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The Freedom Over Texas fireworks show will still take place on July 4th but there are fireworks today in the highly publicized divorce fight between Houston billionaire Ed Bosarge and his wife of more than 30 years, Marie.

Dolcefino Consulting has learned Marie Bosarge alerted the Internal Revenue Service to where they can look for Ed’s secret money stashes in a rather unique way.

We have now obtained a part of Marie’s solo tax return from 2017 — the year that Ed Bosarge filed for divorce. The numbers are not so important but at the end of her tax return Marie added “Exhibit A” — a document from financial services powerhouse BDO. The document lists all of the trusts and entities that BDO had discovered that were connected to Ed Bosarge.

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Some of the trusts and entities have some pretty unique names. Spotted Leopard. New Ostrich. Big Bird Partners. Black Rhino. Mountain Song. Last Samurai. Dangerous Beauty. More than 150 trusts and entities listed over five pages.

Marie claims that after thirty years of marriage, Ed left her dead broke and that he is hiding billions of dollars in secretive trusts in South Dakota and around the world. The jury trial in the Bosarge divorce is delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

In recent documents filed in the divorce case, Marie’s lawyers claim that Ed is refusing to turn over necessary financial records that can help her prove the fraud and other key elements of her case.

The highly publicized Bosarge case may pit Texas courts against South Dakota courts. If a Texas jury finds that Ed committed fraud, will South Dakota allow Marie to get what is hers out of the South Dakota trusts or will South Dakota simply ignore the rulings and the will of courts in Texas? Stay tuned.

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Most people picture models or fashion designers when they think of the fashion industry. While these are two of the most prominent career options in the fashion world, they are not the only ones. Just like any creative field, the word of fashion is highly competitive, with lots of different career paths fashion lovers can follow. Luckily for fashion lovers, getting into this industry does not have to be hard if you position yourself well. That said, getting to the very top will depend on your efforts. Below, we will look at some options you could consider if you love fashion and would like to work in the fashion industry.

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Design Assistant

The fashion industry more or less runs on design assistants’ efforts. Design assistants work with fashion designers, and even though fashion designers come up with the creative vision of a show or brand, it is the design assistants who bring it all together. Design assistants are responsible for checking garments before fitting models. They also attend trade shows, coordinate schedules, track clothing samples, and manage studios.

Fashion Designers

Fashion designers are the creative engine of the fashion world. They come up with the designs for new clothing styles or brands. Depending on the companies that hire them, these designers can work in any specialization, including childrenswear, adult fashion, or sportswear. If this is a career option you long for, you can start by being a freelance fashion designer. Here, you can come up with designs and tailor them so that fashion houses and retailers can see them. A pro tip here is to always check any designs using a dress form. These are available for personal or business use. These dress forms let you see the garments on a body and allow you to make the necessary alterations before showcasing your creations in front of other people.

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Buyers

Buyers are the people responsible for bringing the greatest and latest designs to retail shelves and racks. Their job is to ensure the stores are always stocked with products that people want to buy. In some cases, they might have to dig deep to get clothes that people would love but do not know they want yet.

To become a fashion buyer, you need to have a solid understanding of how retail works. You also need to be able to take pressure and stress well because the success of a store will often be up to you. This career path is for people who can predict what customers will want in the future, which makes it very challenging.

Fashion Journalist or Writer

Fashion journalists and writers are responsible for covering the fashion industry. For you to be successful here, you must love fashion and have a hunger to learn everything you can about fashion. You must also have great writing and oratory skills if you want to be hired by a fashion powerhouse. Lastly, you should have a likable personality because you will meet a lot of people, and if you do not have this type of personality, they might never want to work with you again.

Fashion Publicist

Fashion publicists are responsible for maintaining a positive image of a brand or business. Their primary job is to build relationships with people who can help them help their clients stay in people’s minds and be viewed positively. Because of that last point, fashion publicists can sometimes take on public relations or crisis management roles.

Publicists are also responsible for ensuring their clients, companies or businesses get a lot of publicity for as little as possible. For this, they might have to convince a celebrity to wear a certain dress or carry a certain handbag.

If you are a fashion lover and want to get into the fashion industry, there are lots of career options available to you. You have an added advantage if you have an eye for design, a likable personality, and can work with different types of people.

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Bodycon dresses are all about highlighting a woman’s figure as they cling to the curves revealing the shape. It’s for this reason that a lot of plus size women shy away from these body-hugging dresses.

Can plus size women jump on the bodycon bandwagon too? Absolutely yes! The bodycon is here to stay and nobody should miss out on it. Today’s women are embracing their bodies more and this explains why you’re seeing more housewives, single ladies, slender ladies, and thick ladies wearing the plus size black jacket.

There’s this misconception that bodycon dresses should only be worn by ladies with perfect body shapes and that plus-size women should avoid them like a plague.

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Here are some tips to help you wear a bodycon dress and rock it like the queen you are:

  1. The most important thing is being confident enough
  2. Always choose the right undergarment that evens out and flattens any plump on your body
  3. Wear seamless bras and panties with bodycon dresses
  4. Buy a dress that’s in your size. Getting smaller sizes will be disastrous

What are the best ways to wear a casual bodycon dress?

We have put together a number of ways in which plus-size women can wear bodycon dresses:

  1. Find printed patterns and geometrical prints

The easiest way to camouflage the extra weight is by working with a printed fabric. You shouldn’t go for larger prints as these only make you look heavier.

With a plus-size body, you should also try to incorporate geometrical lines – both horizontal and vertical stripes into your bodycon dress pattern.

2. Pick a good fabric

Considering the extra weight, go for thick fabrics that are strong and firm enough to hold on the extra plump areas of the body without showing any bulging. Choosing light or sheer fabrics would make all the details on your body more visible. Nobody wants to see your panty line.

3. Camouflage the abdominal area

Keeping in view with the extra fat around your abdominal area, you’ll be more comfortable if you cover it up. The best way to do this is by using a belt around your waistline to give this focal region a slimming effect.

If you can find bodycon dresses with a peplum style around the waist, they should work just as good.

4. Black bodycon dresses are the best

Black bodycon dresses are a great option for plus size women as they tend to give the women an elongated and vertical look with a stylish illusion of a much slimmer frame.

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5. Try a bodycon with a crop top

If you would like to break the monotony of wearing a full bodycon dress, why not try the same look is a different yet classy way? Try pairing a crop top with a knee-length pencil skirt. This look creates the same bodycon effect while showing a little skin.

6. Go for a minimal look

Bodycon dresses are already a killer by themselves so there’s no need to over-accessorize. For the best look, choose simple jewelry. As they say, simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.

7. Choose the right style depending on your shape

Focus on your body shape when you’re choosing a dress. If you have a heavier bottom, choose a dress with an embellished top as it’ll divert attention to the top area. For women with heavy-looking bosoms, they should get a design that covers it.

You should also keep in mind that the neckline plays an important role in creating a balanced look.

8. The shoes

Plus size women tend to look shorter even when they aren’t very short. To overcome this, go for a pair of high heels that are comfortable to walk in.

Conclusion

It’s about time that society stopped judging women based on how they look and no one has the right to tell another person how they should dress. Women can wear whatever they want and look gorgeous irrespective of their size. All they need is a positive attitude.

If you’re plus size and wearing a bodycon has been one of your biggest fear, it shouldn’t be anymore. It’s now time to start rocking this sizzling trend – you’ll be surprised at how much there is to experiment with. We hope that our tips and hacks inspire you to get started.

Stay confident!

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Press release

Dan Ahlers, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in South Dakota, thinks the state has created a monster when it comes to South Dakota’s secretive $3 trillion trust industry.

“I don’t want South Dakota to be the equivalent of offshore accounts in other countries where people hide their money,” said Dan Ahlers.

“I don’t want South Dakota to be known for that and I don’t think that’s the reputation that the people of South Dakota want.”

Dan Ahlers was commenting on the growing national publicity surrounding the divorce of Ed and Marie Bosarge.  Marie’s lawyers claim Ed Bosarge fraudulently hid more than $2 billion in South Dakota trusts in an attempt to cheat her out of community property.

“It’s getting so much traction, so much publicity that we are now going to get a flood of people going ‘Hey, I can shirk my obligations by just moving everything to South Dakota and putting it into a trust,’” Dan Ahlers said.

 “I would prefer that we do the right thing, that we respect decisions that are made in other states and that we are not a haven.”

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Once the Houston courts reopen, a jury will decide if the Houston billionaire defrauded his wife. A South Dakota court has already rejected Marie Bosarge’s claims. If 312th Family District Court Judge Chip Wells and a Harris County jury find that Ed Bosarge committed fraud and transferred money illegally into the South Dakota trusts, will South Dakota ensure that Marie Bosarge is made whole?

“I don’t think the laws of South Dakota, the State of Texas or anything we might imagine somehow frees him of an obligation that he has undertaken at the time he married Mrs. Bosarge,” said Judge Chips Wells in a February 2020 hearing in Texas.

“Most of the legislators had no intent to allow people to skirt the law in other states. That would never have been our intent,” Dan Ahlers said.

Many of the trust laws were amended while Senator Mike Rounds was South Dakota’s Governor. It is the secrecy of the South Dakota trusts that is worrying Dan Ahlers.

“Open records are not important to him and haven’t been. He had to be taken to court just to get the names of the people who were invited to the pheasant hunt. Those were records that have always been open until he was Governor. These bills came from his Department of Revenue,” Dan Ahlers said.

Dan Ahlers also talked about the tax money being hidden in these South Dakota trusts.

“What’s the economic benefit to South Dakota other than allowing people to hide their money and in some cases potentially break the law in another state. I think that is the question that has to be asked locally,” Ahlers said.

The Rounds campaign did not respond to our request for comment. The members of the Governor’s trust task force have all refused comment.

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Billionaire Ed Bosarge has made headlines in CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and international publications for trying to cheat his wife of 30 years out of her fair share. This is the latest release in the Ed and Marie Bosarge divorce unfolding in South Dakota and Houston.

Press release

A veteran South Dakota lawmaker worries the state is choosing money over morality with the growing secrecy and tax evasion of the powerful trust industry.

“Having any publicity, as far as they’re concerned that doesn’t come from them, they don’t want it,” Rep. Susan Wismer said in an interview with Dolcefino Consulting.

Rep. Susan Wismer spoke out on the growing controversy involving a Texas divorce case and how South Dakota law may cheat a wife of 30 years.

Texas billionaire Ed Bosarge moved upwards of $2.3 billion into secretive South Dakota trusts without Marie Bosarge knowing, everything from mansions they own to sponges in the kitchen of their huge Texas mansion.

Now she’s fighting in courts in Houston and Sioux Falls to get her rightful share of the money they made in their 30-year marriage.

“It’s community property. It’s fifty-fifty. I want what’s fair. It’s my money too, you know. That’s what’s so frustrating,” said Marie Bosarge.

CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, even international publications have raised questions about the high-stakes divorce case and the way the rich, like Houston billionaire Ed Bosarge, are using South Dakota tax laws to hide their fortunes.

Last year, the Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court said $3.2 trillion is now being hidden in South Dakota from taxation, and sometimes even from family members.

“I’m offended that South Dakota’s trust laws are being used by anyone, but rich people to avoid their familial responsibilities that they wouldn’t be able to evade if South Dakota hadn’t created this little trust empire here,” Wismer said.

The Texas judge in the Bosarge case has warned Ed Bosarge’s lawyers that he won’t let South Dakota law deprive a wife of her legal share.

“I don’t think the laws of South Dakota, the State of Texas or anything that we might imagine somehow frees him of an obligation that he has undertaken at the time he married Mrs. Bosarge,” said Judge Clinton Wells in a court hearing before the Coronavirus pandemic shut down the Harris County courthouse. 

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Ed Bosarge showed up in a wheelchair for his deposition and his lawyers claimed last month he had the Coronavirus, but pictures in a culture magazine showed him at dinner a few nights ago with the young Russian girlfriend he apparently left his wife for.

“I think that if the majority of South Dakota legislators were aware of this some of these more egregious cases it might help us but the brakes on this industry a little bit,” Wismer said.

The shutdown of Houston courts has delayed the trial until later this year, but Wismer hopes the publicity surrounding the case will wake up her colleagues at the State Capitol.

“I think it’s important that the South Dakota legislature become aware of this issue and consider the real time, real life consequences to people around the country of, of their actions,” Wismer said.

“I do not think South Dakotans want their state to be used by every person who wants to cheat his partner out of money, but if Marie loses her fight that is exactly what could happen,” said Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “No woman would be safe.”

The Wismer interview is part of an investigative report by Dolcefino Consulting called “South Dakota’s Little Secret”.

The video can be seen on Dolcefino Consulting’s Facebook page or www.dolcefino.com.

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Rock and roll legend Little Richard has died at the age of 87, his family has confirmed.

The musician’s hit Good Golly Miss Molly made the charts in 1958. Other well-known songs include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.

Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Elton John all cited Little Richard an influence. The musician was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

The pioneering rock ‘n’ roll singer died of bone cancer in Tullahoma, Tennessee, his family said.

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Little Richard was born as Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia, on December 5, 1932. Growing up in the southern US state, he absorbed the rhythms of gospel music and the influences of New Orleans, blending them into his own piano-laden extravaganzas.

His father was a preacher who also ran a nightclub, and his mother was a devout Baptist.

“I was born in the slums. My daddy sold whiskey, bootleg whiskey,” Little Richard told Rolling Stone magazine in 1970.

The singer left home in his teens after disagreements with his father who initially didn’t support his music.

“My daddy wanted seven boys, and I had spoiled it, because I was gay,” he later said.

Little Richard was one of 12 children, and said he had started singing because he wanted to stand out from his siblings.

His music was embraced by both black and white fans at a time when parts of the US were still segregated, and concerts had a rope up the centre of the auditorium to divide people by color.

Little Richard had his biggest hits in the 1950s and was known for his exuberant performances, shrieks, raspy voice and flamboyant outfits. He sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

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UK’s PM Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds have named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

The names are a tribute to their grandfathers and two doctors who treated Boris Johnson while he was in hospital with coronavirus, Carrie Symonds wrote in an Instagram post.

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Carrie Symonds also thanked staff at University College London Hospital, saying: “I couldn’t be happier. My heart is full.”

She posted a picture of herself with the baby, who was born on April 29.

The birth came just weeks after Boris Johnson was discharged from intensive care at another London hospital following treatment for coronavirus.

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Carrie Symonds wrote on May 2 that their son shares his first name with Boris Johnson’s grandfather, and the first of his middle names, Lawrie, with her own.

Dr. Nick Price and Prof. Nick Hart offered their “warm congratulations” to the prime minister and Carrie Symonds.

They said in a statement: “We are honored and humbled to have been recognized in this way, and we give our thanks to the incredible team of professionals who we work with at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and who ensure every patient receives the best care.

“We wish the new family every health and happiness.”

Boris Johnson’s newborn is only the third baby born to a serving UK prime minister in living memory.

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Getting engaged is a big deal. Making the decision to get married is a major commitment and one of the most special times in your life. You can celebrate your engagement properly by planning ahead and taking the time to enjoy every moment.

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Find the Perfect Ring

First of all, to make the engagement special for your significant other, find the perfect engagement ring. Pay attention to your partner’s style of jewelry to get a good idea of what they like so you can match the ring to their personality.

Make sure that you get a band in a color and metal that they prefer, whether that is yellow gold, white gold, or platinum. You should also choose the cut and carat of the diamond to reflect your partner’s tastes.

An alternative to a traditional diamond that you may want to consider, is called a CVD, or chemical vapor deposition diamond. These gems are man made. They are grown in a lab over the course of about a month, and so they cost less than traditional diamonds.

CVD diamonds are of high quality and identical to traditionally mined diamonds. These diamonds will still have certain imperfections and different grades that are evaluated by a jeweler and affect the cost. Another advantage of a CVD diamond is that there are no negative impacts on the environment that can occur from mining practices.

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Plan the Proposal

Once you have the perfect ring, you should plan your proposal. The day that you propose should be a special day that is fitting for you and your partner. Decide if you should propose in a public setting, or if the moment should be private between the two of you. Some people prefer a private engagement, while others enjoy being surrounded by their family and friends. This is a personal choice, and you may be able to get some insights into your partner’s preferences through casual conversation or by asking advice from those closest to her.

Choose the place that you will propose carefully. It should happen in a special place that has significance to you both. Make the proposal meaningful and from the heart. The words that you use don’t have to be fancy, they just need to be thoughtful and convey your deep feelings. Most people prefer that a proposal is a surprise, so try not to give away what you plan to do.

You may also want to ask your partner’s parents for their blessing before you propose.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange secretly fathered two sons while living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, his partner, lawyer Stella Morris, has revealed.

Stella Morris, 37, says she has been in a relationship with Julian Assange since 2015 and has been raising their two young sons on her own.

The South African-born lawyer spoke out amid fears over the spread of Covid-19 in Belmarsh Prison.

Julian Assange, 48, has been held there since being dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy a year ago.

The Australian is now seeking bail amid concerns over his health.

Stella Morris told The Mail on Sunday she was revealing their union for the first time because his “life is on the brink” and she does not believe the WikiLeaks founder would “survive infection with coronavirus”.

In a video posted on Wikileaks’ YouTube account, Stella Morris says she met Julian Assange in 2011 when she joined his legal team.

Julian Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over an assault case that has since been dropped.

The Australian is also fighting extradition to the US on espionage charges.

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Stella Morris says she visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy almost every day and “got to know Julian very well”. The couple fell in love in 2015 and got engaged two years later.

The lawyer told The Mail on Sunday that Julian Assange had watched both boys being born via video link and they had visited their father at the embassy.

She said that 3-year-old Gabriel and one-year-old Max speak to their father via video calls.

In the WikiLeaks YouTube video, Stella Morris says: “Forming a family was a deliberate decision to break down those walls around him and imagine a life beyond that prison.

“While for many people it would seem insane to start a family in that context, for us it was the sane thing to do, to keep things real.

“It grounds me and when Julian sees the children it gives him a lot of peace and nurture and support. They are very happy children.”

Julian Assange was arrested on April 11, 2019 at the Ecuadorian embassy and detained for “failing to surrender to the court”.

He was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions.

Julian Assange was due to be released from HMP Belmarsh in September 2019 after serving the custody period of his jail term.

However, a judge ruled that the WikiLeaks founder should remain in jail until his extradition hearing because of his “history of absconding”.

Details about the children with Stella Morris were seen by the Mail in court documents as part of his US extradition case.

Julian Assange is believed to have other children, although little is known about them. He has an adult son, Daniel Assange, who is reportedly a software designer in Australia.

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The coronavirus pandemic has already delayed the planned jury trial this month for Ed Bosarge, the Houston billionaire accused of trying to cheat his wife of 30 years out of their shared fortune.

Now the 80-year-old Houston medical center pioneer says he has COVID-19. The medical breaking news came just as the Wall Street Journal highlighted the contentious legal battle that exposes the way the uber rich try to hide their money.

The headline: “A Houston billionaire is accused of using a complex web of trusts and limited liability companies to prevent his wife from accessing cash and the 13 homes they acquired together.”

Ed and Marie Bosarge bought mansions, yachts and even a Bahamian island during their 30-year marriage. Marie Bosarge says she never knew Ed Bosarge was secretly moving everything, even down to kitchen sponges, into secretive South Dakota trusts to cut her out, all while he was spending lavishly on his young Russian girlfriend.

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Judge Chip Wells had set the high-stakes divorce case for trial in April, but the case is being delayed. The health of Ed Bosarge is now a front and center issue.

Wells has blasted lawyers for Mr. Bosarge in recent court hearings.

“I don’t think the laws of South Dakota, the State of Texas or anything that we might imagine somehow frees him of an obligation that he has undertaken at the time he married Mrs. Bosarge,” Judge Wells angrily told Ed Bosarge’s lawyers. “Scheme may be the key word… We can play this game… with regard to fraud on the community estate… I promise you it’s not going to go well… I don’t have to tolerate your disrespect.”

Attorney Bucky Allshouse says if Ed Bosarge gets away with his plan then no wife would be safe.

“I want him to be fair. You know, we made our money in Houston. It’s community property. It’s fifty-fifty. I want what’s fair,” said Marie Bosarge.

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Summer Worden was served on April 6 with a sealed criminal indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Houston, charging her with making false statements about her former spouse NASA astronaut Anne McClain.

“This is what happens when you try and fight the mob,” Worden says.

“The NASA Inspector General has no interest in justice and is there solely to cover up for misbehaving astronauts. They never even talked to me in person. They refused to send me a copy of their completed investigation.”

Summer Worden was in the heat of a nasty divorce and custody fight with Anne McClain when the astronaut logged into Worden’s personal bank account from the International Space Station. Worden filed a complaint with the NASA Inspector General after learning about McClain’s actions. The indictment claims Worden lied when she said she had changed the login information to keep McClain from seeing the information and lied about the dates the bank account was even created.

“The bizarre notion that it was okay for the woman trying to steal my son to look into my personal bank account that was set up after the divorce started is absurd. What person going through a divorce wants their spouse spying on them?” says Worden.

“This is pay back because NASA doesn’t like to be embarrassed.”

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The notorious secrecy of the U.S. space agency reemerged as an issue after the international news coverage of Anne McClain and the possibility of the first crime committed in space.

The NASA Office of the Inspector General denied a request by Dolcefino Consulting to look at any completed investigations of astronauts to protect privacy interests of third parties. The agency also refused to provide us with a completed copy of their investigation in this case.

“This agency is given tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers every year and that makes them accountable to the public, period,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting.

“The OIG’s job is not to protect NASA from scandal. It is to protect the public.”

Summer Worden will likely have to seek court appointed counsel after spending nearly $150,000 in legal fees during the fight over her son Briggs. Worden had the boy before she met and married Anne McClain but the NASA astronaut waged a war to get custody of Worden’s child. McClain dropped the custody fight but 309th District Court Judge Linda Dunson has never signed the final requests to drop the case.

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Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for coronavirus while in prison, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

The former Hollywood producer is now in isolation.

Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape and assault last month and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

His lawyers have vowed to appeal against his conviction.

Harvey Weinstein is being held at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo in upstate New York. Two prisoners at the facility tested positive for the virus on March 22, an officer who did not wish to give his name told Reuters.

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Michael Powers told Reuters that several members of staff had been quarantined. He expressed concern for corrections officers who he claims lack proper protective equipment.

A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein said his legal team had not been informed of the coronavirus diagnosis.

Imran Ansari said: “Given Mr. Weinstein’s state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation.”

Before arriving at Wende, Harvey Weinstein had spent time at Rikers Island, a prison in New York City and a hospital where he was treated for heart problems and chest pains.

The former Hollywood mogul was found guilty of committing a first-degree criminal sexual act against production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006 and of the third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

New York jurors acquitted him of the most serious charges, of predatory sexual assault, which could have seen him given an even longer jail term.

Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of misconduct, including rape, against Harvey Weinstein since October 2017.

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Business casual can be a confusing term, as it will tend to vary from one workplace to another. Ultimately though, as the savvy and style-conscious employee you are, erring on the side of business over casual is the way to go. Following are four items and accessories that highlight your professionalism while also leaving you looking cool and feeling comfortable for the day’s work ahead.

1. Pants – Wool, Khakis, and Denim

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For men, pants are essential for the business casual wardrobe. It may sound obvious, but yours truly showed up to my first ever job interview wearing a pair of shorts. I ended up getting the job, but the hiring manager informed me “don’t ever wear shorts to a job interview again.” Lesson learned.

When it comes to pants, wool and khaki are generally a good choice for business casual workplaces. Wool pants come in a variety of colors and styles, and they can really button down the professional end of the business casual look. Khakis are more on the casual side but are still generally considered a go-to in business casual workplace environments. Jeans, on the other hand, lie on the cusp between business casual and plain old casual. If you are going to wear jeans, go with dark wash and save the “distressed look” (store-bought or naturally acquired) for the weekends.

2. Button-Down Shirts

A button-down shirt will get you by in just about any workplace, but not all button-down shirts are created equal. Stay away from patterns that are too loud or designs that are overly trendy. Instead, stick with classic colors such as white or light blue, in either solid or subtle patterns. You can get away with other colors, but don’t go too big. Think light green or lavender. Keep in mind that your goal is to look professional, not necessarily to make a bold fashion statement.

3. To Tie or Not to Tie

One of the perceived benefits of the business casual wardrobe is the fact that you aren’t required to wear a tie. This doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate the tie into your more casual outfits to lend them a more professional look. For example, if your workplace allows jeans as part of your business casual wardrobe, combining a neat pair of dark-washed jeans with a sharp button-down shirt and tie, and adding a pullover sweater, can create a sophisticated, professional looking style.

4. Getting the Right Fit and Style

All the style elements in the world won’t create a sophisticated look if your clothing doesn’t fit properly. Working with a stylist can save you a ton of time putting together your wardrobe, and there are a number of websites that feature articles on seasonal and regional styles. Once a stylist understands your fashion sense and knows your measurements, they can put together new outfits for you with ease, and they can field questions you might have about the best way to rock a given look.

Putting together the right wardrobe might seem like a hassle, but once you’ve got it dialed in, understanding how to dress business casual for work will help you feel more professional, comfortable, and ready to dive in to the day’s work ahead.

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Tom Hanks has revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Australia.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, both 63, sought medical advice after experiencing the symptoms of a cold in Queensland, the actor wrote on Instagram.

The Hollywood star and his wife are now isolated in stable condition at an Australian hospital, officials said.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were on the Gold Coast as the actor made a film about Elvis Presley.

Their diagnosis came shortly after the WHO officially declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic.

Tom Hanks wrote on Instagram: “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too.

“To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

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Tom Hanks, whose films include Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan, said he and his wife would keep the world “posted and updated”.

“We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”

In 2013, Tom Hanks revealed he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the more common form.

Work on Tom Hanks’ latest, untitled movie has been temporarily suspended.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said: “All the people who were on set have gone home and self-quarantined.”

The studio behind the film, Warner Bros, said it was “working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone” who may have come into direct contact with Tom Hanks.

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Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and assault.

The disgraced Hollywood producer was found guilty in a trial in New York last month.

Hervey Weinstein, 67, appeared in court on March 11 in a wheelchair.

The producer’s lawyers had appealed for leniency, saying even the minimum sentence of five years could be a “life sentence”.

However, prosecutors argued Harvey Weinstein should be given the maximum possible sentence given his “lifetime of abuse” towards women and “lack of remorse” for his actions.

Harvey Weinstein addressed the court for the first time on March 11, saying he had “deep remorse” but described him and other men as “totally confused” by events in comments seen as critical to the #MeToo movement.

Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of misconduct, including rape, against Harvey Weinstein since October 2017.

He has consistently denied wrongdoing and these were the first charges to make it to trial.

Harvey Weinstein still faces further criminal charges, for rape and assault, in Los Angeles.

His lawyers have vowed to appeal against his conviction.

Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of committing a first-degree criminal sexual act against production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006 and of the third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

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New York jurors acquitted Weinstein of the most serious charges, of predatory sexual assault, which could have seen him given an even longer jail term.

All six women who testified against him during his trial sat together as he was sentenced and told to register as a sex offender.

The two women he was convicted of assaulting both read out victim impact statements in court.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. thanked the court for the tough sentence, saying it put “predators and abusive partners” elsewhere in society “on notice”.

Speaking outside court, Gloria Allred, who represents three of the accusers, held up a sign with the words: “This is what justice looks like.”

“For all those who are still preying on women, who want to engage in the high risk-taking of harming women and thinking you’ll get away with it, that gamble is likely not to pay off for you anymore,” she added.

“And if you’re a high-profile figure, don’t expect anything but equal justice.”

The US Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) praised the significant prison term Harvey Weinstein was given.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to make their final public appearance as working members of the Royal Family.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join Queen Elizabeth II and other royals at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 9.

The royal couple has been carrying out a series of public appearances in the UK before stepping back as working royals.

From March 31, Prince Harry and Meghan will stop using their HRH titles and receiving public money.

They will gather with the Queen – who is head of the Commonwealth – the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William and Kate Middleton in the central London cathedral.

It will be the first time Prince Harry and Meghan have appeared with other members of the Royal Family since announcing their intention to “step back” as senior royals in January.

After the service, they are expected to return to their current base in Canada, where their son, Archie, has remained during the UK trip.

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The couple are to begin their new life of personal independence, pursuing private commercial deals and charity projects.

Prince Harry and Meghan will retain use of Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor, and aides have said they will be in the UK regularly.

They will still attend some royal events but these will not be classed as official duties.

The new arrangements will be reviewed next year.

Prince Harry and Meghan have conducted a farewell tour of the UK with several appearances including the Endeavour Fund Awards and a military musical festival at the Royal Albert Hall.

Meghan Markle made a surprise visit to a school in Dagenham, east London, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry joined Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton to visit a new motor racing museum at the Silverstone Circuit.

In stepping down as working royals, Prince Harry will relinquish his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

However, the duke will remain president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Meghan will still be the Trust’s vice-president.

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Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted in New York City of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act.

The 67-year-old was cleared of the most serious count of predatory sexual assault. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Harvey Weinstein still faces charges in Los Angeles of assaulting two women in 2013.

At least 80 women had accused him of misconduct stretching back decades, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

The allegations were at the center of the #MeToo movement that inspired women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men.

Haevey Weinstein once enjoyed phenomenal success with Oscar winners such Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The King’s Speech and Shakespeare in Love.

The jury of seven men and five women reached their verdict on February 24, the fifth day of deliberations.

Harvey Weinstein – who denied all charges – was convicted of assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, in 2013. The judge ordered him sent to jail immediately.

However, the jury acquitted him on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence, and first-degree rape of Jessica Mann.

In the minutes after the verdict, Harvey Weinstein showed no emotion as he talked to his lead lawyer Donna Rotunno. He will be sentenced on March 11.

The third-degree rape charge in New York is defined as engaging in intercourse with a person who is incapable of consent, or under age 17, or who has not given consent for a reason other than the inability to consent.

Prosecutors portrayed Harvey Weinstein as a serial predator who used his position of power in Hollywood to manipulate and attack women.

The defense team said intercourse between Harvey Weinstein and the accusers was consensual, and that the accusers used the relations to advance their careers. The allegations amounted to “regret renamed as rape”, the defense said. Two of the accusers kept in contact with Harvey Weinstein and had intimate relations with him after the alleged attacks, they pointed out.

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Mimi Haleyi, who had worked on one of Harvey Weinstein’s TV productions, said she was assaulted by the producer after he invited her to his Lower Manhattan home.

Jessica Mann said that she found herself in an “extremely degrading” relationship with him that did not involve intercourse until he raped her in a New York City hotel room in 2013.

She said he was a “Jekyll and Hyde” figure who could be charming in public but showed his dark side when they were alone.

Another one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers, actress Annabella Sciorra, told jurors he raped her in her apartment one night in the mid-1990s.

Her allegation was too old to be charged as a separate crime, but prosecutors used it in an attempt to demonstrate that the accused was a repeat offender.

Following the verdict, Annabella Sciorra said: “I spoke for myself and with the strength of the 80-plus victims of Harvey Weinstein in my heart.”

Three other also women testified they were lured to apparent work meetings with Harvey Weinstein, then assaulted.

Donna Rotunno told reporters outside the courthouse: “The fight is not over…Harvey is unbelievably strong. He took it like a man and he knows we will continue to fight for him and he knows that this is not over.”

The lawyer said her client was disappointed, but “mentally tough”.

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The judge in the Harvey Weinstein trial has warned the lead defense lawyer, Donna Rotunno, not to talk to the press, after she penned an opinion piece on February 15.

Writing in Newsweek, Donna Rotunno called on jurors to “do what they know is right”.

However, Donna Rotunno told Justice James Burke the piece was not intended to address the jury directly.

The row came before the jury of seven men and five women were sent away to try to reach a verdict.

The jury has now finished the deliberations for the day, after asking for clarification of legal terms and for plans of the apartment where one of the alleged assaults took place.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to assaulting former production assistant Mimi (Miriam) Haleyi and raping former actress Jessica Mann.

The trial began in New York in January.

Accusations of misconduct against Harvey Weinstein by dozens of women helped drive the #MeToo movement.

Only two of the accusers’ cases, those of Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann, have led to individual criminal charges in New York, but the testimony of others is being used as supporting evidence.

Judge James Burke instructed jurors on February 18 before they retired to consider their verdict.

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As the court session opened, prosecutors asked the judge to instruct jurors to ignore the Newsweek piece as it was “100% inappropriate”.

The judge refused the prosecutors’ request, but restated a ban he imposed at the beginning of the trial on both defense and prosecution from giving media interviews.

He told Donna Rotunno: “I would caution you about the tentacles of your public relations juggernaut.”

She responded: “This is an op-ed about the jury system as a whole, about the criminal justice system as a whole.”

In the Newsweek piece, Donna Rotunno accused her opponents of trying to influence the trial.

She wrote: “The mocking of Mr. Weinstein’s walker, the unflattering courtroom-artist sketches of his body, the countless critical op-eds and biased stories, and the convenient timing of the politically-motivated charges in Los Angeles were all designed to pre-determine his guilt.”

Adding: “I implore the members of this jury to do what they know is right and was expected of them from the moment they were called upon to serve their civic duty in a court of law.”

However, Judge Burke asked the defense: “You don’t think addressing the jury in the first person isn’t problematic?”

Prosecutors have argued Harvey Weinstein was a “seasoned” predator who preyed on aspiring young actresses.

The 67-year-old’s defense team said his actions were consensual, including in one “loving” relationship. They also said prosecutors had failed to present any forensic evidence or eyewitness accounts.

Harvey Weinstein denies five charges, including rape and assault, relating to two accusers. The jury must reach unanimous verdicts on each count.

The Hollywood mogul, who never took the stand during the trial, could face life behind bars if convicted.

Once one of Hollywood’s most decorated and lauded producers, Harvey Weinstein has been accused of misconduct by more than 80 women.

However, few of the

The judge in the Harvey Weinstein trial has warned the lead defense lawyer, Donna Rotunno, not to talk to the press, after she penned an opinion piece on February 15.

Writing in Newsweek, Donna Rotunno called on jurors to “do what they know is right”.

However, Donna Rotunno told Justice James Burke the piece was not intended to address the jury directly.

The row came before the jury of seven men and five women were sent away to try to reach a verdict.

The jury has now finished the deliberations for the day, after asking for clarification of legal terms and for plans of the apartment where one of the alleged assaults took place.

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to assaulting former production assistant Mimi (Miriam) Haleyi and raping former actress Jessica Mann.

The trial began in New York in January.

Accusations of misconduct against Harvey Weinstein by dozens of women helped drive the #MeToo movement.

Only two of the accusers’ cases, those of Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann, have led to individual criminal charges in New York, but the testimony of others is being used as supporting evidence.

Judge James Burke instructed jurors on February 18 before they retired to consider their verdict.

As the court session opened, prosecutors asked the judge to instruct jurors to ignore the Newsweek piece as it was “100% inappropriate”.

The judge refused the prosecutors’ request, but restated a ban he imposed at the beginning of the trial on both defense and prosecution from giving media interviews.

He told Donna Rotunno: “I would caution you about the tentacles of your public relations juggernaut.”

She responded: “This is an op-ed about the jury system as a whole, about the criminal justice system as a whole.”

In the Newsweek piece, Donna Rotunno accused her opponents of trying to influence the trial.

She wrote: “The mocking of Mr. Weinstein’s walker, the unflattering courtroom-artist sketches of his body, the countless critical op-eds and biased stories, and the convenient timing of the politically-motivated charges in Los Angeles were all designed to pre-determine his guilt.”

Adding: “I implore the members of this jury to do what they know is right and was expected of them from the moment they were called upon to serve their civic duty in a court of law.”

However, Judge Burke asked the defense: “You don’t think addressing the jury in the first person isn’t problematic?”

Prosecutors have argued Harvey Weinstein was a “seasoned” predator who preyed on aspiring young actresses.

The 67-year-old’s defense team said his actions were consensual, including in one “loving” relationship. They also said prosecutors had failed to present any forensic evidence or eyewitness accounts.

Harvey Weinstein denies five charges, including rape and assault, relating to two accusers. The jury must reach unanimous verdicts on each count.

The Hollywood mogul, who never took the stand during the trial, could face life behind bars if convicted.

Once one of Hollywood’s most decorated and lauded producers, Harvey Weinstein has been accused of misconduct by more than 80 women.

However, few of the complaints have led to criminal charges.

complaints have led to criminal charges.

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Harris County State District Judge Chip Wells is set to rule this week on the high stakes divorce battle involving eccentric Houston billionaire Ed Bosarge.

Attorneys for Marie Bosarge claim the billionaire owns mansions, yachts and even a Bahamian Island but is trying to leave her penniless after their 30 years of marriage. One of their Houston mansions was originally put on the market for $43 billion.

Ed and Marie Bosarge had only one house and faced foreclosure when they got married. They amassed a fortune during their decades-long marriage. Experts say Bosarge may have $2.3 billion in secretive South Dakota trusts created to cheat his wife.

 Her lawyer says that fraudulent scheme even included trying to hide in the trust a 43-carat diamond necklace he gave Marie for Christmas.

Wells hasn’t ruled whether the divorce case will go to a jury, but when Ed Bosarge’s lawyers suggested the judge had no choice but to end the lawsuit, Wells exploded from the bench.

“I don’t think the laws of South Dakota frees him of an obligation he made when he got married,” Judge Wells angrily told Ed Bosarge’s lawyers. “Scheme may be the key word. Play this game. Fraud on the community estate. I promise you it’s not going to go well. I don’t have to tolerate your disrespect.”

Attorney Bucky Allshouse says if Ed Bosarge gets away with his plan then no wife would be safe.

“I want him to be fair. You know, we made our money in Houston. It’s community property. It’s fifty-fifty. I want what’s fair,” said Marie Bosarge.

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Vanessa Bryant, the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, has made her first comments since the helicopter crash that killed her husband, one of their daughters and seven others on January 26.

In a post on Instagram with a family photo, Vanessa Bryant said she was “completely devastated” and that there were not “enough words to describe our pain”.

Kobe and Vanessa had four daughters including Gianna, 13, who died in the crash.

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There has been no word yet on funeral arrangements.

The cause of the crash in foggy weather west of Los Angeles is still being investigated.

Kobe Bryant, 41, was on his way to coach his daughter’s basketball team in a local youth tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy.

In the Instagram post, Vanessa Bryant also said: “We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe – the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna – a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”

The devastated wife added: “I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them.”

Vanessa Bryant also thanked for the public support, and announced the formation of a fund to help support the other families that were affected by the crash, the Mamba Sports Foundation.

The other victims included the pilot, two other 13-year-old girls involved in the tournament, three of their parents and another coach.

Kobe Bryant was a five-time NBA champion for his only team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and a double Olympic gold medalist.

After a 20-year career with the team Kobe Bryant retired in April 2016.

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A family court showdown in Houston on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 involves the attempt of Ed Bosarge, one of Houston’s richest men, to hide billions of dollars from his wife of 30 years.

The big question for court observers is: Will Ed Bosarge dare to show up in Harris County Family Court?

The 81-year-old Ed Bosarge is accused of vast amounts of fraud by his spouse – a sophisticated effort to hide his mansions, superyachts and private Bahamian Island in secretive trust accounts in South Dakota. The state has become famous as a place for the super wealthy to hide their assets.

During the 2:00 p.m. court hearing, lawyers for Ed Bosarge will ask 312th District Court Judge Chip Wells to throw out the fraud claims. The billionaire’s wife, Marie Bosarge, claims the Medical Center pioneer and famed mathematician started having an affair with his Russian girlfriend who is nearly 47 years younger, and then systematically moved assets to what Marie calls “sham” accounts before trying to end the marriage.

One of the Bosarge mansions was called the most expensive house in Houston by the Houston Chronicle.

“It’s very disappointing. It’s sad,” said Marie Bosarge when questioned by Dolcefino Consulting. “We’ve been married thirty years and he is trying to take everything from me and leave me homeless basically.”

Ed Bosarge is no stranger to allegations of fraud. The Houston entrepreneur was charged decades ago by the Securities and Exchange Commission for securities fraud and market manipulation, and former business partners at Houston trading firm Quantlab filed lawsuits claiming that Bosarge pulled off a “tyrannical coup.” Ed Bosarge lawyers have refused to comment.

The court hearing is set for Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in Judge Chip Wells’ courtroom, the 312th District Court on the 16th floor of the Harris County Civil Courthouse.

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Women across Houston won’t like what local billionaire Ed Bosarge is trying to pull off next week in front of a Harris County Family Law judge.

The 81-year old mathematician helped pioneer groundbreaking work in the Houston Medical Center and is trying to divorce his wife of 30 years and leave her homeless.

Ed Bosarge owns mansions across the world, at least two yachts, and an island in the Caribbean called Over Yonder Cay. He profiles his self-proclaimed visionary work on www.edbosarge.com.

When his largest palacial home on Carnovan was put on the market the Houston Chronicle profiled it as the most expensive mansion in Houston at $42 million dollars.

Bosarge has amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune despite allegations of fraud along the way. In the early 1980’s the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Bosarge with securities fraud and market manipulation. The case was settled. Former business partners have accused Bosarge of a “tyrannical coup” in a legal fight over Houston based Quantlab, called one of the world’s most secretive and profitable high frequency trading companies. Bosarge is also now deeply invested in stem cell technology.

But it may be his divorce case that raises the most troubling questions about Ed Bosarge.

Court filings claim the Houston billionaire has a young Russian girlfriend – an affair that purportedly started long before the divorce was ever filed. Lawyers for Marie Bosarge claim Ed Bosarge systematically moved assets into South Dakota trusts as part of a scheme to keep the assets from his thirty-year marriage for himself. The Guardian newspaper recently profiled how the mega-rich use South Dakota trust laws to protect and hide their money. Marie’s lawyers say the “sham” trusts were set up to hide his money from his long-time spouse.

“We’ve been married thirty years and he is trying to take everything from me and leave me homeless basically,” Marie Bosarge told Dolcefino Consulting when we saw her outside a Galleria restaurant, “I just want what’s fair.”

Tuesday morning, lawyers for Ed Bosarge will ask Judge Chip Wells of the 312th District Court to dismiss Marie’s claims that Ed is trying to cheat her. 

Will the billionaire show up to face his wife? Stay tuned.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have issued a legal warning to the media after photographs of the duchess in Canada were published in newspapers and on websites.

According to lawyers, the photos of Meghan Markle walking her dogs and carrying her son were taken by photographers hiding in bushes and spying on her.

They say the duchess did not consent and accuse the photographers of harassment.

Prince Harry and Meghan say that they are prepared to take legal action.

They are believed to be alarmed by paparazzi activity near their current base on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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Lawyers say there have also been attempts to photograph inside the couple’s home using long-range lenses and they accuse the paparazzi of being camped outside the property.

Under laws in British Columbia, Meghan Markle may have grounds for a legal case if she can prove her privacy has been violated, although freedom of the press and expression is guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

This comes after Queen Elizabeth II agreed to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wish to step back from being full-time royals, to become financially independent and to split their time between the UK and Canada.

On January 20, Meghan Markle was pictured carrying the couple’s eight-month-old son Archie in a baby sling, while walking her two dogs, Guy and Oz, in Horth Hill Regional Park on Vancouver Island.

Prince Harry arrived back in Canada on January 21 after attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20.

The Duke of Sussex had been apart from Meghan and their son for more than 10 days, after she flew back to Canada earlier this month.

On January 18, it was announced that from the spring, Prince Harry and his wife will no longer be full-time working royals.

They will stop using their HRH titles, no longer carry out royal duties or military appointments and no longer formally represent the Queen.

Prince Harry has long had an uneasy relationship with the media, having grown up aware of the impact the intense media interest had on the life of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car crash in Paris while being pursued by paparazzi on motorbikes.

He has often compared Meghan’s experiences of the press with those of his late mother.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer use their HRH titles, receive public funds for royal duties or formally represent Queen Elizabeth II from spring, the Queen and Buckingham Palace announced on January 18 after reaching a new arrangement.

Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention “to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent”.

The couple’s announcement prompted intensive discussions between the prince and other senior royals, led by the Queen.

In 2019, Prince Harry and Meghan spoke of the difficulties of royal life and media scrutiny, with the duke saying he feared his wife would fall victim to “the same powerful forces” that led to his mother’s death.

In her statement on January 18, the Queen said she was pleased that a “constructive and supportive way forward for [her] grandson and his family” had been found.

The Queen said she recognized the “challenges” they had experienced “as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years”.

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Buckingham Palace said the duke and duchess understood that under the new arrangement, they were required to withdraw from royal duties, including official military appointments, but would continue to “uphold the values of Her Majesty”.

According to the statement, Prince Harry and Meghan intend to repay £2.4 million of taxpayer money used for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage.

The house in Windsor, for which the couple will pay rent, will remain their family home as they divide their time between the UK and Canada.

Prince Harry and Meghan will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations – the duke currently holds 16 patronages, including the Invictus Games Foundation, the Royal Marines and the Rugby Football League; and the duchess four – the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London-based animal charity Mayhew, and women’s charity Smart Works.

They will no longer use HRH, an abbreviation of His/Her Royal Highness, which is part of the title of some members of the Royal Family.

Speaking briefly to reporters at a summit in Berlin, UK’s PM Boris Johnson said he had been confident the Royal Family would find a way forward for Prince Harry and Meghan, adding: “I think the whole country will want to join in wishing them the very best for the future.”

However in comments made for a forthcoming Channel 5 documentary, Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, accused the couple of “destroying” the Royal Family which he called “one of the greatest long-living institutions ever”.

“Every young girl wants to become a princess and she got that and now she’s tossing that away,” he said.

“It looks like she’s tossing that away for money.”

Some questions about Prince Harry and Meghan’s future status remain unanswered, including what their tax and immigration status will be in the UK and Canada.

It is not yet known whether Meghan Markle still intends to gain British citizenship, which would entail her spending a certain amount of time in the UK.

The Sussexes have already begun a transition phase of living in Canada and the UK.

The duchess is in Canada, a Commonwealth country, with son Archie, where the Sussexes were for six weeks over the festive period.

On January 14, Meghan Markle visited a charity in Vancouver which campaigns for teenage girls living in poverty.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer use their HRH titles, receive public funds for royal duties or formally represent Queen Elizabeth II from spring, the Queen and Buckingham Palace announced on January 18 after reaching a new arrangement.

Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention “to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent”.

The couple’s announcement prompted intensive discussions between the prince and other senior royals, led by the Queen.

In 2019, Prince Harry and Meghan spoke of the difficulties of royal life and media scrutiny, with the duke saying he feared his wife would fall victim to “the same powerful forces” that led to his mother’s death.

In her statement on January 18, the Queen said she was pleased that a “constructive and supportive way forward for [her] grandson and his family” had been found.

The Queen said she recognized the “challenges” they had experienced “as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years”.

Buckingham Palace said the duke and duchess understood that under the new arrangement, they were required to withdraw from royal duties, including official military appointments, but would continue to “uphold the values of Her Majesty”.

According to the statement, Prince Harry and Meghan intend to repay £2.4 million of taxpayer money used for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage.

The house in Windsor, for which the couple will pay rent, will remain their family home as they divide their time between the UK and Canada.

Prince Harry and Meghan will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations – the duke currently holds 16 patronages, including the Invictus Games Foundation, the Royal Marines and the Rugby Football League; and the duchess four – the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London-based animal charity Mayhew, and women’s charity Smart Works.

They will no longer use HRH, an abbreviation of His/Her Royal Highness, which is part of the title of some members of the Royal Family.

Speaking briefly to reporters at a summit in Berlin, UK’s PM Boris Johnson said he had been confident the Royal Family would find a way forward for Prince Harry and Meghan, adding: “I think the whole country will want to join in wishing them the very best for the future.”

However in comments made for a forthcoming Channel 5 documentary, Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, accused the couple of “destroying” the Royal Family which he called “one of the greatest long-living institutions ever”.

“Every young girl wants to become a princess and she got that and now she’s tossing that away,” he said.

“It looks like she’s tossing that away for money.”

Some questions about Prince Harry and Meghan’s future status remain unanswered, including what their tax and immigration status will be in the UK and Canada.

It is not yet known whether Meghan Markle still intends to gain British citizenship, which would entail her spending a certain amount of time in the UK.

The Sussexes have already begun a transition phase of living in Canada and the UK.

The duchess is in Canada, a Commonwealth country, with son Archie, where the Sussexes were for six weeks over the festive period.

On January 14, Meghan Markle visited a charity in Vancouver which campaigns for teenage girls living in poverty.

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Queen Elizabeth II has agreed a “period of transition” in which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend time in Canada and the UK.

The Queen said she was “entirely supportive” of their desire for a new role but “would have preferred” them to remain full-time working royals.

She expected final decisions to be made in the coming days, she said.

Senior royals have been in talks about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s role after they said they wanted to “step back”.

In a statement, Queen Elizabeth said the talks at Sandringham, which also involved the Prince Charles Wales and Prince William, had been “very constructive”.

She said: “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.

“Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

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The Queen said it had been agreed there would be “a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK” after Harry and Meghan “made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives”.

She said: “These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”

The urgent talks were convened after the Sussexes surprised the rest of the Royal Family on January 8 with a statement expressing their desire to “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family”.

Prince Harry and Meghan also said they wanted a “progressive new role” within the institution, where they would be financially independent and divide their time between the UK and North America.

Meanwhile, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau told Global News there had been “no discussions” about the details of the royal couple’s move, including on the issues of security and any potential impact on Canada’s taxpayers.

Although no other family member was consulted about the timing of the announcement, Prince Harry and Meghan said it came after “many months of reflection and internal discussions”.

Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke of the difficulties of royal life and media attention in recent months, with the duke saying he feared his wife would fall victim to “the same powerful forces” that led to his mother’s death.

The talks about their future took place as Prince Harry and Prince William issued a joint statement denying “false claims” that their relationship had been damaged by “bullying” on the part of the older brother.

They said that the “inflammatory language” in the claims was “offensive” and “potentially harmful”, given their support for mental health causes.