Saturday, June 30, 2012

Darshelle Jones-Rakestraw Accused of Stalking Usher

Already squaring off against ex-wife Tameka Foster in court, Usher appears to be facing a new problem with a new woman.

The artist has obtained a temporary restraining order against Darshelle Jones-Rakestraw, claiming she's living in a dream world where Usher is her husband.

In court documents, Usher alleges that Darshelle appeared at his home in Georgia, pounding on the front door until police were called to the property. She then left the area, only to return the next day and tell cops that she was married to Usher and simply misplaced her keys. At this time, Darshelle was arrested.

In the above video, however, Darshelle denies all charges and says Usher has been giving her money for a long time, while also promising to help with her music career.

She plans to file a defamation charges against Usher.


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Judge weighing whether to give Zimmerman bond

FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office shows George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman poses no threat to the community and should be released a second time on bail, his attorney said in a court motion released Monday, June 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff's Office, File)

FILE - This file booking photo provided by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office shows George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman poses no threat to the community and should be released a second time on bail, his attorney said in a court motion released Monday, June 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff's Office, File)

(AP) ? A judge said Friday he needed to look at evidence before deciding whether to grant George Zimmerman bond following a sort of mini-trial that featured the defense trying to poke holes in the prosecution's case by calling the neighborhood watch leader's father to testify and playing a chilling 911 call from the night Trayvon Martin was fatally shot.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester did not indicate when he might make a decision. He revoked Zimmerman's bond earlier this month when prosecutors told the judge Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had during the April bond hearing.

Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing, and Zimmerman and his wife did not mention the money then.

Zimmerman's attorney briefly considered calling his client to the stand, but ultimately decided against it.

Much of the bond hearing focused on the donations raised through a PayPal account and how it was repeatedly transferred between bank accounts Zimmerman and his wife controlled.

"It was done to hide the money so they could deceive the court, lie to the court. Mrs. Zimmerman lied to the court and this defendant just sat there and let it happen," prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said.

Zimmerman's attorney attempted to show there was no effort to hide the money from the judge.

"It is not the grand conspiracy the state seems to suggest," attorney Mark O'Mara said.

There was also a great deal of evidence and testimony about the head injuries Zimmerman suffered the night of the fight with Martin, including a broken nose and cuts on his skull. Zimmerman was also described by a probation officer as a "model client" who had not violated any of his previous bond conditions.

At times, the bond hearing had the flavor of a trial or a self-defense hearing, with both sides presenting what sounded like opening statements.

Attorneys for Zimmerman called prosecutors' case weak and said he gave 11 voluntary statements to police and re-enacted the shooting with authorities. O'Mara twice played a chilling 911 call in which someone is repeatedly screaming "help" in the background. A gunshot is also heard on the recording.

George Zimmerman's father took the witness stand and testified that he was certain that it was his son yelling for help on the tape.

Prosecutors argued they had evidence that Zimmerman was the aggressor and chased Martin, who they said acted in self-defense.

But the judge was not ruling on the merits of the case. Instead, the judge was focused on what happened at the previous bond hearing.

Zimmerman's attorney called an expert on finances to testify, attempting to show that Zimmerman and his wife did not try to hide anything.

Adam Magill, a financial forensic specialist, said everything was in order and matched up "perfectly." But Magill also testified that moving the money around from different accounts would "make it appear that you didn't have the money."

Prosecutors also said the couple talked in code during recorded jailhouse conversations about how to transfer the donations to different bank accounts. At one point, George Zimmerman asked how much money they had. She replied "$155." Prosecutors allege that was code for $155,000. Their reference to "Peter Pan" was code for the PayPal system through which the donations were made, prosecutors said.

Shellie Zimmerman has since been charged with perjury. She is out of jail on $1,000 bond and her arraignment is set for July 31.

Zimmerman's defense also played videos of Zimmerman talking and showing his injuries after the shooting. Attorneys then spent time questioning Kevin O'Rourke, a Sanford firefighter and emergency medical technician who responded to the shooting scene. Attorneys asked questions about the extent of Zimmerman's injuries, particularly how much blood was on his head and face.

"A good 45 percent of his head and face were covered with blood," O'Rourke said.

Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 at a gated apartment community in Sanford. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and claims the shooting was self-defense under the state's "stand your ground" law.

Martin's parents and supporters claim the teenager was targeted because he was black and Zimmerman started the confrontation that led to the shooting. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

The 44 days between the shooting and Zimmerman's arrest inspired nationwide protests, led to the departure of the Sanford police chief and prompted a U.S. Department of Justice probe.

Zimmerman's attorney has argued in court papers that he is no threat to the public and proved he wasn't a flight risk by returning to jail when his bond was revoked. O'Mara also argued that the bulk of the more than $200,000 raised by the website has now been turned over to a third-party administrator and Zimmerman has no control over the money.


Associated Press writer Curt Anderson in Miami contributed to this report.

Associated Press


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Dinosaurs were warm-blooded reptiles: Mammal bone study sheds light on dinosaur physiology

ScienceDaily (June 28, 2012) ? A study with extant mammals refutes the hypothesis on which the assumption that dinosaurs were ectotherms was based.

The work was carried out by researchers from Institut Catal? de Paleontologia (ICP) and Universitat Aut?noma de Barcelona (UAB). It has been published in Nature.

The study analysing the lines of arrested growth (LAG) in the bones of around a hundred ruminants, representative of the specific and ecological diversity of that group of mammals. The results show that the presence of these lines is not an indicator of an ectothermic physiology (does not generate internal heat), as had previously been thought, since all warm-blooded mammals have them. The study therefore dismantles the key argument of the hypothesis that dinosaurs could have been cold-blooded reptiles.

The work was carried out by Meike K?hler, ICREA researcher and ICP palaeontologist; Ronny Aanes, researcher from the Norwegian Polar Institute; Nekane Mar?n, PhD student at the UAB and Xavier Jordana, lecturer of postgraduate studies at same university.

LAGs are seen in bone sections as dark rings, similar to those seen in tree trunks. The rings are formed, both in the studied mammals and in trees, during the unfavourable seasons (winter or dry season) when the growth of the organism is arrested as a result of a lack of resources. The presence of LAGs in bones was, until now, considered to be the clearest indicator of ectothermy since the seasonal arrest of growth was related to the animal's inability to maintain a more or less constant body temperature (endothermy) during the season of scarce resources.

Meike K?hler explains: "the study we have carried out is very powerful, both in terms of the amount of material and the diversity of species with which we worked, but we did not design it to find a response to the thermophysiology of dinosaurs. We sought to better understand the physiology of extant mammals and how the environment affects them -- how their growth changes as a result of external temperatures, rain and the availability of food and water."

Understanding this was the first step to establishing discussions in paleontological research about the physiology of animals that lived several million years ago.

But the researchers realised that what they observed in the bones of different ruminants refutes the main argument for an ectothermic physiology in dinosaurs. Many hypotheses set out from the premise that large mammals -- endothermic par excellence -- do not have LAGs in their hard tissues since they do not need to arrest their growth responding to external temperature conditions. In fact, since LAGs have been observed in almost all species of dinosaur, many scientists considered that they were cold-blooded reptiles.

The article published in Nature offers the first systematic study, based on an extensive sample of mammals representative of a large variety of ecosystems, which shows that LAGs do not indicate an ectothermic physiology but give us information about how the physiology (metabolism) of an animal changes according to seasonal endocrinal changes, both in cold- and warm-blooded animals. These changes represent a common heritage in all vertebrates and are a kind of internal clock that regulates the animals' needs according to the seasonal availability of resources. Despite the fact that these physiological changes have a strong genetic component, they are also functional and their intensity depends on the ecological conditions in which the animals live. The main ecological factors are more rain and limited supply of food and water, rather than external temperature. This discovery opens up a major line of research into the conservation of biodiversity on our planet today.

"It may seem surprising that until now there has not been a similar systematic study to prove or disprove whether it is only ectotherms that leave these marks in their bones during growth. In fact, there are so many things we do not know that science does not always advance in a linear way. The ideas somehow had long been wandering among the scientific community, but the work we have published organizes them and bases them on data," says researcher Meike K?hler.

In fact, some previous studies had already questioned this hypothesis and among the international scientific community there has been increasing consensus about the idea that LAGs were not necessarily indicators of ectothermy. Similarly, examples of mammals that seemed to have LAGs in their bones had emerged. This study conclusively closes the debate.

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  1. Meike K?hler, Nekane Mar?n-Moratalla, Xavier Jordana, Ronny Aanes. Seasonal bone growth and physiology in endotherms shed light on dinosaur physiology. Nature, 2012; DOI: 10.1038/nature11264

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Podcast: NCAA President Mark Emmert

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