Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months, for the sexual abuse of two 13-year-old choirboys in the mid-’90s. Pell is the highest ranked member of the Catholic church to be sent to jail for child sexual abuse.
The Guardian reports: ‘Pell was convicted last month on five charges of child sexual assault, following a committal hearing, a mistrial and a trial. He has lodged an appeal, which will be heard in June. Chief judge Peter Kidd said the sentence carried a real possibility that Pell would not live to be released. “Facing jail at your age in these circumstances must be an awful state of affairs for you,” he said. … In his sentencing remarks Kidd said Pell’s offending had “a significant and long lasting impact” on the complainant’s wellbeing. “I take into account the profound impact your offending has had [on the complainant’s] life.” Kidd referred to the complainant only as “J” throughout his sentencing remarks, and to the other victim, who died in 2014, as “R”.’
A WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE.Edie Windsor memoir coming in October: ‘Windsor’s “A Wild and Precious Life” will draw upon her uncompleted manuscript and other personal papers, St. Martin’s Press announced Thursday. The book was finished by Joshua Lyon, with cooperation from her spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor. ‘
CHICAGO. Maria Hadden is the first openly gay black woman to be elected Alderman: “Hadden overwhelmed Joe Moore, a 28-year incumbent, with 64 percent of the vote. She became the first openly queer black woman elected to the City Council, and one of the first black aldermen ever to come from the North Side. Hadden’s victory was widely seen as one of the biggest upsets in Tuesday’s elections. But it actually reflects broader local and national political trends in the battle over the future of the Democratic Party.”
LYFT DISCRIMINATION. Man says D.C. driver kicked him out after he mentioned his husband. “On Friday night/Saturday morning at 2:05 a.m. a Lyft driver said ‘please get out of my car’ after hearing ‘my husband,’” Arlington, Va., resident Tony Rivenbark told the Blade in an email. “He then reported my ride as a ‘no show,’ which created a $5 charge, despite the pickup occurring in front of my Dupont Circle job (Dupont Italian Kitchen) and with 4 witnesses.”
JASON COLLINS. Not sure why no other pro basketball players have come out: “I am a little surprised that … since I’ve retired, that I haven’t seen any other NBA players come out publicly. I do know that they exist, that they are there. But some people just, for whatever reason, choose to live their life in private and that’s something that I understand.”
BUSINESS. Gap Inc. to spin off Old Navy into separate company: “Gap revealed Thursday afternoon the company would look to split up into two public companies by sometime in 2020. Old Navy will be spun off into its own public company. The remaining businesses named NewCo, which includes Gap, Intermix, Athleta, Banana Republic, will live as its own separate entity.”
STEVIE NICKS. Who knows if this is the year she’ll show up at Night of a Thousand Stevies? ‘I hear the “Night of a Thousand Stevies” ball is going on this year — in New Orleans and New York. I’ve threatened everybody that one day they won’t know it, but I’ll be there. I’ll be in such fantastic makeup that I’ll be able to float around. Nobody will know it’s me, until I walk on stage and start singing “Edge of 17.” Everybody will faint and they’ll have to call ambulances.’
WHEN I GET HOME. Solange releases new album: “The 19-track album features contributions from Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Dev Hynes, Panda Bear, Cassie, Pharrell, and Sampha among others. The album is the first new music we’ve heard from the artist since her 2016 release A Seat at the Table, so obviously, fans were very excited.”
COMEBACK OF THE WEEK. Jonas Brothers “Sucker”.
NEW TUNE OF THE DAY. Ellie Goulding “Flux”. “Flux is a song that I wrote entirely from the heart that seemed to capture how I felt about not ever being able to let go of a past love, even though it was over for a reason. I feel like I am in a constant state of change and upheaval and it makes me unable to root myself and get over things easily.”
NEW TUNE OF THE DAY II. Marina and the Diamonds “Superstar”.