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So-called "happy prostitute" ads were
taken down across Brazilian Web sites.
The campaign included a slogan saying
"I m happy being a prostitute," reported
They were set up by the Brazilian gov-
ernment as an attempt to curb sexually
transmitted diseases, namely AIDS, as
prostitution is legal in Brazil. They were
also used to reduce the stigma against
the profession. However, Health Minister
Alexandre Padilha said that he never
approved the campaign.
"For as long as I remain in office, an
ad like that will not be part of our cam-
paigns," he told the BBC.
"The role of the ministry is to have
specific content to encourage prevention
among sex workers, who are a very vul-
nerable group," he said, according to
The ads were shelved after public crit-
icism, while some lawmakers also panned
"We are fighting childhood prostitution
and here comes a campaign encouraging
it," federal deputy Liliam Sá recently said.
Brazil takes down 'happy' prostitute ads
TALLAHASSEE---The Florida Lottery
says the winner of the $590 million
Powerball jackpot has claimed the prize.
Lottery officials say they ll hold an after-
noon press conference yesterday, though
the winner will not attend. The person s
identity was not immediately released, but
lottery officials said it was a woman from
Zephyrhills, Florida, where the winning
ticket was sold May 18. Under state law,
the winner cannot remain anonymous.
Officials say it s the largest sole winner
in US history. The woman, who took the
smaller lump-sum payment option, came
to Tallahassee with her son and two attor-
The winning ticket was sold at a super-
market in Zephyrhills, a town of just over
13,300 people northeast of Tampa. (AP)
Wearing a red summer dress and a delicate
necklace, the woman walked among demon-
strators in Istanbul s Taksim Square when a
security officer lurched at her and pepper-
sprayed her so powerfully her hair was blown
She could do nothing but turn away from the
toxic spray. The officer, wearing a gas mask,
lunged closer to her, unleashing more spray on
the back of her neck. She covered her mouth
as officers spray others.
The photos of the incident have been shared
widely on social media in recent days. Interna-
tional headlines have proclaimed her an "icon"
of the movement against the government of
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
"That photo encapsulates the essence of this
protest," a math student named Esra told Reuters.
"The violence of the police against peaceful
protesters, people just trying to protect them-
selves and what they value."
The images have also inspired cartoons and
graffiti in Turkey and around the world. And
just seeing a woman in a red dress walking in
public has apparently touched a chord with
other women in the region, too.
Zeinobia tweeted, "The woman in red in
Turkey, I wish to wear such dress in downtown
Cairo without fear, without protests, without
But the truth is that woman in red told CNN
yesterday that she wants no part of this.
What s happening in Turkey is the "people s
revolt," she said.
Ceyda Sungur told Turkey s TV 24 that she
is uncomfortable about her new fame. She
doesn t want to be an icon of a movement.
"There are a lot of people who were at the
park and they were also tear-gassed," she said.
"There is not (a) difference between them
and I. I am not surprised" about the violence
that evolved from what began days ago as a
peaceful sit-in to protest plans to demolish a
park in central Istanbul---the last green space
in the city centre.
Some in the crowd chanted "Tayyip resign!"
"Shoulder to shoulder against fascism!" they
Riot police moved in, lobbing tear gas and
using pepper spray. Protesters responded by
hurling bottles, blocking bulldozers and setting
up barricades. Eventually, protesters and police
were locked in full-on clashes.
Riot police around Ankara s central Kizilay
Square brought in armored vehicles topped with
water cannon in a show of force Tuesday
evening, but the demonstrations throughout
yesterday were mostly calm. (CNN)
Paris Jackson is in a Los Angeles hospital
following an early morning suicide attempt.
Her mother, Debbie Rowe, confirmed the
sad news, saying that her 15-year-old daugh-
ter was rushed to the hospital with cuts on
The Los Angeles Fire Department con-
firmed that a call came from the Jackson
family s home in the LA suburb of Calabasas
yesterday at 1.15 a.m. The caller said there
had been an overdose.
A unnamed Jackson source at the hospital
told CNN that Paris "is going to be OK."
Rowe, meanwhile, said that Jackson has had
"a lot going on (lately.)"
For the past several weeks, her late father,
Michael, has been the subject of a wrongful
death trial playing out in downtown LA,
pitting her grandmother, Katherine Jackson,
against concert behemoth AEG Live
Michael s drug use has been a focal point
of the proceedings.
Both Paris and her older brother, Prince,
were among the witnesses expected to be
called for the case. Paris had been active on
social media in the days leading up to today s
troubling event. She chronicled what seemed
like a normal teenage life tweeting about
music, cheerleading, and summer vacation,
along with a May 31 YouTube makeup tuto-
Paris Jackson s grandmother Katherine
Jackson said: "Being a sensitive 15-year-old
is difficult no matter who you are. It is espe-
cially difficult when you lose the person
closest to you. Paris is physically fine and
is getting appropriate medical attention.
Please respect her privacy and the family s
claimed in Florida
First lady Michelle Obama threatened
to leave a fund-raiser Tuesday night
unless a heckler stopped interrupting her
Obama was speaking at a Democratic
National Committee fund-raiser at a private
home in Washington, ABC News reports,
when a woman in the audience started
shouting in support of an executive order
on gay and lesbian rights.
According to pool reports, Obama
responded, "One of the things I don t do
well is this," a remark which drew loud
applause. She then left the lectern and
approached the heckler, telling the woman
she could "listen to me or you can take
the mic, but I m leaving. You all decide.
You have one choice."
The crowd begged for Obama to stay
and one woman shouted at the heckler,
"You need to go." The protester was then
reportedly escorted out of the event.
She was later identified as Ellen Sturtz,
56, an activist for the pro-LGBT rights
Sturtz later told the Huffington Post in
an interview that she hadn t gone to the
event intending to interrupt the first lady,
but during the course of her speech she
decided to speak up.
"I want to talk about the children. I
want to talk about the LGBT young people
who are...being told, directly and indirectly,
that they re second-class citizens. I m tired
of it." Sturtz said. (THE TICKET)
Ceyda Sungur has become a symbol of the violent protests in Turkey. Across social media, she's
known as "The Woman in Red."
Woman in red
labelled 'icon' of
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