Daily New Feed 9.17.08


Palin Pick Pushes US Women’s Group to Back Obama
Prominent US women’s rights groups on Tuesday backed Democrat Barack Obama for the White House and slammed his Republican rival John McCain for trying to lure women voters by choosing Sarah Palin as a running mate. “The nation’s oldest and largest women’s rights organization… the National Organization for Women (NOW), proudly endorses Senator Barack Obama for president of the United States,” NOW chief Kim Gandy told a news conference held jointly with other groups claiming to represent millions of women voters. “For more than a decade, Barack Obama has said ‘yes’ to women’s rights while John McCain has consistently said ‘no’,” she said. “Although it is very unusual for us to endorse in a presidential election, this is an unprecedented candidate and an unprecedented time for our country,” she said. (Continue Reading…)

Serena Williams to Serve Up Memoir in 2009
A memoir by Serena Williams will be released in 2009 by Grand Central Publishing, which beat out a handful of other publishers bidding for the life story of the No. 1 ranked women’s tennis player. “Serena Williams is one of the world’s most remarkable athletes,” Grand Central editor Karen Kosztolnyik said Tuesday in a statement. “We’ve watched her rise to No. 1 despite physical and emotional setbacks, and her hard work and determination have inspired legions of fans young and old. Serena will give her memoir a strong motivational slant.” (Continue Reading…)

Nigerian with 86 wives arrested
A Nigerian man with 86 wives, Mohammadu Bello Abubakar, has been arrested by an Islamic court for refusing to divorce all but four of them. He was picked up in a pre-dawn raid on his house in Bida, Niger state and charged with “insulting religious creed” and “unlawful marriages”. A Sharia court judge denied him bail until another hearing on October 6. Last week he won a court injunction preventing authorities banishing him if he refused to divorce his wives. Mr Bello Abubakar, an Islamic preacher, has more than 170 children. (Continue Reading…)

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