Happy Pride! Here Are Some Gay Things for You to Read

In case the gigantic rainbow flags and scantily-clad men did not already tip you off, it's Pride weekend in New York City. Happy Pride! I'm stuck inside blogging so I can't go to the parade, but there are some great Pride-related things on the internet that you should definitely read and/or watch once you're back inside the comfort of your own home, slightly sunburned and covered in glitter.

Here is a great video about Vogue, the dance style popularized by Madonna that had its beginnings in underground gay clubs in New York. This accompanying article from DNAinfo has more background.

While not technically connected to Pride, Coney Island's Mermaid Parade was yesterday, and some of the photos are about as gay as you can get.

Robert Ziegler of the West Village Coalition thinks that Christopher Street should receive landmark status for its historical significance and proximity to the Stonewall Inn.

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Obama's Comedy Routine; Apple Avoids Billions in Taxes; DSK Blames Sarkozy

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Good morning! Start your Sunday off with some comedy, courtesy of your commander-in-chief. Last night was the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which gave President Obama an opportunity to poke fun at himself, Donald Trump, the Secret Service, and of course, his rival Mitt Romney.

Some of our favorites:

"Four years ago I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later she won't stop drunk-texting me from Cartagena," Obama said.

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Former Aide of John Edwards Says He Feared for His Life; Secret Service Agent Identified; Newark Terminal Shut Down Due to Baby

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A former campaign aide to John Edwards testified yesterday that in a conversation with the former presidential candidate in 2008, he feared for his life. Andrew Young has spent nearly four days on the stand in the federal corruption trial detailing his part in helping Edwards keep mistress Rielle Hunter a secret. During a conversation between the two in a backwoods road in North Carolina, Young asked Edwards to come clean about his child with Hunter. Recounting that incident, Young said, "At one point I was scared for my life." Meanwhile, the wife of Young also testified yesterday, saying her husband adored Edwards and describing how the scandal impacted him and his family. [ABC, NYP, NYT]

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NYPD Officers Injured In Brooklyn Shootout; Two Arrested in Tulsa; Easter Parade Comes To Fifth Avenue

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Four police officers were injured in Sheepshead Bay early this morning in a shootout with a man who had shut himself after a dispute with moving company employees. The officers -- two of whom were shot in the calf, one who was shot in the thigh and ankle and another whose face was grazed -- were not seriously injured. The man, 33-year-old Nakwon Foxworth, barricaded himself in his sixth-floor apartment along with his pregnant girlfriend and 4-month-old son after threatening the moving company employees, one of whom called the police, with a gun. When Foxworth's wife and son escaped, police entered and the shooting broke out. "We're not certain about what the fight was about," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, according to the New York Daily News. "Obviously (Foxworth) was very hyper to say the least. He had a dispute with his lady friend and told her she couldn't leave. And when she just left and left the door open, he started shooting." [NYDN, CBS New York]

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Christians And Jews Partake In Holiday Celebrations; Lottery Winner Comes Forward in Kansas; Tugboat Capsizes Near Liberty Island

Both Christians and Jews are observing holy days over the weekend. Cardinal Timothy Dolan participated in the Good Friday Way of the Cross procession across the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday. The march began after a ceremony at Brooklyn's Cathedral Basilica of St. James. Today he will be at the Church of St. Stanislaus on East Seventh St. for the blessing of the food for Easter Sunday breakfast. In Texas new New York Jet Tim Tebow will deliver a sermon on Easter Sunday. Meanwhile Seders took place across the city -- even at Madison Square Garden -- Friday night as the Jewish holiday of Passover began at sundown. Passover lasts for eight days. [NYDN, NYT, NY1 ]

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Vandals Advocating Free Subway Rides Spawn Investigation; OWS To March Across Brooklyn Bridge; Pena Witness 'Disturbed'

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Police are now looking for a group of vandals that worked Wednesday morning to let subway riders at thee stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn ride free. The group -- wearing masks, hoods and gloves -- chained open emergency gates, taped over the MetroCard readers and posted signs that read, "customers ride for free." According to the New York Times investigators are still trying to determine whether the group acted "as part -- or in sympathy with --" Occupy Wall Street or another protest group. "We don't know who is behind the incidents or what the motivation is," an NYPD spokesman said Saturday. On Thursday, reports emerged that about 20 stations across the city saw gates opened to protest MTA cutbacks. [NYT]

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Mega Millions Winners Sold In Illinois, Kansas and Maryland; Olbermann Fired, Replaced by Spitzer; State Budget Approved

You probably didn't win the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot -- the chance of winning was 1 in 176 million -- but the money will be divided up by at least three people. Lottery officials said winning tickets were sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. In New York, 17 people will get a second-prize of $250,000 each. And the lucky numbers? Those were 02-04-23-38-46 with a Mega Ball of 23. People around the country collectively spent about $1.5 billion for a chance to get their hands on the winnings. [CBS New York, NYDN]

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Cheney Gets Heart Transplant; Santorum Wins Louisiana; Sandusky Had 'Likely Pedophile's Pattern' In 1998

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71-year-old former Vice President Dick Cheney received a heart transplant yesterday. Cheney had been on a waiting list for a new heart for 20 months, and had his operation at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. "Although the former vice president and his family do not know the identity of the donor, they will be forever grateful for this lifesaving gift," a statement from an aide said. Cheney has had five heart attacks since 1978. [NYT, CNN]

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Cops Fired, Forced To Resign in Sean Bell Shooting; Man Hit By L Train After Fight; No Verdict In Pena Case

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NYPD detective Gescard Isnora has been fired for his involvement in the 2006 shooting of Sean Bell. Isnora initiated the firing of 50-shots that left the unarmed Bell, who was leaving a Queens strip club, dead on what was supposed to be his wedding day. Two other officers who fired shots and another who was at the scene are being forced to resign. Isnora testified in the Police Department's administrative trial that he thought Bell and a friend were going to engage in a drive-by shooting and that Bell's friend had a gun. One prosecutor argued that Isnora's actions led to "contagious firing." "The commissioner's decision to terminate Detective Isnora is extremely disheartening and callous and sends an uncaring message to the hard-working officers of the New York Police Department who put their lives on the line every day," Isnora's lawyer said, according to the New York Times. Isnora will not collect pension. [NYT]

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OWS Resurges In Zuccotti Only To Face Eviction and Arrests; Floor Collapses At St. Patty's Day Party; Two Arrested In Chelsea Murder

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Occupy Wall Street roared back to life yesterday, as protesters marched and attempted to re-occupy Zuccotti Park. They were met by police who closed the park and violently arrested occupiers. Head over to the account by the Voice's Nick Pinto, who was on the scene, along with photographer C.S. Muncy. In his piece, Pinto explains that "the day would become a sort of a condensed repetition of Occupy's history, as protesters marched, set up shop in Zuccotti Park, clashed with police, were arrested in significant numbers, and were ultimately re-evicted, as police forcefully dragged them from the public plaza and re-erected the barricades blocking off the park." As of 9:07 a.m. DCPI did not have a total number of arrests. [Runnin' Scared]

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