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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 5, 2014.
By United Press International
Fred Phelps, founder of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, dies

Fred Phelps, founder of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, dies

TOPEKA, Kan., March 20 (UPI) -- Fred Phelps, a disbarred lawyer and founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., has died, his daughter said Thursday.
Transcripts of lost tapes show Bill Clinton's rough jokes

Transcripts of lost tapes show Bill Clinton's rough jokes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 18 (UPI) -- Archivists at Bill Clinton's presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., say they have transcripts of the president joking with aides but the tapes are lost.
Collins meets with parents of Matthew Shephard after Denver game

Collins meets with parents of Matthew Shephard after Denver game

DENVER, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins says his jersey No. 98 took on added meaning after meeting in Colorado with the parents of slain gay student Matthew Shepard.
Jason Collins meets Matthew Shepard's family

Jason Collins meets Matthew Shepard's family

DENVER, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Jason Collins, America's first openly gay athlete in its major sports, met with Matthew Shepard's family in Denver, Colo., Thursday night.
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Jason Collins has best-selling jersey in NBA

Jason Collins has best-selling jersey in NBA

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Jason Collins, who is on a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, has had his jersey with number 98 become the best-selling in the NBA.
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High school expecting Westboro Baptist protest instead found messages of love

High school expecting Westboro Baptist protest instead found messages of love

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Granite Bay High School, concerned their production of "Laramie Project" would be protested by the Westboro Baptist Church, instead found messages of love.
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Texas man pleads not guilty to charges in knockout game

KATY, Texas, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A Texas man pleaded not guilty to a federal hate crime charge for what prosecutors say was a racially motivated assault in a so-called knockout game attack.

Texas man charged with hate crime in 'knockout game' attack

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Texas man has been charged with a federal hate crime for what prosecutors say was a racially motivated assault in a so-called knockout game attack.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.
By United Press International

Senate to debate gay-rights job bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes a Senate bill to be debated Tuesday outlawing workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
By United Press International

Ole Miss officials apologize for slurs by athletes during play

OXFORD, Miss., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- University of Mississippi officials have apologized for slurs from students in the audience during performance of a play dealing with the death of a gay man.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 5, 2013.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
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Matthew Shepard
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Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was a student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyoming, in October 1998. He was attacked on the night of October 6–7, and died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12 from severe head injuries.

During the trial, witnesses stated that Shepard was targeted because of his sexual orientation. Shepard's murder brought national and international attention to the contention of hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels.

Shepard was born in Casper, Wyoming, the first of two sons born to Judy Peck and Dennis Shepard. His younger brother Logan was born in 1981. He attended Crest Hill Elementary School, Dean Morgan Junior High School, and Natrona County High School for his freshman through junior years. Saudi Aramco hired his father in the summer of 1994, and his parents subsequently resided at the Saudi Aramco Residential Camp in Dhahran. During that time, Shepard attended The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), from which he graduated in May 1995. Shepard then attended Catawba College in North Carolina and Casper College in Wyoming, before settling in Denver. Shepard became a first-year political science major at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and was chosen as the student representative for the Wyoming Environmental Council.

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