Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally charged with first degree murder in the death of a friend on Wednesday, hours after he was taken from his North Attleborough mansion in handcuffs.

Also on Wednesday, Connecticut police detained Carlos A. Ortiz near Bristol, CT on a fugitive from justice warrant.

Ortiz, 23, is believed to be one of two men who was with Hernandez the night semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home. Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bond. His charges have not been released.

Click here to read more

fanMAIL

Former reader Stanley McNeal writes:

Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013
From: Stanley McNeal (tonynky@gmail.com)
To: Sandra Rose
Subject: Your Anti-gay messages

I hate to see a person that’s apart of the Gay community using their platform to discredit the hardworking Americans that’s currently fighting for equal rights in this country by labeling it the “gay agenda”. How big is the paycheck you receiving from Anti-gay groups? I hope their check makes you sleep at night. I lived long enough to know, that all the negative things you do in life will always come back on you, Karma will hit you so hard you won’t even see it coming.

I use to be fan of your blog, But I made the decision to not visit your website anymore. You seriously have an issue with the gay community, and you need to diagnose this problem within yourself just like you diagnose the “issues” of the celebrities you frequently write about. Are you prefect? or are you a narcissist too?

Peace Out Sandra…

SR responds: Good riddance, Stanley.
———


And loyal reader Chakita writes:

Good Afternoon/Evening/Morning Ms. Rose,

I enjoy your website immensely and enjoy reading it (and the comments from your readers, lol). As a Floridian, I appreciate the support and attention you have brought to the Trayvon Martin case. But, I really don’t want anyone to forget about Jordan Davis, the young man who was senselessly murdered at a Jacksonville gas station because his music was “threatening”. Along with Kendrick Johnson, who was found rolled up in a mat in his high school gym in Valdosta but, his death has been ruled as “accidental” (btw,you can Google his death picture but, be warned, it is gruesome).

Please encourage your readers especially those in Florida and Georgia to continue the fight for justice for Trayvon Martin, but please don’t forget Jordan Davis and Kendrick Johnson.

Thank you.

Barack Obama DOMA

President Obama praised today’s Supreme Court’s decision to strike down certain provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court also overturned Prop 8 allowing gays to marry in California.

In its decision, the court cleared the way for states that allow gay marriage to pay federal benefits to married gay couples. But 36 states still ban gay marriage and those states will not be affected by today’s supreme court ruling.

In a statement following the court’s ruling, Obama said he would not force religious institutions to hold gay weddings.

Click here to read more

Trayvon Martin

The woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he was confronted and shot by George Zimmerman inside a gated community took the witness stand today.

Rachel Jeantel, 19, told jurors she was not Trayvon’s girlfriend. She recounted the phone conversation she had with Trayvon before he was shot to death by the self-appointed neighborhood watchman inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in February.

Speaking almost in a whisper, Jeantel said Trayvon used the N-word several times as she described what she heard Martin say to a male. She said Trayvon told her the man was following him as he returned to his father’s fiancee’s home from a convenience store. He described the man as “creepy” and a “cracker.”

Click here to read more

Paula Deen support from black celebs

Actress Stacey Dash, NFL player Kris Jenkins and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton are among the black notables who have come forward in support of embattled tv chef Paula Deen.

Deen, 66, was dropped by the Food Network on Friday after Deen readily admitted she used racial slurs and cracked racist jokes about black people in a videotaped deposition.

Two other Deen sponsors, QVC and Smithfield Foods, are quietly shelving the celebrity chef while they await the outcome of a million-dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Deen’s brother, Bubba Hiers, by a former employee.

Click here to read more

Aaron Hernandez Arrested

The New England Patriots have released their celebrated tight end Aaron Hernandez just hours after he was taken into police custody this morning.

Hernandez, 23, is a suspect in the shooting death of a friend, Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home. A rental car connected to Hernandez was located near the body. Hernandez will be charged with, at the least, obstruction of justice for destroying evidence in the ongoing homicide investigation.

Click here to read more

gay man kills wife

The Supreme Court ruled on two cases today that will change the way traditional marriage has been defined for ages. The SCOTUS judges voted to strike down key provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the voter-backed law that bans gay marriage in California.

In a 5-4 decision, the supreme court ruled that gays married in states where gay marriage is legal can collect federal benefits in all states — except Utah, which refuses to recognize gay marriage.

The supreme court avoided ruling on the issue of gay marriage altogether. Which means 36 states can still ban gay marriage.

On Prop 8, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of California can vacate and remand the decision, essentially ignoring voters who disapproved of gay marriage.

Meanwhile, here’s an article that you won’t hear much about in the mainstream media: a gay man and his brother have been charged with killing a woman to cash in on her insurance policy.

Update: Earlier I noted that gays who marry in states where gay marriage is legal will be recognized in all states as a result of today’s supreme court ruling. That was incorrect. States where gay marriage is not legal do not have to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

Click here to read more