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NEWS BRIEF Dr. Laura, GOP Breakthrough, Bangladesh Prostitutes Win Job Title

August 19, 2010

Dr. Laura to Leave Radio Amid N-Word Controversy 8/18/10 LA Times: Schlessinger, under fire since using a racial slur on her radio show, won't renew her contract. 'I want my 1st Amendment rights back,' she says, citing threats. A Breakthrough for the GOP: More Women Running 8/19/10 Time: Nikki Haley, Meg Whitman, Linda McMahon, Sarah Palin's "Grizzly Mamas," suddenly this year there seems to be a plethora of women Republican candidates. Bangladesh Prostitutes Win Job Title Identity Ruling 8/17/10 BBC: The Election Commission in Bangladesh says prostitution will be recognised as a job title on new voter ID cards. Tea Party Choice Scrambles in Taking On Reid in Nevada 8/17/10 NY Times: Sharron Angle leaned across a table in her campaign office here, defending her suddenly embattled campaign to defeat Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, under the gaze of a half-dozen advisers and an official videographer packed into the room. Shirley Sherrod Makes Amends with NAACP 8/17/10 Houston Chronicle: Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod is publicly making amends with the NAACP after the group's president condemned her for misconstrued comments she made about race. Washington’s ‘Jungle Primary’: Trouble Ahead for Patty Murray? 8/18/10 Christian Science Monitor: The Washington Senate seat was the marquee contest of Tuesday’s primaries. The incumbent, Patty Murray, will face Republican businessman Dino Rossi in the fall. Verizon Has $150k for Tech-Based Domestic Violence Programs in NJ 8/18/10 Blackweb: The Verizon Foundation held a press conference in Peapack-Gladstone yesterday to announce a grant, Domestic Violence Solutions Award,  available to New Jersey non-profits serving domestic violence victims. Future of Nebraska’s Other Abortion Law Murky 8/18/10 Record-Eagle: One of two controversial abortion laws put on the books in Nebraska this spring was likely blocked for good on Wednesday, and the future of the other law is murky. For Women Who Drive, the Stereotypes Die Hard 8/17/10 NY Times: Among the many findings of a city traffic study released on Monday was that 80 percent of all crashes in a five-year period in which pedestrians were seriously injured or killed involved men who were driving. Sexual Harassment in Egypt: Why Men Blame Women 8/18/10 Christian Science Monitor: Egyptian men aren’t wired to instinctively blame victims of sexual harassment – they are taught such falsities. Proposed legislation would help, but what’s really needed is an ideological shift. KS Official Admonished for Abortion Investigation Misconduct 8/18/10 Ms. Magazine: The Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys has administered an informal admonition of former Deputy Attorney General Eric Rucker because of allegations of misconduct in an abortion investigation. Is Porn Racist? 8/16/10 Ms. Magazine: In her new book Pornland (Beacon Press) author Gail Dines argues that our sexuality is hijacked by the multi-billion-dollar-a-year porn industry. “Mad Men” Gets Abortion Right 8/18/10 AlterNet: We're closer to 1965 than we care to admit, where women with resources still have access to abortions, but women without face a gauntlet of obstacles. Ted Stevens Was Guardian Angel of Women in Sports 8/18/10 Women’s eNews: When Sen. Ted Stevens died in a plane crash last week female athletes lost a dedicated champion of Title IX, says Donna deVarona, who served with the late senator on a presidential commission that reformed rules for the U.S. Olympics.