• As expected, the French Assembly has indeed voted in favor of banning the full facial veil in public spaces; the measure extends to both burqas and niqabs. The bill is expected to be ratified by the Senate in September.
Facebook dispatches and Twitter updates from Haiti are helping revolutionize on-the-ground reporting, but the emotional impact of old-school moving pictures hammers the heartbreak - and horror - home. We've collected a few of the most visceral, blogged-about videos from the earthquake's aftermath.
One of New York magazine's "Reasons To Love New York" is "Because Our Pregnant Women Kick Ass." The mag makes an example of Amy Poehler, noting that she's inspiring:
Some days there's news to be had, and some days all you can do is shake your head when a governor like Ed Rendell stereotypes working moms and single women all in a breath. Luckily, there are governors like David Paterson, who is really pissed about sexism in the legal profession (and in the New York State court…
- Aw! Eva Mendes says it's easy to get all "critical" of yourself when you're on the red carpet but that she doesn't let herself "fall into that" — but that's she also "thankful" for her "nice physique"! Pretty sad if this counts as having positive body image nowadays. [People]
- In poor England it's all water, water…