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NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
On Sunday, college football star Michael Sam stood on the precipice of making history. The University of Missouri lineman and NFL draft hopeful came out as gay in an interview with the New York Times, potentially making him the first openly gay NFL player. Before his announcement, Sam was projected to be a mid-to-late-round pick in May's draft. But according to Sports Illustrated, his stock may be falling . There has been some negative reaction from NFL personnel; in the SI article, one source labeled Sam's sexuality an unnecessary “distraction.” “There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that,” an assistant coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told SI. “There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room.
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FOOD
February 14, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Typically, wine clubs have had about as much coolness factor as the old Columbia Record Club. No serious wine drinkers would have ever considered joining such a club. But now a handful of new wine clubs is changing the game with selections focused on Santa Barbara wines, grand cru Burgundy or natural wines. Bottles are hand-picked, often highly allocated (i.e. hard to find), come with tasting notes and/or recipes - and inside is something you'd actually like to drink. Some clubs cater to what you already like.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Fans of the 1988 supernatural comedy "Beetlejuice" will recall that the way to summon Michael Keaton's titular ghost is to repeatedly invoke his name. Now Keaton himself is taking a similar approach to a sequel. During a press junket for the new "RoboCop" remake, Keaton told MTV News that he's interested in reuniting with director Tim Burton to make "Beetlejuice 2. " "I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff," Keaton told MTV . "I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The Florida jury weighing the fate of Michael Dunn, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, told officials Friday that it had hit a wall in its deliberations and then broken for the night. Deliberations were to resume Saturday morning. Jurors have deliberated for more than 181/2 hours since receiving the case Wednesday afternoon. On Friday, the jury asked the judge whether it could hand in a verdict on some charges even if it could not reach a unanimous agreement on one charge.
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Michael Sam Sr. says his comments about his son being gay were taken out of context and don't represent his true beliefs. In a New York Times interview Tuesday, Sam was quoted as saying that “I don't want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment. " He added: “I'm old school. I'm a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” And that Hall of Famer Deacon Jones “is turning over in his grave” at the idea of an openly gay man in the league. Sam's son, Michael Sam Jr., a star defensive player for Missouri, announced earlier this week that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay player to be in the NFL draft.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The raunchy yet sweet bromantic comedy "Date and Switch" could be retitled "American Pie 2.0. " That's because the desperate teen buds here form a pact to lose their virginity, but the switch is that one of the guys is gay. How screenwriter Alan Yang and director Chris Nelson mine this twist for truth, laughs and a bit of parody makes for a largely enjoyable and credible coming-of-age romp, despite some forced broadness and uneven pacing. Childhood pals Michael (Nicholas Braun)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Ten years ago, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community browsed classified ads in niche publications to find the best places to mingle, drink and meet. Now the Internet offers quicker alternatives, and the LGBT community appears to want more from its magazines than tips on night life. Recognizing this shift, the LGBT magazine Frontiers on Thursday will announce a revamp under new Chief Executive Michael Turner.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The 32-year-old biweekly L.A.-based magazine has an estimated readership of about 90,000 people per issue and a staff of 19. Turner, who has spent 25 years providing private equity, financial advisory, transaction and valuation services for a variety of companies, bought the publication this month for $361,000 when it was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
On June 19, 1984, 17-year-old Eric Evans donned a pair of "cooler-than-cool aviator sunglasses" and a sequined glove and strutted his stuff on stage. Evans had been studying Michael Jackson since he was 2 years old, and on that day he was vying to be represented by Ron Smith's Celebrity Look-Alikes. He was one of seven people the agency chose during the West Hollywood audition. He joined two dozen other Jackson look-alikes selected from more than 300 applicants in a seven-city search.
OPINION
February 13, 2014
Re "Michael Sam's brave stand," Editorial, Feb. 11 It seems most members of the millennial generation honestly don't care whether their friends are gay or straight; I know my own kids don't. I hope that All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam's courage is rewarded by other young NFL players saying "so what. " I also hope that, as when the military ended "don't ask, don't tell," America looks back in a year and wonders what all the fuss was about. The NFL's acceptance of Sam would put another nail in the coffin of discrimination against LGBT Americans.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Jurors on Wednesday received the murder case of Michael Dunn, the Florida man accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loudly played music. The sequestered jury began its work by choosing a foreperson before beginning to consider the case. In the prosecution's closing argument Wednesday, Assistant State Atty. Erin Wolfson told jurors that Jordan Davis, 17, was unarmed when Dunn, 47, fired 10 shots at an SUV in which Davis was sitting. Wolfson said no witnesses saw any of the four teenagers in the vehicle with a weapon and that police searches turned up none.
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