A Threat to R. Kelly's Voice?

In today's link roundup: R. Kelly has throat surgery, and Allen West calls colleague "not a lady." Plus: influential African Americans in children's television.

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A threat to R. Kelly's golden voice? The R&B singer is reportedly in the hospital after emergency throat surgery. His publicist says he'll be "laid up indefinitely" at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Allen West: Debbie Wasserman-Shultz is "not a lady": The Republican congressman called his Democratic colleague "vile, despicable and cowardly" and "not a lady" after she called into question his stance on Medicare. The angry email had the subject line, "Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman Schultz." Is that supposed to be an example of behaving like a gentleman?

Child's play: 10 influential African Americans in children's television: Are we the only ones who didn't know that a black man provided the voice for Elmo? The Atlanta Post has a list that includes him (Kevin Clash) and other African-American entertainers who are leaving their mark on childhoods.

California prisoners go on hunger strike: More than 1,700 prisoners in maximum isolation have been refusing to eat to protest what one writer calls "barbarous confinement."

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