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WMC Daily News - Shield Law, Math Scores, Pillay

July 25, 2008

Veteran NY Times Reporter Calls For US Shield Law 7/24/08 AFP: Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller called on the US Congress to enact a federal shield law that would protect journalists from being forced to disclose their sources. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who was jailed after refusing to tell prosecutors which of her sources had outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, said the US was now shrouded in secrecy in the post-9/11 era. UW Study Shows Virtually No Gender Gaps in Math Scores 7/24/08 Capital Times, Madison, WI: A recent study found that girls are just as good at math as the boys. UW-Madison psychology professor Janet Hyde led a study that looked at SAT results and math scores from 7 million students who were tested in accordance with the No Child Left Behind act. And the numbers showed the average scores of boys and girls were virtually the same. South Africa Lawyer Nominated As UN Rights Chief 7/25/08 Boston Globe: One of South Africa's leading female jurists who won acclaim defending apartheid opponents was nominated Thursday to serve as the next United Nations high commissioner for human rights. Navanethem Pillay was formally put forward for the job by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who cited her "outstanding credentials in human rights and justice." Thomson Reuters to Launch Business TV News Channel 7/25/08 Thomson Reuters - a media conglomerate and one of the world's leading information business sources, according to reports from Daily Telegraph, is preparing to launch a business television news channel to compete directly against rivals CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business. California: Girl's Death Prompts Fine 7/25/08 NY Times: A company that hired a pregnant teenager who died of heat stroke this spring after laboring in a Central Valley vineyard received the highest fine ever issued to a California farming operation. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined the company, Merced Farm Labor, based in Atwater, $262,700 for violating eight workplace safety rules. Intimate Violence Remains a Big Killer of Women 7/25/08 Women's eNews: Over a thousand U.S. women are killed each year by a current or former intimate partner. Two million a year are injured. A sexual assault occurs every two minutes. Fifth in "The Memo" series on the status of U.S. women. The Other Home Equity Crisis 7/24/08 NY Times: While prior recessions tended to spare women's jobs relative to men's, that trend has been reversed in the current downturn, thanks in part to women's progress in entering formerly male industries and occupations, And this - not a calling to motherhood - accounts for the fall, starting in 2000, of women's labor force participation rates. Two Muslim Women Sue McDonald's, Alleging Discrimination 7/24/08 Two Muslim women say that a McDonald's restaurant refused to hire them, and insulted them during job interviews because they wear traditional Islamic dress. Toi Whitfield, 20, of Detroit and Quiana Pugh, 25, of Dearborn sued McDonald's, the owner of the local franchise and its unidentified manager in Wayne County Circuit Court on Thursday. July 25: Four Women Who Made a Difference 7/25/08 Wired: July 25: In science and technology, fields in which women are underrepresented this day in history offers a bountiful exception. Here are the milestones: In 1865, "James Barry," the first woman physician in modern times, dies. In 1920, Rosalind Franklin, the unheralded co-discoverer of DNA, is born. In 1984, cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to walk in space. 8 Die In Iraq In Suicide Bombing, Apparently By Woman 7/25/08 NY Times: If the explosion proves to have been carried out by a female suicide bomber it will be at least the 16th time that a woman has donned a bomb and exploded herself in Diyala Province since last year. Building Peace Between Jews And Muslims, One Pastry At A Time 7/24/08 International Herald Tribune: At a time when a whiff of possible change has begun blowing in the Middle East, does it make sense for a group of French women - Jews and Muslims - to get together to make pastry and to ban all talk of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? It does, according to the women, who call themselves Les B√Ętisseuses de Paix, or Peace Builders. Farrow: Nations Should Protest China at Olympics 7/25/08 AP via Yahoo: Mia Farrow said the world should use the Olympic Games to demand that China end its support for Myanmar's junta after visiting the Myanmar-Thailand border with a delegation from the Nobel Women's Initiative, a group founded by female recipients of the Nobel Peace prize. China, Myanmar's most important ally, provides aid while Western nations shun the military-ruled country. 'Wrong Bras' Can Damage Breasts 7/24/08 BBC News: The breast biomechanics team at the University of Portsmouth said poor support could lead to fragile ligaments in the breast being stretched. They said that during exercise, breasts move up to 21cm (8.26inches), up and down, in and out and side to side - but most bras just limit vertical movement. From the Erotic Domain, an Aerobic Trend in China 7/25/08 NY Times: A nightclub activity mostly considered the domain of strippers in the United States, pole dancing - but with clothes kept on - is nudging its way into the mainstream Chinese exercise market, with increasing numbers of gyms and dance schools offering classes. Progeny of Title IX Prove As Tough As Males 7/23/08 USA Today: Because of Title IX, we have created generations of female athletes who are as strong and fearless as their brothers, if not more so. These athletes occasionally slam into each other on a basketball court and get tangled and push and shove. This is why no one should be surprised that the wildest brawl in WNBA history has now occurred. New Hope For Thai Women Weightlifting 7/25/08 Thailand's talented Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon is preparing hard as she tries to fulfill her dream of capturing gold in Beijing. Prapawadee has had a stellar career so far, winning three gold medals at the World University Weightlifting Championships in Izmir, Turkey, in 2005 before clinching a silver medal at the Doha Asian Games. New Anxiety for Torres: Her Coach Is Seriously Ill 7/25/08 NY Times: Her tears mixed with the pool water, so few of Dara Torres's United States Olympic teammates were aware of her anguish. On Tuesday morning, shortly before practice, Torres found out that her coach, Michael Lohberg, had aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder in which the bone marrow does not produce enough new cells.