· Mothers Against Drunk Driving comes out forcibly against the Paris Hilton three ring circus, along with Lindsay Lohan, Shemar Moore and the 1.4 million annual arrests for drunk driving. MADD reports "alcohol-related traffic deaths are at an all time high since 1992", claiming about 18,000 deaths in 2006.
· On the other side of the pond, George Michael ordered to community service for his latest DUI.
· More Fortune 500 companies are asking their law firms to commit to hiring minority and openly gay attorneys including "Verizon Communications
Inc., the second-biggest U.S. phone company, and Bentonville,
Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer. Wal-Mart stopped doing business with two law firms because it wasn't satisfied with their diversity efforts."
· For the second time in two years, the California Assembly passes legislation that would make same-sex marriage legal and "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who vetoed the 2005 legislation, said earlier this year that he would do so again."
· The immigration reform bill championed by the Bush Administration, Senate Democrats and the John McCain-Lindsey Graham wing of the Republican Party is dead. "The defeat came after months of painstaking negotiations and weeks of debate as a 45 to 50 procedural vote fell well short of the 60 votes needed to break the filibuster.