MARSIA MALSAR. Paralympian carrying torch at Rio 2016 falls, gets up to wild ovation.
THOSE DAMN EMAILS. FBI Director James Comey defends Clinton email decision to employees: “‘Those suggesting that we are ‘political’ or part of some ‘fix’ either don’t know us, or they are full of baloney (and maybe some of both).’He said the ultimate decision not to recommend charges ‘was not a cliffhanger; despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in the government, there really wasn’t a prosecutable case.'”
JAMES WOODS. Actor launches latest Clinton conspiracy theory with tweet.
NANCY PELOSI. Democrats could take the House. “I thought in December I would’ve told you we’d win 20 seats, left to our own devices,” a relaxed and upbeat Pelosi said Wednesday in a Playbook Interview in her Capitol office. “Seeing the behavior of the [GOP] presidential candidates right after that when the debates [happened], I became even more optimistic because they were so pathetic … Since then, I think anything is possible. I think it comes down to probably a single digit, one way or another.”
RYAN LOCHTE. US Olympic committee suspends Ryan Lochte for 10 months, other swimmers for 4 months.
JUST IN: U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Ryan Lochte for 10 months. Bentz, Conger and Feigen suspended for 4 months. pic.twitter.com/fslsEwGx7N
— ABC News (@ABC) September 8, 2016
SOUTH AFRICA. Homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson goes after Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba: “Around 7,000 people signed an online petition calling on Home Affairs to stop Anderson promoting hate speech in the country. Gigaba recently set conditions for the Faithful Word Baptist Church minister’s visit to the country but the conditions have been met with contempt. Anderson has hit out at Gigaba, saying the minister only gave false hope to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community who had called for government to deny him entry into the country. ‘If he was going to ban me, he would have done it months ago, he is just stringing these sodomites along and it is funny how they don’t get the hint’ Anderson said in a video recorded while he was driving kids in his car.”
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Sex changes now legal? “Under article 7 of the law governing healthcare, doctors can now perform sex change operations so long as there are “psychological” and “physiological” signs of gender and sex disparity. The law also requires that the patient undergoing sex change surgery receive mental health care to“psychologically prepare” patients for the transition. ”
JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN. Lessons from a life in two genders.
IT GETS BETTER? Maybe not. “A major study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that, for high schoolers, that narrative simply isn’t true. In August, the C.D.C. released the results of a national survey of about 15,600 students, grades nine through 12, to better understand high-risk behaviors among that demographic. It is one of the most comprehensive studies of gay and lesbian teenagers’ well-being to date. (The survey does not yet include an option to identify as transgender or nonbinary.) It confirmed what had long been suspected but was perhaps lost in all the excitement over the gains being made: that sexual-minority youth still face challenges their straight peers do not.”
DANNY AMENDOLA. More of the Patriots Wide Receiver here.
INDIANAPOLIS. 501 Eagle gay bar to close. “It’s time for my wife, Margie, and I to retire. The 501 Eagle (Tavern) will close forever Oct 15, 2016. Until then we will be open 7 days a week doing blue lite specials on all drinks. It’s been a great 22 year run. Thanks for all your business. Tom n Margie”
TIM TEBOW. The New York Mets just signed him to a minor league contract.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 8, 2016
DOLLY PARTON. 40 reasons why she’s a groundbreaking genius.
KFC. Say hi to the new Colonel Sanders, Rob Riggle. “Riggle, who is best known for acting as a correspondent on the Daily Show and a cast member on Saturday Night Live, follows in the footsteps of a number of other comedians tapped to play the Colonel since Darrell Hammond brought the founder back from the dead in May 2015. Norm Macdonald, Jim Gaffigan, and most recently, George Hamilton have all appeared as Colonel Sanders in KFC advertising over the last year.”
THIRSTY THURSDAY. Taiwanese go-go dancer Kuan Jiang.