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A judge appointed Tito Jackson’s son Wednesday as a temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s children.
In addition, the judge temporarily suspended Katherine Jackson as the children’s guardian because she is in Arizona and hadn’t spoken with them in several days.
TJ Jackson appeared in court and sought the temporary appointment, but his attorney said he wasn’t trying to replace Katherine Jackson permanently.
TJ Jackson said he spoke with Katherine Jackson on Tuesday, but she sounded strange. He says she was using words he had never heard her use and her voice at times sounded slurred.
The appointment came after days of turmoil among the Jackson family, with a relative reporting Katherine Jackson missing before she was located safely with other family members in Arizona.
Katherine Jackson is the court-appointed guardian of her son Michael’s three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. The children have remained at the home they share with their grandmother in Calabasas.
What do you keep in your bedside table drawer? Maybe a flashlight? Some reading glasses? A secret sex toy?
For many, this drawer is a hiding spot for sexy secrets. But not hotels. In hotels, it’s usually the most pious place in the room, housing the Gideon Bible.
Unless, the hotel in question is the Damson Dene Hotel in England’s Lake District.
The inn has removed its bedside Bibles and replaced them with E.L. James’ steamy “mommy porn” book, Fifty Shade of Grey.
The hotel’s owner, Jonathan Denby, bought the establishment from Methodists nearly a decade ago and says he’s been looking for a replacement for the Bible.
“I was thinking originally of putting in a book by Ayn Rand — ‘Atlas Shrugged’ was my first thought,” Mr. Denby told NBC News.
“(But) because everybody is reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ we thought it would be a hospitable thing to do, to have this available for our guests, especially if some of them were a little bit shy about buying it because of its reputation.”
Of course, some might argue that Mr. Denby’s decision isn’t really all that immoral since most hotels already offer a full gamut of adult films on TV. And, plus, the Bible isn’t void of sexy scenes itself. There is certainly a whole lot less “begat-ing” in Fifty Shades of Grey.
But some religious figures are frowning at the hotel’s actions.
“It is a great shame that Bibles have been removed from rooms and very inappropriate to have been replaced by an explicit erotic novel,” Rev. Michael Woodcock told The Telegraph.
(Interestingly, neither the hotel owner nor the vicar have read the bondage-laden book.)
He added that he believes the hotel will eventually return the Bible to its rightful place, in the dusty, neglected bedside table drawer.
There are reasons to believe that some victims of the recent Dana plane crash were alive in the fire, the Lagos State Chief Medical Examiner, Prof. John Obafunwa, told a coroner sitting at the Ikeja High Court, on Wednesday.
Speaking at the coroner’s inquest into the cause of the crash, Obafunwa said some of the victims had died from smoke inhalation.
“They must have been alive to inhale the smoke,” the state chief pathologist, said.
He stated that there was a remote possibility that such victims would have made it, depending on the degree of injuries sustained.
Over 150 passengers, and some others on ground, died on June 3, 2012, when a Dana aircraft crashed into a congested Iju-Ishaga neighbourhood in Lagos.
While being cross-examined in an intense, but somber session, Obafunwa identified the major cause of death of the crash victims as multiple injuries.
He said that multiple injuries roughly caused about 60 percent of the deaths, and that a combination of multiple injuries and smoke inhalation was responsible for 30 percent, while the remainder “ranged from purely smoke inhalation to just occasional fractures.”
According to him, multiple injuries are made up of various combinations of injuries like, “fractures to the skull, damage to the brain, punctures in the lungs, severe blood loss.”
“All of these things can individually cause death,” he added.
Shoddy emergency response
The inquest has, so far, brought to light the country’s poor management capability in cases of emergency and mass disasters.
Obafunwa’s deposition emphasised the need to improve on emergency response.
Obafunwa said he could not state the time of death of victims, since his team of pathologists only had access to the corpses two days after the incident.
- Daily Times
56-year-old Charles Shamblin has been thrown in jail after he fathered his three grandchildren with his daughter. Over a 13 year period of time, Shamblin allegedly had an incestuous relationship with his daughter. The sexual abuse began when she was seven years old and continued until she was 20. Charleston, West Virginia police said that she gave birth to Shamblin’s three children.
The incest investigation began when the now 35 year old daughter of Shamblin told the police that her father started sexually abusing her when she was 7 years old. She said that she had her first child when she was fourteen and the next two at ages 19 and 20. A paternity test given by Marshall University in Huntington confirmed that Shamblin is the father of his daughter’s children, who are now 21, 16 and 15. Shamblin faced charges of second-degree sexual assault, incest and sexual abuse by a parent of guardian in a Kanawha County Circuit Court.
Shamblin’s daughter-in-law said, ‘The community up there looked the other way. They knew what was going on. They’ve seen the bruises, they’ve seen the marks on the children and on their mother and they looked the other direction. He said it’s in the past. It’s nobody’s business. It was between us. Leave it alone, leave it there.’ She said that he told them not to say anything. 20 years ago when it was brought to the attention of the police the victim denied it, making it impossible for them to protect her.
Both the rapper and former drug kingpin known as Rick Ross have issued statements in the wake of “Freeway” Rick Ross’s resurrected lawsuit alleging his hip-hop namesake (original name William Leonard Roberts II) is profiting off his identity.
Ross, who is infamous for being at the center of crack cocaine’s introduction to and rise within America’s inner cities in the late 1980s, was originally sentenced to life in prison after attempting to buy over 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent. His sentence was reduced twice for good behavior, and he was released in September 2009.
Since learning of information gained in 2008 by website The Smoking Gun indicating Roberts served as a correctional officer in Florida for 18 months, Ross has fought the rapper’s alleged use of his name, suing him in federal court June 2010 for $10 million. After losing the first case due to a failure to find any trademark possessed by Ross over his name, he filed again in California State Court and sent the federal case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ross lost a further attempt in the Los Angeles Superior Court before a state judge reversed the ruling, stating that the statute of limitations had not run out on the case and rejecting a motion to dismiss from Warner Bros. Records last Thursday.
Ross, for his part, alleged in a Sunday editorial on Loop 21 that he asked to sit down, and it was Roberts who failed to show up and who changed his phone number. Referring to the considerable news coverage surrounding his trial and his part in the crack epidemic, Ross believes “the guy studied me, watched TV, read all the press, talked to people that were around me then tricked people when they searched the internet and thought he was me.”
Ross has been given 10 days to amend his suit with new allegations, which he told The Hollywood Reporter would be “no problem.”
Savannah Dietrich, a girl from Kentucky who was sexually assaulted, could possibly face contempt charges from the court after she tweeted the names of her juvenile attackers. The 17-year-old violated the court order to keep their names confidential after turned to Twitter to expose them and their actions. Dietrich was angered by the plea deal that the boys who assaulted her took last month.
A Jefferson County District Court judge was asked by the attackers’ attorneys to hold her in contempt for her Twitter tirade. She faces up to 180 days in jail as well as a 500 dollar fine if she is convicted of contempt. The boys, who attacked Dietrich back in August, still have not been sentenced for their crimes. Before her Twitter account was deactivated, Dietrich claimed that the boys had made her life Hell and that she was not going to protect them. On June 26, the boys pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanor voyeurism.
In an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal, Dietrich says, ”So many of my rights have been taken away by these boys. I’m at the point, that if I have to go to jail for my rights, I will do it. If they really feel it’s necessary to throw me in jail for talking about what happened to me as opposed to throwing these boys in jail for what they did to me, then I don’t understand justice.”
It seems that Dietrich has a legitimate point. If a woman is attacked in a sexual assault, why wouldn’t she have the right to reveal the names of those who’ve attacked her? There are sex offender registries all over the country and even a new Facebook rule that may soon require Facebook member to reveal a sex offender status. If that’s the case, then why was it wrong for this woman to reveal the names of the men who raped her? They may be 17, but that’s just one year from 18, and if juveniles are being tried as adults for other crimes, then why not this one?
While not fully shutting down Pennsylvania State University’s football program, the NCAA has reacted to the widespread negligence revealed by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal by punishing it harshly, imposing a slew of penalties including a $60 million fine and a four-year postseason ban. It is expected that the resulting damage to what was once one of the most celebrated teams in college sports will take a decade to heal.
Further penalties include the loss of ten scholarships a year for four years starting with the 2014 season, and the removal of all wins between 1998 and 2011 from the record – eliminating legendary coach Joe Paterno’s status as the career leader in college football coaching victories. The university has also been placed on a five-year probation, and players will be allowed to transfer to and immediately play with other teams if they so desire.
While announcing the ruling, NCAA President Mark Emmert called the scandal the most painful “chapter in the history of intercollegiate athletics,” and admitted that the punishment could be considered “greater than any other seen in NCAA history.” Emmert noted that the university has accepted the ruling, and that its cooperation has been “remarkable.”
Whether this ultimately renders Penn State an irrelevant team is still to be determined—as the Nittany Lions are now essentially unable to compete in the Big Ten, which could cause present and future players to look elsewhere. But new Coach Bill O’Brien has pledged his commitment to the team, saying in a statement that he “will do everything in my power to not only comply, but help guide the university forward to become a national leader in ethics, compliance, and operational excellence.”
The highest-ranking US Roman Catholic church official to be convicted of covering up child sex allegations, Monsignor William Lynn, has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.
Lynn, whose job it was to investigate reports of abuse in the archdiocese from 1992 to 2004, was found guilty last month of one count of child endangerment.
Defence lawyers had pushed for Lynn to be spared prison, but Judge Teresa Sarmina on Tuesday imposed close to the maximum sentence of between three-and-a-half and seven years.
“It was three to six years,” an official at the court in Philadelphia told AFP news agency by telephone, confirming the tough sentence.
Lynn, 61, who took the witness stand for three days during his 10-week trial, was not charged with molesting children, but rather with covering up the crimes of priests who did.
He argued that he may have been out of his depth, but had never acted criminally.
Victims’ groups hailed the verdict as a major step forward as a court had acknowledged that someone in Lynn’s position had endangered a child.
The trial, the first in the US involving such a senior official in the Catholic Church, also centered on two more Philadelphia priests.
Reverend James Brennan, who was suspended from his duties as a priest, stood accused of attempting to rape a teenaged boy in the 1990s. The jury was hung over the charges dealing with Brennan, who will not face a new trial.
Defrocked priest Edward Avery pleaded guilty on the eve of trial. Avery was sentenced to between 2.5 and five years in prison.
During the trial the court heard graphic testimony describing sexual abuse in the Philadelphia archdiocese.
Lynn was found not guilty of endangering Brennan’s accuser and not guilty of conspiring to endanger that accuser. He was found guilty of endangering Avery’s victim, but not guilty of conspiracy with regard to that victim.
Lynn’s lawyer described him as a low level functionary who struggled within a rigid church hierarchy to act against abuse by documenting it and compiling the voluminous records that prosecutors used to build their case.
The defence said a prison sentence was unfair and that Lynn should not be punished in the same way as Avery, who had actually committed sexual abuse.
Prosecutors portrayed Lynn as a keeper of the secrets who was obliged to compile the records and thought they would never see the light of day.
Prosecutors allege that in failing to remove abusive priests from positions where they had contact with minors, Lynn put children in danger.
Prosecutors wrote in their pre-sentencing memo that Lynn showed “constant deceit” and “a striving to please his bosses no matter how sinister the business”.
Shockwaves from the trial are expected to keep reverberating.
“The Lynn trial is of lasting significance because of its guilty verdict, and because the record of the trial contains a dramatic analysis for a single archdiocese of the two crimes that constitute the ongoing sex abuse crisis: a) the sexual abuse of children by priests and b) the enabling and cover-up of the abuse,” wrote bishop-accountability.org, which tracks reported abuses.
William Balfour has been sentenced to life in prison for killing three people in Jennifer Hudson’s family. According to court officials, Balfour is hoping that a judge will grant an appeal for a new trial.
Back in May, Balfour was found guilty in a jury trial. He was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder as well as four other charges that were related to the deaths of Hudson’s family members, in 2008. Balfour killed Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson; her brother, Jason Hudson; and Hudson’s nephew, 7 year old Julian King.
Prosecutors believed that Balfour was suspicious that his estranged wife had a boyfriend. Balfour is believed to have gone into a fit of rage and jealousy, in which he took the life of the Hudson family members. Balfour and his wife, Hudson’s sister, had been separated and she had refused his attempts to reconcile.
Jennifer Hudson testified at the Balfour trial in April, earlier this year.
President John Atta Mills’ election victory secured Ghana’s reputation as one of the most mature democracies in West Africa, a position further solidified Tuesday when the vice president took over only hours after the 68-year-old president died five months before finishing his first term.
John Mahama’s swift inauguration underscored Ghana’s stability in a part of the world where the deaths of other leaders have sparked coups.
“We are deeply distraught, devastated as a country,” Mahama said after his swearing-in ceremony, where he raised the golden staff of office above his head.
Ghanaian state-run television stations GTV and TV3 broke into their regular programming to announce the president’s death Tuesday afternoon. Government officials did not release the cause of his death, which came three days after his 68th birthday.
Rumors had swirled about Atta Mills’ health in recent months after he made several trips to the United States, and opposition newspapers had reported he was not well enough to run for a second term.
Some radio stations even announced that he was dead during one of his recent trips to the States. When Atta Mills returned to Ghana, he jogged at the airport and blasted those who had falsely reported his death.
On the streets of Cape Coast, kilometers (80 miles) from Accra, people held radios to their ears on the street, listening to the funeral hymns playing on FM stations and waiting for more information about the president’s unexpected death.
“His speeches were full of a spirit of love and peace,” said Efua Mensima, 45. “He was soft-spoken. I wept when I heard of his death.”
In a predominantly Ghanaian section of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, a group of 10 men tried to organize a bus to take them to Ghana for the president’s funeral.
“The Ghanaian people were happy with this president and his program for the development of the country,” said Nour Ousmane Aladji, 27, a taxi driver who moved to Abidjan in 2000.
Chris Fomunyoh, the senior director for Africa for the Washington-based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, said that Ghana’s democracy could weather the death of a president.
In other nations in West Africa, the death of a ruler usually spells a coup, as it did in neighboring Guinea following the 2008 death of longtime dictator Lansana Conte, and Togo, where the military seized power after the president’s death in 2005 in order to install the leader’s son.
“Ghanaian democracy has been tested and its institutions function well,” said Fomunyoh. “There’s no reason to think that Ghana and its democracy will not handle this event properly.”
Atta Mills was elected in a 2008 runoff vote that was the closest in the country’s history – and his third presidential bid.
“People are complaining. They’re saying that their standard of living has deteriorated these past eight years,” he told The Associated Press at the time. “So if Ghana is a model of growth, it’s not translating into something people can feel.”
He went on to serve as president as Ghana began grappling with how to deal with its newfound oil wealth from offshore fields discovered in the last five years. The country of about 25 million saw a growth rate of more than 14 percent last year, though some analysts say the handling of his time in office was less than stellar.
The government got involved in a dispute with Kosmos Energy, the owner of the country’s Jubilee oil field, a spat that resulted in a delay in the proceeds from the country’s nascent oil trade, said Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council.
Atta Mills also was one of the only leaders in West Africa who didn’t back plans for an intervention force during last year’s near-civil war in Ivory Coast. Because of its shared border, Ghana became the main smuggling route for Ivorian cocoa.
The late president spent much of his career teaching at the University of Ghana. He earned a doctorate from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies before becoming a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Atta Mills also served as vice president under Jerry Rawlings, a coup leader who was later elected president by popular vote and surprised the world by stepping down after the 2000 vote.
Richard Downie, the deputy director of the Africa program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that Atta Mills may be remembered more for what his election in 2008 symbolized than for what he did as president.
He defeated the ruling party by the slimmest of margins, marking two successful handovers of power in Ghana, a benchmark used by political scientists to measure a mature democracy.
“It showed just how robust Ghana’s democracy was, and it proved here in the U.S. what a success Ghana had become in terms of its political maturity,” he said.