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For 1 in 16 US women, their first experience with sexual intercourse was rape, study says

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(CNN) — More than 3.3 million American women ages 18 to 44 were raped the first time they had sexual intercourse, according to a new study, and “all demographic groups reported substantial roles of forced sexual initiation.”

The study, published Monday in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, notes the World Health Organization recognizes forced sexual initiation — “an unwanted first sexual intercourse that is physically forced or coerced” — as a distinct form of sexual violence.

“We feel it is accurate to describe these events as rape,” said Dr. Laura Hawks, a primary care physician and research fellow at Harvard Medical School who co-authored the study.

The study says that 6.5% of women surveyed had an unwanted first sexual intercourse that was forced or coerced and it “appears to be common.” Researchers estimated that to be 1 in 16 US women.

The average age of women who experienced forced sexual initiation was 15.6. The average age of the partner or assailant at the time was 6 years older. Among women whose first sexual intercourse was voluntary, the average age was 17.4.

Sex education specialist Dan Rice told the Associated Press that inadequate sex education in U.S. schools contributes to the problem.

“Our culture teaches people not to be raped instead of teaching people not to rape,” he said.

Some 50% of women surveyed said the perpetrator was larger or older. More than 46% of the women were held down. In 56% of the instances, men used verbal pressure. Men used a physical threats more than 26% of the time and caused physical harm in more than 25% of the instances. Some 22% of the women were drugged.

Survivors faced long-term consequences, such as increased rates of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis and menstrual problems. More than 30% said they had an unwanted first pregnancy, while 24% said they had ever had an abortion in their lifetime — higher percentages than among women whose first sexual intercourse was voluntary.

Earlier research has shown that more than 40% of women have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, and half of those have been raped. The authors of this study said there is no recent data focused on first experiences with intercourse. The survey included 13,310 women and was nationally representative of the population age 18 to 44. The data came from the National Survey of Family and Growth from 2011 to 2017.

“A practicing physician is likely to see several patients each week who have experienced this form of trauma,” the authors wrote in the study, saying doctors should develop tools to identify and help people who’ve experienced it.

Designs revealed for incredible new space hotel

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(CNN) -- If a career as an astronaut isn't for you, perhaps the promise of a sojourn in a space hotel might be appealing.

Californian company The Gateway Foundation has released plans for the Von Braun Station, a cruise ship-style hotel floating among the stars.

The aim is to get the hotel off the ground by 2025 and make it fully operational for travel by 2027.

The Von Braun station is just one such space-based tourism option in development. Also planning to propel people into space are Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk's SpaceX company and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin aerospace company, not to mention the International Space Station -- which recently announced the possibility of commercial collaborations.

The Von Braun Station is also not the only space hotel design in the works. Earlier in 2019, US-based space tech startup Orion Span released plans for a luxury space hotel called Aurora Station, which it hopes to launch in 2022.

Among the stars

According to digitally rendered video and images released by the Gateway Foundation, the station resembles a rotating wheel, comprised of 24 modules, orbiting the Earth.

But how would the physics of the hotel work?

Tim Alatorre, senior design architect at the Gateway Foundation, says the rotating wheel would create a simulated gravity.

"The station rotates, pushing the contents of the station out to the perimeter of the station, much in the way that you can spin a bucket of water -- the water pushes out into the bucket and stays in place," he tells CNN Travel.

Near the center of the station there's no artificial gravity, Alatorre says, but as you move down the outside of the station, the feeling of gravity increases.

The Gateway Foundation's hotel design is named for Wernher von Braun, an aerospace engineer who pioneered rocket technology, first in Germany and later in the United States.

This could be viewed as a controversial move. While living in Germany, von Braun was involved in the Nazi rocket development program. He later worked on the Apollo space program in the United States.

The name was voted for by the Gateway Foundation members because the station is based on designs von Braun sketched out some 60 years ago.

"The basic physics of the station haven't changed since the 1950s, the way the station rotates," says Alatorre.

The main difference is the modern materials -- new metal alloys, carbon composites, 3D printing and launch pad technology that, says Alatorre, make a space hotel more probable in our current era.

Space tourism is an expensive game -- Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic plans to launch passengers into sub-orbital space at the hefty sum of $250,000 per person, per trip.

Meanwhile, Aurora Station says a stay in its space hotel will cost an eyewatering $9.5 million.

Price wise, in the early phases the Von Braun hotel will also be catering to those with dollars to spend, but the foundation is hoping to make it equivalent to "a trip on a cruise or a trip to Disneyland."

Aurora Station aims to sleep just 12, whereas the Von Braun Station will sleep 352 people with a maximum capacity of 450.

Warm aestheticspace

Alatorre says the hotel's aesthetic was a direct response to the Stanley Kubrick movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" -- just maybe not in the way you might think.

"It was almost a blueprint of what not to do," says Alatorre. "I think the goal of Stanley Kubrick was to highlight the divide between technology and humanity and so, purposefully, he made the stations and the ships very sterile and clean and alien."

Instead, Alatorre wanted to bring a slice of earth to space, to avoid a laboratorial, overly Star Trek-esque feel.

On board, there'll be warm suites with carpets and stylish monochrome touches and chic bars that wouldn't look out of place back on Earth, just with star-gazing views.

There will also be plenty of fun recreational activities for guest to enjoy, says Alatorre.

"We're going to have a number of different recreation activities and games that'll highlight the fact that you're able to do things that you can't do on Earth," he says. "Because of the weightlessness and the reduced gravity, you'll be able to jump higher, be able to lift things, be able to run in ways that you can't on Earth."

A sport that's intriguingly called "supersize basketball" is one such concept, according to Alatorre.

'Starship culture'

If it all sounds like a space-age gimmick, Alatorre is emphatic that the concept will have widespread, enduring appeal.

"People will want to go and experience this just because it's a cool new thing and they've never done it before," he admits.

"But our goal -- the overall goal of the Gateway Foundation -- is to create a starship culture where people are going to space, and living in space, and working in space and they want to be in space. And we believe that there's a demand for that."

That means having space be a place where thousands of people are "living, working and thriving."

The Gateway Foundation also intends the space station to be used for research purposes, as well as asteroid mining.

Alatorre says the Von Braun hotel wants to be "the first in orbit," but that even if the Gateway Foundation doesn't launch by 2025, the company knows one of its competitors will.

Space tourism is the future, he says, and the Gateway Foundation believe that future's imminent.

Sustainability in space

Given the design is still exactly that -- just a design -- there are some questions that remain unanswered about how the space hotel will function in actuality.

For example, it's been suggested that living in low gravity for an extended period of time is damaging to the human body. While vacationers will probably only visit the hotel for a few weeks, staff will plan to be there for six months to a year.

They'll adjust schedules as needed, says Alatorre, but right now, the foundation thinks this proposition would be "perfectly safe."

There's also the sustainability question, as people look for more eco-friendly vacations, surely going to space is not the solution?

Alatorre points to SpaceX's Raptor engine, which uses methane instead of petroleum-based fuel, suggesting "eco-friendly" rocket designs are the future.

He says recycling will be woven into the fabric of the space hotel.

"On the station itself, it's going to be about the most environmentally friendly vacation you'll ever have. Because we're recycling everything," says Alatorre.

"There's no amount of water or trash or waste that is going to be discarded, everything will be recycled, reused, stored, converted to some other form."

Terrestrial construction on the Gateway Foundation's project is set to begin October 1, 2019.

In the Kitchen with Fareway: Barbecue Meatloaf

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We are celebrating National Family Meals Month in September!

Last week, we showed you how to make this recipe and on Tuesday, September 17th during Good Morning Quad Cities, Dietitian Caitlyn Ferin from Fareway Food Stores took this standard meatloaf meal to a whole new level.

This recipe is good for your physical health, but also your mental health, which is why sitting down for a regular family meal is so important.

Click here to learn why.


UPDATE: Police chase after early morning shots fired

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Three men have been arrested after a shots fired incident led to a police chase early Tuesday morning.

The Davenport Police Department were called to the 6300 block of Appomattox Road, east of Goose Creek, around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 finding bullet holes in a nearby vehicle and two buildings, according to a press release from the department.

Police say people who saw the incident described the suspect's vehicle as a tan SUV. Police tried to stop a tan Mercury SUV at West 53rd Street and Brady Street, but it fled eastward on 53rd Street, the statement said.

Police chased the SUV to Interstate 74 where the suspect lost control of the SUV rounding the curve of the on-ramp. The SUV went into the ditch on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-74.

Four people exited the car and ran from police. Three people were arrested.

A handgun was found on the ground outside of the SUV, but no injuries have been reported.

  • Demarlo Eddings, 28, is being charged with intrastate warrant for escape, felon in possession, intimidation with a weapon and interference with a weapon.
  • Teron Conley, 24, is being charged with felon in possession, intimidation with a weapon, interference with a weapon.
  • Marcus Kelly, 33 is being charged with felon in possession, intimidation with a weapon, interference with a weapon.

This rare bee has losed 96 percent of his population in just a few decades; how you can help get it off the endangered species list

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HAMPTON, Illinois– A research team in the Quad Cities is fighting to bring a native bumblebee back from the brink of extinction.

Assistant Professor of Biology at Blackhawk College Isaac Stewart says the rusty patched bumblebee used to be found all over the Midwest and North East. Now, it’s found in just a handful of states. Its population has declined 96 percent in just the last few decades.

“If we lose (bees), we lose our food supply,” Stewart says. “One out of every three bites we eat, pollinated by an insect pollinator. If we lose those insects, we lose that food supply.’

Stewart and some of his students are trying to find the rusty patched bumblebee at the Illiniwek Forest Preserve. They’re also studying the bee population, documenting how it changes over the years.

“What we’re looking for are any bee species we can find,” he says. “And we’re really looking for diversity.”

Stewart says different kinds of bees pollinate different plants. Losing one bee species could be detrimental to the plants they pollinate, whether they’re flowers or plants grown for eating.

Park Ranger Ross Smith at the Illiniwek Forest Preserve planted a native prairie area at the park four years ago to help bring pollinators back. He hopes the population of the rusty patched bumblebee found at Niabi Zoo earlier this start a new colony at Illiniwek.

“They’re kinda like the passenger pigeon of the bee world, in terms of, ten years ago they were everywhere, and now they’re not,” he says.

Smith and Stewart say one of the most important things people can do to help bees is plant native flowers, helping them stay resilient against disease, pesticides and habitat loss.

‘i”If they’re well-fed, if there’s enough floral resources… they can resist a lot of that. And they can survive a lot of that and they continue to thrive in ecosystems,” Stewart says.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a list of plants the rusty patched bumblebee likes to feed off of. The Xerces Society also has lists of native plants in Iowa and Illinois.

More than $8.5 million wagered during Iowa’s first month of sports betting

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BETTENDORF, IOWA  --  It's been one month since sports betting became legal in Iowa. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission released the first month's report. The report shows that $8,576,245.68 was wagered at all 13 participating casinos in the state.

"Football reigns king," Director of Marketing for Bettendorf's Isle Casino and Hotel Colin Spewak said. "Iowa and Iowa state are definitely the two local favorites."

Spewak said that local games get the most bets, but national games receive many bets too.

The report from The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission shows that Iowa made $145,914.53 in tax revenue during the first month. It also shows that people who placed bets have won $6,414,558.15 off of the games.

"Nothing is more exciting than winning some money while betting on your team," Spewak said.

The Bettendorf Isle Casino offers three ways for people to bet. You can bet by app, new kiosks, or at the betting counter.

The mobile app requires betting to be done within the borders of the state.

"We continue to see new faces in the door everyday," Spewak said. "When you see your team winning on one of the big screens over here, cheering as loud as you can, having a great time, I just can not think of a better experience to provide our customers."

Prairie Meadows in Altoona made the most in the state on sports betting, bringing in more than half a million dollars in the first month.

Florida couple allegedly caught having sex in patrol car after DUI arrest

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – A Florida couple face multiple, additional charges after deputies say a DUI arrest turned X-rated after the pair were handcuffed and placed in the back seat of the patrol car Saturday.

Officers initially arrested Megan Mondanaro, 35, and Aaron Thomas, 31, on DUI charges after a deputy spotted two people riding a bike with no lights down the middle of a road near Fernandina Beach in northeast Florida, the Miami Herald reports.

The deputy pulled Mondanaro and Thomas over after a vehicle nearly hit them, according to an arrest report obtained by the paper. After reportedly smelling alcohol and noting the couple had bloodshot eyes, he arrested Mondanaro and Thomas, placing them in the back seat of his car.

“While I was outside of my patrol vehicle, Megan and Aaron took their clothes off and started to have sex,” the report reads. “When I opened up the door to stop them, Aaron was naked and Megan had her pants down.”

When the responding officer and another deputy tried to remove Thomas from the car, he managed to break free from their grasp and ran naked through the parking lot, hands cuffed in front of him, according to the report. Deputies caught up to him behind a nearby Cold Stone Creamery.

Mondanaro and Thomas – both of whom have lengthy arrest records – now face several additional charges.

Nassau County criminal records show that Mondanaro was booked for DUI, exposure of sex organs, unnatural and lascivious act and resisting arrest. Thomas faces charges of threat against a public official, lewd or lascivious exhibition in presence of an employee, theft, DUI, exposure of sex organs, unnatural and lascivious act, threat against a public official, attempted escape and resisting arrest.

Both are being held at the Nassau County Jail and Detention Center. Mondanaro’s bond was set at $12,508; Thomas is locked up without bond, records show.

Father helps wife deliver firstborn in bathtub after couple says hospital sent them home

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A father had to deliver his own son in the bathtub of his family’s Virginia home after the hospital told them to come back when his wife's labor was further along, he told WTKR.

Leo Bienaime took a picture moments after his son was born.

“Everyone that we showed the picture to was like, 'Wait ... why is there shampoo in the background?'” said Leo. “Don’t try this at home.”

The couple said they went to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth on August 23 around 8:30 p.m. and were told to go home about four hours later.

“I was told that I should come back when my contractions were when you can’t really walk and you can’t really talk through them,” said Leo's wife, LeeAnn.

She said she has a high pain tolerance, and the couple drove 25 minutes home.

“If I could do it again, I would’ve just sat in the waiting room and not left. We would’ve pitched a tent. We would’ve started a fire. We would’ve just straight-up camped,” Leo jokingly told WTKR.

LeeAnn said she kept walking back and forth to the bathroom. She said she felt her son’s head. She said she wanted to hold the labor back and wait for professionals, but she said she couldn’t.

She got into the bathtub, and her husband called 911.

They said less than four hours after they returned home, little Joachim entered the world.

“I had to let instinct take over and just go with it and kind of release myself to the experience,” said LeeAnn.

The couple praised the firefighters who responded to the house and the person who answered their 911 call from the Chesapeake Safety Operations Center.

“She was the sweetest lady. I wish I could get her name and give her some cookies. She was the sweetest lady.”

LeeAnn said several people asked her if she planned to have the baby at home.

“I’m like, 'No, because he doesn’t look like a doctor. He doesn’t have any experience,'" said LeeAnn.

Thankfully, mother and son were okay.

“We were able to have a healthy birth, a healthy baby boy – that’s why I’m not completely enraged,” said LeeAnn. “I feel like if it had gone another way, it would’ve been a different story.”

LeeAnn encourages other mothers to follow their instincts and to be an advocate for themselves.

Leo said he will be telling this story for the rest of his life.

WTKR reached out to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth about the situation, and received the following statement:

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is committed to ensuring the safety of every patient and providing high quality care.  Whenever a patient has a concern about their care and treatment, we welcome the opportunity to discuss this with them and resolve any potential issues.  Due to HIPAA, we cannot discuss anything specific on an individual's medical treatment without their authorization. The patient has been contacted directly about her care while here at NMCP.

Shauna O'Sullivan DO, FACP CDR, MC, USN, Director of Strategy and Operations, Acting, Public Affairs Officer

‘SNL’ fires new hire Shane Gillis

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(CNN) — “Saturday Night Live” has fired one of its most recent hires, Shane Gillis, just days after videos of comedian making bigoted comments came to light.

“After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘SNL,'” an ‘SNL’ spokesperson on behalf of Lorne Michaels said in a statement to CNN. “We want ‘SNL’ to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for ‘SNL.’ We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

Following news of his ouster, Gillis wrote on Twitter, “I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get ‘SNL.’ That can’t be taken away.”

He added: “Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at ‘SNL’ but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a Mad TV guy anyway.”

The NBC sketch show had announced Gillis’ hire last week, along with the additions of new series regulars Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, the only full-time cast member of East-Asian descent next season. News broke that afternoon of Gillis’ history of making defamatory comments about Chinese Americans and homosexuals during episodes of his and fellow comedian Matt McCusker’s “Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast.”

In one since-deleted video, Gillis says, “Let the f—ing ch–ks live there,” of Chinatown. Gillis also mocks a Chinese accent, the language barrier and says, “Chinatown’s f—ing nuts.”

Gillis responded to the backlash Thursday night, posting on Twitter that, “I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries. I sometimes miss. If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses” and that “I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.”

Many took him up on his offer, including television creator Daniel Chun, who wrote back “I was offended, Shane!” Novelist Monica Byrne responded, “Looking forward to your offer getting revoked, dude. Wow.”

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who Gillis referenced with a racial epithet in a May podcast, stated over the weekend that he didn’t think Gillis should lose his job.

“I’ve experienced a lot of anti-Asian racism throughout my upbringing, and it hurts. It’s something that is very real, and I do think anti-Asian racial epithets are not taken as seriously as slurs against other groups,” Yang said in an appearance on “State of the Union” with CNN’s Jake Tapper. “But at the same time, bigger picture, I believe that our country has become excessively punitive and vindictive about remarks that people find offensive or racist and that we need to try and move beyond that, if we can, particularly in a case where the person is, in this case, to me, like a comedian whose words should be taken in a slightly different light.”

In a tweet Monday afternoon, Yang wrote that Gillis had reached out to him and the two planned to meet.

Gillis is just the latest example of a comedian’s past comments and actions gaining new attention in the online world.

Trevor Noah saw a backlash to some of his old tweets, which were deemed offensive toward women and Jews, when he took over as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 2015. Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting this year’s Oscars after his past homophobic tweets surfaced. Sarah Silverman recently revealed she was fired from a movie after producers found a sketch of her eponymous Comedy Central show in which she wore blackface make-up — a sketch she says she no longer supports.

Gillis was due to start his new job at “SNL” as part of the show’s 45th season, which premieres September 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.

Kirkwood teen closer to diagnosis after her memory loss medical mystery gains international attention

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MONMOUTH, Illinois -- The memory of a Kirkwood, Illinois teen resets every two hours. However, luckily for Riley Horner, her story is a medical mystery others can't forget.

News 8 was the first to bring you Riley Horner's story last week. 16-year-old Riley cannot retain more than two hours worth of memory after she was accidentally kicked in the head on June 11th.

In the past three months, Riley continues to attend her regular classes at United High School in Monmouth despite her memory resetting every two hours.

"If I learned anything yesterday, it's completely gone and I have to re-learn that before I can even learn what we are doing today," Riley said. Each day she walks into class, she said she has to have a friend point out exactly where she sits.

Riley even confused as to why News 8's Bianca Reyes visited her again on Monday, Sept. 16 -- just a week after the original story.

"Well, Riley, do you remember who I am?," Reyes asked. "Not really," Riley said.

Riley needed to be reminded about News 8's original story all over again. She does not remember the moment, nor when she got injured, but thanks to social media -- everyone else around her does.

"(My friends) have pictures and screenshots of where (my story) has been," Riley said. "I’ve been in People’s Magazine and everything. They show me that and I’m like ‘Wow! I was in there?’"

"We have to tell her every day that she’s viral," said Riley's mother, Sarah.

Doctors still have not been able to explain why Riley's memory resets every two hours. Sarah said she reached out to News 8 in hopes that if people heard her story they might get closer to an answer.

Now, thousands of people across the world have heard Riley's story. Sarah said she has been contacted by all national and international media outlets imaginable. Many offering to turn Riley's story into a documentary.

"It just… it didn’t stop," Sarah said. "It just kept coming and coming... I can't keep up (with the messages). I'm sure I've missed stuff."

To better manage the overwhelming information, Sarah created a separate Facebook page, Help Riley Remember. She uses the page to update the public on Riley's condition -- even starting a GoFundMe Page for those asking where to donate.

Every day, Sarah said she is overwhelmed with messages from strangers -- each one offering a suggested diagnosis and hope.

"We were pretty much told there's nothing else that we can do," Sarah said fighting back tears. "I just didn't believe that. I didn't think this was how her life was going to be."

Sarah said, so far, she still has not found anyone with the exact same symptoms as Riley. Regardless, she said now she has doctors reaching out to her offering their expertise.

"I’m very hopeful. There's people in China, Europe, and Australia contacting my mom," Riley said. "Someone has to know something."

Right now, the Horner's are narrowing in their choices and are considering Cognitive FX,  a post-concussion treatment center out of Utah.

Muscatine B&B rumored to house prohibition era tunnel

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MUSCATINE, Iowa- A Muscatine bed and breakfast is pulling at the imagination of history buffs.

Saint Mary Bed and Breakfast used to be a catholic church rectory dating back to the 1800s.

The owners now have to dig up a drain to make some repairs. However, it's rumored that underneath that drain is a prohibition-era tunnel.

That tunnel is said to run from "Hilltop Tap" to a brewery at the bottom of the hill that was used as an ice house.

If the bed and breakfast is actually connected to the rumored tunnel, Osborne the owner says it would probably be through an old pantry. But Osborne says he wouldn't even consider digging into the pantry until after he retires.

Rock Island issues warning to Rock River boaters

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ROCK ISLAND- Rock Island city officials are warning boaters to avoid the Rock River West of Ben Williamson Park.

Officials say the rivers barrier buoys are broken. because of this, the high river makes the steel dam hard to see. Which is a safety hazard.

The buoys will be re-installed once the river drops below 9.5 feet.

New York Times’ botched Kavanaugh story the latest in series of blunders from Opinion section

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(CNN) — The New York Times was reeling on Monday after its Opinion section fumbled a high-profile story about an allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, drawing widespread criticism and condemnation of the newspaper.

It was the latest in a series of high-profile blunders that has caused embarrassment to James Bennet since he was appointed in 2016 as the editor overseeing The Times’ Opinion section.

Bennet’s tenure has been marked with several mishaps that have generated controversy, drawn criticism, and spurred at least one lawsuit.

A spokesperson for The Times declined to make Bennet available for an interview for this story, but defended the Opinion section by pointing to its talented writers and the good work they have produced.

“Opinion produces powerful journalism that makes a difference in people’s lives from the ground-breaking, on-going Privacy Project to an editorial series on laws that value a fetus over the life of the mother, to an on-camera essay by Alysia Montaño that resulted in a number of companies changing their contracts with female athletes to protect women during and after pregnancy,” the spokesperson for The Times said in a statement to CNN Business. “The diversity and quality of this work is being embraced not just by readers but by professional peers.”

But while the Opinion section has unquestionably produced strong work in the years since Bennet took over, it has also been culpable for some of the biggest journalistic black eyes at The Times during that period.

The latter happened again over the weekend when The Times’ Sunday Review, which falls under Opinion, published an essay based on a forthcoming book written by two Times reporters, detailing a previously unreported allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, which he denied.

The allegation in the book hinged on the recollection of a Yale classmate who The Times reported contacted the FBI and lawmakers during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The Yale classmate, who is now a prominent lawyer, has declined to comment publicly, according to The Times.

But the book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh,” included a key detail that the essay published by the Times was lacking: The woman at the center of it, who’d been a student at the time of the incident, declined to be interviewed. Moreover, her friends said she did not recall the incident.

In addition to that omission of vital information, The Times’ Opinion desk also came under fire over a tweet it had published promoting the story. The tweet said that “having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun.”

By Sunday night, The Times had not only apologized for the “offensive” tweet, but also appended to the essay an editor’s note addressing the glaring omission in its original story.

“The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident,” the editor’s note read, in part. “That information has been added to the article.”

The weekend flub was one in a series of botched stories.

In 2017, the Opinion section published an editorial that drew a link between an advertisement from Sarah Palin’s political action committee and a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, in which six people were killed and then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely wounded. There is, in fact, no evidence that the shooter saw the advertisement, much less that he was motivated by it. The Times issued a correction, but Palin filed a lawsuit against the newspaper. Palin’s suit was initially dismissed but an appeals court revived it in August.

In April of this year, the Opinion section of The Times’ international edition published an anti-Semitic cartoon. The Opinion section issued an apology and The Times’ publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, said the newspaper was “taking disciplinary” measures regarding the editor involved.

And most recently, The Times faced a barrage of criticism and mockery over the actions of columnist Bret Stephens. After being jokingly referred to as a “bedbug” on Twitter by a George Washington University professor, Stephens sent an email to the professor and his provost to complain. Stephens later wrote an op-ed likening being referred to as a bedbug to the dehumanizing language Jewish people faced under Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

Sprinkled in between have been other mishaps, including a Twitter poll related to the Kavanaugh hearings. The poll asked whether readers found the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, to be “credible.” The Times later deleted it, saying it was “insensitive in light of the gravity of the hearing.”


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