Archive for July 5th, 2011

July 5, 2011

Rod Blagojevich found guilty facing 300 years

When Rod Blagojevich was elected the 40th governor of Illinois nine years ago, he ran as the anti-corruption candidate and enjoyed the support of an up-and-coming state senator named Barack Obama, who served as a senior campaign aide.

Now, with his conviction yesterday on 17 of 20 corruption charges, including trying to sell Obama’s US Senate seat to the highest bidder, Blagojevich has assumed another distinction — being the fourth Illinois governor in recent history to be headed to jail.

In fact, he faces up to 300 years in the slammer — quite a comedown for the mile-a-minute talker who appeared on “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “The Early Show” and “The View,” along with numerous cable news shows during a two-day media blitz two years ago.

The Chicago-born son of a Serbian steelworker, Blagojevich worked his way quickly up the Illinois Democratic Party totem pole, going from a state representative to the governorship in nine years.

But federal investigators became suspicious of his political wheeling and dealing as early as 2004, and in 2006, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he had witnesses to “very serious allegations of endemic hiring fraud” in the Blagojevich administration.

The Brooklyn-born Fitzgerald, who has won federal convictions against Bush administration insider Scooter Libby, media mogul Conrad Black and George Ryan — the previous Illinois governor — among others, became Blagojevich’s nemesis.

Fitzgerald’s suspicions intensified after Obama was elected president in November 2008 — and Blagojevich found himself in the rare position of being able to hand a US Senate seat to whomever he wanted.

Less than a month later, Blagojevich was awakened by the feds and led out of his Chicago home in handcuffs. Fitzgerald said he was guilty “of the kind of conduct that would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”

The chief weapons the feds had against the governor were his own words, recorded in hours of wiretaps.

Speaking about the Senate seat, Blagojevich was heard saying, “I’ve got this thing and it’s f- -king golden. I’m not giving it up for f- -king nothing. I’m not gonna do it.”

While his lawyers claimed the tapes were just the ramblings of a blowhard, Blagojevich launched his own bizarre defense campaign.

He called federal prosecutors “cowards and liars” and challenged Fitzgerald to face him in court if he was “man enough.” He did numerous interviews and insisted he wouldn’t resign. “I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath,” he said.

But the Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach him and the state Senate convicted him in January 2009. Blagojevich, who had won two terms as governor, was removed from office and replaced by his lieutenant governor.

Nevertheless, “Blago” basked in his newfound pariah status. In March 2010, shortly before his first trial, he competed with Cyndi Lauper, Bret Michaels and others on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

He sent his wife, Patti, to the jungle for a reality television show, “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here,” on which she had to eat a tarantula. And, for a while, his strategy worked.

He had promised to testify on his own behalf, but his lawyers didn’t call a single witness in his first trial. After 14 days of deliberation, a deadlocked jury could reach a guilty verdict on only one of the 24 counts, lying to the FBI.

The feds vowed to do better when the retrial began April 20. This time, Blagojevich’s lawyers called Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the stand as defense witnesses, but they were questioned only briefly.

Blagojevich, 54, couldn’t contain himself any longer, and on May 26, he took the stand himself.

“I used to be your governor. I’m here today . . . to tell you the truth” were his first words to the jurors.

He was on the stand for seven days, saying he liked to talk big, but he wasn’t a crook.

The former governor claimed the wiretaps showed him tossing out ideas, “good ones, bad ones, stupid ones.”

How stupid?

Well, he told jurors, he even thought of appointing himself to the Senate seat so he could travel to Afghanistan and help hunt down Osama bin Laden.

And he apologized for all the cursing on the wiretaps.

“When I hear myself swearing like that, I am a f- -king jerk,” he told jurors.

His testimony ran an emotional gamut. He was indignant one moment, laughing the next and then near tears later.

It didn’t work.

After nine days of deliberations, jurors yesterday found him guilty of nearly all 20 counts.

“What happened?” a stunned Blagojevich said, turning to his lawyer as he heard the verdict. His wife slumped against her brother, and then rushed to embrace her husband.

Fitzgerald, who has been touted as a future FBI director, said his latest victory was a “bittersweet moment.”

But Fitzgerald added that he was pleased that the jury saw past Blagojevich’s explanation that he was just engaging in run-of-the-mill political wheeling and dealing.

“That couldn’t be any further from the truth,” Fitzgerald said.

“Selling a Senate seat, shaking down a children’s hospital [whose director was seeking better Medicaid reimbursement] and squeezing a person to give money before you sign a bill that benefits them is not a gray area. It’s a crime.”

Fitzgerald said it was sad that he had to deal with convicting another Illinois governor — five years after he convicted the last one, Ryan, a Republican, who is currently serving a 6½-year prison term.

The jurors, 11 women and one man, said they found their former governor likeable, but the evidence spoke louder.

“He was personable,” said one juror. “It made it hard to separate what we actively had to do as jurors.”

The forewoman, a retired director of music and liturgy at a church, joked that she told her husband that if he’s considering a career in politics, he’d have to find a new wife.

It was a different Blagojevich who left the courthouse, hand in hand with his wife.

“Among the many lessons I’ve learned from this whole experience is to try to speak a little bit less, so I’m going to keep my remarks kind of short,” he told reporters.

“I frankly am stunned,” he added. “There’s not much left to say.”

Tags: federal convictions, rod blagojevich, us senate seat

July 5, 2011

Aishwarya & Abhishek snapped after X-Men screening

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July 5, 2011

Shazahn Padamsee at Poonam Agarwal art event

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July 5, 2011

Happy Wedding Day, Kate Moss

After date-changes, fake-outs, and enough press to keep the U.K. tabloids in the black for a year, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince are getting married today—possibly at the moment, in fact. The duo and friends are currently holed up at Moss’ estate in the Cotswolds, where last night, they made their last appearance outside their rehearsal dinner (left). The rumors about the particulars (most helpfully collected by British Vogue) run the gamut from undressed male-model attendants with tattooed portraits of the happy couple to a Casablanca theme. But the most critical detail for the fashion-watchers is the dress, which sources close to the bride attest is by John Galliano, who is also reportedly attending. Maid of honor Trish Simonon (wife of Paul, of the Clash) will wear Erdem; Kate’s close friend Sadie Frost, whose daughter Iris Law will also be a bridesmaid, will wear Christopher Beales. The groom, as well as his bandmate Alison Mosshart, will be wearing Yves Saint Laurent.

Photo: Beretta / Sims / Rex / Rex USA

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July 5, 2011

Justin Timberlake buys My Space | My Space Sold out

Justin TimberlakeMy Space which has been seeing a little bad time, has been bought by none other than Justin Timberlake, reports the Guardian, Times Of India. Timberlake said in a statement, Timberlake said in a statement: “There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. Myspace has the potential to be that place. Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there’s a natural social component to entertainment. I’m excited to help revitalise Myspace by using its social media platform to bring artists and fans together in one community.”

Tags: music watch, Myspace, place art, social component, statement, time

July 5, 2011

New Actor James Holzier Is On The Lips Of Who’s Who In Hollywood

James HolzierHolzier is a new actor that everyone is talking about and on the verge of talking about. His popularity is spread all across the net. This brand new hottie and talented actor was considered for the part of Superman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming movie, ‘Man of Steel’. According to BuzzNews Zine. Fans all over the net are calling James Holzier their own, and grasping on-to anything he does. It is his inspiring background and likeable charm that so many are gravitating towards. Holzier is on the cusp of shooting a major motion picture, and more to follow that we will have announcements on soon…

Tags: Actor, actor james, james holzier, New, verge, zack snyder

July 5, 2011

Women Nursing Bra Style | Best Bra 2011 For Women | Nursing Bra For Women

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Women buying a good nursing bra style, one size too big late in the pregnancy will usually provide a good fit because the women breasts increase in size after the baby is born and the milk comes in.

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A brastyle that is too tight, either around the ribs or in the cup, can cause a pluggedmilk duct or infection.Be sure your bras fit well enough in the cups to allow the change in breast size as your breasts fill before a feeding.When your milk is established and you are past the engorgement stage(usually around the second week), it is often a good idea to purchase three nursing bras: one to wear, one in the laundry, and one on standby. Try them forfit and ease of use before buying more. Nursing bras are not the same as conventional bras;Strapless nursing brastyle can be adjusted more to allow for changes in breast size and shape throughout the day, they provide more support, they allow for the discrete insertion of breast pads, the cup linings are designed to avoid irritating already sore nipples, and most of all, they make breastfeeding a whole lot easier. Here are some tips on choosing the best nursing bra for you.The best time to buy a nursing bra is during mid to late pregnancy. By all means continue to wear pre-pregnancy bras until they are no longer comfortable, then go out and buy.

First of all when it comes to choosing any type of a bra it is important that you choose one that fits. Most women have absolutely no idea how to choose the right bra and therefore are not getting the proper support that they would like.Buying a nursing bra is a little bit different because your body is a little bit different and is going through some noticeable changes at the moment. You are going to want to ensure that you take the time to measure your body again after a month or so of wearing your bra. Most women decide to breastfeed their babies before they’ve had them. In fact, many women start stocking up on nursing bras and tops before they’ve even delivered. Nursing bras and tops are designed for easy access to your breasts. Many are also designed for discrete nursing. And many companies are now making fashionable nursing tops that don’t look like nursing tops at all.

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Softcup Nursing Bras
Highly recommended by nursing experts, softcup nursing bras offer a number of benefits to new moms. Here we discuss the various advantages and components that softcup nursing bras offer.
Underwire Nursing Bras
Women who have worn underwire bras are familiar with the support and aesthetic appeal these bras provide. However, there are important considerations when it comes to underwire nursing bras. Read here to learn about the pros and cons of these types of bras.
Seamless Nursing Bras
There’s no reason you can’t enjoy an attractive, polished look post-pregnancy when it comes to a bra. Seamless nursing bras offer this kind of look, along with comfort. This article discusses the various types and points to consider when shopping for a seamless nursing bra.

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July 5, 2011

Anne Hathaway talks about her new relation | Anne Hathaways Relation With Adam Shulman

Anne HathawayActress Anne Hathaway is romancing with actor Adam Shulman, says that as for now, things are working out “great”. “So far, it’s worked out great… Mellow doesn’t always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life,” she told Harper’s Bazaar magazine, reports TimesOfIndia. Anne was dating Raffaello Follieri for four long years and separated in the year 2008 after fraud allegations, said

Tags: bazaar magazine, doesn, follieri, fraud allegations, life, Story

July 5, 2011

H&M Announces Its Newest Collaborator: Versace

The Swedish mega-retailer looks to be on a roll. After the success of its stampeded-for Lanvin for H&M collection, the company announced today that its designer collaborator for Fall 2011 is none other than Versace.

According to Donatella, the collection for H&M will be “quintessentially Versace,” inspired by the archives, and including clothing, shoes, accessories, and jewelry for men and for women. (It’s also the first H&M designer collaboration to include home pieces, including Versace for H&M pillows and a bedspread.)

The studded leather dress Versace wore for her bow at her men’s runway show in Milan yesterday gave the world its first glimpse at the forthcoming collection, which hits U.S. stores on November 19th. A follow-up Pre-Spring collection by Versace for H&M will be available January 19, 2012, exclusively online in countries where H&M offers e-commerce.

Above, Versace’s bow dress, as well as peeks at a few other pieces from the men’s and women’s lines.

Photos: Courtesy of H&M

Tags: Collaborator, forthcoming collection, leather dress, Newest, Roll, runway show

July 5, 2011

Buy Them Now: Alexander Wang’s First Small Leather Goods

Hot on the heels of his CFDA Award for Accessory Designer of the Year, Alexander Wang has more accessory news to share: For Fall, he’s debuting wallets and small leather goods. That doesn’t mean you have to wait until July to get your hands on them. Next Friday, June 17, the designer will offer the first of the new category of accessories—the Zelmira wallet in ponyskin ($525), the Mini Adriel bag in ostrich ($275), the Compact Quillon in metallic ($235), and the Prisma biker purse in printed ostrich ($295)—exclusively on eBay’s Fashion Vault. For 24 hours, shoppers will be able to buy (not bid on; the pieces will be sold under eBay’s “Buy It Now” option) wallets and mini-bags direct from the Fall runway that won’t be available anywhere else.

Designing small leather goods, Wang tells, is no different from their bigger sisters. “It’s always the same approach,” the designer says. “How do we create without overdesigning? There’s always a sense of masculinity and irreverence we look to, but also an ease of usage.” How, then, to carry these small pieces? In some cases, as a clutch instead of a larger bag. “Less is more,” Wang advises. “Ditch all the makeup and keep it to the essentials—keys, money, and phone. It’s a lot sexier when a girl isn’t carrying around a bag full of tricks.”

—Matthew Schneier

Photos: Courtesy of Alexander Wang

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