Former ‘Top Model’ contestant Whitney Cunningham defends plus size models, celebrates the “regular woman”

Former ‘Top Model’ contestant Whitney Cunningham defends plus size models, celebrates the “regular woman”

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Once you get a chance to talk to West Palm Beach, Florida native Whitney Cunningham, who placed seventh on the eighth cycle of the popular reality TV series America’s Next Top Model, you begin to understand what host Tyra Banks meant when she described her as the “full package.”

First of all, she is confident and headstrong, which is a must on these kinds of shows, almost as much as it is to take a beautiful modelesque picture. Second, she turns that confidence into drive. She has been receiving steady work as a model since leaving the show, and still believes that her goal of being the first woman to wear a size ten dress on the cover of Vogue is in reach. Third, and probably most important to television viewers, she obliterates the age-old model stereotype that to be pretty and photograph well, one must also be vapid and without a thought. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Cunningham also dreams of becoming a writer, and is working toward dual goals: a model who can express herself like no other model before her.

Cunningham recently sat down with Wikinews reporter Mike Halterman in an impassioned interview, taking hours to field questions from the reporter as well as from fans of America’s Next Top Model. Always in high spirits, Cunningham shows that she is a distinct personality who has carved her own niche in the Top Model history books. At the same time, she exhibits a joie de vivre that is oddly reminiscent of earlier Top Model fan favorite Toccara Jones, who showed America just how to be “big, black, beautiful and loving it.” However, Cunningham is quick to remind everyone that she isn’t big at all; she is simply a regular woman.

This is the first in a series of interviews with America’s Next Top Model contestants. Interviews will be published sporadically.


  • 1 Whitney’s beginnings, and looking back
  • 2 Impact Top Model has on society
  • 3 Whitney’s views on production and editing
  • 4 Whitney takes more fan questions
  • 5 Where Whitney is today
  • 6 Source
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Dale Ogden, 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews

Dale Ogden, 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dale Ogden, a 2010 California gubernatorial candidate, talks with Wikinews reporter Mike Morales about his platform.

Ogden is a member of the United States’ Libertarian Party.

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Feb 12

Astaxanthin From Red Algae

Submitted by: Andrew Scherer

One substance that is making a big buzz in the supplement and skin care product market place is astaxanthin and it for these reasons that more and more consumers of these products want to know more about it. Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring substance that is found in organisms in nature. It is grouped in a classification of phytochemicals that are referred to as terpenes and it is also classified as a carotanoid.

However; astaxanthin is different from other carotanoids in that it is ten times as powerful and effective. Another feature of astaxanthin that differentiates it from other carotanoids is that astaxanthin does not convert or metabolize to vitamin A once it is ingested into the body in the same way as other carotanoids will tend to do. While vitamin A is required by the body for proper function it is readily available in many common foods and supplements, so people are rarely found to be deficient in it.

In fact, an excess of vitamin A in the system can and will lead to it having negative or toxic effects. Astaxanthin is reddish-pink in color and it is for this reason that many of the naturally occurring organisms in nature that contain astaxanthin in high concentrations will tend to be red or pink in color.

It is red algae that is the prime commercial source for this substance and as demand for it increases due to its being recognized as an effective skin care and nutritional supplement ingredient, so to has commercial production of red algae. There are up to 6000 species of red algae that thrive in virtually every ocean on the planet and they range in size from large leafy varieties to microscopic one celled varieties.

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One company that has been quick to recognize and act on the market potential for astaxanthin in skin care products and nutritional supplements is a company called OceanGrown International. OceanGrown International has found itself on the cusp of of the majority of the leading research into the effectiveness and versatility of astaxanthin and is currently heading up plans to increase the overall net global production of commercially produced red algae to answer the demand for skin care products and supplements that contain astaxanthin.

OceanGrowns most recent line of skin care and nutritional supplement products to be introduced to the market place is their OAVE line. With their OAVE line of products OceanGrown has taken what they call the inside/outside approach to fitness and healthy beautiful skin by developing and producing astaxanthin containing products and supplements available for both internal use and topical application.

For years medical researchers have known that groups of people such as native indigenous peoples of Alaska who consumed astaxanthin rich seafoods such as salmon, shrimp and lobster as a large part of their regular diet consistently showed a lower rate of many of the health maladies that afflicted other groups of people who’s regular diets didn’t include these items.

It was only through more specific and focused scientific research that it was discovered that it was actually specific substances, astaxanthin being one of them that were responsible for the positive health benefits of the seafood that they were consuming. While these foods are an excellent source of astaxanthin the only way that astaxanthin can be taken in concentrated form is in a supplement form.

Also, in that astaxanthin has been found in clinical tests to be highly effective as an ingredient in topically applied skin treatments, to be used as such it must be procured in that form. When applied in topical form the astaxanthin has been shown to have the ability to penetrate the skins outer surface to the skins lower substrate where it subsequently is able to function effectively on a cellular level.

About the Author: Written by Andrew Scherer.

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, is a new direct sales and marketing company that produces skin care and nutritional products based on


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Feb 11

Native Hawaiian sovereignty bill to be debated in U.S. Senate in June

Native Hawaiian sovereignty bill to be debated in U.S. Senate in June

Saturday, May 13, 2006

The U.S. Senate has scheduled debate and a vote in June on a bill that would allegedly initiate a process for Native Hawaiians to achieve the same level of self-governance and autonomy over their own affairs that many Native American tribes currently have. Critics of the bill characterize it as going much further than any existing tribal recognition, creating a governing entity based solely on race, without the same requirements as needed for Native American tribal recognition, such as having existed predominantly as a distinct community, having exercised political influence over its members as an autonomous entity, and have continuously been identified as a tribal entity since 1900.

Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the main proponent of bill S. 147 (the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act) and a Native Hawaiian himself, had been giving daily speeches on the Senate floor since May 9 in support of the bill to raise awareness of it. His advocacy of the bill has led it to become known as the “Akaka Bill.” Opponents of the Akaka bill have made daily responses to the Senator’s speeches as well.

“I thank our majority leader, the senior senator from Tennessee, who is working to uphold his commitment to bring this bill to the Senate floor for a debate and roll call vote,” Akaka said after receiving the pledge from Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) on Friday. He also recognized his chief opponent, Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who worked with Akaka “to uphold his promise to allow the bill to come to the floor for a debate and roll call vote.”

Frist is expected to file a cloture motion after the Senate returns from its May recess. A vote on the cloture motion would occur within 48 hours of filing.

Opponents of the bill, including Kyl, charge that the bill is a race-based privilege that the U.S. Constitution prohibits. Others, such as Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) imply that passage of the bill could have unintended consequences. In a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday that preceded Akaka’s, Alexander likened the bill to recognizing Hispanic populations descended from pre-republican Texas or giving tribal status to the Amish or Hasidic Jews, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported.

Akaka believes that he has bipartisan support for his bill, with four Republican senators pledging support for it. At least six Republican senators would need to vote for the bill for it to pass, assuming that the bill receives solid support from Akaka’s fellow Democrats and the chamber’s one independent member who usually votes with the Democrats.

A recent report from the U.S. Civil Rights Commission recommended that the bill be rejected. [1](PDF)

The Commission recommends against passage of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 (S. 147) as reported out of committee on May 16, 2005, or any other legislation that would discriminate on the basis of race or national origin and further subdivide the American people into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege.

Although the U.S. Civil Rights Commission redacted the findings section of their draft report before approving their final report, opponents of the Akaka bill have challenged the characterization of the findings section as being “historically inaccurate” by Akaka bill supporters.

Supporters of the bill, which include the Democratic members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation and Republican governor Linda Lingle, counter that Hawaii is a unique case because of its former history as an independent nation before the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893.

Kyl had placed a block on the bill when it was originally placed on the Senate schedule in July 2005, but has since agreed to allow the bill to come to a floor vote. The bill was later deferred indefinitely due in part to Hurricane Katrina.

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Wikinews interviews Rocky De La Fuente, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate

Wikinews interviews Rocky De La Fuente, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Businessman Rocky De La Fuente took some time to speak with Wikinews about his campaign for the U.S. Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The 61-year-old De La Fuente resides in San Diego, California, grew up in Tijuana, and owns multiple businesses and properties throughout the world. Since getting his start in the automobile industry, De La Fuente has branched out into the banking and real estate markets. Despite not having held or sought political office previously, he has been involved in politics, serving as the first-ever Hispanic superdelegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention.

De La Fuente entered the 2016 presidential race last October largely due to his dissatisfaction with Republican front-runner Donald Trump. He argues he is a more accomplished businessman than Trump, and attacks Trump as “a clown,” “a joke,” “dangerous,” and “in the same category as Hitler.” Nevertheless, De La Fuente’s business background begets comparisons with Trump. The Alaskan Midnight Sun blog described him as the Democrats’ “own Donald Trump.”

While receiving only minimal media coverage, he has campaigned actively, and according to the latest Federal Election Commission filing, loaned almost US$ 4 million of his own money to the campaign. He has qualified for 48 primary and caucus ballots, but has not yet obtained any delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Thus far, according to the count at The Green Papers, De La Fuente has received 35,406 votes, or 0.23% of the total votes cast. He leads among the many lesser-known candidates but trails both Senator Bernie Sanders who has received nearly 6.5 million votes and front-runner Hillary Clinton who has just shy of 9 million votes.

With Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn?, De La Fuente discusses his personal background, his positions on political issues, his current campaign for president, and his political future.


  • 1 Interview
    • 1.1 Background
    • 1.2 Campaign
    • 1.3 Issues
    • 1.4 Future
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External link
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Feb 10

David S. Touretzky discusses Scientology, Anonymous and Tom Cruise

David S. Touretzky discusses Scientology, Anonymous and Tom Cruise

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

David S. Touretzky, prominent free speech activist and critic of Scientology, discussed his opinions on the recent Internet backlash against the Church of Scientology in an interview with former Scientologist and Wikinews reporter Nicholas Turnbull. The recent conflict on the Internet between critics of Scientology and the Church has been spurred on in declarations by a nebulous Internet entity using the name Anonymous that the Church of Scientology “will be destroyed”. Anonymous has directed recent protests at Scientology centres across the world, which have attracted significant numbers of individuals supporting the cause. In recent e-mail correspondence with Wikinews, a representative of the Church of Scientology declared that the Church considers the activities of Anonymous to be illegal, and that Anonymous “will be handled and stopped”.

Touretzky, a research professor in artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University, has been a prominent critic of the Church of Scientology since mid-1995, and has been protesting against Scientology vociferously since then; he has also run websites that publish material that Scientology wishes to keep suppressed from the public eye, such as extracts from Scientology’s formerly-confidential Operating Thetan (OT) materials. Touretzky views the actions of the Church of Scientology as being “a threat to free speech”, and has endured harassment by the Church of Scientology for his activities.

The Church of Scientology continues to suffer damage to its public reputation through increased exposure on the Internet and vocal protests by Scientology critics such as Prof. Touretzky. A recent event that focused intense attention on Scientology’s totalitarian attitude was the leak of an internal Church of Scientology propaganda video to the Internet video sharing site YouTube, in which celebrity Scientologist Tom Cruise spoke heavily in Scientology’s jargon and stated that that “we [Scientology] are the authorities” on resolving the difficulties of humanity. The declaration of war by Anonymous followed shortly after this leak, in the form of a video posted to the Internet.

The ongoing dispute, cast by some as Scientology versus the Internet, brought Scientology terms such as “SP” (Suppressive Person, an enemy of Scientology) and “KSW” (Keeping Scientology Working) into general usage by non-Scientologists from the late 1990s onwards; increased attention has been drawn to Scientology by the release of the Cruise video in addition to media coverage. This focus has caused an even greater propagation of these terms across the outside world, as Touretzky comments in the interview.

Wikinews asked Prof. Touretzky about the impact that the activities of Anonymous will have on Scientology, the public relations effect of the Tom Cruise video, the recent departure of individuals from the Church of Scientology’s executive management, the strategies that Anonymous will employ and Touretzky’s experiences of picketing the Church.

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Feb 10

Romanian tourism to be rebranded

Romanian tourism to be rebranded

Friday, May 6, 2005

Romania’s National Authority for Tourism (ANT) announced that they would promote tourism in Romania through a new branding strategy, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development. The director of ANT, Marius Critonescu, said that the branding exercise will be “a significant component of the Romania’s development as a new tourist destination of international level.” He also added that the development of an integrated brand for Romanian tourism will promote a more positive image for the country, thereby increasing the number of tourists and investors. In recent times, there has been quite a lot of investment in “national branding”, especially in the field of tourism, as most marketing experts believe that branding for a product or a country is theoretically the same thing, and that the same strategies and approach should be used for both.

Concerning the Romanian tourism rebranding, international tourism and marketing expert James MacGregor stated that, “We have to touch the hearts and souls of the contemporary tourists who no longer travel for a simple beach or ski track. They want to live a self-knowledge experience that is truly uplifting and will leave unforgettable memories. The brand must show them not what they will see or do as tourists but what they will feel when visiting Romania.”

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Feb 10

New Jersey files lawsuit against federal sports betting ban

New Jersey files lawsuit against federal sports betting ban

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A New Jersey state senator has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a federal law banning sports betting in 46 states.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, a Democrat representing portions of Union County, filed the suit Monday, arguing the 17-year-old law is unconstitutional because it treats four states differently than the other states.

Under the law, sports betting is prohibited in all states except Delaware, Oregon, Montana and Nevada, although only the latter two currently allow wagering.

“This federal law deprives the State of New Jersey of over $100 million of yearly revenues, as well as depriving our casinos, racetracks and Internet operators of over $500 million in gross income,” Lesniak said in a statement to the press.

The 39-page lawsuit is believed to be the first challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. New Jersey missed a 1994 deadline that would have allowed it to join the other states when the law was implemented.

Atlantic City officials and their political allies have argued allowing sports betting would give all the states a new source of revenue needed in the face of a staggering recession.

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine was not involved with the lawsuit, but he said legalizing sports betting would help Atlantic City and said it was “worth pursuing”.

Legalizing sports betting in New Jersey could bring the state more than $50 million in annual tax revenue, according to officials from the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consultant for the electronic gaming industry, which joined Lesniak as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

“This is about more than revenue,” said Joe Brennan Jr., chairman of Interactive Media Entertainment. “It’s about jobs and economic activity.”According to 1999 study, $380 billion in illegal sports betting occurs in the state each year.

New Jersey, in particular, is facing a difficult budget season, and the Atlantic City casinos are in what the Associated Press called a “financial meltdown”. Eleven of the city’s casinos suffered their biggest revenue decline in 30 years last month.

Delaware is reported to be considering regulating sports betting, which New Jersey backers of the lawsuit said adds a sense of urgency to the issue.

“We cannot afford to be naive about illegal sports betting,” New Jersey State Sen. Jeff Van Drew said in a statement to the press. “It’s happening right now, and is funding other criminal enterprises which are far more dangerous.”

The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of New Jersey and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey were also listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

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Feb 10

Understanding Misconceptions About Personal Injury Law


Because of the nature of their work, which involves going after wrongdoers for an injured victims benefit and seeking financial compensation, many people look at personal injury lawyers in a negative light. This is completely uncalled for and you will discover that personal injury lawyers in Baltimore are a wonderful asset for an individual going through a tough time due to an injury. You will also learn that with the help of a personal injury lawyer filing a claim is the simplest way to receive the compensation you deserve.

Ambulance Chasers

Unfortunately, personal injury lawyers have been referred to as ambulance chasers, meaning they go after ambulances to become the lawyer to the victim. While sometimes individuals use the phrase jokingly, this is in fact not true. Although personal injury lawyers do help those who have been involved in some type of incident where they sustained a personal injury, this is only to help them receive the compensation they deserve, according to the law. You should never feel discouraged about seeking out the assistance of personal injury lawyers in Baltimore. They are available to help you get through such a terrible time, relieving stress that can build up due to piling up bills.

Filing A Personal Injury Claim Is Too Difficult

It is true that filing a personal injury claim is difficult, especially when trying to follow the laws associated with personal injury claims. What can be even more difficult is actually proving your side of the personal injury claim. However, with the help of personal injury lawyers in Baltimore, this problem is solved. A personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and expertise to file and defend your case in order to get you the compensation you deserve.

You Can Get A Great Settlement Yourself

One thing many people incorrectly believe in is that they can attain a better settlement by themselves. They believe that waiting for a better settlement or refusing a current settlement offer from the insurance company will bring them even more money to help relieve their financial stress related to their personal injury claim. Unfortunately, none of this is necessarily true.Personal injury lawyers can help ensure that your reasons for wanting or expecting a settlement are documented. Without the help of a personal injury lawyer, your claims will not be viewed as legitimate and the insurance companies will not play fair.

As you have read, there are many myths associated with personal injury law and the role of a personal injury lawyer. It is important that you obtain an experienced personal injury lawyer to assist in your claim. A personal injury lawyer is available to help you receive the financial settlement that is warranted as a result of an injury to you.

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