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Lawyer tells his entire firm: The ‘gay plague of AIDS’ is a consequence of immorality

A senior lawyer faces “immediate and severe” action from his Virginia law firm after sending out a company-wide email attacking same-sex marriage and calling AIDS the “gay plague.” “The email infuriated me,” Ken Direktor, a member of Becker & Poliakoff’s management committee, said to the Daily Business Review. “I’ve been here 28…

Rick Perry deletes tweet calling district attorney the ‘most drunk Democrat in Texas’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday deleted an image posted by his official Twitter account that labeled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg “the most drunk Democrat in Texas.” The image, imitating Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World” beer advertisements, stated: “I don’t always drive drunk at 3x…

Drunk tuxedo-wearing Seattle man opens fire on couple who interrupted public oral sex

A Seattle man wearing a tuxedo was arrested last week and charged with felony assault for shooting at a couple who caused his oral sex session to come to a premature end, according to The Smoking Gun. The victims told police they were walking down the street around 2 a.m.…

Texas congressman backs lifting oil export ban despite GOP peers’ misgivings

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. Congressman from Texas has come out in full support of the United States lifting the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, putting him at odds with fellow House Republicans wary of weighing in on the controversial issue. Rep. Joe Barton,…

Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in US economic turnaround

By Steve Holland MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy. But with economic growth now far more robust than when he took office, he is finding some measure of solace on the domestic front while a…

‘Poor judgment’: Florida cops caught misusing emergency lights for breakfast trip

A local media outlet in Florida says it caught at least five police cars from three different agencies using their emergency lights to get to a bakery for a breakfast snack. “It was poor judgment on their behalf,” Miami-Dade police Maj. Nancy Perez told Local 10 News. “They understand and…

Virginia college student sorry for ‘trying to make a point’ with racist ‘Whites Only’ signs

A student at Sweet Briar College in Virginia who confessed to putting up racist segregation signs says her intention was to show that “the past is a part of us.” School officials said last week that labels with the words “White Only” and “Colored” where placed on doors and a…

Oklahoma cop accused of raping black women finds supporters on social media

Supporters of an Oklahoma City police officer who was charged with raping or sexually abusing eight black women have raised more than $7,000 for the 27-year-old cop. Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested in August on charges of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, and indecent exposure for allegedly sexually assaulting women…

Texas pastor demands public library ‘purge’ vampire books: I think it’s dangerous for kids

A Texas pastor is leading a campaign to have books about vampires pulled from Cleveland’s public library. Phillip Missick and other religious leaders have called on the Austin Memorial Library to remove books about vampires, demons and other magical beings from the teen section. “This is dark. There’s a sexual…

District suspends ‘dangerous’ teacher for writing scifi novel about school shooting in 2902

A 23-year-old middle school teacher in Cambridge, Maryland was placed on administrative leave and “taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” after the Dorchester County Board of Education and Sheriff’s Office discovered he had written a novel about a school shooting — that is set 900 years in the future.…

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