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WMC Daily News Brief: Leslie A. Norman, Michigan, India

February 12, 2009

'Wall Street Journal' Librarian Laments Shutdown  

2/12/09

Editor and Publisher: Leslie A. Norman, the librarian who operates The Wall Street Journal's news research library -- which is set to close with the elimination of her job and another staffer's -- said in a memo to other librarians that the shutdown is both a personal difficulty and a hit to news coverage.


A Hollywood Sequel For Michigan Workers  

2/12/09

NY Times: As the job market tightens, many people would welcome the chance to receive training for work in a new field — if only they could figure out which industries were hiring, and how to find and pay for that training.


"Loose" Women To Send Knickers To Hindu Group 

2/12/09

Reuters: Thousands of Indians, many fuming over a recent assault on women in a pub, are vowing to fill bars on Valentine's Day and send cartons of pink panties to a radical Hindu group that has branded outgoing females immoral.


Laurie Cantillo Provides A Voice For Women At WABC Talk Radio 

2/12/09

NY Daily News: Laurie Cantillo isn't about to walk into the most successful talk-radio station in America and blow up any support beams.  But the new program director of WABC (770 AM) still thinks there ways to improve a station that has Don Imus in the morning, then the conservative trinity of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin from noon to 9.


Rachel Maddow's Star Power (Extended Interview) 

2/12/09

Mother Jones: Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery talks to Rachel Maddow about perfect cocktails and imperfect hair. An extended interview.


Jaconi Leaves NBC, Named EP Of CNN's "State Of The Union" 

2/11/09

Media Bistro: Michelle Jaconi is leaving NBC's Meet the Press after 12 years with the program to become the executive producer of CNN's State of the Union with John King.


Our Opinions Can’t Be Heard If We Don’t Express Them 

2/12/09

The National (UAE): There are certainly obstacles that contribute to the small number of women journalists in the United Arab Emirates.  When I first announced to my family that I would to take up a reporting job, I was sat down for a serious talk with a concerned relative.  


Twitter? It’s What You Make It  

2/12/09

NY Times: Writing can be solitary work, but not when you write a tech column. Feedback pours in so quickly — by e-mail, on blogs, in online comments — that it’s almost real-time performance art.  For the longest time, my readers kept nagging me to check out this thing called Twitter.


Elevating Maternal And Child Health And Family Planning Under The Obama Administration 

2/12/09

RH Reality Check: A Global Family Health Action Plan could integrate child health, maternal health, family planning and HIV prevention and meet US commitments to the UN Millennium Development Goals.


Focus On The Family Spent Big On Proposition 8 

2/12/09

RH Reality Check: Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family gave $727,250 in cash and services to the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 campaign in California, according to records released by the California secretary of state.


NYC Marriage Bureau Rebuffs Same-Sex Couples

2/12/09

AP via USA Today: Hundreds of same-sex couples seeking to wed were turned away from the city marriage bureau Thursday, part of a nationwide protest aimed at recent decisions restricting the right to marry to a man and a woman.


Korean Immigrant's Story: From Housemaid To Harvard 

2/12/09

Voice of America: Jin Kyu Robertson has come a long way since she immigrated to the United States as a housemaid when she was 22.  Since then, she rose to the rank of major in the U.S. army and completed a doctorate at Harvard University.


Let The Chips Fall Where They May  

2/12/09

NY Times: Three months ago, Hadley Lord and a group of co-workers at Wilson Associates, an interior architectural firm in Manhattan, used to go for manicures en masse at day’s end. But now when Ms. Lord, 25, assesses what she calls her “mental balance sheet,” weekly $12 manicures no longer make the cut.


Tell Me What She Wore 

2/12/09

Washington Post: In the stunning image of Michelle Obama, a woman of substance and of style, it is apparent that in Washington we don't always do a good job of acknowledging those two sides of the same woman -- or of allowing them to coexist. 


Understanding The Roots Of Violence Against Women In The Pacific 

2/12/09

RH Reality Check: Violence against women is a problem worldwide, but violence against women in the Asia-Pacific region is seldom spotlighted. A new study seeks to understand the scope of the problem, and its roots.


Ads Pressure Hong Kong Women To Whiten Up 

2/12/09

Women's eNews: Hong Kong's public transit is plastered with cosmetics ads promoting a beauty ideal influenced by Western women. Skin-bleaching creams are top sellers in cosmetics shops and media ads promote such things as laser treatments to melt the fat away.


JAMAICA:  Women Cheer Ban On Sexually Degrading Song Lyrics 

2/11/09

IPS: It's the new dance craze here and many artists have hopped on the bandwagon. But when the latest "daggering" song hit the airwaves, government, broadcast regulators, civil society and others in Jamaica said enough is enough.


Tamil Women Bear The Brunt Of Lankan War  

2/12/09

Sify.com (India): In one of the biggest hospitals in Sri Lanka's north, many women patients wonder why they survived the fighting between the Tamil Tigers and the military that killed so many of their friends.


Testing Her Strong Suit  

2/12/09

NY Times: “It’s survival of the fittest at this point,” the designer Anna Sui said cheerily last week, as she glided around her Garment Center workroom.  She was referring to the nine days of fall collections that begin on Friday in lofts around the city and at the Bryant Park tents.


Biology, Romance And Renovation  

2/12/09

NY Times: Married barely a year and a half, Ms. Holmes, 45, has a particular way of looking at the biomechanics of love, marital behavior and what she describes as territoriality. In her latest book, “The Well-Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself” (Random House), she uses the lens of biology to peer at the human species.


Calming The Voices That Scream ‘Shop!’      

2/12/09

NY Times: Should you want to see a movie that puts guilt and pleasure back together again, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” may be the ticket.  In creating her curious heroine, Madeleine Wickham, 39, a witty, self-deprecating Oxford graduate, was not appealing to fiction snobs.


Wie's Belated Debut On Women's Tour Gets Mixed Reaction

2/12/09

The Guardian: After a long and tortuous journey on which Michelle Wie has competed against the world's best male golfers, the most famous player in the women's game arrives today at a place where her army of critics argue she should have been long ago.


Qatar Stages First Middle East Women's Race

2/12/09

Kuwait Times: Despite indifference from the public, competitors in the first women's professional cycling race to be held in the Middle East feel the event marked a milestone in sport.

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