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Names in the news, Sept. 28

By From wire service reports

The publisher of an unfavorable biography of Sarah Palin is standing by the book in the face of a lawsuit threat by the former governor of Alaska. In a statement released Tuesday, Crown Publishers backed author Joe McGinniss and his recently published book, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.” “We are confident that the reporting in ‘The Rogue,’ is solid, reliable, and well-substantiated,” a publisher spokesman said. On Monday, Palin’s Alaska lawyer, John Tiemessen, sent Crown a letter threatening to sue the publisher and author over the book, which has been panned by several leading book critics. “This book contains a series of lies and rumors presented as fact and combined with ‘anonymous’ sources,” said Tiemessen’s letter. Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, has kept her current political plans within her family and advisers. … Leisha Hailey, an actress on the “The L Word” TV series, says in a Twitter post that she was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to St. Louis for kissing her girlfriend. Hailey said that a flight attendant said Southwest “was a ‘family’ airline and kissing was not OK.” Hailey said she was escorted off the airline “for getting upset about the issue,” and added the airline “endorses homophobic employees.” “Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal? I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as ‘family,’ “ she wrote. Hailey demanded a refund and apology, and called on gay people to boycott the airline. Southwest said on its website that Hailey’s behavior, not her sexual orientation, was the reason she was removed from the flight. “Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive,” the statement says.

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