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Western publishers veil Muslim women, a girl gang rocks Chile, a New York doctor plots the nation's first womb transplant and more.

By Chris Colin
Published November 10, 2006 10:05PM (EST)

New York Times: Journalist, feminist and cultural critic Ellen Willis died of cancer yesterday. Her writing was at once anti-authoritarian and broad-minded. During the Lewinsky scandal she was one of the first to note the wider implications for the culture, and for journalism, in particular: "Just as Victorian repression produced a thriving pornography industry, the exclusion of sex from 'serious' news media produced tabloidism," she famously wrote.

Times Online: Dr. Giuseppi Del Priore of New York Downtown Hospital says he plans to perform the nation's first uterus transplant. The news spread fast, but the procedure will be costly and dangerous -- womb to spare jokes will likely be more common than actual transplants for the foreseeable future.

BBC: Police in Chile have arrested two members of the notorious all-girl burgling gang the Spider Girls. "We like to buy new clothes," one ex-member explains.

ABC News: Former "World News Tonight" co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas describes her first week back to work after maternity leave, and ponders the "Can Working Mothers Have It All" question. (Spoiler: Not so much.)

Slate: Who's putting Muslim women into veils in the West? The media!

Chris Colin

Chris Colin is the author most recently of "Blindsight," published by the Atavist.

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