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Margaret Kimani tried to pay US citizen for marriage

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BOSTON — A Kenyan woman living in Massachusetts has been sentenced in federal court in Maine to a year in prison for her role in a fake marriage scheme.

Margaret Kimani, of Worcester, Mass., was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation. She was convicted in December.

Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Kimani, who came to the U.S. on a visitor’s visa on 2001, paid a U.S. citizen from Maine to marry her so she could stay permanently in the country. When that citizen backed out, she falsely claimed she’d been abused by her spouse to obtain lawful permanent resident status.

Federal authorities say their investigation uncovered more than 40 sham marriages between U.S. citizens from Maine and people from Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Cameroon.

Twenty-two people were convicted in the scheme.

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538 - Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius.
1054 - Pope Leo IX escapes captivity & returns to Rome
1088 - Odo of Lagery elected as Pope Urban II, succeeding Victor III
1144 - Gherardo Caccianemici elected Pope Lucius II, succeeding Callistus II
1350 - Orvieto city says it will behead & burn Jewish-Christian couples
1365 - University of Vienna founded
1455 - First record of Johann Gutenberg’s Bible, letter dated this day by Enea Silvio Piccolomini refers to the bible printed a year before
1496 - Jews are expelled from Syria
1572 - Luis Vaz de Camoes publishes “Os Lusíados” in Portugal
1594 - Company of Distant established for business on East-Indies
1597 - England routes troops to Amiens
1609 - Bermuda becomes an English colony
1619 - Dutch settlement on Java changes name to Batavia
1622 - Ignatius of Loyola declared a saint
1642 - Abel Tasman is 1st European in New Zealand

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Writer Jack Kerouac

Writer Jack Kerouac (1922)Birthdays 

1270 - Charles of Valois, son of Philip III of France (d. 1325)
1336 - Eduard, Duke of Gelre (1361-71) husband of Catharina of Bayern
1479 - Giuliano de’ Medici, monarch of Florence
1515 - Caspar Othmayr, composer
1607 - Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (d. 1676)
1613 - André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect (d. 1700)
1620 - Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)
1626 - John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)
1637 - Anne Hyde, wife of James II of England (d. 1671)
1647 - Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (d. 1727)
1672 - Richard Steele, Irish writer and politician (d. 1729)
1685 - George Berkeley, Ireland, philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
1710 - Thomas Augustine Arne, English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia)
1718 - Joseph Damer, English politician (d. 1798)
1755 - Georges Couthon, French politician

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Famous Weddings


1969 - Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

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Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse (1914)Deaths 

417 - Innocent I, Italian Pope (401-417), dies
604 - Gregory I the Great, Pope (590-604), dies at 64
1209 - Djamal al-din Abu Mohammed Iljas Nizami, Persian poet, dies
1289 - King Demetre II of Georgia (b. 1259)
1374 - Emperor Go-Kogon of Japan (b. 1336)
1447 - Shah Rukh, ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (b. 1377)
1471 - Dionysius the Carthusian/van Rijkel, Dutch scholastic theologist, dies
1496 - Johannes de Lapide, [Johan Heynlin], German philosopher, dies
1507 - Cesare Borgia, cardinal/soldier/politician, killed in battle at 31
1563 - John Bull, composer of British natl anthem (God Save The King), dies
1570 - Jacob van den Eynden, Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies
1608 - Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1530)
1628 - John Bull, English organist/composer, dies
1648 - Tirso de Molina, Spanish author, dies at about 63
1681 - French van Mieris, the Elder, Dutch genre painter, dies at 45

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Author Jeanne Phillips, the daughter of the original advice columnist Dear Abby poses for a photo at a hotel in Century City in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Dear Abby is publicly declaring her support for same-sex marriage next week in Washington, D.C. She has hinted at this in past columns, but plans to step it up in the future. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)  DAMIAN DOVARGANES, AP

A letter about a couple unhappy with their gay neighbors in Tampa got little sympathy from “Dear Abby” in a column published on Wednesday.

“Gay people don’t choose to be gay; they are born that way,” Jeanne Phillips, the current author of the syndicated advice column, wrote. “They can’t change being gay any more than you can change being heterosexual.”

In the letter from “Unhappy in Tampa,” a woman complains of being excluded from neighborhood gatherings over her refusal to extend an invitation to two gay couples.

“While they are nice enough, my husband and I did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices,” the letter read. “Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots!”

The letter, which has sparked interest on social media sites, says “Unhappy in Tampa” and her husband were welcomed quickly by their neighbors after moving to Florida from a conservative community, but did not think they should compromise their values to win their neighbors’ approval.

“But really, who is the true bigot here?” it asked. “Would you like to weigh in?”

Phillips, who under the pen name Abigail Van Buren took over the original column from her mother, responded that the couple would apparently be happier in a neighborhood surrounded by people who thought the way that they did.

“But if you interact only with people like yourselves, you will have missed a chance for growth, which is what you have been offered here,” concluded Phillips, who in 2007 announced that she supported gay marriage. “Please don’t blow it.”

Erick Denizard given 6-12 months to live after Stage 4 cancer diagnosis 

MANSFIELD, Mass. — Erick Denizard and Jennifer Brennan had a future anyone would envy. They both have great jobs, Jennifer’s son Noah, 9, adores Erick and an August wedding was booked.

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Then last November, Denizard went for his annual medical checkup. The night before the appointment, he noticed pain in his leg and tenderness in his abdomen which he mentioned to his doctor.

One ultrasound and a CT scan later, Denizard, 46, was told he had Stage 4 cancer cells in his liver, spine and pancreas.

“The diagnosis came so fast and I just decided to cancel (the wedding) because basically, when you’re given six months to a year to live, and that was eight months down the road, I wasn’t waiting,” said Brennan, 35, a nurse at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.

“We wanted to make sure that we got married,” said Denizard, who works for a medical supply company. “It was important to both of us. It might sound corny, but we’ve been looking for each other our whole lives. Now that I found her, I’m not going to let her go.”

Facing unknown but certain medical bills, they decided on a quick City Hall wedding until Brennan contacted her photographer, Shannon Grant, to cancel the August event.

Grant mobilized a community of people in the wedding business: DJ, makeup artists, bakeries and florists. The entire wedding will be donated, even the venue in Topsfield, on Jan. 24.

The couple said they are overwhelmed by a symphony of emotion and disbelief as they face an uncertain future, but one showered with generosity.

“(It’s) something that we could have never imagined,” said Brennan.

“It’s jaw-dropping the amount of support from the people I know and love,” said Denizard. “And total strangers too.”

They will meet many of their new benefactors for the first time at the wedding where their parents also will come face-to-face for the first time.

They already are counting on the photographs and memories of that day to get them through the chemotherapy treatments Denizard has begun and hard times ahead.

“We’ll be thinking of what we have, not what we don’t have,” said Denizard.


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Sometimes chosen

Sometimes perfectly matched

Sometimes opposites attract

Brought up together through life

Brought together by chance

Brought together by tragedy

No matter how or what

Once together

and when meant to be

There is almost nothing

That can separate a pair

Like you and me

Years together

Years apart

No matter

We are attached at the heart

We’ll always know how and where

to find one another

for one can’t exist without the other

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Couples© was written by

Felina Silver Robinson on January 11, 2014

and is dedicated to her parents

Faye and Walter Mucha, may they have many more happy years together

Paul Norden, Jacqui Webb to be married

STONEHAM, Mass. —Paul Norden, who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, said his greatest fear was that his longtime girlfriend, Jacqui Webb, would not stick with him.

“Paul looked over at me and said ‘Mom, Jacqui isn’t going to want me with one leg,’” wrote his mother, Liz Norden, in remembering the moments after Paul woke up from a coma in the hospital.

Norden, 31, and his brother JP, 33, both of Stoneham, were at the finish line with friends waiting for another friend to finish the race when the first explosion went off. Both brothers lost a leg in the blast.

“I remember fighting back tears and feeling so awful for him and saying ‘Paul are you kidding me?’” Liz Norden said.

She was right.  Thursday night, Liz Norden shared the happy news that Paul and Jacqui, who also suffered shrapnel wounds in the blast, were engaged.

“Paul asked Jacqui to marry him tonight in front of a wedding themed Christmas tree!!!,” Liz Norden wrote in a Facebook post.

The proposal came after three months of planning by both families.

“I will be so PROUD to see my son WALK down the aisle with the girl of his dreams,” she wrote.

Rev. Frank Schaefer married son

Tim Schaefer is still happily married to his husband and living in Massachusetts, but his father’s career as a Methodist minister in Pennsylvania is threatened.

PHILADELPHIA —A United Methodist pastor from central Pennsylvania was defrocked after officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, a church spokesman announced Thursday.

The Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon had already been suspended. He was scheduled to meet with church officials Thursday morning in Norristown, a Philadelphia suburb.

Schaefer was told to resign from the clergy by Thursday if he could not follow the denomination’s Book of Discipline.

Schaefer performed son Tim Schaefer’s wedding at a Hull restaurant function hall, not in a church.

Schaefer says the book discriminates against gay people. He says he won’t voluntarily surrender his credentials and hopes the church has a change of heart.

Schaefer has planned an afternoon news conference. It will be held at a Methodist church in Philadelphia where an associate pastor was defrocked in 2005 for being in a lesbian relationship.


Ivan Hinton, right, gives his partner Chris Teoh a kiss after taking their wedding vows during a ceremony at Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Dozens of same-sex couples from all around the country took advantage of the Australia Capital Territory’s new law allowing same-sex marriages. But the unions will be short lived: The High Court overturned the law on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.  ROB GRIFFITH, AP

SYDNEY – Australia’s highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country’s first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings.

The federal government had challenged the validity of the Australian Capital Territory‘s law that had allowed gay marriages in the nation’s capital and its surrounding area starting last Saturday.

The federal government’s lawyer had argued that having different marriage laws in various Australian states and territories would create confusion. The ACT, which passed the law in October, said it should stand because it governs couples outside the federal definition of marriage as being between members of the opposite sex.

The High Court unanimously ruled that the ACT’s law could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act, which was amended in 2004 to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

“The Marriage Act does not now provide for the formation or recognition of marriage between same sex couples. The Marriage Act provides that a marriage can be solemnised in Australia only between a man and a woman,” the court said in a statement issued alongside its ruling. “That Act is a comprehensive and exhaustive statement of the law of marriage.”

Rodney Croome, national director of the advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality, said his group knows of about 30 same-sex couples who have married since Saturday, though the actual number may be slightly higher. The ruling means their marriages are now nullified.

Outside the court in Canberra, a tearful Croome, flanked by several same-sex couples who were married in the past week, said the ruling was a defeat for marriage equality but there had been a greater victory this week.

“And that victory was the nation saw for the first time, I believe, what is really at the core of this issue – they’ve seen that marriage equality is not about protest or politics or even about laws in the constitution, ultimately. Marriage equality is about love, commitment, family and fairness,” Croome said.

The ruling comes a day after India’s Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality, dealing a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India’s deeply conservative society.

Gay marriage has legal recognition in 18 countries as well as 16 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia.




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