Hitler's Skull Is Female • Domestic Violence Shelters Close Due To Schwarzenegger's Cuts

Illustration for article titled Hitler's Skull Is Female • Domestic Violence Shelters Close Due To Schwarzenegger's Cuts

• A DNA test of the skull fragment previously believed to be Hitler's has revealed it is actually a woman's. The find has raised questions about what happened to Hitler's remains and whether he really committed suicide. •


• It's believed that Hitler took a cyanide pill and shot himself in his Berlin bunker in April 1945. The Russians said they dug up his burnt and buried corpse, with a bullet in the head, and finally cremated it in 1970, saving the jawbone and a fragment from the skull. American archaeologist Nick Bellantoni, who was allowed to examine the fragments in Moscow, says, "The bone seemed very thin - male bone tends to be more robust. It corresponds to a woman between the ages of 20 and 40... There is no report of [Hitler's wife Eva Braun] having shot herself or having been shot afterwards. It could be anyone's." • Several California domestic violence shelters have closed in recent months because Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated financing for the state's Domestic Violence Program due to a budget gap. "The governor understands how difficult these cuts are," said Schwarzegnegger's spokesman. "But he can't promise money we don't have." Many shelters have had to cut back on staff, counseling services, safe visitation centers, and legal services like help obtaining restraining orders. • A 14-year-old British girl died today after receiving the Cervarix vaccine as part of a national immunization program in the U.K. Doctors say no link can be made between her death and the vaccination before the post-mortem is performed, but the batch of vaccine used has been quarantined. • Couples in Chonqing, China's biggest provincial municipality, will not be allowed to divorce during an eight day holiday beginning on Thursday celebrating 60 years of communist rule. Officers at marriage registration centers said they can't cope with the high demand for weddings during the holiday and issue divorces. • University of Washington researchers found that depression, obesity, and alcohol abuse or dependency are interrelated conditions among young women but not men. Carolyn McCarty, the study's lead author, says, "Body image is particularly important for women. There seems to be a transfer that when women feel bad they eat more. That can have devastating effects emotionally and physically. But for men experiencing obesity, the reverse is true, and obesity seems to be protective against depression. It's the so-called 'jolly fat man' theory, which suggests that overweight people are actually happier." • Scottish researchers found the transmission of HIV among heterosexuals is slower than among homosexual men, "The slower dynamics of the heterosexual epidemic thus offer more opportunity for successful intervention, but it is essential that diagnosis is achieved as early as possible," said study leader Andrew Leigh Brown. • A Malaysian religious court appeals panel upheld the sentence of Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, who will receive six cane strokes for drinking beer. The 32-year-old mother of two had refused to appeal her sentence, saying she wanted to serve as an example to other Muslims. Her father said, "She is ready to face her punishment and all she hopes for now is that it be done professionally and according to procedures set out in Islam." • Author Annette Gordon-Reed won the $25,000 Frederick Douglas Book Prize for her history book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. The prize is awarded every year by Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition for "the best book written in English on slavery or abolition." • 92-year-old Jane Bockstruck of New Hampshire completed a "flawless" skydive earlier this month. "I must have read it someplace and all of a sudden, 'I'm going to go skydiving.' So I did," Bockstruck said. "I've done so many things in life, I figured I'd just try something different for a change."



Jane Bockstruck + skydiving = awesomeness