Bitch, please: “Now that California voters have outlawed same-sex marriage, an LDS Church leader called Wednesday for members to heal rifts caused by the emotional campaign by treating each other with ‘civility, with respect and with love.’…’We hope that everyone would treat [each other] that way no matter which side of this issue they were on,’ said Elder L. Whitney Clayton, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Presidency of the Seventy.”
Front pages from around the world flash Obama win.
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears to appear with Madonna in concert tonight in Los Angeles.
Should the Sundance Film Festival continue to take place in the hate state of Utah? Americablog launches a purge.
Christina Aguilera does Roy Lichtenstein-style “Keeps Gettin’ Better” ad for Target.
Los Angeles halts issuing of marriage licenses to gay couples. Ellen DeGeneres says she is “saddened” by Proposition 8 passage: “”Watching the returns on election night was an amazing experience. Barack Obama is our new president. Change is here. I, like millions of Americans, felt like we had taken a giant step towards equality. We were watching history. This morning, when it was clear that Proposition 8 had passed in California, I can’t explain the feeling I had. I was saddened beyond belief. Here we just had a giant step towards equality and then on the very next day, we took a giant step away..”
Black church in Springfield, Massachusetts torched following Obama win: “A predominantly black church under construction in Springfield was destroyed by fire early yesterday, just hours after Barack Obama’s landmark victory, triggering concerns that the building was purposely set ablaze in a possible hate crime. The blaze started at Macedonia Church of God in Christ at 3:10 and caused an estimated $2 million in damage.”
Amy Winehouse celebrates husband’s jailbreak with an attack on the paparazzi.
Metro Weekly profiles DJ and producer Richard Morel.
McCain’s new role in the Senate? “One obvious focus will be the war in Iraq. After two years spent more on the campaign than in the Senate, McCain will return as the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee…Aides said they believed McCain would work well with Obama as president because much of his best work in the Senate had been done with Democrats, including a landmark campaign finance law he crafted with Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold and an unsuccessful effort with Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
Spotlight on Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, who accepted the position earlier today: “As the No. 4 Democrat in the House and an architect of the Democratic majority, Mr. Emanuel knows Congress from the inside out after winning his seat in 2002. In the Clinton administration, he was aggressive, frequently profane and instrumental in shaping domestic policy on issues like health care, welfare and trade. He earned the nickname Rahmbo for his determination and take-no-prisoners approach — an advantage when trying to bring a thorny issue to resolution, but a style that can be off-putting to those accustomed to gentility.” Robert Gibbs probable pick for press secretary?
The Democratic mess in the New York state senate: “Hoping to quell reports that his job was in danger, Malcolm A. Smith, the Senate Democratic leader, had scheduled an organizational meeting among Senate Democrats in Albany for this afternoon to resolve the leadership question. But the four potentially rogue Democrats are not planning to attend, a spokesman for them said Tuesday night.”
Character on Brazilian soap opera comes out of the closet.
Boy crushed in garbage truck compactor survives: “Police say the 14-year-old ran away from a boot camp-style school for teens Monday and hid in a recycling bin filled with cardboard. The bin was picked up by a Waste Management truck and dumped into the vehicle’s rear compactor. Waste Management spokeswoman Lynn Morgan says the truck continued on its collection route, compacting cardboard several times. The boy wasn’t discovered until the truck dumped its load at a recycling processing center. He was semiconscious and was taken to a hospital, but police say his injuries aren’t life-threatening.”