Picture 1176‘The Princess and the Frog’ ascends to No. 1
The Princess and the Froghad no trouble snatching the crown at theaters this weekend, coasting to the top spot at the box office as family films flexed their holiday muscle. The Disney fairy tale earned $25 million, according to studio estimates from Nielsen EDI, almost $10 million more than the closest competitor. The film, a twist on a Brothers Grimm tale about a woman turned into a frog after a kiss, enjoyed the highest debut for an animated movie released in December. It supplanted Beavis and Butt-head Do America, which opened to $20 million in 1996. Like that film, Frog drew a surprising number of unaccompanied adults. Nearly one in five moviegoers came to the theater without children, according to Disney exit polling. (Continue Reading…)

Fewer African-Americans getting H1N1 vaccine
The Mecklenburg County Health Department now has enough H1N1 vaccine to give it to anyone who wants it, but health officials are concerned not enough people are getting it. “To me, they have not reviewed it enough,” said Northwest Charlotte resident Linda Duncan, who has chosen not to get the vaccine at this time. Health officials say they are not seeing many African-Americans at the vaccination clinics. (Continue Reading…)

Journalist jailed for life over Rwanda genocide
A former journalist was sentenced to life in prison for her role in inciting genocide in Rwanda, local groups said Monday, in the latest of a series of trials for the 1994 slaughter. Valerie Bemeriki, who worked for the influential Milles Collines (RTLM) radio and television, admitted using the network to call on Hutus to seek out and kill Tutsis. The genocide claimed the lives of some 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis killed by extremist Hutu militia, in the space of just 100 days. Bemeriki was convicted by a grassroots gacaca court in Kigali of planning genocide, inciting Hutus, and complicity in several murders. (Continue Reading…)

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