Headlines: Black Women and Fitness

Host Farai Chideya runs through the day's headlines, including a black firefighter winning millions in a workplace harassment suit and a new study about black women and dieting habits.

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FARAI CHIDEYA, host:

From NPR News, this is NEWS & NOTES. I'm Farai Chideya.

On today's show, the religion of Santeria hits baseball.

And the Essence Festival comes home to New Orleans.

But first, let's kick things off with headlines. Today, we start in our own backyard, Los Angeles. That's where a jury just awarded a firefighter $6.2 million. Plaintiff Brenda Lee said she was harassed by her colleagues at the L.A. Fire Department because she's black and a lesbian. This is the largest settlement from recent cases brought by women and minorities, claiming discrimination and retaliation in the fire department.

And white women look for diet help more than black women. That's according to a new study published in the current issue of the journal Ethnicity and Disease. Researchers who surveyed 120 women found that white and black women share concerns about shape and weight. But white women are more likely to join a weight loss group, get medical counseling, and take advice from a trainer. One of the authors of the study says cultural factors probably play important roles in where and how women seek help for weight loss.

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