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Apple Exec Tim Cook Comes Clean Stating: “I Am Proud To be Gay”

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 30th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity News, Tech News, Trending

By Mayan Stewart

While it may have once been considered a career-ending move, today gay celebrities are no longer afraid to come out and reveal their sexuality. Whether it’s making the announcement on a magazine cover, blog, TV show or social media, these public figures are joining a growing list of celebs who are out and proud. Instead of backlash, many stars find that their fans are supportive of who they really are. Their courage has even given people outside of Hollywood the strength to be open up about their sexuality as well.

Tim Cook -- Image credit: GETTY


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Today, Apple chief executive Tim Cook made a very public and brave announcement via Bloomberg BusinessWeek in a expose’ of sorts — stating he is “proud to be gay.  I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote.

“We’ll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same. And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.

Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.

At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.

For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Now what’s really interesting is that the executive is not only the first openly gay leader of a major U.S. company, he is also uplifting the company catapulting them into the forefront of one of America’s most public movements, Gay Pride aka the LGBT community.

These communities generally celebrate pride, diversity, individuality, and sexuality. LGBT activists and sociologists see LGBT community-building as an antidote to heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexualism, and conformist pressures thought to exist in the larger society. The term gay pride is used to express the LGBT community’s identity and collective strength; gay pride parades provide both a prime example of the use and a demonstration of the general meaning of the term. The LGBT community is diverse in political affiliation. Not all LGBT individuals consider themselves part of an LGBT community — according to Wikipedia.

 

Image credit: Ashley Gilbertson for Bloomberg Businessweek

SEE ALSO: LGBT Celebs – Life Out of the Closet

Cook’s sexual orientation was widely known in Silicon Valley, but he did not make his essay announcement on his own. He first sought support from Apple’s board, which Chairman Arthur Levinson said in a statement gave its “wholehearted support and admiration.”

What are your thoughts on Cooks’ coming out? Share with us in the comments below.

Click here to read Tim Cooks essay in its entirety.


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BREAKING News: a plane has crashed into a flight safety building at Mid-Continent Airport

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 30th, 2014 - in Breaking News, News and Politics

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An airplane crashed into a two-story building at Mid Continent airport in Wichita, Kansas early Thursday shortly after takeoff. The 10-seater, twin-engine struck the building at around 9:50 a.m. local time. Eyewitnesses at the scene have since posted photographs on Twitter showing huge plumes of black smoke rising into the sky.

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Ron Blackwell, the chief of the Wichita Fire Department, said during a press conference shortly after 11 a.m. that authorities can confirm two fatalities, and said a search was ongoing. Five people at that time were unaccounted for, Blackwell said, and five had been transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Ryan Weatherby, a witness, told the Kansas City Star that the airport building started on fire once the plane hit.

As many as 13 people may have been on-board the plane at the time of the crash.

Mid-Continent Road to the airport is closed except for emergency traffic.  Flights are operating as normal according to Mid-Continent Airport.

This is a breaking news story. Please refresh this page for updates.

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Suge Knight and Katt Williams arrested in theft case

By Tanya Blake

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Former rap mogul Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing a photographer’s camera last month.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said each man was charged with one count of robbery. The alleged incident, involving a female celebrity photographer back in September, outside a studio in Beverly Hills.

Rap mogul Suge Knight, left, and comedian Katt Williams were arrested on suspicion of stealing a camera from a female photographer. (Associated Press | Los Angeles Times)

Knight, 49, faces up to 30 years in prison because he has a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. Williams, who was arrested when he showed up at court for a different assault case, faces a maximum of seven years. Knight was arrested in Las Vegas.

Prosecutors said they will ask for Knight’s bail to be set at $1 million and for a $75,000 bail for Williams, 43.

Beverly Hills Police are still investigating the case, authorities said.

SEE ALSO: Katt Williams, Suge Knight & Too $hort to appear in Corruption Case involving Senator Yee

AP Contributed to this report.

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Kansas City Royals roll past San Francisco Giants to force Game 7 in World Series

By Cain Cawthon

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ned Yost wanted a seven-game World Series. Now he’s got it.

The Kansas City Royals pummeled the San Francisco Giants 10-0 in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, setting up a winner-takes-all one-game championship showdown Wednesday night at 8:07 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium.

Mike Moustakas after hitting a double that drove in Alex Gordon in the second inning. He was one of 11 Royals to go to the plate and one of eight who recorded hits during the inning. Credit Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Earlier in the week, with the series tied at two games apiece, Yost, the Royals’ manager, professed that he secretly wanted a seven-game series, just for the thrill of it. And now baseball has just that, its absolute apex, a World Series game that will crown a champion for 2014.

Before the game, when asked about a hypothetic game Wednesday, Yost said: “There is tomorrow.” It was not defensive so much as definitive, and behind a seven-run second inning and seven shutout innings from rookie starter Yordano Ventura, the Royals embodied Yost’s prophecy.

The second inning began with an Alex Gordon single, followed with another from Salvador Perez and unknotted the scoreless tie with a Mike Moustakas double. He and Perez scored on a Nori Aoki single, Lorenzo Cain followed with another run-scoring single and Eric Hosmer chased in a pair of runs with a ball that bounced in the infield, over shortstop Brandon Crawford’s head and into left field. A Billy Butler double added another run, and just like that, 33 minutes later, the Royals led 7-0 and the pregame fear that coursed through 40,372 evaporated.

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Ventura made sure to keep it that way. He became just the 12th player ever 23 years old or younger to throw at least seven shutout innings in a World Series game. Though wild – he yielded five walks – the Giants couldn’t square up his high-90s fastballs and mustered three hits against him.

It was the exact performance Kansas City needed, one that gave the Royals the peace of mind to rest their bullpen leading into the final day of the season.

“Anytime you can get to a Game 7,” said Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals’ starter in the seventh game, “you realize anything can happen.”

The beauty of Game 7 lies in that open canvas on which Yost and Giants manager Bruce Bochy will endeavor to paint their masterpiece. It is Yost’s first postseason; it is Bochy’s crack at a third championship in five seasons. And should the game remain close early on, an antithesis of Game 6, the managers will matter.

Because even the slightest crack in the pitcher foundation could result in a mudjacking from the bullpen. How early will Yost go to his three-headed relief monster, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland? How liberally will Bochy use his ace, Madison Bumgarner, the hero of Games 1 and 5 who is available to pitch out of the bullpen Wednesday?

Game 7 of the World Series is the greatest because in the NBA Finals teams don’t change strategy and in the Super Bowl teams stick to what has worked the previous 18 game days. Baseball turns into a fundamentally different game, one of feints and dekes, of strategy and tactics, of the truest embodiment of the following aphorism.

There are no finer words in sports than Game 7 of the World Series.

Source: Yahoo Sports


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Asteroid set to pass within 160000km of Earth TODAY – WATCH LIVE

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 27th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Weather

“Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 UF56 very close encounter”

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The house-sized asteroid 2014 UF56 will pass between the Earth and the Moon. The 15 meter wide space rock will miss our planet at a distance of about 160,000 km (0.4 lunar distances) at 9:12 p.m. UTC. 

The asteroid was discovered Saturday. Despite passing so close to Earth, few if any of us will see the flyby – even with a telescope. 

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Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 25th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Celebrity Deaths, Music News

By Carla B.

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Image credit: Getty/Tina Korhonen/EOTM Media Group

Jack Bruce, bassist from the 1960s band Cream, has died. He was 71. Bruce’s publicist confirmed the news on his official website .

“He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family.”

A statement from his family said: “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father and granddad and all-round legend.

“The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Considered one of the greatest rock trios of all time, Cream was formed by Bruce, guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in 1966. The band produced such hits as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Crossroads” and “Strange Brew,” selling over 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.

The band members parted ways in 1968.

Bruce died of liver failure.

More details forthcoming. In the meantime, let’s revisit one of the most important musical gifts he gave us:

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Katt Williams, Suge Knight & Too $hort to appear in Corruption Case involving Senator Yee

By Tanya Blake

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Katt Williams, Too $hort, and Suge Knight are all apparently indirectly involved with the Senator Leland Yee corruption case, according to the latest reports. But what does Williams’ Bentley have anything to do with Yee allegedly selling rocket launchers — is the real question.

A little background.

Earlier in 2014, the FBI had Leland Yee arrested for bribery and various corruption charges. His arrest also happened to be alongside other notorious gang members like Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

Yee was best known for his efforts to strengthen open records, government transparency, and whistleblower protection laws. Ironically, Yee was also known for pushing gun control laws in California even though it’s alleged he was involved in a deal to buy assault rifles and rocket launchers. He also was trying to broker a deal between an international arms dealer and an Italian gangster from New Jersey.

When the FBI investigated these matters, they had an undercover FBI agent secretly wiretap and record various conversations. This is where Katt Williams’ Bentley comes into play, because a man named Barry Blackwell House was bragging about what he could do.

“House said he could send two ‘goons’ to do whatever UCE 4599 [the under cover agent] wanted,” the wiretap summary reads according to SFWeekly. “One of the ‘goons’ was from New York and would do anything. UCE 4599 asked if the ‘goons’ could damage a vehicle to send a message to someone. House responded ‘that’s a done deal, that’s too easy. I call that the sleeper.’ House told UCE 4599 he didn’t even have to meet the goons to minimize his culpability in the event.”

It turns out that House allegedly stole Katt Williams’ Bentley because Too $hort wanted revenged on the comedian for not paying the rapper for a 2012 performance. Apparently, Suge Knight was involved in the matter but federal prosecutor William Frentzen wrote that “Black backed down rapper Suge Knight and summoned the help of his organization to steal Williams’ Bentley.” While the circumstances are a bit vague, SFWeekly says it sounds like House “managed to convince Knight, who often hangs out with Too $hort, to stay out of it. Then House got his motorcycle club, the Made Men, to help steal the Bentley.”
Fate makes strange bedfellows, indeed.

Of course, all three of the suspects have had issues with the law enforcement agencies as a part of their history. And they refused to give any comments on the matter. The convo between Keith Jackson and House took place approximately a week before an incident involving Katt Williams.

As for Senator Yee, he is caught up in a scandal which is the biggest of its kind. The FBI busted a gang of Yee’s linked to the Ghee Kung Tong. The charges include activities associated with drug smuggling, gun supplying and beatings.

The trio of Katt Williams, Too $hort and Suge Knight will be coming to speak in their defense at the next court session of the trial. Let’s see what they have to say for themselves.

SFWeekly contributed to this report.

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FBI Report Warns of Potential Homegrown ISIS Attacks Against US Law Enforcement

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 23rd, 2014 - in Breaking News, ISIS/ISIL, News and Politics, World News

Federal authorities have warned US law enforcement of potential terror attacks against them from homegrown ISIS members or supporters, according to a leaked internal bulletin. The leaked document is dated October 11, 2014, and was provided by a trusted federal agent who did so on the condition of anonymity working exclusively with Breibart.com.

The memo was issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Joint Intelligence Bulletin and is titled, “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Its Supporters Encouraging Attacks Against Law Enforcement and Government Personnel.” It is labeled, “UNCLASSIFIED/FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” and asserts that it may be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and should not be released tot he public, the media, or anyone else not authorized by the DHS.

The document alerts US law enforcement personnel, including FBI Special Agents, to be aware of their surroundings and to monitor their families’ use of social media to “avoid revealing FBI or law enforcement affiliation.”

Another significant revelation in the leaked document is that the FBI is unaware of any current specific imminent threats from ISIS on U.S. soil, an assertion that seems to contradict some previous public reports that ISIS has crossed the U.S./Mexico border and is planning specific attacks. The report does indicate that ISIS advocated attacks on U.S. military personnel, law enforcement in general, FBI personnel, government officials, and media figures. — Read the full story via Breitbart.com.

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Sources(s): Breitbart.com, Underground World News & World Order 411

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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

By Dorothy Frazier

Renowned Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta has died. He was 82. His family confirmed the news.

PHOTO: Designer Oscar De La Renta smiles with model Karlie Kloss and another model after presenting his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week, Feb. 12, 2013.

De la Renta had been battling Cancer since 2006.

During his long career, Mr. de la Renta was among the few designers who knew the difference between the runway and fashion.

“Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion,” Mr. de la Renta once said. “A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”

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The iconic fashion designer is survived by his wife, Annette, and a son, Moises.

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