Shit Brown: United Parcel Service said Monday that it would offer health benefits to its employees’ partners in civil unions in New Jersey, 10 days after Gov. Jon S. Corzine wrote a letter urging it to comply with the state’s five-month-old civil union law. The policy decision was a reversal for the company, which had said it could not offer such benefits because the couples were not legally married, and will affect an unspecified number of United Parcel’s 8,700 employees who belong to the Teamsters union. I'm sorry, but if you can't follow the law in a state in which you're doing business, then don't do business there. (NYT)
Unlawful Search and Seizure: Perhaps this explains some of the retarded rulings John G. Roberts Jr. has made since becoming chief justice of the Supreme Court. (WP)
Where's the (Brotherly) Love? Philadelphia is updating its national ad campaign aimed at homo tourists, targeting subgroups within the gay and lesbian community. I don't know why they would want to mess with their current campaign though. I've always marveled at all of those "Philly's More Fun When You Stay Over" ads, so much so that I actually found myself trying to book a getaway there until I remembered that once we got off the train we'd be in, Philadelphia. (AP) (Sorry, Ms. Painter!)
The Night the Lights Went Out in Florida: Let's see. A man in women's clothing was shot in the head by someone who claims she "came on" to him, but the good old state of Florida has announced that it is not investigating this as a hate crime. I don't know which thing angers me more: Florida's refusal to admit what this was -- or the disgraceful "gay panic" defense. Putting them together is just too much. (365Gay)
My, How She's Grown: Chelsea Clinton has a chance at being the first first daughter to ever get a second stint in the role. (NYT)
Puget Sound: A 28-year old homeless man has pleaded not guilty to killing former Seattle radio talk-show host Mike Webb. Scott Brian White, 28, was arrested at transient campsite. He is charged with first degree murder. Police say that the two men know each other and that White had briefly lived with Webb. (365Gay)
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