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Today’s Lady News: Woman Named Head Coach Of A Football Team

  • In a historic move, Natalie Randolph, 29, a teacher at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., was introduced as the school’s head football coach this morning. As a former women’s professional football player, Randolph was a wide receiver for the D.C. Divas team. In 1985 a woman was named head football coach for a different D.C. high school, but was removed from the position one day later. [CNN]
  • Four women, including superstar Danica Patrick, will be racing this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This will be the first time ever that four women have started an IndyCar Series race. [USA Today]
  • A study of over 46,000 has found that women who took birth control pills beginning in the late 1960s lived longer than women who never went on the pill; the pill also, apparently, cut the risk of death from bowel cancer by almost 40 percent. [AP]

  • North Carolina State Representative Bill Current put his foot in his mouth last week when he replied-all to an RSVP about a Women’s History Month event to say he had “promised to be at the organization meeting of the ‘white male’ historical society” —and it went to the entire N.C. legislature. Current has not apologized for his reply, however, and instead said today, “To keep hammering on racism and gender is not uniting the people for the American purpose of providing opportunity for everybody. As an older man, I’m weary of this constant ‘You owe me something’ attitude that is prevailing in our society.” Wow, what an ignorant jerk! [Gaston Gazette]
  • New York City police have released surveillance video of a man who followed a 29-year-old woman into the bathroom of a Midtown bar after she rejected his advances and beat her unconscious. Police say the woman did not want to dance with the accused, so he allegedly burst into her stall and possibly slammed her head against the toilet or the sink. The victim suffered a broken eye socket and deep gashes to her face. Fortunately, the results of a rape kit came back negative. [New York Post]
  • The Colorado State Senate gave initial approval yesterday to a bill requiring individual health insurance plans to cover maternity care and contraception. Some Republican lawmakers in Colorado, however, are complaining that covering those things would raise health care costs too much. “I can assure you the Harvey household does not need maternity care, the Harvey household does not need contraceptive care,” said State Senator Ted Harvey (Highlands Ranch). “Why should the Harvey household have to pay for your mandate? If you want to pay for that care for other people, you pay for it, but don’t make me.” Thanks, dude! [Denver Post]
  • Police in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, say a 13-year-old girl reported she was sexually assaulted by a man who followed her out of the Fox River Mall, claiming to be a police officer and accusing her of shoplifting. The man allegedly followed two girls out of a Target, ordered one girl to sit on a bench, and took the other behind a dumpster, where he sexually assaulted her. [WCCO]
  • Police arrested a 54-year-old man in La Mesa, California, after he followed a 14-year-old girl who was walking to school, engaged her in conversation, hugged her and then tried to kiss her. Fortunately, a middle school vice principal driving nearby happened to see the incident and pulled over to pick up the girl. [SanDiego6]
  • Juanita Goggins, the first African-American woman to be elected to the South Carolina General Assembly, passed away recently at age 75. Goggins was also the first black woman to serve on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the first black woman from S.C. to be elected to the Democratic National Committee. [WJBF]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Five gay and lesbian couples have been legally married in Mexico City, the first city in Latin America to recognize gay marriage. [BBC]
  • A recent survey of Filipino voters found that 68 percent believe that the deeply Catholic government of the Phillippines should make contraceptives available for family planning. [AFP]
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