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Former University of Virginia lacrosse teammates of George Huguely V testified against him as the prosecution wrapped its case in his murder trial this week.

Meanwhile, the defense brought its first witness, a doctor who said Yeardley Love, his fellow lacrosse player ex, died of suffocation, not blunt force trauma.

Jan Leestma, a neuropathologist, contradicted the prosecution's medical witnesses, saying he saw swelling on Love's brain but no sign of blunt force trauma.

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  • George Huguely Mug Shot

"I could not conclude it is trauma," he said. Instead, he suggested, she suffocated on a bloody pillow. The lack of oxygen to her brain likely caused the swelling, he claimed.

Moreover, the rush of blood during resuscitation attempts caused the bruising.

The prosecution argues that George Huguely murdered Yeardley Love in a May 2010 incident in which he shook her violently until her head banged a wall.

The defense says it was a tragic accident, and that Huguely's actions did not directly kill Love, his on-and-off girlfriend at the University of Virginia.

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Whitney Houston will officially rest in peace this Saturday afternoon in New Jersey, as her loved ones gather for a funeral in Newark and millions gather around their computer to watch a live stream.

But the circumstances surrounding this ceremony have been anything but peaceful.

As Houston's family continues to battle with Bobby Brown over whether or not the singer will attend, Governor Chris Christie has been forced to address his state's decision to honor the artist by flying all government flags at half-staff.

Chris Christie-Whitney Houston

“What I would say to everybody is there but for the grace of God go I,” Christie said in response to complaints that New Jersey is turning a drug addict into a role model.

Other objections to the move emanate from those who believe this sort of memorial should be reserved for members of the military, first responders and elected officials.

“I am disturbed by people who believe that because her ultimate demise - and we don’t know what is the cause of her death yet - but because of her history of substance abuse that somehow she’s forfeited the good things that she did in her life,” said the governor during a briefing in northern New Jersey. “I just reject that on a human level.”

The funeral raises two questions, both of which we ask of readers below:

SHOULD FLAGS BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF?

 

SHOULD THE FUNERAL BE STREAMED ONLINE?

 

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We're not kidding. This report may be false, but according to Us Weekly, Chris Brown used that vile line on a girl he was attempting to pick up recently.

The alleged quote: ""Can I get your number? I promise I won't beat you!"

Brown's rep said: "I'd be surprised if Chris said something that stupid."

We would have to agree. If he did say that, it would defy comprehension ... even more than things Chris normally does like tell haters to f--k off on Twitter.

Chris Brown Planking

Brown, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony assault for hitting then-girlfriend Rihanna, reportedly used the line on an attractive brunette on February 10.

The setting was the Lasio Professional Hair Care suite Grammy gift lounge.

After he supposedly said it, a witness says, "He and his friends laughed about it, then one yelled, 'That's his new line!' Ugh! I wanted to throw up!"

It's unclear if the brunette accepted Chris' request.

We honestly don't believe this. Chris has big-time rage issues, and could do a lot better at taking responsibility, showing remorse and simply shutting up.

He seems to fly off the handle only when provoked, however, and such a brazen remark seems a tad uncharacteristic, even if Chris is far from perfect.

We can see him fuming at "haters," which is what seems to set him off every now and then, but not joking about beating girls to their faces.

Come on, Us. Chris has work to do, but spreading rumors like this is just as bad as his recent tirade. Legitimate criticism is one thing; slander another.

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Over a week after Randy Travis' arrest for public intoxication in Texas, a police video has surfaced that shows the country singer interacting with officers.

In the clip, recorded by a dashboard camera in the police car, officers approach a parked car where they find Travis, apparently rather intoxicated.

They ask his name, which he gives, and then ask if he's been drinking. "Yes sir, I have," responds Travis, 52, "but I'm not driving, as you can see."

After police pull a bottle of wine from the car, they inform Travis he's going to be arrested for public intoxication. His response is one of surprise.

"Really? Are you kidding me?" he asks, repeating the question.

In the video, which also depicts officers driving Travis to jail, the singer, handcuffed, worries aloud: "Will anyone here drive me back to my vehicle?"

Travis was arrested on Feb. 5 in Sanger, Texas, charged with a misdemeanor, then released hours later. He accepted responsibility for the incident.

"I apologize for what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl," he said. "I'm committed to being accountable, and apologize for my actions."

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And... there it is.

As expected, the Catholic League has issued a statement regarding Nicki Minaj's controversial performance of "Roman Holiday" at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, which featured choir boys, bishops, holy water, faux possessions, levitation and a confessional.

"Nicki Minaj, fresh off looking like a fool with Madonna at the Super Bowl, showed up last night on the red carpet at the Grammys with a guy dressed like the pope. This was just a prelude of what was to come," wrote Catholic League President Bill Donahue, adding:

"Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer. Finally, 'Come All Ye Faithful' was sung while a man posing as a bishop walked on stage; Minaj was shown levitating."

Donahue concluded by calling out the Grammys themselves, writing:

"Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam."

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In the wake of Whitney Houston's death, most celebrities are reacting with nothing but condolences and kind words about the iconic singer.

Some, however, are speaking out in more detail, with Celine Dion telling Good Morning America today that the celebrity culture itself bears some responsibility for Whitney's demise.

Tony Bennett, meanwhile, has taken a different, surprising tact. At Clive Davis' annual Grammy Awards party, held just hours after Houston passed away, the legendary artist went off on a different topic.

Tony Bennett at the Grammys

"First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now, the magnificent Whitney Houston," he said. "I'd like every person in this room to campaign to legalize drugs. Let's legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam. No one's hiding or sneaking around corners to get it. They go to a doctor to get it."

Not sure if that would have saved any of the aforementioned lives, but it's always an interesting debate. Where do you stand?

Should America legalize drugs?

 

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Marston Hefner, the oldest son of Hugh Hefner, was arrested after he allegedly attacked his Playmate of the Year girlfriend Claire Sinclair, according to reports.

Police were called to the residence Marston shares with Sinclair in Pasadena, Calif., after one of Sinclair's family members called 911, claiming Marston had attacked her.

Officers observed visible injuries on Sinclair's body, including bruises and red marks, and Marston admitted the two had gotten into an argument earlier.

He did not admit striking Sinclair, however.

Marston Hefner, Claire Sinclair

Sinclair told cops Marston punched her, kicked her in the stomach and refused to let her leave the residence, however. The model called family members after the alleged attack. Family members then made the decision to contact the authorities.

After a brief investigation, Marston was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence at around 11:15 p.m., and hauled off to a nearby police station.

Marston was released on $20,000 bail a few hours later.

Sinclar, 20, was Playboy's POTY 2011. Marson Hefner, 21, whose mom is Hugh's ex-wife Kimberley Conrad, has been dating her on-and-off since August 2010.

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Shanna Widner is speaking out for the first time in nearly two decades about the scandal that saw her mother convicted of trying to kill off her cheerleader rival.

Now 34 and a mother of two herself, Widner is finally sharing her side.

Widner tells People that her mother's 1991 arrest, trial, conviction and brief jail sentence for a crime that inspired TV movies left her with scars she still carries.

Shanna Widner Picture

Then 14, Widner would rock herself to sleep at night, sobbing and cursing God: "I kept thinking, 'Why are you doing this to us?'" she remembers. "'I hate you!'"

Her mother, Wanda Holloway, was facing charges for allegedly hiring a man to kill Verna Heath, an ex-neighbor whose daughter, Amber, competed with Shanna.

Both girls vied for junior high school cheerleading squads.

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Halle Berry does not want to move to France with young daughter Nahla and fiance Olivier Martinez to spite Gabriel Aubry - she fears for her life, according to reports.

TMZ reports that Halle is motivated by security in asking a judge for permission to move to France with Nahla - something Gabriel Aubry is trying to block.

There have apparently been serious threats to Halle's life - from one man in particular - and she feels the move out of the country is a life or death situation.

Halle Berry Close Up

Robert Hoskins, a mentally unstable man, escaped from a mental institution last week and has made threats against Halle, specifically to "slit her throat."

Hoskins threatened to slit Madonna's throat in the past and was actually shot by her bodyguard in 1995 after he trespassed onto the pop star's property.

As if that weren't enough, another stalker who recently trespassed onto Halle's property multiple times in the past has just been released from jail.

Halle is particularly concerned because Starmaps and some Hollywood bus tours literally take tourists to her doorstep, and it freaks her out.

The actress is also concerned that Gabriel Aubry, Nahla's father, is parading in front of paparazzi almost daily and possibly putting her at risk.

A judge has yet to rule on her request to skip town.

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Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely is on trial for murdering his ex-girlfriend, Yeardley Love, in a case that has garnered national attention.

His first-degree murder trial included dramatic testimony Wednesday in Charlottesville, Virginia, from Love's two roommates, serving as witnesses for the prosecution.

The saga is People's cover story this week. What makes it so noteworthy?

  • George Huguely Mug Shot
  • Yeardley Love Photo

The element of mystery surrounding the case, for one, and the fact that the accused is a Division I lacrosse star - who professes his innocence.

Caity Whiteley, who lived with Love and was on the lacrosse team with her, described returning to Love's apartment to ask her to go out with them.

With Yeardley Love, 22, face down in bed, just as Whiteley had last seen her, nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary, at least at first.

"Her hair was all messed up and pulled aside," Whiteley said, according to Charlottesville's Daily Progress. "I moved her hair, and then that's when I noticed."

"There were cuts on her face, and it was just messed up." Whiteley also testified that Love's body was warm but that her feet were cold at the time.

On Thursday, when graphic photos of Love's lifeless body were shown in court, her family sobbed, while George Huguely, 23, kept his head down.

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