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04/19/2007


News: Alexi Giannoulias, Pets, Sally Kern, Roger Federer, Beyonce

RoadDuane: New York marriage vote possible this month.

Federer RoadRoger's turn: Federer flaunts his fur.

RoadCute-ass animal story of the day #1: The 'can't get up' puppy.

RoadCute-ass animal story of the day #2: Rhodesian Ridgeback adopts baby pig.

RoadDailyKos: The road to marriage equality runs through Maine.

RoadNo storms on the horizon for New Orleans 'Southern Decadence' celebration: "In the almost four decades since it started, Southern Decadence has become a traditional Labor Day weekend, end-of-summer, event. But for two of the last four years, hurricanes crashed the French Quarter-centered party. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Gustav last year both generated evacuation orders for the city and brought the festivities to a screeching halt."

RoadStephen Fry urges Twitter followers to get behind campaign seeking apology for British mathematician Alan Turing.

RoadSally Kern facing transgender challenger in Oklahoma.

RoadMichael Jackson finally laid to rest 70 days after his death.

Alexi RoadIllinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias comes out for marriage equality, end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": "In an interview, Giannoulias said individual states should be able to decide for themselves whether they allow same-sex couples to marry, but that all states should be required to afford legal recognition to same-sex marriages performed in states where they are sanctioned."

RoadOfficials: L.A. fire was arson.

RoadReferendum 71 names still under wraps: "Signed petitions seeking a statewide vote on expanded gay partnerships will remain shielded from public view for at least a few more days, while a federal judge decides whether Washington state's public records law could pose a risk to free speech rights."

RoadESPN commentator and coach Brad Gilbert not into "fruity" tennis outfits.

Sasha RoadFierce lawsuit: Project Runway's Chris March suing Thierry Mugler over Beyoncé tour costumes.

RoadWashington archbishop Donald Wuerl steps up campaign against marriage equality: "Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, and he launched a round of media interviews to bolster the church's presence in the debate."

RoadJohn Waters to retire after two more movies...

RoadYou'll See: Susan Boyle to cover Madonna  on debut album.

RoadAIDS vaccine hopes revived after discovery of HIV weak spot: "Now, thanks to the antibodies, researchers have realised that the trimer is a viral weak spot because it's indispensable to the virus. So unlike many other targets on the virus, it's shared by many, if not all, strains of HIV. 'The key is the trimer,' says Koff. 'Our hypothesis now is that if you bind to the trimer, you neutralise the virus, as that's how it appears on the surface of the virus.' The antibodies are only a starting point, however, and the race is on now to develop synthetic vaccines that have the same shape as the "weak spot", or epitope, so people receiving vaccinations make antibodies that recognise it when the real virus comes along."


Hot + Cold: Andy Murray and Roger Federer Strip Down at Wimbledon

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Plenty of Brits are hoping for an Andy Murray - Roger Federer final Centre Court collision at Wimbledon. The quarterfinals are today as Federer faces Croatian Ivo Karlovic, and Murray faces Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero. Andy Roddick is still in it, facing Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, and Novak Djokovic is up against German Tommy Haas.

Above, Murray and his fitness trainer Matt Little, coach Miles Maclagan, and fellow Brit player Ross Hutchins cool down in a 4c ice bath. Below, Federer having a hot flash.

More shots, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Federer advances. Murray is through to the semis.

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Intruder Makes Scene as Federer Ties Sampras Grand Slam Record

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Roger Federer won the French Open yesterday, beating Robin Soderling 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 and matched Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

Sampras graciously acknowledged Federer's achievement: "What he's done over the past five years has never, ever been done - and probably will never, ever happen again. Regardless if he won there or not, he goes down as the greatest ever. This just confirms it. I'm obviously happy for Roger. If there's anyone that deserves it, it's Roger. He's come so close. Now that he's won in Paris, I think it just more solidifies his place in history as the greatest player that played the game, in my opinion. I'm a huge Laver fan, and he had a few years in there where he didn't have an opportunity to win majors. But you can't compare the eras, and in this era, the competition is much more fierce than Rod's."

At the beginning of the second set a man leapt over the barriers waving a Barcelona flag and attempted to place a cap on Federer's head. He was chased and quickly apprehended, but not before he got to the champion.

Video of match point and the intruder, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Cincinnati, RuPaul, Liverpool, Right Whales, Rihanna, Nepal

 roadCincinnati activists concerned about local NAACP chapter's hiring of anti-gay attorney. Attorney Chris Finney has a long history as an Anti-GLBT Rights Activist and is involved with such groups as the CCV (Citizens for Community Values which has ties to Focus on the Family) and was instrumental in making  sure that the original hate crime laws in Cincinnati did not cover sexual orientation.

Rightwhales  roadMassive comeback of right whales seen in Cape Cod Bay: "An aerial survey done last week by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies indicated there were 60 right whales swimming in the bay, chowing down on the buffet of zooplankton in the waters offshore. That's six times the number of the endangered whales surveyors saw last year at this time."

 roadRihanna gets gun tattoo.

 roadMcCain strategist Steve Schmidt comes out in support of marriage equality: “I’m personally supportive of [marriage] equality for gay couples and I believe that it will happen over time. I think that more and more Americans are insistent that, at a minimum, gay couples should be treated with respect and when they see a political party trying to stigmatize a group of people who are hardworking, who play by the rules, who raise decent families, they’re troubled by it.”

 roadLOGO renews RuPaul's Drag Race.

 roadFormer publisher of Bay Windows, Jim Hoover, dies at 53.

 roadAnother kid? Madonna off to Malawi again.

Federer  roadFederer grabs some attention courtside.

 roadNepal opening up as gay tourism destination: "In a break from the traditional mindset, some of the country’s tour operators have now geared up to lure foreign gay and lesbian tourists. Earlier, this kind of travel used to be closeted. A number of restaurants, discos and hotels have been established in the country that cater to gay and lesbian couples. Employees in these establishments have been trained to behave better so that visiting couples get the respect they are looking for."

 roadReality explosion: Kathy Griffin and Paris Hilton.

 roadL.A. Gay and Lesbian Center launches fourth episode of its AIDS prevention web soap opera "In the Moment".

 roadPam Spaulding had her eyes opened at the North Carolina Equality Day of Action in Raleigh: "We had people come from as far away as Duck (that's on the Outer Banks) and to the mountain town of Hendersonville to meet with the legislators to discuss pro-LGBT legislation in the queue and to urge them to oppose the marriage amendment."

Gaychristian  roadThrough My Eyes: New documentary from the Gay Christian Network looks at how the homosexuality debate within the Christian church affects young gay people who identify as both Christian and gay.

 roadBritish synth-pop singer La Roux drives in to town.

 roadLast week, Michelangelo Signorile interviewed Tennessee lawmaker Stacey Campfield, who spearheaded the "don't say gay" bill that would forbid any discussion of homosexuality in schools in that state. Listen to the audio HERE.

 roadJames O'Connor gets life sentence for slaying of gay Liverpool teen Michael Causer: "Sentencing him to a minimum of 11½ years in prison Mr Justice King accepted O’Connor did not act out of homophobic motives, but described him as 'ignoble' and 'cowardly'. Co-defendant Michael Binsteed, 19, who was accused of perverting the cause of justice, was sentenced to 34 weeks in custody, suspended for two years. He was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service in 12 months. Speaking outside court, Michael’s parents, Marie and Michael Causer, said: 'This is another black day for Michael. It’s just pathetic.'"


Nadal v. Federer: The Crying Game

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Roger Federer had an unusually emotional reaction to his loss to Rafael Nadal after a grueling five set match in the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday. Federer was speechless and could not hold back the tears after failing to match Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slams.

Said Federer: "In the first moment you're disappointed, you're shocked, you're sad, then all of a sudden it overwhelms you. The problem is you can't go in the locker room and just take it easy and take a cold shower. You're stuck out there. It's the worst feeling. ... It's rough."

Said a gracious Nadal: "Roger, sorry for today. I really know how you feel right now. Remember, you're a great champion, you're one of the best in history. You're going to improve on the 14 of Sampras."

Watch the moment, AFTER THE JUMP....

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Nadal Dethrones Five-Time Wimbledon Champ Federer

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Did everyone see that epic Nadal-Federer final last night? Incredible.

The Guardian reports: "There were two rain interruptions, one of more than hour, the second of less than half an hour, but the pulse of the match was unrelentingly. It might have gone either way in the fifth. Finally, in what remained of the light at a quarter past nine, Nadal triumphed 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7, the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon back to back."

In his post-game interview, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP, John McEnroe called it "the greatest match I've ever seen in my tennis career."

According to the Telegraph, "His comments were repeated by the world's press and borne out by the huge television audience the final received. Tennis fans caused a massive surge in electricity demand after Nadal took the Wimbledon title because they were glued to their seats during the epic match. A 1,400 megawatt spike - equivalent to 550,000 kettles being boiled - was recorded at around 9.20pm, as the Spaniard lifted the trophy. The surge shows millions watched the match. It was bigger than the increase in demand at half time during this year's Champions' League match when Manchester United beat Chelsea."

Highlights below. Interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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