics incite violence by calling for attacking and torturing homosexuals. His song 'Boom Bye Bye', a dancehall hit released in the 1990s, advocates shooting gays in the head and setting them on fire."

Numerous dates on Banton's recent tour were canceled after protest over the singer's anti-gay lyrics. In October, a group of activists from San Francisco sat down with Banton in an attempt to get the singer to understand what the anger was about, but the summit appeared to do little good, with Banton declaring shortly thereafter, "This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs 'there is no end to the war between me and faggot' and it's clear. The same night after I met with them (gay associates), they pepper-sprayed the concert. So what are you trying to tell me? I owe dem nothing, they don't owe I nothing."

Banton's recent nomination for a Grammy has also sparked an outcry, with GLAAD, Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), joining a petition drive against The Recording Academy.


News: Luke and Noah, Venezuela, Bollywood, HIV, Chad White

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TSA leaks entire screening procedures manual.

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In response to the Manhattan Declaration, the Affirmation Declaration.


Noah Send a good-bye kiss to daytime TV's pioneering gay couple Luke and Noah.

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UCLA researchers: stem cells can be engineered to kill HIV: "We have demonstrated in this proof-of-principle study that this type of approach can be used to engineer the human immune system, particularly the T-cell response, to specifically target HIV-infected cells. These studies lay the foundation for further therapeutic development that involves restoring damaged or defective immune responses toward a variety of viruses that cause chronic disease, or even different types of tumors."

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Susan Boyle to perform at Michelle Obama's birthday party.

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Inside Cory Monteith's crib.

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Miami teacher murdered by his ex-lover: "According to a police report, neighbors watched in horror as Higgs stabbed Brown several times with a kitchen knife in the hallway at Inland Towers Apartment. Higgs, 53, then fled the scene but was captured a short time later. Police believe the two men knew each other for a long time and had an intimate relationship for the past seven or eight years before brown broke it off for unknown reasons."

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There's been a death in the Beckham family.

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Pageant held for 'Miss Fat Gay Venezuela'. Video.

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A Christian-Hollywood link to the Uganda "kill gays" bill.

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Chad White and Kerry Degman in "boot camp".

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AfterElton does a post-season interview with gay brothers Sam and Dan McMillen from The Amazing Race.

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Washington lawmaker Reuven Carlyle to introduce disclosure bill: "[Bill] would clarify that signatures, names and addresses of people who sign initiatives and referendums are part of the public record. The issue of releasing names of people who sign referendums and initiatives surfaced earlier this year in the fight over the new 'everything but marriage' law that expands rights for gay domestic partners in Washington state."

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Widowed lesbian wins landmark payout over hospital error: "The case is believed to mark the first time a civil partner in England has been awarded compensation for medical negligence since the passage of a law that provides civil partners similar rights as married couples."

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Avatar turns Sigourney Weaver into a weeping mess: "It [Avatar] will pick you up and shake you like a rag doll. I'm not too much of an emotional creature, but I was weeping by the end. I remember reading the script and thinking, I love this but how can he [Cameron] ever do this. Nothing like this had been done before — floating mountains!"

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Boy Culture has a boatload of material from the Single Man press junket in NYC.

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Homophobic easter egg found in new video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?

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In the can: Bollywood's first gay lovemaking scene.

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Robert Downey Jr. shows off at Mann's Chinese Theater handprint ceremony.

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NY Dems to be targeted in 2010 over marriage vote: "It's going to be a bloodbath. We're going to use every single weapon in our quiver to take these people out. We either need to replace them or scare the hell out of them so they do the right thing."

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Big Love villain Alby to get boyfriend.

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Lambeth: London police conduct raids against homophobic crime at 17 addresses: " The operation was carried out to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and was part of wider police action across London. A Lambeth police spokeswoman said the main thrust of the action was to combat violence against women, but it also focussed on combating racist, homophobic and disability motivated hate crime, and crimes against the vulnerable or older people by members of their own family and carers."


Gay Nurses Apologize to Lesbian Whose Partner Died Without Her

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You may remember the story of Janice Langbehn, the Seattle woman whose partner Lisa Pond suffered an aneurysm on an R-Family cruise out of Miami in February 2007. Even after a power of attorney naming Langbehn was sent to Jackson Memorial Hospital, the hospital refused to allow Langbehn access to Pond, who died about 18 hours after being admitted. Langbehn was finally allowed to see Pond as a priest delivered last rites.

Langbehn On Thursday in Miami, several nurses from the gay Lavender caucus of the union serving Jackson Memorial hospital apologized to Langbehn for what she went through:

"The apologies came at a town hall-style meeting Thursday night at Unity on the Bay church, in which Langbehn returned to Miami as a speaker. Baker, Molina and two other Jackson nurses, Jim Nicholson and Diane Poirier, along with 60 other people, attended the meeting. Langbehn, whose lawsuit against Jackson was dismissed in September by a federal court in Miami, gracefully welcomed the nurses’ personal gesture. But she still want the hospital to apologize formally."

Langbehn's case against the hospital, you may recall, was rejected by a federal court in September.


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