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FBI investigating bogus purge letters to Florida voters

Written by AP Friday, 26 October 2012 12:06

The FBI is joining an investigation into bogus letters sent to many Florida voters that raise questions about their eligibility to cast ballots.

Tampa FBI chief Steven E. Ibison said Wednesday the FBI will focus on letters received by voters in 18 counties in central and southwest Florida. State authorities have received reports of letters in at least 23 counties.

Obama encourages votes for marriage equality on Nov. 6

Written by WiG Thursday, 25 October 2012 15:02

President Barack Obama on Oct. 25 encouraged voters to support the freedom to marry when they cast their ballots in Maine, Maryland and Washington. In all three states, voters will decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

In Minnesota, voters will decide whether to amend their state constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The president already has spoken against that proposal.

Senate candidate's God and rape comment gets reactions

Written by AP,
Thursday, 25 October 2012 06:04

Top Republicans were slow to embrace tea party-backed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock after he ousted a longtime GOP senator from office. Though he eventually won their support – and money – Mourdock is seeing both fade after telling a live television audience that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, “that’s something God intended.”

Mourdock, who’s been locked in one of the country’s most expensive and closely watched Senate races, was asked during the final minutes of a debate Tuesday night whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest.

Minnesota anti-gay group apologizes for Hitler remarks

Written by AP Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:35

The Minnesota campaign group trying to pass the constitutional gay marriage ban is apologizing after one of its officials told several small groups that supporters of gay marriage were using techniques similar to Adolf Hitler.

The Star Tribune reported this week that the rival campaign recorded a recent Brainerd event where the Rev. Brad Brandon said that Hitler suppressed religious freedom, and that religious freedom is at stake in Minnesota's campaign to define marriage (

Gay New Yorker removed from life support after brutal attack

Written by WiG Friday, 26 October 2012 08:55

Doctors have removed a gay New Yorker from life support after he suffered a brutal beating on the streets of New York’s Queens borough.

A Greenwich Village music school administrator, Lou Rispoli is in hospice care at Elmhurst Hospital following an attack at on Oct. 20 near his Sunnyside home. Rispoli worked at the Greenwich House Music School.

Poll: Obama up by 6 in Wisconsin

Written by WiG Thursday, 25 October 2012 13:23

Public Policy Polling reports today that Barack Obama expanded his lead in Wisconsin and Iowa after the third debate on Oct. 22.

In Wisconsin, Obama leads 51-45 percent, up from 49-47 percent three weeks ago.

Alleged Family Research Council shooter charged with terrorism

Written by AP Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:50

A grand jury has returned an indictment charging a  Virginia man accused of shooting a security guard inside the Washington, D.C., headquarters of a far-right Christian lobbying group with terrorism.

The AP reported that this is the first time in a decade that a person has been prosecuted under the statute.

The East Aurora School District in suburban Chicago has rescinded a policy put in place just days earlier to protect transgender students.

The Chicago Tribune reported that following a special meeting of the district school board, proponents of the protection policy called out “shame” and “coward.”

Mixed verdict from Kentucky jury in U.S. hate-crime case

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:10

The first U.S. prosecution under a new federal law against anti-gay violence ended with a Kentucky jury acquitting two cousins of hate-crime charges while finding them guilty of kidnapping in a 2011 attack on a gay man.

Prosecutors had argued that Anthony Ray Jenkins and his cousin David Jason Jenkins attacked 29-year-old Kevin Pennington at a rural state park because of Pennington’s sexual orientation, violating a hate crime law that was expanded in 2009 to cover assaults motivated by bias against gays, lesbians and transgender people.

Texas threatens to arrest international voting monitors

Written by WiG Thursday, 25 October 2012 07:40

The Texas attorney general has threatened to arrest international voting monitors who come within 100 feet of polling places in his state on Nov. 6.

The global human rights watchdog Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe observes elections around the world to report irregularities and voter suppression. But Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott warned that observers in his state are subject to Texas state law, not federal law or international agreements. In the past, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said he’d like for Texas to secede from the United States.

State-sanctioned hunters kill 20 Wisconsin wolves

Written by AP,
Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:39

Wisconsin wildlife officials say hunters have reported killing 20 wolves since the state's first organized hunt began last week.

As of Tuesday, hunters reported taking six wolves in far northwestern Wisconsin's management zone; six wolves in the far northeastern zone; two wolves in the mid-northwestern zone; two wolves in the mid-northeast; three in the mid-central; and one in the south.

A Day With HIV in photographs

Written by WiG Wednesday, 24 October 2012 11:11

A month ago images of a life with HIV came into focus on a single day.

On Sept. 21, more than 170 people from around the world took a photograph that, taken together, tells the collective story of the trials and triumphs of living with HIV. A record of that day is now captured in an online photo essay, A Day with HIV, released on Oct. 24 and soon to be published in Positively Aware.