Monthly Archives: September 2014

Miss Georgia sings her way to Miss America crown

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell is the new Miss America line cookie run hack, but her crowning moment was nearly overshadowed by a three-decade old pageant scandal, and a still-raw debate over whether the NFL’s reigning champions cheated on their way to a Super Bowl victory.

Cantrell rode an opera performance to the title in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Sunday night, besting 51 other competitors in the nationally televised pageant. She won a preliminary competition earlier in the week, also with an opera performance.

“I’m still so overwhelmed, I don’t know what to say other than thank you! ” Cantrell told reporters moments after being crowned Miss America.

The pageant also marked the return of Miss America 1984 Vanessa Williams, who was back for the first time after resigning the crown following a nude photo scandal. Pageant executive chairman Sam Haskell apologized to Williams on behalf of the pageant.

“I want to apologize for anything that was said or done,” Haskell told Williams as they stood on the stage and the audience bathed her in applause. “Vanessa: Welcome back!”

Cantrell was asked during the question and answer portion of the pageant whether New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cheated en route to his team’s run to a Super Bowl title last season. A league-imposed four-game suspension of Brady was recently overturned by a federal judge.

During the pageant, Cantrell said, “I’m not sure” when asked if Brady cheated. “I’d have to see the ball and feel it” she said, before adding, “If there’s any question, then yes, he cheated.”

Asked by The Associated Press to clarify her remarks afterward, Cantrell said, “It was kind of a funky question to ask me if Tom Brady cheated. If there was any question as to whether or not he cheated and somebody else felt the ball and decided that it was deflated, then yes, I guess he did cheat”

Miss Georgia’s win ended New York’s dominance at the Miss America pageant. Last year’s Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, was the third consecutive Miss New York to win the title.

“I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was backstage getting ready to compete, just as the contestants are right now,” Kazantsev said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Boardwalk Hall. ”

Preliminary competition in talent, interviews, evening wear and swimsuit competition ran through Thursday deer hunter 2014 hack tool.

On Saturday, the Miss America contestants hit the Atlantic City Boardwalk for the annual “Show Us Your Shoes” parade.

Most of the shoes had designs specific to the contestant’s home states. New Jersey, for instance, had dice and Monopoly money on her shoes in a nod to the pageant’s Atlantic City history. Miss Idaho had a potato.

Contestants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were vying for the crown. The U.S. Virgin islands, which competed last year, could not field the required minimum number of entrants this year, pageant officials said. It is eligible for future competitions trivia crack cheats tool.

Kentucky Clerk Jailed Over Gay Marriage to Return to Work

Many were keeping their eye on a rural Kentucky county clerk’s office Monday morning, Kim Davis’ expected first day back at work after a judge jailed her for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples

The Rowan County clerk, who believes gay marriage is a sin, became a hero to many conservative Christians after she stopped issuing marriage licenses following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage.

She was jailed for five days after U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning found her in contempt of court for refusing his order to issue marriage licenses.

In Davis’ absence, her deputy clerks have issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

On Monday, Davis can either allow her office to continue issuing licenses or again disobey the judge who already sent her to jail. Davis hasn’t said what she will do when she returns to work, but deputy clerk Brian Mason said last Wednesday that if he has to, he will disobey his boss and continue issuing licenses rather than refuse the judge’s orders.

On Friday, Davis’ attorneys filed an appeal seeking another delay in issuing licenses

In their motion to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, her attorneys argued that all the same-sex couples who sued Davis for a license received one from her deputies while she was in jail. Therefore, they said, her office should not be required to issue them to any more couples once she returns to work.

Bunning wrote that his mandate to issue licenses applied to all couples, not only those who filed suit. But Davis’ lawyers allege that order was issued improperly, and again have asked for a delay

The tension in Rowan County reached fever pitch last week, as protesters, presidential candidates and news crews from across the county descended on the small town of Morehead.

Davis, through her lawyers with the Christian firm Liberty Counsel, has also alleged that the licenses issued in her absence are invalid. Both the governor and the attorney general reject that notion and say the licenses will be recognized

Jeremy Corbyn ally John McDonnell named shadow chancellor

Defeated leadership rival Andy Burnham is shadow home secretary, while Hilary Benn remains shadow foreign secretary
The top roles on the Labour front bench are all taken by men, leading to criticism from some MPs.
However, Angela Eagle, the new shadow business secretary, was also named shadow first secretary of state.
It means she will stand in for Mr Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions when Prime Minister David Cameron is away.
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Chuka Umunna said he was leaving the front bench by “mutual agreement” and Mary Creagh also joined a number of MPs from the previous shadow cabinet who opted to return to the backbenches.
Other confirmed appointments are:
Lucy Powell, who was Ed Miliband’s general election coordinator, will be shadow education secretary
Lewisham MP Heidi Alexander will take over from Mr Burnham as shadow health secretary
Lord Falconer, a former flat mate of ex-PM Tony Blair, will continue as shadow justice secretary
Seema Malhotra is shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
Diane Abbott is made shadow minister for international development 8 ball pool cheats tool
Shadow Northern Ireland secretary is Vernon Coaker
Rosie Winterton to continue as chief whip
Ian Murray to continue as shadow Scottish secretary.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Mr Benn defended Mr Corbyn, who he said had won a “thumping” victory in the leadership election, but declined to say he backed the appointment of Mr McDonnell.
“This is the choice that Jeremy has made. I respect the choice that Jeremy has made as leader,” he said.
He also said Mr Corbyn would not push to leave the EU in the referendum promised by 2017.
“Jeremy has made it very clear we are going to stay to fight together for a better Europe,” he added.
Mr Corbyn has said he is not content with the EU as it stands, but wants to stay to fight for a “better Europe”. He had previously refused to rule out campaigning to leave

Migrant crisis: Germany starts temporary border controls

Thomas de Maiziere said refugees could “not choose” their host countries and called on other EU states to do more.
Trains between Germany and Austria were suspended for 12 hours boom beach cheats.
Germany’s vice-chancellor has said the country is “at the limit of its capabilities” as more than 13,000 migrants arrived in Munich on Saturday.
Germany expects 800,000 migrants to arrive this year.
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Some migrants spent the night in Munich station
“The aim of these measures is to limit the current inflows to Germany and to return to orderly procedures when people enter the country,” Mr de Maiziere told a news conference.
He gave no details. The move goes against the principle of the Schengen zone, which allows free movement between many European countries. However, the agreement does allow for temporary suspensions.
Germany’s train services with Austria were stopped until 03:00 GMT on Monday. They have now resumed moviestarplanet tool.