Friday News You Can Use: a 1-Minute Cheat Sheet

1. Georgetown University is trying to sort out its troubling history

Back in 1838, Jesuit priests associated with the elite U.S. college sold 272 enslaved people to pay off its debts—and the institution had ongoing financial connections to Maryland plantations.

In an effort to make amends, the university announced yesterday that it will treat descendants of slaves in the same way as "legacy" students, giving them an edge in the admissions process.

2. Lady hurricanes are deadlier than male ones

The power-woman pattern of the natural world (think: lionesses, praying mantis) applies to natural disasters too. CNN reports on recent studies that suggest a few reasons for this. It could be that people "perceive less risk" from a female name, or simply due to the fact that until the late '70s, most storms were given women's names—which does skew the stats a little.

Hurricane Hermine has just hit Florida, and is already causing significant damage.

3. Lena Dunham asks Amy Schumer about, well, everything

In this week's Lenny Letter, Schumer talks about everything from tramp stamps to President Obama. She also speaks out on the recent social media storm around fellow comedian Kurt Metzger's rape comments.

"I was resentful of the lack of trust," she tells Dunham. "Like, 'Have I earned any good will with you guys? Do you believe that I feel that rape victims should be shamed on the internet? Have I built up any sort of good will?'"

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4. Purvi Patel is getting released from prison

The 33-year-old Indiana woman was convicted in February of feticide and child neglect after allegedly inducing her own abortion—charges that should be mutually exclusive.

Judge Elizabeth C. Hurley overturned Patel's 20-year sentence in July, and on Wednesday ruled Patel should be immediately released. It's an important move for reproductive rights. Many were concerned the original ruling set a precedent in which women could be prosecuted for their own abortions.