Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and the third state in the country, along with Massachusetts and Connecticut, to legalize same-sex marriage. The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down a 1998 ban on same-sex marriage Friday. Same-sex marriages could begin in the Hawkeye State in three weeks. The opposition is outraged. The pundits are already looking at how this might impact the 2012 presidential race. And Californians on both sides of their state’s Proposition 8 debate spoke up about Iowa’s decision.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer joins the Rocky Mountain News in the Newspaper Death Watch. On Tuesday, Seattle’s 146-year-old paper will publish its last print edition, shutting down the daily newspaper but maintaining its online presence at seattlepi.com.
P-I subscribers will receive rival paper, The Seattle Times, without interruption, but The Seattle Times has its own set of problems and might be next to disappear. At least the Post-Intelligencer‘s 30-foot neon globe isn’t going away anytime soon.
As we mentioned yesterday, it’s Women’s History Month. And today, President Obama signed an executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls. The council’s first year will be focused on the “economic status of women,” establishing a “balance between work and family,” preventing “violence against women, at home and abroad” and improving “women’s health care.” Valerie Jarrett will head the council.
It’s National Women’s History Month. So, here’s a round-up of tidbits and interesting articles in honor of the month. Be sure to tell us your Women’s History favorites as well.
2) Want a quick snapshot of U.S. women today? Check out CNN Student News‘ one-sheet for Women’s History Month.
5) And even ESPN.com is getting in on the Women’s History action. Check out their history of girls high school basketball.
As Tamika mentioned in December when The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press ended their daily home delivery, newspapers are in a heap of trouble.
Not depressing enough? Then be sure to check out Newspaper Death Watch, a Web site that is “Chronicling the Decline of Newspapers and the Rebirth of Journalism.”
Just about everybody is scared these days.
French consumer confidence is down. German business confidence is down. Consumer confidence is up in Canada and Italy. But consumer confidence is down in Mexico, and many foreign workers in Dubai just skipped town when they lost their jobs.
In the United States, well, Americans are not very confident at all. U.S. consumer confidence plummeted this month. Americans don’t trust their peanut butter anymore, and (get this) Americans trust politicians more than business leaders when it comes to the economy.
In honor of Black History Month, we’re teaming up with the social news site NewsTrust to find and promote journalism about the Black experience in America today. How has the election of Barack Obama changed the conversation, and the realities, for African Americans and other people of color?
Join us in reviewing news and opinion pieces that explore issues of social justice and empowerment and highlights the contributions of African Americans to the country’s cultural landscape.
Of course you don’t speak Kashaya. That’s because the dying language found on the California coast near the mouth of the Russian River is one of nearly 2,500 worldwide languages that UNESCO has classified as endangered or extinct (out of more than 6,000 total world languages).
UNESCO created an interactive atlas of the world’s endangered languages. 192 of those languages are in the United States. As with endangered species lists, the atlas seeks to inform policy-makers, communities and authorities of languages that need to be targeted for preservation.
And if you are one of the 24 people still speaking Kashaya, please let us know.
As we mentioned last week, you can track the progress of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at Recovery.gov. The site launched Tuesday after President Obama signed the so-called stimulus bill into law.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, Marvel Comics released the “Gettysburg Distress” online for free today.
The six-page digital comic is the tale of Captain America and Spider-Man doing a little time travel to witness Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.