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Anti-gay archbishop arrested for DUI in California

Written by AP,
WiG reports
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 05:21

The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco has apologized for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, behavior that he said brought “shame” and “disgrace” on himself and the Church, though legal experts said was unlikely to derail his promotion.

The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone said in a statement issued Aug. 27 by his office that he was driving home from a dinner with friends in San Diego with his mother and a visiting priest friend early Aug. 25 when he was pulled over at a DUI checkpoint near San Diego State University.

Anti-gay marriage advocate arraigned, accused of child molestation

Written by WiG Monday, 27 August 2012 12:20

A donor to the anti-gay Proposition 8 campaign and youth leader in his evangelical church has been arraigned on charges that he molested boys over many years.

Caleb Douglas Hesse, 52, of Yucca Valley, Calif., was arraigned earlier this month on four felony counts of lewd acts upon a child. Additional charges were to come, according to a release from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist endorses Obama, to address Dems

Written by WiG Monday, 27 August 2012 06:51

Charlie Crist endorsed Barack Obama in one of Florida’s best-read newspapers on Sunday. The former governor and former Republican will address the Democratic National Convention next week, according to CNN.

Crist, after serving as governor of the Sunshine State, left the GOP and ran as an independent for the U.S. Senate, a race he lost to rising Tea Party star Marco Rubio.

Notes from the RNC in Tampa

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 26 August 2012 12:44

Republican officials, after calling a rain delay for Monday, released a revised schedule for their national convention this week on the Florida Gulf Coast.

The rain delay was forced by forecasts for Tropical Storm Isaac, which late last showed the storm developing into a hurricane with Tampa in its potential path.

Pastor says prayer team sent Isaac away from RNC

Written by WiG Tuesday, 28 August 2012 05:00

A Tampa Bay pastor told the Christian Broadcasting Network her team prayed Tropical Storm Isaac away from the Republican National Convention.

Forecasts for severe weather associated with the storm forced convention officials, in consultation with local and state emergency management officials, to call off the first day of the convention in Tampa, Fla.

Republican National Convention opens, recesses

Written by WiG Monday, 27 August 2012 11:09

Republican officials, after calling a rain delay for Monday, released a revised schedule for their national convention this week on the Florida Gulf Coast.

The rain delay was forced by forecasts for Tropical Storm Isaac, which late last showed the storm developing into a hurricane with Tampa in its potential path.

America then and now – from gay marriage to weight gain

Written by Associated Press Monday, 27 August 2012 06:05

We’re heavier in pounds and hotter by degrees than Americans of old. We’re starting to snub our noses at distant suburbs after generations of burbs in our blood. Our roads and bridges are kind of a mess. There are many more poor, and that’s almost sure to get worse.

The oddly American obsession with picking up and moving on – “this spectacle of so many lucky men restless in the midst of abundance,” as Alexis de Tocqueville noted nearly 200 years ago – has given way to the un-American activity of going nowhere. But check back tomorrow.

Pussy Riot-like 'justice' around the world

Written by Lynn Berry,
AP writer
Sunday, 26 August 2012 04:16

The two-year prison sentence handed down to punk rock band Pussy Riot for a provocative protest inside a Moscow cathedral called attention to just how hard President Vladimir Putin is clamping down on minor displays of dissent.

But Russia isn’t the only country where people are punished for offenses that many in the West might consider trivial. People can spend years in prison for insulting the king in Thailand, slaughtering cattle without government permission in Cuba, selling land to Israelis in the West Bank and having gay sex in Ethiopia. A British man was sent to jail for stealing a bottle of water.

RNC gets to business

Written by WiG Monday, 27 August 2012 22:05

The Republican National Convention gets to business on Aug. 28 after a one-day delay due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in downtown Tampa. The schedule includes the arrival of the color guard, with the U.S. flag carried by the Fourth Degree Color Guard of the Knights of Columbus, comprised of members from Connecticut and Florida councils.

Organizers of the March on Wall Street South demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention next week are finalizing plans to carry activists in car pools, buses – even a caravan from the RNC in Tampa – to Charlotte.

Planners have a week of actions slated, including a rally and a march over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

Ex-stripper convicted of trafficking teen boys

Written by WiG Monday, 27 August 2012 05:18

A former gay stripper has been convicted of trafficking teenagers as prostitutes in Atlanta.

A jury in Douglas County, Ga., has convicted Steven Douglas Lemery, 38, of human trafficking, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and pandering by compulsion.

RNC arrivals check in, get credentials, collect swag bags

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Saturday, 25 August 2012 17:20

TAMPA — An estimated 50,000 people are assembling over the weekend for this upcoming Republican National Convention, which will be delayed a day due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

Many attendees arrived to the Gulf Coast city on Aug. 25, settling into their host hotels – Wisconsin delegates are staying at the Hyatt Regency Tampa – with credentials and swag bags.