When a kiss isn't just a kiss

1) So couples can't kiss each other on the cheek when they're near a Mormon church? Security guards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked gay couple Matt Aune and Derek Jones to leave Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City soon after catching Aune giving Jones a kiss on the cheek. Church spokesperson Kim Farah said the couple was "asked to stop engaging in inappropriate behavior just as any other couple would have been." When the couple became argumentative, they were detained. Read the full story in the Salt Lake City Tribune.

2) New words, such as carbon footprint, shawarma, webisode and frenemy have been added to the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Strangely, the word missalette --that booklet we've been using for ages in church ceremonies-- gets its first appearance since the dictionary was first published at the turn of the 20th century. See 25 of the new words through Merriam-Webster Online.

3) New reports reveal that the title role for 2010's Green Lantern film adaptation will be The Proposal's oh-so-dreamy Ryan Reynolds. So what happens to the Deadpool movie? Will there be a Deadpool movie?

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The NBDB Book Club invited me to moderate their July 25 session which will feature Budjette Tan and Ka-Jo Baldisimo's Trese. Without batting an eyelash, I accepted the invite. So I will be at the Philippine Heritage Library on the 25th at 2pm. A nice reason to go to Makati.


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