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- Due to a lack of funding, the United Nations has to cut back on food aid for 800,000 pregnant and nursing women and 960,000 children in Iraq. [AOL News]
- The new wave of abortion providers might not just be exclusively abortion providers, but generalists who provide abortions at their practices. [New York Times Magazine]
- The new season of “Degrassi,” which premieres today, will feature a transgender character, played by actor Jordan Todosey. [Feministing]
Not many starlets would talk about pee on “The Tonight Show.” But then again, not many stars would ditch fake-baking in Hollywood for composting at an Oregon eco-village. Ellen Page dropped facts about composting — apparently if you build it right, it doesn’t smell! — and announced how she and her eco-village pals liked to contributed nitrates to the compost by peeing together in a bucket. And that’s when Jay Leno said something very weird. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
I thought the first half of this trailer for “K-Town” — the new reality show starring Asian-Americans who party-hard in L.A.’s Koreatown — must be a joke. The “Tik Tok” cover is as laughably bad as the production quality. And did that girl, Scarlet, really let the cameras film her on the toilet? At least Snooki had the decency to keep the door shut! We love watching party animals having a good time, but “K-Town” just looks like a rip-off. [Popcrunch] Keep reading »
It’s been nothing but drama for Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl Cole: Earlier this year she filed for divorce from her cheatin’ soccer hubby, Ashley Cole, and just this month she contracted a virulent form of malaria after a trip to Tanzania. Now doctors have banned Cole from sex and booze while she’s on the mend. Can’t a girl catch a break?! A source told The Sun newspaper, “Cheryl managed to summon enough energy for a giggle when she was given the news about a sex ban. It’s the last thing on her mind right now.” At least she’s still got a sense of humor. [3am Girls]
But Cheryl Cole isn’t the only celeb who has endured a sex ban. After the jump, meet the poor stars who’ve been forbidden from bumpin’ uglies.
Later this month, Filipino singer and actress Charice Pempengco will begin filming for “Glee” and she’s not just prepping for her role by memorizing lines. The 18-year-old admits she had Botox to make her “naturally round face” appear more narrow on TV. “All people will be anticipating how will Charice look? Is she good enough to pit against Rachel Berry? So of course there is tremendous pressure,” she told an interviewer. Somebody needs to tell Charice that “Glee” is a singing show, not a beauty contest. Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me that an 18-year-old thinks she needs Botox. Sometimes I think women use plastic surgery and injectables like Botox as a crutch even if they don’t “need” it, just because it makes them feel better. [AP] Keep reading »
The mother of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s surprise baby is said to be an American waitress he had a one-night stand with while in L.A. last year. According to the U.K.’s Mirror newspaper, Ronaldo picked up the waitress — whose identity is still top-secret — and slept with her at his hotel that night. When she discovered she was pregnant, the woman allegedly tracked Ronaldo down through his agent. A DNA test proved the Real Madrid star’s paternity and he allegedly paid the woman $15 million to keep her identity secret and give the baby —said to be named Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. — to him and his family. The single dad surprised everyone when he announced on his website on July 3 that he had become a father. So far fatherhood seems like a breeze, though: last week Ronaldo was snapped suntanning in New York City and hanging out with his Russian underwear model girlfriend, Irina Shayk. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »
If you get caught Photoshopping a beautiful, healthy, full-figured woman to look like a twiglet, you should have one of your fingers chopped off. And I think supermodel Crystal Renn will agree: she told Glamour magazine she was “shocked” to see startling photos of her posing for a Fashion for Passion promotion, looking far, far skinnier than her size 10 or 12 plus-size model frame.
These pics were especially troubling given Renn’s hellacious bout with anorexia while trying to be a “straight size” model, which she described doing battle with in her recent memoir, Hungry. Rest assured, Renn has not re-developed her eating disorder. Instead, it’s just that Photoshop has struck again. Keep reading »
- Speaking on a radio show this morning, Louisiana Senator David Vitter made a joke about how MSNBC host Rachel Maddow looked like a woman “a long time ago.” (Maddow is openly lesbian, wears her hair short, and favors a more masculine way of dressing.) Sen. Vitter was on Rush Radio 99.5 in New Orleans discussing a high school photo of Maddow which has been making the rounds. The host said that Maddow looked “like a woman” in her high school photo and Vitter laughed and said, “Must have been a long time ago.” [Washington Post]
- The Vatican has clarified a statement they released yesterday regarding de-frocking priests who have committed sex abuse. The document also stated “the attempted ordination of women” as priests was a serious crime within the church, but the Vatican has responded today to clarify it did not mean ordaining women was as bad as pedophilia. [Reuters]
Earlier this week marked the 50th anniversary of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. In the past half-century, Scout, Jem, Atticus and, of course, Boo Radley have charmed millions of readers (if not necessarily high school English classes) with their tale about coming of age, family, and racism in the South. I can’t be the only one who was inspired as a kid by spunky Scout and her wild imagination! This summer, libraries and book clubs around the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the 50th anniversary, so be sure to check out events in your area.
WIN THIS! We’re giving away one copy of the special 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, plus a new companion book, Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of 50 Years of To Kill A Mockingbird, a collection of interviews with famous authors on how Harper Lee’s novel influenced their own work. But you have to work if you want them! In the comments, tell us which was the most memorable book you read in high school English class and why by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 22. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, July 23. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
[Images: Barnes&Noble/Harper Collins] Keep reading »