Posts tagged ‘Associated Press’

August 26, 2011

News: Trevor Project Honored, Gadhafi had Gay Porn, Gay Men in the Military, Video of Bachman’s Glitter Baptism

by Accidental Bear

Update Video Flashmob Converts “Marcus Bachmann” in Glitter Baptism at Clinic

New Jersey School Bans Book With Lesbian, Gay Scenes

NORWEGIAN WOOD TWEAK X390 (COVERS) | ADVOCATE.COMTurns out high school students in one New Jersey district won’t be reading Norwegian Wood this fall. Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s celebrated novel about Tokyo college life in the 1960s was banned by the Monroe Township Schools in Williamstown after a public outcry over its supposed inappropriateness. “Some of the language is inappropriate,” said Chuck Earling, superintendent of Monroe Township Schools. “We were not trying to create controversy. We were just trying to get students to read.”

Trevor Project Honored at White House

WHITE house x390 (getty) | advocate.comThe Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention program aimed at LGBT young people, was honoredtoday at the White House as part of the Obama administration’s Champions of Change initiative. David McFarland, the Trevor Project’s interim executive director and CEO, accepted the honor and met with administration officials to discuss priorities in suicide prevention prior to National Suicide Prevention Week, which begins September 4.

Gay Porn Found During Raid on Gadhafi Home

LIBYAN REBEL IN TRIPOLI COMPOUND X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMA gay porn DVD titled Boyz Tracks was discovered among the possessions of Libyan leader Mu’ammar Gadhafi’s son Al-Saadi when looters raided his home, reports Associated Press. Libyan rebels took control of Tripoli over the weekend and looters immediately raided the Gadhafi family’s luxurious compound of mansions, removing expensive cars, clothing, and bottles of alcohol. One rebel interviewed by AP says they “are not condoning looting of private property, and only allow the wrecking of symbols of the Gadhafi family’s abuse of power.”

An Intimate History of Gay Men in the Military

As “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” comes to an end, we sent Chris Heath to interview dozens of gay servicemen from the past and present to find out what life was really like as America’s military struggled with its last great identity crisis. On a day to come very soon—September 20, 2011—a serviceman’s sexuality will no longer be grounds for dismissal from the U.S. Armed forces. These are the voices explaining what it has been like to be a gay man1 in the American military over the previous seventy or so years, from World War II veterans in their late eighties to young servicemen on active duty.

 Dallas Voice makes fun of fictional characters with questionable sexual orientations:

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August 16, 2011

Handpicked News: Watching TV Shorten Your Life, Kathy Griffin Talks Michele Bachmann, kills dad with weed trimmer,

by Accidental Bear

Nepal’s Version of a Gay Rights Rally

NEPAL GAY PRIDE DANCE X560 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMGay rights proponents gathered in Nepal this weekend to call for their inclusion in a new constitution being drafted for the country, the Associated Press reports.  The constitution could include equal rights for sexual minorities. And supporters used the occasion of the traditional festival of Gaijatra, which honors the dead, to bring their campaign to Narayanghat. The rally couldn’t be missed in the rural town, with the march reportedly led by two decorated elephants. And bands played music to help draw people into the streets.  The Associated Press reports that LGBT people have felt more comfortable being open about their sexuality in the cities than in rural areas like Narayanghat, so the event marked a milestone in acceptance.

Why Bachmann Won’t Be Able To Reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Turns out that it wouldn’t be hard to do, legal experts say. That’s because the law repealing the ban that President Obama signed last December did not expressly order the Pentagon to allow openly gay or lesbian troops in the armed forces. Congress merely laid out a process under which the ban could be lifted. Under that process, the president, secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had to certify that repeal would not undermine recruiting, retention, morale and other indicators of what is commonly called military readiness.

 

Kathy Griffin Talks Michele Bachmann ‘Bigot’ Meeting On Conan (VIDEO)

Kathy Griffin has, over the past few years, been a persistent thorn in the side of the Palin family, pulling public stunts, taking out Levi Johnston to events and making jokesBachman Griffin about Sarah and Bristol a regular part of her stand-up repertoire. Now, with a new religious ultraconservative woman taking the spotlight, the comedienne has a new target in her sights. Appearing on “Conan” Monday night, Griffin recalled the time she met Bachmann in Washington while researching for her rally to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Woodridge man allegedly kills dad with weed trimmer

Story ImageA Woodridge man accused of beating his father to death with a weed trimmer will undergo a psychological evaluation after he blurted out bizarre, nonsensical answers Monday during his first court hearing. “When did you last work?” DuPage County Judge John Demling asked 21-year-old Yashesh Desai at one point during his bond hearing. “The beginning of time, maybe,” answered Desai, who appeared via a video link from the DuPage County Jail.

 

Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty In Our Minds

A boom sweeps around a tank at a sewage treatment plant in Coos Bay, Ore. Even though sewage water can be treated and cleaned, psychologists say getting the "cognitive sewage" out of the water is much more difficult.

 Brent Haddad studies water in a place where water is often in short supply: California. Haddad is a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. About 14 years ago, he became very interested in the issue of water reuse. At the time, a number of California’s local water agencies were proposing a different approach to the state’s perennial water problems. They wanted to build plants that would clean local wastewater — aka sewage water — and after that cleaning, make it available as drinking water. But, says Haddad, these proposals were consistently shot down by an unwilling public.
 
Every hour of TV watching shortens life by 22 minutesAnyone who spends six hours a day in front of the box is at risk of dying five years sooner than those who enjoy more active pastimes, it is claimed. Researchers say that watching too much TV is as dangerous as smoking or being overweight, and that the “ubiquitous sedentary behaviour” should be seen as a “public health problem”. Experts from the University of Queensland, Australia, write: “TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking; every single hour of TV viewed may shorten life by as much as 22 minutes.”

 


August 16, 2011

Virginia Woman Attacks Another Multimillion-Dollar Painting

by Accidental Bear

This woman needs to be taken out to the woods and put down. She’s obviously not well. “She has been officially barred from all museums and art galleries in the capital. ” Duh!

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The woman who attacked a painting earlier this year because of its gay connotations was arrested again this month for attempting to destroy another painting at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Susan Burns, 53, of Alexandria, Va., was arrested after she grabbed Henri Matisse’s 1919 painting The Plumed Hatand slammed it repeatedly against a wall. Her actions damaged the frame, but not the $2.5 million painting, the Associated Press reports. Burns was charged with unlawful entry and taken to a mental health hospital. She has been officially barred from all museums and art galleries in the capital.  MORE

August 14, 2011

Video: The Introduction to Beard Growth & Maintenance Course

by Accidental Bear

“Growing a beard is key to your success.”


Directors: Tom Bettany & Nick Graalman
Camera: Nick Graalman
Editors: Tom Bettany & Nick Graalamn
Writers: Tom Bettany, Joel McMillan, Joshua Fielder & Michael Bidstrup

Copyright The Beards 2011

August 4, 2011

Seattle Muslim Man Sues Employer for Beard Firing

by Accidental Bear

SEATTLE (AP) – A Seattle-area Muslim is suing his former employer, claiming he was fired as a security guard for refusing to shave his beard, which he wears for religious reasons. Abdulkadir Omar filed his federal lawsuit July 15 in California. He plans to speak publicly about it Thursday along with representatives from the Seattle chapter of the Council for American-Islamic Relations.

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August 1, 2011

Mundane Monday News: Prop. 8 Standing, LGBT Mormons, Ending Planned Parenthood Funding…

by Accidental Bear

*IRS Revokes Antigay Group’s Tax Exempt Status

*Sean Hayes Will Return In New Sitcom

Coco Chanel x390 (FAIR) | ADVOCATE.COM*New Book Explores Coco Chanel’s Bisexual Romances A new book sheds light on the life outside of art and fashion that influential designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel led.  In Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life, biographer Lisa Chaney wrote that Chanel had intimate affairs with other women as well as artists like Salvador Dalí and a German man named Hans Günther von Dincklage who also might have been a Nazi spy. According to the publisher, Chaney was able to draw upon newly discovered letters and records to connect the missing pieces of Chanel’s storied life. 

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*Prop. 8 Standing Arguments to be Televised Oral arguments on a legal standing question in the Proposition 8 case will be televised live in September, according to a California Supreme Court spokeswoman. Of the September 6 hearing, SF Appeal reportsthat “because of public interest in the case, the court has approved a live statewide television broadcast of the arguments on the California Channel, a public affairs network,” according to spokeswoman Lynn Holton.           

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* Researchers Focus on LGBT Mormons  In what may be a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at Utah State University are reaching out to nearly 1,000 LGBT Mormons to learn more about their experience within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The 149-question survey is being distributed via gay-positive Mormon groups, as well as networks for those who believe that sexual orientation can be changed, the Associated Press reports. Among other questions, the study asks respondents whether they have suffered violence or teasing within the church community, and how they “view God’s response” to their sexual orientation.

*Why Rick Santorum’s Argument About Same-Sex Marriage Leading To Polygamy Is So Wrong

*New Hampshire May Hold Vote On Repealing Marriage Law Ahead Of State Primary

*Fox News Largely Ignores Pending Repeal Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell A new Equality Matters analysis finds that Fox News largely ignored the government’s decision to certify the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, covering the story just 5 times between July 21 and July 24. Comparatively, “CNN covered the administration’s certification 26 times, MSNBC covered the story 11 times” and “ran a number of longer segments”

*Kansas Law Ending Planned Parenthood Funding Blocked By Federal Judge  WICHITA, Planned ParenthoodKan. — A federal judge has blocked a new Kansas law that would strip federal family planning funding from a Planned Parenthood chapter in the state. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten issued his ruling Monday. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri had argued that it would have suffered irreparable harm if a temporary injunction were not issued. It contended it would be forced to close one or more clinics and raise fees.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              *U.S. Cities Spending The Most On Health Care: Bundle.com

July 19, 2011

Susana Martinez, New Mexico Governor, Visited By Bear In Santa Fe (VIDEO)

by Accidental Bear

GRRR or OH SHIT?

Susana Martinez Bear
Given the many issues that politicians must face, a bear is probably not high on their list of concerns. But this past weekend, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was confronted by this very challenge.

The Associated Press reports that surveillance video near the governor’s mansion caught a bearoverturning trash cans over the weekend, looking for food.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, a news release from the Governor’s Office stated that earlier this month, residents of the Los Alamos area were warned that bears had been displaced by the wildfire, and wandered in the community. MORE

 

 

 

June 25, 2011

Alaska Pride Parade Canceled After Fatal Crash: Tragic

by Accidental Bear

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A gay pride parade in downtown Anchorage on Saturday was canceled after a convertible carrying the grand marshal fatally struck a man, authorities said.

Anchorage police Lt. Dave Parker said James L. Crump, 50, was killed while participating in the Celebrating Diversity Parade. He said the car accelerated and ran over the man just minutes after the parade scheduled for 11 a.m. started.

Officers “immediately started CPR, but were not able to revive him,” Parker said. “He was declared deceased at the scene.”

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June 20, 2011

News: Bloggers, Obama Impersonator, Hate Crime …

by Accidental Bear

Arrest Made in Equality California Noose Case The Santa Ana, Calif., police have arrested a man on suspicion of a hate crime for hanging a noose outside the office of an Orange County gay rights organization in October.

Rainbow Flags and Riot Gear Images from gay pride festivals this weekend in Eastern Europe show a mix of rainbow flags and riot gear – offering a starkly visual reminder of the danger and courage needed sometimes to live openly in many places around the world.

Lesbian Couple Held Responsible for Possible Hate Crime  An insurance company is claiming that a lesbian couple in Tennessee should be held liable for setting their own house ablaze, despite the couple’s claim that the fire was started by a neighbor. Laura and Carol Anne Stutte spent a weekend in Nashville in September 2010 and when they returned to their home in Vonore, Tenn., they found their house was burned to the ground. In addition, the word “queers” was spray painted on their garage.

Supreme Court Sides With Wal-Mart In Sex Bias Case WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of female employees in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation’s biggest companies.

Reggie Brown, Obama Impersonator, Defends Performance At Republican Leadership Conference (VIDEO) Reggie Brown, the Obama impersonator whose set was cut short at the Republican Leadership Conference this past weekend, is pushing back against the idea that he was yanked off stage for making racial remarks about President Obama — but he does acknowledge that his barbs at GOP presidential candidates may have struck a nerve with the conservative audience.

Netroots Nation Bloggers Consistently Disappointed With Obama (VIDEO)

Nepal Lesbian Wedding: U.S. Couple Weds In Nation’s First Public Same-Sex Ceremony  AKSHINKALI, Nepal (AP) – A lawyer and a college professor from the United States celebrated Nepal’s first public lesbian wedding ceremony Monday in the Himalayan nation that recently began recognizing gay rights and drafting laws to end sexual discrimination. Courtney Mitchell, 41, and Sarah Welton, 48, from Denver, Colorado, celebrated in a Hindu Nepalese tradition at the Dakshinkali temple south of Katmandu, the capital of the Himalayan nation. Local gay rights activists and supporters cheered the ceremony attended by their close friends. Nepal Parliament member Sunilbabu Pant, a gay rights activist, said it was the first public wedding of a lesbian couple in the mostly conservative nation.

Lyme Disease Symptoms: Key Facts About This Mysterious Illness Summer is peak season for transmission of Lyme disease. The only known transporter of Lyme bacteria — the deer tick — goes through the most infectious stage of its life cycle in the summer. But you don’t need to be in contact with a deer to get a deer tick bite. Deer ticks can hitch a ride on small animals and land right in your backyard. Here is a case study that highlights why Lyme disease is a mystery illness: Anne had been diagnosed with three different autoimmune diseases, each by a top specialist: 1.Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory disorder of the intestinal tract that causes abdominal pain and diarrhea 2. Iritis, an inflammatory disorder of the eyes that causes eye pain and blurred vision, 3. Spondyloarthritis, an inflammatory disease that attacks the spine and other joints.

June 10, 2011

Smorgasbord of News Headlines

by Accidental Bear

 

Bill Maher and Jane Lynch Give Dramatic Reading of Weiner’s Dirty Facebook Messages

 

Apology Falls Flat — Like Morgan’s Jokes The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement saying the 30 Rock star “did the right thing by apologizing,” but “that’s just not enough.” On its blog, Truth Wins Out said, “We are glad that he recognizes that he hurt and offended people. However, questions remain.” Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays executive director Jody Huckaby called for “meaningful action to prove the sincerity of that apology” and condemned Morgan for joking about violence “when kids are being assaulted, are dying.”

Mariners to Make “It Gets Better” Video 

MTV Pulls Controversial Skins  

Only Uncut Dicks For Russell Crowe We know for sure that the sword in Russell Crowe’s hand will never be used to cut the skin hood off of his son’s penis, because he thinks that shit is inhumane and wrong. Foreskin was on Russell’s mind yesterday when he let out a Twitter rant about his true feelings on circumcision. In the back of my mind, I’ve always wished that one day Russell Crowe would flame up over dick skin, but this isn’t what I had in mind at all.

Abandoned Baboon Adopts Bush Baby Orphan In Kenya — Oddest Animal Duo Ever? (VIDEO) NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An abandoned bush baby and a yellow baboon have formed an unlikely companionship at an animal orphanage in Nairobi. The six-month-old female baboon, abandoned by its family in Maralal in Northern Kenya, is taking care of the three-month-old bush baby that was also abandoned by its family in central Kenya.

Man Tricked Nurse Into Changing His Diaper By Faking Brain Injury, According To Police A New Hampshire man is accused of faking a severe brain injury to trick a nurse into changing his soiled adult diaper. Investigators in Hooksett say Eric Carrier impersonated his own father and posted classified advertisements on Craigslist seeking an in-home caregiver to assist his son, who Carrier claimed had been injured in a car accident.


March 21, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe Gets Gay Praise

by Accidental Bear
Actor Daniel Radcliffe

Image via Wikipedia

This is an awesome honor for Harry Potter. I am also interested when the next nude photo shoot will be. *** Call Me***

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Daniel Radcliffe to be Honored by Trevor Project

By Advocate.com Editors

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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will be honored by the Trevor Project for his work with the organization to prevent LGBTQ youth suicides.

The Associated Pressreports that Radcliffe will receive the Hero Award from the Trevor Project in New York City in June. The award recognizes someone who has served as an inspiration to LGBTQ youths and increased understanding of the community. Past recipients have included Nathan Lane, Dustin Lance Black and Vanessa Williams.

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February 17, 2011

BEARS, REPRESENT ( FIST CLENCHED IN AIR) SF CASTRO

by Accidental Bear

The Historic Raising of the Bear Flag


VIA sanfrancisco.gaycities.com

What the organizers say:
“Come join Bears of San Francisco Friday morning for the historic raising of the Bear Flag We will meet at Harvey Milk Plaza above the Castro Muni Station What makes it historic? Until now only the Gay Pride and the Leather Pride flags have been allow to fly…”

“Come join Bears of San Francisco Friday morning for the historic raising of the Bear Flag

We will meet at Harvey Milk Plaza above the Castro Muni Station

What makes it historic? Until now only the Gay Pride and the Leather Pride flags have been allow to fly over the Castro, Today we will make history and raise the Bear Flag starting at 9 a.m. followed by a Champagne Toast at Under One Roof at 10 a.m. All part of the Bears Invade the Castro. If champagne is to strong for you at 10 a.m. All weekend long for IBR Tag Holder Starbucks aka Bear-bucks or Star-bears will have specials for you.

Yes the image is of BOSF marching the flag in the Gay Pride Parade the same flag that will fly above Castro.”

February 7, 2011

Dedication to My Readers:You make loving fun

by Accidental Bear

Ahhh, you know it feels good! Readership from around the globe has skyrocketed. Thanks for all your support and comments. Keep a watchful eye on Accidental Bear Blog in 2011, mucho mas( for you illiterates, much more) to come. XOXO

February 2, 2011

Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

by Accidental Bear

I love Science ( ?)


Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring on Groundhog Day 2011

VIA L.A. Unleashed

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil, America’s favorite groundhog, predicted an early spring when he failed to see his shadow Wednesday morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa.

Early spring predictions are rare for Phil. But Mike Johnston, vice president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, insisted that the groundhog’s failure to see his shadow was based solely on his accurate foreknowledge of weather trends. Reuters reported Wednesday:

Johnston said the latest prognostication will be entirely accurate, and does not reflect any desire on Phil’s part to cheer up Americans who are suffering through a grueling winter.

“There is no question that Phil is capable of feeling empathy,” Johnston said in an interview. “But he is absolutely incapable of error.”

Others doubt Phil’s infallibility, however. And his record of accuracy isn’t the only controversy that has surrounded the groundhog in recent years: In 2010, PETA protested the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s continued reliance on Phil as a weather predictor/tourist attraction and asked the group to move him to a sanctuary and replace him with an animatronic groundhog replica.

Phil is “forced to be on display year round at the local library and is denied the ability to prepare for and enter yearly hibernation,” PETA’s animals in entertainment specialist Gemma Vaughan wrote in a letter to Groundhog Club President William Deeley. Vaughan noted that groundhogs are typically shy creatures and the throng of spectators and bright camera flashes at the annual Gobbler’s Knob festivities are likely to cause little Phil undue stress.

Deeley, however, scoffed at the notion that Phil was unhappy, telling the Associated Press that he is “treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania” and is subject to annual inspections by Pennsylvania’s agriculture department to ensure his well-being. (Plus, according to the Groundhog Club,  the rodent receives a sip of a special “groundhog punch” — an elixir with a secret recipe that extends his life by seven years — every summer.)

But Phil’s actions may have spoken for themselves a few years back, when he made several daring attempts to escape his den at the Punxsutawney Library.

Does Phil look anxious? See for yourself in the video below:

RELATED GROUNDHOG STORIES:
• Groundhog bites New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg
• Groundhog-less Alaska celebrates its first-ever Marmot Day

— Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Phil is placed on his stump during Groundhog Day festivities in Gobbler’s Knob on Feb. 2. Credit: Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

Video: Associated Press


January 24, 2011

Jack LaLanne Dies

by Accidental Bear

Taped to walls as a queer kid were the typical BOP Magazine pin-ups , Duran Duran, Corey Hart, Cyndi Lauper and so on. I also had a fitness section with photos of body builders (now we know I just had then to stare at their man lumps in their banana hammocks). I distinctly remember  a poster I had of Jack LaLanne. Maybe this was my attempt to display some normalcy amongst my ” sissy room”. I’d lie in bed and stare at Jacks poster for hours admiring the strength. Between me and you I would also pose in the mirror in all sorts of contorted poses I saw in body building magazines. I grew up in a jock house hold, so it was covered in sports magazine. These also came very handy when puberty hit ( wink wink). So, to you Jack LaLanne, your impact on lives spread much deeper than you could ever imagine. Thank you from my queer youth of the 80s.

Fitness Legend Jack LaLanne Dies

Jack Lalanne, Who Helped America Get in Shape for Over 80 Years, Dies at 96

Via ABC NEWS

Fitness legend Jack LaLanne, who spent nearly 80 years helping Americans get in shape, died Sunday at the age of 96. He was a workout pioneer and cultural icon whose brawny physique and enthusiasm set the bar high for so many television diet-gurus who followed his lead.

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LaLanne’s agent Rick Hersh told the Associated Press that he died Sunday at his Morro Bay home from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia.

Elaine LaLanne, who often appeared on television with her husband, said in a statement that “I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.”

He was best known for his fitness show “The Jack LaLanne Show” which started in 1951 as a local program on San Francisco’s ABC Television station and then went nationwide in 1959. He debuted exercises that just required a chair and towel—no special equipment. LaLanne greeted his audiences in their living rooms with his trademark uniform, a shiny jumpsuit, on ABC for over 20 years.

“I tell the truth, I practice what I preach. I’m helping people to a better life,” LaLanne said.

He launched his first fitness club in Oakland, Calif. in 1936. This club included weight training for women and athletes, notions which were revolutionary because of the belief that weight training made an athlete slow and “muscle bound” and made a woman look masculine. LaLanne also invented many of the machines we still use today.

Upon hearing of the legend’s death Sunday, Richard Simmons gave LaLanne full credit for inspiring his work.

“He could get a crowd going and when we traveled together he was just so much fun to be with him and we had a lot of laughter together,” Simmons said.

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