Saturday, December 31, 2016
Friday, December 30, 2016
A California man who lost a five-year legal battle with San Diego police after being arrested for nudity during a 2011 gay pride festival was found dead from an apparent suicide weeks after receiving the unfavorable verdict, police said. Police found Will X. Walters, 35, in his Hill Crest apartment late Wednesday night, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. His time of death is not yet known and the county Medical Examiner’s Office said the death was under investigation. Police arrested Walters in 2011 during the San Diego Pride Parade and Festival at Balboa Park. He was wearing a leather gladiator skirt at the time that did not fully cover his backside, according to the Tribune. Walters reportedly denied officers’ requests to cover up so they arrested him for public nudity and took him to jail. He sued the San Diego Police for discrimination based on his sexuality, but a federal jury ruled against him earlier this month.Walter’s legal team said he racked up roughly $1 million in legal costs. His attorney, Chris Morris, said Walters was shocked by the Dec. 13 verdict, but hadn’t heard from him since.
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The Daily News reports:
A conservative newspaper columnist known for his support of guns rights died after the pistol he was showing a teenager suddenly fired. Michael D. Harmon, who wrote weekly for the Portland Press Herald, died at 71 Wednesday after what his wife called an “accidental tragedy.” Police told the Press Herald that a 16-year-old and his father were visiting Harmon at his home in Sanford when he was showing the boy a handgun and it went off. The newspaper said that he was an editor and columnist known as a “steadfast defender of gun rights” during his 41 years at the Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. He continued to write his column after retiring in 2011, and his LinkedIn page says that he has worked as a speaker. It was not immediately clear where Harmon was shot, and police did not immediately respond to requests for comment. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine his exact cause of death. Harmon's last column, published Thursday, criticized the Obama administration for not vetoing a UN resolution on Israeli settlements.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Debbie Reynolds -- who rose to stardom in "Singin' in the Rain" and quickly became a staple among Hollywood royalty -- died Wednesday as a result of a stroke, TMZ has learned ... just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away ... this according to her son Todd. Debbie was rushed to a hospital shortly after 1 PM when someone at the Beverly Hills home of her son, Todd, called 911 to report a possible stroke. We're told Debbie and Todd were making funeral plans for Carrie, who died Tuesday of cardiac arrest. Debbie famously divorced Eddie Fisher in 1959 after his affair with Elizabeth Taylor. Debbie married 2 more times in 1960 and 1984. She played iconic roles in "Tammy and the Bachelor" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" ... for which she earned an Oscar nomination. Carrie's relationship with Debbie was the focus of Carrie's semi-autobiographical book, "Postcards from the Edge," which was later adapted for the big screen, starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Debbie's survived by her son Todd, who tells us, "She's with Carrie." She was 84.Boy Culture lovingly remembers Ms. Reynolds HERE.
As if she hasn't been through enough.
Debbie Reynolds just suffered a medical emergency, which we're told is a possible stroke. ... and EMTs just raced to the scene ... TMZ has learned. Debbie was at her son Todd Fisher's home in Beverly Hills and just after 1 PM someone from the house called 911 ... TMZ has learned. We're told 84-year-old Debbie, who's daughter Carrie died Tuesday, has been distraught since Carrie's emergency Friday on a United jet. Family sources tell us they called 911 to report a possible stroke. The ambulance just took Debbie to a nearby emergency room. Debbie was at Todd's house discussing funeral plans for Carrie.This sounds very serious, although I think even Carrie would be OK with its being an "It twirled up!" moment.
Ana Ivanovic announced today that she is retiring from professional tennis, after a 14-year career that included a French Open crown, 15 WTA titles and becoming the first Serbian player to hold the top ranking in the world,
"I've decided to retire from professional tennis. It has been a difficult decision, but there is so much to celebrate," Ivanovic told fans in a message via her Facebook page. "I began dreaming of tennis when I was five and saw Monica Seles play on TV. My parents backed me all the way, and by the time I was ranked No.1 in the world and won Roland Garros in 2008, I've seen the heights I've never dreamt of achieving."
The 29-year-old leaves the game having been one of only 21 players to have ever held the WTA World No.1 ranking, reaching the top spot on June 9, 2008. Ivanovic held the No.1 ranking for a total of 12 weeks, from June 9 - Aug. 10, 2008 for nine weeks before capturing the top spot again for three more weeks until Sept. 7, 2008. Ivanovic's best season was in 2008 when she claimed the Roland Garros title, catapulting her to the WTA World No.1 ranking. She also won titles at Indian Wells and Linz and was runner-up at the Australian Open that same year.
I always liked Ana, both for her Jennifer Capriati-like game and her sweet demeanor. But like so many female players, her mental game fell apart once she got to the top, which made for many frustrating years of fandom. There's always two ways to look at players like her -- did she underachieve or did she overachieve -- and perhaps now that her career is over it's best to think of her as having done the latter.
Enjoy retirement and your not-as-hot-as-he-should-be hubby, Ana!