Attorney for woman accused of throwing away baby wants confession thrown out

first_imgThe attorney for a Boca Raton woman accused of throwing her newborn in a dumpster is requesting that the court throw out her client’s confession because it was not obtained correctly.35-year-old Rafaelle Sousa was arrested in May of 2019 after authorities were contacted by maintenance workers who heard an infant crying in the dumpster.Authorities eventually connected Sousa to the infant after finding a receipt in another trash bag that matched the plastic bag that the infant was found in. Investigators then went to the store where they were able to get a copy of the receipt and Sousa’s info.During her arrest, Sousa who is also the mother of a 3-year-old, told authorities that she felt overwhelmed so she tried to get rid of the infant. Sousa says she went back to the dumpster on two occasions to make sure the infant was dead, however, she was unable to check the bag because each time there were other people nearby.Sousa’s attorney is now saying that due to a language barrier, her client did not understand her rights when they were read to her and therefore her confession is invalid.Sousa has been charged with attempted felony murder and child abuse. Her next court hearing is scheduled for January 13th at 3 p.m.Despite Sousa’s efforts, the infant survived and was returned to her father in July.last_img read more

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VP Mike Pence Visits Miami as UM tests COVID Vaccine

first_img“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a tremendous impact in South Florida and across the world,” said Dr. Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, an infectious disease expert at the University of Miami who will lead the initiative. “We are testing vaccines with the goal of finding a safe and effective way to halt the spread of the virus.” The clinical trials will test a vaccine developed by National Institutes of Health scientists and their collaborators at the biotechnology company ModernaTX Inc.Prospective volunteers for the study will need to be at least 18 years old. A news release said the school plans to use community outreach and mobile operations to recruit from a wide variety of demographics. To register to volunteer, you can sign up by clicking here“We are committed to engaging people who represent the range of residents impacted by COVID-19 in South Florida by gender, age, race, and ethnicity, as well as those who are particularly at-risk because of medical conditions,” said Doblecki-Lewis. “This is how we will help ensure that any vaccine that is developed will be relevant for those who could benefit most from it.”Participants are paid for their time and inconvenience during what is scheduled to be a three-month study. Vice President Mike Pence visits the University of Miami today to discuss a possible coronavirus breakthrough.Mike Pence will visit the University of Miami, where clinical trials are getting under way on a vaccine.About a thousand people will be part of a clinical trial involving a vaccine developed by Moderna. The university’s Miller School of Medicine is taking part in the “Phase 3” trial of the vaccine.Pence will take part in a roundtable discussion with school leaders and members of the Miller School of Medicine along with researchers on what could help in the ongoing battle: https://t.co/hpMa8fMdDq— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) July 27, 2020last_img read more

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LeBron James rises to occasion to lead his team to NBA All-Star Game victory

first_img NBA All-Star LeBron James tells commentator ‘I will not shut up and dribble’ James scored 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting and added 10 rebounds and eight assists and was named the MVP for the third time in his career. Kevin Durant scored 19 points and Paul George added 16 for Team LeBron, which trailed 133-120 after Damian Lillard of Team Steph buried a jump shot with 6:57 left.At 33, James was the oldest player in the game.“I respect the younger guys,” he said when asked about representing an older generation of players. “They’ve got to keep this thing going, for sure. What I take pride in is taking care of my body. I make sure I’m available every night and continue to get better and better.“I don’t really take it, as, ‘This is a young guy, OK, I need to show him I can do this.’ I need to continue to show myself. Every night I step on the floor, I have to lead my guys and prove to myself I can still play at a high level. I feel great.”Lillard and DeMar DeRozan each scored 21 points for Team Steph, which led by as many as 15 points in the first half. Joel Embiid added 19 points and eight rebounds. Curry scored 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting, with six rebounds and five assists.The NBA went away from its traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western format for this All-Star Game, with team captains James and Curry picking sides. It was a new wrinkle, one that produced an entertaining, competitive game with a late defensive stand determining the final outcome.“The mix of the players was cool, it was different,” Durant said. “To play with Kemba, LeBron, Bradley and guys from the Eastern Conference, you mix it up and get to know them on a different level, so when you play with them your respect level just rises up.”The All-Stars’ shooting percentages and final scores were way down from recent seasons, reflecting the effort on the floor. The relaxed All-Star vibe was still at Staples, however: Curry chowed down on a box of popcorn on the bench during the third quarter, and the stars made time and room for plenty of good-looking dunks and alley-oops.The intriguing ending overshadowed a clunky start.Kevin Hart acted as the pregame emcee, rattling off a string of unfunny one-liners as he introduced the members of Team LeBron and Team Steph. Fans expecting to see basketball a few minutes past 5 p.m. gave Hart the sort of tepid responses you’d expect from your local Chuckle Hut.Barenaked Ladies performed “O Canada.” Fergie then sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” in such a slow, breathless tempo that Draymond Green was caught on camera with his mouth wide open, clearly trying to figure out whether she was channeling Marilyn Monroe.Either way, it was a swing-and-a-miss start to a game devoid of local heroes for the Staples Center fans to cheer. After all, this was the first time since the 1996 game in San Antonio’s Alamodome that there were no Lakers or Clippers in the contest.Related Articles Lou Williams and Tobias Harris of the Clippers competed in All-Star Saturday Night events and Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma of the Lakers participated in the Rising Stars Game on Friday. The main event was all about Warriors, Cavaliers, Thunder, Rockets, Celtics and so many others.That wasn’t to say Southern California wasn’t represented, because it was.Six players with local connections were here: DeRozan (Compton), George (Palmdale), Westbrook (Lawndale), James Harden (Artesia), Kevin Love (UCLA) and Klay Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita). Love couldn’t play because of an injury, but sat on the Team LeBron bench.What’s more, the teams were playing for the L.A.-area charity of their choice, with the winning team donating $350,000 and the losers giving $150,000. Team LeBron played for After-School All-Stars Los Angeles. Team Steph played for Brotherhood Crusade.Each member of the winning team made a cool $100,000, a distinct raise from previous seasons in another attempt to make things more interesting.“It was a great weekend and we capped it off the right way,” James said.TIP-INSTEAM STEPHEN: Jimmy Butler didn’t play after being selected for the fourth time. … First-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns was outstanding. The Minnesota forward with 17 points and 10 reobunds.TEAM LEBRON: Three first-time All-Stars suited up. Washington’s Bradley Beal scored 14 points, Miami’s Goran Dragic had two and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo got seven.THE ABSENTLeBron lost four of his original selections to injuries, including Cleveland teammate Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis and John Wall. Anthony Davis represented his fellow New Orleans All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins, by wearing Cousins’ No. 0 jersey to start the game.HOLLYWOOD HOME GAMEThe All-Star weekend was held in Hollywood for a record sixth time. A partial list of celebrities attending the game: Jack Nicholson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael B. Jordan, Chris Rock, Ludacris, Common, Spike Lee, Andy Garcia, Dave Chappelle, DJ Khaled, Tracy Morgan, Sean Combs, Odell Beckham Jr. and pregame host Kevin Hart, who lobbed roast-style jokes at the All-Stars with mostly blah results. After a much-criticized pregame national anthem from Fergie, N.E.R.D and Migos performed an energizing halftime show.MANY MISSESThe All-Stars’ 3-point accuracy was hardly world-class, with Harden going 2 for 13 and Westbrook going 1 for 6. Team Steph was a combined 17 for 65 beyond the arc, including 3-for-11 for Curry.UP NEXTThe 68th NBA All-Star Game will be in Charlotte on Feb. 17, 2019. North Carolina was scheduled to host the 2017 All-Star Game, but lost it in July 2016 because of the state legislature’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which is considered by many to be discriminatory. Hornets owner Michael Jordan got a standing ovation when he appeared at center court alongside Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer to reveal the logo for next year’s game.The Associated Press contributed to this story. “We got stops when we needed to,” Westbrook said. Adam Silver encouraged by NBA players meeting with referees in effort to ease tension Paul George just the latest homegrown star to feel Lakers’ love in free agency AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers LOS ANGELES — In the end, it was every bit of what it has become over the years. Nothing more, nothing less.The NBA’s 67th annual midseason celebration was part-basketball game, part-showbiz extravaganza, part-house party, and, by night’s end, everybody seemed to have had a good time at the All-Star Game on Sunday at Staples Center.Under the watchful gaze of legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell and Jerry West, who were seated together at courtside, Team LeBron James rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 148-145 victory from Team Stephen Curry.James scored the go-ahead basket on a left-handed finger-roll layup with 34.5 seconds remaining and then assisted on Russell Westbrook’s layup with 10.7 seconds to play after a turnover. Team LeBron denied Curry a tying 3-point attempt in the final, frantic seconds to hold on to win. 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Penrith Panthers beat Newcastle 42-6 for Knights’ 15th-straight NRL loss

first_imgAfter an uninspiring first half at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, the Panthers and the Knights were locked at 6-6 at the break.But Penrith dominated the second stanza, leaving the Knights to extend their club record losing streak to 15 games.It also puts Newcastle into the top 10 on the all-time longest losing streak list.The Knights enjoyed 60 per cent of the possession in the first half, but despite repeated opportunities they could not crack the Panthers’ line.Instead, it was the Panthers who opened the scoring, with winger Josh Mansour crossing untouched in the 12th minute after some good lead-up work by Waqa Blake.The Knights hit back after 30 minutes when Brendan Elliot plucked a Trent Hodkinson bomb out of the air and raced over.But that was as close as the Knights got as they capitulated in the second half to let the Panthers run in six unanswered tries.Matt Moylan broke the deadlock in the 44th minute when he ran off a Peter Wallace pass and touched down under the posts.From there the floodgates opened, with Blake (55th minute) and Tyrone Peachey (59th minute) each beating some flimsy Knights defence to take the score out to 18-6.Penrith continued to dominate the Knights up the middle of the ruck and made them pay on the edges, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scoring a second-half double and Josh Mansour scoring his second as the siren sounded.The Panthers have now won four out of their past five matches and have leapfrogged the Titans into seventh spot on 26 points.AAPlast_img read more

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