Top US News: Serena Williams Criticizes Indian Wells CEO, Strip Club Suspect Arrested And More
Serena Wells criticizes Indian Wells CEO over sexist remarks
Indian Wells CEO Raymond Moore made sexist comments against women’s tennis players, saying that they should “go down every night” on their knees and “thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.” The comments were made the day the Indian Wells Tennis hosted the BNP Paribas Open finals, CBS News reports. Serena Williams, who lost the final, criticized Moore’s remarks. “I think there is a lot of women out there who are more — are very exciting to watch. I think there are a lot of men who are exciting to watch. I think it definitely goes both ways,” she said.
Suspects who shot man driving away from strip club arrested
A man was shot from the backseat of his car by two men as he was driving away from a strip club. Bryant Christopher Watts and Aaron Jones fatally shot Phillip Frank Panzica during the early hours of Saturday; and were arrested for capital murder the next day, Chron.com reports. Jones and Panzica were in the club where the latter’s fiancee worked as a dancer. She left the club with her cash and sat in the passenger seat of the vehicle; after which Jones and Watts entered the car and sat in the backseat. Once Panzica drove near Richmond and Jeanetta, Watts shot Panzica several times.
Transgender inmate planning her sex reassignment surgery
A transgender individual, previously arrested for second degree murder and paroled following a judge’s order that California pay for her sex reassignment surgery, is planning the operation on her own. Michelle Norsworthy will have the surgery this summer through the state’s low income health insurance program, KCRA reports. This marks the second time a judge has ordered a state prison to provide the operation.
Winter Storm Regis strikes East Coast
The first day of spring saw Winter Storm Regis striking the East Coast, Daily Mail reports. As a result, snow fell in several cities. Parts of eastern Massachusetts and Downeast Maine are predicted to receive the heaviest amount of snowfall. Eastern New England could witness as much as six inches of snow. Light snow fell in northwest suburbs of Washington D.C. and central Appalachians.
Rookie musher finishes last in Iditarod race
A former Bible camp cook, Mary Helwig, whose house was destroyed in a wildfire last summer, and the 11 dogs in her team finished last in the Iditarod sled dog race, Reuters reports. The first place was achieved by Dallas Seavey, who has now won the title three times in a row. Helwig came in the 71st position; she finished the race in 13 days and eight hours.
Investigation concludes University of Kansas professor used racial slur in educational context
An investigation into a complaint of the use of a racial slur, made by University of Kansas professor Andrea Quenette, has concluded that it was used in an educational context. Quenette had been on paid leave since November, when a group of students complained that she had used the slur while responding to a question. According to FOX News, she was informed on Friday that she had not violated the school’s ethnic harassment policies by the university’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access.