A North Tonawanda man is headed to prison for six years for a brutal beating that left a man with permanent brain damage. The judge who sentenced him said she wished she could have imposed a harsher punishment. And she could still get that chance. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon said Wednesday that she would have preferred to impose a life sentence on Devin J. Gamble, who repeatedly kicked a stranger in the head Nov. 30 at Oliver and Robinson streets in North Tonawanda. The 57-year-old man is permanently brain-damaged and has undergone multiple operations after every bone in his face was broken in the attack, his longtime girlfriend said in court. "This case should be a life sentence. In essence, you killed this man," Sheldon told Gamble. "Unfortunately, I cannot give you the right sentence." Sheldon sentenced Gamble to six years behind bars and three years of post-release supervision. But Mary Jean Bowman, Niagara County second district attorney, said that if the … [Read more...] about ‘In essence, you killed this man,’ judge says at sentencing for brutal NT beating
It has been called "miracle water," but an essence — the beauty product that's considered an integral step in Korean and Japanese skin-care routines — is no water. Nor is it a toner, serum or moisturizer. An amalgam of all of the above, this all-in-one has elicited both praise and skepticism since it entered the U.S. beauty market from Asia about seven years ago. Victoria Tsai, the Taiwanese-American founder of Tatcha, a Japanese skin-care label, was one of those skeptics, refusing to add an essence when the brand was introduced in 2009. "Our scientists wanted to make an essence, but I couldn't understand how it would improve the benefits of our skin care," Tsai said. "I'm a mom. I have a budget. Anything that takes an extra step or costs extra money didn't sound compelling to me." But over the course of seven years, the Tatcha scientists formulated an essence in secret, experimenting with more than 200 strains of yeast and perfecting the fermentation process of the brand's … [Read more...] about What is an essence and why is it more important than moisturizer?
Nakesia Washington, owner of OBL Travel LLC., the Jefferson Parish travel agency accused of bilking several dozen 2018 Essence Festival attendees out of tens of thousands of dollars for vacation packages she didn't deliver, has been arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Washington, 41, of Harvey, was booked Aug. 2 with theft of more than $25,000, theft valued between $5,000 and $24,999 and two counts of computer fraud, said Lt. Jason Rivarde, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. The charges stem from two complaints filed by a group of family and friends traveling to the 2018 Essence Musical Festival from Philadelphia and a Nashville woman who worked with Washington's company to arrange travel for about 25 would-be attendees. Investigators expect Washington will face more criminal charges, Rivarde said. Thus far, the Sheriff's Office has received complaints from several dozen OBL customers who had been expecting hotel reservations, party passes and tickets to the popular, … [Read more...] about Travel agency owner arrested in Essence Fest vacation scams: JPSO
U.S. Donald Trump Jim Carrey has defended a cartoon he drew of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, claiming he drew her “ugly” essence. The actor and comedian has created a series of sketches and paintings recently, mocking President Donald Trump and other figures in the administration, but Carrey is facing particular criticism for his picture of Huckabee Sanders after people claimed he made her look ugly. “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!” Carrey wrote back in March when he shared the picture, which featured a close-up of the press secretary’s face. Actor Jim Carrey pictured at the Toronto Film festival in 2017. His paintings of the Trump administration have received attention as of late. Reuters Recommended Slideshows 76 50 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States 80 In Pictures: Top 50 U.S. Cities Ranked by Quality of Life And Average … [Read more...] about Jim Carrey Says His ‘Ugly’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders Picture Captured Her Essence
Full Performance Lineup Revealed for ESSENCE Festival® Concert Series, June 30–July 2 in New Orleans – Grammy-winning artist Chance The Rapper will join Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and others as a headliner of Time Inc.’s ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®, taking place June 30–July 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After recently making history as the first streaming-only artist to win multiple Grammys in top categories such as Best Rap Album and Best New Artist, Chance The Rapper will make his ESSENCE Festival® debut and round out the full performance lineup for the festival concert series of more than 40 acts, including new additions: No Limit Records’ Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk; BJ the Chicago Kid; Daley; Elle Varner; Emily Estefan; Gallant; Kelly Price; Leela James; and Rhonda Ross. The full weekend concert lineup is as follows: 2017 Mainstage Artists Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, … [Read more...] about Chance The Rapper Joins Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and More as ESSENCE® Festival Headliner