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Not guilty plea in pregnant woman’s death

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first_imgA 21-year-old woman accused of driving her car into a crowd during a dispute sparked by a love triangle and striking and killing a pregnant woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder. Unique Kiana Bishop is charged with two counts of murder — one involving the victim’s fetus — along with three counts of attempted murder. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek a death sentence. Bishop is accused of running over and killing 22-year-old Shontae Blanche and injuring three other women on Nov. 5 in the 5800 block of South Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe brawl involved what authorities said could be as many as 30 women who apparently arrived at a Big Lots parking lot to support two women who were feuding over a man, according to Los Angeles police. The brawl spilled onto the street and across Western Avenue to a nearby gas station, where Bishop allegedly drove a convertible into a group of women. “It was totally an intentional act to kill the woman. It was the driver’s way of settling the dispute. It was a horrific act,” LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck said soon afterward. The deputy chief added that the showdown was “not a spontaneous dispute,” but a “planned fight.” Bishop remains jailed without bail and is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on Jan. 18 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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first_imgHighland: Hoped to make €1,000 per week from proposalHIGHLAND Radio has dropped its bid to ditch the charity Rehab from its radio bingo slot.The north Donegal radio station had applied to the Letterkenny District Court for a bingo license, with the station keeping €52,000-a-year “running costs” and giving the rest to the Donegal Hospice. Judge Paul Kelly had asked radio station director Hazel Russell at a previous hearing to provide a break-down of its proposed figures, telling her that no more than 40 per cent of cash generated could be spent on administration.Ms Russell told the court that the station would charge €25 every time bingo numbers were read out, and this happened eight times per day. This would amount to €1,000 per week – or €52,000 per annum – as bingo was played five times per week.But this week Ms Russell returned to the same court.When the case was called, she told Judge Kelly: “We’d like to withdraw that application.”Ms Russell did not give an explanation for Highland’s decision to stay with Rehab.HIGHLAND RADIO IN DRAMATIC U-TURN OVER REHAB BINGO was last modified: March 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal hospiceHighland Radiomassive profitsrehab bingolast_img read more

Ducati 959 Panigale is a steal

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first_imgAs far as middleweight sports bikes go, the Ducati 899 Panigale was an oddity. It defied the very definition of a mid-weight, by about 99cc, over the self-imposed upper limit for the category. It was also roughly 20bhp up over most of its rivals. And similar to the changes Ducati dealt the full-size Panigale, the 1199, in transforming it into the 1299, the 899 baby-Panigale is now the 959.Ducati has achieved the increase in cubic capacity by adding more stroke to the L-twin superquadro engine, which now stands at 955cc. Euro-4 emission norms have robbed the 899 of its beautiful underbelly exhaust and Euro-spec motorcycles make do with a twin-barrel exhaust exiting on the right. It’s not a deal breaker as the Akrapovic full-replacement exhaust for the US-spec model is an underbelly system and we’re told can be fitted to Euro-spec models too.ALSO READ:Another new SUV joins the Mercedes-Benz India line-upPower and torque are up 8 per cent over the 899, for max figures of 157bhp and 107Nm. The new engine also employs ride-by-wire tech throttle bodies and two sets of fuel injectors for precise fuelling through the range – showerhead primary injectors take care of lower revs, with secondary injectors joining in above 6,500rpm.More rider-friendly tech is included, in the way of the 6-speed quickshifter, slipper clutch and adjustable Engine Braking Control. There are also three rider modes – Wet, Sport and Race, that tailor the engine output, power delivery and level of electronic intervention (traction control and ABS).ALSO READ:Triumph Bonneville T120: A classic rebornadvertisementOnto cycle parts, the 959 gets fully adjustable 43mm Showa forks, fully adjustable Sachs rear suspension, an aluminium double-sided swingarm and rides on Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas (120/70 at the front and 180/60 at the rear).It all comes together to make the 959 superbly balanced, friendly and accessible. Despite my only reference of a motorcycle on a racetrack being the KTM Duke 390 and RC 390, I never once felt overwhelmed by the Panigale. The inherent stability of the 959 makes it possible for an inexperienced rider like myself to make otherwise ouch-mistakes like chopping throttle mid-corner, with not so much as a shimmy from either end of the bike.ALSO READ:Renault Duster gets a new faceThe more comfortable I got with the motorcycle, I found myself leaning on the brakes later and getting on the throttle earlier, with the excellent mid range of the 959 shining through the high speed corners of the Chang circuit. Despite being in a higher gear than necessary more than a couple of times, it would just pick itself up and shoot off towards the bonus rush of power stored at the top of the rev range.Braking is stupendous, with so much bite and feel at the lever I was comfortable using a single finger most of the time, except when braking from speeds over 200kmph. You’d think braking from those kind of speeds lap after lap would be taxing but with ABS, rear-wheel lift prevention and help from Engine Braking Control, the Panigale and its rider arrive at corners super composed.ALSO READ:Mercedes-Maybach S600: An epitome of luxuryThe 959 Panigale then is perhaps the embodiment of what a middleweight sports bike is to be – quick enough to be very, very good fun, especially as a track day tool, yet much less a handful than a litre-class superbike. Ducati dealerships are reportedly accepting bookings with deliveries to begin in July. At a price of Rs 14.1 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), this baby-Panigale is a steal.last_img read more