• The Department of Education has spoken out against a tradition at Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School of posting "Crush Lists" in the school hallway. The list of lust-worthy students appears under the heading "I'd Tap That."
A spokesman for the department said the lists were "essentially harmless," but probably shouldn't be in a display case. • An ex-fiance of John Mark Karr, the man who falsely confessed to the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, has filed a restraining order against him. However, as UPI informs us, he is no longer going by John Mark Karr; as previously mentioned, Karr has changed his name to Alexis Rich and lives as a woman in Sandy Springs, Georgia. • What makes a mosque woman-friendly? According to a list released by a British organization, they must have separate prayer spaces for women, services and activities designed for woman, a female scholar, and women holding office on mosque committees. • Scientists from Northwestern University say that women are too often overlooked in clinical trials. Professor Teresa Woodruff argues that "it's time for the sex bias in basic research and clinical medicine to end." She asks researchers to renew their efforts to examine the sex differences between men and women, since therapies and medication work differently on members of the opposite sex. • Sweden has nixed the EU's proposal to allow unhappy spouses of different EU countries to choose which divorce laws they want to follow. The Swedish government has rejected the proposal on the grounds that it may force courts to follow the harsher, stricter laws of other EU countries. Twelve other EU members have also chosen to opt out of the proposal. • Iranian women are not backing down; despite harsh government opposition, the feminist movement in the Middle Eastern country continues to grow. Shirin Ebadi writing for the Guardian describes this phenomenon: "The harsher the repression, the sronger the movement grows. And as the story of Shirin Alam Holi demonstrates, women are at the forefront of the struggle for human rights in Iran." • A 17-year-old boy from Washington testified yesterday that he had sex with his high school gym teacher, Michele Taylor, in the backseat of a car parked in the K-Mart parking lot. He says he received a text message from the teacher just hours before. • In response to a recent study, some doctors are suggesting more young women should use an intrauterine device as a means to prevent pregnancy. Researchers found that the pill is the most common contraceptive among young women, yet many still report unwanted pregnancies and repeat abortions. They believe using an IUD might help stem the flow of unhappy almost-moms. • A Cleric in Nigeria has endorsed the ordination of women as deacons in the Anglican Communion. Archbishop Nicholas Oko said he supports the inclusion of women, but mostly so they can serve specific purposes, including hospital work and school services. He also argued that many dioceses are understaffed, and female deacons could go a long way to address this need. • The Empire State building has turned down a request from the Catholic League to light the building blue and white to honor the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa. The City Council has asked the building's management to explain the decision, but so far no explanation is forthcoming. • South African athlete Caster Semenya will hold a news conference tomorrow to discuss the "outcomes of the gender dispute." The conference will be hosted by the prime minister of sport Makhenkensi Stofile. • Florida governor Charlie Crist has removed the "pro-life section" from his official campaign website. Crist deleted the section on the same day he received a bill that would "allow" women to view an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion. "That you would force a woman to go through this procedure... almost seems mean-spirited. To have your government impose on you, listen to a lecture, then on top of that, you have to pay for it," he said of the measure. • Wondering what to do with all that hair collecting on your brush? Don't flush it down the toilet, says Slate's eco-expert. It is probably best to compost your disembodied strands. • The former Playboy model jailed on charges of child endangerment after she let several 15-year-old boys grope her has blamed the nightclub for allowing the boys into the private performance. Brigitta Bulgari points out that there were 3,000 people at the show, and she couldn't possibly know the age of everyone there. • Last December, authorities arrested two gay men at their home in Malawi after the couple had professed their love in a commitment ceremony. The men were jailed for several months, much to the dismay of human rights groups and anyone with a conscience. But after their release, the couple broke up, and one of the men began a relationship with a woman. • Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa are making it much easier for women in rural communities to access the abortion pill by offering videoconferencing services. The new service allows doctors to communicate with patients via internet chat. Naturally, anti-choicers are all up in arms, and argue that the video-sessions take all the humanity out of the doctor-patient relations. •