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Texas Woman Allegedly Killed Boyfriend With ‘Prison Shank’ After Fight

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A Texas woman was arrested last week after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death with a “prison shank,” in late December.

San Angelo police first spoke to Ebony Gasca after her boyfriend Jermaine Johnson was found suffering from multiple stab wounds . When police arrived at the scene on December 26, Johnson was “sitting in an upright position struggling to breathe,” at the end of a residential driveway.

He was subsequently taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries , according to KLST .

Gasca told detectives that she and Johnson got into an argument while they were driving to a Dollar General. The argument was initially verbal but escalated when Johnson allegedly hit Gasca in the face.

“The defendant in return struck the victim in his face with an open hand,” the court documents said of Gasca’s response, according to KLST.

Surveillance footage from the store shows the two arriving at the business but whether they argued was unclear from the video.

The two continued arguing at the store and on the way home, with Johnson allegedly taking Gasca’s phone out of her hands and refusing to return it. When the pair got out of the car, Gasca told detectives that she put a homemade “prison shank” in her pocket, KLST reported.

Gasca alleges that when she tried to get her phone back from her boyfriend he put her in a chokehold – at which point, she stabbed him twice, until he let go. She later told police that at one point Johnson hit her on the head with her phone – during an examination she had a lump on her head and her phone was damaged, according to KLST.

Neighbor Shevetra Mathis told investigators that she observed the altercation from inside her residence. Mathis filmed part of the argument, revealing that Johnson took off his clothing while yelling and being aggressive towards Gasca. The segment of the argument that Mathis filmed did show any physical violence between the two.

Mathis told detectives that she grabbed a knife and exited the residence when she saw Johnson put Gasca in a chokehold. The neighbor allegedly stabbed Johnson in the chest and left the scene without calling law enforcement, according to KLST.

Neither woman contacted the police but Gasca did make other phone calls, to a friend and to Johnson’s brother. Jaclyn Graves said that Gasca called and admitted to stabbing Johnson twice before leaving the scene. Gasca then arrived at Graves’ apartment and changed her clothing before Graves drove Gasca back to the scene.

Gasca also called Johnson’s brother six times before he called her back and she told him stabbed Johnson after a fight, KLST reported.

Detectives say there was no evidence of Gasca having any type of deep-tissue bruising or any abrasions that were visible to the naked eye. Johnson’s body, however, had several abrasions, gashes and stab wounds.

A warrant for Gasca’s arrest was issued on January 4 and she was booked on a murder charge on January 19. Her bond was set at $500,000.

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Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher Are Married! Inside Their Private Caribbean Wedding

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Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher are officially married. The Oscar nominee, 63, and the Australian model, 44, tied the knot after first getting engaged in September 2018, PEOPLE can exclusively confirm. The two also share an 8-year-old daughter, Izzy Oona, and a 5-year-old son, Max Charles.

Murphy and Butcher got married on Tuesday, July 9 in Anguilla during a small private ceremony in front of family and close friends. Butcher wore a corseted gown adorned with lace designed by Mira Zwillinger, while the groom wore a white Brioni suit.

This marks the second marriage for Murphy and the first for Butcher.

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The news of their nuptials comes less than a month after Murphy and Butcher stepped out together during the Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F premiere in Los Angeles on June 20. At the Netflix event, the two were joined on the red carpet by his daughters, Bria, 34, Shayne Audra, 29, and Bella Zahra, 22 — whom he shares with ex-wife Nicole, 56.

Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop costar, Judge Reinhold, recently told PEOPLE, “He’s crazy about his kids and his family. He’s a family guy at heart. Truly is. He really is.”

In 2012, Murphy and Butcher began dating. The pair welcomed their first child together, Izzy, on May 3, 2016. The couple then welcomed their second child, Max, on Nov. 30, 2018, two months after getting engaged.

While Butcher doesn’t often do interviews, she spoke about her then-fiancé on the red carpet at the 2020 Golden Globes.

When asked what he whispered to her on the red carpet, Murphy told Extra, “I told her how wonderful she looks.” Butcher then chimed in, saying, “He actually says that kind of stuff all the time. He’s very, very sweet and romantic.”

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Yale honors a young Black scientist after a neighbor falsely reported the 9-year-old to the police

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The girls returned to the prestigious campus for a special event commemorating Bobbi and her commitment to both science and her community.

The spotted lanternfly, a beautifully colored but highly invasive species, has garnered significant attention due to its rapid spread. People have been encouraged to eliminate them to protect apple and maple trees. In Caldwell, New Jersey, 9-year-old Bobbi Wilson took action against these pests with a homemade, non-toxic spray. Unfortunately, a neighbor reported her as “suspicious,” highlighting the issue of racial profiling, reported My Modern Met.

Bobbi faced a distressing incident of racial profiling, a reality many people of color endure. Despite this, Yale University recognized Bobbi’s value as a young Black scientist. After the incident in October 2022, Bobbi’s 13-year-old sister Hayden courageously addressed the town council, protesting the injustice her sister and other children of color faced in their community.

Her passionate statements caught the attention of news organizations like CNN. Ijeoma Opara, an assistant professor at Yale School of Public Health, invited Bobbi and her family to visit Yale. They returned to the campus on January 20, 2023, for an event celebrating Bobbi’s dedication to science and her community. Bobbi donated her collection of mounted spotted lanternflies to Yale’s Peabody Museum, ensuring her name will always be part of their catalog.

 

Professor Opara, who organized the event, said, “Yale doesn’t normally do anything like this … this is something unique to Bobbi. We wanted to show her bravery and how inspiring she is, and we just want to make sure she continues to feel honored and loved by the Yale community.” Lawrence Gall, the Peabody Museum’s Entomology Collections Manager and Nicole Palffy-Muhoray, the museum’s Assistant Director of Student Programs, then encouraged Bobbi to identify one of her 27 specimens. They said, “We’re so grateful for all of the work you’ve done down in New Jersey and your interest in conservation and checking out the lanternflies advance. We don’t have many of them in Connecticut right now. They are just starting to come up here. But I’m sure we’ll see them, so we’re very happy to have these specimens.”

Monique Joseph, Bobbi’s mother, spoke at the award ceremony, expressing her fear and concern for all children subjected to racial stereotypes. Hayden was praised for her courageous speech. She said, “Dr. Opara, you have been a blessing. You are part of our testimonial and what it means to have a community of amazing, beautiful, Black, intelligent scientists and doctors and more important than that is your heart and your passion for the work that you do…You helped us change the trajectory of that day.”

She said, “This happened because of what happened to Bobbi, but it also happened because the whole community, the science community, got together and said ‘She’s one of us and we’re not going to let her lose her steam for STEM. We’re going to support the family, we’re going to support this girl, we’re going to make sure her big sister Hayden doesn’t lose that light.'”

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Nigerian Appointed First Female Chancellor of the University of Birmingham

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Nigerian, Sandie Okoro OBE has been appointed by the University of  Birmingham as its new Chancellor. With her appointment, she becomes the first female to be appointed chancellor by the university since its establishment over 100 years ago.

Okoro, a lawyer and diversity expert is currently the Group General Counsel of Standard Chartered where she leads the Bank’s Legal, Group Corporate Secretariat, and Shared Investigative Services functions.

Okoro will succeed Lord Bilimoria of Chelse CBE who will step down after 10 years in the role on July 10.

Speaking on her appointment, she said:

I am truly honoured and delighted to be appointed Chancellor. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to give a little something back to the amazing University that has given so very much to me and my family.

“The wonderful University of  Birmingham is the alma mater to three generations of the Okoros, my mum, me and my son. So my connection to it is very special indeed. I have followed the University’s outstanding progress very closely since my days there as a student on a full grant back in the 1980s – its dedication to impactful research, its focus on creating an inclusive environment for talented, minority students and educational excellence are themes very close to my heart.

Okoro, an alumna of the University of Birmingham is a graduate of Law and Politics qualifying as a barrister at the City, University of London. She has held roles as Head of Legal for Corporate Services at Schroders, Global General Counsel at Barings, and General Counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management. Okoro was also Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, and Vice-President for Compliance, for the World Bank Group.

She is a 2024 officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple.

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