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WMC Daily News Brief: Selena Roberts, Maine Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, Iran

February 11, 2009

Who's 'This Lady'? Meet Selena Roberts, A-Rod's Worst Nightmare 2/10/09 NY Observer: As Selena Roberts dug deeper into the story, she started hearing more and more credible information about Mr. Rodriguez’s use of steroids. And so a magazine piece that anyone could have written became, because of careful reporting, a nice, sharp, clean news break. Maine Senators Break With Republican Party On Stimulus 2/11/09 NY Times: Senators Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe are not close friends, but they have plenty in common. They both represent Maine. They share a centrist ideology. They are proper and genteel. And they can drive their Republican colleagues to distraction. Iran's Women On The Frontline 2/10/09 BBC: During the Iranian revolution of 1979, millions of women from all walks of life took part in rallies and strikes - helping to topple the Shah's regime. These women, who had been mostly deprived of education and employment opportunities and were learning about politics for the first time, became politically active in mosques and other religious centres. Katie Couric Silences Critics With Work On 'CBS Evening News,' '60 Minutes' 2/11/09 NY Daily News: Listen very carefully, and you'll hear this about the drama surrounding Katie Couric at CBS News - nothing. After a year of intense scrutiny - no one is talking about Couric that way. Instead, people are talking about her work, notably how well she's done in recent months. As Mainstream Exits D.C., Niche Media Tide Rises 2/11/09 Washington Post: The growing exodus of mainstream reporters from the nation's capital has ceded much of the turf to a new, more specialized kind of journalism. Media Group Says Free Press Under Fire Around The World 2/11/09 Voice of America: A new report from a leading media watchdog group says the number of reporters killed and jailed worldwide is down for the first time since 2001, but that journalists continue to be the target of violence and intimidation intended to suppress the truth. A Birth Control Pill That Promised Too Much 2/11/09 NY Times: Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has just introduced a new $20 million advertising campaign for Yaz, the most popular birth control pill in the United States. But the television ads are not typical spots promoting the benefits of a prescription drug. MEDIA: Climate Of Fear Pervades Many Newsrooms 2/10/09 IPS: In Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, journalists are becoming increasingly vulnerable to physical violence as a result of their work, says a U.S.-based media watchdog in a new report released Tuesday. Review Ordered Of Media Ban For Casualties 2/11/09 Boston Globe: Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he has ordered a departmental review of a policy barring news media coverage of the return of American troops killed in action in conflict zones. Pelosi Frustrated By Senate 2/11/09 Politico.com: Nancy Pelosi had heard enough, thank you very much, after two enraged House Democrats rose at Tuesday’s caucus meeting to bitterly denounce the Senate’s take-it-or-leave-it offer on the stimulus. First Lady Michelle Obama Graces Vogue Cover 2/10/09 AP via MSNBC: It's official: Michelle Obama is the first lady of American fashion, appearing on the cover of the March issue of Vogue. Abortion Politics Trump Social Justice At Catholic School 2/11/09 RH Reality Check: A Minnesota Representative was stripped of an award for social justice work from a local Catholic school because of his voting record on choice. Women Bishops Pass First Hurdle 2/11/09 BBC: New rules allowing women bishops in the Church of England have passed their first hurdle at the general synod. The Church's national assembly voted, after a two-hour debate, to send draft legislation allowing women to revision committee stage. In Banking Crisis, Guys Get The Blame 2/11/09 Washtington Post: The interrogation of the lions of British banking, many of whom have lost their jobs, began on live television Tuesday before the financial overseers of Parliament's Treasury Select Committee. And in line with the usual math of the financial world, 18 of the 19 key people in the room were men. HIV-Positive Women Grow Own Food To Improve Their Health 2/10/09 Voice of America: Women living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi have formed a united front to ensure they get the nutritious foods they need to maintain their health. The Coalition of Women Living with HIV/AIDS is encouraging its members to grow different types of crops and rear a variety of farm animals. Israel Faces Gridlock As Rivals Claim Power 2/11/09 The Independent: Israel headed for political gridlock today after its election produced rival winners. Centrist Tzipi Livni's Kadima party won the most votes but had little chance of building enough support for a coalition. Right-winger Benjamin Netanyahu can get the support, but analysts said the likely coalition would prove dysfunctional. Access To Contraception Should Be A Medical Issue 2/11/09 RH Reality Check: The Maine legislature is considering a bill that would require minors to receive parental consent for all prescriptions. This is an issue that may be difficult for parents to think about or talk about, because it’s about giving their children the right, in theory, to have secrets from them. The Dissonant Undertones Of M.I.A. 2/11/09 NY Times: To many Americans, Maya Arulpragasam, known as M.I.A., is the very pregnant rapper who gyrated across the stage at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Yet in Sri Lanka, M.I.A. remains virtually unknown. And some who do know her work say she is an apologist for the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. CULTURE: Filmmakers Probe Multiple Identities, Partitions 2/10/09 IPS: A German teacher of Visual Cultures and studying documentaries in India organises a film screening in Pakistan. A Pakistani produces an innovative short film series featuring work from India, Pakistan and Britain. Bollywood-Style Weddings Face First Recession Test 2/11/09 Women's eNews: Bollywood - style Indian weddings have been at the forefront of the increasingly lavish U.S. wedding trend. One high-profile ethnic wedding consultant expects lavish weddings to continue, but this is also the first year her business has faced a recession. FTA: Fonda, Streep, Sutherland Echo Brecht & Trumbo 2/11/09 WBAI: Thirty-six years ago and about a minute before she was smeared and dubbed “Hanoi Jane,” Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and six of their “trouble-making” friends were the subject of a documentary film called FTA.? Betty Jameson, A Founder Of The L.P.G.A., Dies At 89 2/10/09 NY Times: Betty Jameson, a Hall of Fame golfer and a founding member of the women’s professional tour, died Jan. 31 in Boynton Beach, Fla., where she lived. She was 89.

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