Sorenstam First Woman in 58 Years to Play in PGA, Augusta Passes New Protest Rules
Golf star Annika Sorenstam last Wednesday accepted an invitation to play in the PGA’s upcoming Colonial tournament—making her the first woman in 58 years to compete in the event. Sorenstam, currently the top-ranking player on the LPGA Tour, won 13 competitions worldwide last year, and two years ago she became the first woman to earn over $2 million in a single season, reported the Free Press News Service.
Sorenstam’s intention to play this May has drawn wide media attention and publicity. PGA player Phil Mickelson explained, “I’m as curious as anybody to see how the best LPGA player of today, and possibly of all time, will play against the men,” according to the Free Press. Still LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw stressed, “This is Annika vs. Annika…It’s about Annika challenging herself and breaking down barriers, never stopping in her quest to improve and test her abilities.” The Colonial is a 7,080-yard, par 70 course located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Augusta Richmond county commissioners yesterday approved a new ordinance requiring protesters to obtain permits 20 days before their demonstration. In the last month, the proposed changes had come up for a vote twice—both times the commissioners voted along racial lines (5 whites in favor, 5 blacks opposing). On Tuesday, Augusta mayor Bob Young, tipped the scale, breaking the 5-5 tie to support the new ordinance.
7/27/2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood - An attempt in the Senate to defundÂ Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).Â Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell asÂ out of order.
Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of twoÂ heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge. . . .
7/24/2015 Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence - In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force.
"Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices,
said Spillar. . . .