PHOENIX (Reuters) – As fans gather for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, a billboard campaign is seeking to win acceptance for gay players whom the organizers say have been part of the National Football League since it started, but are scared to come out in public.
The campaign by SCRUFF, a gay social networking application used by 7 million people worldwide, features two men eyeing each other in a locker room alongside the slogan “Play On Our Team.”
PHOENIX (Reuters) – As dozens of fans cheered, the players tussled over the ball as they neared the end-zone then fell to rolling around and biting each other on the neck, the chance of a touchdown forgotten.
While some NFL stars’ off-field antics made headlines ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, none are known to have chewed on each other.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – As fans gather for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona, billboard trucks are expected to travel around Phoenix with messages reminding revelers of what critics see as an inadequate NFL response to domestic violence involving star NFL players.
Dispatched by an anti-sexism group to the airport, hotels and other venues, the trucks will bear slogans including “55 Cases of Domestic Violence Unanswered” and call for commissioner Roger Goodell to resign.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – As the northeastern United States shivered under heavy snowstorms, organizers of Sunday’s Super Bowl worried about fans suffering from another climatic risk: sunburn.
Volunteers in downtown Phoenix have filled dozens of dispensers of SPF 30 sun block, sponsored by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and placed them on street corners in Super Bowl Central, a 12-block area where corporate pavilions, live music and interactive events are being staged each day leading up to the game.
PHOENIX, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Fans attending Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona will face tight restrictions on what they can take into the stadium as a huge security operation swings into action to protect the biggest annual U.S. sports event.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met top local law enforcement officials in Phoenix on Wednesday and will visit the University of Phoenix stadium in nearby Glendale, where the Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots for the National Football League championship.
By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis
CENTENNIAL, Co. (Reuters) – A judge in Colorado began the process on Tuesday of choosing the jury for the murder trial of James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student who killed 12 people in July 2012 at a midnight screening of a Batman movie.
Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 166 charges of murder, attempted murder and explosives offenses. He was arrested wearing a gas mask, helmet and body armor at the scene of the shooting rampage in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Seventy people were also hurt.
DENVER (Reuters) – Bill Cosby thanked hundreds of fans who turned out for shows in Denver on Saturday as a small gathering of protesters outside the theater denounced the comedian, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women in the past three months.
The star of NBC hit 1980s family sitcom “The Cosby Show” denies the allegations, many of which are decades old and fall outside the statute of limitations for criminal or civil cases. His lawyer has called the claims “discredited” and “defamatory.” Cosby has never been charged over any of the allegations. He settled a 2005 civil suit alleging sexual misconduct.
(Reuters) – Utah’s attorney general says he posed as a bodyguard and translator during a secret mission coordinated with authorities in Colombia to rescue more than 55 child sex slaves from a gang on an island off the country’s Caribbean coast.
Sean Reyes, the state’s top law enforcement official, said on Thursday he played the role of Spanish-speaking interpreter and muscle for the sting set up by Operation Underground Railroad, a Utah-based nonprofit organization that works with police to fight child sex trafficking worldwide.
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba has freed 38 opposition activists from prison over the past two days, including a popular hip-hop artist, as part of a deal to improve relations with the United States, dissident groups said on Friday.
The dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) said 29 of its members were among those released, and that most had been warned by the communist government they would be sent back to prison if they continued their opposition activities.
HAVANA (Reuters) – One of Cuba’s most prominent dissident groups said on Friday that 36 opposition activists have been freed in the last two days as part of a deal to improve relations between Havana and Washington that was announced last month.
The dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) said in a statement that 29 of its members were among the 36 released, adding that almost all of those freed were released on condition that they report regularly to the authorities.