• The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts & Sciences is considering moving the date of the 2011 Oscars from February 27 (as scheduled) to sometime in January. Some are worried the move would interfere with judging by cutting time.
But interestingly enough, they haven't quite decided whether or not to make the move, partially because the Academy isn't very well coordinated. For instance, many members reportedly have trouble with e-mail. • A psychological report on Joran Van der Sloot found that the alleged two-time murderer is "emotionally immature," has a low tolerance for frustration, and "doesn't value the female role." Sloot also has traits of an "antisocial personality." However, "he doesn't show any psychopathological trauma that impedes him from perceiving and evaluating reality," concludes the report. • Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has shed new hope for people with a genetic history of Alzheimer's. Professor Peter M. Tessier and his team found that there is an organic compound in red wine (called resveratrol) that has the ability to neutralize the toxic effects of proteins linked to Alzheimer's. • On Tuesday, a new dating site directed at women, HerWay.com, officially launched. They claim they are the first website where "women take the lead," and that the enterprise was inspired by Sadie Hawkins. • A Saudi court has sentenced four women and eleven men to prison and flogging for being caught mingling at a party. All 15 will receive lashes, but one of the women, who was a minor, will forgo a prison term and instead get just 80 lashes. • An article at American Progress makes a compelling argument for why Obama should make the G-8 summit in Canada about women's human rights, not just maternal rights. "Women are more than mothers," writes Peter Juul and Shira Saperstein. "A progressive approach to women's rights should therefore include efforts to improve girls' education, increase women's economic opportunities, eliminate gender-based violence, and build women's political power." • In Pakistan, female workers make up a large percentage of road workers. For generations, women have worked in road construction, and many travel from road to road like gyspies their entire lives. "We give birth along the road, marry along the road and die along the road. This is our life and we don't know anything else except stone crushing," explained a 29-year-old widow and mother of four. • What can liquor ads teach us about men? This question, posed by Bitch Magazine has somewhat interesting results (when presented in video format), however, it isn't exactly a shock to find out that alcohol ads promote sexist behavior - which, in my opinion, tells us far more about advertising and media than men. • Over 115 million widows worldwide live in poverty, according to a recent study commissioned by the Loomba Foundation and launched by Cherie Blair. Many of these widows have no means to support themselves, and are often cheated out of inheritance and left unable to care for their children. In some countries, they become targets, and face accusations of witchcraft and the daily threat of rape. • Republican Senator David Vitter is no stranger to scandals, but now, thanks to the actions of aide Brent Furer, his office is in yet another media storm. Furer, who works on "women's issues," has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend, stabbing her in the hand, before threatening her with a knife and asking "Do you want to die?" • Yesterday Cammi Granato and Angela James became the first women to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, along with former NHL player Dino Ciccarelli. They will be officially celebrated at an induction ceremony in November. • Madeleine Albright will write a memoir about her childhood as a refugee from the Nazis.