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12/13/2018

Geena Davis discusses her upcoming role in the Netflix series "Glow," the importance of having women play STEM roles on screen and the progress the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has made in increasing the number of female lead characters in film. "Seeing somebody do something in real life is incredibly important, but it can be equally important to see a character onscreen doing things," she says.

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12/13/2018

Ryan Murphy's new show on Netflix, "Ratched," which is based on "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and follows Nurse Ratched, played by Sarah Paulson, will champion feminism, Murphy said at GQ Live last week. Murphy said he wanted to focus on how the character of Nurse Ratched became a sociopath.

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12/13/2018

Jennie Snyder Urman and Joanna Klein are teaming up to launch a production company, Sutton St. Productions, that will be based at CBS Television Studios. The company is currently working on "Riches To Rags," "You're Killing Me," a "Jane the Virgin" spinoff and "Family Emergency" at CBS.

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12/13/2018

Several prominent Hollywood women -- including Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington -- are working together on an auction for the one-year anniversary of Time's Up. The auction will benefit the group's legal fund, which has raised $22 million since January and has helped over 3,750 women and men find legal help.

12/13/2018

A study by the National Institutes of Health found that children who reported more than seven hours of screen time showed signs of premature thinning brain cortices. The study used 4,500 brain scans of 9- and 10-year-olds, whom the scientists will continue to study over the coming years.

12/13/2018

A street in Germany was paved with chocolate because of a factory mishap when a storage tank leaked. The chocolate flooded onto the street and solidified on the cold pavement, with cleanup requiring more than two dozen firefighters using hot water and torches.

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12/13/2018

New Leaders will receive a $2 million grant from Salesforce.org to increase its training efforts for teachers and principals. "Outstanding leadership is absolutely essential for creating schools in which teachers and students can grow, thrive and reach their full potential," New Leaders CEO Jean Desravines says.

12/13/2018

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis reported a nearly three-fold increase in attendance and 5.5% increase in its budget in fiscal 2017-18, citing the launch of the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, its performing arts program and other factors. The museum, whose 2017 plans around a work titled "Scaffold" sparked protests, says it's updating its acquisitions process and engaging a selection committee that includes American Indian artists.

12/13/2018

The Boy Scouts of America may file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it handles a series of lawsuits relating to claims of sexual abuse and copes with declining membership, sources say. The organization told employees Wednesday that it would "explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scouts of America continues uninterrupted."

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12/13/2018

The San Francisco Foundation in the Bay Area hosted community listening sessions to learn about regional contributors to racial and economic disparity and used the input to update its engagement strategy, writes CEO Fred Blackwell. Other foundations can do the same, he writes, by using data to understand local issues, speaking with local experts and by using feedback to inform strategy.

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