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We’re fond’a Henry While Arkansans nominated for an Academy Award were a little hard to come by this year, you might have seen an Arkie among the throng of reporters giving the red carpet play-by-play. On Oscar night, Feb. 27, Tamara Henry — an Arkansas native and former Little Rock TV news anchor and Times intern — was in the thick of things, helping host the 15th annual “Night of 100 Stars” party, live from the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. A black tie dinner and Oscar watch party, the gala was expected to draw up to 200 Academy voters, and — according to its website — hosts around 50 former Academy Award winners and nominees every year. Sorry we didn’t get this note out in time for Oscar night. The event was streamed live on the Internet at www.nightof100stars.com. They’re here The Human Rights Campaign has analyzed 2000 Census data to show the numbers of same-sex partner households in the U.S. It might surprise you to know that their numbers are rising even in Arkansas, which has been publicly unfriendly to the idea in the ban on gay marriages and other ways. In 1990, the Census identified 506 such households in Arkansas. In 2000, there were 2,176 gay household partners and 2,247 lesbian household partners, for a total of 4,423, a 774 percent increase, a rate of increase exceeded by only five states. Arkansas is 39th in the percentage of gay-lesbian households, at .73 percent of the total households. Sack job, sweatpants: A correlation? College-aged men and women who get lots of exercise believe they’re better or much better than average in the sack, a University of Arkansas graduate researcher says. Tina M. Penhollow, with UA health sciences professor Dr. Michael Young, asked 408 undergrads to describe their exercise frequency, fitness, sexual desirability and sexual performance. The results were published in the online Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality (www.ejhs.org). Filling a gap in sexology literature on whether workouts make us feel sexier, Penhollow reports that 88 percent of the women in her survey who said they work out four or five days a week believe they are better — or much better —than average at sex. But in that same exercise category, only 40 percent felt more desirable than the average woman. Which suggests that though they may not feel especially desirable, they ought to. Sixty-nine percent of the men who worked out four or five days a week ranked their sexual performance as better or much better than average; 65 percent ranked their desirability as better or much better than average. But 60 percent of the guys who said they were of below average fitness still believed themselves to be above average or much above average at sex. Conclusion: Penhollow’s research confirms what we already suspected. Hard-bodied women feel sexy, and guys should recognize that. Guys believe they’re great in bed no matter how many laps they take. Irony The New York Times magazine Feb. 27 included an interesting feature on the rise of calls for teaching of “intelligent design,” instead of evolution in public schools. The article debunks the concept pretty thoroughly, which we applaud. But we could not help but notice a few things at the top of the article: The headline: Unintelligent Design. The author’s name: Jim Holt. No it wasn’t our Sen. Jim Holt, but …

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