· Democratic National Committee votes unanimously "to refuse to seat any Florida Democrat at the Democratic presidential convention in 2008 if the state party did not delay the date of its [January 29] 2008 primary." The Michigan Democratic Party could be affected next.
· Health concerns force the iconic Aretha Franklin to cancel her much-anticipated, Sept. 1 scheduled performance at Atlanta Black Gay Pride. SoVo reports the 65-year-old Queen of Soul cited the "hot summer temperatures" and recently cancelled an outdoor Detroit performance for the same reason.
· Arkansas: Proposed referendum that would bar gays and lesbians from adopting children is submitted to the state attorney general. Last week a federal court stuck down an Olahoma law that effectively invalidated adoptions by same-sex coupl
· Wikipedia on the vicious robbery and assault of Michael Sandy, who ran into Brooklyn traffic to escape his assailants: "Sandy’s death also brought back to public attention the death of Michael Griffith, an African American man who was killed after being hit by a car in Howard Beach, Queens, New York, while trying to escape a group of attackers."
· Terrance Heath on that comparison to Michael Griffith: "Sandy’s case didn’t get the kind of response from black civil rights leaders and organizations that the Howard Beach case did. For that matter, Sandy’s death didn’t get the same level of attention as Matthew Shepard’s. Neither, for that matter, did Arthur Warren or Sakiah Gunn."