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WMC Daily News Brief - Maddow, Poet Laureate, France

July 17, 2008

Now in Living Rooms, the Host Apparent 7/17/08 NY Times: For clues about who might be next to get a show on MSNBC, viewers need not have looked further than “Countdown” earlier this month. For eight nights beginning just before the Fourth of July, Rachel Maddow, the host of a program on Air America, the liberal talk-radio network, served as a substitute for the vacationing Keith Olbermann. Kay Ryan, Outsider With Sly Style, Named Poet Laureate 7/17/08 NY Times: Kay Ryan is being inducted into one of the most elite poetry clubs around. She is to be named the country’s poet laureate on Thursday. Ms. Ryan has won a carriage full of poetry prizes for her funny and philosophical work, including awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1994, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, worth $100,000. France Denies Citizenship to Veiled Muslim Woman 7/16/08 Washington Post: The case started quietly, when a Muslim woman who sheaths herself in a head-to-toe veil was denied French citizenship because she had not assimilated enough into this society. France's highest body upheld the decision, and politicians across the spectrum agreed it was the right move. <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> Media Stars Will Accompany Obama Overseas 7/17/08 NY Times: When Senator Barack Obama heads for Iraq and other places overseas this summer, Brian Williams is planning to catch up with him in person, as are the other two network evening news anchors, Charles Gibson of ABC and Katie Couric of CBS, who, like Mr. Williams, are far along in discussions to interview Mr. Obama on successive nights. Editorial Cartoonists: A Dying Breed 7/17/08 LA Times: I had already been talking to some of America's best editorial cartoonists about the enduring power of a single image when the New Yorker delivered the proof -- this week's cover depicting that closet jihadist, Barack Obama.Put a turban on the senator from Illinois, dress his wife up in camo and an assault rifle, and you get the whole country talking. The Right to Know 7/17/08 NY Times: In the face of near hysterical opposition from the Bush administration, the Senate Democratic leadership intends to take up a proposed shield law to provide journalists with limited protection against being compelled to reveal confidential sources in federal court. A similar measure won House approval last October in a bipartisan 398-to-21 landslide. She's Taking Sound Steps In Pursuit Of Her Dream 7/17/08 Boston Globe: Mirayah Rivera has big plans, but today she's thinking small.. In her second week of a summer internship with the Greater Media Boston radio group, Rivera, who turns 16 on Saturday, is focusing on the details as she edits songs for FCC compliance, the kind of production skill that will one day, she hopes, land her a job in media. Planned Parenthood Targets McCain 7/16/08 Washington Post: The political arm of Planned Parenthood will start airing a 30-second TV ad today critical of John McCain's stance on birth control and women's health issues. The spot uses recent footage of McCain struggling to express his opinion when asked what he thought of some health care companies' decision to cover Viagra, but not birth control. Authenticity a Priority for The Other Obama 7/17/08 Denver Post: If Michelle Obama does find herself as first lady in January, she says she'll be focused on raising her daughters and advocating for a more humane balance between home and work for millions of American families that are struggling. For Pelosi, a Fight Against Offshore Drilling 7/17/08 NY Times: With gasoline prices soaring, those drilling restrictions are facing their most severe test in years as calls intensify to pursue domestic oil more forcefully. Yet despite increasing pressure from President Bush, a full-bore assault by Congressional Republicans and some anxiety among her own rank-and-file Democrats, Nancy Pelosi is not budging. Refiner Sunoco Names Elsenhans First Female CEO 7/16/08 USA Today: Oil refiner Sunoco (SUN)on Wednesday named Royal Dutch Shell veteran Lynn Laverty Elsenhans as its first female chief executive and president effective Aug. 8. Donation to Same-Sex Marriage Foes Brings Boycott Calls 7/17/08 NY Times: A hotel owner’s $125,000 donation to support a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in California has become a flashpoint, with opponents calling for a boycott of two of his hotels and supporters highlighting the donation in a fund-raising letter. Women, Men and Service 7/17/08 While there are differences by discipline, the percentages of women entering fields is rising across the board, and women have in recent years assumed some of the most prominent presidencies in higher education. At the same time, in discipline after discipline, there is evidence that the careers of many women in academe stall. Amnesty: Venezuela Neglecting Battered Women 6/17/08 AP via Yahoo: President Hugo Chavez's government passed new domestic violence legislation in March 2007 requiring that, among other things, Venezuela's 23 states and more than 300 municipalities construct women's shelters. But more than a year later, no new facilities have been built, London-based Amnesty said. Unions Discriminated Against Female Workers, Court Rules 7/16/08 Times Online, UK: One of the country’s largest trade unions discriminated against female members while negotiating a pay deal with their employer, the Court of Appeal said today in a ruling that could cost it and other unions millions of pounds. Eradicating Poverty - Develop a Woman, Develop a Nation 7/16/08 Poverty in Rwanda thus has a female face. The integrated living conditions survey for June 2005 shows that women's literacy rate is estimated at 51.4% compared to 62.5% for men. Women constitute more than 80% of farmers but have limited access to, and control over, assets including land, markets, and credit. Labour's Family Planning Failure 7/17/08 Guardian, UK: The extension of paid maternity leave, and significantly enhanced rights for women, when set against what can only be seen as timid steps towards extending paternity rights to fathers, has not only put more women at risk of workplace discrimination, it has also reinforced traditional gender roles at home. How can this be? Women Happier Than Men And Enjoy Life More In Old Age 7/16/08 Telegraph, UK: Researchers questioned nearly 9,800 people over the age of 50 about their lives and found women were more optimistic than men, researchers at University College London discovered.Report co-author Dr Elizabeth Breeze said that women could become happier as they get older as they no longer have to worry about looking after their families. Depressed Women At Greater Risk For Heart Disease 7/17/08 Globe and Mail, CN: A new Canadian study shows that middle-aged women face far greater risks of heart disease than men as a result of depression. This study shows for the first time that depression affects women in ways that are much more significant and much more physically severe than in men. Film Society Chooses Executive Director 7/17/08 NY Times: Mara Manus, the Public Theater’s top financial executive, will take over as executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the society said Wednesday. Ms. Manus, who will start work in mid-September, is taking the helm as the Film Society undergoes a $38 million expansion as part of Lincoln Center’s ambitious redevelopment plan. Could It Be? Did Hollywood Execs Get The Memo? 7/17/08 Women’s eNews: A bountiful crop of summer movies starring women and girls is outshining the usual male-driven action flicks. Marjorie Rosen wonders if the studios, fresh from a string of flops with male stars, are getting the message. Women's Volleyball: Tom Heading Back To Olympics 7/17/08 Salt Lake Tribune:Four years ago, Logan Tom figured that if she ever returned to the Olympics, it would be on the beach. Instead, the former Highland High School star was named to her third straight U.S. Olympic Team for the upcoming Beijing Games on Wednesday - back on the indoor court where she has enjoyed the brightest moments of her illustrious career. Beatriz Looks To Carve Out Own Image Among Women Racers 7/16/08 USA Today: After becoming the first woman winner in the Firestone Indy Lights Series last Saturday, Ana Beatriz ran her cellphone's battery out answering media calls. Beatriz, 23, made only 10 series starts before winning at Nashville Superspeedway in IRL IndyCar's feeder series.