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February 12, 2008
GOOD DAY FOR: Paparazzi, after sales of celebrity magazines US Weekly and OK! Weekly climbed sharply in the second half of 2007, even as the magazine industry as a whole was flat, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. British transplant OK!’s 23 percent jump in circulation was attributed to scoops on the various dramas of Britney Spears and family. (The New York Times, free registration)
BAD DAY FOR: Seeing red, after Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered florists and gift shops to remove all red items, especially roses, until Friday, in an annual crackdown on non-Islamic Valentine’s Day. “We are planning on going to Dubai Wednesday night to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple,” said one married Saudi teacher. (USA Today)
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