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80 U.S. Troops Will Search For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

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Former Cheerleader Sues The Tampa Bay Buccaneers For Paying Below Minimum Wage

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Yet another NFL team is being sued by a former cheerleader for allegedly paying pom-pom shakers less than minimum wage.

Manouchcar Pierre-Val, 25, filed a class action lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, claiming they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by paying her only $2 an hour between April 2012 and March 2013. Keep reading »

Judge Struck Down Pennsylvania Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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  • A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage today, calling it unconstitutional. PA’s Democratic attorney general said she wouldn’t defend the 1996 law, as she found it unconstitutional as well. Congratulations, PA couples who can now get married!  [NBC News]
  • A man who drugged and raped his wife for three years and filmed it all on his phone has only gotten eight years of home confinement as punishment. [Feministing]
  • Blogger Shanelle Matthews on why California should appeal the Maximum Family Grant rule, which forbids financial support to babies who are born into families receiving welfare. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Customer Asks Restaurant’s Waitresses To “Show Some More Skin,” Owner Has Awesome Response

It’s not often that a story about sexism ends with something really wonderful happening.

Daniel McCawley, the owner of Atomic Grill in Morgantown, West Virginia, read a comment on the restaurant rating site Urban Spoon saying that his waitresses should “show some more skin.” Gross, right? So McCawley actually did it … sort of. Keep reading »

Occupy Wall Street Protestor Cecily McMillan Sentenced To 90 Days In Prison

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  • Occupy Wall Street protestor Cecily McMillan has been sentenced to three months in prison for elbowing a police officer in the face after he allegedly grabbed one of her breasts during an arrest. Nine jurors had written to the judge and asked him to show McMillan leniency. [Guardian UK]
  • An 11-year-old girl in Senegal who was raped and impregnated with twins has given birth. She child was denied an abortion because of a countrywide ban. She said she’s angry at her rapist “because he has stopped me from going to school.” [Guardian UK]

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New York Post Blasts “Bad Mom” Chirlane McCray, The NYC First Lady

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This kind of bullshit makes my blood boil: the New York Post‘s cover today shows a picture of New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray with the headline, “I WAS A BAD MOM.” It references an article that just came out in New York magazine about McCray’s life in which she writes about her difficulties balancing work and motherhood.

But did McCray actually ever call herself a “bad mom”? Of course not. Keep reading »

26 Italian Women Having Affairs With Priests Ask Pope To End Celibacy Vow

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It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: Twenty-six women wrote a letter to the Pope … 

But it’s a reality reported by the site Vatican Insider: 26 Italian women who are having affairs with Catholic priests have written the Pope asking him to end the church’s celibacy vow. Keep reading »

Recently Fired NY Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Speaks Of Resilience At Wake Forest Commencement

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Jill Abramson's Wake Forest Commencement Address

“It meant more to our father to deal with a setback and try to bounce back than to watch how we handled our successes. Show what you are made of, he would say. Graduating from Wake Forest means all of you have experienced success already. And some of you — and now I’m talking to anyone who’s been dumped, not gotten the job you really wanted, or received those horrible rejection letters from grad school — you know the sting of losing. Or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of.”

Not many could have their firing on the front page of newspapers and still show their face the next week to deliver a commencement address. So for that reason alone, I admire Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times, who was canned last week and spoke this morning at Wake Forest’s graduation. Regardless of what you think about Abramson’s firing and whose “side” you believe — Abramson was reportedly considered “pushy,” including about her pay and pension; the Times brass emailed staff saying she was was laid off because she wasn’t a good manager — the woman’s thoughts on resilience are worth listening to. [YouTube via Mashable]

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

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  • 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] Keep reading »

Missouri Legislature Advances 3-Day Waiting Period For Abortion

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  • A Missouri bill mandating a three-day waiting period for an abortion is now sitting on the governor’s desk. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature advanced the bill, which would require a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to meet with her doctor and then wait three days, even if she is a victim of incest or rape. Such anti-choice bills make it harder and more expensive for women to obtain abortions. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has not indicated whether he’ll sign the bill. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Teen girls in Nigeria who escaped the kidnapping by Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group, open up about the horror they experienced. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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