Today’s Lady News: Woman With No Arms Earns Her Black Belt In Taekwondo

  • Sheila Radziewicz, 32, of Salem, Massachusetts, does not have either one of her arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from earning her black belt in taekwondo! For her black belt test, she had to break wood, kick, punch, and spar. Watch out: she’s also got nunchucks. [Boston Globe]
  • In the wake of gossip blog Gawker’s exposés that American Apparel allegedly hires its employees primarily on looks, the company is allegedly issuing new hires a crazy-strict “confidentiality agreement” that punishes blabbermouth employees with a $1 million fine if they discuss their jobs or Dov Charney’s precious reputation with the media. [Gawker]
  • Finland’s president has appointed Mari Kiviniemi as the country’s second female prime minister. In other news, the United States still hasn’t had a female president or vice president. [AFP]

  • Female pilots ages 18 to 92 are competing in an all-lady “air derby” that starts in Florida and ends in Maryland. [NBC-2.com]
  • Budget cuts in Butler County, Ohio, are causing the elimination of the court’s domestic violence unit and laying off all three employees. The DV specialists at the courthouse helped victims weave their way through the system. Last year, Butler country handled 1,782 cases of DV. [Oxford Press]
  • Quincy Forrester, 19, of Aurora, Illinois, has been sentenced to 30 months probation for entering unlocked apartments and touching women’s legs while they slept. Yes, that’s probation, not jail time. Forrester was also ordered to wear a GPS tracking device and attend a sex offender probation program. Judge John Kinsella told the court, “This was either the product of an immature mind or are we seeing a person escalating to a more serious sex offense? While no one was hurt, the potential for catastrophic events was obvious. This was a direct threat.” Um, am I the only one who thinks that’s f**ked up? You don’t have to sexually assault a woman to scare the bejeezus out of her. Breaking into homes and touching feet is creepy! [Chicago Tribune]
  • A Mexican man will spent eight months in an American jail after he was caught videotaping his boss inside a woman’s bathroom at the restaurant where he worked. Once the sentence is served, he will likely be deported. [ABClocal.go.com]
  • Dr. Charles E. Young, the president of Allen Univeristy in South Carolina, has been accused of sexual harassment by a coworker. Dr. Donya Melton claimed Young choked her and threatened her job when she refused his advances and that she was demoted at her job in retaliation. [WISTV]

INTERNATIONAL

  • In Saudia Arabia, four women and 11 men have been sentenced to flogging and prison time for mingling at a party. According to the country’s Islamic law, unrelated men and women are not allowed to be together. [AP]
  • South African grannies who play soccer = awesome. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Reproductive rights advocates in Canada are still hoping that abortion funding will be included in the G8 summit’s maternal- and child-health initiative. Groups have written Prime Minister Steven Harper, who is conservative, to include family planning and contraception in the G8′s plans. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • Two women — one Canadian, one American — have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Yay! [TheSpec.com]
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