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WMC Daily News Brief - Weymouth, Military, Bishops

July 8, 2008

Washington Post Signals Shift With a New Editor 7/8/08 NY Times: Signaling a generational change at one of the nation's most influential newspapers, Katharine Weymouth, the new publisher of The Washington Post on Monday selected an outsider as the paper's top editor. Military Program Helps Sex Assault Victims 7/8/08 AP via Washington Post: A Sexual Assault Prevention program was set up in 2004 after concerns over the treatment of U.S. soldiers raped in Iraq and Kuwait. It also followed the Air Force Academy scandal and female cadets' complaints that they were ostracized or disciplined after reporting sexual assaults. The Church of England Endorses Women as Bishops 7/8/08 NY Times: The governing body of the Anglican Church in Britain voted on Monday to approve the appointment of women as bishops, a step that appeared to risk a schism in the church in its historic homeland as the Anglican church worldwide faces one of the most serious threats to its unity in its history, over the ordination of gay clergy members. Melissa Grego Joins B&C as Executive Editor 7/7/08 Broadcasting and Cable: Melissa Grego is joining B&C as executive editor, reporting directly to editor Ben Grossman.Based in Los Angeles, Grego will be actively involved in overseeing and executing both print and digital initiatives for the authoritative brand. Grego joins B&C from The Hollywood Reporter, where she ran its digital business as editor of Obama Botches the Abortion Conversation 7/8/08 One thing is certain: Obama has backhandedly given credibility to the right-wing narrative that women who have abortions -- even those who go through the physically and mentally wrenching experience of a late-term abortion -- are frivolous and selfish creatures who might perhaps undergo this ordeal because they are "feeling blue." Are Democrats Backpedaling on Abortion Rights? 7/8/08 RH Reality Check: It's an official quadrennial tradition: Every four years, self-described moderates advise the Democratic Party that its long-standing and electorally successful pro-choice position is the reason that "values voters" are deserting the party. We are told these voters could be brought into the fold if Democrats would temper their defense of women's freedom with tacit condemnation of the choices many women make. Clinton Wields Powerful E-Mail List 7/7/08 Politico via Yahoo: The survival of Clinton's online operation highlights her induction into a small but growing new club of presidential losers who have used the Internet to maintain some of their national profile and power.The defeated candidates use e-mail, websites and social networks to maintain contact with their supporters. Rocky Journey To Being First Lady 7/8/08 Baltimore Sun: In the way we have of boiling human beings down to a handful of adjectives and then forming a caricature from those adjectives, Obama has become the angry black woman and McCain, a Stepford wife. Risky Business 7/8/08 Washington Post: Carly Fiorina is the most prominent and visible of the women believed to be under consideration for the vice presidency, and her attributes are many.  At the same time, she's unvetted and untested, as breakfast conversation demonstrates anew (religious conservatives frown on Viagra-and-contraceptives talk) that she's new to the game. Helping Girls as Victims, Not Culprits 7/8/08 NY Times: One girl's story fits a familiar pattern with girls and sexual predators. Not necessarily typical is the way she reversed direction, with help from Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, or Gems, a Harlem-based organization that each year offers counseling and other assistance to more than 200 of the city's Mirandas. Boss in the Corporate Jet Is Likely to Be a Woman 7/8/08 NY Times: The National Business Aviation Association says 75 percent of the 11,000 business jets in the United States are operated by small to midsize companies and entrepreneurs. And increasingly, especially within that niche, the boss in the company jet is likely to be a woman. Women at Work Find Reinforced Glass Ceiling 7/8/08 Women's eNews: Promotion barriers, harassment, pregnancy and motherhood bias, unequal pay. Women in the paid work force say these are all pillars propping up a glass ceiling. Fourth in "The Memo" series on the status of U.S. women. Nurses Step Up Efforts to Protect Against Attacks 7/8/08 NY Times: In recent years, nurses have sounded the alarm about workplace violence, most of it committed by patients. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, half of all nonfatal injuries resulting from workplace assaults occur in health care and social service settings. Rights Group Reports Abuses In S. Arabia 7/8/08 Washington Post: Domestic workers in Saudi Arabia often suffer abuse that in some cases amounts to slavery, as well as sexual violence and lashings for spurious allegations of theft or witchcraft, a human rights group said Tuesday. Nigeria: Maternal Mortality - Saving Rural Women 7/7/08 Recent United Nations figures show that Nigeria has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world. The country's 59,000 maternal deaths rank second to India's 117,000. Sex Education in the Dark 7/8/08 The current focus of Sex and Relationship Education not only puts people of all orientations at risk, but also marginalizes lesbians, who have often been left out when it comes to safe sex. Screening for Cancer in Elderly Fuels Fight 7/8/08 NY Times: As with most cancers, the risk of breast cancer increases with age. Yet while doctors tell women to have annual mammograms after age 40, they often advise 85-year-olds to go two or even three years between scans. The problem, doctors say, is too little data. Large clinical trials tend to focus on younger people and exclude the very old. Will Smith Movie Hancock Criticized For Homophobic Dialogue 7/8/08 The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is up in arms about the film over derisive anti-gay language spouted by Smith in the movie. Smith's character uses the term "homo" in what the organization calls a 'derogatory' manner three times. Zimbabwe: African Short Film Project Puts Women in the Spotlight 7/7/08 A groundbreaking short film initiative by Zimbabwe-based Zimmedia and Mnet that brought together six female directors from across Africa - debuted on South African television station, SABC 1 last Wednesday.