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Memorial Day: For vets, too many delays and not enough parades

I love a parade. And in the small upstate New York town in the Finger Lakes where I grew up there were not enough of them as far as I was concerned. There was the occasional special event: a parade to honor the Scottish racer Malcolm Campbell the summer……

San Diego gay pride march to feature active duty military

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – A weekend gay pride parade in San Diego will feature a large contingent of active-duty and retired military personnel, opening service members to possible discipline in the waning days of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” organizers said on Friday. The 350 current and former service members expected…

Vandals slash tires of 51 gay pride parade floats in Chicago

This year, Pride Weekend — celebrated by the LGBT community on the last Sunday in June, as usual — has been extra-festive, owing to New York’s passage of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. In Chicago, however, vandals tried to dampen the weekend’s celebrations by slashing the tires of 51…

Lady Gaga joins one million people at gay pride parade in Rome

ROME — Lady Gaga hailed gays on Saturday as the “revolutionaries of love” and called for “full equality now” for same-sex couples around the world in a speech in front of hundreds of thousands in Rome. The US pop diva criticised governments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East for…

Hundreds of thousands march for Pride in Rome, await Lady Gaga

ROME (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of people paraded through central Rome in a gay pride parade on Saturday, with many criticising Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government for failing to grant same-sex rights. “I want to tell the world, Europe and above all Italy, which is a bit closed, that…

SPLC: MLK bomb suspect linked to neo-Nazi group

The man who has been arrested in connection with the attempted bombing of a parade in Spokane, Washington honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday has been linked to a neo-Nazi organization, according to a group that tracks hate groups. Police took Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Addy, Washington into custody…

Bomb at MLK parade may have contained poison, police say

A bomb planted along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington, appeared to have been an attempt at a sophisticated attack, according to statements made by law enforcement officials. Spokane police said this week that the bomb — which was found before the parade began…

FBI: MLK parade bomb may have been racially motivated

Even decades after his death, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be setting fanatics on edge as a result of his revolutionary role in the Civil Rights Movement. An incident Monday involving a bomb planted on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington…

FBI: Bomb placed at MLK Day parade was ‘domestic terrorism’

Device capable of inflicting ‘multiple casualties’ A bomb left in a backpack on the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Washington, has been described as being in the “realm of domestic terrorism” by the FBI. The bomb was found on bench Monday morning at the northeast…

Thousands turn out for Tel Aviv gay pride parade

TEL AVIV — Tens of thousands of Israelis turned out for Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade on Friday, dancing and waving flags in a colourful procession through the sizzling streets of the beachside city. Drag queens, civil rights activists and scantily clad gay and straight couples waved Israeli and…

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