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This should be a Florida man story but it’s Oklahoma: Two people were arrested after a traffic stop of a stolen car revealed the two had a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe. Stephen Jennings is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, transporting an open container of liquor, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, …

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Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: An iguana hunter armed with a pellet gun in Florida missed his target and struck a pool boy working in somebody’s yard last Friday, according to a report. The misfire happened as pool workers were doing maintenance in the patio area of E-Lyn Bryan’s Boca Raton home. “I came out to see what they were …

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Tampa’s ABC News affiliate reports: A sight you don’t see every day was caught on a security camera in Florida: A barefoot man in swimming trunks who appears to fall out of the sky and onto a parked car. Employees of a car dealership in Fort Myers noticed a dented vehicle in the lot when they opened for business Monday. …

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Yahoo News reports: Road tip: Use the parking brake. An unnamed motorist in Colorado learned that the hard way during an apparent bathroom pit stop. Footage from a dashcam shows the man emerging from a roadside port-a-potty just in time to see his truck roll across the road and off a cliff. Viral Hog reported that the vehicle was empty …

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Tampa’s Fox News affiliate reports: Another day, another outrageous Florida man story. This time, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said they arrested a man on July 4 who was pretending to be a cop and ended up pulling over a real deputy. According to the sheriff’s office, around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Barry Lee Hastings Jr., 35, pulled behind an …

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Variety reports: Lil Nas X spoke about the backlash to coming out as gay in a BBC interview, Friday. The “Old Town Road” rapper had hinted about his sexuality earlier in the week in series of Tweets highlighting his lyrics and the artwork on releases of his songs. “I kinda revealed it,” he told the BBC when asked about his …

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The Daily Beast reports: After two years of trying, President Donald Trump is finally getting the military pageantry he has so desperately wanted. QAnon fans showed up sporting t-shirts of John F. Kennedy Jr., who they believe faked his death 20 years ago and will reemerge today as part of a wide-ranging deep-state conspiracy to prosecute Democrats for child-sex slavery. …

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ABC News reports: Green iguanas are crawling rampant in Florida — so much so that authorities are urging locals to kill the reptiles “whenever possible.” The critters are not native to Florida and are considered an invasive species because of the damage they can inflict on seawalls, sidewalks and landscape plants, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. …

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Newsweek reports: A Florida man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly pelted a woman with condiment packets for bringing him the wrong food order from McDonald’s. Jesus Oscar Ferrer Jr., 30, is facing a felony charge after he allegedly battered a woman, with whom he shares a child, with “sweet and sour sauce packets” on Sunday evening because …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a 13th week, rewriting the record for the longest reign ever for a hip-hop hit. The track passes three such songs that led for 12 weeks each: “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, in 2015; “Boom Boom Pow,” …

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We return you now to Florida Man: Martin County deputies are asking for help identifying a modern day “hamburlgar” who has robbed two restaurants after breaking in and making himself food. “A suspect coined as the modern day Hamburglar doesn’t appear to have any problem making himself right at home after breaking into local food establishments to make himself a …

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New from our pal Matt Baume: Beverly LaSalle wasn’t the first female impersonator on television. But after years of TV treating drag performers as deranged psychopaths and literal punchlines, she was probably the first to be afforded dignity, love, and respect. Beverly was a recurring character on the show “All in the Family,” and she might embody the most remarkable …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: Like so many LGBTQ anthems, ‘I’m Coming Out’ used Top 40 pop to convey more subversive messages to the community. ‘I’m Coming Out’ didn’t just allude to the former Supreme’s disco makeover, it was a sign of support to her gay fanbase (whether Diana Ross was overtly aware of it or not) crafted …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: On “Queen,” Perfume Genius’ Mike Haedras leans into the stereotypes surrounding queer men, setting himself up as the titular monarch, prepared to rule over his kingdom. He makes clear the suffering and strife of the queer community, before also making clear that those struggles don’t define the community. The song was practically made …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: There are a plethora of songs from the Pet Shop Boys’ stunning discography that tackle homophobia head-on. But one of their most effective was “It’s a Sin,” a tongue-in-cheek indictment of band member Neil Tennant’s Catholic upbringing, in which the star reiterates over and over again how ashamed of himself he should be …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: Disco has always been a musical movement embraced by the gay community. But Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way” is largely recognized as one of the first disco songs openly created for the queer community at large. The lyrics proclaim the story of a man proud to be gay, set to an …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: Performing for a live show in Sao Paulo on Sunday, British singer Lily Allen closed the concert with her track “Fuck You,” which she dedicated to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. “I’m going to jail,” she jockingly added. “I will probably never come back to Brazil. Fuck you, Bolsonaro.” The single was released in …

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Gay anthems every day until Stonewall 50: To this day, queer youth are still highly at risk of being thrown out of their homes for coming out. But in 1984, it was unheard of for a band to openly sing about that fact — until Bronski Beat released “Smalltown Boy.” The song follows the story of a young man uprooting …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: Long considered to be the “gay national anthem” of Britain, Tom Robinson Band doesn’t hold back on 1978’s Glad To Be Gay. While the song may not have the fiery energy of other protest songs, the lyrics directly call out police brutality, homophobic violence and the insistence that queer people are less than …

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Another clip from Broadway Bares: At Broadway Bares 2019, a brief delay on the tarmac in the heat of the day caused the airport’s rugged, all-male ground crew to sweat through their shift – and their clothes. Adam Perry (Frozen) led a team of buff baggage handlers, choreographed by Andrew Turteltaub. Performers: Adam Perry with Dave August, Matthew Borchers, Juanfer …

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