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Illinois Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama’s home state. Lawmakers voted 61-54 to send the measure back to the Senate to change the bill’s effective date, just a technical change since the chamber already approved the measure in February. The measure will then head to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has pledged to sign it into the law.

Rev. Al Sharpton Meets with Macy’s CEO

The Rev. Al Sharpton said he and other civil rights leaders had a “brutally honest” meeting Monday with the CEO of Macy’s over racial profiling, and demanded that the department store lay out how they will guarantee the practice doesn’t happen before the holiday shopping season begins. The meeting on Monday with CEO Terry Lundgren follows an incident in which an actor on the HBO series “Treme” was detained by police after buying his mother a $1,350 Movado watch. Rob Brown filed a lawsuit last month after he said he was stopped inside Macy’s flagship Manhattan store last June because he is black.

Gay Rights Clears Major Hurdle

The Senate pushed a major anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans’ greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after the law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The vote of 61-30 essentially ensured that the Senate has the votes to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

Pharrell Williams to Co-Score Spider-Man Movie

The man behind the summer’s biggest hits (“Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky”) is set to collaborate with noted film composer Hans Zimmer to score The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which hits theaters May 2, 2014. Williams previously scored the soundtrack for cartoon movie Despicable Me back in 2010. The movie stars Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and Jamie Foxx as Electro, the villain. We can’t wait to hear this musical collaboration!

NFL Investigates Hazing Incident

Following the Miami Dolphins harassment case, the NFL Players Association insists on having a fair investigation for all involved in the troubled relationship between offensive linemen Jonathon Martin and Richie Incognito. Martin left the team last week and Coach Joe Philbin suspended Incognito indefinitely for his treatment of Martin that included racial texts and threats.

New Jersey Mall Gunman Found Dead

After shots were fired at a New Jersey mall on Monday, the gunman later shot himself in a back room where his body was found. Nobody else’s life was lost and police believe it was an act of suicide however the reason is still unclear.

DMX Arrested Again

Following a previous suspended license charge, rapper DMX was pulled over again at a South Carolina airport and hit with three charges. Officers spotted him as soon as he pulled into the terminal and he was charged with driving on a suspended license, driving while uninsured, and driving an unlicensed vehicle.