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Today is International Women’s Day. I actually know of one child care center here in Berkeley that has the day off. Here is a brief history of the “holiday,” which started about 15 years after New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote, according to the International Women’s Day website.
In health news, middle-aged women in unhappy marriages are more likely than men and their female peers to suffer from health problems like stress and high blood pressure, according to CNN. The researchers were reluctant to call for outright divorce, stating that health habits over the years and “personality factors” may have also contributed to a decline in health.
Also in CNN: Just to show you it is a buyer’s market, first-time homeowners are finding bargains at auctions of foreclosed homes.
Help! I can’t stop reading Meghan McCain’s column at The Daily Beast. This time she ripped into Ann Coulter, which admittedly was self-serving, but delicious to read. I also applaud her for attempting to modernize and “moderatize” the Republican Party. For example, she does support gay marriage, stem cell research and voted for John Kerry in 2004. You go, girl!
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?