IN SAN FRANCISCO’S GAY CASTRO DISTRICT, HALLOWEEN COMES A DAY EARLY

imageSan Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – For several years now, San Francisco has not seen a Halloween street celebration in the gay Castro district. The annual event has been shut down due to stabbing and other incidents that have marred the otherwise peaceful and fabulous showcase of LGBT tricks and treats. But San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener found a way to get around it.

On October 30, the eve of Halloween, Castro Street will be closed to make way for a made-up community celebration : the ribbon cutting of the Castro Street Improvement Project. Others are calling it a celebration of months and months of disruptive deconstruction and construction. The project involved the widening of the sidewalks, the narrowing of the street, the installation of typo-ridden memorial plaques and the much-ballyhooed painting of rainbow-colored crosswalks.

Inside sources however confirmed that the celebration is really meant to restore the Halloween street party in the Castro, albeit a day early. “Everyone knows the Castro queens will come in their Halloween costumes,” the sources said.

So it’s party time. Come celebrate the return of Halloween in the Castro.  But hush. We’re calling it  a ribbon-cutting. Booo!

 

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LORDE AND JOEL LITTLE SUING SAN FRANCISCO RADIO STATIONS FOR BANNING THE SONG ‘ROYALS’

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Lorde, left, and Joel Little at the 56th Grammy Awards Ceremonies in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s game number three between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals as they battle to win the 2014 World Series title.  The Giants and Royals are tied 1-1.

In solidarity with their home team, radio stations in San Francisco vowed to ban the Grammy Award-winning song ‘Royals’ from the airwaves for the duration of the World Series.

‘Royals’ won for singer Lorde and song writer Joel Little the Grammy for Song of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last January.

Today, Lorde and Little announced that they were filing a class-action law suit against the San Francisco radio stations for banning their song.

“Our song has nothing to do with the Kansas City baseball team, and neither are we into sports,” Lorde said, “so why are we being punished for something that we have nothing to do with?”

Little told reporters that they are suing for $10 Million which represents potential loss of revenue from the sales and exposure of their award-winning song. “How would Tony Bennett feel if radio stations in Kansas City started banning the song “I left My Heart in San Francisco?’ he asked.

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT WILL SOON BE 58 STATES OF THE UNION

635495041240943233-floridamapMiami, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles) – Since Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States of America on August 21, 1959, there have been a lot of statehood movements and speculation about which jurisdiction will become the 51st.

Today, more than half a century later, the U.S.A. is looking to welcome not only its 51st,  but its 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th, 56th, 57th and 58th state of the Union.

An unreleased Gallup poll shows that majority of Americans are in favor of adding up to 8 states to the Union as a way of boosting America’s overall economy. Many believe that the more U.S. citizens there are, the more taxes the government can collect, thus helping reduce the deficit while increasing the Gross National Product (GNP).  Americans are also confident that adding states to the Union will surely create new jobs. Think of all the additional bureaucratic offices that will have to be created by the new states, not to mention the legions of new elective posts.

article-2563649-1BAB833600000578-311_634x402Initially, there were only 7 jurisdictions being considered for statehood — the Philippines, Puerto Rico and 5 new states in California.  But this week, a new statehood candidate emerged: South Florida.

South Miami Vice Mayor Walter Harris proposed a resolution dividing Florida into two states, and it passed with a 3-2 vote at the city commission meeting on Oct. 7. He says Tallahassee, the state capital, isn’t doing enough to deal with the problem of global warming.

The proposal would chop off the bottom half of Florida — roughly from the city of Orlando down. The new state would include 24 counties.

Previously, there were multiple calls to chop off the entire state of Florida from the U.S. map because of problems it was causing the rest of the country, not the least of which was the problematic election count during the 2000 presidential elections.

This new proposal will chop off just half of the state but the chopped off part will still remain a part of the Union.

 

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