“Good afternoon. My name is Michelle Knight. And I would like to tell you what this was like for me,” she said.
At the hearing where Castro was sentenced to life, plus 1,000 years for his crimes, Knight, 32, spoke to the court about how during her capture, she missed her son who was only 2 ½ at the time of her abduction, and described how Christmas’s spent apart from him were “traumatic.” However, Knight also took the time to underscore her remarkable friendship with Gina DeJesus, 23, a fellow hostage, who (along with 27 year old Amanda Berry), spent the better half of a decade trapped inside Castro's home.
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Aug 2, 2013 3:24 PM EDTKidnapping victim Michelle Knight stood in front of a judge on Thursday at the sentence hearing of her abductor Ariel Castro and delivered an emotional speech detailing her decade spent imprisoned, raped, and beaten.
“Good afternoon. My name is Michelle Knight. And I would like to tell you what this was like for me,” she said.Knight said, “Gina was my teammate. She never let me fall. I never let her fall. She nursed me back to health when I was dying from his abuse. My friendship with her is Read More »from Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus: How Friendship Saved Their Lives
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It’s official: Smooth, taut skin and bee-stung lips are out — crow’s feet and bags are in.
According to a story published Wednesday in the New York Times, seasoned women hoping to advance their careers (or at least stay in the corporate game) are turning their backs on Botox and fillers in favor of procedures that enhance a “middle-aged look.”
They’re attaining career nirvana in the posh offices of Park Avenue dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, whose office performs procedures ranging from peels to laser therapy.
"I don’t do a lot of arm candy," Alexiades-Armenakas said in a recent interview, quoted in the Times. "My patients aren’t in here because they’re trying to hold on to their husbands. If they’re trying to hang on to anything, it’s their jobs." To that end, the doctor aims for the "cosmetic sweet spot" — women look old enough to be taken seriously but fresh enough to still score a promotion. "If you leave a few wrinkles, it looks more authentic," she said.
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success – Thu, Aug 1, 2013 2:03 PM EDT
When most people spot an alligator, they run away—fast.
But for Ashley Lawrence, 26, these slimy and scaly swamp creatures weighing up to 600 pounds and stretching 10 feet long, are her best friends.
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The Homestead, Florida native is an alligator rescuer and her job entails venturing into the murky Everglades to hand-capture “nuisance alligators” — those that wander from swamps onto homeowners' properties, across highways, or even into town. Normally, state trappers would remove the animals, catching and killing them, in order to sell their skin or meat. However, Lawrence and the Gator Boys (the mostly male rescue group she belongs to) step in to catch and transport the gators safely to the Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, where young gators are returned to the wild and older ones are moved to a sanctuary. The group funds its rescues by performing alligator wrestling shows (with the nuisance gators) for the public.
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 31, 2013 5:53 PM EDT
going to be a father.Simon Cowell, the 53-year-old "X Factor" judge who once said, “God no!” to the notion of having children, is reportedly
The mother of his unborn child is rumored to be New York socialite Lauren Silverman, 36, who is 10 weeks pregnant and inconveniently married to one of Cowell’s best friends, real estate mogul Andrew Silverman. "Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while," a source told Us Weekly. "As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close."
Cowell’s reps haven’t confirmed the pregnancy, but if the story is true, it wouldn’t be the first time his love life has raised eyebrows.
In December 2012, Cowell dated '90s MTV star Carmen Electra, but how serious they actually got depends on who you ask. Cowell insisted that he and Electra were not, in fact, in a relationship but instead were “people who date.” Meanwhile Electra, 41, told reporters that they were friends who hadRead More »from Why Simon Cowell's Reported Love Triangle Isn't All That Surprising
Long live Rosie the Riveter!Read More »from Who Was Rosie the Riveter?
On Wednesday, a fundraising campaign to preserve a Detroit factory that once employed the real-life version of “Rosie the Riveter” — the flexed-armed feminist icon during World War II — was given a two-month extension. If the group doesn't raise enough money, the building will be demolished.
So far, the Save the Bomber Plant campaign has raised $4.5 million of the $8 million it needs to preserve a portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, where a woman named Rosie Monroe helped build B-24 Liberator bomber planes during World War II. The campaign hopes to convert the factory space into a new, expanded home for the Yankee Air Museum, and in order to secure the building with water, gas, and electricity, the group needs to raise funds before the October 1 deadline. Part of the museum would be dedicated to Rosie the Riveter, sharing insight into the history of how females back then even managed to get (historically male) jobs building planes in the first place,
Good news: You don’t have to wonder what a man wants in a woman, ever again.
A new poll conducted by "60 Minutes" and Vanity Fair has tapped into the elusive mind of men and crafted the perfect woman, based on their responses. Here's what guys — two-thirds of whom admitted a good woman is hard to find — say are the most important qualities in a mate.
Seventeen percent insist that having a sense of humor is important, 33 percent want someone smart, and 40 percent are drawn to a gal with maternal instincts. Being a good cook is only important to 3 percent of guys. And having steamy sex on a regular basis? Meh. Only 3 percent care about a woman with a healthy sex drive. What’s more, a measly 1 percent of dudes care about a woman’s physical beauty.
Yet, when asked which television character is wife material, 23 percent of guys picked the ditzy beautiful blonde Penny from "The Big Bang Theory," a college dropout-turned-waitress and aspiring actress, hardly known for her brains or motherly Read More »from New Poll Reveals the Perfect Woman (Sort Of)
We've all lost our keys at some point, but one man found his along with an extraordinary hidden treasure. Read More »from Man Loses Keys, Finds 15th Century Relics Instead
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When Welsh farmer Ifor Edwards, 56, dropped his keys on a tract of land he owns called Oak Farm in Bronington, he was determined to find them, so he and his wife, Anna, 40, called in metal-detecting experts from the Wrexham Heritage Society.
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Cliff Massey, 83, found the keys, but he also found 14 medieval coins from the 14th and 15th centuries, according to a story published Monday in the Shropshire Star.
John Gittins, a coroner who performed an inquest on the findings, described the coins, which are composed of 90 percent silver and likely from the days of Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, as a “treasure.”
Yahoo! Shine could not reach Edwards for comment, but he told the paper, “It is a once in a lifetime thing. It is such a shock, you just can’t quite
Reporting for royal diaper duty!
Prince William is taking a two-week paternity leave following the birth of son George Alexander Louis, Buckingham Palace has confirmed to Yahoo! Shine.Read More »from Prince William's Paternity Leave: A Bold Move?
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Granted, Prince William certainly doesn’t need the paternity pay men receive under British law (which comes out to about $210 a week in his case), but by taking a paid break from his position as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, he’s undoubtedly setting a new precedent for men everywhere.
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Call it the Prince William Effect. Similar to how Kate Middleton’s choices have been known to trigger international frenzies — her cinched Jenny Packham dress proved that it's perfectly fine for new moms to bear their post-baby bump; her 8-carat sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring spawned dozens of knockoffs; and even those nude pantyhose evoked a 1980s revival — Prince William’s choice to
royal to take paternity leave and they’ve reportedly rejected the idea of hiring a nanny. But for the christening ceremony of Prince George, they’ll most likely honor family history, according to royal expert Victoria Arbiter.Kate Middleton and Prince William are known for bucking royal tradition. So far, the couple has embraced a modern take on parenthood – William is the first senior
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"Given Queen Elizabeth’s religious beliefs and William's deep respect for his grandmother, the odds are high that a traditional ceremony will be held for Prince George," Arbiter told Yahoo! Shine. And that starts with the dessert they’ll serve at the reception, which, added Aribter, will probably be a cake most of those in attendance have tasted before.
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"British couples traditionally freeze the top tier of their wedding cake to serve at theRead More »from The Royal Baby Christening: What to Expect
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Jul 26, 2013 5:22 PM EDT
Miley Cyrus got naked.It was only a matter of time before Read More »from Miley Cyrus Gets Naked for Marc Jacobs and Other Celebs Who Have Bared All
The 20-year-old, who earlier this year treated us to half-butt, under-butt, and underboob, left (almost) nothing to the imagination by stripping down for Marc Jacobs and business partner Robert Duffy's "Protect The Skin You're In" T-shirt ($35), as part of a campaign to raise money and awareness for the New York University Skin Cancer Institute.
She tweeted on Friday: "Who's gettin my #protecttheskinyourein Tee from@MarcJaconsIntl ❤❤❤" and "Don't worry Europe! My #protecttheskinyourein T's are coming next month @MarcJacobsIntl so happy to help YOU help SO MANY ❤❤❤"
Duffy told Women's Wear Daily that Cyrus "has been a friend of mine for a while and I think she’s beautiful. She is a lot of fun to be with. She is talented in many mediums from music to film…She really has a very good, solid head on her shoulders. I adore her." Cyrus follows in the footsteps of Kate Upton, Heidi Klum, Eva Mendes, Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham, and