The man who raped and killed 7-year-old Megan Kanka in 1994 will avoid the death penalty after New Jersey banned executions on Monday. Megan’s killer now faces life in prison.
States Abstain From Abstinence Programs
With a rise in teen pregnancies and STDs, 14 states have declined to apply for Federal Health and Human Services funds dedicated to abstinence-only sex education. A study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy concluded, "At present, there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence, or reduces the number of sexual partners." The study did find success, however, with comprehensive sex education programs.
Cameras Roll Again for Late Night Shows
NBC announced today that late-night talk show hosts Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien will return to work Jan. 2, with or without a resolution with the writers. We can't wait for that first Letterman Top Ten List! Top Ten reasons you shouldn't do a late-night talk show without writers.
Rape Victim Pardoned
Saudi monarch King Abdullah pardoned the Saudi woman who was sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail after she was gang raped. The original court ruling sparked an international outcry, prompting the White House to publicly criticize the sentence, calling it “outrageous.”
A 26-year-old woman was charged with nine counts of bigamy for marrying at least 10 men. Sounds exhausting. We're tired just thinking about the 10 different excuses we'd have to come up with when we didn't feel like having sex.