Betty on the News: Top Stories

Top News Stories for July 21, 2009

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Betty on the News: Top Stories

Carrie Prejean gets a book deal, Michael Vick completes his prison sentence, Britney Spears may regain control of her life and more

-Kathy Campbell and Carolyn French

Carrie Prejean1. Our clock must be slow, cause shouldn’t Carrie Prejean‘s 15 minutes of fame be over already? The Miss USA runner-up, who made headlines when blogger Perez Hilton asked her about her views on gay marriage, has signed with Regnery Publishing to write a book.

According to a press release from her publisher, Still Standing will be released in November. It will reveal how the former Miss California, who supports traditional marriage (i.e. Between a man and a woman), “has been forced to battle the left’s double-standard on free speech and the bias against conservatives-particularly conservative women-who stand up for their beliefs.” (US News & World Report)

Michael Vick2. Former NFL star Michael Vick completed his federal prison sentence yesterday for dog fighting. He had been under home confinement in Virginia for the past two months in the final part of the sentence he received in 2007.

This clears the way for the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback to seek a return to the NFL. Training camps begin later this month and Vick, who is now a free agent, is hoping a team will give him a second chance, The NFL said in a statement that “the review of his status is ongoing.”

Do you think Michael Vick should be allowed back into the NFL? (AFP)

Iran3. A member of Iran’s Basij militia has told the Jerusalem Post that members of the paramilitary group forcibly marry female virgin prisoners the night before their scheduled executions, and then rape their new “wives,” making it religiously acceptable to execute them.

In Iran it is illegal to execute a woman if she is a virgin, the former guard told the newspaper. He revealed that because they fought back, fearing the rape even more than their executions the following day, some of the women were drugged with sleeping pills.

“I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over,” he said. “I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her fingernails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her.” (Fox News)

Peanuts4. Doctors have developed a potential cure for peanut allergies that threaten the lives of tens of thousands of children across the world.

The therapy uses controlled doses of peanut flour to “retrain” a child’s immune system. In early trials, doctors treated 20 children suffering with severe allergies, who at the end of six months of therapy were able to eat up to 12 nuts a day without suffering a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Researchers at Cambridge University in the U.K. are now investigating whether the same technique can be used to tackle other allergies to foods like milk and gluten.

Dr. Pamela Ewan, lead researcher on the project, warned parents not to try the technique at home with their children. “We have to increase their dose in hospital in case they take an adverse reaction,” she said, and added, “‘It is still early days, and we still need to work out how long-term the desensitization is.” (Daily Mail)

Smallest Dog in the World5. This is too adorable for words. Cheryl McKnight of Gisborne, New Zealand, owns what could be the smallest dog in the world. The fuzzy white-haired Maltese pup, named Scooter, is only 3 inches tall and measures just 8 inches from his tail to his nose (which is less than the current Guinness World Record holder, an American Chihuahua named Boo Boo). The six-month-old cutie weighs 400 grams (i.e. less than a block of butter), and that’s if he’s dressed in his purple jersey which McKnight made using a sock. Scooter “does everything a normal dog does” according to his owner, eats three times a day from an egg cup and sleeps in a shoebox. Pee Wee was his original name, but McKnight changed it as she was worried about giving him an inferiority complex. (AdelaideNow)

Britney Spears and one of her sons6. Comeback queen Britney Spears is about reclaim control of her life … if a judge believes that she’s fully capable of doing so. Jamie Spears, the pop star’s father, has been watching over Britney and her finances ever since her very public breakdown in February last year. Sources are now saying that Jamie feels Brit-Brit will be ready to take the bull by the horns in November, once her Circus tour comes to an end. While Jamie cannot flat-out ask the judge to end the conservatorship, he can request a review of the terms.

The judge presiding over the case might have decided to drop the conservatorship a while back, but Brit’s tour obligations prevented it (the vendors were promised that the conservatorship would remain in place during the course of the tour, which means they must not be too trusting of Miss Britney.)

But could Jamie be overly optimistic? Earlier this month, Betty Confidential reported that he was worried about his daughter’s health and mental stability, after catching her mixing over-the-counter diet pills with Red Bull. (TMZ)

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