Saturday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

MomsRising is running a blog carnival on Arizona, U.S. immigration policies, and the effect they are having on families. Both Erika and I submitted pieces. If you are interested in contributing to the conversation, or want to cross-post an article from your own blogs, just shoot me an e-mail at elisa at mothertalkers dot com. Thanks!

Disney just donated $2 million in environmental causes, and is launching a series of videos starring Disney stars like the Jonas Brothers to teach children how to protect the environment. Such tips include unplugging electronic devices when not in use and taking shorter showers. We had a similar diary for parents this week written by pat of butter in a sea of grits.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, was the first city in the United States to ban the sale of dogs and cats in retail stores in a trend story at Adoptions through the Humane Society are up 23 percent due to the ban.

The Chronicle of Higher Education just published a report that men’s share of college enrollments will continue to dwindle. But even though a higher percentage of women are claiming college degrees, women still earn less in wages than men who attain the same levels of education.

The New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof wrote about that disconnect, ahem hypocrisy, between the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy and the faithful on the ground. One Sister Margaret McBride in Phoenix was excommunicated from the church for allowing an abortion to save a mother’s life.

The growth of interracial marriages is slowing among U.S.-born Hispanics and Asians, while black Americans are substantially more likely than before to marry white Americans, according to the Associated Press.

In celebrity gossip break: Alicia Keys is preggars, according to MSN Wonderwall.

In case you missed it, Gary Coleman passed away yesterday of a brain hemorrhage, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 42.  

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Celebrity Gossip Break

Oy vey. It was only a matter of time before we heard from “Balloon Boy’s” dad again. This time, Richard Heene, who pleaded guilty for falsely telling police that his 6-year-old son flew away in a homemade balloon, told Larry King that the media circus wasn’t a hoax after all.

From the Associated Press:

In his first television interview since shortly after the Oct. 15 event, Richard Heene said that he believed that his 6-year-old son, Falcon, was in the homemade balloon when it took off from the family’s Fort Collins backyard….

Heene said he pleaded guilty to a felony count of falsely influencing authorities to protect his wife, Mayumi, a Japanese citizen who he said may have faced deportation if convicted of a more serious crime. Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false reporting.

Do you believe him? The family, by the way, has not been allowed to financially benefit from the hoax, or whatever it was.

Other folks for which it was only a matter of time they would do their own sit-downs: Tiger Woods. A ripped Woods will grace the cover of Vanity Fair, according to People magazine. According to the magazine, the photos were shot before the scandal hit.

Also in People: Actor Vince Vaughn married Canadian real estate agent Kyla Weber on Saturday. By AP: Diff’rent Strokes actor Gary Coleman was hospitalized for what he believes was a slight seizure.

Any other celebrity news or gossip catch your eye?