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04/19/2007


The Duchess Of Cambridge In Labor, Says Royal Family: VIDEO

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Her royal highness The Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly in labor. After much anticipation and speculation as to the baby's gender, it appears the world will soon get to meet the Prince or Princess of Cambridge. The New York Times reports:

"A brief message on Twitter was the first of a series of carefully scripted disclosures set to culminate in the announcement of a birth that seems certain to draw unparalleled media coverage, even in the annals of Britain’s headline-making royal family.

“Her royal highness the Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, in the early stages of labour,” said a message from Clarence House, the official residence of the duchess and her husband, Prince William, the duke of Cambridge.

A spokesman for the couple, speaking in return for customary anonymity, said that the duke and duchess had traveled without a police escort. “Things are progressing as normal,” the spokesman said.

EASEL There has been no official word on whether the duke and duchess are expecting a boy or a girl, and information about the birth is expected to be closely restricted. 

The formal announcement that a baby has been born will be made in a statement driven by car from the hospital across London and posted on an easel on the grounds of Buckingham Palace."

A recent change in the laws of succession guarantees that regardless of the baby's sex, once born, the Prince or Princess of Cambridge will be third in line to the throne after Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, and the baby's father, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. 

DIA little over thirty-one years ago, Princess Diana emerged from St. Mary's hospital with Prince Charles and baby Prince William of Wales in tow. William's brother, Prince Harry, was also born at St. Mary's.

Watch a CBS news report on the impending birth AFTER THE JUMP...

 

 

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'Shattered' Australian DJs Break Silence Over Deadly Kate Middleton Prank Call: VIDEO

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Last week I posted about the prank call made by two Australian radio DJs to Kate Middleton at the hospital where she was staying while enduring morning sickness. Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who connected the DJs to another nurse who released private information after being duped into thinking she was speaking with Prince Charles and The Queen, subsequently committed suicide.

The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian took themselves off the air last week, and gave their first interview about the tragedy to Australia's Current Affair.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Sean Avery, 'Family Guy,' Retirement, Jenni Rivera

1NewsIcon Maureen Dowd: "Instead of smallpox, plagues, drought and Conquistadors, the Republican decline will be traced to a stubborn refusal to adapt to a world where poor people and sick people and black people and brown people and female people and gay people count."

MorsiGraf1NewsIcon Egyptian President Hosni Morsi has rescinded an earlier order granting himself pharaoh-like powers, but protesters remain displeased. "Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi withdrew part of a controversial declaration that awarded him near absolute power, a limited concession to protesters whose two-week-long campaign had gridlocked Egyptian politics. But the new declaration preserves next Saturday as the date of a referendum on a divisive proposed constitution, skirting a key demand of Mr. Morsi's opponents."

1NewsIcon On tonight's Family Guy: "When Meg finally gathers the courage to ask out her crush, Kent, she is devastated to learn he’s gay. But when Meg discovers that Kent has feelings for Chris, she uses her brother in the worst way to get closer to Kent..."

1NewsIcon Potentially retired hockey player Sean Avery's fight against homophobia continues. "Maybe it’s because when I was such a bully when I had my uniform on, that when I took it off I felt the need to stand up against the bully," he said at a Bank of America-sponsored panel on sports and bullying this week.

1NewsIcon From a CNN article called "Retirement getting less scary for gay boomers": "Several organizations, such as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and SAGE, have made training the staffs of senior centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities a priority. They want those workers to become more sensitive in their work with gay people, particularly because members of the baby boomer generation are more likely to be open about their sexuality than previous generations."

JackmanFeature1NewsIcon A behind-the-scenes look at the hair and makeup that went into the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables. Even as a struggling prisoner, Hugh Jackman still managed to look pretty fine.

1NewsIcon And here is a behind-the-scenes look at Downton Abbey.

1NewsIcon LeAnn Rimes still gets pretty choked up talking about how her affair with now-husband Eddie Cibrian ruined her married to then-husband Dean Sheremet.

1NewsIcon Prince William on wife Kate's morning sickness: "I don’t know why they call it morning sickness – they should call it all day and all night sickness... It’s a long old process but she is getting there. She feels like it is going to go on forever."

1NewsIcon Another compelling story: "Bizarre Creature Found in 200-Million-Year-Old Cocoon": "About 200 million years ago, a leech released a slimy mucous cocoon that unwittingly encased and trapped a bizarre animal with a springy tail, preserving it until researchers discovered the teardrop-shaped creature in Antarctica recently."

1NewsIcon And then there's this, "Anti-nudity law an example of gay mainstream": "The rise of same-sex households isn't making society queer; it's making gay people bourgeois."

1NewsIcon Oh, and here's transcript from today's ABC News' This Week, on which George Will said the anti-gay voting bloc is kicking the bucket. Columnist Paul Krugman was also present and said this: "...Gay marriage was a losing thing for Democrats in 2004, and it's now a winning thing. That's amazing. Eight years, this country has changed dramatically."

1NewsIcon Dr. Declan Fahie discusses what it's like for LGB school teachers to work in Ireland's Catholic-dominated school system. (See pages 54-55.)

1NewsIcon St George's Tron Church in Glasgow has left the Church of Scotland over the Church's decision to ordain gay and lesbian ministers.

1NewsIcon A plane carrying singer Jenni Rivera went missing this morning while flying over Mexico.

YoungIan1NewsIcon Sir Ian McKellen says the world is a far better place than when he was born 73-years ago, in part because of gay acceptance: "[The world is] entirely better, personally. At least in the country we live in, there's an acceptance and a generosity and inclusiveness which has allowed us to accept alien cultures and learn from them. And attitudes to gay culture, and then disability, I hope more than momentarily. In so many ways better, and I am so glad."

1NewsIcon Robert Randolph, the gay author who sued John Travolta for allegedly smearing his name after Randolph published a book claiming the actor frequented gay bathhouses, has been ordered to pay Travolta's legal fees in the case.


Prince William and Kate Middleton are Expecting a Baby

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby:

St James’s Palace announced the news after the duchess was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon with acute morning sickness.

In a statement, a spokesman said: “Their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.

“The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII hospital in central London with hyperemesis gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her royal highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”


Prince William Sizes Up the Beefcake at the Olympics: PHOTO

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Prince William visiting a couple of athletes at the London Games. William also spent some quality time with David Beckham.

Bonus points for those of you who can ID them.

UPDATE: A tipster notes that the guy on the left is rugby player Mike Phillips, so this shot was likely not taken at the Olympics.

(via Olympics or Bust)


News: Swimming Gays, Spidey's Cash Flow, Lou Engle, Female Veep?

JaredLeto 1NewsIcon Jordan Catalano wears his geography on his chest.

1NewsIcon Six members of Britain's Out to Swim group are within sight of France's shore after embarking on a journey across the British Channel.

1NewsIcon Pro-equality group Freedom to Marry is reaching out to young conservatives who want to fight for same-sex couples' rights.

1NewsIcon Sure, The Amazing Spider-Man broke box office records, but Bruce Wayne is still far richer than Peter Parker.

1NewsIcon Today in ridiculous right-wing delusions: Evangelist Lou Engle claims he and 100,000 can pray HIV/AIDS away.

GummyBearDress1NewsIcon Here, because the world demanded it, is an Alexander McQueen dress made of 50,000 gummy bears.

1NewsIcon Where were the bells and whistles for Michael Musto, the journalist who came out long, long ago? "Openly gay was the only way to go, and it did cause problems along the way, but I still wouldn't have even considered being in the closet... I stood my ground, but the gay groups paid it no notice, preferring to reward either closet cases or the types of gay who are tastefully out--i.e., they mention it once in an interview, then never again, certainly not while on camera."

1NewsIcon Listen to rapper Nas and the late Amy Winehouse's collaboration, "Cherry Wine."

1NewsIcon Congrats to Chloe Sevigny, again the face Miu Miu after 16 years.

1NewsIcon According to Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, her husband is looking for a female running mate, because that worked out so well in 2008.

1NewsIcon On a related note: Romney reportedly broke GOP records by bringing in $100 million in donations last month.

1NewsIcon 56% of the continental United States is now officially in a drought.

1NewsIcon A Florida judge reset George Zimmerman's bond at $1 million after calling Trayvon Martin's alleged killer back to jail over he and his wife lied about their finances.

1NewsIcon Just a few months after asking for forgiveness for consistently bashing gay people in his music, Reggae artist Beenie Man offers this comment homosexuality: "I cannot, I do not support a gay lifestyle, because it’s not wholesome to mines. But I don’t have the right fi tell a man say, 'Your decision is wrong.' I don’t have the right if tell a man say, 'Who you love is the wrong person.' It’s not my right. None at all whatsoever."

1NewsIcon Following their success with the movie Game Change, about John McCain and Sarah Palin's doomed 2008 White House run, HBO is reportedly looking to produce a biopic about Fox News overlord Roger Ailes.

Cuulong1NewsIcon "The fish with its genitals on its head." 'Nuff said.

1NewsIcon And congratulations to Prince William, who just became Knight of Thistle. Quick, let's get into distress and let him save us!

1NewsIcon Anti-Gay from the Family Research Council Tony Perkins offers his freedom-loving thoughts on 4th of July: "The Laws of Nature that our Founders invoked also compel us to recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman."


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