MADRID (AP): Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick, but Luis Suarez scored in the second half to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in their Spanish league opener yesterday. That gave the defending champions a small gap on archrivals Real Madrid right away, as Rafa Benitez started his stint in charge with a 0-0 draw at promoted side Sporting Gijon. Suarez netted the winner from close range after a left-flank cross by Jordi Alba in the 54th minute at Bilbao’s San Mames Stadium. Messi had a chance to open the scoring in the first half after a disputed foul on Suarez inside the area, but the Argentine playmaker had his low shot from the spot saved by goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. “We won the game and that’s what’s important,” Suarez said. A disappointing result in the opener would have raised more questions about Barcelona after an unusually difficult start to the season. The club was stunned by Bilbao last week in the Spanish Super Cup final, losing the title 5-1 on aggregate. Bilbao presented the Super Cup trophy to the nearly 50,000 fans that packed the San Mames yesterday, but the team could not keep their momentum going against the Spanish powerhouse. Barcelona played just well enough to earn the victory and had most of the significant scoring opportunities. Sergi Roberto hit the crossbar with a right-footed shot in the 60th, and Messi made one of his traditional runs past several defenders near the end of the game, but his shot came out weak for an easy save by Iraizoz. Messi’s best chance was the 32nd-minute penalty kick, when his left-footed shot was deflected wide as Iraizoz dived to his right to tip the ball away. Luis Enrique’s team began their season with a depleted squad because of injuries and suspensions and it only got worse yesterday when right back Dani Alves had to be substituted in the first half and Sergio Busquets in the second because of apparent injuries. Star striker Neymar was recovering from the mumps and fellow Brazilian Adriano was injured, while Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu were suspended. “It’s a difficult situation. They are very important players for our team,” Suarez said. “But we have a lot of quality players to replace them if needed.” Atletico Madrid began with a lacklustre 1-0 win over newcomers Las Palmas at their Vicente Calderon Stadium on Saturday, thanks to a 16th-minute free kick goal by Antoine Griezmann, while midfielder Salva Sevilla scored early in the first half to give Espanyol a 1-0 win over 10-man Getafe. The league struggled to produce goals on its first two days, with scoreless draws between Valencia-Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad-Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla-Malaga.
For Valentine’s Day today, a typically guarded auto body specialist named Noah Dixon will present his wife, Suzy, with a poem revealing his innermost thoughts. The poem will convey Noah’s pride watching Suzy care for the couple’s three children and reflect on a recent trip to Hawaii. The sentiments will be all Dixon’s. But the words will come from a man he met with for just 20 minutes at a Denny’s. North Hollywood resident King James Edmonds, 47, is a poet-for-hire. He writes love poems for the tongue-tied, the writer’s-blocked, and those who appreciate a professional’s touch. For $100, he promises each client a one-of-a-kind, individually tailored piece of work, delivered within two weeks in a silver frame. All he requires from the client is a short face-to-face meeting or phone conversation. “As they talk about their loved one, I create the poem in my mind,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Edmonds truly belongs in another time – a slower, more romantic era when men threw their coats on top of puddles for ladies to walk across and poetry was more than something to slap on greeting cards. He does most things slower than the average person. He speaks slowly, he even moves that way – like he’s thinking about every movement. A former jazz radio disc jockey from New York City, Edmonds has a soothing voice that comes in handy when trying to get his clients to think like a romantic. He likes to say he sings like Barry White, but he looks more like Issac Hayes with hair. He can have an intense presence. The 6-foot-1, solidly built man who changed his name to King as a tribute to his mother more than 10 years ago looks deeply into his clients’ eyes as he asks them about the details of their love lives. “That’s where I see the poem, in their eyes,” he said. His life as a professional poet began by accident five years ago, when a good friend, Gary Freeman, told Edmonds he was out of ideas for his future wife’s Valentine’s Day gift. “He did the trip to Cancun, he did the roses, and I just said, I could write a poem.” He interviewed Freeman for about five minutes before getting to work. “Forever Gary and Trice” was a huge success. It began, “If I was a poet and words spoke free, I could truly say, there is no one else for me.” Freeman was amazed with the details Edmonds put in the poem. “It’s like he experienced the relationship I was going through,” he said. Both agreed he had a gift to share with the public. Edmonds approached his business the same way he approaches life. With extreme patience, he began building client base both from word of mouth and by handing out fliers on the street. In 2004, he started www.poetsrain.com to promote his work. He estimates he’s now written about 35 poems. When not writing, he works part time as a sales associate at Incolay, a company that does reproductions of classical works of art. This year, the company will print one of his poems, “Beautiful,” on Incolay stone, making it available both in its gift catalog and to retailers. Edmonds doesn’t have a fancy studio, so he meets with clients wherever he can. His two latest meetings took place at an old Hollywood-theme Denny’s in Sherman Oaks, where in a tucked-away booth lined with black and white photos of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, Edmonds probed two lovestruck husbands for information about their relationships. Edmonds asks each client the same questions, so he can understand what they love about their significant others, get descriptions of romantic moments and gauge their hopes for the future. He also likes to turn the tables on his clients, asking what their partner would say they love about them. Both clients were tripped up by this question. “Wow, hmm,” new client Billy Seals said when asked the question at a recent interview. He thought hard before proceeding to tell Edmonds all about “Billy-itis” – the name his wife, Verjeania Sharp, has given to describe how she feels about him. “This is gonna be some poem,” he said when the interview ended. Edmonds, who has never married, describes himself as the ultimate romantic at heart. He admits it’s a bit ironic that the man who brings couples closer together has never had a relationship last longer than seven years. “If you can’t live through your own romance, you can live vicariously though others’ romance,” he said. Edmonds said his biggest goal is to have his poems touch the people who receive them, and that clients have been consistently amazed by the detail that comes through in his writing after just one short meeting. “It was really an interesting experience; my wife loved it,” said Dean Dena, who commissioned a poem from Edmonds last year for his wife’s birthday. “It was real personal – almost like I wrote it but with his flair for writing.” Dixon is excited to see the look on his wife’s face when she reads her poem. “She had no idea I was doing this. I’ll get extra points.” Cortney Fielding, (818) 713-3699 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Shortly before the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 497 of Indian Penal Codem, which defined adultery as a punishable offence, the Rajasthan High Court upheld a man’s conviction under the law. This was probably the last conviction under the legal provision described by the apex court as “manifestly arbitrary” in its September 27 verdict.Section 497, which no longer exists in the statute book, punished a man for having physical relationship with the wife of another man without his consent. It exempted the wife from punishment and stated that the wife would not be treated as an abettor. After the Supreme Court verdict, adultery stands decriminalised, though it will be grounds for divorce.In its judgment delivered on September 20 on the appeals filed by convict Devaram, a resident of Jaipur district, and two others, the High Court held him guilty of adultery, as he was cohabiting with Shakuntala, wife of Heera Lal, but acquitted him of the rape and conspiracy charges. He was facing rape charges in connection with the suicide by Shakuntala’s daughter in 2010.Justice Pankaj Bhandari at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench stated in his 19-page judgment that there was “every possibility of false implication” of Devaram in the rape case by complainant Mr. Heera Lal as he had enmity with him.Devaram, the State president of Ambedkar Vichar Manch, had given an affidavit in a criminal case lodged by Ms. Shakuntala against her husband Mr. Heera Lal for treating her with cruelty in 2005. Mr. Heera Lal lodged a complaint that Devaram was having illicit relations with his wife in his absence and his wife, along with their daughters, had later started living with him.When one of the daughters of Ms. Shakuntala killed herself, an allegation was made that she was pressurised to have illicit relations with a boy. Though Devaram was convicted of rape by the Sessions Court, the High Court did not find the statement of another daughter of Ms. Shakuntala reliable in this regard.The High Court acquitted Devaram and another man Basram from the rape and conspiracy charges and Ms. Shakuntala from the charges of abetment of her daughter’s suicide under Section 306 of I.P.C. The Court partly allowed Devaram’s appeal by quashing his conviction under Section 376 (2)(g) (gang rape) of I.P.C. and upheld his conviction under Section 497.Sustaining Devaram’s conviction for adultery, the Court said that an owner of a house had deposed that he rented his house to Devaram in 2010 when he showed Ms. Shakuntala as his wife, and her daughters as his daughters. One of the daughters also deposed that Devaram and her mother were living as husband and wife.“Appellant Devaram has been rightly convicted for offence under 497 of I.P.C. by the trial court,” the judge observed and ordered that if the convict had undergone the sentence of five years imposed under Section 497, he would be released forthwith.
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