The Water Cooler: Dec. 7

Cooper temporarily suffers from sun blindness

Famed journalist Anderson Cooper suffered from a temporary sun blindness while working on a story for “60 Minutes.”

While on location in Portugal, Cooper spent two hours in the water and later developed a burning sensation in his eyes which caused him to lose his sight for 36 hours.

Nancy Synderman, chief medical correspondent for NBC News, described Cooper’s injury as a retina burn. She stresses the importance of wearing sunglasses.

Witherspoon receives Honor

The March of Dimes has decided to honor Reese Witherspoon for being a model celebrity parent.

Witherspoon, who just gave birth to her third child, will be given the Grace Kelly Award at the Celebration of Babies event today­.

The award is given out to celebrity parents who are committed to living healthy lifestyles by eating right and finding the right exercise regimen.

Royal baby brings out succession issues

It was announced Tuesday that Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, will be expecting their first child together.

Succession rules are set to change to give royal daughters the same rights as sons.

So either way, their child will be born a king- or queen-in-waiting. It will displace Prince Harry as third in line to the throne.

They are set to change at the “earliest opportunity,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Tuesday. “Whether the baby is a boy or a girl, they will have an equal claim to the throne.”

Rihanna joins TV industry

In an announcement made Wednesday, twenty-four-year-old pop and R&B singer, Rihanna, will produce and star in a new series for the Style Network.

The show will be titled “Styled to Rock” and will allow 12 want- to-be designers a chance to style the stars.

As if right now there will be a 10 episode arc and the prizes have yet to be determined.

Information and photos from The Associated Press.

Compiled by Savannah Sawyer, Assistant Features Editor.