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British networks reject jihad comedy

LONDON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A British TV creator said networks have refused his idea for a comedy about would-be suicide bombers, but the project may find legs as a film.

Computershare eyes U.S. acquisitions

MELBOURNE, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Australian share registry operator Computershare has signaled interest in buying one of its top two U.S. rivals.

Of Human Interest: News lite

For about $47 million, a piece of movie history -- the picturesque English village of Hambleden -- can be yours.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The South by Southwest -- SXSW -- Music and Media Conference, scheduled from March 12-16 in Austin, Texas, announced additional panelists this week.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The 2003 DIY Convention: "Do It Yourself in Film, Music and Books," has announced a new round of panelists for the Saturday, Feb. 8, event to be held at the American Film Institute in Hollywood.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Keith Emerson, of Emerson Lake and Palmer, who was born in 1944 (age 58); bassist Rick Grech of Blind Faith and Traffic in 1945 (age 57); Sugarloaf's Robert Yeazel in 1946 (age 56); Dan Peek, formerly with America, in 1950 (age 5
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Oct. 26-Nov. 1.
By United Press International

Brewers get P Matthews from Cards

, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday acquired lefthander Mike Matthews from the St. Louis Cardinals to complete a trade for righthander Jamey Wright.

St. Louis 6, Chi. Cubs 3

CHICAGO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Jamey Wright pitched six innings a day after being acquired by St. Louis and Albert Pujols homered and drove in four runs Friday to give the Cardinals a 6-3 vic

Cardinals obtain Jamey Wright

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The first-place St. Louis Cardinals acquired righthander Jamey Wright and cash Thursday from the Milwaukee Brewers for a minor leaguer and a player to be named.

Today In Music

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PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
Chris Morris
Chris Morris pumps E85 ethanol fuel into his Chevy Avalanche during a General Motors $.85 per gallon promotion in Arvada, Colorado on February 15, 2007. Earlier in the day, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced plans for the addition of forty new E85 ethanol fueling locations throughout the state by the end of the year. (UPI Photo/Matthew Staver/General Motors)

Chris Morris (born 23 May 1979) is an activist who, with Euan Sutherland, successfully challenged the British Government in the European Court of Human Rights and secured an equal age of consent for gay men. He went on to study psychology and work as a political speechwriter and consultant.

When male homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967, the age of consent was set at 21. It was lowered to 18 in 1994, but Morris and Sutherland took their case to Europe to demand it be reduced further to 16, the same age as it is for heterosexuals. They invoked Articles 8 and 19 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantee the right to a private life and protection from discrimination.

Their case was originally backed by the gay rights group Stonewall and later Morris formed his own organisation, YouthSpeak, which was funded by Sir Ian McKellen. YouthSpeak sent delegations of teenagers to meet MPs and the media to tell their personal stories about how an unequal age of consent affected their lives. The group also projected a laser beam onto Big Ben demanding "16 for everyone" and delivered a 25,000-strong petition to new prime minister Tony Blair when he was elected in May 1997.

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