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Gawker offers reward for info on Magic Johnson’s HIV infection

The online news site Gawker.com is offering reward money for information leading to details of how Magic Johnson became infected with HIV decades ago.

Some HIV/AIDS activists today denounced the offer, which was announced following the premiere of a PBS documentary that includes interviews with Johnson and explores his life living with HIV.

A press release for “Frontline: Endgame: AIDS in Black America” said, “The film follows basketball legend Magic Johnson to an appointment with his doctor, David Ho. In an intimate interview, Johnson explains how he contracted the virus, what happened when he told his pregnant wife, Cookie, and how he feels about living with the virus. ‘Well, I’m not cured. I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. So no there’s no cure. I’m living with this virus in my blood system and in my body, and I’ve got to be careful.'”

But Gawker’s A.J. Daulerio complained that the story of how the basketball star became infected hasn’t advanced since 1991, when Johnson said only that he contracted HIV by “sleeping with a lot of women.”

In 1997, Daulerio said a source offered to sell Gawker details about Johnson’s sex life, but the price was too high.

Now, Daulerio wrote, “If anyone has any more information about who gave Magic Johnson HIV, please feel free to contact us. I think we can afford to pay more money for this now.”

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Right-wing congressman resigns after craigslist flap

U.S. Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., has resigned after Gawker.com reported that the conservative, married congressman had been trolling craigslist picking up women.

Lee, who opposed overturning the military’s anti-gay “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and votes anti-choice, answered a “women for men” ad last month, sending the poster a bare-chested shot of himself flexing in front of a mirror. He also sent the poster flirtatious messages.

When the poster realized who he was, she contacted the media.

In his e-mail correspondence, Lee described himself as 39, divorced, a lobbyist and a “fit, fun classy guy.” His real age is 46, and he and his wife have a young son.

A Lee spokesman initially told Gawker that Lee believed his e-mail account had been hacked around Jan. 21. But the e-mail containing the topless Blackberry portrait was dated Jan. 14.

Within hours of the story breaking under the headline “Married GOP Congressman Sent Sexy Pictures to Craigslist Babe,” Lee resigned.

“I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents,” he said in a statement. “I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness. The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately.”

Lee declined to discuss the incident with reporters, saying “I have to work this out with my wife.”