Archive for October, 2010
Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January [rip] of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called Farmville on the Facebook social-networking website.
Tobias entered her plea Wednesday before Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud. A second-degree destroy charge is punishable by up to life in prison.
Prosecutor Richard Mantei said Tobias’ sentence could be less because of state guidelines that call for 25 to 50 years. Soud offered no promises on what he’ll order during a sentencing hearing scheduled for December.
Outside the courtroom, Mantei said Tobias’ plea will help avoid the family reliving the tragedy during a jury trial.
Tobias told investigators that she shook the baby, smoked a cigarette to compose herself and then shook him again. She said the baby may have hit his head during the shaking.
Jacksonville mom who shook baby for interrupting computer game pleads to destroy | jacksonville.com
The law was introduced in 2004 to prevent the [rip]s of motorists whose cars have broken down on major roads.
The women have responded to the fines by buying the sleeveless yellow jackets and wearing them over their work outfits, often consisting of short skirts or shorts and skimpy tops.
A spokesman for the force said officers were not singling the women out, and were fining them under traffic laws applicable to all pedestrians.
Mayor Josep Maria Bea has been trying to drive the women out of the area.
The town hall recently passed a bylaw banning prostitutes from offering secks for sale in public areas.
Locals have complained about the women and say the streets are littered with condoms they leave behind.
Street prostitutes are a common sight on Spanish highways.
More than 300,000 women work as prostitutes in the country, where prostitution is not illegal.
Around 95 per cent are immigrants, mostly from South America and north Africa.
A recent survey found one in four Spanish men admitted to having paid for secks.
The industry generates an estimated £16billion a year to the Spanish economy.
By Andrea Magrath - A year and a half after her terrible assault by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna oozes confidence in a beautiful photoshoot.
Striking a fierce pose with her hand on her hip and her smouldering gaze on the camera, she is a completely different person from the heartbroken young woman whose battered face appeared in police photos in February last year.
But the memories of that night still linger in the 22-year-old’s mind, and she has finally opened up about how she felt during that dark period.
‘God has a crazy way of working, and sometimes when stuff happens you feel like, “What did I do to deserve this?” Why was it backfiring on me?’ she says in an emotional interview in the latest issue of UK Marie Claire
‘I was very lost. I have to say I felt really confused. I hate talking about it but it was really crazy because I felt so out of touch with myself and when that happens.’
‘It’s scary because nothing you say or do feels like it’s you,’ Rihanna says through tears. ‘You just lose touch of everything that you love and everything that you would normally do; how you would dress or how you would say something.
‘It just feels like it’s not coming from you. It’s just this one empty vase. I felt like an empty vessel.’
She has also revealed when she realised she needed to end the three-year relationship for good: ‘Eventually, I remember waking up one day and I knew I was over it,’ she says in the new issue of UK Marie Claire.
Full interview in December issue of Marie Claire, out this week
‘One day. I remember I was in New York at the Trump Hotel and I woke up and I just knew I was over it.’
‘I needed that wake-up call in my life. I needed a turning point, and that’s what God was giving to me,’ she said.
Rihanna attracted plenty of criticism for her brief reconciliation with the No Air singer – currently completing his court-ordered community service – after the headline-making assault.
‘All this terrible stuff they say to you, it breaks you down,’ she says of that time. ‘[But] once you’re back on your feet – if you ever make it back on your feet – that’s the ultimate achievement.’
Now dating US baseball star Matt Kemp, Rihanna says she has now moved on and is happy again.
‘I feel like I smile for real this time. The smiles come from inside, and it exudes in everything I do.
‘People feel my energy is different. When I smile they can tell that it’s pure bliss and not just a cover up.’
The gorgeous photoshoot, in which Rihanna wears a dramatic Sonia Rykiel dress and Manolo Blahnik heels, appears in next months’ Marie Claire magazine.
The singer’s hair and make-up guru Karin Darnell says of her client’s trend-setting locks: ‘She’s been dying to go red for ages!’
‘That’s why she’s such a style icon, because she’s constantly changing – a true chameleon.’
Cheryl Cole, as well as her contestants on the X Factor, are just some of the celebrities following in her fiery footsteps.