Today’s Lady News: Howard University Misplaced Hattie McDaniel’s “Gone With The Wind” Oscar

  • Howard University has admitted it lost the Oscar won by Hattie McDaniel for the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind.” Upon her death in 1952, McDaniel, who was the first black woman to win an Academy Award, bequeathed her statue to the HU drama department. [Essence]
  • Effective today, Indonesia’s conservative Islamic Aceh province has banned stores from selling tight clothes and distributed 20,000 long skirts to Muslim women. Women will receive a long skirt if they’re caught by Islamic police violating the no-tight-pants dress code. [AP]
  • Phillip Merling, defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, was arrested yesterday and charged with alleged aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. [USA Today]

  • Monday, May 31, will be the one-year anniversary of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller’s murder at a church in Wichita, Kansas, by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder. The Kansas chapter of the National Organization of Women plans to hold a vigil in Wichita’s Old Town Square to honor the late physician. [Kansas City Star]
  • Abel Moreno, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is facing deportation to Mexico after he was arrested for “resisting arrest” for calling 911 when a police officer groped his girlfriend at a traffic stop. As Moreno was making the call, the arresting officer, Marcus Jackson, told him to drop the call and then took them both to jail. While in jail, Moreno was found to have been in the country illegally. Jackson has been fired after five other women came forward to say he had groped or tried to grope them; the officer was also found to have had a restraining order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend, which would preclude him from being hired as a police officer. Jackson is now facing 11 counts of sexual battery, extortion, and interfering with an emergency communication. Moreno has six months to prove to immigration officials that he should not be deported. [Guanabee]
  • Oklahoma Governor Bill Henry vetoed an abortion-related bill yesterday which would strictly limit how private health insurers can cover the procedure. The legislature has overridden several other abortion-related bills that Gov. Henry vetoed. [AP]
  • A growing number of women are denied medical care at hospitals with ideological or religious affiliations — such as refusal to disperse the morning-after pill — according to a recent report by the National Health Law Program. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Women and minorities are disproportionately affected by the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gay service members, according to Defense Department data analyzed by gay rights group Servicemembers United. [USA Today]
  • Police in Brooklyn, New York, are investigating whether Al-Taya Conyers, 16, was killed last night in retaliation for complaining about a fight at school which resulted in a man’s arrest on assault charges. [NY Daily News]
  • A polo club in Northern California is holding its first-ever women’s tournament on Saturday. Women have played in past polo matches at the club since 1972, but they have admitted to hiding their gender. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • We’re a little late on this one but last weekend The New York Times Magazine interviewed Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a feminist activist for Muslim women and victims of female genital mutilation, as well as author of Infidel and Nomad: From Islam To America. [New York Times]
  • After columnist Meghan Daum’s recent essay in the Los Angeles Times, in which she said it’s totally OK for Sarah Palin to call herself a feminist, blogger Kate Harding has summed up five ways of looking at “Sarah Palin feminism.” These include “You’ve got to be f**king kidding me” and “There’s something to be said for visibility, maybe?” [Jezebel]


  • The second transgender woman in less than two months to be killed in Puerto Rico was strangled to death with an electrical cord, police say. Angie Gonzalez Oquendo, 38, is believed to be the victim either domestic violence or a hate crime. [EDGE]
  • The Contraception and Abortion Museum in Vienna, Austria received a new award from the European Museum Forum for raising public awareness. You can find out more about the museum here. [AFP]