HANA SKOBLOW, Staff Writer
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure reversed its decision to pull funding for free breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood after a massive public backlash. The charity announced their decision on Jan. 31, officially stating that the move is due to Congress investigating Planned Parenthood, but Planned Parenthood contended that the push came from anti-abortion conservatives. In the two days since the announcement, Planned Parenthood received private donations totaling nearly $1 million. Susan G. Komen for the Cure pledged to continue supporting Planned Parenthood and publicly apologized on Feb. 3.
• Fran Drescher, actress in “The Nanny” and hostess to one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood, told “The Huffington Post” that she believes she was abducted by aliens. The actress insisted that both she and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson had seen aliens as children, before they met. Drescher said that they both have identical scars on the same place of their bodies, where she believes the aliens implanted tracking chips. Jacobson said that Drescher’s scar is due to a drill bit, but Drescher rebutted, “That’s what the aliens programmed us to think, but really, that’s where the chip is.”
• Roseanne Barr has decided to run for the Green Party nomination for President of the United States. Seriously. On Feb. 2, the comedian-actress told the press that she is unhappy with both Republicans and Democrats and hopes to work for the interests of the 99 percent, particularly working-class families and women. Will Roseanne be battling Obama and Romney/Gingrich/Santorum to be the leader of our free world? Green Party nominations will be decided in July–only time will tell.
• DC Comics is set to begin releasing “Watchmen” prequels focusing on each of the graphic novel’s main characters: Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, Comedian and the Minuteman. Each character will get his own miniseries carrying the banner “Before the Watchmen.” In a surprise twist for fans, however, Alan Moore who wrote the original novel will not be a part of the project and allegedly was not invited. Illustrator Dave Gibbons and many editors will be involved and promise to keep the characters true to the original.
• Severe depression cannot be fixed by telling someone to “cheer up.” It may, however, be instantly relieved with club drugs. New case studies from a psychiatric hospital in Houston show that Ketamine, or Special-K, might be the quick fix that suicidal patients need. Because commonly used anti-depressants such as Prozac need weeks to take affect, if they work at all, the only option available for suicidal patients is hospitalization. Ketamine, long used as an anesthetic, but growing in popularity at raves, has been shown to grant nearly immediate alleviation from severe depression.
Sources: Nerve, CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Associated Press