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Cop harasses photographer, steals his cellphone battery and tries to get YouTube to pull the video

Recording a police officer in public isn't a crime. Well, it isn't anything a cop can cite or arrest you for doing. Instead, a bunch of vague infractions are listed in hopes that something will stick and deter future citizen recordings. Shawn Randall……

Gay heart attack patient says Catholic priest refused him last rites

WASHINGTON — A gay man who suffered a heart attack and was treated at Washington, D.C.’s Hospital Center said that a priest refused to give him last rites after he said he was gay, a new Washington Blade report reveals. The man, Ronald Plishka, 63, suffered a heart attack Feb. 6 and didn’t…

Anonymous has a new video, and Anonymous is not thrilled

Here’s the thing about Anonymous. Because it insists it is a nebulous, leaderless collective and doesn’t have “members,” when it does something, it can be hard to tell if it’s something that most or even many of its regular participants approve of or even know about. Today was a good…

Portland protesters bring pitchforks and torches to City Hall over anti-homeless proposal

Protesters in Portland, Ore., showed up at the doors of city hall carrying actual pitchforks and torches, to express their anger about proposals to change laws related to homelessness in the progressive city. Portland’s leaders have begun debating a bill that would allow police to target homeless people sitting on…

Students form wall around Missouri stadium to block Westboro protest against gay player

Hundreds of students formed a human wall around the basketball stadium at the University of Missouri on Saturday because the Westboro Baptist Church had pledged to protest gay football player Michael Sam. After Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out last week last week, anti-LGBT members of the Westboro church…

‘Juno’ actress Ellen Page comes out as a lesbian: ‘I am tired of lying by omission’

Actress Ellen Page, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Juno,” came out as a lesbian on Friday at a Las Vegas conference for gay teens. “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” the 26-year-old actress said in a speech that…

West Virginia families, billed for smelly water they didn’t use, bill water company right back

The chemical spill in West Virginia has left thousands of people near Charleston with licorice-scented tap water that they’re afraid to use, despite the assurances of government and their water company. West Virginia American Water promised customers a credit on their bills for the water homeowners needed to use to…

WATCH: While Sochi celebrates, Moscow police arrest protesters waving rainbow flags

In the video embedded below, a group of LGBT rights protesters were arrested for marching in Moscow’s Red Square. As the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremonies unfolded in Sochi, the protesters were taken into custody in Moscow for waving the rainbow LGBT flag while singing the Russian national anthem. Reportedly, the…

82,000 tons of coal sludge spilling for days into NC river threatens Virginia drinking water

Five days after coal ash began leaking into the Dan River in North Carolina last weekend, Duke Energy still can’t say if the mess will ever be cleaned up. On Sunday, a security guard at the Duke Energy plant in Eden discovered that the gray sludge was leaking out of…

Florida pot advocates collect enough signatures for a ballot initiative

A campaign to put a medical marijuana petition on the Florida ballot has enough verified petition signatures necessary to qualify for the ballot, campaign organizers said Friday. United for Care, the medical marijuana campaign in Florida, needed 683,149 in 14 separate congressional districts to win ballot access, the campaign said…

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