Daily Archive: October 24, 2012

National

Informant: NYPD paid me to ‘bait’ Muslims

by Adam Goldman & Matt Apuzzo NEW YORK (AP)—A paid informant for the New York Police Department’s intelligence unit was under orders to “bait” Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press. PAID INFORMANT—Shamiur Rahman, left, sits with Siraj Wahhaj at John Jay Community College in New York. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Jamill Noorata)

Business

Apple’s iPad Mini pricier than rival tablets

by Michael Liedtke & Peter Svensson SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Apple Inc.’s pencil-thin, smaller iPad will cost much more than its competitors, signaling that the company isn’t going to get into a mini-tablet price war. The company unveiled the iPad Mini on Tuesday, with a screen about two-thirds the size of the full model, and half the weight. Customers can begin ordering the new model on Friday. In a surprise, Apple also revamped its flagship, full-sized iPad just six months after the launch of the latest model. The iPad Mini is shown in San Jose, Calif., Oct. 23. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Opinion

Ann’s R word, and Mitt gets a beatdown

by field negro “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard. — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) Oct. 23, 2012 ANN COULTER Oh my! Ann Coulter calls the president of these divided states a “retard”, and the next day she is on conservative talk radio and FOX NEWS as a surrogate for “Myth” Romney praising his debate performance. (More on that later.)

National

Blacks more likely to identify as gay than any other group

WASHINGTON (NNPA)—Blacks are more likely to identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender than any other racial or ethnic group in the nation, according a poll by Gallup. The poll of 121,290 individuals, the largest U.S. survey of its kind, found that 3.4 percent of all Americans identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The figures were higher for people of color, with 4.6 percent of Blacks identifying themselves in that manner, followed by 4.3 percent of Asians, 4 percent of Hispanics and 2.2 percent of non-Hispanic Whites. TRUE BLOOD MOST INCLUSIVE–This image released by HBO shows Rutina Wesley, left, and Kristin Bauer van Straten in a scene from “True Blood.” The 17th annual “Where We Are on TV” report released Oct. 19 by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) found that 4.4 percent of actors appearing regularly on prime-time network drama and comedy series during the 2012-13 season will portray lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) characters. This is up from 2.9 percent in 2011, which saw a dip in what had been a growing trend. The HBO drama “True Blood” remains the most inclusive series on cable television, featuring six LGBT characters. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson) Right: “True Blood’s” Nelsan Ellis, the straight actor who plays Lafayette.