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Florida Official Under Fire for Remarks After Allegations of Lesbian Affair

July 19, 2012

Florida Official Under Fire for Remarks After Allegations of a Lesbian Affair

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll has landed in hot water with women, African-Americans, LGBT advocates and generally anyone within that combination after she issued a poorly worded response to allegations she was embroiled in a lesbian affair with a staffer. After a former employee accused Carroll of firing her because she had walked in on the lieutenant governor in a compromising position with another aide, Carroll appeared on television and retorted, “Black women who look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.” Civil-rights advocates, the blogosphere and the Twitterverse alike blew up after her comments, turning what could have been a blip on the radar into a national issue over what it means to be a black lesbian.

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Surprise! The U.S. Is Not the Sloth of the World

The likelihood of a sedentary lifestyle increases with age, in women over men and in countries with higher standards of living, The Atlantic reports. Women from Malta were ranked the most physically inactive demographic. The U.S. faired a bit better: About six in 10 Americans were deemed to have an “active” lifestyle, but 90 percent of  men from Benin, Bangladesh, Mozambique, and Mongolia were reported to have at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.

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Study Finds Correlation Between Youth Activity on Twitter and Political Engagement

With the rise of social media, researchers are finding that young people are increasingly more engaged in Twitter, and those who are engaged are usually the most politically active. And overwhelming majority of American youth--regardless of race--report having access to a computer and the Internet and 41 percent say they have used the technology to engage in political discussions or activities. The study also found that black youth were the most engaged and politically active online.

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Older Americans Hit Hard with Foreclosures

The housing crisis has especially been hard on older Americans, according to a new AARP report that found more than 1.5 million older homeowners have already lost their homes and millions more at risk. The report also found that older black and Hispanic homeowners have fared the worse.

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In Television, Interest in Hispanic Television Continues to Grow

More television networks and advertisers are investing in Hispanic-targeted programming, revealing a growing interest in diversifying their message, Media Life Magazine reports. Advertisers are interested in a larger variety of networks, rather than concentrating in just a couple markets, while more attention has been paid to networks and their Spanish-language channels.

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