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News Briefs for week of June 18th

MTV "Real World"-er

considering run for congress

Sean Duffy, known to many Gen X-ers from his


stint on MTV’s Real World: Boston in 1997 is considering a run

against current U.S. Representative David Obey in Wisconsin’s

7th District.

Duffy, 31, is married to Rachel Campos, 31,

whom he met on a MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge. The couple

have two children. He is also a professional lumberjack and

currently the district attorney in Ashland County. Campos mentioned

the possibility of a run by her husband in a recent interview with

the Wausau Daily Herald.

Duffy is a Republican with strong ties to

Wisconsin’s Northwoods. According to the Wausau Daily Herald,

Duffy’s grandfather, Walter Duffy, was a judge in the 1950’s in

Sawyer County and his father and one of his brothers run law firms

in Hayward.

Neither Duffy nor Obey would comment on the

possible candidacy to the Wausau paper.

Wisconsin women drink, smoke more than


According to a study published June 11 by the

Wisconsin Medical Journal, Wisconsin women are binging on alcohol

four times more and smoking twice as much than what the federal

government recommends; yet they are healthier overall than women


The study found that 24 percent of Wisconsin

women surveyed admitted to binge drinking, defined as consuming

five or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting, compared to the

national average of 16 percent. Moreover, 24 percent reported they

were smokers while the national average for smoking is 22


In order for Wisconsin’s numbers to fall in

line with the objectives of the Healthy People 2010 project, a

federal program designed to improve the health of Americans, the

rate of binge drinking must drop 75 percent to meet the project’s

goal of a 6 percent national average. For smoking the rate must

drop by 50 percent to meet the 12 percent goal.

UW-Madison researchers, the Wisconsin Women’s

Health Foundation and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health,

conducted the study.

UW Selects New Pharmacy School


Jeanette Roberts, a

professor and administrator from

theUniversityofUtah, was selected

from a field of four finalists to become the next dean of


Roberts replaces Melvin Weinswig, who announced his retirement

from the post he held for more than three decades last year. She is

currently a professor of medicinal chemistry, associate dean for

academic affairs and adjunct professor of pharmacology and

toxicology at the University of Utah’s College of Pharmacy. She is

also adjunct professor of foods and nutrition in Utah’s College of


Roberts will begin in her new position by late October or early

November of this year and will earn an annual salary of


Monkeypox hits Midwestern states

Health officials are blaming an infected

prairie dog from a swap meet in Wausau last month for spreading

monkeypox, to 15 states, including Wisconsin. This is the first

time the disease, which causes rashes, chills and fever similar to

smallpox, has appeared in the Western Hemisphere. Scientists

believe the disease originated in western Africa.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, federal health officials

believe the North American outbreak began in Illinois via infected

prairie dogs. Officials said the prairie dogs were infected at a

pet store by a Gambian giant rat, which is native to Africa.

Latest reports show at least 54 people from four states are

infected with the disease – 37 cases are under investigation

in Wisconsin, with seven confirmed. Officials are also

investigating the possibility that the disease may have been

transmitted from human to human in Wisconsin. However, the source

of the state health worker’s infection is yet to be confirmed.

Dean easily wins Wisconsin Democratic

Convention straw poll

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean easily won a

presidential straw poll at the Wisconsin Democratic Convention held

this past weekend in Milwaukee. and The Hotline

conducted the straw poll jointly, though attendees were discouraged

from participating by the Democratic National Committee. Only 352

of the approximately 1,150 attendees participated in the straw


The final tally gave Dean 203 votes. Mass.

Sen. John Kerry finished second with 50 votes, followed by OH Rep.

Dennis Kucinich, 27, Fla. Sen. Bob Graham, 19, N.C. Sen. John

Edwards, 18, MO Rep. Richard Gephardt, received 10 votes. All other

candidates received five votes or less.

Dean, Kerry and Kucinich were the only three

candidates out of nine declared who attended the Wisconsin


— Compiled by Herald


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