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WMC Daily News Brief - LA Times, Single Moms, Ingrid Bentancourt

July 3, 2008

L.A. Times Newsroom to Shrink by 150 Jobs 7/3/08 NY Times: The Los Angeles Times announced Wednesday that it would eliminate 150 newsroom jobs - more than one-sixth of the staff - and publish 15 percent fewer pages, in the deepest of a series of cuts at Tribune Company newspapers as the company tries to stay afloat. Single Moms' Poverty Spikes After Welfare Overhaul 7/3/08 Women's eNews:The ranks of poor single mothers have grown since the 1996 welfare overhaul that weakened their safety net, and 30 percent now live with neither job income nor public assistance. Third in "The Memo" series on the status of U.S. women. Colombia Plucks Hostages From Rebels' Grasp 7/3/08 NY Times: Hours after Colombian commandos in disguise infiltrated the FARC terrorist group in a daring rescue operation, three American hostages were flown to safety in the United States and another freed captive, French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, held for six years, was reunited with her family. The Opinion Pages: Mostly A Man's World 7/1/08 San Francisco Gate: When it comes to the opinion pages of some of the most influential American newspapers, it's far too often a man's world. One reason for the disparity is obvious: Women are still breaking through glass ceilings in business, government and academia. Political Blogger Shot in Robbery Attempt 7/3/08 Washington Post: Liberal political blogger Brian Beutler, 25, was shot and wounded early yesterday during a robbery attempt in Adams Morgan, police and friends said. Back to Being Just a Senator, Clinton Inspects Crop Damage 7/3/08 NY Times: A month ago, Hillary Clinton was a presidential candidate, discussing her plans for ending the war in Iraq and establishing universal health care. On Wednesday she was promising the apple, strawberry and peach growers that she would fight for federal aid to cover the losses from the damaged crops. McCain and Obama Differ on Same-Sex Marriage Initiative 7/3/08 NY Times: Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are at odds over a California ballot initiative that would amend the state's Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. New Health Reform Group to Spend $40 Million 7/3/08 NY Times: A national advertisement by the newly formed group Health Care for America Now, to be released on Tuesday, will take on insurance companies and argue for comprehensive, affordable health care in the United States, a spokeswoman for the group said Wednesday. Female Firefighters Face Tough Climb Up HFD Career Ladder 7/3/08 Houston Chronicle: When Senior Capts. Michelle McLeod and Alison Stein earned the two top scores on the Houston Fire Department's promotion exam, they knew the sleepless nights they spent studying had paid off. The two recently were promoted to district chiefs in the arson bureau, making them the highest-ranking women in department history. Women in Sociology - Satisfied, but Not Equal 7/3/08 Inside Higher Ed: Women in sociology, 10 years after earning their Ph.D.'s, are achieving substantial professional success and high levels of research productivity, but also differ from men in some ways in their career trajectories, according to a new study released by the American Sociological Association. Powerful Moment in U.S. For Women 7/3/08 DesertSun.com: All of us in the United States realize that 18 million voters just created a hugely powerful moment for a member of the "weaker sex." I don't want to go too heavily into politics, but those 18 million know who they are, and we all know the issue involved here. The Luckiest Girl 7/3/08 NY Times:  Because the children of a Connecticut church decided to buy goats for African villagers, a Ugandan girl's parents decided that they could afford to send their daughter to school.  She is now a graduate of Connecticut College. Myanmar Cyclone Victims Saved From Traffickers 7/3/08 AP via Yahoo: More than 80 women and children who were victims of Myanmar's recent cyclone have been rescued from human traffickers scheming to smuggle them to neighboring countries, a media report said Thursday. Abortion Fight Is Still On: Morgentaler 7/3/08 Toronto Star: Dr. Henry Morgentaler said he deserves to receive the Order of Canada for his efforts to make abortion legal for Canadian women 20 years ago. But he warned the fight for abortion rights is not yet over. Nigeria: Religious Leaders Tasked On Maternal Mortality 7/3/08 AllAfrica.com:Worried by the rate of deaths of women at child birth, the federal government yesterday appealed to religious leaders to assist in the dissemination of information and education on the importance of healthy reproductive practices. Why Can't Women Sleep? 7/3/08 Alternet.com: A 2007 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 67 percent of women frequently experience sleep problems and 29 percent use some type of sleep aid at least a few nights a week. A Spa for Those Women Concerned About 'Pelvic Fitness' 7/3/08 NY Times: The first medi spa wholly dedicated to strengthening and grooming a woman's genital area is slated to open in Manhattan. Phit - short for pelvic health integrated techniques - is the brainchild of Dr. Lauri Romanzi, a gynecologist who performs pelvic reconstruction surgery. Women Wrestlers Gaining Ground 7/2/08 Chicago Tribune: The growth of women's wrestling at small, private institutions has little to do with the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, and everything to do with their bottom line. Officials at tuition-hungry colleges say women's wrestling is an untapped market of prospective students, one that has curiously been all but ignored by bigger universities.

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