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BlackBerry orphans! Plus, a wardrobe crisis at the White House.


Tracy Clark-Flory
December 9, 2006 8:12PM (UTC)

Video Dog: Oh heavens. First Democrats took the House and Senate, and now this: Four women -- including the First Lady -- showed up to a White House holiday party wearing the exact same $8,500 dress. Mrs. Bush changed mid-party, leaving the other ladies to cope with the embarrassment on their own.

Stuff.co.nz: New Zealand women are opting not to file protection orders against domestic abusers. Why? The process is too expensive and orders are poorly enforced, according to critics.

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The Wall Street Journal: Woe be unto the multitasking parent who invests in a spiffy new BlackBerry, turns his or her children into "BlackBerry orphans" and must pay the children's expensive therapy bills. Woe.

Reuters: On Thursday Nigerian women gathered in the country's capital to protest their exclusion from state elections, which often get remarkably nasty. "The proceedings were very violent. I saw one man get hacked to death with a machete," one woman said. "How was I supposed to stand up and protest when they rigged the election? It is very dangerous."

Slate: Um, wow. It took two years of studying the penis size of Indian men for a panel to conclude that high condom-failure rates in the country can be attributed to shorter penises. Still, Slate aptly points out: "The failure rate is lower in clinical trials, and many complaints are about tearing, not slippage, so the main problem is proper use, not size."

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Novinite: A survey suggests British jurors are more likely to clear a perpetrator of rape if the accuser was drunk during the encounter.

New York Times: Women are increasingly experiencing sore shoulders and stiff necks as a result of larger and heavier purses. Hmm, could this story about the fad of toting a "handbag with a heartbeat," also from the Times, have anything to do with that?

Associated Press: Unsurprisingly, a judge refused to dismiss a man who admitted to shooting and killing a doctor who performed abortions. The shooter had hoped to convince the court that the murder was justified, since, by his reasoning, it saved the lives of unborn babies.

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