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Month: March 2016 (Page 1 of 3)

You can buy this Nevada town for $8 million

A Nevada town that sits 60 miles south of Las Vegas is up for sale.

Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets start arriving Monday

The $600 commercial version of the hotly anticipated Oculus Rift VR devices are finally here.

U.S. hospitals are getting hit by hackers

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Hedge fund goes nuclear on Yahoo

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Chicano Batman, ‘Cycles Of Existential Rhyme’ (Live At SXSW 2016)

Watch Chicano Batman kick off NPR Music’s SXSW showcase with a song dripping with ’70s funk organ and serious existential Chicano angst.

Margo Price, Live In Concert: SXSW 2016

The rising country singer plays rousing odes to drink and trouble at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas.

Chicano Batman, ‘La Manzanita’ (Live At SXSW 2016)

Watch Chicano Batman close its set at NPR Music’s SXSW showcase with this seriously old school quinceñera cumbia.

Mitski, ‘I Will’ (Live At SXSW 2016)

With bravery on display, Mitski performs an aching love song at our SXSW showcase.

Disney Threatens To Boycott Georgia If Anti-Gay Bill Becomes Law

WASHINGTON — Disney and its Marvel Studios film unit won’t make any more movies in Georgia if the governor signs a law allowing open discrimination against gay people, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” a Disney spokesman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney is part of a growing coalition of businesses that have condemned Georgia’s HB 757, the so-called religious liberty bill that would prevent the government from taking action against organizations or people with “a sincerely held religious belief regarding lawful marriage between … a man and a woman.” The bill, awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal’s (R) signature or a veto, would open the door to all kinds of discrimination against gay people. It could allow state-funded adoption agencies or drug counselors, for example, to turn away same-sex couples. 

Businesses have derailed similarly discriminatory bills in other states and have been raising the pressure on Georgia. Last week, the NFL signaled it may pass over Atlanta as a Super Bowl site if the bill becomes law. Salesforce, a cloud-computing company valued at $44 billion, vowed to pull its investments out of Atlanta if Deal signs the bill. 

Disney has filmed a number of recent movies in Georgia, including “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” which is now in production in Atlanta. “Captain America: Civil War” was filmed there last summer and netted the state $60.2 million. Marvel made last year’s “Ant-Man” in Georgia — a production that employed 35,000 residents and generated $106 million in spending in the state.

Deal said last month that he won’t sign any bill that promotes discrimination in order to protect people of faith, but he’s been mum on his plans for HB 757. A spokeswoman for the governor didn’t respond to a Wednesday request for comment.

Deal has until May 3 to sign the bill or veto it. If he does nothing, it will automatically become law without his signature.

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