LOS ANGELES | January 19, 2012
A 9 to 1 vote Tuesday marks a major defeat for the Los Angeles area porn studios and major win for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation as the City Council gave final approval to a city ordinance requiring porn actors to wear condoms during film shoots. The Healthcare Foundation has rallied for years to protect porn industry workers by asking agencies in California to mandate condom use during filming.
Michael Weinstein, the President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation in a report by the Los Angeles Times stated “It’s a great day for the performers and safer sex in our society. This is the first legislative body to take up the issue and the near-unanimous support is very gratifying.”
The Healthcare Foundation changed its strategy last year after years of legislators ignoring or dismissing requests to crack down on filming in which condoms are not used by gathering signatures from voters to pass an ordinance requiring the producers when seeking film permits in the city of Los Angeles to use condoms during filming and pay a fee that would fund surprise inspections. The proposed requirement would have targeted the multi-billion porn industry situated in the San Fernando Valley, but in order to avoid a costly special election in June, the City Council members decided to adopt the Healthcare Foundation’s proposed ordinance.
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The United States space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday and the crew on Wednesday begin a nearly two-week mission aboard the International Space Station, where the six astronauts, 5 American and 1 Italian led by astonaut Mark Kelly, will begin on Thursday the installation of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a $2bn device designed to search for anti-matter and dark matter particles that scientists say could help explain how the universe was formed.
Endeavour docked with the orbiting laboratory Wednesday as part of the shuttle’s final space journey for which NASA says the docking went smoothly. Upon docking, the Endeavour crew were warmly greeted by the space station’s six other occupants.
According to a report in the Voice of America, the Endeavour astronauts will unload spare parts for the space station and conduct four spacewalks, the first of which is scheduled for Friday.
On Monday, three of the six other astronauts on the space station will climb into a Russian Soyuz capsule to return to Earth after a five-month stay.
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LOS ANGELES | May 2, 2011
After a long-running 15 seasons that last season ranked no. 1 in daytime television, CBS Television Distribution stated on Monday that Judy Sheindlin, 68 and known as “Judge Judy,” signed a new deal to stay with CBS through 2015. “I am thrilled with the opportunity to continue this exciting second career,” Sheindlin said in a statement.
Having been a former New York judge, Sheindlin presides over small-claims cases on her daytime program. “Judge Judy” had actually been renewed until 2013 before this new agreement was reached.
The deal comes as Oprah Winfrey whose cable channel went live in January prepares to end her talk show after 25 years, leaving Sheindlin and other daytime stars to compete for the position.
Judge Judy had contemplated ending her show in 2013, but the show remains a strong competitor. In the 2009-10 season, “Judge Judy” ranked No. 1 among daytime series and became the first program in a decade to outdraw “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Sheindlin is “at the top of her game,” said John Nogawski, president of CBS Television Distribution, the show’s syndicator. She’s been the most-watched TV judge since her show’s 1996 debut.
Read the entire article at: Judge Judy to Remain on CBS Through 2015
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