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NEWS BRIEF Oprah Over Budget, Judge Strikes Proposition 8, Safe Passage in India

August 5, 2010

Oprah Costs Discovery a Fortune 8/4/10 NY Post: Oprah’s over budget.  Discovery Communications has said that the $100 million it set aside to launch Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network in January isn’t going to cut it anymore. Judge Strikes California’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage, Proposition 8 8/5/10 Washington Post: A federal judge in California ruled Wednesday that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional right to equal protection. Fighting for Safe Passage on Indian Streets 8/3/10 NY Times: On blogs, Facebook and Twitter last month, hundreds of women across India shared their experiences as “Action Heroes” –facing up to sexual harassment on this country’s sometimes terrifying streets. Hugh Hefner, Playboy, and Their Fight for Women’s Rights 8/3/10 You’ve probably heard of Playboy, but have you heard of the Playboy Foundation?  It’s the arm of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy enterprise that has worked on behalf of women’s reproductive rights for nearly half a century.  Surprised? Justice Kagan?  Confirmation Expected Today for 4th-Ever Woman on Supreme Court 8/5/10 Huffington Post: Her confirmation assured, Elena Kagan is on the brink of becoming the fourth woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice. At Ethics Panel’s Helm, an Experienced Eye 8/3/10 NY Times: Representative Zoe Lofgren’s introduction to malfeasance in Washington came nearly four decades ago when she was a 26-year-old House aide assigned to help draft one of the articles of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon. A Labor Market Punishing to Mothers 8/3/10 NY Times: The last three men nominated to the Supreme Court have all been married and, among them, have seven children.  The last three women—Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Harriet Miers (who withdrew) –have all been single and without children. MDG Goals Panned for Isolating Women’s Rights 8/5/10 Womens eNews: The 10-year checkup on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals is coming up in September.  Ahead of that meeting, civil society groups are editing an outcome document with an eye to ending the segregated treatment of women’s rights. China Police Rescue 22 Abducted Women, Children 8/5/10 Associated Press: Police rescued 22 women and children abducted by a human-trafficking ring that operated in southern China for two decades, state media reported Thursday. Too Much Weight for Mom During Pregnancy Raises Obesity Risk for Baby 8/5/10 NPR: If there was any doubt left about the hazards of too much weight gain during pregnancy, an analysis of births in New Jersey and Michigan over more than a decade may settle things. Sisterhood? Still Powerful, if a Bit Stressed 8/2/10 NY Times: “I don’t believe in anything but myself” were the first words sung on the main stage of the Lilith Fair revival tour, which arrived at the Comcast Theater here on Sunday. A W.N.B.A. Pioneer Keeps On Scoring 8/3/10 NY Times: The Los Angeles Sparks’ starters were being introduced at Madison Square Garden for a game against the Liberty.