MyDesert Tonight: Love — and a certain smell — is in the air

July 2nd, 2013 | by Brian Indrelunas | Comments

MyDesert Tonight is back with another daily dose of who and what’s making news, compiled by Digital Editor for News and Metrics Brian Indrelunas:

CAN’T YOU SMELL THAT SMELL? Much like those 3.something earthquakes, I never seem to notice odors when they first waft over from the Salton Sea. Luckily, more sensitive noses in the newsroom alerted environment reporter Ian James, who tracked down the what and why behind “That Smell” while the chorus of this Lynyrd Skynyrd song looped in my head:

Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa marries Tom Aubrey, 55, left, and Jim Cox, 62, at the Cathedral City council chambers on Tuesday. / Omar Ornelas, The Desert Sun

Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa marries Tom Aubrey, left, and Jim Cox on Tuesday at City Hall. (Omar Ornelas, The Desert Sun)

LOVE AND MARRIAGE: Just more than four months ago, Cathedral City Mayor Kathy DeRosa borrowed a presidential phrase and said she needed more time “to evolve” on gay marriage. Tuesday, she performed one.

Not to be a buzzkill, but The New York Times reports that one of last week’s Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage could also ease gay divorce.

Meanwhile, a Massachusetts sheriff is putting the kibosh on one heterosexual marriage, telling USA TODAY Sports that jailed football player Aaron Hernandez won’t be tying the knot behind bars.

NUMBERS IN THE NEWS: Palm Springs expects to rake in $9.4 million from its Measure J tax this fiscal year, Egypt’s military has given its president a 48-hour deadline to address protesters’ demands, and the Obama administration is giving companies until 2015 to provide health coverage to their workers, a one-year delay.

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in a scene from “This is 40.”  (Universal Pictures)

“This is 40″ … or is it? Paul Rudd’s age is surprisingly hard to pin down. (Universal Pictures)

BUZZWORTHY: Paul Rudd has apparently looked pretty much the same since at least 1995, as I learned when a friend sent a link to this Vulture quiz. Can you beat my score (12 of 16)? Let me know how you fare in the comments or by tweeting me, @BriNews.

GET SOCIAL: See a past Desert Magazine photo contest winner and get details on how to enter on’s Facebook page and read an LGBT news blast tweeted by @DesertOutlook.

COMING UP: Get a deeper look at Alan Hogenauer, the hiker who died this weekend, from my fellow Digital Editor Kate McGinty.

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