Today’s Lady News: Is Emma Thompson Finally Off Team Polanski?

  • Emma Thompson initially signed a petition calling for Roman Polanski’s freedom, but has she had a change of heart? A reader at the blog Shakesville may have convinced her to remove her name from his list of supporters. [Shakesville]
  • An Illinois judge has blocked the enforcement of the state’s controversial parental notification law, which mandates that a physician inform a parent or guardian if a minor age 17 or younger seeks an abortion. The law was blocked through a temporary restraining order by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. [Chicago Breaking News]

  • Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announced her Republican candidacy for a Senate seat in California. [Orange County Register]
  • Cleveland police say they have found 10 bodies in the backyard of Anthony Sowell, an ex-con who spent 15 years in prison for a 1989 rape. Sowell, so far, faces five murder charges and one charge of rape. [New York Times]—Remind me, again, why rapists are ever let out of prison?
  • Police impersonators in Seattle are wanted by the real police for allegedly robbing restaurants and raping a restaurant employee. Scary. []
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese democracy supporter who has been in prison and under house arrest for the better part of the past 20 years, was briefly allowed out of her home to meet with a U.S. Assistant Secretary of State. [Times of London]