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Sasha Obama secret agent, Lisa Ling hears from sister held in North Korea, One in four Americans obese and more
-The Betty Editors
1. After weeks of painful silence, Lisa Ling finally received a phone call from her sister Laura, one of two American journalists imprisoned in North Korea.
“It was only the first time I had heard her voice in weeks. I was so relieved but I feel so helpless,” Lisa, a CNN contributor, said. “Because as an older sister, a best friend, a self-professed ‘doer,’ it’s just difficult to know I cannot do anything to bring her home.”
Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who are reporters for former Vice President Al Gore‘s Current TV, were sentenced in June to 12 years in prison on charges of illegally entering the country to conduct a smear campaign.
Lisa spoke to her sister on Tuesday night but said, without seeing her, it was difficult to say how her sister was doing. She described the past few weeks as being engulfed in a “terrifying and deafening” silence.
She hopes that the arrests of the two women will push the U.S. and North Korea to engage in diplomatic talks.
“I know that our government has been working behind the scenes very hard trying to bring the girls back home,” she said. (CNN)
2. President Obama joked that his youngest daughter might have a career with the CIA after the family’s recent trip to Moscow.
“Sasha was walking down one of the halls of the Kremlin yesterday,” Obama revealed. “She had her trench coat on, had her pockets in her trench coat.”
He joked that he and his wife Michelle had taken to calling the 8-year-old Agent 99 (after the character in the TV series Get Smart).
“She just looked like she knew where she was going,” Obama said. “I thought she was going to pull out her shoe phone.” (AP)
3. Americans are getting heavier, with more than a quarter of the population now fully obese, the federal government reported yesterday.
Scary statistics have revealed that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
“The proportion of US adults who are obese increased to 26.1 percent in 2008 compared to 25.6 percent in 2007,” the CDC said in a statement.
“If this trend continues we will likely see increases in health-care costs for obesity-related diseases,” said the CDC’s Liping Pan, who headed the study. (NY Post)
4. The Reverend Al Sharpton has called for the late King of Pop Michael Jackson to be commemorated o a U.S. postage stamp and is pushing for a national day of mourning for the star, who died on June 25.
But his call has been denounced by New York congressman Peter King who released a You Tube video denouncing the singer as a “lowlife.”
“It’s almost as if he were Mother Theresa,” King said of Michael. “Our priorities have been skewed. They’ve become really, I think, totally out of whack.” (Fox News)
5. The memory of a woman named Neda dying on the streets of Iran in the wake of protests over the recent election has become an image people around the world will never forget.
Now, VoiceoftheVoiceless.net has launched a video, “I am Neda” that captures the words of Iranians on Twitter. (Voice of the Voiceless)