Today’s Lady News: CBS News’ Lara Logan Beaten, Sexually Assaulted In Egypt

  • CBS correspondent Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted in Egypt’s Tahrir Square on February 11 after she, her “60 Minutes” team, and their security were attacked. Logan was reportedly rescued by a group of women and 20 Egyptian soldiers. Logan returned to the United States the next morning and is currently in the hospital recovering. We have her in our thoughts and wish her a full recovery. [CBS News]
  • Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be tried on charges of sex with a 17-year-old prostitute, a judge ruled yesterday. Thousands of Italians protested across the country on Sunday against Berlusconi’s alleged diddlings, while he maintains the accusations are “groundless.” Apparently he’ll stand trial before three female judges, too! [CNN, Guanabee]
  • Veterans who were sexually assaulted by other servicemembers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. military (specifically U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld) today with accusations it is too lax about pursuing sexual assaults. In a statement, a Pentagon spokesperson acknowledged the military had “work to do.” [BBC]

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I Don’t Like How This Story Ends

What will become of me? Are outcast or grandmother my only options? Ack. It’s just that Path A seems so much more fun … until you hit 40. Damn that bad literature! [The Gloss] Keep reading »

The Good, The Meh & The WTF At The 2011 BAFTA Awards

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Oops. I was so busy obsessing over the Grammy Awards yesterday — who wore metallics, which stars made me go WTF, what everyone else was wearing, and, oh yeah, analyzing all that cleavage — that I forgot about the BAFTA Awards! The BAFTAs (which went down on Sunday) are kinda like the U.K.’s version of the Oscars, and I was really excited to see how fabulously many of the stars dressed for the occasion. Keep clicking to see the good, the meh, and the truly WTF.

Hellcats Cram Session: Cheerleading Squad Scandals

Bust out your pom-poms, ‘cause tonight is “Hellcats” night! Since The Frisky’s own Kate Torgovnick happens to be an expert on college cheerleading—after all, the show is based on her book, CHEER!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders—every Tuesday we have her sound off on how the show stacks up to reality.

The preview for this week’s “Hellcats” promises “a scandal so big, it could take down the Hellcats.” Cheerleading scandals of the personal variety seem to crop up on a semi-regular basis, generally involving a racy photo of a scantily clad cheerleader making its way around the internet. But what about team scandals? Is there anything a team can do to cause a ruckus in the cheer world?

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Beware Of The Murse: Man Bags Causing Back Pain For Dudes

Listen—can you hear that? It’s the sound of the proverbial gender playing field being leveled. Us ladies are no longer the only ones with back problems thanks to slinging heavy purses over our shoulders. According to the British Chiropractic Association, there has been a 21 percent increase in the number of man bags (murses?) sold in the past year—think Cristiano Ronaldo and his trusty Gucci bag. This spells major back trouble for dudes since the average guy is now carting around 13.7 pounds worth of stuff in his bag. “Man Bags are now a necessity for many men during their daily lives, but they could cause back and shoulder pain from prolonged stress,” says an association spokesperson. “We need to become more savvy in how we use them, whilst learning to read our bodies and know when we’re placing too much pressure on certain points.” Amen to that. But when men start complaining about high-heel pain, I am outtie. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

South Dakota Bill Would Make Killing An Abortion Provider “Justifiable Homicide”

A committee in South Dakota‘s House of Representatives has passed a bill that would broaden the legal definition of “justifiable homicide” to include murders done to prevent harm to a fetus — like abortion — which reproductive rights advocates believe is a way to legalize the killing of abortion providers.

Dr. George Tiller, the late-term abortion provider who was murdered in May 2009 at his church in Kansas by an anti-abortion extremist — who later tried to use “the necessity defense” because he genuinely believed he was “saving babies” — is rolling over in his grave right now. Keep reading »

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