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From Paramount Pictures via Yahoo.com

Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Iraq War Movie

The versatile 57-year-old actor will play an Army medic who struggles to resume his normal life in “Home of the Brave.” | story
This is one of the first big-budget films to deal with the ongoing conflict.

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Gays Have to Play It Straight in Hollywood

Sir Ian McKellen says, “It is very, very, very difficult for an American [gay] actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality.” | story
This is exactly what Truthdig’s Larry Gross was getting at in “Year of the Queer: Hollywood and Homosexuality.”

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...but Gays Don’t Have To Play it Safe in ‘Warcraft’

The maker of the insanely popular online game says it was wrong to threaten a user with expulsion for advertising a gay-friendly team. | story
People take these online universes seriously; Warcraft has apparently seen its share of gay pride marches.

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Calvin Klein Perfume Used as Tiger Love Potion

London zookeepers are hoping that CK’s Obsession fragrance will induce two endangered Sumatran felines to get it on.
Obsession: trusted by tomcats to make kitties purr.

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From News of the World

Video Shows British Soldiers Beating Iraqi Teens

The News of the World (UK) publishes images and releases a video of a squadron of English soldiers savagely beating a group of rioting Iraqi teenagers in 2004. | story or watch video
UPDATE: British authorities have arrested a serving soldier in connection with the incident. | story

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Abramoff and the Mob

The Weekly Standard masterfully fleshes out the story of the floating casino company that Jack Abramoff bought from a Greek developer allegedly murdered by mobsters. |story

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Iraqi Shiites Nominate Jafari as Prime Minister

The largely ineffectual interim leader is now set to take formal control of the country. He is backed by theocratic Shiites in Iran and the rabidly anti-American cleric Moktada al-Sadr in Iraq. A theocratic state, virulently hostile to U.S. interests? Right now Ahmad Chalabi is almost starting to look good in comparison. | story

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Cheney Hunting Accident
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Cheney Accidentally Shoots Hunting Partner

Truthdig says: It strains credulity to suggest, as the White House has, that the vice president couldn’t inform the national media of the incident while also ensuring proper medical care of the guy on the receiving end of his shotgun blast.
Lots of updates on the next page.

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President Bush shaking hands in 2001 with Chief Raul Garza of the Kickapoo tribe of Texas. The arrow in the photo points to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in background; Karl Rove, the president's top advisor, is at the right.
From the White House via The New York Times

Abramoff-Bush Photo Surfaces

The New York Times publishes a 2001 picture of Jack Abramoff in a White House room with the president—along with an Indian tribal leader whom the now-indicted lobbyist was trying to sign up as a client. | story

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From Staff Sgt. Tony R. Tolley / dod.gov

Air Force Eases Rules on Religion

In the wake of a nationwide petition drive by evangelicals, sectarian prayer and other such divisive elements are creeping back into the service. | story

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