November 7, 1999 |
The Unabomber's brother, David Kaczynski, received an award Saturday from the state bar association for turning in his relative and said he had been moved to tears when Matthew Shepard's mother asked that her son's killer not face the death penalty in another widely publicized case. "Maybe you can imagine what I was feeling: The report [on the Shepard case] hit very close to home, touching memories that are never far removed," Kaczynski told members of the New York State Bar Assn.
November 5, 1999 |
The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard interceded to save the life of his killer, brokering an eleventh-hour deal that will send Aaron McKinney to prison for life while sparing him the death penalty. As the sentencing phase of the murder trial in Laramie, Wyo., was about to begin Thursday morning, Judge Barton Voigt announced the deal: McKinney, 22, is to serve two consecutive life sentences, has no chance for parole and no opportunity to appeal. Dennis Shepard read a lengthy, emotional statement in court Thursday, calling his 21-year-old gay son his hero and citing his special gift for helping people.
May 10, 2012 |
Mitt Romney apologized Thursday after a newspaper story described bullying behavior on his part when he was an 18-year-old senior at an elite, all-boys prep school in Michigan. The Washington Post detailed a 1965 incident at Cranbrook School in which a buttoned-down Romney apparently was incensed by the dyed blond locks of a junior known for his "nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. " He led a "posse" of students in a charge against the boy, the Post reported. "He can't look like that," Romney reportedly told a close friend at the time.
November 9, 1999 |
Twenty minutes after being convicted last week of murdering gay college student Matthew Shepard, Aaron McKinney was back in jail, smiling, laughing and watching himself on television, a sheriff's detective said in Washington. Jail officials are worried that McKinney is becoming a celebrity among younger inmates, said Sgt. Rob DeBree, a detective in the Albany County, Wyo., sheriff's department.
August 16, 2000
HIGHLIGHTS All these events will be happening from 5 to 8 p.m. PDT. Routine convention business will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Each night will feature one or two "American dialogues," talk-show formatted-discussions. TODAY Theme: Al Gore: The Principled Fighter Tribute: Caregivers Panel participants: Jose Torres, an organ recipient; Doug Bouldin, a family nurse practitioner from Troy, Mo.
October 12, 2009 |
Tens of thousands of gays, lesbians and supporters marched through the nation's capital Sunday in a festive, forceful call for equality, culminating in a boisterous rally at the Capitol. The National Equality March took place one day after President Obama made sweeping pledges to the gay community, including a vow to end the military policy of "don't ask, don't tell" -- which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces. Obama gave no timetable for repealing the policy.