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Judge Judy Suffers Courtroom Loss In $22M Legal Battle...

 Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Judge Judy Sheindlin

EXCLUSIVE: A loss in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday means Judge Judy may have to dip into her own pocket to deliver a promised $4 million to charity.

The famed small-screen judge saw her $22 million counterclaim suit against talent agent Richard Lawrence and Rebel Entertainment Partners essentially tossed out of court this morning. “Defendants’ demurrer is sustained,” LASC Judge Richard Burdge wrote in a tentative that was adopted as a final ruling. The decision axes all three of Judy Sheindlin’s counterclaims — at least for now.

“Plaintiff is granted 30 days leave to amend,” Burdge added in the dense five-page ruling over declaratory relief, unlawful/unfair business practices and unjust enrichment (read it here).

IN JAMAICA: 15-y-o Kimberly Smith of Portmore Villa missing

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — An Ananda Alert has been activated for 15-year-old Kimberly Smith, a student of Portmore Villa, Gregory Park in St Catherine, who has been missing since Wednesday, February 17.

She is of dark complexion, slim build and about five feet nine inches tall.

Kimberly Smith

Reports from the Caymanas Police are that Kimberly was last seen at home about 2:30 pm, wearing a blue-and-white merino and white skirt. She has not been heard from since.

Anyone knowing Kimberly's whereabouts is being asked to contact the Caymanas Police at 876-988-1719, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

Biden’s COVID Package Is Overwhelmingly Popular. Republicans Hate It Anyway. “I would be surprised if there was support in the Republican caucus if the bill comes out at $1.9 trillion,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. By Igor Bobic and Arthur Delaney

 Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Polls show President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package is overwhelmingly popular with the American people,

but that isn’t stopping Republicans from lining up against it.

According to a survey conducted by The Economist/YouGov, 66% of

Susan Collins

Americans back Biden’s plan, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks,

added unemployment assistance, an expanded child tax credit, and

hundreds of billions of dollars for

schools and vaccine distribution. A survey released Tuesday by Morning Consult

showed the plan polling even higher, at 76% with all Americans, including 60% of Republicans. 

Congressional bills rarely see this kind of public support, especially in a

political atmosphere as divided as this one.

UPDATE JAMAICA: Sadness, shock as best friends murdered in Clarendon... Odane Brown and his friend Kurt Taylor

 Wednesday, February 24, 2021

CLARENDON, Jamaica - A second double murder in Clarendon within five days has sent shock waves throughout the Hayes and Raymonds communities, as news spread of the killing of two young men Tuesday night.

Odane Brown (left) and his friend Kurt Taylor

The bodies of 30-year-old Kurt Taylor, a taxi operator; and his best friend, 28-year-Odane Brown, who was employed to Jamalco, were found slumped over in a white Toyota Probox taxi at the intersection of Portland Cottage and Rocky Point.

Both had what appeared to be gunshot wounds to their heads

According to the police, the incident, which happened sometime after 6:00 pm, is a worrying trend as there has been an uptick in murders in the parish.

This is the third double murder in the parish within one month.

Superintendent of Police in charge of Operations, Christopher Phillips, told OBSERVER ONLINE that an investigation has commenced into the killing, but people are tight lipped about the incident. more