A Georgia middle school girl was kicked off her school's football team because her presence might trigger "lustful thoughts" in her teammates. Maddy Blythe, 12, said she was told she could not return to the Strong Rock Christian School's football team despite her strong play because the Bible discourages such gender mixing. Said Maddy, "It's like taking my dream and throwing it in the trash."
It was supposed to be the "first women's museum in the UK." Instead, it will be dedicated to Jack the Ripper, a madman who brutally murdered prostitutes in London's East End during the late 1800s.
— Evening Standard (@standardnews) July 29, 2015
Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, the former head of diversity and inclusion for Google, was approved to build a "world class" museum in an old building in the Whitechapel district. In documents, architects Waugh Thistleton said the museum would "retell the story of the East End through the eyes, voices, experience, and actions" of women, the London Evening Standard reports. Now that area residents know about the new direction Palmer-Edgecumbe took, they're not happy. "We feel we have been completely hoodwinked and deceived," filmmaker Julian Cole said. "My neighbor thought it was some kind of sick joke."
The museum is set to open Tuesday, and Palmer-Edgecumbe says he's not going to glorify the murderer. "We did plan to do a museum about social history of women but as the project developed we decided a more interesting angle was from the perspective of the victims of Jack the Ripper," he told the London Evening Standard. "It is absolutely not celebrating the crime of Jack the Ripper, but looking at why and how the women got in that situation in the first place." Catherine Garcia
On Wednesday's Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and Jason Segel showed how fast they can think on their feet during a game of "Word Sneak." The premise was simple — both had five different, totally random words they had to work into a conversation as casually as possible. After a rough start (really, "mongeese"?), Segel won the game thanks to the clever way he was able to slip "Gene Shalit" into the discussion — plus, he gets bonus points for cracking up Questlove. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia
Investigators still don't know if the piece of airplane wreckage found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370, but experts say that the way the ocean's currents work, it's entirely 'plausible.'
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) July 30, 2015
"It depends on where it went in, but it's about the right time for debris to wash up," oceanographer Robin Robertson told Reuters. Reunion Island is 4,000 miles from MH370's last known position before it vanished in March 2014 with 239 people onboard, but it's also in the Indian Ocean gyre, a major spiral of currents driven by surface winds. Currents rarely move in a straight line, and can reach speeds of more than 2.2 miles per hour, or 300 miles a week.
The Joint Agency Coordination Centre, an Australian agency working with Malaysia on the search, said the spot where the fragment was found is "consistent with other analysis and modeling that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern Indian Ocean." Sources told NBC News that Boeing Corp. investigators believe the fragment is from a 777, and MH370 is currently the only missing 777 in the world. Investigators will look closely for any distinctive markings, and can even glean clues from the barnacles and shells that are now on the surface; by determining how old the sea life is, they can figure out when the jet debris entered the water. Catherine Garcia
This isn't your great-great-great-great-grandmother's Little Women.
Because now we have to go back to the 1800s for our television shows, the CW is putting into development a series that takes the beloved March sisters and throws them into a situation much worse than living with scarlet fever and rejecting marriage proposals. As Deadline reports, the project is being described as a "hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined — all while trying not to kill each other in the process." OK.
Why stop there? Let's make Tom Sawyer an android anarchist attempting to survive life in a hellish police state, and have Moby Dick live in a post-apocalyptic ocean where he's just misunderstood and not really out to destroy ships and kill people. Now that Atticus Finch is a racist, it's not like the classics are sacred anymore, anyway. Catherine Garcia
Three University of Virginia graduates and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers are suing Rolling Stone magazine and journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely for defamation, claiming that an article that ran in December 2014 and has since been retracted identified them as participants in a gang rape.
George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford, and Ross Fowler filed the lawsuit in New York federal court on Wednesday, and are seeking more than $75,000 for "mental anguish and severe emotional distress" caused by the article and its aftermath, The Washington Post reports. The story centered around a junior referred to as Jackie, who said that during a September 2012 party at the University of Virginia Phi Psi house, she was raped by seven fraternity members as two older brothers watched.
The filing states that the "plaintiffs have been embarrassed to admit that they are members of Phi Kappa Psi as a result of the article and its accusations," and Elias said that since he lived in the frat house at the time, people believed he was involved. None of the fraternity brothers were named in the 9,000-word article, which was retracted after a Columbia Graduate School of Journalism review in April concluded it was profoundly flawed. Catherine Garcia
Wednesday in Minnesota, the National Football League Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of Tom Brady to vacate his suspension.
The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended for four games May 11 after a report maintained that while he did not improperly handle deflated balls used in the AFC Championship game won by the Patriots 45-7, he "at least" was "generally aware" of the alleged involvement of Patriots staff. On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall upheld the suspension, and the NFLPA said it would file an appeal.
The suit claims that Brady's punishment was not fair and consistent, and the appeal hearing "defied any concept of fundamental fairness," NFL.com reports. It also alleges that Goodell was partial in his decision to uphold the suspension. Catherine Garcia
On Wednesday, the Florida state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations sued a gun store that declared itself a "Muslim-free zone."
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) July 21, 2015
In a complaint filed in federal court, CAIR accuses Florida Gun Supply of Inverness with violating the federal public accommodations law and seeks an injunction to stop the discrimination, Reuters reports. "We just can't let segregation rear its ugly head in Florida again," Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of the group, said. "This is part of Islamophobia that we need to challenge."
On July 18, the store's owner, 28-year-old Andrew Hallinan, posted on Facebook a video stating that the shop was a Muslim-free zone because of the shootings at military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After the post went up, Hallinan invited Shibly to attend a course at Florida Gun Supply of Inverness and then explain the Koran to him, but Shibly said Hallinan later canceled the meeting. Hallinan's attorney, Robert Muise, says the lawsuit is "absolutely bogus." Catherine Garcia