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Friday Talking Points -- Sarah Palin, Under the Republican Bus

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The muck in question isn't even Democratic muck. It's purely conservative and Republican mudslinging, at a person who used to be put on a pretty tall pedestal in Republicanland: Sarah Palin.

No Kids Allowed: 8 Adults-Only Hotels in Secret Spots

Oyster | Posted 01.22.2015 | Travel
Oyster

We suggest heating things up this winter with a visit to a sexy, sandy, and secluded adults-only hotel. Whether you need a spot for the long Valentine's Day -- er, we mean Presidents' Day -- weekend, or a remote locale for a romantic rendezvous this spring, one of these eight is sure to get you in the mood.

Jamaica May Soon Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's Cabinet has approved a much-anticipated bill of drug law amendments that would decriminalize possession of small ...

The Seven Most Amazing, Surprisingly Affordable Beach Destinations

Oyster | Posted 01.08.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Unfortunately, a mid-winter or spring break getaway can get quite pricey, especially because so many travelers have just the same idea, thereby creating a price spike among hotels and flights. But, fortunately yet again, there are some beach locales that aren't inordinately expensive.

7 Retreats For A Low-Key Caribbean Getaway

Oyster | Posted 01.07.2015 | Travel
Oyster

Fewer crowds, intimate spaces, and unspoiled tropical vistas are the hallmarks of these hotels, and these secluded spots are the places we like to visit when we're looking for a low-key getaway.

Getting the Right Care for the Right Patient in the Right Time

Nancy Brown | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

This is all about improving the quality of care in real time. Whereas studies show what has already happened to a patient, sometimes months after discharge, this is an opportunity to make a difference when it matters most -- while care is being given.

9 Unplugged Tropical Retreats Where You Can REALLY Escape In 2015

Oyster | Posted 12.30.2014 | Travel
Oyster

When you've reached the point of needing a true escape, these nine unplugged tropical retreats are just the spots to escape to. -- Alex Creange, Oy...

The Caribbean's Best All-Inclusive Resorts For Families

Oyster | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
Oyster

You won't find a more kid-friendly resort on the island of Turks and Caicos than Beaches. With 10 pools, a beautiful beach, a water park, an Xbox Games Garage, a Sesame Street kids' camp, and even a DJ-spinning academy, the hotel is determined to rule out any inklings of boredom.

Hope Lives Here: Art and Nature Breathe New Life Into Downtown Kingston

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Fleet Street is now an oasis in a place, which would otherwise seem desolate. Inspiration lies in the simplicity of this beautiful concept. It is hoped that the projects will continue to progress to other at-risk communities -- continuing to break down barriers while transforming lives.

Former Westboro Member Travels To Jamaica To Document Homeless LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices

In an unlikely turn of events for the Westboro Baptist Church, a former member -- and daughter of the infamous Shirley Phelps -- just made a massive s...

Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World

Ella Jameson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Ella Jameson

We know we should be trying to save the ancient ecosystems that support over half of all wildlife on earth. But how much do we actually understand this? How much do we fully grasp the magnitude of what will actually happen when the last of the forests vanish for good?

This Right-Wing Legal Powerhouse Wants to Make Gay Sex Illegal

Carlos Maza | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Carlos Maza

While the group prefers to talk about its "religious liberty" work when in the media spotlight, ADF is actively working to promote and defend anti-sodomy laws that criminalize gay sex.

Long Island Rail Road Moments That Tug at the Heartstrings

Brian Patrick Harmon | Posted 01.03.2015 | New York
Brian Patrick Harmon

For four years, I spent over three-and-a-half hours a day riding the Long Island Rail Road to work in Brooklyn. For those who pick their heads up from their smartphones now and then, there are plenty of feel-good moments to be seen and heard.

Examining The 'Intolerable Levels Of Violence' Faced By Gay Jamaicans

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are the targets of unchecked violence and discrimination in Jamaica, frequent...

The 5 Best Clothing-Optional Resorts In The World

Thrillist | Posted 12.10.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

While the world has a lot of beautiful beach resorts where sunscreen's more important than pants, they -- like their naked guests -- come in all shapes and sizes.

Out of Many, One Synagogue

Rabbi Dana Kaplan | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Dana Kaplan

When we host visitors at the Kingston synagogue, one of the questions they almost always ask is if there were ever other synagogues on the island. They are amazed to hear that there were several other Jewish houses of worship in Jamaica.

Hurricane Hideaways: 9 Beachfronts to Brave This Hurricane Season

Oyster | Posted 11.02.2014 | Travel
Oyster

For many East Coasters, a quick trip to Southern neighbors where the sands are still toasty and the waves still refreshing is dampened by the threat of Mother Nature's finest beast: The Hurricane.

Jamaican Gay Activist Drops Legal Fight Because His 'Loved Ones Are Under Threat'

AP | DAVID McFADDEN | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A young Jamaican gay rights activist who brought an unprecedented legal challenge to the Caribbean island's anti-sodomy law...

LGBTI People Face Harsh Laws in Both Free and Unfree Countries

Freedom House | Posted 10.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Freedom House

Supporters of LGBTI rights should not overlook the democracies that continue to exclude some of their citizens from the equal protection of the law.

Sexy Outdoor Showers: Wash Away Your Inhibitions

Oyster | Posted 10.21.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Maybe it's months of this summer heat that's getting to us, but lately we've been loving the idea of showering outdoors. We guess we've just decided that there's no better way to cool down and wash away inhibitions than with an outdoor scrub down. Here's a list of 10 of our favorite hotels that have private outdoor showers -- some even have outdoor baths!

Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: 'Every Human Life Is Worth The Same'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact

Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes,...

In Celebration of Jamaican Independence: The 7 Greatest Things About Jamrock

Karen Fragala Smith | Posted 10.07.2014 | Black Voices
Karen Fragala Smith

Pop open a Red Stripe, break out the reggae and fire up a "birthday candle" in honor of Jamaica's 52 years as an independent nation. It has not been an easy road since Jamrock's 2 million citizens saw the Union Jack flag lowered for the last time.

Kid-Friendly Summer Vacations: Our Top Tropical Picks

Oyster | Posted 10.02.2014 | Travel
Oyster

What's the secret to a great family vacation? Finding a location that allows everyone to explore and have fun -- at their own pace. A spot where the kids (most likely bursting with energy) can have a blast while you enjoy a relaxing massage and a margarita... or several margaritas.

Your Hotel Room Can Do WHAT?! Super High-Tech Amenities

Oyster | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Although summer vacations are traditionally meant for getting away and unplugging, we can't help but love these super high-tech hotels that boast some of the coolest geek-friendly amenities we've ever seen.

What City Is Your Music Soul Mate?

U.S. News Travel | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

As tunes have evolved, some cities have garnered more of a reputation than others for preserving music's narrative.