• The crowd at last night's NFL draft had some interesting words for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. When Roger Goodell stepped up to announce their pick, he was met with chants of "she said no!"
They were, of course, referring to accusations that Roethlisberger raped a woman in a Georgia nightclub. Roethlisberger has been suspended for violating the conduct policy, but he has not yet been charged. • Yesterday the U.S. government announced that they will focus part of their $63 billion, six-year global health plan to fighting malaria in Africa. They hope to reach 450 million people with insecticide-treated nets, indoor insecticide spraying, preventative treatment, and drug cocktails. The plan is to target mainly on women and children. • A 12-year-old girl was forced to leave her school by bullies, who picked on her because of her ginger hair. Her father claims he contacted the school about the harassment, but they did nothing about it. "I had no choice but to educate her at home for her own safety," he says. Nicole Nagington has since dyed her red locks blonde, and will start at a new school in the next few weeks. • The case of a 12-year-old Saudi Arabian girl who successfully divorced her 80-year-old husband has prompted lawmakers to reexamine current marriage laws. There is currently no legal age for marriage in Saudi Arabia, but cases like this one have garnered enough international attention that Saudi clerics, lawyers, and human rights experts have begun to call for a change as well. • Yesterday, Harlan Drake was sentenced to life in prison for murdering two men. Drake reportedly went after James Pouillon (a well-known and "often disliked" anti-abortion activist) in attempts to avenge his mother, who didn't like Pouillon's protests and didn't get along with her former boss, Mike Fuoss, 61. After sentencing, Drake called the judge a "hypocrite and a racist," even though he recognized that he "deserves to go to ail forever." • The trade group Women Presidents' Organization has released their annual list of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led Companies. While women are making gains in the business world, only 3% of women-owned firms make $1 million or more, compared to 6% of man-owned firms. • A North Carolina town has banned swimmers from wearing thongs to the local beach. The town council voted on Tuesday to add thong bottoms to the existing ordinance against nudity/"insufficient clothing." • Sarah Palin has spoken out against the Army's decision to dis-invite Franklin Graham from an official ceremony because of his offensive comments about Islam. Graham said Islam is a "very violent religion," which Palin backs up: "His comments in 2001 were aimed at those who are so radical that they would kill innocent people and subjugate women in the name of religion." In 2006, Graham made matters worse and called Islam a "very evil and wicked religion," but Palin has yet to address that statement. •