Reigning Miss San Antonio Domonique Ramirez had to take legal actions in a bid to retain the crown after she was stripped off her title by the pageant organizers supposedly for putting on more weight. The 17-year-old Texas resident filed a lawsuit against the Miss Bexar County Organization after she was informed that she has been stripped off the crown and the title has been awarded to the runner-up of the contest, Ashley Dixon.
The reigning San Antonio beauty queen was asked to drop her title as Miss Bexar County Organization alleged that the 17-year-old Texan had violated her contract by turning up really late for events as well as putting on more weight. According to the officials of the organization, they had to take the final decision of stripping Ramirez off the crown as she completely failed to live up to the duties of Miss San Antonio by never showing up at events on time, attaining too many calories as well as by failing to keep her crown and sash in good condition.
Contrary to the allegations that have been slammed against her by the board, the 17-year-old Miss San Antonio said in a new conference recently that she was stripped off the crown as the board failed to fulfill their side of the contract. Speaking to reporters, Raminez added that she always showed up late at the events as the pageant did not sent her cars and pointed out that she was taking all the steps to meet the weight and measurement requirements. The teenager has a reason to rejoice as an injunction that has been file, permits her to keep the crown for the time being. A hearing has been set for February 16 when a judge would rule whether Raminez can keep the title.
To the disappointment of many people around the globe who like to download free music from LimeWire, a US federal judge has asked LimeWire to close down their file sharing service. Though many may feel annoyed with the decision, LimeWire had no option but to obey the verdict. The decision by the court has settled a four years dispute between The Recording Industry Association of America and LimeWire. LimeWire has been found guilty of providing a service that enabled the downloading and transmission of copyrighted files, without the permission of the recording companies.
The Recording Association of America claims compensation for the damages incurred by its members. The matter is to be handled by the court, who will decide if the company is liable to pay any compensation or not. Meanwhile the court decision has disabled LimeWire’s searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and distribution facilities. A spokesperson for LimeWire has said that “We are out of the file sharing business, but you make it known that other aspects of our business remains ongoing”. The company has for long been an obstacle in the path of many record companies and is now doing its best to stay alive.
The company is reportedly planning a software which they claim will adhere to copyright laws. There is mixed reaction to the news, while some feel that the situation is a beginning of the company’s end, others feel that the company will soon find its way back, this time with no legal issues. However nothing concrete can be said as the company fights to survive.
There is no doubt about the fact that apart from the United States jobs issues, the other thing that is bothering every other citizen of the country is Arizona’s immigration law that was signed last month by the Governor of the state. The law that is due to be implemented by the state from the end of July has already faced strict opposition from the federal law enforcement officials and government.
On Sunday while on one hand the Democratic Governors expressed their “grave” concern over the decision of the Obama administration to file lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law, on the other hand Atty. Gen. Eric Holder who is one of the top law enforcement officer said during a media interview that he might sue the state of Arizona for a second time if the law leads to racial profiling.
Holder maintained in his interview that the suit that has been brought against the state immigration law does not make enough mention of the racial profiling. He added that the main focus of the present lawsuit is the right of the federal government to decide the immigration policies. On the other hand, the Democratic governors who held a meeting this weekend expressed their concern over the lawsuit and said that it might affect the ensuing election results to a great degree. Many have termed the illegal immigration issue as “toxic” that might affect the decision of the voters and turn them against Democratic candidates in the west.
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