Posts made in June 2021

Missing pet dog returns home in the middle of the night and rings family’s doorbell

July 1, 2021

It turns out, dogs know how doorbells work: A couple in South Carolina who were worried about their lost dog were shocked when their doorbell rang in the middle of the night. But, they were even more astonished when it turned out that their beloved pet not only had returned home—but also had figured out how to use the electronic device to be let in.

Mary Lynn Whitacre told Fox News and explained that her dog, Rajah, had gotten spooked by fireworks and escaped from their backyard in Greenville. She explained that since the dog is such a fast runner, she and her husband had no idea where Rajah was or how far away she could have gotten. For seven hours, the worried couple searched for the dog but could not find her.

“Then, around 3:00 a.m., Rajah walked up to the house’s front porch and rang the doorbell with her nose. “It was the longest seven hours of my life,” Whitacre said.

Whitacre explained that she has no idea where Rajah learned how to do this. She said she and her husband hardly ever have to use their own doorbell, so she’s not sure when the dog would’ve seen somebody press it. 

While the dog was perfectly fine, she did bring back some evidence of  an adventure.  She had thorns on her and seemed to have rolled in poop,” Whitacre explained to Southwest News Service (SWNS). “So, it seems like she had a great time.”

Apparently, the 18-month-old puppy thought she might have done something wrong, based on her behavior when she got home. Whitacre said, “She thought she was in so much trouble, and she was sad and sulking—but we were like ‘we’re just happy you’re back.’ It was hilarious, and we couldn’t stop laughing.”

In regards to the Fourth of July, Whitacre says she and her husband are planning on spending the fireworks heavy holiday at her parents’ lake house. Since other family members will be there with their dogs, Rajah will likely spend the day playing and won’t be too upset by any fireworks she hears.

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Norwegian firm launches world’s first residential super yacht, with 39 luxury apartments

July 1, 2021

Construction of the world’s largest yachtat 728 feet, is underway in Norway, Vard, a major builder of  specialized vessels, announced on June 30; noting that the company “has secured the contract for the construction of Somnio, the world’s first residential “yacht liner,” finished to the highest possible standards.”

Somnio will be one of a kind and recognizable as the new standard bearer of superyacht design. The yacht liner will have a 33,500 gross register tonnage (GRT), a length of 222 meters (about 245 yards, compared to a 100-yard football field)), and a beam of 27 meters (30 yards, compared to a 10-yard end zone).

Somnio has just 39 luxurious apartments onboard and will sail the world according to owners’ wishes.

The yacht liner, which will comply with the highest safety, environmental and operational standards and rules, is the result of a close cooperation among Somnio, Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, and VARD.

Somnio has selected two of the world’s foremost architectural and design studios for the project, Stockholm-based Tillberg Design of Sweden and London-based Winch Design.

Delivery is due in Norway in Spring 2024.

Captain Erik Bredhe, co-founder of Somnio, said: “We are delighted to have chosen the highly-experienced team at Vard for this unique project. Somnio, meaning “to dream” in Latin, will be the largest yacht in the world by length and volume, and offer apartment owners the finest quality available at sea. We are really looking forward to seeing this beautiful yacht liner sail in 2024.”

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Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg expected to be charged Thursday

July 1, 2021

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is expected to charge the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer with tax-related crimes on Thursday, July 1, sources have told The Wall Street Journal.

These would mark the first criminal charges against the former president’s company since prosecutors began investigating it three years ago.

The charges against the Trump Organization and Allen Weisselberg, the company’s longtime chief financial officer, represent a blow to former President Donald Trump, who has fended off multiple criminal and civil probes during and after his presidency.

Trump himself isn’t expected to be charged, his lawyer said. Weisselberg has rejected prosecutors’ attempts at gaining his cooperation, according to people familiar with the matter, the Journal said.

The defendants are expected to appear in court on Thursday afternoon. The Trump Organization and Weisselberg are expected to face charges related to allegedly evading taxes on fringe benefits, sources said.

For months, the Manhattan D.A.’s Office and New York State Attorney General’s Office have been investigating whether Weisselberg and other employees illegally avoided paying taxes on perks—such as cars, apartments, and private-school tuition—that they received from the Trump Organization.

If prosecutors could demonstrate that the Trump Organization and its executives systematically avoided paying taxes, they could file more serious charges alleging a scheme, lawyers said.

Weisselberg and his lawyers haven’t commented on the investigation or impending charges.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and said the investigations, conducted by offices led by Democrats, are politically motivated. Earlier this week, he said in a statement that the case is composed of “things that are standard practice throughout the U.S. business community, and in no way a crime.”

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Man charged with rape after uploading his DNA to Ancestry site

June 30, 2021

A man named Jared Vaughn was recently charged with rape by Florida police after he bought a consumer DNA kit, uploaded his genetic code to Ancestry, a genealogy tracing website—and, unbeknownst to him, matched to a DNA sample taken from when he allegedly assaulted a college student back in 2007, Insider reports.

“It has taken 14 years for resolution in this case, but it’s something that that was important to us and was important to the victim, to get some closure in this case,” Tampa Assistant Chief of Police Ruben Delgado told Fox 13.

The victim said that she was intoxicated walking back home to her dorm room at the University of Tampa when a man now identified as Vaughn, who was 30 at the time, offered to walk her home and assaulted her once they arrived.

DNA samples gathered at the time went unmatched until Vaughn’s code appeared on the Ancestry site, Insider notes, and the match was subsequently confirmed after police conducted a follow-up test.

“Our success depends on info found in public genealogy databases, where participants—and this is important—must opt-in for law enforcement matches,” Florida State Trooper Mark Brutnell told Fox 13.

DNA evidence was collected at the time but did not find any matches, and the case remained unsolved for more than a decade. In 2020, however, detectives revisited the case and began to search genealogy testing databases, including GEDmatch and FamilyTree—two services often used by people who are researching their ancestry, to find potential matches.

According to Insider, a lab identified Vaughn, now 44, as the possible suspect, so police officers traveled to West Virginia, where he now lives, to conduct another DNA test, which brought a one-in-700-billion match. 

Florida was the first state to establish its own forensic genealogy unit in 2018. Similar units have since been created in California and Utah to solve cold cases.

Special Agent Mark Brutnell of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement urged people to allow their DNA to be accessed by law enforcement.

DNA testing for law enforcement presents a thorny challenge. In this case, the suspect uploaded his own samples and seemingly accepted that it could be used by police — or at least failed to opt out. But suspects can also be implicated in crimes after their relatives upload their own samples, subjecting them to genetic surveillance without their consent.

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Walmart revolutionizes insulin access and affordability with launch of private brand

June 30, 2021

Walmart has announced the launch of the first-ever private brand analog insulin, which, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail behemoth says in a press release, will revolutionize the access to and affordability of diabetes care by offering customers a significant price savings without compromising quality.

Available exclusively through Walmart’s private ReliOn brand, the new offering includes analog insulin vials ($72.88) and FlexPen ($85.88). Walmart claims that these products will save customers from 58% to 75% off the cash price of branded analog insulin products—which translates to a savings of up to $101 per branded vial or $251 per package of branded FlexPens.

The new private label ReliOn™ NovoLog® Insulin (insulin aspart) injection, manufactured by the Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk, is available in Walmart pharmacies this week, and Sam’s Club pharmacies in mid-July across the United States.

ReliOn™ NovoLog® is a rapid-acting insulin analog used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes. Customers will need a prescription in order to purchase the products and should always consult with their doctor regarding their diabetes management.

“We know many people with diabetes struggle to manage the financial burden of this condition, and we are focused on helping by providing affordable solutions. We also know this is a condition that disproportionately impacts underserved populations. With ReliOn NovoLog insulin, we’re adding a high-quality medication for diabetes to the already affordable ReliOn line of products and continuing our commitment to improve access and lowering cost of care,” said Dr. Cheryl Pegus, executive vice president, Walmart Health & Wellness.

“Diabetes often comes with high medical costs, estimated around $9,601 per person per year. We welcome all affordable solutions that make diabetes management more accessible to millions of Americans living with diabetes. We encourage everyone to ask their health care provider questions to better understand what the right and affordable treatment is for their unique medical needs,” said Tracey D. Brown, CEO of the American Diabetes Association.

For additional information about Walmart’s affordable diabetes resources, visit Walmart.com/diabetes.

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‘Not going to happen’: Progressives slam McConnell effort to sabotage reconciliation bill

June 30, 2021

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is actively working to undermine the Democratic majority’s emerging infrastructure strategy by demanding the separation of the White House-backed bipartisan deal from a broader reconciliation package—a non-starter for progressives who say they will not support the former without simultaneous passage of the latter, Raw Story reports.

“It’s not going to happen,” Representative Ro Khanna (D-California) told NBC News on June 28, referring to McConnell’s request. “There is no way a bipartisan deal passes the House without a vote the same day on a Senate-passed reconciliation that has bold climate provisions.”

In a statement on Monday, McConnell called on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Caliornia) to “walk back their threats that they will refuse to send the president a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless they also separately pass” a sweeping reconciliation package; which the newly re-elected Kentucky Republican referred to as “unrelated tax hikes, wasteful spending, and Green New Deal socialism.”

According to Raw Story, along with other members of his caucus, McConnell—despite being well aware of the Democrats’ two-track approach—voiced outrage last week after President Joe Biden said he would refuse to sign a bipartisan infrastructure bill that is not accompanied by separate legislation that addresses other Democratic priorities, from investments in green energy to child care to paid family leave. The Democratic package would pass through reconciliation, an arcane budget process that is exempt from the 60-vote legislative filibuster that McConnell has frequently wielded to stymie the majority party’s agenda.

Biden soon softened his position amid Republican backlash, saying in a statement Saturday that he intends to “pursue the passage” of the $579 billion bipartisan measure “with vigor” and will sign it if it reaches his desk.

But Biden’s shift was not enough for McConnell, who said the president’s vow will amount to a “hollow gesture” unless Schumer and Pelosi take the same position.

On Thursday, Pelosi said the House won’t hold a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill until the Senate also passes the broader reconciliation package—a stance that won applause from progressive lawmakers, who are now urging the Democratic leadership to hold firm in the face of what they view as McConnell’s bad-faith sabotage effort.

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, pointed to McConnell’s remark last month that “100%” of his focus is on “stopping this new administration.”

“The last person who should have a say on our agenda is Senate MINORITY Leader Mitch McConnell,” Jayapal tweeted. “We’re going to go big and bold on our reconciliation package because that’s what people voted us in to do.”

Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee—which is headed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)—are expected to hold a call this week to discuss the size and scope of the nascent reconciliation bill.

Sanders is reportedly pushing for a roughly $6 trillion package that includes Medicare expansion, significant spending on climate action, and other investments. The youth-led Sunrise Movement is demanding that Democrats to go even further by embracing a $10 trillion in climate and infrastructure spending over the next decade.

But, in order to pass, any reconciliation bill must win the vote of Senator Joe Manchin (D-WestVirginia), who indicated over the weekend that he would not be willing to support a package larger than $2 trillion, according to Raw Story.

In a tweet on Monday, Sanders addressed those suggesting his reconciliation offer is too pricey.

“For those who say the budget framework I proposed costs ‘too much,’ what would you cut?” the Vermont senator asked. “Combating climate change? Childcare? Universal Pre-K? Paid family and medical leave? Dental, hearing, and vision [for Medicare recipients]? Housing? Long-term home healthcare? Child Tax Credit? Waiting…”

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Gray hair can return to its original color—and stress is involved, of course

June 29, 2021

It’s no secret that one of the “fringe benefits” that comes with the U.S. presidency is the precipitous emergence of whiter (or grayer) hair—caused not just by the passing of time during a four-year or an eight-year White House incumbency, but also by the pressures that are part of the office, itself.

The question is, when the pressure lets up, do the strands of gray return to their original brown, black, blonde, or red? Until now, we have assumed that the answer is no.

However, Scientific American reports, although this may seem like a permanent change, new research reveals that the graying process can be undone—at least temporarily.

Hints that gray hairs could spontaneously regain color have existed as isolated case studies within the scientific literature for decades. In one 1972 paper, the late dermatologist Stanley Comaish reported an encounter with a 38-year-old man who had what he described as a “most unusual feature.” Although the vast majority of the individual’s hairs were either all black or all white, three strands were light near the ends but dark near the roots. This signaled a reversal in the normal graying process, which begins at the root.

In a study published this week in eLife, a group of researchers provide the most robust evidence of this phenomenon to date in hair from around a dozen people of various ages, ethnicities, and sexes. It also aligns patterns of graying and reversal to periods of stress, which implies that this aging-related process is closely associated with our psychological well-being.

These findings suggest “that there is a window of opportunity during which graying is probably much more reversible than had been thought for a long time,” says study co-author Ralf Paus, a dermatologist at the University of Miami.

Around four years ago Martin Picard, a mitochondrial psychobiologist at Columbia University, was pondering the way our cells grow old in a multistep manner in which some of them begin to show signs of aging at much earlier time points than others. This patchwork process, he realized, was clearly visible on our head, where our hairs do not all turn gray at the same time. “It seemed like the hair, in a way, recapitulated what we know happens at the cellular level,” Picard says. “Maybe there’s something to learn there. Maybe the hairs that turn white first are the more vulnerable or least resilient.”

While discussing these ideas with his partner, Picard mentioned something in passing: If one could find a hair that was only partially gray—and then calculate how fast that hair was growing—it might be possible to pinpoint the period in which the hair began aging and thus ask the question of what happened in the individual’s life to trigger this change. “I was thinking about this almost as a fictive idea,” Picard recalls. Unexpectedly, however, his partner turned to him and said she had seen such two-colored hairs on her head. “She went to the bathroom and actually plucked a couple—that’s when this project started,” he says.

Picard and his team began searching for others with two-colored hairs through local ads, on social media, and by word of mouth. Eventually, they were able to find 14 people—men and women ranging from nine to 65 years old with various ethnic backgrounds (although the majority were white). Those individuals provided both single- and two-colored hair strands from different parts of the body, including the scalp, face and pubic area.

The researchers then developed a technique to digitize and quantify the subtle changes in color, which they dubbed hair pigmentation patterns, along each strand. These patterns revealed something surprising: In 10 of these participants, who were between age nine and 39, some graying hairs regained color. The team also found that this occurred not just on the head but in other bodily regions as well.

“When we saw this in pubic hair, we thought, ‘Okay, this is real,’” Picard says. “This happens not just in one person or on the head but across the whole body.” He adds that because the reversibility only appeared in some hair follicles, however, it is likely limited to specific periods when changes are still able to occur.

Most people start noticing their first gray hairs in their 30s—although some may find them in their late 20s.This period, when graying has just begun, is probably when the process is most reversible, according to Paus. In those with a full head of gray hair, most of the strands have presumably reached a “point of no return,” but the possibility remains that some hair follicles may still be malleable to change, he says.

“What was most remarkable was the fact that they were able to show convincingly that, at the individual hair level, graying is actually reversible,“ Matt Kaeberlein, a biogerontologist at the University of Washington, who was one of the editors of the new paper but was not involved in the work, told Scientific American. “What we’re learning is that, not just in hair but in a variety of tissues, the biological changes that happen with age are, in many cases, reversible—this is a nice example of that.”
 
The team also investigated the association between hair graying and psychological stress because prior research hinted that such factors may accelerate the hair’s aging process. Anecdotes of such a connection are also visible throughout history: according to legend, the hair of Marie Antoinette, the 18th-century queen of France, turned white overnight just before her execution at the guillotine.

In a small subset of participants, the researchers pinpointed segments in single hairs where color changes occurred in the pigmentation patterns. Then they calculated the times when the change happened using the known average growth rate of human hair: approximately one centimeter per month. These participants also provided a history of the most stressful events they had experienced over the course of a year.

This analysis revealed that the times when graying or reversal occurred corresponded to periods of significant stress or relaxation. In one individual, a 35-year-old man with auburn hair, five strands of hair underwent graying reversal during the same time span, which coincided with a two-week vacation. Another subject, a 30-year-old woman with black hair, had one strand that contained a white segment that corresponded to two months during which she underwent marital separation and relocation—her highest-stress period in the year.

For now, the next step is to look more carefully at the link between stress and graying. Picard, Paus, and their colleagues are currently putting together a grant to conduct another study that would examine changes in hair and stress levels prospectively—which means tracking participants over a specified period of time rather than asking them to recall life events from the past.

Eventually, Picard says, one could envision hair as a powerful tool to assess the effects of earlier life events on aging—because, much like the rings of a tree, hair provides a kind of physical record of elapsed events. “It’s pretty clear that the hair encodes part of your biological history in some way,” he says. “Hair grows out of the body, and then it crystallizes into this hard, stable [structure] that holds the memory of your past.”

Research contact: @scientificamer

Gerber reveals 2021 Spokesbaby and first-ever Chief Growing Officer

June 29, 2021

On June 28, baby food provider Gerber announced the winner of its 11th annual Photo Search, who will serve as the 2021 Gerber Spokesbaby, as well as an important and adorable honorary role on Gerber’s Executive Committee as Chief Growing Officer (CGO). 

Zane Kahin from Winter Park, Florida, captivated the judging panel with his cheerful attitude, infectious giggles, and playful smile.

As the latest Gerber Spokesbaby and first-ever CGO, Baby Zane represents every Gerber baby, and his family’s story of perseverance and hope serves as a reminder of what unites all parents and drives everyone at Gerber: the promise to do anything for baby.

“Zane is our little comedian – he loves to crack himself up and even wakes up laughing,” said Erin Kahin, Zane’s mother. “On February 3, 2021, our shining light Zane came into our lives – beating all odds. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 years old and a newly single woman, my doctors were unsure how the impact of chemotherapy, radiation, and a double mastectomy would impact my ability to have children. After getting married to my husband over a year ago, we surprisingly conceived naturally and had a near perfect pregnancy. Our family continues to enjoy every moment and look at life with appreciation and a sense of humor.”

Zane Kahin has been spreading joy and laughter ever since his birth. He laughs the hardest in his bouncer; enjoys taking in the world and bonding with his family dogs, Rexy (10) and Liv (3).

“Photo Search is a moment that brings families together in celebration year after year, and the Gerber family is delighted to welcome Zane as this year’s Gerber Spokesbaby and first-ever Chief Growing Officer,” said Mohini Joshi, VP of Marketing at Gerber, in a company press release. “By recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby, we celebrate the diversity of families – whether that’s where we’re from, who our parents are or the circumstances in which baby came into the world.”

Launched in 2010, Photo Search was inspired by the countless photos received over the years from parents who see their little ones in Gerber’s iconic baby logo, which features the original Gerber baby, Ann Turner Cook. In honor of the program’s 11-year anniversary, this year’s Photo Search winner will not only serve as the 2021 Gerber Spokesbaby but will also receive the honorary title of Chief Growing Officer for the year.

As part of the 2021 Spokesbaby and CGO’s tenure, he will work together with Gerber to help the next generation of babies grow and thrive. He will have the opportunity to serve as official Chief Taste Tester to taste and review new baby food products, provide the Gerber executive team “advice” about what babies need for the future; and guest star as Gerber CEO for a day when he will help make exciting business decisions that foster company and every baby’s growth.

In addition to the opportunity to be featured on Gerber’s social media channels and marketing campaigns throughout the year, Zane and his family were awarded a $25,000 cash prize, free Gerber product for up to 1 year, and a CGO wardrobe valued at $1,000 provided by Gerber Childrenswear.

Additionally, a unique Gerber Childrenswear CGO Onesies bodysuit and t-shirt designed in Zane’s honor will be available for limited-time purchase from Gerber Childrenswear. For every purchase of this special product, Gerber Childrenswear will make a product donation of equal value to charitable organization, Delivering Good, in an effort to help babies thrive in their communities.

To learn more about Zane or purchase the limited-edition CGO Onesies bodysuit and t-shirt, visit https://www.gerber.com/photosearch2021.

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Trump Organization attorneys have until end-of-day June 28 to persuade prosecutors not to file charges

June 29, 2021

Prosecutors in New York have given former President Donald Trump’s attorneys a deadline of Monday afternoon, June 28, to make their final arguments as to why the Trump Organization should not face criminal charges over its financial dealings, according to two people familiar with the matter, The Washington Post reports.

That deadline is a strong signal that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D) and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D)—now working together, after each has spent more than two years investigating Trump’s business—are considering criminal charges against the company as an entity.

Earlier this year, Vance convened a grand jury in Manhattan to consider indictments in the investigation. No entity or individual has been charged in the investigations thus far, and it remains possible that no charges will be filed, the Post says.

Prosecutors have shown interest in whether Trump’s company used misleading valuations of its properties to deceive lenders and taxing authorities, and in whether taxes were paid on fringe benefits for company executives, according to court documents and people familiar with the investigations.

The two people familiar with the deadline set for Trump’s attorneys spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose private conversations. Under New York law, prosecutors may file charges against corporations in addition to individuals.

Last Thursday, lawyers working for Trump personally and for the Trump Organization met virtually with prosecutors to make the case that charges were not warranted. Meetings like these are common in financial investigations. The Post notes—allowing defense attorneys a chance to present evidence before prosecutors make a decision on whether to seek charges.

Thursday’s meeting was first reported by The New York Times. Spokespeople for Vance and James declined to comment on Sunday, as did an attorney for Trump, Ronald Fischetti, and an attorney for the Trump Organization, Alan Futerfas.

People familiar with the probe confirmed to The Washington Post that prosecutors were looking at charging the Trump Organization as an entity, as well as Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, following Weisselberg’s refusal to assist in the investigation.

Trump—who on June 26 kicked off a planned series of rallies to boost his and favored Republicans’ future election prospects—still owns his businesses through a trust managed by his adult sons and Weisselberg. He gave up day-to-day management of the company while in the White House, but it is unclear what role he plays in the company’s operations now.

Last month, Trump called the investigations a “witch hunt” run by Democrats seeking to damage his future political prospects.

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Britney Spears wants out. What happens next in her conservatorship?

June 28, 2021

Singer Britney Spears has made clear how frustrated she is with the legal arrangement that has controlled her life for 13 years, but the singer will need patience before finding freedom, Metro reports.

However, legal experts say that wanting out of a court-appointed conservatorship is easier said than done. Spears, now 39, will have to convince the judge that she is capable of managing her personal affairs and assets worth around $60 million, according to court documents.

“Once a person is under a conservatorship it’s difficult to get out of it because the court does not want to remove those protections only to have the conservatee taken advantage of,” Los Angeles-based family lawyer Christopher Melcher recently told Metro.

“They would have to demonstrate that it’s no longer necessary,” Melcher added.

In emotional and angry remarks to the judge overseeing her case, Spears on Wednesday, June 23, described the conservatorship as abusive, stupid, embarrassing and demoralizing.

The “Piece of Me” singer begged for the arrangement to be ended without having to undergo more psychological testing.

“I don’t want to be evaluated, to be sat in a room with people four hours a day like they did to me before,” she said. “If I can work and provide money and work for myself and pay other people—it makes no sense.”

On June 24, Spears apologized to fans via an Instagram post for “pretending like I’ve been OK the past two years.”

“I did it because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me,” she wrote.

The conservatorship began in 2008 when Spears suffered a mental health breakdown. The nature of her mental illness has never been disclosed. A year later she made a comeback, released new albums and performed live for ten years until late 2018.

Judge Brenda Penny praised Spears for her courage in speaking out but said on Wednesday that Spears needs to submit a petition to the court requesting the termination of the conservatorship before any next steps could be taken. No new dates were set.

Under the terms of conservatorships in California, the judge would usually send a court-appointed investigator to speak with Spears and other interested parties, including the singer’s parents Jamie and Lynne Spears, her care manager and the financial institution that manages her business affairs. The judge would make the final decision.

“Everybody thinks that you simply walk into court with your case and the judge is going to hear me and the judge is going to understand that what I want is what is right, and they’re going to give that to me. And it simply doesn’t work that way,” said Scott Rahn, an attorney with expertise in trusts and conservatorships.

“It has to be warranted,” Rahn added.

Spears may have more luck winning a loosening of some of the restrictions she now faces. She mentioned wanting to choose her own attorney, marry, and have another baby, have her nails and hair done, and have a therapist come to her rather than vice versa.

Lisa MacCarley, a probate and conservatorship lawyer who supports the #FreeBritney movement, said Spears had been “treated shabbily” under the conservatorship.

“Britney Spears needs to get into an office of a competent and independent legal adviser and weigh her options,” MacCarley said.

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