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May 18, 2013

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McGillvary gained a measure of fame in February after intervening in an attack on a California utility worker. In an interview viewed millions of times online, he described using a hatchet he was carrying to repeatedly hit a man who had struck a worker with his car, fending off a further attack, and thus became known as “Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker.”

Galfy’s funeral was held Friday in a small stone chapel in Warren, N.J. He was buried in East Hanover.

Cuba’s LGBT community holds week of shows

HAVANA — A week of drag shows, colorful marches and social and cultural events in Havana culminates Friday with celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia.

Hundreds of activists have taken part in the activities organized by a sex education center headed by first daughter Mariela Castro.

“Join (us) to educate families about their great social responsibility to ensure that there is no discrimination of any kind,” Castro said.

The schedule included a gala bash at the capital’s cavernous Karl Marx theater, with drag performers on stage with the popular musical group Los Van Van. Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended.

Gays were persecuted for decades after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, sometimes sent to grueling rural work camps along with others considered socially suspect by the Communist government.

Ex-Groupon CEO Mason ‘takin’ care of business’ with motivational album

NEW YORK — Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason is diving into several new ventures, including indulging his inner rock star with an album of “motivational business music.”

Mason said Thursday on his blog that he recently spent a week in Los Angeles and recorded a collection of seven songs called “Hardly Workin’.”

-Associated Press

Mason said he wants to present business wisdom to younger people and that the songs will help them understand ideas that are critical to becoming productive and effective employees. He said many of Groupon’s employees are young and many didn’t have much familiarity with business, and didn’t want to read books on the subject.

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