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“Suck Up The Pain” Is Midwife Denis Walsh’s Mantra

If you’re preggers and thinking of having an epidural, think again, says male midwife Dr. Denis Walsh. He claims the pain induced by labor is purposeful, necessary, and will prepare a mother “for the responsibility of nurturing a newborn baby.” Huh, dude?
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The King Of Pop News Drop: Was Michael Murdered? And Gay?

  • La Toya Jackson is certain that her brother was murdered. She told the Daily Mail that Jackson “was surrounded by a bad circle” of people who weren’t on his side. She also mentioned that her own personal autopsy of Jackson’s body revealed four fresh needle marks in his neck. [Daily Mail] — Guess we’ll have to see what the actual autopsy concludes.
  • Ian Helperin, the writer behind an unauthorized Michael Jackson biography which is being rushed to print as we speak, claims that “virtually everybody” knew Jackson was gay. He purports that Jacko had gay lovers and would sneak out of his home disguised as a woman to meet them at seedy motels. [Telegraph]
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Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor Takes The Stand

Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor takes the stand today in what looks like be one of the controversial confirmation hearings yet. (Well, besides that whole Clarence Thomas, pubic-hair-on-my-Coke thing.) In May, Barack Obama announced that Sotomayor was his pick to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court. Ever since then, the liberal Latina judge has faced wave after wave of Republican criticism. For the next seven days, Sotomayor will be nitpicked with the GOP’s fine sharp-toothed comb. While day one of the hearings is basically a warm-up, here’s what to expect as the questioning really heats up. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Levi Johnston Tears Down Sarah Palin On “Today”

Ann Curry interviewed Levi Johnston on “The Today Show” this morning, giving his take on the current Sarah Palin situation. Why? Because he’s an expert, of course! Keep reading »

Cursing Is Good For You

Holy s**t! A U.K. study found that swearing increases our pain tolerance. Participants in the study were asked to keep their hands in freezing cold water for as long as they could while repeating certain words. Peeps were able to withstand the cold an average of 40 seconds longer when repeating a curse word, compared to when they were saying something non-offensive. The best words to say next time you stub your toe—the f-bomb and that one that begins with an “s” and ends with a “t” had the most pain-killing properties. Oh, and since the study was in England, “bullocks” scored pretty high too. [CNN] Keep reading »

Boxer Arturo Gatti Murdered By Wife

Professional boxer Arturo Gatti may have beat down the best, but over the weekend, his 23-year-old exotic dancer wife allegedly strangled him with her purse strap while he was sleeping at a swanky resort in Brazil. Gatti’s wife became a suspect after she claimed she didn’t notice her hubby was dead for ten hours, even though they were in a room together. Keep reading »

Help Me Be The Best Bridesmaid Ever!

Three of my friends recently got engaged, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. I’m a bridesmaid in one of the weddings and want to be as helpful to all three of them as I can, but I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be doing. In fact, I actually picked up a copy of Modern Bride last weekend when I was in a nail salon, because I thought it might give me a clue! It did not. Since many of you Frisky readers have been in friends’ weddings, or at least gone to one, I’d love for you to share the tips and tricks you’ve picked up along the way in the comments. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Celebs Join The “Girls Are Not For Sale” Campaign

  • The organization GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services) is teaming up with celebs such as Beyonce, Halle Berry and Demi Moore to launch their new “Girls Are Not For Sale” campaign. [Feministing]
  • Not only did Senator John Ensign of Nevada have an affair – he recently admitted that his parents paid his “mistress” $100K.[Examiner] — Note to self: don’t get involved with politicians!
  • Jennifer Aniston gave the entire cast and crew of her new movie, “The Bounty,” a four-day weekend, instead of three-day, footing the bill for everyone’s salary during their extra day off. [People] – Even if her love life isn’t where she wants it to be, her heart is in the right place.

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The Friday Roundup: It Happened This Week On The Frisky

Another busy week at The Frisky! We had our work cut out for us following all the Michael Jackson-related news, but we found time to blog about a few other important things, like Gwyneth Paltrow‘s detox. If you missed it the first time around, here’s what we were talking about this week. Keep reading »

Some Hope For Laura Ling And Euna Lee

Finally, some good news has come from North Korea about detained journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Despite being sentenced to 12 years of hard labor last month for illegally entering North Korea, the pair is currently staying at a guest house in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. This update comes just days after Lisa Ling received a relieving phone call from her sister. According to political scientist Han Park, “North Korea’s move not to carry out the sentence suggests that it could release them through a dialogue with the United States and they could be set free at an early date, depending on the U.S. gesture.” Keeping my fingers crossed for their safe return! [Yahoo News] Keep reading »

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