May 21st, 2012
04:49 PM ET

CNN Mash-up: Aesha, bullying, duct tape

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs.

Woman's story draws strong reactions

Sunday's heartrending story about Aesha, a young Afghan woman who was mutilated by her family for seeking her freedom, drew hundreds of comments from CNN readers. Here is one that sums up many people's reactions:


Jessica Ravitz wrote the article so well that the difficulty in trying to help Aesha is palpable. I became frustrated just reading the article with her behavior, but also couldn't stop reading. Admittedly, my reaction was to think of her as a "spoiled little brat" and that she needed to "act her age". But when I see Jamila's words about how she never had a real childhood, when I think about being given away at 12 to pay for someone else crimes, and when I look at the pictures of the brutality, I understand that her psyche and the torment she has endured is something that I will never comprehend.

It's hard because this is not a success story. But I think this article keeps the ugly face on what is happening to women over there. A success story makes you feel good and this one does not; there are women who will be abused and struggle their entire lives with no happy ending. It's important to bear that in mind.

A year later, Joplin on the mend

A year after an F5 tornado devastated her city and killed 161 people, Judy Lowe finds reasons to be hopeful:

I'm proud of Joplin. We have a long way to go. Seeing it every day you just want it over, want it done, want it fixed. Unfortunately we're not there yet, but we will be.

The heavily damaged St. John's Hospital in Joplin, Missouri, is being rebuilt.

Jennifer Parr, a CNN iReporter in Joplin, Missouri, used a series of photographic iReports to document the recovery process along the path of the tornado. While terrible scars remain, signs of progress are everywhere.

President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address Monday night for graduates at Joplin High School, which has met in a shopping mall since the storm destroyed the school.

Rutgers bullying defendant sentenced

New Jersey Superior Judge Glenn Berman on Monday sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail for spying on and intimidating his gay Rutgers University roommate, Tyler Clementi. Clementi killed himself in September 2010 after Ravi surreptitiously recorded him in a sexual encounter with another man. Berman told Ravi:

I haven't heard you apologize once. (Clementi) placed his trust in you without any conditions, and you violated it.

Ravi could have faced 10 years in prison and deportation to his native India, but the other man involved in the encounter, identified in court only as "M.B.," said in his victim impact statement he did not believe Ravi should be deported. In his statement, M.B. said:

I do not mind that Mr. Ravi has never apologized to me for what he did and said, but I do wonder if it ever has entered his mind that he has caused me a great deal of pain and yet he knows nothing about me.

What you gonna do when they come for you?

It was not just another Saturday night's work for police in Seattle. Officers had their hands full Saturday as they tried to control a bar patron who took off her clothes, covered her upper body in hot pink duct tape, and fought off all comers. Apparently back flips and kicks to the officers' heads were involved as well. CNN affiliate KCPQ has all the details.

99 bottles of beer on the road ...

A tractor-trailer carrying thousands of bottles of beer overturned on Interstate 95 in Volusia County, Florida, early Monday, spilling the brew and forcing authorities to close the road, CNN affiliate WKMG in Orlando reports. Watch out for drunken alligators.

This little piggy never made it to market

CNN affiliate KCRG tells the story of Olivia, a piglet who was badly hurt when she fell off a truck in Iowa but who fell into a new future away from the breakfast table.

On the horizon: Launch attempt, Colin Powell memoir

The private space company SpaceX will make a second attempt to send the first private spacecraft to the International Space Station, after Saturday's launch was aborted at the last possible second. Launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center is now scheduled for 3:44 a.m. Tuesday.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's eagerly awaited memoir will be released Tuesday. Friends and foes of the George W. Bush administration are hoping the book, titled "It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership," will shed light on the decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003.

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  1. Michael Keech

    "...drew more than 550 comments that were approved my CNN moderators." Proof read before you post your stories. This is middle school English mistakes and I'm sick and tired of reading all of them.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkavcnn

      Thanks for pointing out that typo, Michael. It's been corrected. Nobody's perfect, but we're trying to get there.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alcohologram

      "...drew more than 550 comments that were approved BY CNN moderators." Proof read before you post your comments. This is A middle school English mistake and I'm sick and tired of reading all of them.

      It's "by", not "my". And it should be "this is A middle school English mistake" or "these ARE middle school English mistakes".

      May 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teacher

      "Proof read before you post your stories." Should be: "Proofread before you post your stories." Other edits in "This is middle school English mistakes and I'm sick and tired of reading all of them" were caught except the comma before the first "and".

      May 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grammar Patrol

      "This is middle school english mistakes"??? is/are must be high school knowledge...

      May 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoteThemOut

      These are middle school English mistakes.

      May 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fantod

      Dude, you got served. Or should I say "you were served"?

      May 22, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Your grammar teacher

      *these are...mistakes" or "this is a...mistake", not "this is...mistakes" This= singular, these= plural. Idiot.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • atroy

      Michael, your grammar police badge must have been issued by Walmart. You should really check your own grammar before you hit the "post" button........and you really need to just calm down.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. KateA

    "Taipei,China." Wow, talk about pushing a one-China policy. I'm pretty sure that the people in that photo would be happy to inform you that they do not live in China.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkavcnn

      This, too, has been corrected, KateA. Thanks for the backup, and thanks for reading.

      May 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi

      Officially, Taiwan is the Republic of China (as opposed to commie China).

      May 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Yes, Taiwan is the Republic of China, but you don't often hear people using the full "People's Republic of China" and "Republic of China" to distinguish between the two. It is more commonly "China" and "Taiwan", therefore "China" is automatically associated with the PROC. Everyone I know from Taiwan (and I know many) calls it Taiwan and they refer to themselves as Taiwanese. Sometimes I hear/see "ROC", and it says Republic of China on their passports, but everywhere else (including their license plates) says Taiwan.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cheese-n-Whine

    "300,000 wheels of cheese estimated to cost $320 million" Wow, that's some expensive cheese right there... $1000+ for a wheel of cheese? Really?

    May 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • EMcK

      Have you seen the size of some of those wheels? Some of them way 100 Lbs. plus. It's not hard to imagine one going for $1,000.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. rox731

    With the personalities of alligators how would we know if one was drunk while sitting by the road. 😉 It's good to hear that Joplin, MO is getting things back on track, what an awful thing to have to go through.

    May 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. weaselboy77

    You English class hall monitors crack me the hell up.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kimip

    Self Flagellation is to inflict punishment on one's self by whipping (as with a whip or a strap). Why does this man have a sword? lol

    May 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Devout christians nailing themselves to the cross, wearing crowns of thorns, being tortured to depict Christ in festivals, shiite muslims carrying on flagellation and injuring themselves and other acts of religious fervor are nothing new.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. krm1007

    In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
    Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      Multiculturalism. Diversity is strength. Everyone is equal but the color of their skin. We should let them immigrate here. When they cut their eyes out with samuri swords in sufi religious ceremonies, we can pay for eye surgery with Obamacare.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. shannon ray blake

    weak males hit women,and i ask for to accept me saying sorry for the male gender.

    July 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. shannon ray blake

    i am sorry this weak male hit you,please accept this as i am sorry such males exist.please forgive the male gender for small and useless actions such as this.shannon

    July 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |