What’s Current: John Lee Cowell charged with murder in stabbing death of Nia Wilson

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  • John Lee Cowell, 27, has been charged with murder after viciously attacking sisters Nia and Letifah Wilson with a knife. Nia, an 18-year-old black woman, died immediately on the train platform at the Oakland MacArthur BART station. Cowell is also charged with attempted murder for injuring Latifah.
  • A lawyer for former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman outside a fraternity house in 2015, argued that Turner’s attempted rape conviction should be overturned. Lawyer Eric Multhaup argued in court Tuesday that his client was not attempting rape, but was seeking “outercourse.”
  • Artist Susan Unterber anonymously donated millions to support underrecognized female artists over age 40. In an interview with The New York Times, she says:

“Women continue to be seriously undervalued and underappreciated. The work is not taken as seriously, and men are still running the game. Men in power support men in power, and they want to see men in power.”

  • A Ontario-based student survey released on Wednesday shows that girls are more negatively affected by social media than boys. The Globe and Mail reports that “researchers found that 61 per cent of girls who used social media for more than five hours a day indicated moderate to serious psychological distress, compared with 33 per cent of boys.”
Meghan Murphy
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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