NBC News Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk come out, expecting a baby in August

Jenna And StephCongratulations to NBC’s Today Show Weekend anchor and her partner, NBC Foreign Correspondent Stephanie Gosk. Wolfe announced this morning that the couple as expecting their first child together in August.

“We didn’t put in an order, but we are getting a girl, and we are super excited,” said Wolfe on The Today Show this morning. “We are super excited.”

The announcement of the pregnancy may have overshadowed the fact that the two were making a coming out announcement. The couple has been dating for more than 3 years, and is engaged as well. While not necessarily a secret among their NBC family, the news was a surprise to viewers and fans of the show.

Wolf and Gosk join a number of high profile news professionals who have recently come out publicly. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, MSNBC’s Don Lemon and ABC’s Sam Champion have all shared their sexual orientation on the air, while MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts became the first anchor to have a same-sex marriage.

In the upcoming issue of “People” magazine, the couple discusses their life together, their impending motherhood, and what the experience means to them both.

“I didn’t want to bring my daughter into a world where I’m not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe will also be blogging about her experience of impending motherhood. Recently, she reflected on the moment she and Gosk made the decision to share their life with a child of their own.

“Two years into a great relationship and we felt like we wanted to share our adventures with a wide-eyed, little person. The more we talked about it, the better the idea seemed. And so in December, we embarked on Operation Baby. And might I just add that despite the morning sickness, it’s been the best decision we’ve ever made.”

Read more on the couple, and their journey together here, and in the latest issue of “People” magazine on newsstands Friday. And as always, share your comments with us.

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Public ceremony scheduled for Gov. Hickenlooper to sign Civil Unions bill

Pen makes signatureAt long last, civil unions are going to be signed into law. On Thursday, March 21 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will sign the bill making civil unions legal in the state of Colorado. The 39-26 vote was a cause for rejoicing for state Democrats, and a source of contention for Republicans. The primary reason for the opposition’s stance centers on how civil unions and religion interact. Which raises the question; what ever happened to separation of church and state in politics?

Republicans protested the bill because it does not offer religious exemptions which they say will cause the issue to wind up in court. Still, Republicans who came out in favor of the bill say voting in favor was not just good politics, but good for people.

“What this bill is about is personal freedom and individual liberties,” said Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, one of two Republicans supporting Senate Bill 11. “This is a good conservative bill.”

The long fought battle is particularly sweet for two lawmakers; State Senator Pat Steadman and Speaker of the State House of Representatives Mark Ferrandino. The two have been on the front lines of the issue since the beginning, and both felt the sting of defeat at the end of session last year. In that vote, then House Speaker Frank McNulty mired the bill in bureaucratic red tape causing it to die before a complete vote could be held. But this time, it was Democrats who had the last word, inspiring Senator Steadman to take to the Twitter-sphere with a poem he wrote in honor of the momentous occasion.

“11 is a prime number. Eleven is a lovely word.  It’s binary; a pair of ones. It’s two like things, bound together, to make a whole of ones.”

So, when Governor Hickenlooper puts pen to paper this week, he will not only be changing the lives of countless men and women in this state. He will also be striking a blow for all those who fought so hard on the front lines for equality under the law for all Coloradans  Representative Ferrandino summed it up best when asked what the vote meant to the state;

“This bill is about three simple things,” Ferrandino said. “It’s about love, it’s about family, and it’s about equality under the law.”

Governor Hickenlooper is slated to sign the bill this Thursday, March 21st in a public ceremony to be held at the Historic Colorado Center. Scheduled for 3:00pm, we will keep you posted as to any updates in this auspicious event.

Li’l Devils Lounge adds new life to S. Broadway bar scene

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A new bar has opened up on the S. Broadway corridor. Li’l Devils Lounge has taken over the spot previously occupied by controversial tavern The Barker Lounge. In this story on Examiner.com, new owners Tony Fleith and Justin McConnell talk about revamping the space into a more upscale space, and the challenges of living down the legacy of the past. Fleith also talks about a hope that the bar can bring folks back to the table for discussions…instead of to the nearest smart device.

Check out the article here, and share with us what some of your favorite watering holes are in your local.

The war on words: do you mean what you say when you say it?

In business…and in life, words matter. Do yours?

Let’s face it, words do matter. Not just in business, but in life as well. But when the words come from your mouth, do you really mean them? Do you understand their importance? Check out this article from ProducersWEB on the importance of what we say…and how we say it.

As always, we welcome your comments.

Sports world rocked by two scandals with Olympic ties

It’s been a crazy day in the world of sports. First, the shocking arrest of one of the breakout stars of the 2012 London Olympic Games, runner Oscar Pistorius. Next come claims by a Russian wrestling coach the real reason for cutting the sport from the 2020 Games is all part of the “gay agenda.”

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Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius, the South African runner who made history as the first amputee to qualify for the Olympics, has been formally charged with the murder of his girlfriend, aspiring model Reeva Steenkamp. According to authorities, in the early morning hours on Thursday police were summoned to Pistorius’ residence after receiving a call about a disturbance. When they arrived, they found Steenkamp, 30, dead from four gunshot wounds. A spokesperson for the police in Johannesburg said that there were no other suspects being considered at the time, as Pistorius, 26, was the only other individual in the house at the time.

According to sources, Pistorius claims that the shooting was an accident, and that he thought Steenkamp an intruder. However, the police spokesperson also confirmed that it was not the first time they had been summoned to Pistorius’s home on a disturbance call.

A know gun enthusiast, Pistorius had achieved almost rock star status after competing in the summer Olympic Games last year held in London.  A medalist in the Paralympic Games, Pistorius made history as the first amputee to compete in a traditional Olympic games. In the 2012 Olympics, he reached the 400-meter semifinal and competed in the 4×400 meter relay.

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Reeva Steenkamp

Steenkamp was on the verge of stardom as well. The blonde beauty was already the face of cosmetics giant Avon in South Africa, and was set to guest star on a reality show for Jamaican television called Tropika Island of Treasure, this coming weekend. In addition to her entertainment accomplishments, Steenkamp graduated with a law degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, ad was an outspoken advocate on the campaign to prevent violence against women.

“WEAR BLACK THIS FRIDAY IN SUPPORT AGAINST #RAPE,” was re-tweeted from Steenkamp’s account just hours before her death.

As for Pistorius, he is being held at this writing awaiting an arraignment and setting of bail hearing on Friday morning. Authorities plan to oppose bail for Pistorius.

Meanwhile, according to Russian sports website R-Sports, Russian wrestling coach Vladimir Uruimagov said that the International Olympic Committee’s decision to remove wrestling from the Olympic line up as a “gay conspiracy.”

“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world,” Uruimagov said, adding that cutting wrestling from the Olympic program was “a blow to masculine origins.”

Russian wrestling coach Vladimir Uruimagov

Russian wrestling coach Vladimir Uruimagov

On February, 12th, IOC officials announced that they would be cutting the sport from the games starting with the 2020 games. The move has sent shock waves through the Olympic community. The IOC board acted after reviewing the 26 sports on the current Olympic program. Originally speculation was that the Pentathlon would be eliminated. Eliminating one sport allows the International Olympic Committee to add a new sport to the program later this year. The IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, to decide which sport or sports to propose for 2020 inclusion, with the final vote to be made at the 125th IOC general assembly which convenes September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The news further unsettled Coach Uruimagov, who had a few more words for the IOC.

“It turns out this committee is headed by representative of these minorities,” said Uruimagov clarifying that he meant sexual minorities. “It is necessary for millions around the world who understand that this is a man’s sport and who understand the need to continue the human race to go out and explain their position to the Olympic Committee. We should prove and explain that in any other case there is no future.”

Wrestling combines freestyle and Greco-Roman disciplines. It had 11 medal events in freestyle and seven in Greco-Roman at last year’s London Olympics. Wrestling will now join seven other sports in applying for inclusion in 2020. The others are a combined bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and wushu; a full-contact sport derived from Chinese martial arts. They will be vying for a single opening in 2020.

As for the location of the 2020 games, the list has been cut down to three. The finalists are Madrid, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; and Tokyo Japan. A final decision will be made during the September meeting of the IOC.

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A “Just Do It” pep talk for 2013

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Fingers crossed for a great year ahead…

We can stand on the sidelines and cheer on others, or we can get into the game and participate! Yeah, I know, but platitudes aside, here is a piece from ProducersWeb that hopefully will light a fire in your belly, and make you want to seize the year by the…(fill in the blank on your own here)

Don’t let the business blahs derail your plans

Okay, so it’s true confessions time. Here at Emphasis there have been a few weeks of malaise. To many hats to wear at one time, too much work on the plate at once, feelings of being a bit overwhelmed…but hey we’ve all been there right? Still, with the fall and winter months approaching, time is of the essence. The end of the year means planning for next year, but we’re still hovering around our mid-June plans right now. Which raises the question; will we ever catch up?

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss how to get back on track with our business. The simple way is to get back our passion about what we do. Sounds impossible, right? Well it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to get our groove back!

Here, courtesy of Entrepreneur.com are some tips on how to get your work mojo back, and get back in the swing of things. What do you do when you have the business blahs? Share with us in our comments section.