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WMC Daily News Brief: Rocky Mountain News, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Morocco

February 27, 2009

Final Edition: Rocky Mountain News To Shut Down Today
2/27/09
Washington Post: Colorado's oldest newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, is shutting down today, and industry analysts say it won't be the last to be pulled under by a rising tide of financial woes.


Gillibrand Prefers Soliloquy To Sound Bite 

2/27/09

NY Times: In an age in which politicians live and die by the sound bite, Kirsten E. Gillibrand's five-minute-plus answers - or "soliloquies," as a former staff member affectionately put it - are emerging as a trademark.


Women's Rights Group Opens Chapter In Morocco 

2/27/09

Voice of America: A French women's rights group that led major marches to denounce violence to women in France's immigrant heavy suburbs is opening its first formal chapter in the Muslim world - in Morocco. But the reception is mixed for the group, with some finding its name - as well as its existence, offensive.


Local Papers Feel The Squeeze

2/26/09

Financial Times: The question of how to maintain a viable business in regional and local newspapers is occupying an increasing number of people.


Sweet To Tweet 

2/26/09

Financial Times: Twitter has stumbled on a formula that a whole generation of recent web start-ups has been searching for: a way for people to connect with friends, express themselves and find information that stands a chance of one day becoming as popular as other mass online trends.


Bloggers And Unions Join Forces To Push Democrats To Left 

2/27/09

NY Times: A group of liberal bloggers said it was teaming up with organized labor and MoveOn.org to form a political action committee that would seek to push the Democratic Party further to the left.


When In Texas: Just Say I Don't Know 

2/27/09

RH Reality Check: A new report presents the cruel hard truth: Texas is the largest recipient of federal funds for abstinence only programs while turning out young people with one of the highest rates of sexual risk taking behaviors, teen birth and pregnancy rates.


Lawmakers Press For Mothers' Share Of U.S. Budget

2/27/09

Women's eNews: A bipartisan group of lawmakers has joined calls for more domestic and foreign aid to reduce maternal deaths, which claim 1 in 7 women in the poorest nations. The effort launches as the Obama administration releases its first budget.


Judge in Bonds Case Has Reputation as Quick Study
2/27/09
NY Times: Susan Illston was an accomplished trial lawyer when the
N.F.L. hired her in the 1980s to fight a referee's wrongful termination lawsuit. But she knew nothing about football.  Illston, now the federal judge presiding over the Barry Bonds case, was a quick study. 


Turning 12 

2/27/09

Boston Globe: Adele is just a girl, but the path she will take to her 12th birthday reveals a good deal about the competing forces tugging at many girls her age. Behind all her giggling, Adele has an idea of what's ahead of her. Maybe that's why she clings so tightly to the tree.


Four Minnesota Bills Attempt To Restrict Access to Abortion 

2/27/09

RH Reality Check: Minnesota's anti-abortion forces are hoping a slate of bills will restrict access to abortion. Four bills have been offered this session, from outright bans on the procedure to data-collection mandates.


Laura Bush's Work Isn't Done 

2/27/09

Houston Chronicle: Laura Bush was all business Thursday, at least mostly, using her position as the former first lady to draw attention to one of her top priorities - improving the lives of Afghan women.


RIGHTS: U.N. Flunking on Gender Empowerment, Women Say 

2/26/09

IPS: The United Nations is coming under heavy fire for the lack of vibrant leadership and the continued absence of adequate structures to advance the long-touted cause of gender empowerment worldwide.


Colombian LGTB Community Recognizes Progress While Calling For Further Rights 

2/27/09

RH Reality Check: Colombian LGBT organizations recognized some legal advancement regarding equal rights, but noted that the progress was due to legal demands made by individuals, not a consequence of a public policy or a legislative action.


Book Casts Harsh Light On Ex-Hostage In Colombia 

2/27/09

NY Times: Ingrid Betancourt, the aristocratic Colombian politician greeted as a heroine last year after enduring years as a hostage of Marxist guerrillas, is depicted as a selfish and haughty captivity mate in a memoir by three American military contractors who were held in jungle camps alongside her.


Flat Funding For HIV Prevention And Treatment In 09 Budget 

2/27/09

RH Reality Check: The Gay Men's Health Crisis is criticizing the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill because it holds funding flat for HIV prevention efforts through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Protestors Off-Base At Wisconsin Clinic 

2/27/09

RH Reality Check: Patients at our family planning clinic are frightened and threatened by the anti-birth control crusaders who protest in front of our building on a regular basis.

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