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In 1993 a Harvard study looked at a random sample of more than 400,000 couples in which both members were between 67 and 99 years old. Nine years later, researchers checked back in with the couples to find that 21 percent of the men and 43 percent of the women had lost their spouses — and a small portion of these newly single seniors had been diagnosed with an STD.
The women who had lost their husbands weren’t found to be at a significantly higher risk for STDs after their partners died, but the widowers had a 16 percent higher risk of being infected during the six months to a year after their wives died. What did they do, start picking up women at the cemetery when they paid visits to their dead wives’ graves? The men certainly took advantage of their newfound freedom — or, perhaps getting busy was simply their way of dealing with grief. [Newswise] Keep reading »
We’ve been following the story of Annie Le, the Yale grad student who went missing on Sept. 8, days before her impending wedding. Her murder is beyond sad: The body of Le, who was killed by “traumatic asphixia” or strangling, was found inside a wall in the lab where she worked — found on the day she’d planned to marry her fianceé, Jonathan Widawsky, on Long Island. Yesterday, police arrested Yale lab technician, Raymond Clark III, after his DNA matched samples taken from where Le’s body was found and swipe cards proved he had been in lab rooms at the same time as Le. Clark’s bond has been set at $3 million.
Le was not sexually assaulted before her death, the New Haven Police Chief stated yesterday, which is an oddly consoling bit of information. But what I don’t understand is why police are calling it “workplace violence,” which has been referred to in the New York Post as “work rage.” (USA Today referred to it as “workplace violence” as well.)
“Work rage”? What the hell is “work rage”? That makes it sound like Clark was just some fussy jerk who had a temper tantrum. (Every office has one of those!) But this wasn’t just a temper tantrum. Allegedly, Clark killed her. Keep reading »
It was “Grapes of Wrath” meets “Simply Ballroom” at Ralph Lauren, where Depression-era coveralls and distressed boyfriend jeans were paired with shiny, strappy heels. (Although the closing act — a metallic overalls-inspired dress — took the theme waaaay too far.) Not sure how we feel about the whole dainty shoes and baggy jeans look — the proportions always end up looking weird in real life, no? Then again, we’re totally inspired by the pageboy caps and blazers and dressing in drag in general. But screw waiting for next spring. We’re pretty sure we can put something similar together at the local thrift store. Keep reading »
“A woman who is falling in love with herself. A woman who is falling in love with the world. A woman who is falling in love with the universe. I want to live long. I want to live forever. I want to live infinitely. A woman who has no fear at all for thinking of forever or infinity. I think I am such a woman.”
Last night, VH1 held their annual “Divas” concert, featuring Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, and Jordin Sparks, even though attaching the label “diva” to these gals is questionable. During the show, which coincidentally took place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music right down the road from my apartment, host Paula Abdul made a funny. She dressed up as Ellen DeGeneres, who’s replacing her as a judge on “American Idol” this season, and imitated her dopest dance moves, grooving her way over to a replica of Ellen’s set. “Why y’all staring at me? Can’t a girl try out a new job?” she said. “All kidding aside—nothing but love Ellen. And I wish you the best of luck on the new gig. And you gotta call me if you have any Simon problems because, well, I know him best.” Keep reading »
London Fashion Week begins this weekend, and one of the first things to make headlines isn’t about clothing but the models wearing them. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has publicly decried Fashion Week as a promoter of anorexia. “The catwalks of international fashion events such as London Fashion Week can act as a showcase for underweight women,” said, Ulrike Schmidt, a professor at the college. Keep reading »
How often have we complained that all the good men are either taken or gay? Now, we don’t fuss with men who are involved in monogamous relationships, but gay men are another story. Here are 10 famous gay dudes we would not throw out of bed for singing show tunes.
- Katherine Heigl and her husband, Josh Kelley, have posted photos on her foundation’s website of their newly-adopted baby from Korea. [Dlisted]
- Halle Berry wore a waist-cinching mini dress for her appearance on “The Jay Leno Show,” where she continued to deny pregnancy rumors. [Us Weekly] — Well, you couldn’t really see her belly, but maybe she did just eat too many burgers like she claims.
- Amy Winehouse can’t reunite with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil because she’s too busy enjoying herself with ex-boyfriend Tyler James. [OK! UK]