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Plus-sized model appears in 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

Published: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 12:57 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 12:57 PM

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A successful 27-year-old plus-sized model is about to make an even bigger name for herself, appearing in an ad in the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.

“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are, too. There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt,” model Ashley Graham said in a statement. (Source: ETonline.com)

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Online retailer SwimsuitsForAll debuts the new ad, part of its #curvesinbikinis campaign, in the Sports Illustrated issue that hits news stands Feb. 9, 2015. 

A promotional video debuts the same day; check out a clip, below: 

Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, Aziz Ansari arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comedian Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated in 2017. Ansari said in a statement Sunday, Jan. 14, that he apologized last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment he said he believed to be consensual.
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, Aziz Ansari arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comedian Ansari has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct by a woman he dated in 2017. Ansari said in a statement Sunday, Jan. 14, that he apologized last year when she told him about her discomfort during a sexual encounter in his apartment he said he believed to be consensual.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Comedian Aziz Ansari released a statement Sunday in response to allegations of sexual misconduct first reported on women's website Babe.net.

According to the article published Saturday, a 23-year-old photographer said Ansari pressured her into having oral sex and "repeatedly asked her for sexual intercourse after she had already declined" after the pair went on a date in September.

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She said she gave physical cues that she was not interested, but the comedian either did not notice or ignored them.

The woman added that she told Ansari during the encounter that she "didn't want to feel forced because then I'll hate you, and I'd rather not hate you."

She said Ansari texted her the next day to say it was fun meeting her.

"Last night might've been fun for you, but it wasn't for me," she said she wrote back. "You ignored clear non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances."

After explaining her discomfort, she said Ansari apologized, saying he had misread the situation.

>> Read the full story here (WARNING: Graphic content.) 

"In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual," the statement read, according to USA Today.

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"The next day, I got a text from her saying that although 'it may have seemed okay,' upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said."

The statement added: "I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue."

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Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Middletown native Mick Blankenship releases his solo debut, “Crown of Apathy,” at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on February 24. CONTRIBUTED
Middletown native Mick Blankenship releases his solo debut, “Crown of Apathy,” at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on February 24. CONTRIBUTED

This calendar year promises hot new releases from national acts like The Breeders, Guided By Voices and Hawthorne Heights and underground favorites like the Raging Natives, Brooks Daugherty and Charlie Jackson.

Here are a few items to expect in 2018:

Dayton rock band Funeral Moon celebrates the release of its debut EP, “Dazed and Abused,” at Rockstar Pro Arena in Dayton on Saturday, Jan. 20. Special guests Vehemian, Retreat Hell and Close the Hatch will also perform.

Josh Goldman’s Rad Girlfriend Records has released dozens of 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl records from local and national acts. Occasionally, he’s slips in a release from one of his bands like the Raging Nathans. The Dayton-based label releases the punk group’s LP, “Cheap Fame,” at Blind Bob’s in Dayton on Feb. 2.

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Middletown native Mick Blankenship releases his solo debut, “Crown of Apathy,” at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on February 24. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

On Feb. 24, Mick Blankenship releases his solo debut, “Crown of Apathy,” at Bogart’s in Cincinnati. The Middletown native, who was lead vocalist for War of Change from 2011 to 2016, was recently the frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots tribute band STP2.

The Breeders, (left to right) Jim Macpherson, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Kim Deal, currently features the same lineup that made the smash 1993 album, Last Splash. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

After more than two decades, The Breeders lineup behind the landmark 1993 album, “Last Splash,” was back in action in 2017. Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim MacPherson played live and recorded the follow-up to the band’s 2008 album, “Mountain Battles.” The new single, “Wait in the Car,” was released in October. The full-length will be released in 2018.

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Nashville-based Brooks Daugherty returns home to celebrate his new EP, “The Dakota Hill,” which gets its official release at Hannah’s in Dayton on March 9. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Brooks Daugherty has been living in Nashville for several years but he hasn’t forgotten his Dayton roots. The Americana artist’s new EP, “The Dakota Hill,” was recorded with a rhythm section of fellow southern transplants. It gets its official release at Hannah’s in Dayton on March 9.

The latest version of Guided By Voices (clockwise from bottom left) Robert Pollard, Mark Shue, Kevin March, Bobby Bare Jr. and Doug Gillard, are doing shows this spring in support of the band s recently released double album, August By Cake. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

In December, Guided By Voices released the limited edition 7-inch single “Space Gun.” The song is the lead track from the band’s forthcoming album of the same name, which is scheduled for release on March 23.

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Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway, (left to right) Ricky Terrell, Denny Cottle, Charlie Jackson and Brad Bowling, releases its debut full-length the first week of March. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway is releasing a pair of singles in early 2018, “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Two Ships.” The band’s full-length will be available the first week of March.

Hawthorne Heights, (left to right) Matt Ridenour, Poppy Popadak, JT Woodruff and Mark McMillon, circa 2015. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

Top-selling rockers Hawthorne Heights took time off the road at the end of the year to record new material. Not much information is available on the group’s sixth full-length album but release announcements should be made soon.

This Pine Box, which is playing at South By Southwest in March, recorded its new album with at Ultrasuede Studio in Cincinnati. It will be released by Old Flame Records in May.

UK party leader's girlfriend suspended over Meghan Markle comments

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 3:45 AM

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The girlfriend of the leader of Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party has been suspended from the party after reportedly making racist comments about Prince Harry’s American fiancee, Meghan Markle.

The Mail on Sunday published a series of messages reportedly sent by 54-year-old Henry Bolton’s 25-year-old girlfriend, Jo Marney.

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Marney reportedly said Markle would “taint” the royal family, that she had a “tiny brain” and that black people were "ugly."

In a statement to The Mail, Marney said: “I apologize unreservedly for the shocking language I used.”

She added: “The opinions I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and have, to an extent, been taken out of context. Yet I fully recognize the offense they have caused.”

Former deputy leader of the party Peter Whittle wrote on Twitter: “These are disgraceful remarks," adding, “This person should not just be suspended … but expelled altogether.”

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UKIP’s chairman, Paul Oakden, told the Mail on Sunday that Marney had been suspended from the party membership immediately after he was made aware of the messages.

“UKIP does not, has not and never will condone racism,” he said.

Bolton, who was elected party leader in September, tweeted to confirm that Marney had been suspended from the party “immediately upon [UKIP] receiving this information.”

He was responding to a teenage party activist who urged him to publicly call for Marney to have her UKIP membership revoked.

“Her words were blatantly racist and there should be no room for that in UKIP,” Jack Penny wrote on Twitter.

Bolton confirmed his relationship with Marney in a letter to UKIP supporters earlier this month, after seemingly leaving his wife to pursue his new relationship, the BBC reported.

Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI charge

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 3:04 AM

FILE - In this June 14, 2017, file photo former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman listens to a guide at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea. Police say Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California. Lt. Rachel Johnson of the Newport Beach Police Department says Rodman was pulled over late Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, for a traffic violation. Johnson says officers administered a field sobriety test, which Rodman failed. Rodman was released from custody Sunday morning.
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FILE - In this June 14, 2017, file photo former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman listens to a guide at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea. Police say Rodman has been arrested on suspicion of DUI in Southern California. Lt. Rachel Johnson of the Newport Beach Police Department says Rodman was pulled over late Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, for a traffic violation. Johnson says officers administered a field sobriety test, which Rodman failed. Rodman was released from custody Sunday morning.(AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File)

Dennis Rodman reportedly has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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Entertainment site TMZ broke the news that Rodman was pulled over for a traffic violation late Saturday and ended up being arrested on a DUI chargeThe Associated PressCNN and other news outlets later confirmed the arrest.

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The arrest occurred around 11 p.m. in Newport Beach, California.

Rodman has "struggled openly with alcoholism the past 17 years," Rodman agent Darren Prince told CNN, adding that the former NBA standout has "been dealing with some major personal issues the last month, and I know it's time he checks back into a rehab center to work through them."

Rodman has pleaded guilty and no contest to DUI in the past, and also faced charges related to a hit-and-run.

In his post-NBA days, Rodman has made headlines for increasingly bizarre statements about North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman sees as a friend.

Read more here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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