Saturday, May 25 2013 4:13 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:13:43 GMT
Turtle Creek Mall partnered with The Leaf Foundation on Saturday to host its first annual Memorial Day Weekend Autograph Party for contestants in the upcoming Miss Mississippi pageant. Residents from allMore >>
Turtle Creek Mall partners with The Leaf Foundation to host first annual Memorial Day Weekend Autograph Party for contestants in upcoming Miss Mississippi Pageant. More >>
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(RNN/KENS/CNN) - At least one person in San Antonio has died Saturday during heavy flooding caused by rain that dumped more than a foot of water on some parts of the area. Police confirmed a woman's bodyMore >>
Firefighters in San Antonio are still looking for two missing people after heavy rain and flooding swamped the area and left thousands without power.More >>
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In the wake of Monday's puppy mill bust in Walthal County may Mississippi animal advocates are calling for tougher animal cruelty laws in the state. Advocates believe stiffer penalties would go a longMore >>
In the wake of Monday's puppy mill bust in Walthal County many Mississippi animal advocates are calling for tougher animal cruelty laws in the state.More >>
Country music artist Darius Rucker has publicly responded to a racist comment made towards him over Twitter. More >>
Country music artist Darius Rucker has publicly responded to a racist comment made towards him over Twitter.More >>
(RNN) – Two major comic book publishers announced gay superheroes would be centerpieces of upcoming storylines and their respective "universes" going forward.
On the heels of President Barack Obama's statement supporting same-sex marriage, both DC and Marvel decided to feature more prominent LGBT characters.
On June 20, Astonishing X-Men No. 51 will feature the marriage of Northstar, a male member of the superhero group, to his longtime boyfriend. Rolling Stone reported Tuesday it would be the first same-sex wedding for Marvel characters.
Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Rolling Stone since gay marriage became legal in New York, it raised storyline possibilities with many of their characters living there.
"Northstar is the first openly gay character in comics, and he's been in a long-term relationship with his partner Kyle, so the big question was – how would this change his relationship?" Alonso said. "Our comics are always best when they respond to and reflect developments in the real world. We've been doing that for decades, and this is just the latest expression of that."
DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio said a character from their universe would be reintroduced as a homosexual in a June comic. According to Bleeding Cool, DiDio said Sunday the previously straight male superhero would be a prominent figure.
The company has not revealed who it will be yet but has dropped a few hints. Courtney Simmons, senior VP of publicity for DC Entertainment, described the unnamed hero to ABC News as a "major, iconic" character.
DC also revealed it would be someone who has not been seen since the company's recent "New 52" relaunch of its titles.
Based on those criteria, some of the early favorites among bloggers are original Green Lantern Alan Scott, Plastic Man and Superman's buddy Jimmy Olsen.
Like TV, movies and other forms of entertainment, comics have attempted to reflect modern society. The addition of minority characters to the superhero populace has produced some good results and some stereotype-riddled disasters (borderline NSFW link).
These will not be the first appearances of heroic LGBT personalities in the medium. Northstar has been openly gay since 1992, and Batwoman was revealed as the DC's first lesbian superhero in 2006.
Lesser known characters have also been introduced as homosexuals by both companies in the last 20 years.
However, both of their upcoming events were pre-empted by another iconic comic book in March: Archie.
Life with ArchieNo. 16 featured character Kevin Keller – an Iraq War veteran – marrying his boyfriend in a same-sex, interracial union.
Protested by the group One Million Moms and released two months before the president's statement, the issue sold out at stores.
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Sunday, May 26 2013 9:35 PM EDT2013-05-27 01:35:01 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics Press Release HOUSTON - It was a ballgame that spanned three hours and 26 minutes while lasting a league-record 11-innings, but for homestanding and top-seeded Rice it was worthMore >>
It was a ballgame that spanned three hours and 26 minutes while lasting a league-record 11-innings, but for homestanding and top-seeded Rice it was worth every second as the Owls claimed a 5-4 walk-off win over No. 2 seed Southern Miss in the 2013 Conference USA Baseball Championship title game on Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:34 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:34:55 GMT
Some Hattiesburg-area VFW and American Legion members paid special tribute to our nation's veterans today, with help from some young volunteers. They placed American flags on the graves of thousands ofMore >>
Some Hattiesburg-area VFW and American Legion members paid special tribute to our nation's veterans Saturday, with help from some young volunteers.More >>