Handpicked News 7/13: Google+ Goes Gender Neutral, Bus Ride Bigotry, Bear Chokes to death on sex toy…

by Accidental Bear

Google+ Goes Gender Neutral As early adapters to Google+ are figuring out the best ways to utilize the social networking platform in addition to others like Facebook and LinkedIn, some users may find that Google+ will be helpful in keeping things gender-neutral.

Bus Ride Bigotry: What Really Happened to Ari Gold? When musician Sir Ari Gold and his boyfriend Timothy Nelson boarded a ShortlineARI GOLD AND TIM ON WAY TO CATSKILLS X560 (COURTESY) | ADVOCATE.COM
bus at New York City’s Port Authority terminal to visit his family in the Catskills last Sunday, he couldn’t have realized the couple would soon be at the center of a possible civil rights violation.

Image: Ellen Vajda, right, comforts Sam Mazzola outside Mazzola's exotic animal sanctuary in Columbia Station, OhioOwner of killer bear chokes to death on sex toy CLEVELAND — An exotic-animal owner who made headlines last summer when one of his bears mauled a woman to death has died after apparently choking on a sex toy, authorities said. Sam Mazzola, 49, was found dead in his Columbia Station home on Sunday, face down on a water bed. He was bound to the bed with handcuffs, chains and padlocks, Lorain County Chief Deputy Coroner Dr. Frank Miller told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Girl with No Legs, No Arms Says Cheerleading Tryout Unfair So she’s practiced. Her older sister, a former cheerleader, helped her figure out ways she could cheer from her wheelchair. Julia, who’ll be a junior at Aurora High School this fall, was born without legs and with arms that stop short of her elbows. This spring, for the third time, she tried out to be a cheerleader. For the third time, she didn’t made the squad. Last month, she and her parents, Mike and Carolyn Sullivan, asked the Aurora school board to correct what they see as “scoring errors” in her tryout evaluations this spring, saying she was given no accommodation for her disability.

Weird Writing Habits

The Weirdest Writing Habits Of Famous Authors  It’s an old topic but it always manages to be interesting — what did the authors we love do in order to write what they did? Beyond the jobs they held, what habits did they have that made writing possible? We take a look at 10 modern authors who had unusual approaches to writing; some due to the limits they would impose on themselves, others due to what they would wear or how they would attempt to channel greatness. Regardless of their methods, they have all produced work of lasting value. We might learn a thing or two from them if we’re willing to get out of our comfort zone and see the craft as just that — a skill to be exercised, not a bolt of ideas that comes if you wait long enough. So read on, dear readers, and tell us in the comments section who we missed.

Boehner: Negotiating With White House ‘Like Dealing With Jell-O’ WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner says no oneBoehner Debt Ceiling Jello
wants to see the nation go into government default as the White House and lawmakers scramble to find a deal to avoid that. 
Said Boehner: “Nobody wants to go there, because nobody knows what’s going to happen. It’s a crapshoot.” A government default could rock the economy. The nation will go into default by Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.

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