Appropriate Attire for Women Olympians Still, Oddly, a Debate: Even with years of progress in gender equality, recent decisions by some sporting associations to require women to wear skirts have been met with scathing criticism, the Washington Post reports. The International Boxing Association contends it helps the audience discern who is male or female, but as one Olympian put it: "But we got different names! Women got breasts! We got butts! Can't you tell which one is who?"
Maricopa County Lawsuit Updates: Sgt. Brett Palmer, the head of the immigration unit for the Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff department admitted to forwarding racially insensitive e-mails to other officers but that he regretted sending them, the Arizona Republic reports. Meanwhile, Carlos Rangel, the deputy who arrested one of the lawsuit's plaintiffs, told the court that he had once risked his life to save an illegal immigrant and that he has never racially profiled against anyone, Reuters reports.
Olympic Oops: Years and years of preparation by officials in charge of the 2012 London Games still couldn't prevent the cultural gaffes that surfaced as 200 nations descended upon the city to compete, the Associated Press reports. Some uh-ohs of note: A "Welcome to London" sign in Arabic that was written backwards; displaying the South Korea's flag instead of North Korea's before the women's inaugural soccer match; and listening the nation of Ukraine as the "Ukraine region" of Russia.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Supports Gay Marriage: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife donated $2.5 million to help pass a referendum for same-sex marriage in Washington state, effectively throwing his hat in the ring of business leaders who have spoken up for or against the social issue, the New York Times reports.
Obama's Campaign Fights for Black Vote: The poor economy hasn't served African-Americans in well, and with the added voter ID requirements that some states have passed, advocates worry the constituency that brought President Obama into office in 2008 may not be back this year, CNN reports. Grassroots efforts in Philadelphia have emerged alongside efforts by Obama's campaign to ensure more African-Americans are registered to vote and intend to show up at voting booths come November.
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