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Petition to name San Francisco’s Bay Bridge after Emperor Norton gains support

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition that calls on California lawmakers to rename San Francisco’s Bay Bridge in honor of Joshua Abraham Norton, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The petition, drafted by San Francisco freelance writer John Lumea, seeks to have the Bay Bridge officially named…

Hooters says it won’t serve San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will not be served at four Hooters locations around the city. The owner of the four restaurants in Rancho Bernardo, Oceanside, Gaslamp and Mission Valley has put up signs informing the public that Filner is not welcome. “This establishment recognizes that we all have political…

CNN puts hate group leader on TV and he predictably insults a transgender man

Randy Thomasson, the head of a group that opposes LGBT rights, made sure to insult a transgender man after being invited on television by CNN. “Thomasson’s attempt to disrespect my own gender identity by referring to me as a ‘lady’ said more about him than me (I’m no lady, and…

Topless activist Phoenix Feeley goes on hunger strike in New Jersey jail

By David Dankwa SOMERSET, New Jersey (Reuters) – An activist for the right of women to go topless who is serving a 16-day sentence related to an arrest for topless sunbathing is set to be released by the end of the week from a New Jersey jail, where she is…

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner defiant in face of recall campaign

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, in his first public statement since taking a leave of absence to enter sexual harassment therapy, refused to bow to a campaign seeking his ouster through a recall election, touting his accomplishments in office instead. “Now is not…

Cory Booker expected to dominate New Jersey’s Senate primary election

By Barbara Goldberg MAPLEWOOD, New Jersey (Reuters) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker appeared poised for victory on Tuesday as New Jersey held a special election to choose party nominees in the race to fill the state’s empty U.S. Senate seat. Booker, a Democrat, held a strong lead in public opinion…

Islamist protester shot dead by police as Egypt standoff intensifies

By Tom Finn and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) – One Muslim Brotherhood member was shot dead and at least 11 people wounded in Egypt on Tuesday, security sources said, with the Islamist group accusing plain clothes police of firing on their march. The killing could harden the standoff between the…

Republican: Focus on Clinton distract from bipartisan Benghazi scandal

A libertarian-leaning Republican in Congress warned Tuesday that the focus on the Obama administration’s role in the Benghazi tragedy was distracting people from the bigger “bipartisan scandal” behind the incident. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tweeted: #Benghazi & #NSA controversies are 2 sides of same coin. IMO, focus on Obama/Clinton…

California lawmaker blasts Boy Scouts for ‘very vile and sickening assumptions’ about gay men

California has moved one step closer to revoking the Boy Scouts’ tax exemption over their prohibition of openly gay leaders. The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary approved the Youth Equality Act by a 6-3 vote on Monday. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), would prohibit organizations…

Gay rights group files complaint against Twitter for allowing ‘a homophobic atmosphere’

A group fighting homophobia has filed a complaint against Twitter for incitement to hatred following a stream of anti-gay tweets on its French site at the weekend, a lawyer told AFP Tuesday. The IDAHO Committee’s French branch lodged a complaint in Paris after tweets appeared on Saturday and Sunday with…

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