Daily Archive: October 1, 2013

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International

Miss Philippines wins Miss World in Indonesia

by Firdia LisnawatiAssociated Press Writer BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World on Saturday amid tight security on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the contest’s final round was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups. “I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.

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Lifestyle

Girl Scouts launch drive to halt membership drop

Natalie Harrison, left, and Jasmine Barnett of Troop 2424 hold a promotional poster for their organization outside of Matthews Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. The fifth graders were volunteering at a Girl Scout Informational night at the school to share their stories about their experiences in the group. (AP Photo/Girl Scouts, Colleen Young) by David CraryAssociated Press WriterNEW YORK (AP) — With an assist from Michelle Obama, the Girl Scouts of the USA is launching an unorthodox recruitment campaign this week aimed at reversing a long-running decline in participation by girls and adult volunteers. Instead of placing ads on TV, in newspapers and on billboards, the decentralized campaign will unfold in neighborhood initiatives and on social media as local Girl Scout councils directly target elementary-school girls — even kindergartners — with promises of adventuresome fun. The first lady is pitching in with a video in which she lauds the contributions of the Girl Scouts and urges adults to find the time to help out.

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Lifestyle

A manager’s guide to losing 158 pounds, one step at a time

Keith Trotter lost 158 pounds in three years using the same principles that worked for him in business: Research, testing and documenting his results.(Photos: Keith Trotter/iReport) by Daphne Sashin (CNN) — Keith Trotter stared at the picture that popped up on his Facebook feed. He felt like the floor was opening up and swallowing him whole. This photo of himself had been taken a few days earlier at a 2009 New Year’s Eve party and posted by his friend Jeremy. Trotter was 386 pounds at the time, wearing size 60 pants, and holding a plate of food. He had known for a while that he was overweight and out of shape. But this guy? He didn’t recognize himself. “I don’t have a neck, I don’t have a lap … I look like a swollen pig,” said Trotter, now 42 years old. He thought: “Why hasn’t someone just slapped me with something heavy and said ‘You’re going to die — you look awful’? “

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People

Hollywood couple stopped by police, say they were racially profiled

Actors Dennis White and Cherie Johnson pose together for a photo on September 27. (Photo/Cherie Johnson/iReport) by Katie Hawkins-Gaar and Alan Duke (CNN) — Hollywood couple Cherie Johnson and Dennis White say they were improperly stopped by police, put in handcuffs, and harshly questioned during a recent weekend getaway in South Carolina. They claim the incident took place because of their race. Johnson, best known for her roles in TV shows “Punky Brewster” and “Family Matters,” and White, from the movie “Notorious,” are speaking out about their treatment by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy on September 22.

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National

NC Republicans vow to fight US DOJ over voter laws

In a June 30, 1982 file photo, President Ronald Reagan signs an expansion of the 1965 Voting Rights Bill during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections. North Carolina has a new law scaling back the period for early voting and imposing stringent voter identification requirements. It is among at least five Southern states adopting stricter voter ID and other election laws. (AP Photo, File) by Michel Biesecker and Pete Yost RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Republican governor and GOP lawmakers are vowing to fight a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department challenging the state’s tough new elections law on the grounds it disproportionately impacts minority voters.

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Sports

Pirate’s booty: McCutchen the pick for NL MVP

Andrew McCutchen watches his single off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) by Mike FitzpatrickAP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) – There was a time when MVP awards were practically passed around the Pittsburgh clubhouse, from one generation to the next. Dick Groat and Roberto Clemente in the 1960s. Dave Parker and Willie Stargell in the late ’70s. Barry Bonds twice in the early ’90s. And now, Andrew McCutchen appears poised to pick up that torch.

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Opinion

Stop demonizing people who need aid

by LZ GrandersonCNN Contributor (CNN) — If volunteer work is a requirement, is it really volunteer? Of course not. But that didn’t stop Michigan state Sen. Joe Hune from writing a bill that would require certain welfare recipients to do community service in order to receive public assistance.