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Porn stars and adult video fans on Twitter bemoan the passage of Measure B

AIDS Memorial Quilt On Display In Brooklyn For World AIDS Day

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Wrapped packages of condoms and other safe-sex items are seen before a free clinic offering HIV testing December 1, 2010.

One of the more controversial measures that passed in yesterday's elections was Measure B which would require male actors in adult films to wear condoms.

Technically called "The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act", the measure also forces adult films producers  to obtain health permits for each of their productions.

Some argue that the measure would be hard to enforce. Meanwhile, many fear that such a requirement would scare the profitable industry away from L.A. and possibly California.

Twitter users, predictably, reacted negatively last night and this morning as you can see from this collection of tweets from adult video performers and their fans:

What do you think the adult video industry will do now? Do you think they'll move out of the state?

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'Pink slime' maker sues ABC News for $1.2 billion

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ABC's Diane Sawyer introducing the new investigation into the meat product now known as "pink slime".

The manufacturers of the meat product notoriously nicknamed "pink slime" is suing ABC News for sliming it, so to speak.

Beef Products Inc. is suing the Disney-owned news giant for $1.2 billion because of approximately 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements regarding its "lean finely textured beef [LFTB]", the Associated Press is reporting.

Among the defendants in the lawsuit are ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer, ABC news correspondents Jim Avila and David Kerley, and the USDA microbiologist who coined the term for the meat "pink slime," Gerald Zirnstein.

BPI is complaining that the bad press "caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all — that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat," the company's lawyer Dan Webb said before the company's official announcement.

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Gay Chick-fil-A vandal won't be charged for defacing Torrance restaurant wall

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The words "Tastes Like Hate" were painted on a Torrance Chick-fil-A in the same design as one of the chain's ad campaigns.

Manuel Castro, the gay artist who protested Chick-fil-A's stance on same-sex marriage by defacing a wall of one of the chicken franchises, seems to be getting off the hook.

The L.A. County district attorney's office said Wednesday that they are declining to press charges on Castro, in part, because he admitted to painting the words "Taste like hate" on the side of a Chick-fil-A in Torrance.

"The amount of the damages appears to be relatively minor involving repainting a section of stucco wall approximately 15 feet long by 12 feet high. The suspect has acknowledged his wrongdoing and offered to make restitution. Finally, the record does not establish the suspect was motivated by religious hatred," John Zajec, the head prosecutor in the Torrance office, wrote. 

Castro, 30, isn't quite a free bird just yet, however.

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