VICTORIOUS: Driver Danica Patrick made history April 20 when she became the first woman to win an IndyCar race. The 26-year-old, who has participated in 50 races since her 2005 debut in the male-dominated sport, called her win at the Indy Japan 300 "a long time coming. I've been asked so many times when I'm going to win my first race, and finally, no more of those questions."
APPOINTED: The Anglican church in Australia announced it will consecrate its first female bishop May 22. Kay Goldsworthy, who was ordained in 1992, will serve as an assistant bishop in Western Australia state. Archbishop Roger Herft of the Western Australia state capital of Perth said, "Australia has been a while catching up, but our time has come and I know that the great majority of Australian Anglicans warmly welcome this day."
SEPARATED: An Iraqi refugee who found asylum in the United States is now pleading for help to be reunited with her disabled husband. During a reception April 15 marking the inauguration of the House Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East, 49-year-old Julet Yousef recounted how while living in Iraq she was kidnapped, beaten, and raped because she is a Christian. After three months of captivity, she was released on the condition that she would convert to Islam. Rather than do so, her family fled to Syria and then Lebanon. In 2007, Yousef and her three daughters received asylum in the United States, but due to a UN policy, Yousef's husband, who lost a leg during the Iran-Iraq war, did not.
RELAPSED: Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter announced April 16 that he has had a recurrence of Hodgkin's disease. The five-term Republican, who recently wrote and published Never Give In: Battling Cancer in the Senate, was treated successfully for the same cancer three years ago. Specter, 78, was to begin chemotherapy immediately and said he didn't expect the cancer to slow him down: "I've had a lot of bumps, and I've got good shock absorbers."
DIED: Animator Ollie Johnston, the last of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men," died April 14 at the age of 95. Johnston, who was one of the core animators at Walt Disney Studios from 1935 to 1978, worked on such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Fantasia, and Cinderella. Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt Disney and director emeritus of the Walt Disney Co., remembered Johnston as "one of the real pioneers of our art, one of the major participants in the blossoming of animation into the art form we know today."