Actress Angelina Jolie wrote in the New York Times on Tuesday that she underwent a double mastectomy to elude breast cancer, a disease which kills half a million around the world every year.
“We often speak of ‘Mommy’s mommy’, and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me,” wrote Jolie, 37.
“I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a ‘faulty’ gene.”
The Oscar-winning actress said her doctors had estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
“Once I knew this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy,” she said.
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BlackBerry’s biggest event of the year kicks off today, and we’re here in Orlando, Florida to cover it all. Formerly known as BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Live may have a different name, but it still promises the be the place where BlackBerry reveals its plans for the next year or so. Now that the company has actually launched two BlackBerry 10 devices, what will its next step be? Will we see the oft-rumored lower-cost BlackBerry 10 smartphone? Will CEO Thorsten Heins do an about face on his stance on tablets and reveal something we don’t even expect?
White Men, Everyone Else: Gender and Ethnic Diversity on Cable News
Media Matters spent the month of April reviewing evening guests on cable news. The results, unfortunately, don’t surprise: CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC “overwhelmingly host male and white guests.”
Read through for the details as the watchdog group breaks down the numbers for each network. We learn, for instance, that “Out of 1,677 total guests, CNN had the largest proportion of men — 76 percent — during the month of April;” and “Fox News had the largest proportion of white guests — 83 percent.”
Hat tip to Chris Hayes, whose show is the most diverse in cable evening news. And getting there isn’t very difficult. “We just would look at the board and say, ‘We already have too many white men. We can’t have more,’” Hayes told Ann Friedman at the Columbia Journalism Review back in March. “Really, that was it.”
Images: Diversity On Evening Cable News, via Media Matters. Select to embiggen.
Astonishing news from Walvis Bay, Namibia, where scientists from the Namibian Dolphin project on Tuesday confirmed the sighting of a grey whale. Not only has this north Pacific species been extinct in the Atlantic since the 18th century, it has never been seen south of the equator.
Photograph: Turner Forte/NGS/Corbis
Israel’s Negev Desert is alive – with locusts.
NBC News: Huge swarms of the newly hatched critters have begun marching across the sand, devouring everything in their path.
With the help of high-tech irrigation methods, much of Israel’s desert has been transformed into lush farmland that supplies supermarkets across the country with fresh produce. But the swarm of locusts, which locals say is the worst infestation in decades, is threatening crops and farms.
Photo: Dead locusts lie under a bush after being sprayed with pesticide. (Dave Copeland / NBC News)