Raymond Clark III, a 24-year-old lab technician, was taken into custody for DNA samples last night (and subsequently released) as a suspect in Yale grad student Annie Le’s death. Le, who had planned to marry Columbia grad student Jonathan Widawsky last weekend, went missing on Sept. 8th. She was seen on video entering, but never exiting, her lab and her body was later found stuffed inside one of its walls. Clark, who lives with his fianceé, Jennifer Hromadka, works the same laboratory as Le did, allegedly failed a lie detector test and had scratches on his body. Police said they will either arrest Clark or rule him out as a suspect this week. Meanwhile, a medical examiner pronounced Le’s cause of death was “traumatic asphyxia.” [NY Daily News, Fox News]
A high school in England banned female students from wearing their uniform skirts because girls were showing too much leg in them. The assistant headmaster of Bingley Grammar School told the Daily Mail it tweaked the dress code after some girls apparently rolled their skirts up higher and parents complained because “they felt their daughters were increasingly vulnerable.” All but the eldest girls in school are now required to wear black pants with their uniform instead. [UK Daily Mail]
—How typical, punishing the girls for their sexuality. What about making all the male students wear blinders instead?
In more pants news: Egypt’s top Islamic authority has decreed Muslim women are allowed to wear pants. Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said women should be able to wear pants so long as they are loose and not see-through. [Fox News]—Gomaa presumably made his comments following the brouhaha in neighboring Sudan, where UN employee Lubna al-Hussein faced 40 lashes for wearing pants in public. Al-Hussein was eventually spared the lashes and fined $200.
Police say the 18-year-old Hofstra University student who was gang-raped by five men was “lured” (that’s the New York Post’s word, not mine) back to a dorm room by one of the rapists who took her phone. Allegedly, she was at a frat party in the Alpha Phi Alpha house when a boy at the party took her cell phone from her and wouldn’t give it back. She followed him back to a dorm room in another building, where she was taken to a stall in the men’s bathroom, tied up with rope and gang raped. [New York Post]
Crystal Lee Sutton, who was the inspiration for the movie “Norma Rae” for which Sally Field won an Oscar for Best Actress, passed away at 68. Sutton was a mother of three earning less than $3 an hour when, after 16 years on the job, she was fired for pro-union activity. In response to her firing, she wrote “UNION” on a piece of cardboard and stood on a table in the middle of the factory. Other factory workers turned off their machines in solidarity … and the rest is Hollywood history. [Feministing]
The anti-Operation Rescue has said it is broke and may have to shut down. The group sought donors in an email plea on Monday night, saying it has been adversely affected by the recession. [AP]—Hmm, doesn’t this sound like a ploy to raise money to buy Dr. George Tiller’s clinic, the doctor who was murdered over the summer by a zealot?
The Center for Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University updated their statistics on the number of women who worked on the 2008-2009 season for the five major TV networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CW). It could be better, a lot better: women comprise nine percent of directors, 29 percent of writers, and 35 percent of executive producers. [Women and Hollywood]
Latina website Guanabee isn’t too keen on the typical depictions of Latinos in movies (maid / gang member / pregnant teen), especially the upcoming film called “Down For Life” about a teenage girl in a girl gang. Wrote blogger Alex Alvarez, “Maybe this is incredibly cynical on our part, but it seems that if a story isn’t about gangs or sexy mamis and papis oohing and ahing over spicy food, it isn’t seen as worth telling.” [Guanabee]
The United Nations General Assembly voted on Monday to create a more powerful agency for women’s equality and rights. The resolution called for the U.N. to group together four separate offices of women’s issues and give them their own under-secretary. [Reuters]