Valerie Bertinelli defends Kirstie Alley: Despite rumors that Jenny Craig dropped Kirstie Alley for Valerie Bertinelli because Kirstie couldn't maintain her weight loss, Valerie told OK! magazine she doesn't believe the hype. "I don't think that's true," Valerie says. "I've seen Kirstie, and I think she looks terrific." Although magazine photos show Kirstie's increasing weight gain, Valerie says she doesn't see it. "I don't know what those photographs might say," she says. "I don't really see a lot of them; I've heard of them. But I disagree. When I've been with Kirstie, she looks terrific." The actress adds: "I'm not a two; I'm not a four; I'm between a six and an eight," she said of her size. "In the business I'm in, that's heavy. But you know what? I'm comfortable at this weight."
Mom has 140-pound tumor removed: After being advised to lose weight and even undergo gastric bypass surgery, Oregon doctors found a 140-pound cancerous tumor growing near Linda Rittenbach's stomach. The tumor (a rare kind of liposcarcoma) had been growing for 15 to 20 years, and had to be removed immediately to save Rittenbach's life. In three operations, over two months, doctors removed both kidneys but could only put one back since the other was damaged in surgery. The rare form of cancer doesn't respond to chemotherapy or radiation, and will likely return, but doctors are monitoring Rittenbach's condition.
Hindu women set free: 56 Indian women known as "Scavengers" or "Untouchables" (laborers who collect the garbage, feces, and urine of higher cast people in the Hindu religion) are finally allowed to quit their demeaning jobs. After being paid roughly $7 to $10 a month to clean toilets in a town with poor sanitation, Dr. Bindeswar Pathak, a man from the highest caste, is offering them better paying jobs. His organization helped more than 60,000 of these "Untouchables" and installed more than a million eco-friendly, humane toilets in India. Recently, the U.N. made 2008 the Year of Sanitation to bring awareness to proper sanitation.
Man charged with killing soldier wife: On Monday, Marine Cpl John Wimunc was accused of murdering his wife, Army 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, 24, a Fort Bragg soldier and mother of two who had been missing since July 10 when a fire torched her apartment. Lance Cpl Kyle Alden was charged with aiding the crime. After a neighbor had initially found the woman's body burnt in the woods, both men were held without bond at Cumberland County's jail.