HOMELESS WOMEN WARY OF SOME SHELTERS
A study by the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles finds homeless women with no religious affiliation are only half as likely to use faith-based shelters.
The findings, published in Urban Health: Bulletin of The New York Academy of Medicine, suggest faith-based social service programs are not acceptable to all homeless individuals, says study author, Kevin Heslin, an assistant professor of medicine.
Non-religious homeless women may avoid those faith-based providers because they fear they'll be pressured to participate in worship or other religious activities, according to Heslin.
GERMANS LABOR LEAST
Some in Germany are angry over remarks that they get too much time off.
Germans work a 35-hour week, get up to 16 public holidays a year and average 30 days of vacation a year.
"In terms of vacation time, public holidays, and working hours, we have without doubt reached the limit," Wolfgang Clement, Germany's minister of labor and economics, said in an interview with Stern magazine.
Clement says the economy is being damaged because workers were having too much time off, the BBC reports.
TV'S OUT OF CABS
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is canceling a pilot program of television sets in the back seats of yellow cabs.
"New Yorkers didn't embrace these units like they could have," says Matthew W. Daus, the commission's chairman.
"Our surveys indicated that those who experienced the units showed either indifference or negativity. We saw no compelling need to keep them around."
The television sets, powered by battery, didn't broadcast "Oprah" but featured programs and interactive databases listing hotels, restaurants, bars and movie times, the New York Times reports.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY WORLDWIDE PROBLEM
The United States leads the world in childhood obesity, with 37 percent of youth considered overweight, but obesity is a worldwide problem.
"This is a true health care crisis," says Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco.
"It's far bigger than severe acute respiratory syndrome and even bigger than AIDS," he tells TIME magazine.
Up to 10 percent of China's 290 million children are believed to be overweight or obese, while more than 20 percent of European youth between the ages of 5 and 17 are either overweight or obese, TIME says.