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Jessica Cox of Tucson was born without arms

Jessica Cox, 25, a girl born without arms, stands inside an aircraft. The girl from Tucson, Arizona got the Sport Pilot certificate lately and became the first pilot licensed to fly using only her feet.

Jessica Cox of Tucson was born without arms, but that has only stopped her from doing one thing: using the word "can't."

Her latest flight into the seemingly impossible is becoming the first pilot licensed to fly using only her feet.

With one foot manning the controls and the other delicately guiding the steering column, Cox, 25, soared to achieve a Sport Pilot certificate. Her certificate qualifies her to fly a light-sport aircraft to altitudes of 10,000 feet.

"She's a good pilot. She's rock solid," said Parrish Traweek, 42, the flying instructor at San Manuel's Ray Blair Airport.

Parrish Traweek runs PC Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Services and has trained many pilots, some of whom didn't come close to Cox's abilities.

"When she came up here driving a car," Traweek recalled, "I knew she'd have no problem flying a plane."

Doctors never learned why she was born without arms, but she figured out early on that she didn't want to use prosthetic devices.



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Israeli man divorces 11th wife - begins search for number 12

Setting a new record for Israeli Jews, an Israeli man has divorced
for the 11th time, the Jerusalem Post daily reported Tuesday.
The 50-year-old from the Jerusalem area said his custom is to divorce his wives every two years and look for a new bride immediately thereafter.

"I throw out a hook and the fish come on their own," he is reported to have said.

The man has been re-setting his own record for the past several years. The previous Jewish Israeli record for divorces by a single person was six.

His most recent marriage also lasted two years, and ended with the sides agreeing to split the debts the husband had run up. The woman claimed her husband had promised to work but ended up living off her assets and those of her parents.

For all his marriages, the man has only one child - to whom he is unable to make child support payments.

He said that he regretted divorcing his first wife because it set in motion a never-ending search for the next "experience," the daily reported.
Under Jewish law, to divorce his wife a man must issue her with a "Get", a document that says "you are hereby permitted to all men".



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Woman celebrates 100 b'day by saying yes to beau's proposal!

A Brit woman, who recently turned 100, is said to have celebrated her birthday by saying yes to her love of some 40 years when he proposed by phone from Austria.

Myra Harris was reduced to tears of joy when her beau, who happens to be about 30 years younger than her, proposed.

"I said 'yes'," the Age quoted her as saying at her birthday celebrations at the Hotel Windsor December 27.

Unfortunately he was not able to not join the party, as he is caring for his mother in Austria.

Harris' daughter, Myra Hudousek, revealed her mother might have been slightly dishonest about her age when the romance blossomed decades ago.

The extended family gathered to toast her milestone at the Windsor, a place that holds great sentiment for the Elwood grandmother.

She briefly worked behind the hotel's bar in the '60s and her granddaughter married there in the '90s.
"I'd love to be a bride here," she mused.

The new centenarian was delighted by the grandeur of a section of the hotel she had not seen before.

''I'd love to live here forever,'' she said.

''Now I know how the Queen feels,'' she said of Elizabeth II, who had sent her the customary telegram of congratulations on reaching 100.

And the secret to long life and beauty? She's avoided the sun, used plenty of moisturiser, avoids exercise … and enjoys a tipple of champagne or Victoria Bitter.



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Male "maid cafes" in Japan

That's a maid at Akihabara maid cafe Hibaritei, where the entire staff consists of men dressed as maids. The cafe opens only a few times a month at irregular times at other established maid cafes. The reason? All the cross dressing maids are dudes with other jobs (one guy is a writer, another is a model). The owner of Hibaritei came up with the idea when some men dressed in drag when there was a shortage of female maids at a cafe he owned previously. This is the maid cafe equivalent of Guilty Gear's Bridget!

All of the help at the Hibari-tei cafe in bustling Akihabara are dressed as maids, and they call the customers "master." It's pretty much like any other "maid cafe" in Tokyo's electronics district, except for one small detail. All of them are male, wearing wigs to go along with their female uniforms.

Male "maid cafes" are growing more common, and books on how to dress like a woman are starting to hit store shelves. Men wearing skirts have also been seen in Tokyo's Harajuku and Aoyama districts.

Behind this nascent trend, observers say, is that more men are beginning to enjoy dressing as a woman from a fashion viewpoint, and society is becoming more tolerant of the practice.

It was 2 1/2 years ago when the owner of Hibari-tei first used a male as a maid at another maid cafe he owns. It started when one of the regular waitresses quit. A male employee dressed up as a maid and tried to serve customers. The attempt proved popular among the customers, who enjoyed the odd experience.

The owner launched Hibari-tei in January 2008. About 60 percent of its customers are male.

"Men who are not used to being served by women can feel relaxed and talk to the 'maids' easily because they are male," said Chaan Sarin, who heads the cafe's waitstaff.

Before the cafe's debut, more than 100 men applied for a maid position. After auditions narrowed the field, 15 made the cut and are still working there.

A maid man: A male dressed as a maid serves female customers at the Hibari-tei cafe in the Akihabara district in Tokyo.

One of the maids, Reina, is in his 20s. During the week he goes to work in a business suit at an information technology company, but on weekends he serves at the maid cafe wearing a size 9 uniform, padded bra and fake nails.

At 165 cm tall and weighing 51 kg, he has a girlfriend, but she doesn't know about his second job, he said.

"I become a totally different person to release my stress from work. I have the feelings of a man and I will quit once I get married," he said.

More male fans are also dressing like their favorite female characters in "anime' animation and computer games.

Cashing in on this trend, Osaka-based Yu-time Publishing released the book "Otokonoko no Tameno Henshin Gaido" ("Guide for Boys to Transform Themselves") in October 2008.

The book, which comes with illustrations, explains various techniques so boys can look pretty, ranging from wearing makeup and choosing clothes to taking care of wigs and wearing pantyhose.

The book has been selling well, especially in Akihabara bookstores, inspiring the publisher to produce a second volume.

Meanwhile, Tokyo-based lingerie maker Wish has been selling bras for men since November last year. It says it sold more than 10,000 in the first year.

Junko Mitsuhashi, a lecturer at Tama University who wrote the book "Joso to Nihonjin" ("Disguising as Women and Japanese"), maintains that Japanese are becoming more tolerant toward men dressing as women.

"People's values are growing more diverse, and Japanese people's perception of masculinity has changed over the years," she said. "People began to accept men dressed as women, saying it is OK as long as they are beautiful. At the same time, as there is more information nowadays on how to dress like women, men have gotten dramatically better at it."



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The American gave the homeless shelter on Christmas

Donor gives homeless campers a room for a week

Steve Sample, 52, sat shirtless in a room at the Express Inn across from Fountain Creek, sharing a cigarette with a friend.

“It is kind of nice to sit not all bundled up,” Sample said, the heater blasting next to him.

He and about 14 others will not sit all bundled up this week, thanks to a woman who went to the motel, at 725 W. Cimarron St., Tuesday and paid for four rooms, insisting they be occupied by homeless men and women camping along Fountain Creek.

It was a $640 donation that for a handful of the hundreds of homeless campers in the city meant a break from the cold and snow for Christmas.

“This lady did a wonderful thing,” said Sample, who suffers from chronic back pain exacerbated by the cold. “I was so damn thankful it is not even funny.”

The woman told the staff at C-C Boarding Home Annex, a nonprofit that sublets rooms from the motel for disabled veterans and people on social security, that her name was Linda Craft and that God told her to pay for the rooms.

No one by that name could be reached for comment Wednesday.

Magi Spence welcomed the weeklong shelter as an aid in finally kicking the pneumonia she’s been battling for weeks.

"For us this is a great happiness. But on the street remains a lot more homeless people", - complains Magi Spence.The newspaper notes that recently the number of homeless people, who settled in the open air near the river Fountain Creek, has increased markedly, despite the prohibitions of local authorities and attempts to change the situation.

“This was a blessing for us, but there are so many camps over here,” Spence said.

Indeed, the dozens of camps along Fountain Creek appear to multiply by the day and are visible from Interstate 25, the exercise path along the Pikes Peak Greenway and America the Beautiful Park. It is a dramatic shift from this time last year, when homeless were effectively driven from such camps by city-sponsored cleanup efforts.
The cleanups, led by the nonprofit Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, were suspended and are now supervised by homeless advocates.

In recent weeks, area residents have flooded the camps with donations of food, clothing and blankets, all while city officials grapple with how to handle the growing homeless community.

On Dec. 7, the Colorado Springs City Council voted to shelve a proposed no-camping law that could have displaced scores of homeless people living along creeks, parks and other public property. The issue is expected to be picked up in February.

This week isn’t the first time the Express Inn has been used as a shelter. At the first freeze this year, Nam Tiggemann and her son Barry Tiggemann, part owners of the home annex, invited campers to get in out of the cold.

A Christmas dinner for the homeless will be held at the motel today, followed by a meal at the motel Friday put on by Woodmen Valley Chapel.

“Everyone is going to be eating well this Christmas,” said Brian Puerta, resident services coordinator with C-C Boarding Home Annex.

UPDATE:27 Dec 2009
Prince William Sleeps On Street

A cold alley in central London is a far cry from a palace - but it was the spot Prince William chose to sleep to highlight the plight of homeless British teenagers.

He spent a chilly night near Blackfriars Bridge last week with Seyi Obakin, the chief executive of British homeless charity Centrepoint. William has been the charity's patron since 2005.
"I cannot, after one night, even begin to imagine what it must be like to sleep rough on London's streets night after night," William said overnight. "Poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency and family breakdown cause people to become and then stay homeless.

"I hope that by deepening my understanding of the issue, I can help do my bit to help the most vulnerable on our streets."
William, second in line to the throne, was exposed to some of the hardships found on London's streets when his mother, Princess Diana, took him to a shelter in 1996.

Just 13 at the time, William spent an hour at the facility with his younger brother, Harry.
Diana was well-known for her charitable work and the homeless was a group she was particularly close to. She had also served as Centrepoint's patron, a position she held at the time of her death in 1997.

A photograph released by the charity shows William, 27, in the alley in jeans, a grey hooded jumper and a knit hat pulled low.
In a post to the charity's website, Obakin said the idea for William to spend a night on the streets was hatched in March.

"He was determined, as he has always been, to understand deeply the full range of problems a homeless young person might face," Obakin said.
"For me, it was a scary experience. Out of my comfortable bed. Out there in the elements. Out there on an extremely cold night, with temperatures down to minus four degrees. And it was the same for Prince William. But he was determined to do it."

Obakin said they found a secluded spot - tucked away behind some rubbish bins - and settled in for a restless night.
"But there was no shielding from the bitter cold, or the hard concrete floor, or the fear of being accosted by drug dealers, pimps or those out to give homeless people a 'good' kicking," Obakin said.

William is currently training to be a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot.



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Santas spreading messages about "global warming"

Those willing to see more than a 100 Santa Clauses spreading awareness on climate change during this Christmas should visit the golden beach in Puri.

The golden beach of Puri is crowded with hundred Santa Clauses, all in sand, to spread the message about global warming on the occasion of Christmas celebration.
Former world champion sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created these sand Santa Clauses in a unique way at the seventh sand art festival.

Generally Santa Clause brings gifts to home for good children but these Santa Clauses would be spreading messages about global warming and giving plants as gift.

Sudarsan Pattnaik, record holder in the Limca book of World record, would be trying for another record by creating hundred sand Santa Clauses on the beach.

Along with the Santa Clauses, Sudarsan has also created Christmas trees with a message ''Save Earth from Global Warming''. He has used 1000 tones of sand and worked for nearly 36 hours to complete all these sand sculptures.

The sand artist has used colour sand to create the live images of Santa Clause with the assistance of 20 students of his institute.

Mr Pattnaik said Puri is the place where sand art started in the 14th century AD. Large tourist inflow into the pilgrim city during Christmas, was also another reason for him to chose the awareness on global warming through his creations.

The world famous sand artist had so far participated in more than 39 international sand sculpture championships and festivals across the world and won many awards for the country.

Last year he had created World's biggest sand Santa Clause, Jesus Christ and longest Santa Clause at Puri beach which was placed in Limca book of World record.

Through his sand art, Sudarsan had depicted the tsunami victims in India, earthquake victims, endangered olive ridley turtles and spread awareness of the dangers of HIV-AIDS and polio, besides tribute to train blast victims.



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Miss "Bold and Beautiful"

Meet Moran Barannes, the winner of the Israeli beauty contest "Miss Bold and Beautiful." More than 40 women from across the country were fighting for the prestigious title of a beauty in the weight category from 80 to 120 kilograms.



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Missing girl sailor Laura Dekker found safe in Antilles

Fourteen-year old captain. The ban on a single voyage around the world brought a young Dutch women Laura Dekker to escape from the house .

For three days the police searched the Netherlands missing 14-year-old girl. In a quiet country disappearance of any child - and so PE on a national scale, and if it is about a girl who was going to go it alone in world travel, anxiety of parents and the police are no limits. However, Laura Dekker pretty soon find - in the Caribbean. Apparently, the girl ran away from home, because she was extremely upset by the decision of the court, forbade her to go to tour around the world.

Laura Decker was born in the family of a sailor on board the yacht, which took place at a time off the coast of New Zealand. The first four years of life were on board. Her father, whose name is Dick Dekker, made the first single voyage, when he was twelve years old, and the girl learned to operate a boat at six. After her parents divorced, and Laura continued to live with her father and her sister followed her mother. Dick Decker encouraged enthusiasm daughters to sailing, so when at the age of 13 years, she said that dreams of becoming the youngest traveler, which will encircle the globe in a yacht alone, Decker invited Laura to test her strength.

Laura Dekker Found "safe and sound".

A Dutch teenager barred from sailing solo around the world because of her age has been found on a Caribbean island after disappearing, police say.

Laura Dekker, 14, is in police custody on the Dutch Antilles island of St Maarten, three days after relatives in the Netherlands reported her missing.

A Dutch police spokesman said the girl had been found "safe and sound".

Miss Dekker has been under supervision since a court blocked her bid to be the youngest person to sail the globe solo.
Police said earlier they did not suspect any crime had been committed.

The court order in the city of Utrecht placed Miss Dekker under state supervision, while living with her father, until the end of her school year in July 2010.

After she vanished on Friday, her boat was found moored at its berth and she appears to have left her father's home on her own.

An unconfirmed Dutch newspaper report said she had withdrawn 3,500 euros ($5,000) from her bank account.


Utrecht police spokesman Bernhard Jens said the girl had been recognised by a woman living on the island who had been alerted to her disappearance by media coverage.
"We have lots more questions," he told AFP news agency.

"When did she leave the Netherlands? Why? How did she get to St Maarten? Did somebody help her and was she alone?"

At the time of the much-publicised court ruling in October, Miss Dekker's spokeswoman said she was disappointed but that the teenager could still set the record if she were to sail next year.

Miss Dekker is a seasoned sailor who was born on a yacht off the coast of New Zealand during a seven-year world trip.

She had a yacht by the age of six and began sailing solo when she was 10.

Her father, Dick Dekker, supports her attempt at the record, while her mother has expressed some concerns.

Miss Dekker had planned to spend about two years aboard her 8m (26ft) boat, Guppy, to break the record set in August by a 17-year-old UK boy.

Mike Perham tackled 50ft waves, gale force winds and technical problems during the 45,000-km (28,000-mile) circumnavigation, which took him nine months.

UPDATE: 4 AUG 2010
14-year-old Dutch sailor girl heads out to sea

She’s not afraid of pirates. She’s packed plenty of school books. And she’s going to miss her family and her dog.

Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker hopped onto her boat Wednesday and sailed off from the Netherlands hoping to become the youngest person to make a solo voyage around the world.

About 100 supporters waved as Laura and her father Dick left the southern Dutch harbor of Den Osse in her 38-foot (11.5-meter) yacht Guppy, bound for Portugal where she plans to leave her father and begin her circumnavigation attempt.

Last week, Laura won a legal battle when a court released her from the guardianship of Dutch child protection agencies. They had blocked her initial plan to depart at age 13 over fears for her safety and psychological health during the trip, which will likely take around a year.

‘I can be sailing now, and that’s great!’ she told reporters Wednesday, sporting a skull-emblazoned black T-shirt.

Laura hoisted the black Jolly Roger-like flag of The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society above her red twin-masted ketch — the same image she wore on her shirt — before sailing out.

Laura, who was born on a yacht off the coast of New Zealand, has been working to counter objections to her voyage since the authorities stepped in

UPDATE: 21 AUG 2010

Dutch teen sets sail in secrecy on solo world trip

A 14-year-old Dutch sailor departed in secrecy from Portugal Saturday on her quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, avoiding the media because her manager said she didn’t want the attention.

Laura Dekker said goodbye to her father and friends at an undisclosed Portuguese port enroute to Spain’s Canary Islands or Portugal’s Madeira Island despite almost windless conditions in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal, according to manager Peter Klarenbeek.

Klarenbeek said the girl was in good spirits as she started sailing her 38-foot (11.5-meter) ship ‘Guppy’ on a trip expected to last a year or more. The attempt has been criticized by Dutch child protection authorities who questioned the wisdom of a child risking the world’s oceans alone.

‘She said goodbye to her father and friends and she sailed away into the horizon,’ Holland’s MasMedia company, which has exclusive TV rights to film her voyage, said in a statement.

Laura had been scheduled to depart from Portimao, and photographers and television crews from around the world were at the resort in southwestern Portugal but ended up with no images of the departure. MasMedia is documenting the trip with remote cameras mounted on Laura’s yacht and offered to sell the footage to anyone who is interested starting on Sunday.

The girl’s website features links titled ‘My Coordinates’ and ‘Where is Laura,’ but neither was working Saturday, and a porthole-shaped counter of the days of her voyage stood at zero.

One of the voyage’s sponsors, Ferry Dammers, showed up in Portimao with a banner to display on her boat as it left — but he ended up hanging around with the media crowd and never got to mount his banner on the ‘Guppy.’

‘I am disappointed, I have the banner here but when I spoke to Klarenbeek he informed me Laura had already set off on her journey,’ said Dammers, whose company supplied Laura with wax for the hull of her sailboat.

A Dutch court last month released Laura from the guardianship of Dutch child protection agencies who had tried to block her voyage because of fears about her safety and psychological health.

Marijke Schaaphok, Masmedia’s director, defended the girl’s push to sail around the world, saying Laura is mature for her age and has proven that she can sail her yacht without help from anyone else after passing a maritime exam in the Netherlands for a vessel of her boat’s size.

She also insisted that Laura is uniquely qualified for the ambitious sea venture because she grew up with her father on a boat, and ‘is completely different from a normal 14-year-old girl.’ Schaaphok said.

‘She’s very wise and a little bit impatient, but she’s a very nice girl and she knows exactly what she wants,’ Schaaphok said.

Laura’s first port of call will be picked based on wind conditions, and her departure came after she took numerous steps to reduce objections to the voyage — including the purchase of a bigger, sturdier boat than the one she originally planned to use, and courses in first aid and coping with sleep deprivation.

She also used as evidence her successful solo trip across the North Sea to England.

In the end, the Dutch court ruled that her preparations were adequate and it was up to her divorced parents to decide whether to let her make the attempt.

The trip comes just two months after American Abby Sunderland, age 16, had to be rescued in a remote section of the Indian Ocean during an attempt to circle the globe. Earlier this year, Australian Jessica Watson, completed a 210-day voyage at age 16.

But while Watson remained at sea nonstop, Laura plans to stop at dozens of ports and may even return home to catch up on her studies before resuming her trip.

If Laura completes the voyage, any record she claims would be unofficial and likely to be challenged. The Guinness’ World Records and the World Sailing Speed Record Council have decided they will no longer recognize records for ‘youngest’ sailors to avoid encouraging dangerous attempts.

UPDATE: 21 JAN 2012

16-year-old Dutch became the youngest

January 21, 2012 Laura Dekker completed the round trip on the yacht "Guppy" and entered the history of navigation as the youngest girl sailor. Laura landed on the shores of the Caribbean island of St. Maarten and while resting and recovering from his sea adventures.



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Tiger Woods and his '18 mistresses'

The list of Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses is growing further and showing no signs of stopping.

The final four to add to his list of 14 includes a 20-something party planner in Atlanta who grew close to the golfer in the past 18 months, reports News of the World.

According to pals, Woods also enjoyed a night with a stunning 21- year-old Illinois university student in Vegas.

The others are a blonde party planner from Orlando, who has links to the UK, and a brunette single mum dancer called Star he met while he was in San Diego.

The full 18 are:

1. Rachel Uchitel - New York and Vegas VIP party organiser
2. Reality star Jamie Grubbs
3. Single mum and ex model Cori Rist.
4. Brunette Kalika Moquin, Vegas hostess.
5. MGM party favourite Jamie Jungers.
6. Diner waitress Mindy Lawton.
7. Former VIP cocktail waitress Julie Postle, who has an Orlando lawyer.
8. Sexy married British TV presenter who was single at the time.
9. Blonde former cocktail waitress from Orlando, now also represented by lawyer.
10. Porn starlet Holly Sampson, who bedded him at his birthday party.
11. Blonde 'cougar' Theresa Rogers, 49, now represented by lawyer Gloria Allred.
12. Ex Playboy cybergirl and Hawaiian Tropic model Loredana Jolie.
13. XXX porn star Joselyn James, whose family confirm their fling.
14. Movie star Jessica Simpson named by US magazine as a close 'sextexter' of Tiger.
15. Twenty-something Atlanta party planner.
16. Sexy Illinois student who loves partying in Vegas.
17. Blonde party planner from Orlando, who had links to the UK.
18. Single mum San Diego dancer called Star.

UPDATE: 25 AUG 2010
Tiger’s ex-wife says she’s ‘been through hell’

WASHINGTON — Tiger Woods’s ex-wife Elin Nordegren has broken her silence about the couple’s failed marriage, in an interview with People magazine published Wednesday, expressing “shock and disbelief” upon learning of his philandering.

“I’ve been through hell,” the former Elin Woods, whose divorce from the golf superstar became final this week, told the celebrity news weekly.

A reporter for the magazine interviewed Nordegren, 30, for 19 hours over four days, scoring her first published reaction to the sordid sex scandal that made headlines around the world.

Nordegren told the magazine she felt “absolute shock and disbelief” when she learned about her husband’s multiple infidelities.

“I felt stupid as more things were revealed. How could I not have known anything?” she said.

“The word betrayal isn’t strong enough,” Nordegren told People. “I felt like my whole world had fallen apart.”

The former nanny also told the magazine that the stress from the scandal caused her insomnia and weight loss and in the days before the divorce was finalized this week, she says she began to lose her hair.

Nordegren said that she had been truly devoted to her husband and had hoped that they would have a happily-ever-after life together.

“I loved him. We had so much fun,” she said, “and I felt safe with him.”

Woods’s spectacular fall from grace began on November 27 last year when he crashed his car into a tree and a fire hydrant near his Orlando home.

The incident touched off shocking revelations which led to his admission of adultery and subsequent decision to put his golf career on hold while he tried to rescue his marriage.

The scandal became fodder for tabloid newspapers and late-night television comedians, amid speculation that Tiger’s crashed his car after being walloped by a golf club-wielding Elin after she learned about his affairs.

But she insisted to “People” that there was never any violence in their relationship, and that on the night of her husband’s mysterious car crash, she was trying to get Woods out of the locked car.

“The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is truly ridiculous,” she said.

Woods, 34, and Nordegren issued a joint statement Monday saying that they were ending their “irretrievably broken” six-year marriage, wishing each other the best and promising to work together for their children’s happiness.

Woods wed Nordegren in October 2004 in Barbados and the couple have a three-year-old daughter, Sam, and a 19-month-old son, Charlie.

The divorce was finalized by a Florida judge during a 10-minute hearing Monday in a conference room in Bay County Circuit Court.



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