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Obama’s War On Cancer Sticks

Obama may puff on a cigarette every now and then, but that doesn’t mean he thinks it’s okay for you to do it. On Monday, he signed a bill that will seriously regulate cancer sticks. Under this bill, the Food and Drug Administration gets to rule over tobacco companies with an iron fist. By January, cigarette companies will have to register with the FDA and offer up a list of the ingredients in everything they’re making. The president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids called this “the strongest action the federal government has ever taken to reduce tobacco use.” [USA Today] Keep reading »

Chace Crawford Set To Star In Footloose Remake

Chace Crawford is now, sort of, one degree from Kevin Bacon — he has officially signed on as Ren McCormack in the new “Footloose” remake. Not only will he actually have to sing, but he’ll also have to keep up with his leading lady, played by “Dancing With the Stars”‘ Julianne Hough. Kenny Ortega, also behind “High School Musical,” was one of the three main filmmakers involved in the decision to cast Zac Efron in the leading role. Efron later dropped out after being advised to stay away from musical roles so that he can build up versatility. While we hope Chace Crawford is as good a song-and-dance man as Zac Efron or Kevin Bacon, Crawford says, “I don’t know if the gymnastics [high bar] scene is going to make it, I’ve got some movement in me, but I’m not a dancer. I need to start stretching now.” In case you haven’t seen this cult classic, in a nutshell: mysterious new guy moves to ultra-religious Midwestern town, introduces teens to rock ‘n’ roll, and trouble ensues when hot girl’s preacher dad shuts down the fun. I don’t know about you, but I hope they do justice to this rebel with a cause. Keep reading »

Album Drop: The Latest From Regina Spektor, Deer Tick, Dinosaur Jr., And The Mars Volta

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means. It’s new record release time! This week, Dinosaur Jr. farms some fresh produce, Regina Spektor takes an adult naptime, Deer Tick stings our heart, The Mars Volta strips down, and God Help The Girl saves musicals. Keep reading »

Harry Potter And His Hogwarts Friends Sing

Around The Frisky office, I get mocked for being mildly obsessed with Harry Potter. Sure, the series isn’t as sexy as vampire stories like “True Blood” or “Twilight,” but Harry’s glasses turn me on. Needless to say, I am excited to watch “Harry Potter the Musical,” a parody created by Potter fans, while I await the July 15 release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” [via Flavorwire] Keep reading »

Have You Ever Shoplifted?

This statistic absolutely blew me away: according to the Guardian, women in the U.K. are nine times more likely than men to shoplift. And they’re good at it, as only one in 48 shoplifters gets caught!

Why is it that shoplifting is such a female-heavy crime? Is it because shoplifting is criminal, but not aggressive, which could be an attribute women want to avoid? Or is it because women earn less money than men do so we’re trying to make up for what we can’t afford to buy? Keep reading »

Teens Aren’t Keen On Using Contraception, But That Doesn’t Mean They’ve Stopped Going At It

It’s a good thing abstinence-only advocates are tweaking their message, because the old one didn’t seem to be working. According to a study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Guttmacher Institute, teens’ contraceptive use declined 10 percent from 2003 to 2007, but their level of sexual activity remained the same. The study’s authors believe the findings suggest a link between the decrease in contraceptive use and the rise in abstinence-only education during former President George W. Bush’s administration. Unsurprisingly, the proportion of births to unmarried women also saw an increase. [Medical News Today] Keep reading »

Five New Names For “Jon And Kate Plus 8″

Hello, perhaps you’ve been in a coma and are finally waking up after five months of unconsciousness. Allow me to get you up to speed: we have a new president, gay people can get married in Iowa now, your mom probably started Twittering, the world went ape-s**t over a Scottish woman with a nice voice and overgrown eyebrows, and that reality show on TLC with all the kids? The one with the sextuplets? You know, the show where the wife’s a real bitch and the husband’s totally lazy and they fight all the time in front of the kids? You haven’t heard of it? Well, it’s all anybody talks about these days — even more than the recession (yeah, that’s still going on)! Anyway, last night Jon and Kate — that’s the husband and wife on the show — announced that they’re separating and today TLC announced that they halting production of the show until August. Production will resume with the kids living at the house full-time, and Jon and Kate alternating. All of this makes me wonder whether the show will be renamed when it returns. I mean, how can they still call it “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ when there’s not “Jon and Kate” anymore? After the jump, a few suggestions for a new title. Keep reading »

Chick Lit, Summed Up In 140-Character Tweets

Earlier this week, two 19-year-old college freshmen received a book deal for an idea you could have thought of: Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books, Now Presented in Twenty Tweets or Less.

(Forget for a moment that we aren’t sure how we feel about the phrase “chick lit.”) Keep reading »

Jon & Kate Plus 8: A Perspective On Why The Show Should Go On

The divorce papers have been filed. The announcement has been made. After 10 years of marriage, eight kids, months of speculation, and an dizzying number of tabloid covers, Jon and Kate Gosselin of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ are officially dunzo. No surprise there. But what is surprising is that, divorce aside, “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ will go on. On June 29th, there will be an ode to the couple’s marriage—in other words, a highlights episode. Then the show will go on a break until August 3rd to give the family “some time off to regroup,” as a TLC spokesperson put it. After that, the show will resume. The house will now be the constant—the kids will always live there, while Jon and Kate switch off time in the family home. [AP]
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Manicurist Tries To Rip Fake Nails Off Teenage Girl

I never bother getting manicures because I’ll inevitably mess them up 20 minutes later on something totally innocuous, like a cupcake. (No really, true story.) But some women get super serious about their fake nails. Apparently, this includes nail technicians, as demonstrated this week when a Washington State manicurist allegedly attempted to rip off a 13-year-old girl’s pumpkin-colored fake nails when the girl was bummed on the design and tried to bail without paying. Of course, when the police showed up, the girl’s mom coughed up $10, even though the manicurist asked for $30. Now this manicurist might be facing misdemeanor assault charges.

All I have to say is, really, pumpkin-colored nails? Of course she didn’t like how they looked in the end. Also, are 13-year-old girls really getting fake nails? Aren’t teenage girls intimidating enough? If I learned anything from puberty, it’s that you don’t mess with mean girls…especially ones with sharp talons. [Dayton Daily News] Keep reading »

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