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POSTED April 26, 2013 9:24 p.m.

WIKILEAKS SUSPECT NAMED SF PRIDE PARADE MARSHAL: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been named as a grand marshal of San Francisco's annual gay rights parade, a choice that was immediately condemned by several groups representing gay and lesbian service members.

Rainey Reitman, a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network, said Friday that her group was notified this week that a committee of former San Francisco Pride grand marshals had voted to select the imprisoned intelligence specialist for the distinction that each year recognizes about a dozen celebrities, politicians and community organizations for their contributions to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

Manning is openly gay, and his lawyers have argued that his experience as a soldier before the repeal of the U.S. military's ban on gay service played an important role in his decision to pass hundreds of thousands of sensitive items to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

"As a longstanding Manning supporter, I'm thrilled to see our community publicly embrace his courage in disclosing classified truths about the war in Iraq and other facts, which empower the American public to promote smarter future policy," Reitman said.

Other activists were less enthusiastic, saying that the 25-year-old Manning should not be honored either as an individual or as a representative of the gay rights movement.

"Manning's blatant disregard for the safety of our service members and the security of our nation should not be praised," Stephen Peters, president of American Military Partners Association, a group that advocates for same-sex military families. "The LGBT military community is outraged by this decision and we genuinely hope that San Francisco Pride will reconsider their appointment of Bradley Manning as a grand marshal for this year's celebration. No community of such a strong and resilient people should be represented by the treacherous acts that define Bradley Manning."

PANEL: STRUCTURES MAY BE NEEDED TO BOOST LAKES: TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian panel urged both nations Friday to consider installing water retention structures to boost levels on Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, which fell to their lowest point on record in January and have lagged well below their historical average since the late 1990s.

The International Joint Commission, which advises the two federal governments about shared waterways, called for a study of placing inflatable gates or other devices in the St. Clair River, the outlet at the southern end of Lake Huron. Officials have acknowledged that dredging, gravel mining and other human activities eroded the river bottom in the last century, accelerating the volume that flowed out of Lake Huron toward Lake Erie.

SAN JOSE, POLICE UNION STRIKE DEAL ON PENSIONS: SAN JOSE (AP) — The city of San Jose and its police union have reached an agreement that will reduce pensions for new officers and ends a dispute over efforts to reduce costly retirement benefits.

The settlement with the San Jose Police Officers' Association was struck late Thursday. An arbitration hearing was planned for Friday to settle the dispute and the two sides still plan to meet to formalize the deal.

The city has been wrangling with its employee unions over retirement benefits whose costs have more than tripled in a decade.

Voters approved a series of ballot measures aimed at checking those costs. Unions are seeking to overturn the most recent measure which limits new-hire pensions.

GAWKER REFUSES COURT ORDER IN HOGAN SEX TAPE SUIT: CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Editors at the gossip website Gawker said Friday they're not complying with a Florida court order to remove material related to a privacy lawsuit involving former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Pinellas County Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell issued an order Wednesday. It tells Gawker to remove a video of Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, having sex with the ex-wife of disc jockey Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, as well as a 1,400-word narrative and hundreds of user-submitted comments.

The site took down the video, but the narrative and comments remain.

It is illegal in Florida to record someone without their permission, but Hogan waited too long to file criminal charges.


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