Just before 1:00pm this afternoon, James Von Brunn, 88, shot and killed a security guard, Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Von Brunn has a history of violence, previously attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve board for which he was jailed four years. His website (since taken down) painted a chilling picture of the man, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier, who believed Jewish people were out “to destroy the White gene-pool.” Von Brunn was seriously injured after being shot by another guard, Washington Post.
Two Peruvian laws have been suspended in the country after they led to violence that has killed 54 people since Friday. “The laws are designed to regulate investment in the Amazon, but indigenous groups say they will lose control of their natural resources,” and now the tribes will have more time to negotiate with the government, BBC News.
Chrysler and Fiat have reached a deal that will save Chrysler for bankruptcy. The fast sale is a win for President Obama, who promised that the car company’s reorganization would be quick, New York Times.
Carrie Prejean, Miss California and the runner-up at this year’s Miss America pagent, has been stripped of her crown for breach of contract. Prejean caused a firestorm when she said during the pagent she did not agree with gay marriage and became a poster girl for the right-wing and anti-gay groups. Last month, pagent head Donald Trump allowed Prejean to keep her crown, but officially fired her today, Reuters.
Following the condemnation of North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile earlier this month by the UN Security Council, North Korea has cut off its involvement in international talks concerning its nuclear program. North Korea has restarted a nuclear reactor and has vowed to never engage in nuclear negotiations again, Fox News.
1 Canadian soldier killed and 4 Canadian soldiers injured in roadside bomb in Afghanistan, CNN International.
Redshirt protests end in Bangkok after military and police surround protesters. 2 died in the protests and at least 120 were injured, Bangkok Post.
Music producer Phil Spector is found guilty in the 2003 murder of an actress in Los Angeles, NME.
Children in Peru die in the collapse of a foot bridge in the Andes, Time.
Amazon apologizes for delisting of books by gay authors. A hacker has claimed credit, PC World.
Iranian journalist on trial in Iran accused of spying for the US, Bloomberg.
At least 49 protesters have been injured in Bangkok in skirmishes between anti-government rioters and police. Reports say the protesters threw petrol bombs at the police and officers had fired back after being shot at first. Earlier today the government issued a state of emergency for the country, Sky News. Update: BNO now says at least 83 protesters have been injured.
Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama has been rescued by Navy SEALs and 3 of the 4 pirates that attacked the American ship have been killed. The fourth, who is reported to be as young as 16-years-old, is in custody. The Justice Department will review the case to see if they can prosecute the pirate. President Obama issued the order for the Navy to use force if necessary, CNN.
Argentine Angel Cabrera won the 2009 Masters tournament today in Augusta, Georgia in dramatic fashion. Cabrera, along with Americans Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry, played in a 3-way playoff for the green jacket, with Cabrera winning on the 10th hole, NBC Sports.
Check out our coverage of the Amazon/LGBT controversy here.
We noticed an interesting trending topic on Twitter today called #amazonfail. From what we can gather, Amazon has taken down the sales rankings and disabled some searches for certain gay and lesbian books as well as feminist literature because they were deemed as “adult.” However, Playboy literature and the likes have not been affected. This is developing, so we’ll update as we can, but here are some resources:
Mark Probst blog entry with Amazon response.
Meta Writer blog entry with a list of books that have been affected.
An open letter from Book Square, which serves as a great recap.
Link to a petition of Amazon’s policy.
Smart Bitches Trashy Books has a hilarious definition of “Amazon Rank.”
Jezebel article on Amazon Fail.
For everyone interested, Powell’s Books is planning a LGBT book sale in response. Watch their Twitter here.
This is interesting: Searching for “homosexuality” on Amazon.com, the top results are books on how to prevent homosexuality. Try it yourself.
Update: Amazon responds to Publishers Weekly, calls the deranking of certain books a “glitch.” The site is getting heavy traffic and may not load right away or at all, so here’s a screencap via Cleolinda.
Article from Lilith Saintcrow on why this is not a glitch.