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Georgia Police Officer Claims She Was Fired For Being Pregnant

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Something is rotten in the state of Georgia: narcotics K-9 officer Ruth Hernandez was fired by the city of Thomsen, Georgia after getting pregnant.

According to WAGT-TV, Ruth Hernandez became pregnant with her second child and told her superiors that she couldn’t perform her duties until November 11 (eight months from now). Obviously if she is pregnant, it is ill-advised for her be in dangerous positions that cops can find themselves in. Fortunately, by federal law, if an employee cannot perform a duty because of a disability — which is how pregnancy is viewed by the law — the employer is supposed to try to find a similar job that he or she can do. For instance, Thomson, Georgia, was hiring for a secretary, which is a desk position, in its fire department. However, Ruth Hernandez says she was never offered the secretarial position. Nor did the city of Thomson offer her a leave. Instead, she was fired by Thomson PD, which said in a statement to WAGT, it was “unable to hold her position vacant for the length of time requested.” Her police car and her K-9 dog have been given to another officer and Ruth is now unemployed.

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A Mini Horse With A Lucky Leg


Midnight the miniature horse was only born with three legs, which would normally result in being put down. But thankfully, the folks at Ranch Hand Rescue in Fort Worth, Texas, were able to make him a special prosthetic horse leg, so he can trot, gallup and run with the best of ‘em. It’s enough to make even the saltiest cowboy cry. [Houston Chronicle] Keep reading »

Geraldine Ferraro Dies

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Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman from a major party ever to run for vice president, died yesterday at age 75. Ferraro was a Queens criminal prosecutor and then representative in Congress who joined Walter Mondale in a presidential run in 1984. Although the Walter-Mondale ticket proved no match for Ronald Reagan and George Bush (41), Ferraro nevertheless busted through the glass ceiling of national politics 64 years after women were acknowledged their right to vote. Keep reading »

Sex, Running And Other Intense Activity Can Be Deadly

Too much of a good thing can kill you.

Short spurts of strenuous physical activity, like having sex or going for a run, can dramatically raise the risk of life-threatening heart problems in older people, new research shows. The chance is even greater among those who don’t exercise regularly.

The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, relied on data from 14 prior papers examining the relationship between sex, exercise and heart attack or sudden cardiac death. Read more… Keep reading »

Libyan Woman Says She Was Raped By Qaddafi’s Men, Is Detained At Gunpoint By Government Forces

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On Saturday, Libyan woman Eman al-Obeidy walked into a hotel in Tripoli, Libya, populated by foreign journalists in order to let the world know that Col. Moammar Qaddafi’s military forces had beaten and raped her. What followed was a violent scuffle, as al-Obeidy was forcibly removed by Qaddafi’s men, despite the protests and protections of international media. It was a violent and graphic reminder that women and girls often face specific and harrowing abuse in times of war and conflict.

According to reports, al-Obeidy barged into the breakfast room at the Hotel Rixos, where journalists had been staying at the behest of Qaddafi’s regime, and breathlessly told members of the media that she had been repeatedly raped and violated by 15 of Qaddafi’s men. “They say that we are all Libyans and we are one people,” she said. “But look at what the Qaddafi men did to me,” pointing to a bruise on her face, a scar on her thy and scratch marks on her leg. “I was tied up, and they defecated and urinated on me. They violated my honor.” Al-Obeidy stressed that the real story of the struggle in Libya wasn’t being told. “There is no media coverage outside,” she said. “They swore at me and they filmed me. I was alone. There was whiskey. I was tied up. I am not scared of anything. I will be locked up immediately after this.” She added: “Look at my face. Look at my back.”
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Today’s Lady News: Beauty Queen Fired For Eating Too Many Tacos Is Reinstated

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  • San Antonio beauty queen Domonique Ramirez — who was supposedly fired because she got “fat”from eating too many tacos — has been reinstated after a court battle. Oh, Texas. [
    • Wait. What? You mean all women are not pacifists and naturally kinder and gentler than men? [The Nation]
    • The word “curvy” is dead to her! [Black Voices]
    • Us ladies are apparently “returning to the death care industry in droves.” OK then. [Slate]
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