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washingtonblade.com - vol. 41, issue 49 - december 3, 2010

washingtonblade.com - vol. 41, issue 49 - december 3, 2010

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DADT, Betts Murder, Cher, Burlesque, Holiday Gift Guide, Gay News, Gay Entertainment, Gay Nightlife
DADT, Betts Murder, Cher, Burlesque, Holiday Gift Guide, Gay News, Gay Entertainment, Gay Nightlife

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Published by: Washington Blade Newspaper on Dec 02, 2010
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 washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 49 • december 3, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
Long-awaited study a rms ‘low’ riskto military eectiveness
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The Pentagon on Tuesday released its long-awaited “Don’t Ask,Don’t Tell” report — which found open service can be implemented inthe armed forces with limited disruption to the military — as DefenseSecretary Robert Gates renewed his call for Congress to repeal thegay ban by year’s end.“Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Sen-ate to pass this legislation and send it to the president for his signaturebefore the end of this year,” Gates said during a news conference.Gates added that legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a“matter of some urgency” because of pending litigation that couldstrike down the statute.“It is only a matter of time before the federal courts are drawn oncemore into the fray with the very real possibility that this change wouldbe imposed immediately by judicial fiat — by far the most disruptiveand damaging scenario I can imagine,” Gates said.Still, the defense secretary maintained the military would need sometime to prepare for open service even after Congress repeals the stat-
Betts family seeks hate crime probe
Pentagon leaders push ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal
Our holiday gift guide series continues withthe season’s best gifts for children.
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Cher returns to the big screen in ‘Burlesque,’but is the campy romp worth your time?
‘Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to the presidentfor his signature before the end of this year,’ Defense Secretary
Robert Gates
said this week about the military’s gay ban.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Murder charge dropped for 3rd defendantin gay principal’s slaying
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
Prosecutors are dropping a first-degree murder chargeagainst the third of four defendants arrested in the slaying ofgay D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts and will allowhim to plead guilty to a lesser offense of accessory to murder,according to court documents.Joel Johnson, 19, was expected to accept the accessory tomurder charge at a hearing this week in Montgomery County Cir-cuit Court in Rockville. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.His appearance comes one week after Betts’ family members announced through their attorneythat they were calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether Betts’ murder in April wasmotivated by anti-gay bias.It also comes one week after fellow defendant Alante Saunders, also 19, was sentenced to 40 years in
Visit washingtonblade.com for coverage of this week’scongressional hearings on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
Brian Betts
’ murder is bringing calls for afederal hate crimes probe.
Washington Blade file photo
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