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China Sees LGBT Community As Big Business

China Sees LGBT Community As Big Business

China’s latest “it” girl was once hailed as a model son. And reflecting changing attitudes toward members of the LGBT community, Beijing appears at pains to stress it has no problem with a transgender star. The “It” Girl, is a nickname given American silent film star Clara Bow, after the 1927 film It. The title […]

Lucy Sculpture Artist Has Some ‘Splaining To Do

Lucy Sculpture Artist Has Some ‘Splaining To Do

Responding to complaints about a sculpture meant to honor comedian Lucille Ball in her hometown, artist Dave Poulin says he’ll fix it for free. “I take full responsibility for ‘Scary Lucy,’ ” he says, adding that he didn’t mean “to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image.” Poulin’s response, expressed in […]

First Multiracial Miss Japan Is Kakkoii (awesome)

First Multiracial Miss Japan Is Kakkoii (awesome)

Ariana Miyamoto hadn’t planned to enter a Japanese beauty contest because she figured her multiracial origins meant she couldn’t win. Then a close multiracial friend committed suicide. So Miyamoto, the daughter of a Japanese woman and an African-American man, whose bronze skin and height of 1.73 m (5.7 ft) are unusual in Japan, where she […]

In America, the food-safety system is one recall away from a crisis.

In America, the food-safety system is one recall away from a crisis.

The FDA has requested $4.9 billion, or 9 percent above this year’s budget, to implement several key initiatives of the Food Safety and Modernization Act –which includes the creation of a New Food Safety System and increase FDA staffing– for 2016. The overall request includes $147.7 million in budget authority for initiatives tied to several key areas, […]

Mexican Artist Gets Stamp Of Approval

Mexican Artist Gets Stamp Of Approval

The U.S. Postal Service has just unveiled five new stamps depicting the paintings and drawings of Martin Ramirez. An immigrant from Mexico, Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent almost half of his life in California mental hospitals after being diagnosed as schizophrenic. A ceremony Thursday at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in Manhattan — which is […]