Earlier today we learned that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing that took place last Monday, was killed in a shootout with police late last night. All day today, the country was riveted by news reports coming out of the Boston area as authorities shut down the city so that they could find the second suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Just before nightfall, a break in the case came when the second suspect was found injured, hiding in a covered boat parked in a residential driveway. It was touch and go for a while but police managed to apprehend the suspect and take him into custody … alive and conscious. As I understand it, Tsarnaev is hospitalized in critical condition under police watch but he is alive … and he will face the consequences of his actions, should he be proven guilty of the charges made against him. More »
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Becomes the 13th Country to Do So
Great news coming out of New Zealand today … the country has become the 13th in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. As you may know, there has been a flurry of positive progress in the fight for marriage equality all around the world (Uruguay just last week became the 12th country to legalize same-sex marriage, France is expected to become the next country to legalize the practice this Summer) and today’s news out of New Zealand is just the most recent. While we, here in the US, await the ruling on same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court (due out in June), I think we can take some comfort in the fact that the fight for equal treatment has been a major success for the Kiwis in New Zealand. More »
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Multiple Injuries, Deaths Have Been Reported, Devices Found
Just about an hour ago, two explosions took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today. At this point, we don’t know if the explosions were caused by accidents or if this was some sort of terrorist attack but we do know that people have been injured and others, sadly, have been killed. Today is Patriot’s Day in Boston, MA so it’s possible that these explosions could have something to do with that … but at this point, we don’t know at all. Photos and video from the scene has been making their way to social media, click below to read a report from The New York Times and see footage from the scene. More »
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That-Ish-Cray Of The Day
I don’t even know how this is possible, but then again. Yeah. Of course it is. Racial segregation in 2013 is an interesting subject. On the one hand, it doesn’t exist… officially. Unofficially, it’s everywhere, and I really shouldn’t be so surprised by this news about racially segregated proms. There are predominantly black schools all over the country, and then there are predominantly white schools. And as someone who’s attended both kinds of schools, I can fervently state that there’s a huge difference in the quality of education children are receiving at these different schools– AKA there is definitely such thing as racial segregation in America today. Still, I found myself initially surprised to learn that parent-organized, racially segregated proms are still very much happening in parts of Georgia today. But students at Wilcox County High School are trying to fight back. Because, yes, we still need to fight against racial segregation. Click inside to learn more.
Day 2 of Oral Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage in the US
Yesterday we learned that the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments for/against California’s Proposition 8 statute that makes same-sex marriage illegal in California but was eventually overturned as unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (as you may know, the Supreme Court is now deciding whether or not to issue a ruling that may make same-sex marriage legal in California … or possibly issue a ruling that could make same-sex marriage legal in the entire United States of America). Today the high court is hearing oral arguments for/against the Defense of Marriage Act which is a federal statute that was enacted back in 1996 that federally defines a marriage as between a man and a woman. In the case of United States v. Windsor, a challenge has been brought against DOMA in the State of New York that seeks to have that definition of marriage changed so that same-sex married couples can enjoy the same rights and privileges as married straight couples. Today is a historic Day 2 of arguments for/against the legality of same-sex marriage here in the US. More »
The Case Against Prop 8 Today, The Case Against DOMA Tomorrow
The fight for marriage equality has, thus far, been fought in individual States here in the US but today the push for equal treatment for all advances to the US Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. Arguments begin today in the case against Proposition 8 here in California, the ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in the State of California after the California Supreme Court ruled the practice constitutional. Opponents of Prop 8 appealed the passage of the initiative and the US Court of Appeals ruled it unconstitutional but the State has yet to allow same-sex marriage to take place within its borders until the US Supreme Court issues a ruling. Today, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments on both sides and will eventually rule whether or not it is legal to prohibit same-sex marriage in the State of California. BUT, the court could rule more broadly … tomorrow the Court will hear arguments against the Defense of Marriage Act (a federal act that legally defines marriage between a man and woman) and could determine whether or not the practice of same-sex marriage is legal in the entire country. This is a very big day in the course of US History … the arguments that go before the Supreme Court today will affect California and, possibly, the entire United States of America where same-sex marriage is concerned. More »
That-Ish-Cray Of The Day
Vera Wang is not playin’ around with her dresses y’all! It is a PRIVILEGE to try her ish on! LOL, okay so here’s the deal. If you’re in China, and you’re getting hitched, and you’re even thinking about wearing a Vera Wang gown, it’s gonna cost you. The designer recently opened a shop in Shanghai and has imposed a new rule stating that anyone who wants to try on a dress must first cough up close to $500 first. The brand claims this is to try to minimize the number of people coming in (posing as brides-to-be) and stealing the designs. But some people are calling bull-ish, even racism. Click inside to learn more!
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Ashley, Her Boyfriend, And Brother Are Safe
Twilight actress Ashley Greene suffered through a horrible Friday afternoon when a fire erupted in her LA apartment. Ashley was asleep in her home with her boyfriend, and her brother was also in the apartment. They all made it out of the condo without injury, and no other residents in the building were injured, but one of Ashley‘s two dogs was not rescued in time and, sadly, died in the apartment. The other dog is safe and will reportedly be treated for injuries at Animal Control. Click inside to learn more.
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You Totally Saw This Coming
Although I haven’t been following the case too closely, I have caught glimpses here and there of the Jodi Arias trial… and yeah. It’s a Lifetime movie waiting to happen. Jodi is a young woman currently standing trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, which she says she committed in self-defense. Issues of lies, jealousy, and other women seem to keep coming up, so I wasn’t surprised to learn that Lifetime had, in fact, decided to make a movie out of the true life story. Click inside to learn more.
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The Pope Show: “Habemus papam!”
At around 2PM ET (11AM PT) white smoke began to billow out of a chimney in the Vatican City alerting the world to the fact that a new pope has been elected to lead the Catholic church. Just one day after the leading Catholic Cardinals of the world convened the Conclave in the Vatican to select a new pope, we learn that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen as the new Catholic leader. Bergoglio is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Henceforth he will be known as Pope Francis, named after St. Francis of Assisi … this is the first time a pope has been named after St. Francis. Click below to get your first look at Pope Francis and learn more about the man who will now lead the Catholic church. More »