Dr. Leana Wen’s promotion, Les Moonves’ resignation and Cynthia Nixon’s bagel order
Dr. Leana Wen promoted
Dr. Leana Wen, who in her nearly four years leading the Baltimore City Health Department became a national figure as she made strides treating the medical crisis of opioid addiction and drew attention to the health issues brought about by long-term poverty, is leaving the department to head up Planned Parenthood, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. On Twitter, Wen shared a video shared by Planned Parenthood that documents her life story as the daughter of Chinese immigrants who went on to become an emergency physician and, eventually, the “Doctor for the City” of Baltimore. In the video, Wen casts her role leading the city’s health department, including the recent experience of suing the Trump administration over cuts to teen pregnancy prevention programs, as part of the larger fight for medical care that she sees as part of her new job. On Facebook, Wen called helming the Baltimore City Health Department a “dream job” and praised the public servants whose mission it is to “combat disparities and improve health and well-being in Baltimore.” The chance to lead Planned Parenthood presents more opportunities to champion public healthcare, she said.
Leslie Moonves resigns
Leslie Moonves resigned as CEO of the CBS network on the same day that six more women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. The allegations came on Sept. 9 in an article in the New Yorker. Six other women had come forward in a previous article in the same magazine, also written by Ronan Farrow, that appeared on July 27. Farrow first wrote about the sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein, which galvanized the #MeToo movement. “Untrue allegations from decades ago are now being made against me that are not consistent with who I am,” Moonves said in a statement Sept. 9. “I am deeply saddened to be leaving the company.” His resignation was effective immediately. Moonves was named president and CEO of CBS Television in 1998, and became chairman in 2003. He grew up in a Jewish family in New York City and is a grand-nephew of the late Paula Ben-Gurion — born Paula Munweis — the wife of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Moonves, 68, told the New Yorker in response to the allegations that “[t]he appalling accusations in this article are untrue,” and that he had consensual relations with three of the women named in the article more than two decades before he started at CBS. He also said that “I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations.”—JTA
Additionally, CBS News fired “60 Minutes” producer Jeff Fager Sept. 12 after he allegedly sent a threatening text message to a reporter.
Eric Trump accuses Woodward of trying to earn ‘three extra shekels’
Eric Trump called journalist Bob Woodward’s new book about the White House “sensational nonsense” that Woodward wrote in order “to make three extra shekels.” President Donald Trump’s son made the remarks, which references Israel’s currency, in a Sept. 12 interview on “Fox & Friends.” Woodward’s book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” describes how administration officials work at length to thwart President Trump’s worst impulses, including by removing papers from the president’s desk behind his back. The book quotes anonymous sources. “But don’t you think people look through the fact that you can write some sensational nonsense book? CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president,” Eric Trump said. “It will mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country and a president that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric,” he continued.
Cynthia Nixon upsets voters with bagel order
As Cynthia Nixon’s gubernatorial campaign winds down before Sept. 13’s New York primary, her policy priorities are not the only things showing up in headlines: Her bagel preferences are, too. Nixon was caught placing what seemed like a normal order at Zabar’s on Sept. 9 — one with a lot of lox, cream cheese and capers. But she had it all put on a cinnamon raisin bagel, Gothamist reported.
Over the weekend, the Democratic Party of New York sent a mailer to Jewish households that accuses Nixon of being a supporter of the Boycott Israel movement and for being silent on rising anti-Semitism. Nixon called the move “disgusting” and responded by stating that she does not support BDS.
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Kosher-keeping Orthodox teen wins ‘Chopped’ championship
An Orthodox, kosher-keeping teen won a “Chopped” championship. Rachel Goldzal, 13, of Staten Island, won the episode that aired on Sept. 4, beating two 12 year olds and a 10 year old. She was 12 when she filmed the Food Network cooking reality show in the spring. She is the first kosher champion in the show’s history, which includes more than 450 episodes. Her win earned her a check for $10,000. There have been other kosher-keeping contestants in the past. Goldzal is in the eighth grade at the Jewish Foundation School of Staten Island. The pre-teen chefs were required to create an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert in three 30-minute rounds and to include four random, pre-selected ingredients per course. The teen said that she wants one day to work as a private chef in a kosher kitchen, as opposed to opening a restaurant like many competition winners. “Winning ‘Chopped’ was like a dream come true for me,” she told VIN. She has her own website, RachelInTheKidchen.com, and more than 1,000 followers on Instagram.–JTA
Thursday Night Football
Don’t forget, the Ravens play the Bengals Sept. 13 at 8:20 p.m. both teams have started the season at 1-0. Get more coverage at Pressbox.com.
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