Week In Review
Barney Frank Marries His Partner, Deepak Chopra Interviews a Guido
Biography.com's "Week in Review" highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
I Love You, Man: Barney Frank Marries His Same-Sex Partner
Husband and husband: Jim Ready and Barney Frank
Democratic Rep. Barney Frank made history when he became the first openly gay congressman over 25 years ago. This week, he's back making headlines as the first gay congressman who put a ring on it, reports NPR.org.
Dressed in black tuxes, the bridegrooms wrote their own vows, with which the Boston Globe took note:
"[The officiant] then asked the couple whether they would love each other 'under the Democrats or the Republicans, whether the slopes are powdery or icy, whether the book reviews are good or bad, for better or for worse, on MSNBC or on Fox.'"
In June Frank told New York Magazine he wanted to take the plunge before leaving office:
"I did want to get married while I was still in office. I think it's important that my colleagues interact with a married gay man."
Coming Undone: New Probe Into Natalie Wood's Death Incites More Questions
The mysterious 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood has been changed from "accidental" to "inconclusive," according to L.A. detectives who've been investigating her case for the past eight months, says the L.A. Times. The detectives stress, however, that they haven't found sufficient evidence to rule her cause of death as a homicide and add there are no suspects at this time. (Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken fans, you can rest easy.)
Wood was 43 years old when her body was discovered in the waters off the Southern California coast of Catalina Island on November 28, 1981. She had been sailing on a yacht with her husband Robert Wagner and co-star Christopher Walken and had reportedly gotten into a drunken fight with Wagner the evening of November 27. The third man on the boat, Capt. Dennis Davern, recently told the media he believed the actress was a victim of foul play.
Even if the case were to ever get solved, it wouldn't change the creepy factor that avid Natalie Wood fans know: that decades before, a Russian gypsy predicted that the actress would meet her fate in dark water.
Controlling the Agenda: Melinda Gates' $4 Billion Contraceptive Plan
Like it or not, Melinda Gates is keeping the topic of birth control alive. At the London Summit on Family Planning, the billionaire philanthropist announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to raise $4 billion for a global family planning initiative, which she hopes will give many poorer countries easier access to contraceptives, reports Time.
Gates plans on addressing her cause through the lens of the hundreds of thousands of maternal deaths that could be prevented each year with contraception.
Bob Marley Sucks? Caribbean Parasite Named After Reggae Icon
In honor of the reggae god, a marine biologist from Arkansas State University has given the name "Gnathia marleyi" to a parasitic crustacean blood sucker that attacks fish swimming in Caribbean coral reefs.
"I named this species, which is truly a natural wonder, after Marley because of my respect and admiration for Marley's music," marine biologist Paul Sikkel stated via The Christian Science Monitor. "Plus, this species is as uniquely Caribbean as Marley."
Watch a clip of Bob Marley at the Lyceum Theater in the U.K.:
Reality Landmines: Deepak Chopra Interviews 'Jersey Shore's' Vinny Guadagnino
As anyone would guess by watching his smush-seeking shenanigans on the "Jersey Shore," Vinny Guadagnino has revealed that he and his eyebrows are looking for enlightenment! And what better way to feed his soul than to hang with spiritual leader Deepak Chopra?
Discussing the guido's New York Times bestselling book, Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama and Maintain Your Inner Cool, Chopra applauds Vin for his desire for pure consciousness and quizzes him on matters of happiness, purpose, and spirituality. (We're surprised that Vinny's mouth didn't shout "GTL" during the course of the interrorgation.)
Frankly, when we realized this interview actually transpired, our reaction has been a constant:
U.S. Representative / 1940 -
Barney Frank is the first U.S. Congressman to voluntarily announce his homosexuality. He is also known for his work on the 2008 American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act.
Songwriter, Singer / 1945 - 1981
Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter Bob Marley served as a world ambassador for reggae music and sold more than 20 million records throughout his career—making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World.