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Amanda Knox Found Guilty Of Murder (Again)

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Amanda Knox has been found guilty once again in the murder of former roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, reports ABC News. Her lawyers are expected to appeal. Even if she loses on appeal, it’s unclear whether Knox will wind up behind bars again. She chose not to return to Italy for the trial and continues to insist from Seattle that she’s innocent.  Read more at Newser…

Why Didn’t Mizzou Report Sasha Menu Courey’s Sexual Assault?

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When Sasha Menu Courey woke up one morning in February 2010, she had no idea that her life was about to change radically in a few short hours. Courey, a swimmer and straight-A student at the University of Missouri on a near-full scholarship, was sexually assaulted by a football player that night. According to CNN, she had gone home with a football player off-campus and had consensual sex. But after her consensual partner left, another football player “entered the room, locked the door and raped her.”

In the aftermath, her life began to fall apart in front of her eyes. Sixteen months later, she committed suicide. ESPN’s investigative series “Outside The Lines” searched for answers and shared a detailed report this week of how Sasha’s pleas for help managed to slip through the cracks. Keep reading »

All The Updates On Justin Bieber’s DUI Arrest

Justin Bieber Arrested For DUI, Drag Racing

Just around the time Beliebers were getting out of nursery school for the day, Justin Bieber left a Miami jail around 2:30 this afternoon after posting bail.  Oh yes, Canada’s sweetheart got arrested this morning for a DUI and drag racing. Is anyone even the tiniest bit surprised?

The gossip blogs are buzzing with all the info about the drugs, the models, the underage drinking, and even how Justin’s dad was involved. Here’s everything we know so far about Justin’s drugs-and-drag-racing-deathwish:

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President Obama Announces Initiative Against Sexual Assault On College Campuses

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This morning, the White House released a report on sexual assault in college as the president announced a new initiative to improve the criminal justice response to rape on college campuses.

The report, “Rape And Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call To Action,” prepared by the White House Council On Women And Girls, notes that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during college and most are assaulted by someone that they know. Only 12 percent of these victims report the sexual violence. The report also notes that rapists tend to be repeat offenders, noting how one study had more than half of admitted rapists confessing to as many as six rapes each. Another huge problem is the often-dismissive response from local police and college administrations. Keep reading »

Justin Bieber Accused Of Pelting Neighbor’s House With Eggs

  • Justin Bieber has hit a new low: his neighbor is accusing the Biebs of pelting his front door with, like, 20 eggs last night. And he caught it on video, too! TMZ has the video of the neighbor screaming at someone who sounds like Justin, while someone in the background calls 911. TMZ reports Justin is now being investigated for felony vandalism. Ugh. Can’t he just get sent off to military school or something? [TMZ]
  • Anne Hathaway got caught in a dangerous riptide while swimming in Hawaii and got rescued by a nearby surfer. [Daily Mail UK]
  • The film version of “Gone Girl” starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck will have a different ending from the book. NO! You can’t! [Vanity Fair]
  • Shia LaBeouf announced on Twitter he is retiring from “public life” after several weeks of plagiarizing other people’s apologies after he was caught plagiarizing the comic book writer Daniel Clowes. “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life,” Shia tweeted early this morning. This sounds a lot like how Amanda Bynes was behaving before she lost it. [ONTD] Keep reading »

Daisy Coleman’s Accused Rapist Matthew Barnett Faces Child Endangerment Charge, No Sexual Assault Charge

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14-Year-Old Girl Is Raped And Left To Freeze On Her Front Porch, Town Rallies Behind Her Attacker
14-year-old Daisy Coleman from Maryville, MO, is raped. Read More »
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Daisy Coleman and her mother speak about Maryville rape on CNN. Read More »
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Paige Parkhurst, second Maryville victim, speaks. Read More »
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UPDATE, 3:30: Matthew Barnett plead guilty to the child endangerment charge this afternoon as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term. [AP]

Matthew Barnett, the teenaged boy from Maryville, Missouri, who initially saw charges against him dropped in the alleged sexual assault of Daisy Coleman, was charged today with a single count of misdemeanor child endangerment.

And … that’s it.

You read that right: No sexual assault charge whatsoever. Keep reading »

I Feel You, Bro: Escaped Inmate Turns Himself In Because He Was Cold

This polar vortex is making people do all kinds of things that are totally out of character. Britney Spears is sharing insightful reflections about show business. “The Bachelor” contestants are trying to turn down roses. I’ve been wearing Uggs in public. Escaped convicts are turning themselves in because they’re envious of the heat in prison.

Well, at least one escaped convict did just that: Robert Vick of Hartford, Kentucky. Vick chose the worst possible week to escape from a minimum security prison in Lexington, and after attempting to rough it outdoors for two days as temperatures plummeted, Vick finally had enough. He walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call the police and ask them to please, for the love of God, bring him back to his warm jail cell. Police were more than happy to comply with Vick’s request, and today he’s nice and toasty again, albeit behind bars and with a much longer sentence ahead of him. I might normally file this in the “dumb criminal” category, but as I sit here typing this with a knit beanie and a scarf on, my only response is: I feel you, bro, and if your cell is any warmer than my office, make room, because I’m about to come join you. [People]

RIP Society: Man Steals 60 Brains, Sells Them on eBay And At Dairy Queen

It’s an entrepreneur’s economy. And what could more entrepreneurial than stealing 60 brains and selling them on eBay? Keep reading »

A Crime Of Cuddle In Florida

Cuddling is the most wonderful, life-affirming, endorphin-inducing activities humans can engage in. But let’s be clear here: it requires two consenting cuddlers. A refusal on one cuddler’s part to engage in spooning behavior does not, I repeat, DOES NOT justify coercion or aggression. Shavonna Rumph of Manatee, Florida learned this the hard way (Florida, I’ve missed you!) when her boyfriend  rebuffed her cuddling advances and things turned ugly.  Keep reading »

Nothing Says Romance Like Forcing Your Girlfriend At Knifepoint To Marry You In Vegas

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An Oregon man was arrested for kidnapping after he allegedly forced his girlfriend at knifepoint to go with him to Las Vegas and get married. Thomas Martin Pfeiffer allegedly threatened his girlfriend and their 22-month-old baby to get in a car with him so they could all drive to Vegas together. But Virginia Valdez  hopped out of the car at a truck stop, lay down in the middle of the road, and started screaming. Now that’s a bride who does not want to get married. (However, I’m not sure I completely believe the story here. It seems to me like there are much more pernicious reasons to kidnap your girlfriend and child than getting married.) [Seattle Times] [Image of Las Vegas wedding chapel via Shutterstock]

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