Women Exchange Sex For Cigs, File Rape Claim • Women Are Better Drivers Than Men

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• Two Tennessee women, who claimed that they had been raped on the night of the 27th by two men, came clean to police and admitted that they made it all up. What really happened:

Jessica Kathleen Alexander, 18, and Tammy Nicole Ortega, 29, agreed to have sex with a man in exchange for a pack of cigarettes, but reportedly got angry when they "didn't enjoy the sex." And so they filed a false report. • Exhausted new moms shouldn't be driving, according to a recent report. Many women describe the first weeks after giving birth as though they were living in a "mental haze" and functioning "on autopilot." Sleep deprivation from staying up all night feeding an infant can lead to impaired driving, sometimes equivalent to that of a person with .1% blood alcohol level. • ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos learned recently that he is related to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He underwent DNA testing as part of a "Faces of America" segment on family histories. He found that he is "very likely a maternal cousin with Hillary Clinton." Lucky. • Contrary to popular belief (or ridiculous stereotypes), women are actually better drivers than men. A recent study from Australia found that men are four times as likely to have been behind the wheel in a fatal crash than women. • A UK man has been arrested for sending explicit letters to 400 women. He purchased their information from a mailing company, and although he did not know the women, he proceeded to send them sexually explicit mail. A prosecutor said his behavior "might be described as a disturbing, pestering nature." • With more Chinese players making it big in tennis, officials are hoping that soon China will have their own top-tier tournament. "Men's and women's tennis together is magical. The fans love it. Just look at the success of the four grand slams," said WTA Tour Chief Executive Stacey Allaster. • In a statement issued as response to Scott Roeder's conviction Nancy Keenen, president of NARAL, called for "opponents of a woman's right to choose to end the practice of inflammatory rhetoric and tactics that inspire this kind of violent action from the most extreme factions of the anti-choice movement. No other abortion provider's family should have to endure the tragedy of seeing their loved one killed for providing an essential and legal health service to women." Amen to that. • Sarah Palin is receiving $100,000 to speak at a Tea Party event, according to Politico. Palin says she is "honored" to be attending the event, and claims that the money will not go to her; "I wont personally gain from being there." • 21 women's groups have gotten together to pen a letter to Obama asking him not to cut funding for family planning. The letter states that the programs supported by taxpayer money are already "woefully underfunded" and that Title X has not kept pace with inflation. •

DISCUSSION

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RousseMacabre, from Ravenclaw

I don't get the idea of only exhausted new moms being the ones who are too tired to drive. A few weeks ago, a classmate from my High School class died in a car accident on an unassuming New Hampshire back road on a Saturday night...the driver of the other car fell asleep at the wheel. He wasn't drinking, nor otherwise intoxicated, he was too tired to be driving. I used to sit with the classmate at lunch my Sophomore year, and I regret not getting back in touch with her before we graduated. When this sort of thing happens to someone we know, it really makes us think about how fragile life is, and how REAL the dangers we face every day are, even if we never think in a million years that it would happen to us. We all get tired, and we ALL have things that still need to get done, with which we shrug off the most severe exhaustion. Don't, don't, DON'T think that whatever you need to do or wherever you need to go is more important than your life or the lives of others. If you're too tired to go anywhere, you're too tired to drive. Stay home and get the rest you need, to save lives.