Gays in Singapore: The pink and the pulp | The Economist

Good and bad news for gay rights LIKE many places, Singapore remains deeply divided on questions of homosexuality. A government survey last year found that a scant majority (53%) “accept gay lifestyles”, with younger Singaporeans generally more tolerant than older ones. But a similar number (55%) rejected same-sex marriage. This …

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today is Wednesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2014 with 161 to follow. The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include detective novelist Raymond Chandler …

Quote of the Day

“Valor was everywhere that day, and the real heroes are the nine men who made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us could return home.” ~RYAN M. PITTS, a former Army staff sergeant, after receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat in Afghanistan. Quotation of the …

Celeb birthdays for July 23, 2014

Actress Gloria DeHaven is 89. Radio personality Don Imus is 74. Country singer Tony Joe White is 71. Actor Larry Manetti (”Magnum, P.I.”) is 67. Singer David Essex is 67. Guitarist Blair Thornton of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 64. Actress Belinda Montgomery (”Doogie Howser, MD”) is 64. Actress Lydia Cornell (”Too …

In a Buenos Aires Barrio, a Quiet Metamorphosis – NYTimes.com

Just south of the hip Palermo Soho neighborhood, a staunchly working-class Buenos Aires barrio is undergoing a quiet metamorphosis. Long home to the city’s Jewish community, Villa Crespo’s streets are lined with mom-and-pop shops, onetime factories and faded colonial facades that have mostly remained outside the trendsetters’ purview. But given …