Betty on The News: Susan Boyle, Iran, Dooce, The Hangover and More

The tops news stories for June 15, 2009

Betty on The News

Betty on The News: Top Stories

-The Betty Editors

 1. Can Susan Boyle take the heat of her red-hot, overnight fame? Her decision to pull out of this weekend’s Britain’s Got Talent tour performance in Manchester has many wondering. This comes on the heels of her stay at a London clinic where she checked in for exhaustion May 31. Tour officials say Susan has been “advised to rest”. She’s scheduled to appear in Scottland tonight, so we’ll see if she makes it. Of course, seeing as how she is getting $16,000 a minute performing for corporate clients, she may really need to rest up for those gigs! (Sky News )

2. Iranians around the world continue to protest Iran’s recent presidential election in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected with more than 62 percent of the vote. Allegations that the vote was rigged have spurred violent protests throughout the country, and clashes between supporters of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi and police have turned violent. International reporters have been blocked whenever and wherever possible. While social networking sites like Twitter and Flickr were reportedly shut down by the government for some time, they are providing vivid glimpses in the situation that seems to be escalating. Recounts are being posted on Facebook, tweets tell timely details, and camera phones capture police brutality – citizen journalism at its finest. Technology isn’t a friend to oppressive, tyrannical governments. (CNN)

3. Amanda Knox – who spent last Friday attempting to prove her innocence in the murder of Meredith Kercher – appears to have rekindled her romance with Raffaele Sollecito (her alleged partner in crime). According to the Daily Telegraph Knox has been penning love letters and poems to Sollecito, expressing thanks for his openness. They aren’t all sappy adoration notes however, as one is merely a series of complaints about roughing it in jail.

“Are you alone in your cell?” Knox asked. “I’m living with a drug addict, a thief, and an accomplice to murder.”

Hmm … think she’s referring to herself in the third person with that last one? (Newser.com)

Heather Armstrong4. Heather Armstrong, the notorious blogger known as Dooce, gave birth to her second daughter this weekend. She tweeted a few of her contractions, and her husband provided an update mid-labor, but actually there was much less tweeting during the process than we would have expected from her. The pushing must have gotten in the way of the promoting … She describes her delivery as “fast and natural” and said she only pushed for 12 minutes (lucky mom!). The baby girl weighed in at 7lbs 15 oz., 21 inches; the name has yet to be announced. Congratulations Heather, on the newest fodder for your blog!

5. The Hangover Hangs on. For two weeks running, the comedy about a Las Vegas bachelor party and the aftermath has held the top spot and has everyone buzzing (pun intended). This weekend alone it brought in $33.4 million. The Pixar film Up came in second, raking in $30.5 million. After the harsh (in more ways than one) winter, looks like movie goers want something light and UPlifting this summer. (Los Angeles Times )

6. Someone’s taking this whole online-dating business a tad too seriously. Sean McGinn of Brooklyn has a bone to pick with Match.com, and the bone has come in the form of a lawsuit. McGinn is suing the site for failing to remove expired profiles, which caused him “humiliation and disappointment” since he kept sending off e-mails to women who were no longer available (ie: they didn’t return his emails …). Apparently McGinn feels it’s his civic duty to warn others about perils of using the service, before they — and their fragile egos — suffer the same fate. What’s interesting is that McGinn eventually did stumble upon a current profile, and he is no longer single … thanks to Match.com! (Newser.com)


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