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New York Times
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Varied Opinions on Gates Controversy Light Up the Web
The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black Harvard scholar, for disorderly conduct in his home in Cambridge, Mass., by a white police officer, is fueling an often emotional dialogue on Web sites and blogs.

Washington Post
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How Do You Turn Walter Cronkite Into a Friend of Gay Rights? Zap Him.
By Edward Alwood
Walter Cronkite's illustrious career is remembered for the historic events he covered, from the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to the moon landing and the Vietnam War. But Cronkite also reported on burgeoning social movements, including the struggle for gay liberation. After becoming a target of that movement, Cronkite would become a behind-the-scenes ally.

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Wealthy donors help Crist build campaign war chest
By Aaron Deslatte and Mark K. MatthewsGov. Charlie Crist has a lot of wealthy friends. And many of them, from plaintiff lawyers and corporate executives to New York socialites and Tallahassee lobbyists, have cut checks to his U.S. Senate bid for the full $4,800 they're allowed to give to a federal candidate, according to Crist's fund-raising report.,0,3066436.story

Steve Rothaus
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First openly gay member, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, joins Air Force Academy board
By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press
A Colorado Democrat who last year became the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress took his place Friday on the U.S. Air Force Academy's supervisory board.

The Advocate
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Roundup: Gay Churches Praised, Outgames Begin
By Julie Bolcer
Just like heaven: Some straight believers feel more at home in predominantly gay congregations.

Antigay Groups Sue Over Wisconsin DPs
By Andrew Harmon
Marriage equality foes have sued the state of Wisconsin to block a “sneaky” domestic-partnership registry scheduled to come into effect next month.

Gays Disproportionately Light Up
By Amita Parashar
Nearly 40% of gay women smoke, compared to 18% of their heterosexual counterparts, according to new figures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Scientists find HIV’s ‘missing link’ in ill chimps
By The Associated Press
Scientists believe they have found a “missing link” in the evolution of the virus that causes AIDS. It bridges the gap between the infection that does no harm to most monkeys and the one that kills millions of people. That link is a virus that is killing chimpanzees in the wild at a disturbingly high rate, according to a study in Thursday’s journal Nature.

Maine court upholds IBM heir’s adoption of lover
By The Associated Press
Maine’s highest court has given a legal victory to a woman who stands to stake a claim to a share of one of America’s premier business fortunes thanks to her adoption by her lesbian partner.

Gay news anchor in Miami demoted
By 365gay Newswire
After allegedly making rude comments about a fellow anchor, gay news anchor Charles Perez was demoted from his position as an evening anchor reports the Advocate.

Man who assaulted lesbian gets sentence delayed
By 365gay Newswire
A judge granted a sentencing delay last Tuesday to a man who assaulted a lesbian musician while she hugged her girlfriend.

St. Paul approves of domestic partnerships
By 365gay Newswire
As of Wednesday, gay couples in St. Paul, Minnesota, can get domestic partnerships. The state capital joined two other cities in that state in approving a resolution that allowed for domestic partnerships.

Davis: One More Question from Michael Brown
By Ali Davis
I mentioned in Wednesday’s article that Michael Brown finished his e-mail off with one last question for me: “Can you imagine in any way that our community see gay activism as a real threat? Can you step into my shoes for a minute and imagine how I feel about the things I shared on the video? Just further food for thought.”


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