Tuesday, August 09, 2005

What We Need to Know Today

Republican prosecutor Jeanine Pirro will seek the nomination to challenge NY Senator Hillary Clinton in 2006. The press is going to make this into a girlfight- guaranteed.

More on Cindy Sheehan and her vigil to get an audience with GWBush
From yesterday's Daily Kos
"Cindy Sheehan phoned me from Texas a few minutes ago to say that she's been informed that beginning Thursday, she and her companions will be considered a threat to national security and will be arrested. Coincidentally, Thursday is the day that Rice and Rumsfeld visit the ranch, and Friday is a fundraiser event for the haves and the have mores. Cindy said that she and others plan to be arrested."
Joan Vennochi has an editorial in today's Boston Globe about Cindy Sheehan.

A funny rant on the patheticness of women's magazines and how pathetic they are.

Brandon Holley, founding editor of Elle Girl, has been named editor of Jane.

Sexism in the Orchestra World- really?
One area where women are still lagging (there are so many others) is in learning-- and even applying to learn-- to become conductors. There are very few women at the top tier and last month when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra appointed Marin Alsop as its new musical director, a torrent of sexist issues were released.

Great Cast- Gwenyth Paltrow, Meryl Streep and Annette Bening will star in "Dirty Tricks" a movie about Watergate.

Teen actress Evan Rachel Wood thinks that adults should allow kids to explore their sexuality is a responsible way. Smart girl. She opens in Pretty Persuasion on Friday in limited release.

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has been tapped to pen the new Ray Charles project heading to Broadway.

Pick of the week- Off the Map - by director Campbell Scott and starring Joan Allen.
Netflix description- "A coming-of-age tale about an 11-year-old girl, Bo (Valentina d'Angelis), who spends the summer of 1974 watching her father (Sam Elliott) battle a bout of depression that proves to be crippling. Bo's parents (Joan Allen plays her mother) moved to New Mexico to escape the stresses of the big city (as part of a 1960s-'70s exodus that saw similar moves across the country) and now find they're being investigated by the government for tax evasion."

100 meter Olympic Silver medalist Lauryn Williams, won the gold medal in the same race at the World Championships this weekend in Helsinki.

Women Coaches in the WNBA
The slow and steady decline of women in the ranks of coaches in the WNBA continues. Former Charlotte Hornets player Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues takes over for Trudy Lacey as coach of the Charlotte Sting. He has no previous coaching experience. The Sting are the worst team in the League, yet there are several women who have been head coaches and are now assistants around the League who are much more qualified for the job. Question- would a woman professional player with no coaching experience get a job as head coach in the NBA? Fat Chance.

The trend of former male players taking over women's team will continue next season - Dave Cowen's was named head coach of the expansion Chicago team.

This trend is disturbing yet predicatable. Once women's coaching jobs become more lucrative, the men think, huh, I could do that. It's been moving that way in the college ranks since right after the passage of Title IX when the women's and men's athletic departments were combined.

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