By Lee and Moawad
Saturday, August 18, 2007
A U.S. State Department program that denies passports to parents who owe child support payments has collected more than $22.5 million so far this year, the Associated Press reported Aug. 14.
The government collected about $24 billion overall last year on behalf of 14 million custodial parents; of those parents, 83 percent are women. In 2003, mothers received $23.3 billion of the $33.7 billion in support that was overdue.
"For us, it's been amazing to see how people who owe back child support seem to be able to come up with good chunks of money when it involves needing their passport," said Adolfo Capestany, spokesperson for Washington state's collection program.
The Virginia Department of Social Services has subpoenaed information from cell phone companies to locate parents who owe support, the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg reported Aug. 13. The department has collected $608 million in overdue payments, an increase of $21 million over the last year. At any given time, the state is searching for 250,000 parents. A cell phone database search last month yielded 52,000 addresses. Ten other states now have similar programs.
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CBS has settled for undisclosed terms its dispute with radio host Don Imus after he threatened to sue the company for $120 million for breaching his five-year contract, Reuters reported Aug. 15. Imus was fired in April after referring to female basketball players from Rutgers University as "nappy-headed hos" on his radio show. Rutgers player Kia Vaughan filed a slander suit against Imus on Aug. 14.
To replace Imus on flagship sports station WFAN, CBS hired radio hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. Carton's controversial remarks have drawn fire from women, Asian Americans, nonsmokers and police officers in New Jersey, according to the AP. Forbes reported Aug. 15 that Imus is negotiating his return to the airwaves with several broadcasters, led by New York station WABC.
In other media news, O.J. Simpson's book in which he describes how he might have murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, will be published by Beaufort Books, the AP reported Aug. 14. "If I Did It" was cancelled in November 2006 by News Corp.'s HarperCollins. The Goldman family will receive most of the book's proceeds under a court agreement and direct them to the Ron Goldman Foundation for Justice.
The first annual "Women and Major Magazines Cover Stories Monitor" has found that out of 200 cover stories in 2006, there were 70 bylines and eight photos by female journalists. Beverly Wettenstein, a New York City journalist, analyzed Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek and Time to gauge representation. Time had the highest count with 22 cover bylines and four cover photos out of 50 stories.
Jacqueline Lee is a Los Angeles-based reporter interning with Women's eNews and Nouhad Moawad is managing editor of Arabic Women's eNews.
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