· The lifeguards of Santa Monica. Are you feeling safer already?
· "Destiny's Child" Michelle Williams extends run as Roxie Hart in London production of Chicago.
· TIME asks, "Is Abercrombie and Fitch the world's worst recession brand? The upscale teen retailer has suffered 10 straight months of double-digit same-store-sales declines. In the second quarter of 2009 alone, sales were down an eye-popping 30% across the company's three name outlets.'Abercrombie has mismanaged this economic downturn more than any other retailer.'"
· Gina Gershon on playing Bye Bye Birdie’s Rosie, the iconic role originated in 1960 by Chita Rivera: "If one more person says, ‘Oh, my God, how do you do Chita Rivera? ’The answer is, I can’t. I’d have an easier time being Harvey Fierstein."
· Anti-gay groups such as the National Organization for Marriage now focus their energy on Iowa: "NOW has launched the Reclaim Iowa Project, targeting legislative races in the state in an effort to elect candidates who support putting the issue of gay marriage before voters. Even if NOW is successful in the Iowa House race, the state's political landscape will make it years before Iowa's gay marriage law could be changed."
· Kennedy: Obama issues executive order that flags be flown at half-mast until Sunday. LGBT leaders and legal analysts on the Kennedy legacy. Barney Frank will not run for Kennedy's vacant seat. The senator's work on ENDA.
· The New York Times recounts Senator Ted Kennedy's final days: "The once-indefatigable Ted Kennedy was in a wheelchair at the end, struggling to speak and sapped of his energy. But from the time his brain cancer was diagnosed 15 months ago, he spoke of having a 'good ending for myself,' in whatever time he had left, and by every account, he did. As recently as a few days ago, Mr. Kennedy was still digging into big bowls of mocha chip and butter crunch ice creams, all smushed together (as he liked it). He and his wife, Vicki, had been watching every James Bond movie and episode of 24 on DVD."