Man Infected With Measles Visits California Maternity Ward — Plus Build-A-Bear and Disney Stores

An unidentified man who had come down with the measles has possibly infected unvaccinated children in and around Fresno, California.

Measles, unpleasant for adults but frequently deadly for children, is a highly contagious disease. The virus spreads through the air. Everyone over the age of six months can and should be vaccinated against it. Infants, doctors say, should not.

Tell it to this guy.

The Fresno County Department of Health said there is a confirmed case of measles in Fresno County. Health officials said the infected person, a man in his 40’s, visited the labor and delivery floor of Community Regional Medical Center.


That person visited the hospital on two separate occasions between Thursday, January 22 at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. Community Regional Medical Centers is taking steps to contact patients who were potentially exposed at the hospital.

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Oklahoma Legislators Have Now Proposed More Than Half-a-Dozen Anti-Gay Bills

How many pieces of anti-gay legislation can they propose in Oklahoma?

We posted about Rep. Sally Kern‘s trifecta of legislation here, and Rep. Todd Russbill here, but there are more in the pipeline.

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There’s Now a Prayer Room in the Kansas State Capitol Building

Kansas has just given up on doing anything useful, I guess, which is why the State Capitol building now has a prayer room. They’re calling it the “Capitol Meditation Room,” but the initial (rejected) proposal in 2012 was to create a chapel. This is a slightly watered-down version, even though the purpose is the same:

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Actress Julianne Moore Briefly Mentions Her Atheism in an Interview

We’ve known for a while now that actress Julianne Moore is an atheist. In a 2002 episode of Inside the Actors Studio, Moore and host James Lipton had this exchange (at the 32:10 mark):

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Stephen Fry Will Be on Irish TV This Sunday, Attacking God. Watch the Interviewer’s Priceless Face in This Clip

The thing I like most about this Irish TV interview with comedian, writer, and atheist Stephen Fry is the face of famed host Gay Byrne. As Fry tears into the Christian God for creating a world that needlessly includes pervasive suffering and misery, Byrne, lips pursed and looking away, appears to get more than a bit uncomfortable.

But he asked for it — literally. After all, his question to his guest was what Fry would say if he died, ascended to heaven, and met God.

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