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Judge sets Zimmerman's new bond at $1 million

Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 @ 11:57 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set George Zimmerman's new bond at $1 million on Thursday.

Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old  Trayvon Martin, but claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

Zimmerman’s original bond was revoked last month after Lester ruled Zimmerman and his wife were untruthful about their finances.

Zimmerman is still in protective custody at the Seminole County Jail.

"He wants out. He wants to be able to be with Shellie. He's very worried about his wife. We'll deal with it no matter what the judge's ruling," said Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O'Mara.

During his second bond hearing on Friday, O'Mara argued his client should get out of jail because he's neither dangerous nor a flight risk.

Two U.S. Navy sailors found dead at same Georgia home days apart

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

Submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) which is based out of Kings Bay. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) which is based out of Kings Bay. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)(Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Kingsland, Georgia, police are investigating after two U.S. Navy sailors were found dead days apart at a Kings Bay home.

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Officials say Brian Jarrell, 25, was reported missing by his family after he disappeared during a trip to Orlando.

His wife told investigators the family was at Disney World on Wednesday for Jarrell's daughter's birthday when he said he wasn't feeling well and left the park.

Jerrell’s wife filed a missing person report with the Orange County Sheriff's Office when she got back to the hotel and couldn't find him.

Jarrell's shipmates began searching for him in Camden County. They found his car outside a friend's home on Spinnaker Circle on Thursday.

They asked their friend Ty Bell if they could look for Jarrell inside the house.

They found Jarrell face down in the back bedroom. He was unconscious and cold to the touch.

Officials arrived at the residence and Jarrell was pronounced dead. He had no known medical issues, according to officials.

Police were called to the home on Spinnaker Circle again Monday after someone reported seeing a person lying inside unresponsive.

Police spoke with a U.S. Navy chief, who said he sent two sailors to their shipmate's house after he didn't report for duty.

Police found Bell lying on his back on the couch, unresponsive, with a white foamy substance coming from his nose.

He did not appear to be breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials have not released a cause of death for either sailor.

Both were stationed at Kings Bay Submarine Base.

Here’s why Google Maps killed its mini cupcake calorie counter

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 4:52 PM

(Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)(NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

After a backlash from users and health experts, Google Maps decided to remove its recent experimental iOS feature that told users how many calories they would burn on a specific walk -- and how many “mini cupcakes” that number would add up to.

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325-pound Florida woman accused of killing child by sitting on her

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 4:41 PM

Veronica Green Posey
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office
Veronica Green Posey(Escambia County Sheriff’s Office)

A Florida woman is accused of killing her 9-year-old cousin after the woman sat on the child as a form of punishment. 

The 325-pound woman, identified as 64-year-old Veronica Green Posey, was charged with homicide and cruelty toward a child, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

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Posey sat on the girl, Dericka Lindsay, Saturday after she said the girl misbehaved, said a report by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, Dericka’s parents, Grace Joan Smith and James Edmund Smith, sought Posey’s help Saturday in punishing the child.

Posey, who said that Dericka was “out of control,” first struck the girl with a ruler and a metal pipe before Dericka ran to an armchair, authorities said.

Posey sat on top of Dericka in the chair for about 10 minutes before the girl complained that she could not breathe, the girl’s father told police. When Posey stood up about two minutes later, she discovered the child unresponsive. Posey called 911 and began performing CPR.

Paramedics who responded to the call found Dericka unresponsive and transported her to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, the News Journal reported.

Grace and James Smith were arrested and charged with child neglect for not reporting the alleged abuse. Grace Smith was also charged with cruelty toward a child. 

According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Smiths had previously had an incident with the agency involving their daughter’s welfare.

Posey, whose bail was set at $125,000, was released from jail Monday. Her aunt and uncle remained in jail.

See more at the Pensacola News Journal.

Who was Selena Quintanilla? Google honors famed singer, ‘Queen of Tejano’

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

What You Need To Know: Selena Quintanilla

If you’ve visited Google’s homepage this morning, you’ve probably noticed the charming, glamorous tribute to late Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla.

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Here’s what you should know about Selena and Tuesday’s Google doodle:

What is the significance of Oct. 17?

Twenty-eight years ago on Oct. 17, 1989, the late Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla debuted her first studio album, “Selena.”

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What does the Google doodle include?

On the Google homepage, you’ll see an artistic rendition of one of Selena’s most iconic looks — art from her 1994 album, “Amor Prohibido.”

From there, you can hit the button for a fun, upbeat cartoon video of Selena from childhood to adulthood singing and dancing to one of her biggest hits, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” with the family band.

Google also debuted a beautiful digital exhibit with help from the Quintanilla family, showcasing the life and legacy of the late artist.

Where was Selena Quintanilla from?

The famed Mexican-American singer was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, on April 16, 1971.

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How did she rise to fame?

It was Selena’s father who encouraged 9-year-old Selena and her siblings to pick up the guitar, drums and mic. During the 1980s, the family band, “Selena y Los Dinos,” gained popularity across the Texas/Mexico border and eventually across the globe.

Though “Selena y Los Dinos” struggled at first, with Selena often facing gender discrimination in a male-dominated genre, they played at several restaurants, quinceañeras and festivals they could book.

In 1986, Selena won the prestigious Tejano Music Award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” and earned her first mega milestone.

Her first album, “Selena,” remained at the top of the Billboard charts and in 1993, the “Queen of Tejano” won a Grammy for the best Mexican/American album of the year. According to Google, she was the first female and youngest Tejano artist to win.

What is Tejano music?

Selena is often considered the “Queen of Tejano.” Tejano music (or “Tex-Mex”) blends Mexican and American music genres. According to the Google doodle, that combines genres like pop, polka, ranchera and cumbia.

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Selena Quintanilla’s top five biggest hits

  1. “Como La Flor” from “Entre a Mi Mundo” (1992)
  2. “Amor Prohibido” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994
  3. “I Could Fall in Love” from “Dreaming of You” (1995)
  4. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994)
  5. “No Me Queda Mas” from “Amor Prohibido” (1994)

More hits at Latina.com.

Selena was more than just a celebrity to many, especially to the Latinx community.

Selena’s legacy is due to more than her powerful vocals, iconic dance moves and hypnotic stage energy.

She was a notable fashion icon of the time and played a big part in designing and creating her own performance wardrobe.

But in her free time, Selena was also a major advocate for education and often participated in community service.

“Most importantly,” Google Doodles Global Marketing Lead Perla Camps wrote, “Selena became a beacon of inspiration and hope for the Latinx, immigrant, and bicultural communities around the globe. Her story of embracing and celebrating all parts of her cultural heritage and persevering in the face of adversity forged an emotional connection with millions.”

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Camps, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mom living in a small and primarily white town in rural Texas, wrote she was “profoundly influenced” by Selena and her music.

“One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Techno Cumbia” in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico. I even sang Selena classics in talent shows across northeast Texas,” Camps wrote. “Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud of being Mexicana.”

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How did Selena die?

Selena Quintanilla’s life came to a tragic end when Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of the Selena fan club, shot her on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena was 23.

Saldivar, who had been managing the singer’s San Antonio, Texas boutique, was caught embezzling money and was about to be fired.

Selena’s murder shocked the Latinx community, but her legacy would live on for decades.

10 interesting facts about Selena

1. In the beginning of their family band career, her father, Abraham, made stage lights out of empty peach cans.

2. She dropped out of school to get her GED so that she could perform full time and support her family.

3. She had five dogs and a python.

4. Her siblings A.B. and Suzette weren’t huge fans of performing.

5. Two weeks after her unexpected death, George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, declared April 16 “Selena Day” in Texas. April 16 was her birthday

6. Her last words were “Yolanda Saldivar, in room 158.”

7. An estimated 100,000 people showed up to Selena’s public viewing, which was held at the convention center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

8. She married the band’s lead guitarist, Chris Perez, in 1992.

9. Her life story is the subject of the 1997 film, “Selena” starring Jennifer Lopez as the “Queen of Tejano.”

10. She called her tour bus “Big Bertha.”

 

Sources: Latin TimesSelena Quintanilla Perez (Weebly) and Biography.com.

Explore more about Selena Quintanilla on Google’s Arts & Culture hub.