BACK AT YA
By a margin of 55 per-cent to 45 percent, votersin El Paso, Texas, passed aninitiative saying, “The cityof El Paso endorses tradi-tional family values by mak-ing health benets avail-able only to city employeesand their legal spouse anddependent children.” As aresult, the city attorney’sofce announced the citywould have to eliminatehealth coverage for chil-dren such as foster kidswho are not dependentsunder the federal tax code,along with the grandchil-dren of city employees,retirees and others whoare currently receiving ben-ets. The initiative’s backerssay that’s not what theyintended.
rEGrETS OvErLESBIAN SCENE
Actress Natalie Portmanreportedly fears that a les-bian sex scene she shareswith actress Mila Kunisin Darren Aronofsky’sthriller feature lm “Black Swan” will eclipse the lmas a whole. The TorontoSun also reported thatPortman’s father, Dr. AvnerHershlag, is so upset by theexplicit lovemaking scenethat it has caused a riftbetween the two. He issaid to feel that the sceneexploits her.
About 100 gay and les-bian couples greeted thePope with a “collectivekiss” in Barcelona on Nov.7 to protest the Vatican’sopposition to sexual free-dom, divorce and condomuse. “This is a peaceful actof protest to demonstratethat love is the same inthe hearts of everyone,”Catalonian activist JordiPetit told The Independent.
ATTACK Of THESEx TOY
A Gurnee woman facesaggravated assault chargesafter allegedly assaulting apolice ofcer with a “a rigidfeminine pleasure device.”Police were notiedafter Carolee Bildsten, 56,ran out on her tab at Joe’sCrab Shack. Ofcers foundher lying drunk on thegrass down the street andapproached her, accord-ing to NBC Chicago. Sheled police to her hometo retrieve the money, butpulled a sex toy insteadof cash from her dresserdrawer and tried to knock an ofcer over the headwith it. Bildsten was arrest-ed and booked.
Constance McMillen,who challenged herMississippi school dis-trict over a ban againstsame-sex dates at herprom, is Glamour maga-zine’s 2010 Woman of the Year. Others to holdthat title include Fergie, Julia Roberts, DonatellaVersace and Queen Raniaof Jordan. The panel thatselected McMillen includ-ed past honorees JenniferLopez and Katie Couric. Ina photo on the Glamourwebsite, McMillen wears atux and a tiara.
Action. California’s pornindustry, which turned off the cameras for a while thisfall, has resumed operations.The temporary and volun-tary suspension of lmingwas prompted by a pornactor’s HIV-positive testresult. Vivid Entertainment,a major maker of adultlms, stopped productionafter the actor, known onlyto the public as PatientZeta, tested positive somore actors in the indus-try could be tested. Severalother porn companies fol-lowed suit, but are nowback in business.
MSNBC temporar-ily suspended liberalcommentator KeithOlbermann after learn-ing that its “Countdown”host contributed $2,400 toKentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and ArizonaReps. Raul Grivalva andGabrielle Giffords. NBCNews prohibits employeesfrom working on or donat-ing to political campaignsunless they have a specialexception.Meanwhile, ipping chan-nels to focus on Fox News,conservative host SeanHannity contributed $2,400to a John Gomez’ congres-sional campaign in NewYork and $5,000 to ManyIndividual ConservativesHelping Elect LeadersEverywhere, a PAC asso-ciated with Minnesota’sMichele Bachmann.But that’s nickels anddimes compared to the$1 million Fox poppaNews Corp gave to theRepublican Governor’sAssociation for the mid-term election.Olbermann later apolo-gized for what’s consid-ered a breach of journal-ism ethics.No apologies fromHannity or Fox – and wedon’t expect any.
Police in Jackson, Wyo.,are searching for a lostlocked box that containsabout an ounce of meth-amphetamine. How willpeople recognize the box?Besides being black, whitelettering on the box says“METH.” A sergeant wasusing the locked box totrain a police dog. At somepoint during the exercise,he left the box on thebumper of his car and thendrove off.
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By Lisa Neff & Louis Weisberg
November 18, 2010