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Up Top! Missouri Politician Introduces Bill To Make High-Five Official State Greeting

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Missouri To Make High Five Official State Greeting

“The high-five is friendly, fun, and can lift spirits,” said Courtney Allen Curtis, a Missouri State Representative, and that’s why he has put forth a bill to make the high-five Missouri’s official state greeting. “With tensions running high in the Capitol building, the high five might be just what Missouri needs,” said Curtis, who introduced the bill, called HB 1624, earlier this week. “An official state greeting could help to break up the monotony of the day-to-day work and promote a friendlier environment between both sides of the aisle.” The plan might sound a little ridiculous (or a lot ridiculous), but I want to give Curtis a high-five for his unapologetic idealism in the face of complex political strife. Who knows how many massive rifts, political standoffs, and brutal wars throughout history could have been solved with a simple, “up top, buddy!”? [Huffington Post]

 

Why Didn’t Mizzou Report Sasha Menu Courey’s Sexual Assault?

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When Sasha Menu Courey woke up one morning in February 2010, she had no idea that her life was about to change radically in a few short hours. Courey, a swimmer and straight-A student at the University of Missouri on a near-full scholarship, was sexually assaulted by a football player that night. According to CNN, she had gone home with a football player off-campus and had consensual sex. But after her consensual partner left, another football player “entered the room, locked the door and raped her.”

In the aftermath, her life began to fall apart in front of her eyes. Sixteen months later, she committed suicide. ESPN’s investigative series “Outside The Lines” searched for answers and shared a detailed report this week of how Sasha’s pleas for help managed to slip through the cracks. Keep reading »

Daisy Coleman’s Accused Rapist Matthew Barnett Faces Child Endangerment Charge, No Sexual Assault Charge

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UPDATE, 3:30: Matthew Barnett plead guilty to the child endangerment charge this afternoon as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term. [AP]

Matthew Barnett, the teenaged boy from Maryville, Missouri, who initially saw charges against him dropped in the alleged sexual assault of Daisy Coleman, was charged today with a single count of misdemeanor child endangerment.

And … that’s it.

You read that right: No sexual assault charge whatsoever. Keep reading »

School Allegedly Suggested A Breast Reduction Would Stop 6th Grader’s Sexual Harassment

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Middle school is rough on all of us. It’s especially rough when the administration at your middle school blames you for the sexual harassment you’re getting because of the size of your boobs. And it’s downright hellish when said administration suggests to your mother that a breast reduction might help. Keep reading »

RIP Society: Cops Thwart “Twilight” Movie Theater Massacre In Missouri

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Police in Missouri have disbanded an alleged plot by a 20-year-old man named Blaec Lammers to shoot up a screening of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part Two” in the same way as this summer’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado, during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Lammers had purchased a ticket for a screening of “Breaking Dawn, Part Two” in Bolivar, MS MO, and had two assault rifles with 400 rounds of ammo. He was charged on Friday with making a terrorist threat, first-degree assault, and criminal action. Keep reading »

Missouri To Allow Employers To Refuse To Cover Birth Control, Abortion

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Bad news out of Missouri this week: employers and insurers who personally oppose birth control, abortion and sterilization will be able to refuse to cover those forms of health care in their employee’s health insurance. Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon had vetoed the bill, but earlier this week, the Republican-controlled legislature overrode the veto. Keep reading »

Rep. Todd Akin Asks For “Forgiveness,” Finally Admits Pregnancy Can Result From Rape

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Well, I guess I can finally put away my hand mirror. My wrist was starting cramp up and I think I threw out my back. See, I’ve spent the last 36 or so hours looking for my APRMT — that stands for Anti-Pregnancy Rape Mechanism Thingmajig — which Rep. Todd Akin said kicks in when a woman is “legitimately” raped in order to prevent pregnancy. But I guess, 36 hours later, he’s finally admitting rape can result for pregnancy and the APRMT doesn’t exist? Well, what took him so long? I mean, I know yesterday he clarified that he thinks rape is terrible. (How kind of him.) But it wasn’t until the message above, in which he asks for forgiveness, that he actually admits that the information he presented as FACT — that doctors had told him “the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down” — is actually not true. Thanks for getting around to it, Rep. Akin. I know you’re busy! Keep reading »

Representative Todd Akin Says “Legitimate Rape Victims” Don’t Get Pregnant

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Exhale. Just give me a moment, would you? I’m trying to relax, get centered, you know? I’ve got a hand mirror and I’m ready to spend some quality time with my vagina and its mysterious, miraculous abilities. See, this weekend, a politician named Todd Akin, a representative for the state of Missouri, said that according to some doctors he’d spoken to, “pregnancy from rape is really rare” and that “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” (If you’re illegitimately raped — you’ll know when you DON’T receive a piece of paper in the mail to file along with your birth certificate and social security card — you’re on your own, I guess.) Keep reading »

Tornadoes Devastate Midwest

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in the Midwest, particularly Missouri, who’ve been affected by the tornadoes that ravaged the area this weekend. A massive tornado tore through southwestern Missouri, killing at least 89 people, and destroying cars and homes in its path, one of 68 tornadoes reported in seven Midwest states. Frisky readers, please feel free to share your thoughts — and links to new information — in the comments. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Missouri Women Seeking Abortion Must Legally Be Told Life Begins At Conception

  • A Missouri law will go into effect August 28 that requires doctors to give women seeking an abortion a pamphlet that reads, “The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.” The law also requires women to meet in person with a doctor about an abortion before waiting 24 hours for the procedure, whereas previously they could speak on the phone. (Abortion rights supporters say the in-person meeting is intended to make it more difficult for a woman to receive an abortion.) Doctors must also offer women ultrasounds and allow them to hear the fetus’ heartbeat before an abortion. [AP]
  • The “attempted ordination” of women is now listed by the Vatican as a grave crime tantamount to child sex abuse. Both women who are ordained and bishops who conduct the ordinations would be excommunicated. [Guardian UK]

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