Lacrosse Player Charged With Murdering Ex • Helen Thomas Caught Sleeping


• 22-year-old University of Virginia student and lacrosse player Yeardley Love was found dead in her dorm room at 2:15 a.m. on Monday. Hours later, police arrested fellow player and Love’s ex-boyfriend George Huguely.

Love’s body showed signs of physical trauma and court documents show that she has been beaten around the face and neck. Huguely has been charged with first-degree murder, but his lawyers say Love’s death was an accident: “We are confident that Ms. Love’s death was not intended, but an accident with a tragic outcome.” • A study recently published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology reveals a link between levels of stress chemicals and the timing of puberty in boys. They found that lower levels of alpha amylase (an enzyme used to indicate stress) found in boys who experienced earlier maturity and higher levels of the hormone cortisol in those who matured later. Researcher believe this may explain why some boys exhibit more antisocial and aggressive behavior than others. • Hospitals in the UK have changed the title for senior managers from “Sister” to “Ward Manager” because they decided it was sexist and too gender-specific. The position, which is held by both men and women, involves taking care of patients and acting as role-model for other nurses. • The Iranian girls’ soccer team will be allowed to compete in the Youth Olympics this summer with one caveat: the players will not be allowed to wear headscarves. Instead, they will be asked to wear caps that cover their hair. This compromise has been agreed upon by both the Iranian Football Federation and FIFA. • A recent report sparked debate amongst doctors by stating that women under 40 may not need mammograms – it even argues that they may do more harm (with all the false positives) than good. A new study from the University of North Carolina backs up these claims. They add that women often face unnecessary expense, radiation exposure, and anxiety as a result of false positive mammograms. “In a theoretical population of 10,000 women aged 35 to 39 years, 1,266 women who are screened will receive further workup, with 16 cancers detected and 1,250 women receiving a false-positive result,” Yankaskas and colleagues wrote. • Rest in peace, Patricia Rico. Rico was the first woman president of USA Track and Field and a central figure in the sport for over 50 years. Rico also served as an Olympic referee. She died on Sunday at the age of 76. • Officials are reporting yet another attack on Afghan schoolgirls and teachers. Authorities say they suspect terrorist groups released poison gas into a school in the northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, resulting in the hospitalization of twenty-two students and three teachers. A ministry spokesman says, “It could be the work of insurgents or any other group who wants to disrupt the process of educating girls.” • Olive Lauer celebrated her 105th birthday in style, according to the Toledo Blade. Lauer, who has seven grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren, hosted a party at her nursing home, where she got a professional make-up job, attended a luncheon, and held a special Mass at a local church. • The White House Correspondents’ dinner couldn’t have been all that exciting this year, since “rock star” journalist Helen Thomas was caught napping at the table. It’s unusual to say this about such a powerful figure, but we can relate. •

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