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04/19/2007


News: Ian Somerhalder, Frog, Marcel Marceau, Todd Oldham

road.jpg Deaths: Legendary mime Marcel Marceau dies at 84. Stage actress and Bewitched star Alice Ghostley dies at 81.

Transparentfrogroad.jpg Scientists develop see-through frog.

road.jpg Fort Lauderdale debate over gay rights and Mayor Jim Naugle dividing South Florida's black community: "Despite the support that many black ministers showed for Naugle, the local NAACP took a public stand against the mayor, calling his crusade a 'hate campaign.'...'I'm not here to condone or condemn gay sex,' Marsha Ellison, head of the Broward NAACP, told The Miami Herald. 'This is a hate campaign against gays launched by the mayor.' She said the branch's position -- adopted after a unanimous vote of its 22-member executive committee as well as branch members -- echoes the national NAACP's position. 'Anytime any group is discriminated against it becomes a civil rights issue,' she said."

road.jpg First conclusive evidence presented that velociraptors had feathers: "It's sort of as if you scaled up a chicken and then gave it really nasty teeth and big claws on its feet."

road.jpg Your chance to have dinner and drinks with Michael Biserta, the New York firefighter renowned for his big hose.

road.jpg Suburban Chicago teenage girl sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to write letters of apology for distributing anti-gay fliers with a friend outside Crystal Lake South High School: "Police arrested the two girls May 11 after they had distributed about 40 fliers in a student parking lot at the high school, 1200 S. McHenry Ave. The fliers had a photograph of two male students kissing and included inflammatory words."

road.jpg Todd Oldham named creative director at Old Navy.

Detainedroad.jpg Israeli man detained in Lebanon on suspicions of murder and espionage tells authorities he is gay: "The events leading to Sharon's arrest last Thursday began when authorities in Beirut questioned a Lebanese security agent in connection with the shooting death of the man's roommate, according to a report in the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar. The agent claimed to have been with a German friend at a Beirut hotel at the time of the killing. When authorities questioned the German friend, they discovered he was an Israeli who spoke Arabic and who had repeatedly visited Lebanon, the report said. Sharon denied allegations he was spying for Israel, the reports said. He told police he visited Lebanon for tourism and that he was a homosexual who had relationships with Lebanese men, according to the reports."

Somerhalderroad.jpg Former model Ian Somerhalder returns to the runway.

road.jpg PlanetOut seeks entries for short film awards: "Winners will be announced in January 2008 at PlanetOut's annual event during the Sundance Film Festival, and the Grand Prize Winner and four runners-up will be screened at a special ceremony and program in Miami as part of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on Sunday, April 27, 2008. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and will be exhibited on PlanetOut.com and Gay.com, along with the runners up, who will each receive cash prizes ranging from $1,500 to $500...Judges will consist of film and TV executives from companies such as Bravo, Logo, and Sony Pictures Classics, and representatives from PlanetOut Inc. and MGLFF."

road.jpg Rufus Wainwright wraps up his Judy tour with performance at the Hollywood Bowl: "The most striking costume change of all came during the encore's first song, 'Get Happy,' when Rufus pranced out in full Judy drag: fedora, diamond earrings, red lipstick, double-breasted tuxedo jacket, seamed black stockings, and high heels. The audience subsequently went crazy."


News: Joe Biden, Twiglet, Global Warming, Ed Speleers

road.jpg 20 to 40 percent of the 4,000 homeless youth on the streets of San Francisco are gay.

Bidenroad.jpg Senator Joe Biden unloads race commentary on Obama: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy...I mean, that’s a storybook, man."

road.jpg The Daily Intelligencer talks to Top Design host Todd Oldham on art, brunch, and who he wants for President: "Anyone that tells the truth and isn’t hateful would be welcome at this point."

Speleersroad.jpg From slaying dragons to chiselling walls. Eragon's Ed Speleers hasn't found his Hollywood ending.

road.jpg A new report shows nearly half of government scientists have been pressured by the Bush administration to downplay global warming: "46 percent of government scientists 'personally experienced pressure to eliminate the words ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming,’ or other similar terms from a variety of communications.' 46 percent 'perceived or personally experienced new or unusual administrative requirements that impair climate-related work.' 38 percent 'perceived or personally experienced the disappearance or unusual delay of websites, reports, or other science-based materials relating to climate.' 25 percent 'perceived or personally experienced situations in which scientists have actively objected to, resigned from, or removed themselves from a project because of pressure to change scientific findings.'" In addition, the Bush administration has reportedly forbidden Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte from using the words "global" and "warming" together at the hearings on the political manipulation of climate change science.

Twigletroad.jpg On her diet of Prozac, bullied Twiglet is one happy cat.

road.jpg David Beckham wants no fashion faux-pas on the field.

road.jpg Cleveland, Ohio wants some gay visitors.

road.jpg DNA on cigarette may clear man who has spent the last 17 years in prison for a gay killing he has always claimed he didn't commit: "Kennedy, who has been behind bars since 8 October 1990, is at Garth prison in Preston, where he is on suicide watch. His lawyer claims that his case hinges on new DNA evidence, two disputed cell confessions, and fingerprint evidence that points towards a murder suspect. He said the conviction and failure to clear his name may also be as a result of homophobia and a climate of fear among the gay community in the South-west during the early 1990s."


News: Top Design, David Cicilline, Yale Tennis, Federline

road.jpg Captain of Yale tennis team apologizes to gay group for inappropriate initiation ritual: "During dinner on Nov. 10, team members wearing women’s underwear and fishnet stockings had posed as members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and entered several residential college dining halls, where they sang and danced on tabletops, students who saw the incident said. The witnesses said the team’s initiates had signs on their backs that read, 'I’m a faggot. Insert Here.'"

Cicillineroad.jpg Openly gay Providence mayor David Cicilline lauded for city improvements despite a ne'er-do-well family: "Last year, news broke that the mayor's brother, John M. Cicilline, had racked up $5,880 in parking tickets and fines, making him one of the city's biggest scofflaws. The older brother eventually paid $2,300 in August to settle the matter. Then, earlier this month, the older brother and a now-disbarred lawyer were indicted on federal corruption charges. Prosecutors said the two men requested more than $100,000 from a couple facing drug charges. According to the indictment, the two lawyers said they would use the money to set up a drug deal so their clients could expose it to authorities in the hopes of winning a lighter prison sentence." Folks are speculating Cicilline may make a run for Rhode Island governor. Says the mayor: ''I think people judge you on who you are and what you stand for.''

road.jpg A meditation on top chefs and E-Z Bake Ovens: does cooking make you gay?

Franco_1road.jpg Overexposed: 18 actors you won't be able to avoid in 2007.

road.jpg Would you like fries with that Federline?

road.jpg New Jersey schoolteacher Daniel Curcio settles with school district for $270,000 in lawsuit over discrimination claims: "In the lawsuit Curcio filed in October 2004, the Spanish teacher said he was reprimanded for telling his students in March 2002 he was gay. Curio also said his colleagues called him a 'troublemaker' and made jokes about his sexuality and the school district erased his Web page because it mentioned he is gay. In November 2002, Curio said he began experiencing stress-related panic attacks and in January 2003, he took a paid leave of absence from his job. 'That's all because of the fact that the harassment got so bad that I couldn't take it anymore,' he added."

road.jpg Air America bought by New York realtor Stephen Green.

Newyork_2road.jpg New York magazine criticized for refusing to extend health benefits to the domestic partners of its employees. "[Spokeswoman] Torrey did not explain why New York has been so uniquely hobbled by government red tape. But another staff member wryly notes that even though long-time partners of gay and single staffers don't qualify for health care, the magazine does offer its employees 'bereavement leave' for the death of 'significant others.' In other words, if your partner drops dead because he or she couldn't afford to see a doctor, you won't be docked for taking the day off to attend the funeral. Now that's progressive!"

road.jpg Bravo's Top Design off to "shaky start"? "...the show faces a dramatic challenge. Shows such as American Idol and Project Runway have a built-in theatricality that is difficult to replicate in a show like Top Design. The Project Runway model strutting her designer's stuff down a catwalk serves as a dramatic climax to each episode, and Top Design's before-and-after shots of the design space just don't have the same emotional kick."


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