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Friday, February 16, 2018

Ten Things of Rights and Race

Porn actress alleges affair with Trump/Associated Press
  1. An adult film star who has been embroiled in allegations of an affair with President Donald Trump is free to tell her story, her manager has said.
  2. Thirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation.
  3. When Barack Obama won the 2008 election, analysts put part of his success down to US TV show 24's Palmer effect - where the depiction of a competent black man in charge of the country "helped create a climate of public acceptance for the notion of a black president."
  4. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been accused of racism after praising "the Anglo-American heritage" of US policing, while a former officer in West Virginia sued after he was fired for NOT shooting a black suspect during a standoff in 2016.
  5. The teenager accused of Wednesday's school shooting in the US once trained with white supremacist group the Republic of Florida, while the White House has refused to release a photo of President Trump signing a law making it easier for some people with mental illness to buy guns.
  6. Richard Pryor's widow has confirmed that the late comedian slept with actor Marlon Brando, after record producer Quincy Jones let slip about their fling in an extraordinary interview. Although other family members deny the affair, both men admitted to homosexual affairs during their lifetime - just not with each other.
  7. A leading Malaysian newspaper has published a "how to spot a gay" checklist. Gay men were easy to identify because of their love of beards, going to the gym - not for exercise but to check out other men - and branded clothing. Their eyes light up when they see handsome men, the article said.
  8. British Olympic diver Tom Daley has announced he is having a baby with his husband, US film director Dustin Lance Black.
  9. A transgender woman has been able to breastfeed a baby in the first recorded case of its kind, researchers say, while the Australian Football League (AFL) has agreed for the first time to allow a transgender footballer to play women's football at state level.
  10. Ex-USA gymnast Alexandra Raisman has posed naked with the words "women do not have to be modest to be respected" written on her.

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