Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Accused Of Drugging & Raping Nine Women

  • A former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints is in court today facing accusations of sexual assault. Darren Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least nine women in five different states: California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. The women tell disturbingly similar stories of going someplace alone with him, taking a drink, and blacking out. Creepily, Sharper has been active in promoting football-related events for women, such as breast cancer awareness, and appeared in a book about NFL players dedicated to their daughters. [New York Times]
  • The Senate has confirmed Niane Humetewa as the first-ever Native American woman to be a federal judge. Judge Humetewa, who is from the Hopi tribe, will serve in Arizona. [Huffington Post]
  • Muslim girls from around the world react to the kidnappings of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from a boarding school in April. [Guardian UK]
  • A new study found that fathers in New York City earned more than any other group between 1990 and 2010. [New York Observer]
  • Why women are the “spoils of war” in Nigeria and in other conflicts. [Foreign Policy]
  • A rabbi in Israel discouraged congregants from renting to lesbian couples. [JTA]
  • President Obama has appointed White House aide Kristie Canegallo as deputy chief of staff for policy implementation. [Washington Post]
  • It’s scary how many women in retirement live in poverty. [CNN Money]
  • Was Jill Abramson’s firing as executive editor of The New York Times illegal? [Feministing]
  • The president of Gambia has threatened to kill any lesbians and gays that try to seek asylum out of the country. [Think Progress]
  • On the important of sex education for girls in Pakistan. [New York Times]

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