Antigay Preacher Plans to Sue Maddow A controversial antigay preacher from Minnesota has plans to sue MSNBC and Rachel Maddow for $50 million for being allegedly shown in a false light. Bradlee Dean, who runs the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International ministry, spoke in 2010 on a radio show about Muslims and their views on homosexuality. He also encouraged Christians to take a more proactive approach against gay rights and LGBT activism. The Examiner reports that The Minnesota Independent initially reported Dean’s message in 2010, but the ministry claims that his quote was edited and presented inaccurately. Despite a statement put out by the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry disputing the Independent‘s reporting, several other news organizations, including ABC News and The Rachel Maddow Show also ran with a shortened version of the quote.
Gender-Neutral Bathrooms at University of Texas at Austin Linda Millstone, the associate vice president for the office of institutional equity and workforce diversity, said “If I am a woman in a wheelchair and my attendant is a male, where am I supposed to go?” in an interview with the campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. Pat Clubb, vice president for university operations, agreed that gender-neutral restrooms are a priority and will be available in all existing campus buildings.
Lesbian Couple Save 40 From Norwegian Shooter A lesbian couple dodged bullets to save as many as 40 people who became the target of the shooter in Norway, who is being detained for killing at least than 76 people on Friday. Hege Dalen and her partner, Toril Hansen, were having dinner at a campsite opposite Utöyan Island when they heard screaming and gunshots coming from the island. The couple hopped in their boat and drove across the water, picking up groups of fleeing young people, according to Finnish news site HS.fi.
A Novel So Graphic You Can’t Look Away … For Kids As a book snob, I’ve fought and lost a lot of rear-guard actions lately. It was one thing when academics and hipsters (a horn-rimmed multitude) started wrinkling their brows over comic book artists like Daniel Clowes and Art Spiegelman. I was down with that, however reluctantly. Only a bitter-ender could deny that some comic book writers have had a big enough cultural impact — and have come up with resonant enough stuff — to merit a real scholarly look-see. But in a tiny inner voice, I always told myself real books were not just better, but much more up my particular alley. I’d put away childish things. So how do I explain my guilty pleasure, the graphic novel series Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi?
Crime Writers Expose Scandinavia’s Dark SideNorwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg expressed confidence Wednesday that his country’s open, democratic society will not be intimidated by a right-wing extremist’s brutal twin attacks that killed at least 76 people. But questions are being raised about authorities’ failure to recognize the potential threat from the ultra-right — a threat that has been clearly described by some of the country’s leading crime writers. Five days after the bombing at the government district and the killing spree at a youth camp, a mood of collective sorrow still grips Norway.