Bakery That Refused to Bake Cake For Lesbian Couple Must Pay Damages

The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, has been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages. According to the Associated Press, the damages were ordered by Oregon’s bureau of labor and industries for the “emotional suffering” caused by the bakeries… » 7/04/15 4:30pm Yesterday 4:30pm

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Just Lost a Ton of Money

In 2011, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick purchased a 150-year-old townhouse in Greenwich Village for $18,995,000. Last week, they sold the home for $18,250,000—a loss of $745,000, plus however much they invested in restoring and refurbishing the place. Whoops! » 7/04/15 4:10pm Yesterday 4:10pm

Black Bodies, White Terrorism: A Global Reimagining of Forgiveness

My mama is 79. Wednesday night is her bible study. Just like Ms. Ethel Lee Lance, mama has her circle of church going elders—black women in their 60s, 70s, and 80s for whom church is home. Maybe even safer than home. Their pain was safe in the hands of this particular Jesus. Unshed tears from the Middle Passage were… » 7/04/15 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [7.4.15]

Here, wise words from modernist writer and literary badass Virginia Woolf: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” May your Independence Day, and all the days that follow, be full of beer and endless barbecue. Happy 4th! » 7/04/15 12:30pm Yesterday 12:30pm

Report: Tom Cruise Is Considering Leaving Scientology

According to a report citing Star magazine, Tom Cruise may be considering leaving the Church of Scientology, of which he has been the most visible devotee for many years. The actor’s alleged crisis of faith comes, apparently, after a phone call with his daughter Suri. » 7/04/15 12:17pm Yesterday 12:17pm

California Man Dies After Going Into Cardiac Arrest in Police Custody 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of Christian Siqueiros, who died in police custody on Thursday, NBC Los Angeles reports. Siqueiros was arrested after the Montclair Police Department received a disturbance report from someone in his former apartment building. » 7/04/15 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

Neighbors Concerned About People ‘Doing Sex’ in Hollywood Hills Airbnb

An Airbnb host catered to horny hooligans with a listing referred to as a “Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat.” For only $35, renters could stay in a tent on a Hollywood Hills lot to engage in all kinds of debauchery, according to annoyed neighbors. Local residents complained of all the strange sexin’ going up in them… » 7/04/15 10:31am Yesterday 10:31am

Murder Complaints Filed Against Captain and Crew of Capsized Ferry

On Saturday, police in the Philippines said that they had filed murder complaints against the owner, captain, and crew of a ferry that capsized off Ormoc City this week, the Associated Press reports. The local prosecutor will review the complaints and decide whether to file charges. » 7/04/15 9:45am Yesterday 9:45am

How To Cook A Brisket, Which Is Totally Worth The Effort, I Swear

Just once in your life, cook a brisket, over smoky charcoal heat, on the grill. Do it for the solemn pride of having done so, and for the rime of authority it will lend to your future haughty pronouncements on the quality of others’ briskets. Do it because brisket—a massive cut of tough working muscle from the chest… » 7/03/15 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm