Weekly News Roundup

June 15, 2018

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Eurydice Dixon’s Murderer Charged

After performing her comedy act at a Melbourne bar on Tuesday night, Eurydice Dixon made her way home, but never arrived.

Jaymes Todd, 19, has been charged with the rape and murder of the young woman after her body was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday on a soccer field in Carlton North’s Princes Park.

It’s been revealed the 22-year-old’s last words – and last text – were to her partner of four months, fellow comedian Tony Magnuson.

The Herald Sun reports that after leaving Highlander Bar, Eurydice and Tony got a snack and said goodbye at a tram stop at Federation Square.

“I think I feel like walking tonight,” she told her boyfriend, blowing him a kiss.

Then around midnight, Tony received this text: “I’m almost home safe, HBU(how about you)?”

A neighbour told The Age Eurydice lived with her father Jeremy and her 16-year-old brother in a third floor flat about 100 metres from Princes Park. Their mother had died about 11 years ago, she said, and Jeremy “lived for his kids”.

Jaymes Todd will next appear in court on October 3.

Duchess Meghan makes first joint appearance with Queen

The former Meghan Markle is making her first joint appearance with Queen Elizabeth II on an official royal visit to the northwest of England.

The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex, as Markle is now known, travelled by a special royal train for a series of events Thursday.

They joined the rest of Britain in observing a minute of silence at midday to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire on the anniversary of the deadly London blaze.

Aside from that sombre moment, the day was filled with smiles and cheers as the 92-year-old monarch and 36-year-old former actress paired up.

They wore contrasting colors, the duchess choosing a beige Givenchy pencil dress and the Queen in a lime green coat-dress and matching hat. The Queen seemed comfortable in the company of the newest senior royal.

Their first stop featured a performance by local schoolchildren in the town of Widnes, near Liverpool.

The duchess sat next to the Queen for the performance. It was to be followed by events including the unveiling of a plaque to officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

The two royals were greeted by cheering crowds in the centre of the city of Chester, where they observed the minute of silence.

The Queen worked one side of the street, greeting well-wishers, while the duchess walked down the other side, chatting with local residents and showing her wedding ring to one small group.

The duchess, a former actress on the TV show Suits, is easing into royal duties after marrying Prince Harry last month.

Donald Trump’s “nonprofit” foundation involved in illegal conduct

US President Donald Trump has attacked “sleazy New York Democrats” after the state’s attorney general sued him and his namesake foundation, adding he would not settle the case.

New York’s Attorney General Barbara Underwood is suing Trump and the Donald J. Trump Foundation, saying the nonprofit should be dissolved after more than a decade of illegal conduct, including support for Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign.

Underwood accused the foundation and its directors of conducting “extensive unlawful political coordination” with the campaign, and “repeated and wilful self-dealing” to benefit Trump’s personal and business interests.

“The Trump Foundation was little more than a chequebook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to non-profits, regardless of their purpose of legality,” Underwood said in a statement on Thursday. “That is not how private foundations should function.”

“The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s children were also named as defendants in the attorney general’s petition, filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

New York is also seeking $US2.8 million of restitution plus penalties, a 10-year ban on Trump serving as a director of a New York non-profit, and one-year bans for his children Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka.

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