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New ‘Pac-Man’ parody levels up into noir territory

The stars of the classic Pac-Man video game series get a noir makeover in a new video parody by animator Chris Weller. “Goodnight Sweet Pakman” begins with a sweet moment between Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man before the stakes are dramatically raised, as Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde — now not…

Climate activist tells Moyers: ‘We want Walmart to be subservient to human interests’

An activist whose two-year prison sentence is the focus of a new documentary outlined the difference between “climate justice” and environmentalism for Bill Moyers on Friday. “We don’t want Walmart to be a greener, corporate citizen,” Tim DeChristopher said on Moyers & Company. “We want Walmart to be subservient to…

Federal judge: Arizona sheriff Arpaio racially profiled Latinos

A federal judge ordered Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and his department to stop racial profiling against Latinos, the Arizona Republic reported on Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow said in his ruling that evidence showed Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office “aggressively protected its right to engage in…

Bryan Fischer: Boy Scouts are now ‘Boy Sodomizers of America’

Fundamentalist radio host Bryan Fischer lashed out at the Boy Scouts of America on Friday for its decision to accept gay members. “We might as well rename this organization,” Fischer said on his radio show. “BSA no longer stands for the Boy Scouts of America. It now stands for the…

Ex-Bush aide’s son accused of killing a man with a hatchet

The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush was charged with first-degree murder on Friday for allegedly killing a man with a hatchet. WJLA-TV reported that 20-year-old Claude Alexander Allen III was arrested after police responded to reports of a break-in early Friday morning at a Gaithersburg,…

Toronto ‘crack’ mayor fires chief of staff who told him to get help

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied smoking crack cocaine in a brief statement on Friday, one day after allegedly sacking his chief of staff for advising him to seek help, CBC-TV reported. “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” Ford said at a…

LGBT groups slam same-sex couples’ exclusion from immigration reform

While some immigration rights advocates cheered the passage of a new immigration reform bill on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, LGBT groups are angry over Democrats’ refusing to pursue an amendment guaranteeing undocumented immigrants same-sex couples the right to petition for family visas. “Instead of eliminating years of exclusion…

Massachusetts Lt. Governor resigns to take job at local Chamber of Commerce

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray (D) is expected to resign in June 2013 in the wake of allegations of campaign finance violations, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday. Murray is expected to become CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce following his resignation. The Globe reported that Gov. Duval…

Report: FBI shoots and kills man in Florida connected to Marathon bombing suspect

Federal agents shot and killed a man linked to one of the suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing attack after “something went wrong” during questioning, CBS News reported Wednesday morning. The Federal Bureau of Investigation visited the man, identified by CBS and an Orlando news outlet as 26-year-old…

Colbert knocks Census: It’s like a drunk ex-boyfriend showing up on your porch

Stephen Colbert rallied behind Rep. Jeff Duncan’s (R-SC) call to gut the Census Bureau’s fact-finding powers. “Every few years they show up on our front porch demanding personal information,” Colbert raged, before bellowing, “It’s like a drunk ex-boyfriend: ‘Susan! Who’s that new guy you’re dating? What’s the highest level of…

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