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Attorneys hired to defend DOMA drop case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – King & Spalding, the leading law firm that had been contracted by House Republican leaders to defend DOMA at the rate of $520 an hour, have decided to withdraw from the litigation. The firm cited problems with the vetting process applied to the engagement. Earlier King & Spalding had been criticized by […]

California Senate passes FAIR Education Act

CALIFORNIA – A bill that would require schools to fairly and accurately portray the historic contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in social science instruction has passed the state Senate in a 23-14 vote. The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would […]

Tennessee Senate committee approves ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

TENNESSEE – A state Senate committee has approved a bill that will prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms. The legislation (SB49) known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, was introduced by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield, who has been pushing for the law for six years. As introduced, the bill would have […]

Antiquing of the team

When arriving in a new city, whether due to retiring, new job or coming to be discovered, we all face the same daunting task of finding an apartment. For me, having arrived from Japan with nothing but a carry-on suitcase and my man-bag, there was the added burden of furnishing one from scratch, that is, […]

Swine and dine

There is an inherent fear of cooking white meats that I got over long ago using a meat thermometer until I was completely comfortable estimating doneness by texture. Case in point: the other day someone commented that the chicken I had served was very tender and delivered the comment not as a compliment but as […]

I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane

City: Top to Bottom

thursday, april 28 Dine Out, Fight AIDS! Don’t miss The Center’s fifth annual Dining Out for Life San Diego! More than 100 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in San Diego will donate a portion of sales for The Center’s HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. Delicious, right? Grab your family and friends and make plans […]

Many heroes and two meanies

Tonight (Thursday, April 28) I will be one of your waiters for Dining Out for Life at the Bangkok Thai Bistro (540 University Ave.). After that, I’m off to the airport. The new Queens of Mean Roll over Leona Helmsley – there are new Queens of Mean that make you look like a sweetheart during […]

The Royal Wedding

BBC America, starting at 12 a.m. PST, April 29, and going all day long While every American network will be devoting hours upon hours to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding (which includes parades, parties and an actual ceremony), the best coverage will certainly be the BBCs. The BBC knows how to cover a world […]

Movie Review: Even an elephant might forget ‘Elephants’

MOVIE REVIEW Water for Elephants Directed by Francis Lawrence Written by Richard LaGravenese Starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz Rated PG-13 A few weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly published a letter from a reader expressing astonishment that the magazine’s cover story on Water for Elephants focused almost exclusively on Robert Pattinson while his costar […]

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