- Waldorf, Md. pair face bawdy charges. (Photo: Associated Press)
A WOMAN AND MAN have accepted plea deals after being charged with running a Waldorf, Md. brothel—poorly. Police arrested [Patti] Tippett, 45, and Travis Morrison, 30, last summer after conducting a sting operation at the home. On July 9, two undercover detectives posing as prospective clients visited the home, where a woman directed them to Morrison so he could 'screen' them and make sure they weren't law enforcement officers, court documents state. Morrison spoke with the undercover officers and went over the 'rules of the house' with them, the papers state."
AND AFTER THE JUMP: A single-fingered dinosaur is discovered! A gay man on abortion! Bieber's best song!
RIGHT-WING GAYS attempt to beat Dan Savage at his neologism game:
@BrendanKissam tweeted: Hemorrhoids to be renamed 'Savage Dans'
GLAA Forum explains: "This is a reference to Savage's successful redefinition of 'Santorum.' (Google it.) I can understand right-wing gays' hostility toward the sharp-tongued Dan Savage. What is harder to understand is why they would be eager to demonstrate their comparative lack of influence by challenging him at his own game. After all, it will not be too hard to check the success of this attempted neologism, 'Savage Dans.'"
METRO WEEKLY weighs in on the abortion fight: "It's not my place to enter the debate for one simple reason: It's biologically impossible for me to get pregnant. So how the hell can I know what I'm talking about? Still, with the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling that gave women dominion over their reproductive organs, I am compelled to offer a little something, considering so many of my male counterparts on the 'pro-life' side of the debate are laying it on. . . . . There is also a self-serving component, in that I see obvious similarities between LGBT people fighting for control of their bodies and women securing their reproductive rights."
VIRGINIA considers legislation that would loosen restrictions for protective orders sought to stop abusers:
Virginia law makes it difficult for people who are dating, but not living together or married, to get protective orders against their partners. Under current law, family members and others who live together can seek a protective order reserved for cases of "family abuse," provided they can show that they've been subjected to violence or threats of violence.
But everyone else, including people who have dated, face a much higher standard. They can get only a protective order if there's been a criminal warrant issued for the alleged abuser for stalking, sexual battery or other offenses that could lead to serious injury.
Domestic violence activists say many people who are dating have little access to protective orders because their partner's behavior has not risen to a level that would justify criminal charges.
Others decide they prefer to skip a restraining order rather than pursue criminal charges that might anger their abuser and cause them to lash out.
BRIEFLY: NARAL and its supporters will lobby Virginia legislators on abortion rights in Richmond today. ROGER EBERT as stealth feminist. HOLLABACK seeks bloggers. THE BEST of Bieber is not "Eenie Meenie." It's "One Time." ON GLEE, a woman impersonates a man impersonating a woman. THE FIRST single-fingered dino is discovered by a G.W. student.