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A 'bad day' in rehab costs Chris Brown his freedom PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:22

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a roll of his eyes and a comment that he was good at using guns and knives, Chris Brown may have cost himself weeks of freedom and his chance to get back to making music anytime soon.

The reasons for Brown's dismissal from a Malibu rehab facility were detailed in court on Monday, with a judge ordering the Grammy winner to remain in jail until a formal probation violation hearing can be convened on April 23.

The jail stint will be Brown's longest and comes more than five years after he viciously attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna in a rented sports car just hours before the Grammy Awards. Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said he was most troubled by a comment the singer made during a group therapy session last week.

"I am good at using guns and knives," the rehab reported Brown said in response to an exercise asking him to reflect on what he was good or excelled at.

Other transgressions cited by rehab workers included the singer ignoring a worker who was waiting to give him a drug test, rubbing elbows with a woman when he had signed an agreement to stay at least two feet away from all female clients and joking telling fellow patients, "I'm going to ask my higher power to take away my troubles." When asked whether he was serious, Brown said yes while shaking his head no, a report on Brown's conduct stated.

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New York City night court becomes must-see tourist stop PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:13

NEW YORK (AP) — Jenny Baumann's itinerary for her first trip to New York City: Rockefeller Center. The Empire State Building. Central Park. Night court.

In a city synonymous with theaters and nightlife, the 26-year-old from Munich was perched on a scarred wooden bench in a utilitarian room in lower Manhattan on a recent evening, straining to decode — sometimes even to hear — the methodical hubbub of arraignments in one of the nation's busiest courts.

"It's very interesting to hear real cases," Baumann said as she and a friend watched a judge decide whether to set bail for people facing charges ranging from choking a girlfriend to stealing a six-pack of beer. Each case was handled in a matter of minutes amid a hive of clerks shuffling paperwork, police taking retinal scans, defendants and lawyers conferring in a confessional-sized glass booth and court officers occasionally bellowing, "Quiet, please!"

It's one of New York's more peculiar and paradoxical tourist traditions, a place visitors extol on travel websites while many residents hope never to wind up there. To travelers, it's gritty entertainment, hard-knocks education or at least a chance to experience real-life law and order on a New York scale.

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Why do airplane transponders have an 'off switch?' PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOAN LOWY /SCOTT MAYEROWITZ   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, a fascinated public has asked: Why can somebody in the cockpit shut off the transponder?

It turns out there are several legitimate reasons why a pilot might want to shut off this key form of communication that allows air traffic controllers to identify and track airplanes.

Authorities believe that Flight 370's transponder was intentionally shut off, delaying search and rescue efforts and helping to conceal the plane's location — a mystery unsolved more than 10 days after the Boeing 777 vanished.

It's rare for a pilot to turn off a transponder during flight, but occasionally there is cause.

— Sometimes a transponder malfunctions, giving out incorrect readings.

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Third person dies from South By Southwest crash PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 13:11

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A third person struck by a suspected drunken driver in Austin last week during the South By Southwest festival died of her injuries Monday, police said.

Sandy Thuy Le, 26, has died from the injuries she sustained when she was run over outside a nightclub early Thursday, Austin police spokeswoman Veneza Bremner said. A driver fleeing police crashed through a barricade and accelerated his car into a crowd, killing two people at the scene and injuring 21 others.

The other victims were Steven Craenmehr, a 35-year-old Dutchman who was on a bicycle, and 27-year-old Jamie West of Austin, who was riding on a moped when the car plowed into her.

Rashad Owens, 21, has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. He's accused of driving drunk and fleeing from police, then intentionally driving into the festivalgoers.

Seven additional victims remained hospitalized Monday, including one person in critical condition, hospital officials said.


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AP source: Jagger's girlfriend found dead in N.Y.C. PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TOM HAYS, Associated Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 13:10

NEW YORK (AP) — A law enforcement official says L'Wren Scott, a celebrity stylist who is Mick Jagger's girlfriend, has been found dead in Manhattan of a possible suicide.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the victim's next of kin had not yet been notified.

The official says Scott was found hanging from a doorknob by her assistant at 10 a.m. Monday. The official says no note was found and there was no sign of foul play.

A spokeswoman for Mick Jagger says the singer is "completely shocked and devastated by the news."


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