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Today’s Lady News: Woman Calls Cops Over Domestic Abuse, Gets Evicted

  • Chicago resident Kathy Cleaves-Milan is suing her former landlords, Elm Creek Apartments, for evicting her due to “criminal activity” after she reported to police her ex-boyfriend had shown up at her apartment brandishing a gun. The company said it was concerned about potential gun violence, but it was afraid Cleaves-Milan could not have paid her rent without her ex. An attorney for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project said her landlord’s actions put women in the position of being trapped with an abuser so they don’t lose their housing. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Last November, a police officer in London, responding to the U.K.’s version of a 911 call, left a woman in an apartment with a rapist without further inquiry. On Monday, Vitas Jalonis was found guilty of raping the 32-year-old victim. However, police officer Matthew Harris is now under investigation for responding to an emergency call from a neighbor who heard the victim screaming, but then taking Jalonis’ word for it when he answered the door and said everything was OK. Hours later, after the victim had been raped again, she called police herself and Jalonis was finally arrested. [BBC]
  • Science journal has suggested a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and a virus which is generally associated with prostate cancer. CFS is an illness thought to occur in women four times as often as in men. [Our Bodies, Our Blog]
  • California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (whom we are usually not big fans of) signed a gay rights bill on Sunday which gives gay couples legally married in other states the same rights of marriage afforded to straight couples in California. The bill also designated May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, which is the birth date of the late San Francisco supervisor who was the subject of the film “Milk.” The bill encourages public schools to use Harvey Milk Day to teach lessons “remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state.” [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • But! Schwarzenegger also vetoed two gay rights bills, too. One bill would have allowed transgender Californians born in another country to return to their place of birth and get a new birth certificate reflecting their correct gender. The other would have created protections for LGBT prisoners. Harrumph. FAIL. [Feministing]
  • Today a judge ruled that Rifqa Barry, the 17-year-old Ohio girl who ran away from home to Florida because she said her Muslim parents would kill her for converting to Christianity, must return home to Ohio. Barry fled her parents in July to live with a pastor friend in Florida, claiming her parents had threatened an “honor killing” when they learned she had renounced the family’s religion. Barry will be placed in foster care when she returns to Ohio and both she and her parents must undergo psychiatric evaluations. [Fox News]
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