Oldest bookstore for gays to reopen
The nation's oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago because of financial problems. Philly AIDS Thrift says it's taking over the shop, called Giovanni's Room. It had closed in May after 41 years, citing competition from online outlets. Philly AIDS Thrift already operates a secondhand store whose proceeds benefit local organizations fighting HIV and AIDS. Giovanni's Room has long served as a resource, haven and gathering place for the city's gay community. It's named for the James Baldwin novel about a young man in postwar Paris struggling with his sexual identity.
Life term for 1970s murder of husband
A judge in Cheyenne, Wyo., sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid 1970s and throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine, where it remained for nearly 40 years. Wearing wire glasses, a court-supplied hearing aid and a blue suit, Alice Uden sat quietly in her wheelchair before speaking at the hearing. She sobbed gently as she addressed the court about the death of her third husband, Ronald Holtz, then 25. "I've tried to atone for it," she said. Uden was arrested last fall in Chadwick, Mo.
Gates gives $1M to gun check effort
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks for gun sales. The donation brings the total amount raised by the campaign to nearly $6 million. The initiative would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in the state, including private sales and those at gun shows. Exemptions would include gifts within a family and antiques.
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$3.2M Price paid at an auction Sunday for a nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic book debut. It's believed to be the highest price ever paid for a comic book.