however, back on planet earth, i suppose i should complete my recapping of how i've bided my time during that yearlong stint i've gone on without live journal. i'm not entirely sure how or where i left off in may, but the most life-altering moment of anyone in my orbit came when my sister drove off the road trying to avoid a coyote that up until that point existed in my mind and her mind as an urban legend. over the holiday weekend, my new someone and i went outlet shopping and since my car probably could not make it over the skyway bridge, i bribed my new someone to take me on the promise of buying dinner as a reward. we shopped all day long and i got a glimpse into just how different our fashion senses were -- i bought subdued button downs, my new someone bought neon tank tops -- and then when we got back to the homefront, we dined at midtown sundries which had an odd feeling for us both as my new someone frequently went there with the ex- (aka doggy daddy) and i used midtown as one of my dating places (most famously with the longhorn) so yeah. also during this time frame, i went over and watched a new cw show called "catalina" which felt ironical since i had stayed there three years prior with sara and i also bought tickets to a private showing of "evita" in new york and a private reception for "save the children" at bulgari where ricky martin himself would attend. taking my cue from the fashion tea leaves, in planning my look for the trip, i took my cue from the ascent of raf simons and hedi slimane as a return to minimalism. while they had not presented a single jot of their creative direction, their mere appointmen
needless to say, this played out quite eventfully in june where i took the first friday off to see kathy griffin with the new someone and had one of those date nights that dreams are made of -- minus my waking up almost two hours late -- where i saw one of my old coworkers and laughed my ass off. the same week as all that happened, my sister jetted off to her first "big kids" job in a management training program that took her to saint louis for several days and then in a summer-long training at the various retail locations in the district. also, my very good friend rob bought a house with his husband dashing hopes for an eventual move to new york city to fulfill that dream trip of top level cosmetics executive. oh well. i went to see "to rome with love" after hearing that news because it had more bearings of reality than that quick, but life altering, decision did. the next weekend, my sister and i went out to discuss the glories and pitfalls of the greater saint louis area -- comparing war stories from my stop over last summer to see sade which apparently not onlY irrevocably changed my life but also inpsired the young designer at balmain who not only mention her by name as an inspiration behind his spring collection, but whose influence may have finally pushed that young designer into the mainstream with that house given that it produced a collection of spot-on trendy-heavy black-and-white but allowed him to exploit the vocabulary of the house that appealed to everyone from house muses to american thorobred, jessica biel timberlake -- but, back to the story, and my sister and i, in the process, had an odd night at vue nightclub -- which had opened unbenknownst to me with a free shot waiting for us when we got there -- and then to vintage where the dj played music just for us. that next friday, since i didn't have to work, my sister and i had a great dinner at park shore grill -- i can never have my fill of their filet -- and then drinks at mandarin hide which, by this point, had become my favorite bar in saint petersburg. that sunday, i saw prometheus which i bought two weeks ago as it's inspirational for the type of story i plan to write for my novella come spring. that weekend, i made a very poor work decision when i called out sick two days in a row on thursday night and friday night. so unprofessional, but on thursday, i had a very special date with the new someone where i had determined to define our relationship. i made reservations at ocean prime and we both got dressed up and during our conversations over some of the best seafood i had had in a while, we saw local celebrities although i could not say who and then i started into the grey goose because i could not steer the conversation in my direction in sobriety. well, that night proved quite pivotal as the night progressed and i got more and more inebriated and we kept not moving to the conversation i wanted to have. so we decamped from ocean prime and headed to the wine exchange for more cocktails. there, i ordered this nasty ass grapefruit martini and my new someone ordered an espressotini that could not hold a candle to those made by cassis with real espresso. i think we also got a shot there. so i don't even remember driving home but when we did, i finally got around to trying to define the relationship -- drunkenly saying, "if i met one of your friends, what would you introduce me as" only to get the answer of "my friend" -- so we almost didn't have sex but then we did and i felt small and resolved never to bring it up again since things went so well without the label i sought. additionally, the next day, we spent the entire day shopping together which resulted in the second day in a row calling out. very horribly unprofessional, but that's an entirely different ball of wax since my supervisor had been out for several months and we had a interim supervisor and an interim manager and none of them knew anything about our shift or our needs so.....yeah. the other thing that folded into my unprofessional decision came in my leaving for new york the very next morning and my reluctance to stay up all night when i had such a full long weekend planned: the next day, after an unmemorable jetblue flight, jen and i did a little saturday afternoon shopping -- where i bought tom ford for men extreme in bloomingdales, some graphic tees from american apparel (for the upcoming pride), and other sundries -- before we made our way downtown to rent a car to drive to the country for one of her friend's engagement party: new york, being on the cutting edge of all things, had this hertz program where you didn't need anything except this card to rent the car and everything else -- from keys to gas to gps to payment -- got arranged digitally: after we spent hours driving up there and attending possibly the most boring family-imbued party possible (although i felt very "true" new yorker being in the country on a day like that) we made a stop at the outlet mall where i raided barneys and cole haan and then started back with a little too much wine in our systems for the drive. upon returning to the city, we hung out way down town (near tribeca) where we saw these interesting bars interspersed between stretches of nothing: we stopped in this seaside themed outfit before skirting down to the financial district in search of the thompson hotel's gilded bar or something like that, but of course, by the time we got there, with detour to see the freedom tower and the 9/11 memorial for me, it had closed so we drank by the seaport -- which answered my question as to where all those midwestern recent transplants/college students go on saturday nights for the most un-jarring experience -- before we wound up on the lower east side to meet her friends at the quotidian any-city bar and to see my old college buddies mike and jesse who came down from astoria -- i don't know either -- to see me. i'm not entirely sure what happened after that except that i'm pretty sure we went to eastern bloc to see if i could spot anderson cooper at his then-beau's boite....meanwhile, it was so un-airconditioned and sweaty that we stayed for maybe three minutes before leaving. on sunday, i had my opportunity to see new york pride for the first time which felt particularly timely given the marriage decision just one year prior and my best friend's wedding there the previous fall but, of course, as in all things, it took a lot of convincing to get my friend jen to go as she and her other jaded new yorker friend jorge did not feel like going to the parade. it took the insistence of geo and i to see it because we had never seen it to motivate us to go....well. after pre-gaming it for hours, we finally made it down to christopher street which found itself utterly mobbed and utterly inspirational in that while it did display everything one expects at such events -- including my tour guide, geo, showing me how a real new yorker intimates with the flock -- it also showed that, in the end, new yorkers will come out for any drinking holiday, including pride. seeing as i found myself that close to reiss during their sale, i had to go in and in my drunkeness bought a pair of bright orange espadrilles among other things i have had little occassion to wear and where i saw my first pair of the prada golf shoes on an actual customer -- namely, the manager of the store. after this episode, and after jorge became so drunk that he became unintelligble and undecipherable, my friend jen and i decamped uptown to gobble up sushi to absorb the countless drinks imbibed between the parade and the bar we wound up at that i cannot even remember. the next day, i didn't do much as my friend jen had work and i had nothing besides men's fashion week -- which had just witnessed the first episode of the return of minimalism with the jil sander presentation among others. that evening, i had to rush to zara to get a shirt for my encounter with ricky martin that evening: so after haphazardly choosing a shirt to fit into my sandwich, i walked up to bulgari for the save the children cocktail reception which featured everything from mini-filet to foie gras macaroons. besides the culinary masterworks ciruclating on silver trays -- and of course, the light pressure of silent auctions and the cheaper stuff at bulgari -- i saw of-the-moment in-the-season seafoam chanel jackets and fantastic cocktail dresses and the stuff i live to write and dream about: and then, the moment of truth, ricky martin himself came out with other cast members from evita and i died so many times inside although i must say that, as with all celebrities i have encountered, he stood a little shorted than one would think and had a big head. both of which, of course, made me delight in my own special way. and then, to see evita really made me cry in so many ways because it represented the culmination of so much wonderfulness from a fantastic year started with a trip to buenos aires to one tent-poled by this new york trip to a relationship still in those early stages of wonderment and awe. that and the eighty bucks of vodka i drank there. by the end, i found myself lying, saying i was staying at the st. regis and decamped to pass out at my friend's the next day. the next week at work went awkwardly but quickly with a sprint toward the next weekend which marked pride right here at home. this, of course, represented somewhat of a milestone for my new someone and i as it once again gave us an opportunity to see if our still-not-official relationship had legs. well, besides the insanely early morning drinking, the day went by pretty swimmingly considering and we spent most of it parked in the shade next to the smithwick's candle booth where i bought some fifty bucks worth of soy candles and such and we then spent some time at the only bar in town where no drama ensued and we had our share of good old fashioned fun.
well, july probably represented the most spendthrift month of my life today as it got launched with a pair of sixteen hundred dollar etro runway shoes that i had identified the moment they hit the catwalks in milan. and, of course, the stood as the last pair in the united states. a part of me found myself surprised they went into production at all given their raw over-the-top quality and the fact that i'm sure barely anyone in the united states besides myself would have the chutzpah to wear them. while the july fourth holiday came and went without much fanfare, it did have me sweating over a new car since i had one in my sights that i thought would sell over the weekend. well. that weekend, my new someone and i took in "magic mike" at cobb cinebistro and besides being the only two of our kind in that theatre, i felt the horrible discomfort of witnessing quite the unflattering portrayal of my home town. although i'm still of the opinion that soderbergh can do little wrong (and he certainly did class-up the entire idea of this enterprise of stripping), tampa did not come out looking like the carefree place i know. further, the exterior of the main strip club sits just twenty five blocks north of my home in saint petersburg. so yeah. but, of course, i bought it anyway. and if the portrayal itself did not give us an ugly enough snippet of tampa, the new someone pushed to go out downtown in tampa -- thinking that it'd resemble saint petersburg both in its development and progressiveness -- but we wound up at fly bar sticking out even more uncomfortably than we did at the movie theatre! anyway, the next day, my father and i went to the car lot with the intent of purchasing the car since the manager of the car lot had come down to the price i wanted. when we walked up to the dealership, another bmw driver (with a five hundred series) found himself test driving it and i thought i might lose the car, but then he said if i really wanted it, i should have it as it was the last one and they're very hard to find. well. it was mythic and fated. so that day, i bought my first bmw one hundred series and have been unduly happy ever since. that evening, i went home and my mother cooed and i took my sister to get her paycheck in clearwater and introduced her to my new someone and introduced my new someone to my new car. of course, because things tend to happen this way in our friendships, my friend rob bought a new house that thursday and i felt myself so put out by this sudden move -- what with rob's earlier dreams of moving to new york and with its solidification of being in a completely different bracket than alex or i ostensibly -- that i went to the movies to see "to rome with love" which was sad and not the type of woody allen movie i enjoy -- the vicky cristina barcelona or match point varietals are my favorites of his modern epoch --
Designers Wipe The Slate Clean For Spring
October 18, 2012 8:02 am
“Reset to Zero,” claimed the notes at Jil Sander’s comeback show. It could’ve been the rallying cry for the whole Spring season. Sander’s new minimalism is different—softer, at first glance, and slightly more accessible—than the clinical aesthetic she pioneered two decades ago. Still, we expected simplicity from the Queen of Clean. It was the pared-down approach of other designers that caught us off guard. Giambattista Valli, who just a few months ago was embellishing couture veils with butterflies, traded in furbelows for crisp tailoring, and Consuelo Castiglioni swapped Marni’s signature quirky prints for a streamlined monochrome palette (pictured). “More clean, more fresh, more light,” she told Style.com’s reporter Tim Blanks. In all three cases, she was right.
tags: Consuelo Castiglioni, Giambattista Valli, Jil Sander, Marni, Tim Blanks
i’ve been meaning to write you more. different hotels every night aren’t so bad really. in fact- all the moving house could inspire a photo series.. not for the gram, knowing me it’s probably only for whoever controls my estate in the future and enthusiastically develops all the rolls of film i forgot to. i’m in belgium, just 7 concerts into a tour with an ambiguous ending. i’d tour for a year if it didn’t interrupt my recording or my weekend driving. i really wanted to go to cairo in between europe and australia.. might let things settle some.. go to south africa instead and place some flowers on a gate for the president. for being epic and 94. i write on paper at night. my tour manager gave me a small powder blue book at the beginning of this run with gold embossed lettering on the cover that reads ‘one line a day’.. it’s easier than you’d think to narrow the entire cinema of your day into one sentence. i never read them back in the morning. whenever morning is.. even my macbook clock can’t keep up. all the travel isn’t in support of an album or anything like that really- past or ahead. there’s no label or touring firm dollars involved. all pennies from my pocket. in support of some odd daydream. ops to photograph crowds and clouds from planes. contrast all the quiet with some noise. new noise and old noise..sober crowd, faaded crowd. all welcome.
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Backstage at Givenchy with Riccardo Tisci
By Nick Carvell 29 June 13
Since he took control of the collection back in 2008, Riccardo Tisci has been giving Givenchy's men's offering a gothic makeover which has won him thousands of fans, not least Kanye West who asked him to design the album artwork for Watch The Throne (not to mention a whole host of his stage attire during the accompanying tour). This season, the designer took things in a different direction swapping out his trademark stars and rottweilers for a print inspired by traditional African imagery and tech. We caught up with the designer backstage to get the inside track on his new patterns, what he's hoping for in the future and his favourite Yeezy track.
GQ: How would you describe the collection we've just seen?
Riccardo Tisci: Intense - because it was based very much on my emotions. I had been thinking about this for a long time, to do something with an ethnic element and really play with the clothes. I want people to be free and to not care what society says. Another obsession I have with the people who surround me are nerds - men and kids who are obsessed with computers and technology. I wanted to do something nerdy, but at the same time edgy. This collection is about bringing the Givenchy man from Latin America via Africa with a lot of classic layers and stripes mixed with the modernity of the speakers. It represents the freedom of the younger generation.
The collection looked futuristic. What's one thing you want to achieve in the future?
I want to achieve serenity. I think we're all striving for that. I'm not very far off, but I want to get there the full 100 per cent.
As you said, those cassette prints and speakers brought a very musical element to your show. What albums do you listen to to inspire you?
I'm very into hip-hop and rap right now. The new album of Kanye West is very good as is Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. Black culture is very strong at the moment - it's becoming more worldwide.
What's your favourite track on Yeezus?
"I am a God" because it's very "Kanye". I know him - it's very 'him'. It doesn't matter what everyone else thinks about that track, but he's expressing himself honestly. That's the most important thing.
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Givenchy Runway Review
JUNE 28, 2013
By Tim Blanks
Nerd Africa? That was Riccardo Tisci's label for his Givenchy collection, though it wasn't the first thing that came to mind when his distinctly un-nerdy warriors had filed off the catwalk. Techno-tribalism maybe; Tisci's prints were based on the technology of sound dissected and reconfigured as tribal patterns. Boom boxes and reel-to-reels and home studios broken down into their component parts, rearranged in a perfectly symmetrical pattern, detailed in bright primary colors—that was Tisci's news for today. The designer works the same silhouettes season after season—formal in precise tailoring, sporty in shorts over leggings with a sweatshirt and/or parka on top—and lets his prints do the heavy lifting for the collection.
No surprises there, because his prints have effectively functioned as Tisci's autobiography up till now. This chapter was all about his shift in affection from Latin America to Africa. He said he loved the freedom of African boys, the way they layered clothes. He was also remembering images of small kids carrying huge boom boxes. But Tisci's tribes were actually a pretty catholic bunch this time round. (That's small "c," by the way, though there was a mention of Jesus in this collection as a reminder that Tisci is the most Catholic of contemporary designers.) All the stripes echoed Africa, but they looked like rugby stripes, too. He also dipped into L.A. skate culture, a recent fascination.
It's all going to make the Tisci tribe even more visible than it already is. Next spring will see streets streaming with striped teens. But that's an upbeat image, just like the collection itself. "It's a love moment," Tisci happily admitted backstage. Yep, love came knocking when he wasn't looking for it—and it couldn't help showing itself on the catwalk.
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On Saturday, Rihanna posted a picture on Instagram of herself with her best friend Melissa Forde giving a shout out to designer Riccardo Tisci.
The singer, who’s no stranger to wearing menswear, donned a Givenchy Spring 2014 techno-tribal-print ensemble which included an oversized top and matching straight-leg trousers.
Rihanna styled her outfit with signature chunky gold jewels and white Versace open-toe double-front-strap sandals, with signature gold-tone branded Medusa studs, a red pout and rimless sunnies completing her look.
If I was Ciara I would be feeling snubbed right about now; as Riccardo’s muse (or former muse), shouldn’t she be getting first dibs?
Justice Kennedy denies request to halt gay marriage
By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 6/30/13 1:03 PM EDT
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied a request from Proposition 8 supporters in California to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the nation's most populous state.
Kennedy turned away the request on Sunday with no additional comment.
Same-sex marriage opponents asked him to step in on Saturday, a day after the federal appeals court in San Francisco allowed same-sex marriages to go forward. Numerous weddings were performed at San Francisco City Hall following the court decisions.
The opponents said the appeals court had acted about three weeks too soon. Proposition 8 supporters could continue their efforts to halt gay marriage by filing their request with another Supreme Court justice.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/s
Frank Ocean & Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci Could Be Fashion's New "It" Couple But Have They Been Telling Us All Along? (PHOTOS)
Posted May 8, 2013 by Jason Brooks for Global Grind Staff
Frank Ocean and Givenchy's Riccard Tisci may be fashion's new it couple!
As strange as that was to read, we actually think that it has been going on for much longer than recent reports have let on.
If you are still lost, Riccardo, who was one of the Met Gala'a co-chairs, spent most of the night instagramming pictures of himself with Madonna and Frank Ocean. The thing is, it just seemed that there were a lot more pictures of Frank than anyone else.
Once the night was through, Riccardo woke up the next day and instagrammed a picture of a discheveled bed and a random bowtie with a caption that read "Please don't go....."
Now we can't confirm that the bowtie in question was Franks but all signs point to yes!
When we originally started discussing the possibility of the two actually being a couple we slowly began thinking back at all of the signs that Riccardo and Frank may have had this "alledged" relationship going on right under our noses the whole time!
Lets look at the facts:
1. Back in March, Frank sat front row for the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion show in Paris. No big deal right, a lot of musicians sit front row at fashion shows, but then we noticed....
2. While the rest of his Odd Future friends were wearing Supreme and even their own OF brand, Frank wore Givenchy.
3. He wore Givenchy to fashion shows...
4. He wore it while shopping on a regular day...
5. And then also when he was posing for GQ. Ok we get it Frank, you like Givenchy and we have to admit that you aren't ALWAYS wearing it but then came the MET Gala...
6. Frank was head-to-toe in Givenchy. Down to the shoes and the now infamous bowtie
7. Even though Fank wasn't doing much instagramming, Riccardo Tisci was and there were a lot of pictures like this...
8. But probably more like this...
9. And this, which may (or may not) have ended like....
At the end of the day, this is all speculation and nobody really knows if Riccardo and Frank are just friends or a little bit more, but a small piece of us hopes this is all true.
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Frank Ocean Would Rather 'Go To Jail' Than Settle Down On New Song
Odd Future singer/songwriter debuts three new tracks Tuesday during concert in Munich, Germany.
By Rob Markman (@RobMarkman)
Frank Ocean debuted three new songs Tuesday during a concert in Munich, Germany, that might be headed for his in-the-works Channel Orange follow-up, which he revealed in February was 11 songs deep.
Fans at the BMW Welt Auditorium threw their smartphones and other video-recording devices in the air as soon as Ocean deviated from his expected playlist of songs from his 2011 mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, and Grammy-winning LP, Channel Orange.
YouTube user (and we're assuming Kid Cudi diehard) Mescudi Rager uploaded several videos to his page after Tuesday's show. On one of the three new tracks, Ocean sings about not being able to "relate to his peers" while he struggles with the idea of settling down. "Two kids and a swimming pool, I'm not ready," he shouts before concluding that he'd rather "go to jail" or "try hell."
Another new song was a calming drum and piano-laced track where Ocean sings of his love for California and automobiles. "Babe, would you mind if I took the top down to feel California?" he breathily asked before greeting his German fans.
For the third song, Frank sings of a love gone awry as a car drives down an endless route in a desert. "You broke my heart last week," he moans before reminiscing on "back then."
Considering the amount of new material he performed, Ocean seemed quite comfortable onstage, spewing his emotions and at times waving and interacting with the crowd as he delivered his treats. Sonically, the tracks don't veer in a new direction for the singer, as Ocean delivers more of the soulful groove that fans have come to know him for.
Andrew Sullivan: Catholic Dignity Is Evident In DOMA Opinion By Justice Kennedy (VIDEO)
Posted: 06/28/2013 11:19 am EDT | Updated: 06/28/2013 11:26 am EDT
Andrew Sullivan recently showed his religious colors when commenting on the historic ruling by the Supreme Court that struck down both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8.
In an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper360, Sullivan commented that the way gay couples were treated before the end of DOMA was "offensive."
"It was an assault on dignity that Justice Kennedy talked about," fellow guest Evan Wolfson, President of Freedom to Marry, added.
Then Sullivan, who has been open about his Catholic beliefs in the past, let loose:
"That, I have to say, was a real Catholic thing. The Catholic hierarchy has been awful. But the Catholic people and families and friends and people who care, as Jesus did, about the marginalized, and treating them with dignity, they are happy today and Kennedy used that Catholic language to support that moving argument."
Watch the entire segment on AC360 here.
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Woolwich attack: Michael Adebolajo charged with murder
A second man has been charged with the murder of drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.
Michael Adebolajo has been charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich
Michael Adebolajo has been charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich Photo: AFP/MOD
David Barrett By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent7:30PM BST 01 Jun 2013
A Scotland Yard spokesman said Michael Adebolajo, 28, of Romford, Essex, would appear before magistrates accused of murdering the 25 year-old soldier in Woolwich last month, and with the attempted murder of two police officers.
Adebolajo also faces a charge of possession of a firearm, namely a 9.4mm KNIL Model 91 revolver with intent to “cause persons to believe that unlawful violence would be used”.
Adebolajo has been remanded in custody and will appear before Westminster magistrates' court on Monday.
Another man, Michael Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, south-east London, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm last week.
Adebolajo and the younger man were both shot in the wake of the murder near Woolwich barracks.
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Woolwich murder: Drummer Lee Rigby had to be identified by dental records 31 May 2013
Drummer Rigby was hacked to death and his remains had to be identified by dental records, his inquest heard on Friday.
Detective Chief Inspector Grant Mallon, from Scotland Yard’s Counter-Terrorism Command, said Drummer Rigby was hit by a car in Artillery Place, Woolwich, before being attacked by two men armed with a cleaver and a knife.
They then dragged his lifeless body into the middle of the road, and encouraged passers-by to look at what they had done, he said.
Drummer Rigby had been returned to the barracks after a day working at the Tower of London, he added.
The victim's family have appealed for calm and urged the public not to use his death as an excuse for further violence.
Police arrest 'radical' Muslim over French soldier's stabbing
French police have arrested a 22-year old Islamist they suspect stabbed a French soldier in the neck on Saturday in Paris, thanks to video footage and DNA found on a fruit juice bottle.
The suspect arrives at police headquarters in Paris Photo: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images
By Henry Samuel, Paris9:33AM BST 29 May 2013
Serviceman Cédric Cordiez, 23, was attacked from behind with a knife or a box-cutter on Saturday in Paris’ La Défense business district. His tall, bearded assailant then fled into a crowded train station.
Police are seeking to determine whether the Paris attack might have been inspired by the Islamist murder of a British serviceman in London last week.
The French suspect – like one of the suspected London killers a recent convert to radical Islam – was arrested in Yvelines, just west of Paris early this morning.
Sources close to the investigation said he has been a follower of a "traditionalist even radical Islam for the last three or four years." But interior Manuel Valls said today he remained "very cautious" about drawing conclusions over the reasons for the attack.
The suspect is known to police for crimes such as theft and possession of firearms.
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French soldier stabbed in Paris 25 May 2013
Detectives identified him thanks to video footage from the crime, in which he can be seen praying shortly before the attack, and DNA found on items left at the scene in a plastic bag, including a knife and a fruit juice bottle.
In a statement, Mr Valls praised the swift arrest, saying an inquiry anti-terror prosecutors would elucidate “the environment and motivations of this young man”.
Mr Cordiez, the French soldier injured in the attack, was released from a military hospital on Monday morning and rejoined his unit, military officials said.
The key suspect in last week's London attack, Michael Adebolajo, was videoed holding bloodied knives and a meat cleaver, saying he had murdered off-duty soldier Lee Rigby because British troops were killing Muslims. Reportedly like the French assailant, he was brought up a Christian.
France has been on high alert for attacks by Islamist militants since its military intervention against Islamist rebels in Mali in January. That prompted threats against French interests from AQIM, the North African wing of al Qaeda.
This week, four suspected accomplices of Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah were arrested in Toulouse. The 23-year-old’s Al-Qaeda-inspired shooting spree last year left seven people dead, in a shocking wake up call to the threat of home-grown Islamist terrorism in France.
Today Mr Valls warned that there were “several dozen, or even several hundred potential Merahs in our country” - young people “who have already had trouble with the justice system over delinquency” and who “become radicalised” after contact with extremist Imams.
Yesterday was a blockbuster at the ballot box for LGBT equality and we are so proud and excited! While much will be said about the presidential and congressional races, we are also thrilled by the votes in four states in favor of the freedom to marry and against discrimination. We have turned a corner toward equality in this country, and there is no turning back.
Today, we already know that in both Maine and Maryland, same-sex couples will soon be getting married. In Maine, voters said “Yes!” to the nation's first-ever proactive, pro-freedom-to-marry initiative. And in Maryland, voters affirmed the action of the state legislature, which had previously enacted a state law ending the ban on marriage for same-sex couples. And while mailed-in ballots are still being counted in Washington, we are optimistic that voters there have also approved marriage equality. When all the votes are counted, there will likely be nine states plus the District of Columbia where same-sex couples will have the freedom to marry. Amazing.
There’s more: In Minnesota, voters rejected an amendment that would have written discrimination against same-sex couples into their state constitution. After winning her election in Wisconsin, Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin will be the first openly lesbian member of the U.S. Senate. And in Iowa, where Lambda Legal secured the freedom to marry through litigation, the campaign by antigay groups to oust an Iowa Supreme Court justice for his vote in that case has failed.
The meaning of this election is clear: Until this year, antigay propaganda led to the defeat of marriage equality every time voters went to the polls but this year, the lies stopped working. And equality started winning.
The country is more ready for equality than it has ever been, because of tireless work for decades by organizations and activists that used the combined power of litigation, public education and political action to make change. Voters have now reelected a president who embraced marriage for same-sex couples, led the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and is standing with us to defeat the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Now we look forward to working with President Obama to enact the Employment Nondiscrimination Act and the Student Nondiscrimination Act.
We congratulate all the elected officials who stood up for equality, and all the activists and allies across the country who fought so hard for it. But equality is still beyond the reach of many LGBT people and people with HIV across the country. Yesterday brought incredible victories and so much hope. Today, with your help and support, we get back to work.
Bill aims to protect Malaga's descendants
Marnie Darling Voter shared personal – and painful – secrets with Maine State Museum curator Kate McBrien . . .
Posted: April 19. 2013 12:01AM
Staff photo by Joe Phelan Ciaran Seltsman, 9 of Augusta, left, and his grandfather, Robert Seltsman, of Leeds, look at items in a drawer on Thursday in the "Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives" exhibition at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.
AUGUSTA – Marnie Darling Voter shared personal – and painful – secrets with Maine State Museum curator Kate McBrien.
McBrien was putting together an exhibit on the families of Malaga Island. Voter's descendants – the Darling family -- had left the island off Phippsburg in 1912 when the state evicted the "mixed-race community of economically struggling people perceived at the time to be a social and moral detriment to the area," said museum Director Bernard Fishman.
McBrien wanted to tell their story, and spent years cultivating the trust of Voter and others. Neither woman thought the emails they shared might be public records.
But once the exhibit went up in May, McBrien started getting requests for her documentation. Some people wanted to see all of her files, which included emails, newspaper clippings, photographs and other evidence she gathered for the exhibit.
"I had corresponded with people who are very much alive and for which this story is very real, very raw," McBrien said. "I felt like it wasn't my position to share any of that without permission. But could I do that as a state employee?"
McBrien worked with each person who requested information to determine exactly what they wanted so she could comply with the requests. But she and Fishman are concerned that the museum needs protection to exempt certain information from the state's Freedom of Access Act.
"For a reasonable period of time -- not forever," Fishman said. "We don't want to brick up history behind a wall."
At a public hearing Thursday, Fishman and Voter told lawmakers on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee that they support L.D. 1019 to better protect ongoing historical research from public view.
Rep. Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade, sponsored the measure, which would shield historical research that includes personally identifying information. That includes medical, psychiatric, employment, counseling or law enforcement records.
The bill also seeks to protect draft research and exhibits that are incomplete.
No one spoke against the bill at Thursday's hearing.
Voter said some of her family members only recently learned of their connection to Malaga Island. "We've been under a forced shame, a false shame," she said.
She was forthcoming in emails to McBrien, but she's not sure that other members of her family would be comfortable with public disclosure of some of those details.
"Give me a generation and I'm fine with it," Voter said.
Fishman said the exhibit, "Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives," is a different kind of display for the museum because it details a relatively recent -- and highly controversial -- event. The exhibit runs through May 26.
Some of the descendants have learned of their connection to the island within the past five years, which helps fill in blanks in family history that had never been discussed, O'Brien said.
In 2010, the Legislature passed a resolution expressing "profound regret" for the way the island's residents were treated, and Gov. John Baldacci visited the island with family members to apologize.
Former museum director J.R. Phillips submitted written testimony in support of Keschl's bill. Phillips said "well-intentioned enthusiasts" sometimes seek documentation, unaware that they might be requesting personal information.
"Like many other draft government reports and working documents, I believe Maine State Museum exhibit and publication drafts should be protected until . . . released," he wrote.
The Education Committee will vote on the bill in an upcoming work session.
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Maine Republican chairman questions black voters
Charlie Webster's claim that hundreds of unknown black people voted in rural Maine towns causes a stir, and leads one GOP strategist to call for his immediate resignation.
Posted: November 14. 2012 12:01AM
Last modified: November 15. 2012 2:09PM
Written by Eric Russell, Staff Writer
AP Maine Republican Party chairman Charlie Webster
Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster is once again alleging possible voting irregularities, this time claiming that groups of unknown black people showed up in some rural towns to vote on Election Day.
Webster made the claim in a wide-ranging, post-election interview this week with Don Carrigan of WCSH-TV.
"In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day," he said. "Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in (these) towns knows anyone who's black. How did that happen? I don't know. We're going to find out."
When Carrigan pressed Webster on where it happened, Webster provided no specifics or proof of his claims, but said the party would investigate further.
When asked about the issue in an interview Wednesday with the Portland Press Herald, Webster again refused to provide specifics.
He said his point is not that the new voters were black, but that they were not recognized by town officials.
"I'm not talking about 15 or 20. I'm talking hundreds," he said Wednesday. "I'm not politically correct and maybe I shouldn't have said these voters were black, but anyone who suggests I have a bias toward any race or group, frankly, that's sleazy."
Webster's comments come at a sensitive moment for Republicans, including many who say the election losses last week show that the party needs to reach out to minority voters.
Lance Dutson, a Republican strategist and former campaign manager for Senate candidate Charlie Summers, posted a statement on his Twitter account Thursday saying Webster should step down now rather than wait until his term ends next month.
"Webster's statements should be cause for immediate resignation. Any GOP who values future of the party should demand the same," he says in the Tweet.
Webster said he has identified five "pockets" of the state where he has concerns about voting irregularities. He would not identify those areas, but said he plans to mail "Thank You" cards to all of the newly registered voters. If a large number of cards are returned because the addresses are invalid, Webster said, he will know he is on to something.
Megan Sanborn, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Charlie Summers, said Summers was shocked when he watched the video of the interview on WCSH.
"Our office has not heard any complaints about Election Day," Sanborn said. "Secretary Summers jealously guards the right of everyone to vote and feels that they should."
Hallowell Town Clerk Deanna Mosher Hallett, outgoing president of the Maine Town and City Clerks' Association, said she hasn't heard about any Election Day problems from clerks around the state.
"If there is enough chatter out there, I'd hear about it," she said. "Everything went smoothly."
There were reports on Nov. 6 that Somali immigrants in Auburn were challenged at the polls by a Republican poll watcher, who later backed off that challenge.
Maine historically has been among the whitest states. In the 2010 census, only Vermont had a smaller percentage of minorities, but Maine showed a subtle demographic shift, particularly in certain areas. The 2010 census showed Maine's black population at 15,707, just 1.2 percent of the total.
Democrats criticized Webster for making new allegations without providing any proof or details, although they said they don't consider his comments racist.
Sen. John Patrick, D-Rumford, said he agrees with Webster on one thing: There were new voters on Election Day.
"But I see that as a good thing," Patrick said. "I'm not looking at these people with skepticism. But poor Charlie, this has been his mantra. I don't know why he wastes so much energy on it."
Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant said he wasn't surprised to hear Webster's comments.
"The only troubling thing is that Webster still believes in this garbage and that people still believe him," Grant said. "The issue of voter fraud has been thoroughly vetted. His party suffers this huge loss and his response is not to reflect or go quietly, but to continue with fear-mongering and blame."
Grant said his party received calls on Election Day about voting issues, but nothing that wasn't addressed by a quick call to the Secretary of State's Office.
Webster, a former lawmaker from Farmington who has said he will step down as party chairman when his term ends in December, has made similar claims in the past.
He has long complained that Maine elections are too loose and open to voter fraud.
Last year, he targeted college students when he alleged that more than 200 had voted in recent elections without establishing residency in the places where they voted.
The Secretary of State's Office reviewed Webster's allegations and found no instances of fraud.
Webster, however, remains unconvinced.
"I just think that the system, without some kind of ID or some kind of way to check, is fraught for abuse," he said Wednesday.
In the last legislative session, lawmakers considered, and rejected, a bill to require voters to show photo identification.
With Democrats now in the majority, it's unlikely that Maine voting laws will change in the next two years.
Staff Writer Eric Russell can be contacted at 791-6344 or at:
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