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American Kennel Club Welcomes Mutts For The First Time

For the first time in its 125-year history, the American Kennel Club is allowing mutts to compete alongside pure breeds in their dog shows. OK, so not in every category; mixed breeds are only allowed to compete in the skills-based competitions like Agility, Rally and Obedience. But the message is clear — the organization whose mission has been to “advance the study, breeding, exhibiting, running and maintenance of purebred dogs” is finally recognizing the beauty of all dogs. “AKC has always been best known as an advocate for purebred dogs,” says the AKC’s Gina DiNardo, in discussing the change. “But [we're] concerned about the welfare of all dogs.” And if all dogs are worthy of being shown and celebrated in front of the AKC, maybe less people will be inclined to purchase pure breeds from unethical puppy mills and will adopt instead. And maybe, just maybe, a ribbon is in Lucca’s future … [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Woman Sues Wireless Company After Husband Discovers Affair Through Phone Bill

The thing about huge jerks is that, because they are huge jerks, they will find every opportunity to avoid responsibility for how out-of-control their jerkitude has gotten. This is perhaps why Gabriella Nagy is suing the Canadian phone company Rogers Wireless for $600,000 for sending her cell phone records along with her and her husband’s regular phone bill, which subsequently led to him discovering that she was having an affair. Nagy complained that, “The thing that really hurt me is that it all came out not through my own doing.” Because, obviously, the phone company had the affair on her behalf. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Virginia School Tries To Figure Out Who Gave “Fetus Dolls” To Kids

  • Wow, this will be one interesting faculty meeting: an employee at Oakwood Elementary School in Virginia was placed on administrative leave last Thursday after it was discovered that 4-inch-tall plastic human fetus dolls were handed out to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. Apparently, the fetus dolls, which were not instruction materials meant for class, were handed out over the past few months and came attached with a “pro-life” message and information on the first 12 weeks of fetal growth. Oakwood’s principal has also been placed on leave while an investigation takes place. [HamptonRoads.com]
  • Sarah Palin is still saying she might run for president. Or more specifically: “I’m not going to close any door that perhaps would open.” [Gawker]

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Twitter Tattoo Fail

How are we supposed to follow you on Twitter if we don’t know your username? Social networking logos and catchphrases should never be inspiration for tattoos. Keep reading »

“What Would You Do?” Sees How Strangers React To An Abusive Relationship

Warning: this clip from a new ABC TV show called “What Would You Do?” is hard to watch, even though I know the “abusive boyfriend” and the “abused girlfriend” are only actors.

On four different occasions, “What Would You Do?” filmed diners at a restaurant watching two “couples” — one white, one black — sit down at a table when the “girlfriend” has obviously just been beat up. In both cases the “girlfriend,” who has cuts on her face and bruises on her arms, is terrified of her “boyfriend” and tells him to stop making a scene in public. Of course, he does not stop making a scene at all and only escalates his anger in front of all the other diners.

Good Samaritan strangers step in to help these abused “girlfriends.” Except when they are dressed provocatively, that is. Keep reading »

Need Therapy? Consult Your Phone

Is that a therapist in your pocket or are you just really well-adjusted? You may be able to use that line very soon because mobile therapy apps are on the way. Just imagine—you might not have to pay $200 an hour to talk about your problems. You can just pop out your iPhone and a virtual therapist can offer you some perspective. Real therapists speculate that mobile mental health apps will be a great addition to ongoing in-person therapy, but not a total substitution. Some therapy apps are being designed to help patients track moods or even predict psychotic breaks. The exciting thing is that virtual therapy will be available 24/7 unlike even the best therapists. After the jump, three new mobile therapy apps that are in the works. All that will be missing is the couch. Keep reading »

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