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Why Rihanna & Chris Brown Made PEOPLE Readers Mad This Week | Ashley Judd, Rihanna

Rihanna & Chris Brown Make Readers Mad, Ashley Judd Split Makes Them Sad

Originally posted 02/02/2013 03:00PM

What's on the minds of PEOPLE readers this week? We love getting your feedback, and as always, you weighed in with plenty of strong reactions.

From your anger over Rihanna's confession that she and Chris Brown are once again in a relationship, to your love as a Houston waiter refused to serve a customer who'd insulted a boy with Down syndrome, you told us what got you talking – and also laughing out loud.

Check out the articles with the top reactions on the site this week, and keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story to tell us what you think!

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Ashley Judd Splits from Husband Dario Franchitti

Ashley Judd Splits from Husband Dario Franchitti

Originally posted 01/29/2013 08:05PM

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are splitting after more than a decade of marriage.

"We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed," Judd, 44, and Franchitti, 39, tell PEOPLE exclusively in a statement on Tuesday.

After being engaged for about two years, the Missing star and the racecar driver tied the knot in a highly private ceremony in Scotland in 2001.

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Ashley Judd's Dogs Celebrate Dario Franchitti's Indy 500 Victory | Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd's Dogs Celebrate Dario Franchitti's Indy 500 Victory

Originally posted 05/29/2012 02:00PM

After winning this third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Dario Franchitti celebrated with his family – including his dogs.

The Italian champ posed for photos along the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with wife Ashley Judd and their two cockapoos, Buttermilk and Shug, who have also helped dad mark his accomplishment in the past.

But despite being repeat visitors to Indiana's capital, the pups still managed to live it up.

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Ashley Judd Speaks Out for Dog Thrown from Moving Car | Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd Speaks Out for Dog Thrown from Moving Car

Originally posted 05/06/2012 09:00AM

When Ashley Judd heard about an animal abuse case involving a dog getting thrown out of a moving car window, she took it personally.

The Tennessee-based actress first called Snooty Giggles, the rescue organization that took the dog into its care, then the local clinic where the dog ended up, Animalia Health & Wellness for Animals. She said she wanted to visit the approximately 5-year-old cockapoo, who had been named Walter after the councilman who helped find care for the dog.

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Ashley Judd Slams Reaction to Her Puffy Face as 'Woman Hating'

UpdatePosted 04/12/2012 12:30PM

Ashley Judd Slams Reaction to Her Puffy Face as 'Woman Hating'

Originally posted 04/12/2012 07:55AM

Ashley Judd says the generally horrified reaction last month to her puffy face, caused by the medication she was taking for a sinus infection, is a sad commentary on our society's obsession with appearance.

"I think it's hatred of women that invites the criticism," the Missing actress, 43, said Wednesday on NBC's Nightly News, with additional comments on Thursday's Today show. "I think it's the objectification of girls and women and this hypersexualization of our society that invites the criticism."

She added: "It doesn't have anything to do with me, really, and how I look."

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Ashley Judd's Puffy Face Explained

Ashley Judd Blames Steroids for Her Puffy Face

Originally posted 03/16/2012 09:30AM

Ashley Judd set the plastic surgery rumor mill into motion this week, when she appeared on a Canadian talk show to promote her new TV series, Missing, looking a little ... well, bloated.

The typically svelte actress's face was noticeably puffy during her appearance, sparking speculation that she had undergone a cosmetic procedure.

But that's not the case, according to her rep.

"Ashley has been battling an ongoing, serious sinus infection and flu," the rep, Cara Tripicchio, told E! News, adding that Judd has "been on a heavy dose of medication to overcome it."

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Ashley Judd Reveals Sexual Abuse, Family Pain in Memoir

Ashley Judd Reveals Sexual Abuse, Family Pain in Memoir

Originally posted 04/05/2011 06:25PM

In a raw new memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, Ashley Judd is baring all when it comes to being raised as the daughter of country music's Naomi Judd.

"My childhood was erratic, chaotic, unstable," she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I was so the lost child, who just goes away and can be invisible while sitting in the middle of the room."

"I know that my mom did the best she could as did my dad," Judd, 42, continues, "but for a variety of reasons, it was just hurtful."

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Ashley Judd Slams Sarah Palin's 'Pet Project' – Again

Ashley Judd Slams Sarah Palin's 'Pet Project' – Again

Originally posted 02/09/2009 11:55AM

And so the feud continues.

Ashley Judd once again criticized Sarah Palin for supporting the practice of aerial wolf and bear killings in Alaska, calling the governor's program a "distortion" and "incredibly savage."

"It's her pet project," Judd, 40, told CNN's Larry King as she took her fight to stop the killing of wildlife to TV along with the environmental advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife's CEO Rodger Schlickeisen.

"She promotes the brutal aerial killing of wolves," said the actress. "It is not ethical, it is not appropriate, it doesn't make sense on any level."

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Ashley Judd Targets Sarah Palin for Sport Hunting

Originally posted 02/05/2009 10:15AM

Sarah Palin has a brand new rival: the Defenders of Wildlife, fronted by actress and animal-rights activist Ashley Judd, NBC News reported on Thursday's Today show.

In a new Web video, Judd tries to move the Alaska governor to stop her state's practice of killing wolves and bears from airplanes – a sport in which Palin herself has said she participates.

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Ashley Judd Speaks Out on Human Trafficking | Ashley Judd

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Ashley Judd Speaks Out on Human Trafficking

Originally posted 06/04/2008 10:50AM

Ashley Judd confronted an overwhelming topic in remarks she delivered Tuesday at the United Nations headquarters in New York City: the approximately 2.5 million people worldwide – mostly women and children – believed to be victims of the $32 billion annual industry of human trafficking

"I know that the unheard are helped when they are heard. I know that compassionate listening helps me, and my goal was to help the U.N. help them," the actress, 40, said at a news conference on the day in which the General Assembly met for a "thematic debate" on the problem, the Associated Press reports.

Judd explained that she actually "stumbled upon" the crisis while on a 12-nation tour to promote public health. En route, she saw brothels, slums, hospices and other medical facilities.

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