Ashleigh Blake never dreamed of becoming a beauty queen. The 21-year-old amateur model and part-time tutor fantasized about being a movie star or the next Glee triple threat, and posted her resume on the casting networking site GotCast in hopes that Hollywood might call. But when a recruitment associate for Miss California USA, the splashiest state franchise in Donald Trump's Miss Universe pageant ecosystem, sent Ashleigh a message in November 2012 expressing interest in scheduling a meeting, she responded right away. "I didn't expect them to pick me in a million years," Ashleigh said. "When they did, I thought it was the start of my dreams coming true." What happened next was more like a nightmare. Advertisement Miss USA competitors get a bad rap; they're known for being party girls (Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006), porn stars (Melissa King, Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013), and homophobes (Carrie Prejean, former Miss California USA 2009 and Miss USA 2009 first runner-up). … [Read more...] about Big Breaks for Blowjobs: The Dark Underbelly of the Miss USA Pageant
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LONDON — Even by the bizarre, arcane and lately chaotic standards of the British Parliament, Monday night was something else. There was always going to be a febrile atmosphere after Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Queen Elizabeth II last month to suspend Parliament for five weeks. But few expected the unprecedented spectacle of some lawmakers trying to pin down the speaker of the House of Commons, others singing a socialist anthem and being treated to a left-field rant about flamingos. Amid the enigmatic protocols of this centuries-old institution — the ermine, the tights and the robes — it can be tough to distinguish planned theater from unexpected outburst. Many of the events of Monday night running into Tuesday morning left even seasoned Parliament-watchers dumbfounded. Johnson's prorogation has been criticized because it's the longest for decades and comes at a moment of acute constitutional crisis for the U.K. Though the prime minister denies it, his opponents … [Read more...] about Robes, Black Rod and flamingos: How the U.K. just shut down its Parliament
Chelsea are free to sign new players in the January transfer window after a FIFA-imposed ban was reduced on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.The ban, imposed following violations in the recruitment of minors, was reduced from two transfer windows to one, which Chelsea already served in the summer.A fine was also reduced from 600,000 Swiss francs ($607,000; £462,000) to half that amount by the Lausanne-based court.A CAS statement said that Chelsea were guilty of violating rules related to the international transfer and registration of minors, "but for a significantly smaller number of players", concluding that they were only guilty of one third of the violations found by FIFA.In addition, the breaches of other transfer rules "were found to be less serious than those attributed to Chelsea FC by FIFA".The initial ban was announced by football´s world governing body in February, but Chelsea had always denied wrongdoing.It followed a FIFA probe into … [Read more...] about Chelsea free to signnew players in January as CAS reduce ban
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