(CNN)Former American Idol contestant Antonella Maria Barba has been sentenced to 45 months in prison for possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute 400 grams or more of the substance, the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Virginia announced. She had pleaded guilty to the charges in July. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid which the CDC says has seen a sharp rise in the number of police seizures of the drug in recent years. Barba, 32, was sitting in a rental car in Norfolk, New Jersey when law enforcement approached her vehicle. A drug dog raised an alert on the vehicle, leading a canine officer to search the car. On the passenger side floor of the car, the officer found a closed shoebox in plain sight and, upon opening it, found a back of a "rock-like white substance" which would later be determined to be 830.9 grams of fentanyl, the attorney's office says. Read More Barba was a contestant in the sixth season of American Idol which aired in 2007, but was … [Read more...] about A former ‘American Idol’ contestant was sentenced to 45 months in prison for possession of fentanyl
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Some 700 million years ago, our Blue Planet was white — imprisoned within thick ice and surrounded by an atmosphere of extreme toxicity. This was no ordinary Ice Age but a lethally frigid ‘super-winter’ that scientists have dubbed Snowball Earth and which lasted for up to 50 million years. Where once, ultra-primitive life forms had teemed in warm waters lapping tropical shores, a sudden global catastrophe transformed the young planet into a great icescape, with an average temperature of around minus 38c — the equivalent of the harshest Siberian winter today. Ice sheets extended beyond the equator, where it was a little warmer (minus 20c), and across the globe gigantic glaciers up to two miles thick flowed over mountain ranges, grinding barren rock into dust. Some 700 million years ago, our Blue Planet was white — imprisoned within thick ice and surrounded by an atmosphere of extreme toxicity What life had evolved during the previous 3.8 billion years … [Read more...] about Did life on Earth begin because our planet was once a giant snowball? That’s what a new scientific study says – and the evidence is compelling
She plays the feisty Erin in the smash hit Sky One series, where she raised eyebrows with her jaw-dropping sex scenes with co-star Damien Molony. And Michelle Keegan battled the elements as she filmed scenes for Brassic series two in chilly Lancashire on Friday. The former Coronation Street actress, 32, was seen bundling up in two padded coats and putting a hot water bottle over her face as she tried to brush off the winter cold. Frosty: Michelle Keegan battled the elements as she filmed scenes for Brassic series two in chilly Lancashire on Friday Oh dear: The former Coronation Street actress, 32, was seen bundling up in two padded coats and putting a hot water bottle over her face as she tried to brush off the winter cold The beauty transformed into her character as she wore her raven tresses in a high ponytail paired with signature gold hoop earrings. The Our Girl star donned a lime green quilted jacket and sports leggings, paired with box fresh trainers as she filmed. … [Read more...] about Michelle Keegan wraps up in two coats before placing a hot water bottle over her FACE as she films Brassic series two in chilly Lancashire
It's difficult to remain on air for decades without the occasional continuity error. But more recently, beloved soaps like EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale have slipped up on the basics when it comes to their characters' storylines. There's always margin for mistakes but it's wise to remember that the hardcore fans watching will never let it be forgiven. EastEnders' bosses have explained that sometimes it's necessary to risk the wrath of the know-it-all soap fans to move a storyline along (like Phil Mitchell's recent early birthday blip). And former Coronation Street boss Stuart Blackburn had to admit to an oversight when Kevin Webster appeared to forget his own son's birthday 15 years previously. FEMAIL takes a look at the worst continuity moments in soap... Fans outrage as EastEnders get Phil Mitchell AND Mick Carter's birthdays wrong Awks! The character, played by Danny Dyer, was seen celebrating the big birthday on Friday the 13th, when in recent years it … [Read more...] about From wrong birthdays of long-running characters to forgetting the death of a child, are these the WORST continuity moments in TV soaps?
Fewer than one in 10 homes is affordable to small families on housing benefit across swathes of the country, a study warns today. Analysis by homelessness charity Crisis says a third of Britain is clobbered by having less than 10% of housing affordable for households relying on the welfare benefit. Urgent investment in housing benefit is needed so it covers rental costs and does not push families towards homelessness, the charity says. Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes said: “Ending homelessness is truly possible but we have to tackle the root causes, not just treat the symptoms. “We need to see commitment from the next Government to sign up to our manifesto to end all forms of homelessness, which includes urgent investment in housing benefit. “The next Government cannot ignore the widespread public desire to change the system – it must do all it can to make sure everyone has a home they can afford.” … [Read more...] about Boost housing benefit to ease homeless crisis, says charity in general election plea