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Today’s Lady News: UVA Lacrosse Player Huguely Was Aggressive In The Past, Witnesses Say

  • UVA lacrosse player George Huguely, who is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, fellow UVA lacrosse player Yeardley Love, got physically aggressive with her at a party two months ago, according to two people with knowledge of the incident. Two current and one former Unversity of North Carolina lax players allegedly separated Huguely from Love during the dispute. A member of Love’s family, speaking on the condition of anonymity, also said Love once portrayed Huguely as “aggressive” when asked about him. [Washington Post]
  • A California judge has granted Chaz (née Chastity) Bono‘s petition for a gender and name change, according to the Transgender Law Center. Bono, the child of Cher and Sonny Bono, began his sex change last year. [People]
  • Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, has penned an op-ed arguing the world needs to help the developing world lower the maternal mortality rate. “In the rich world, when a mother dies giving birth, we assume that something went wrong,” he wrote. “For women in the developing world, by contrast, dying in childbirth is simply a fact of life.” [San Jose Mercury News]

  • Yesterday President Obama signed a bill increasing care for female veterans, which is part of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. The bill requires the Veterans Administration to train counselors to help women who have been victims of sexual assault — as have 1 out of 5 servicewomen — and to address their other specific health care needs. [Time]
  • Alaska Native and Native American women are more than twice as likely to experience “non-consensual sex” during the first encounter, according to a study by the Urban Indian Health Institute. (However, the women were not specifically asked if they were sexually assaulted.) Seventeen percent of Alaska Native or American Indian women didn’t consent to their first sexual encounter, compared to eight percent of white women. [AP]
  • Earlier this year, Sara Maras, a sophomore at Borah High School, in Boise, Idaho, asked the local lacrosse league to allow her to play on the boys’ team, whose rules allow more physical contact than the girls’ team (such as body checking). But the lacrosse league voted against allowing Sara to play with the boys, allegedly out of concern that she might be injured and that the boys would not play at full-speed with her on the field. Now both Sara and the league have hired lawyers to duke it out in court. [Sports Illustrated]
  • A trans woman, who was born a man, and her girlfriend were legally married in San Antonio, Texas, on Monday. The couple were apparently able to marry because Sabrina Hill’s birth certificate lists her as a male. [Advocate]
  • For 18 of the last 19 semesters, the all-fraternity and sorority GPA has been higher than the all-undergraduate GPA at the University of Illinois. A sorority sister at Sigma Delta Tau explained this could be because the sorority house keeps old class materials, like notes and tests, “organized like a bookstore” to be used for studying. [Daily Illini]
  • The San Francisco Chronicle profiles Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who is running for the Republican primary to vie for a Senate seat. Apparently she is both “tough” and “vulnerable,” which I’m not sure is a word often attributed to male CEOs/politicians. [SF Gate]
  • Pennsylvania health officials seek to permanently shut down an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia, which was found to have violated numerous PA Department of Health violations after a patient died of cardiac arrest there last November. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
  • A 46-year-old mother in Missouri has been sentenced to 15 years for sex trafficking after she and co-defendant Todd Barkau prostituted her then-12-year-old daughter for sadomasochistic sex. (The woman’s name is not being revealed to protect the identity of the girl.) Wait, what? Only 15 years for pimping your pre-teen out for S&M sex? Something’s wrong with this picture. [AP]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Argentina’s House of Deputies approved a law to legalize same-sex marriage yesterday and it now heads to the country’s Senate. Argentine president Cristina Fernandez said she will not veto the bill if it passes. [AP]
  • Australia is considering changes to its Sex Discrimination Act that would protect breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. [Herald Sun]
  • The Manitoba Taxicab Board suspended the license of a cab driver for Duffy’s Taxi, who was charged with sexually assaulting a female passenger in Winnipeg. Experts say that since 2007, nine taxi drivers have been found guilty of sexual harassment and three have been charged with sexual assault. [CBC.ca]
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