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WMC Daily News Brief - Google-Yahoo Probe, Sexual Harassment, Tehran

July 2, 2008

Google-Yahoo Deal Subject Of Antitrust Probe 7/2/08 Reuters: The U.S. Justice Department has opened a formal antitrust investigation into a deal between Google and Yahoo to share some advertising revenue, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Investigators are planning to demand documents not only from Google and Yahoo, but also from other large companies in the Internet and media industries. To Hostess, a Dream Restaurant Was a Nightmare 7/2/08 NY Times: Martha Nyakim Gatkuoth, a refugee from Ethiopia, said Tavern on the Green's restaurant director of operations - and other workers - demanded that female workers perform sexual acts, talked crudely about women's genitalia, grabbed female employees' breasts and buttocks. The black and Hispanic workers also complained of coarse epithets. Wives Outnumber Singles in Tehran Sex Trade: Report 7/2/08 More married women are involved in prostitution in Tehran than single females, while the age of those working has come down and now ranges from 15 upwards, Iran's  Sarmayeh newspaper said on Wednesday quoting academic research. Warner Bros. TV Shuffle Means Business 7/1/08 Hollywood Reporter: Palladino has been upped to executive vp production, succeeding Judith Zaylor, who recently announced her retirement from the company. In her new position, Palladino will be responsible for day-to-day production operations on primetime series, telefilms and miniseries. Parents Do The Fighting, And The Kids Soldier On In 'Coming Home' 7/2/08 Daily News: Veteran journalist Linda Ellerbee tells the story through the eyes of children in her latest Nickelodeon "Nick News" special, "Coming Home: When Parents Return from War," airing Sunday at 9 p.m. Candidates' Wives Under Media Microscope 7/1/08 Scripps News: As Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain battle for voter attention on the presidential campaign stage, their wives are marshaling their own armies to confront an unusually high level of public curiosity in this campaign year. Cindy's Fortune: An Asset and A Liability 7/2/08 Politico: In 2004, Republicans demanded fuller disclosure about the considerable fortune of Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Having established a recent precedent for increased scrutiny of spousal finances, the GOP now finds its own presumptive nominee, John McCain, under an unwanted spotlight over his wife Cindy's fortune. Female Doctor Need Not Take Test of Fitness To Keep Her Job 7/2/08 Boston Globe: A female neurosurgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital who is suing the chief of neurosurgery for sex discrimination won a victory this week when a federal court ruled that she need not undergo a medical evaluation to gauge her fitness to stay at the hospital. Mother Uses Son's Iraq Death to Change Law, Help Soldiers Get Citizenship 7/2/08 NY Daily News: U.S. Army Spc. Kendell Frederick lost his life while trying to become a citizen of the country he was fighting for. After three years of work by his mother, Michelle Murphy, and two Maryland Democrats, Bush signed the Kendell Frederick Citizenship Assistance Act, which is meant to ease the citizenship process for members of the military. What Do Women Want? A Developer Asks, and Listens 7/2/08 NY Times: When Trademark Property Company began planning a large mixed-use center, Watters Creek, for a 52-acre site in Allen, Tex., near Dallas, it decided to consult a group it had never called on before: women. Ruth Cardoso, Ex-First Lady of Brazil, Dies at 77 7/2/08 NY Times: Ruth Vilaça Corrêa Leite Cardoso, a Brazilian anthropologist who carved out a career as one of her country's most respected intellectuals and feminists before rather reluctantly becoming its first lady, died June 24 at her home in São Paulo. She was 77. Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Is Illegal: Islamic Org 7/2/08 An Islamic organization in India has issued a fatwa saying that conversion of a woman to Islam for the purpose of getting married with someone in the faith is illegal and against the Shariat law. A Rape Campaigner Runs For Office 7/2/08 The Guardian, UK: Twenty years ago, Jill Saward went public as the victim of the Ealing vicarage rape. Now she is standing against David Davis in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election as an independent candidate, she was described as his "strongest contender." Sex Lives of Australian Women Under The Microscope 7/2/08 Daily Telegragh, UK: A new book based on the survey, Sex Lives of Australian Women is peppered with harrowing stories of women carrying the emotional scars of sexual attack. The gamut of women's sex lives are exposed in the stories and opinions of about 2000 women of all ages who completed an anonymous online survey. Catheterization After Heart Attack Helps Women Too 7/1/08 Reuters: Women benefit just about as much as men from cardiac catheterization after having a heart attack, according to a study published on Tuesday contradicting previous indications that the procedure may not help women. Menopause and Effect 7/1/08 Arizona Republic: Faith Kube, 52, of Cave Creek, is one of a generation of women who researchers believe may have suffered needlessly since two halted Women's Health Initiative studies raised fears that estrogen use could lead to breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. Holly Hunter Is No Angel In 'Saving Grace' 7/2/08 Daily News: An angel looking over her shoulder didn't slow down Grace Hanadarko in the first season of TNT's "Saving Grace." Grace, played by Holly Hunter, is back for a second season and Hunter says her hard-drinking, fast-living character isn't about to go all angelic on us. Women's Final A Family Affair? 7/2/08 Baltimore Sun: One pre-match glance yesterday at the data displayed on those fancy, new digital scoreboards at staid, old Wimbledon provided a pretty persuasive case for why Venus Williams might be considered the woman to beat. Nonetheless, one person who knows about tennis and about Venus Williams flatly rejected the notion that she's the favorite: Serena Williams.