July 30th, 2006 | brainjuice

So Friday we crossed the country to Berkeley Castle, where we attended a small private banquet whose high point was a performance by the Medieval Baebes. Somewhere, I have the first record by Miranda Sex Garden, Katharine Blake’s first band, from 1990 or thereabouts. Sadly, Blake wasn’t at the banquet performance, having apparently been suddenly taken ill with a pregnancy complication. My daughter loves the Baebes — the music, but also that they’re obviously smart and educated and yet plainly are women who do not get out of bed early in the morning if they can help it. She could do a lot worse for female role models.

Man Jams Phone Down Girl’s Throat – Or Possibly She Got Shitfaced And Tried To Eat It

July 30th, 2006 | researchmaterial

Prosecutors say a man shoved a cellphone down his girlfriend’s throat because he was angry and jealous. But the defence insisted as a trial got underway that the woman swallowed the phone intentionally to keep him from seeing whom she had been calling.

Marlon Brando Gill, 24, is charged with first-degree assault in the December incident involving 25-year-old Melinda Abell.

Abell has given inconsistent accounts of what happened before she was taken to a hospital, where an emergency room doctor removed the phone.

She testified Tuesday on the first day of Gill’s trial that she couldn’t remember how the phone got in her throat, saying she had too much to drink that night.

She said in court that she could not recall writing a statement to police after the incident, in which she said: “I think he thought I’d been talking to other guys. . . . He took my phone to see who I had been calling.” However, the statement added: “If I didn’t want him to see my phone, I would have just thrown it out the window and busted it.”

She testified that he had verbally and physically abused her, but under cross-examination she acknowledged she never told police about the abuse and continued to live with Gill until the cellphone incident…

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