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Stella McCartney, Graydon Carter Speakers at Copenhagen Fashion Summit

SUSTAINABLE STAR POWER: Stella McCartney and Graydon Carter are scheduled to speak at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which takes place May 15 to 16.
Eva Kruse, chief executive officer of Global Fashion Agenda which organizes the event, noted that McCartney had topped the speaker wish list since the summit was first organized in 2009.
“She is the impersonation of our vision for a sustainable fashion industry and the match simply couldn’t be better,” said Kruse.
“Another person whom I’ve always admired deeply is Graydon Carter — one of the most legendary magazine editors of all time,” added Kruse, of the former Vanity Fair editor in chief who retired last year.
The summit, which takes place in the Jean Nouvel-designed Copenhagen Concert Hall, will extend over two days for the first time this year.
Summit organizers last week said that the event will be hosted by model and entrepreneur Amber Valletta and Tim Blanks.
 

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PEOPLE Explains: Michelle Carter Faces Up to 20 Years for Urging Boyfriend Via Texts to Kill Himself

Today Michelle Carter will learn whether her encouragement of her 18-year-old boyfriend’s 2014 suicide will result in leniency or a long time behind bars.

Carter, then 17, was convicted in June of involuntary manslaughter for urging Conrad Roy III, 18, through texts and phone conversations to kill himself, even as the young man who battled depression told her he wanted to abandon his plan.

Now 20, Carter faces up to 20 years in prison.

Here are six things to know about the case.

1. Conrad Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Roy, from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, was known to his friends as a “funny, flirty” athlete who’d recently earned his sea captain’s license and dreamed of taking over his family’s marine towing and salvage business. But he also struggled with anxiety and depression and had previously attempted suicide.

On July 13, 2014, authorities found Roy’s body in his pickup truck, in a parking lot where, the night before, he had attached a hose to a portable generator to fill the cab with the carbon monoxide that killed him.

2. Michelle Carter Implored Roy to Go Through with His Suicide

Investigators soon discovered a series of text messages — eventually more than 1,000, according to prosecutors — sent in the week prior to Roy’s death and exchanged between him and Carter, who said that she was his girlfriend.

Among those were ones from her that stated: “You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing,” “You just have to do it” and “It’s painless and quick.”

Police also found Carter’s subsequent written admission to a friend in which she recalled a phone call with Roy, who had exited his truck as it filled with toxic fumes. He told her that he was scared and didn’t want to abandon his family.

“Get back in,” Carter said she told him.

3. Her Lawyer Said She Shouldn’t Have Faced Criminal Charges

Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, doesn’t dispute that his client texted Roy — but he has said the messages were not criminal and did not rise to the level of manslaughter.

“A lot of what has been reported thus far is that Michelle Carter always wanted to endorse Conrad Roy’s plan to kill himself,” he previously told PEOPLE. “For weeks prior to agreeing to his plan, she tried to talk him out of it, and he tried to get her to commit suicide with him.”

Cataldo argued before Carter’s trial that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which allowed the manslaughter charge to proceed, wrongly expanded the crime’s definition to include an alleged killer who was not present at the scene.

He said the court also overlooked that Carter had previously tried to convince Roy not to kill himself.

“It is in the various text messages that she tells him that he should get help and go to McLean Hospital,” a psychiatric facility where Carter had also once been a patient, Cataldo told PEOPLE.

But, he said, Roy “rejected that, stating that she doesn’t understand that he just wants to die. And this was about three weeks prior to him killing himself.”

Cataldo also tried to dismiss the charge against Carter by arguing her texts were free speech protected by the First Amendment.

The Supreme Judicial Court disagreed, ruling that “it was apparent that the defendant understood the repercussions of her role in the victim’s death. Prior to his death, the defendant sought to have the victim delete the text messages between the two.”

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4. Carter Told a Friend, ‘His Death Was My Fault’

Carter and Roy met several years before his suicide while on separate vacations to Florida; Carter was the granddaughter of a Roy family friend.

Though they lived about an hour apart — Roy in Fairhaven and Carter in Plainville, Massachusetts — the two stayed in touch through calls, emails and texts, Roy’s family and friends have said.

According to police, on July 10, 2014, three days before Roy was found dead, Carter began texting and emailing others and claiming that Roy was missing when she knew otherwise.

Investigators suspect this was part of a larger plot.

As stated in a police affidavit, “It is believed that Carter acted in this way because she was planning to continue to encourage Conrad to take his own life, so as a result she was beginning to put together a plan to get sympathy from her friends, which was evident because at this point she already started explaining that it’s her fault that Conrad is dead, even though he was still alive and speaking and texting with her regularly.”

On the day of Roy’s suicide, Carter texted a friend that “he just called me and there was a loud noise like a motor and I heard moaning like someone was in pain and he wouldn’t answer when I said his name I stayed on the phone for like 20 mins and that’s all I heard.”

She would later write to that same friend, apparently referring to Roy: “His death was my fault … he got out of the car, and I told him to get back in … because I knew he would do it all over again the next day.”

5. The Case Raised Complicated Legal Questions

Carter waived her right to a jury trial and placed her fate in the hands of a judge in Massachusetts’ Bristol County Juvenile Court.

Legal scholars watched closely as her case unfolded, and debated whether it was appropriate to bring criminal charges against someone for words and not actions.

“Prosecutors will have to prove that Carter Conrad Roy to kill himself and essentially caused his death,” Daniel Medwed, a law and criminal justice professor at Northeastern University, told The Washington Post ahead of the trial. “Defense lawyers are going to argue that he’s had suicidal tendencies predating their relationship. They’re going to emphasize that he was alone in his car, that ultimately it was his decision.”

He added, “She knew he was suicidal, but did she know that he was going to go through with it?”

6. The Judge Found Fault With Carter’s Failure to Intervene in Roy’s Final Moments

In his June ruling that found Carter guilty after a six-day trial, Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz zeroed in on Roy’s last moments, when he expressed his fears to Carter while his pickup filled with carbon monoxide.

“She Mr. Roy to get back into the truck, well-knowing of all of the feelings that he exchanged with her: his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns,” the judge said.

“She did nothing. She did not call the police or Mr. Roy’s family,” Moniz said of Carter. “Finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction : ‘Get out of the truck.’”

During Carter’s trial, a psychiatrist testified that antidepressants prescribed to her before Roy died may have impeded her ability to empathize with others and make sound decisions. The judge said he did not find that credible.

After Roy’s body was discovered, Carter texted a friend to confess her role.

“I could have stopped it,” she wrote. “I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car because it was working and he got scared and I told him to get back in.”

Suicide Prevention: What to Know

Experts say some common warning signs of suicide include discussing a desire to die or feeling anxious or hopeless, like a burden, or trapped or in pain; withdrawing from others; extreme mood swings, including anger and recklessness; and abnormal sleep patterns (sleeping too much or too little).

Many suicides have multiple causes and are not triggered by one event, according to experts, who underline that suicidal crises can be overcome with help. Where mental illness is a factor, it can be treated.

Reaching out to those in need is a simple and effective preventative measure, experts say.

If you or someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide, consider contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK, texting the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or seeking help from a professional.


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Aaron Carter Arrested for Alleged DUI and Drug Possession

Singer Aaron Carter has been arrested on DUI and marijuana charges, according to multiple reports.

The 29-year-old was pulled over about 9 p.m. Saturday in Habersham County, Georgia, about 90 miles north of Atlanta, authorities told CNN.

He was charged with driving under the influence, possession of less than once ounce of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects.

TMZ reports that he refused to undergo a breathalyzer and drug test to determine whether he was driving under the influence.

His girlfriend, Madison Parker, was in the car with him and was also arrested, police told ABC News. She was charged with possession of marijuana, obstruction of law enforcement officers and possession of drug-related objects.

Just a few hours earlier, Carter tweeted that he would not be able to make a show that night in Kansas City due to “transportation issues.”

“He promises to come back soon. He apologizes to his fans in KC and Mix93.3,” he wrote.

Carter, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, has been in the spotlight since recording his first album at age seven. He was just 12 when Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) dropped. It went triple platinum and made him an international sensation.


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‘Agent Carter,’ Marvel’s Secret Agent Show, Starts 2015 Off Right

That sound you heard as 2015 arrived was a long exhale of relief.

It feels good to give the one of the first new shows of the year, “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” a positive review. Not only is it preferable to start the TV year on an optimistic note, there were plenty of reasons to be particularly worried about this property, thus I’m especially happy it didn’t go awry.

The rocky first season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” provided a cautionary tale that lasted the better part of a season and made it clear that bringing Marvel universe characters to the small screen is no easy task. Though “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has gotten a lot better (huzzah!), many of those improvements came too late for a sizable chunk of the show’s viewers, who didn’t return for the stronger and more focused second season.

Despite that welcome uptick in quality, it wasn’t unreasonable to worry about whether Marvel TV shows were capable of coming out of the gate strong. DC TV properties like “Arrow” and “The Flash” felt far more assured than “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” did in its early going; the two CW shows figured out what they wanted to accomplish very quickly, and that confidence has continued to help both ride out any week-to-week turbulence. That said, “Gotham” proves that DC shows (and superhero programs in general) can still have a lot of trouble with tone and execution. The Fox drama remains uncertain of what it wants to be and who it wants to be about, and right now, it doesn’t consistently do anything except serve as unexceptional “brand management,” as EW’s Jeff Jensen wrote.

She’s not exactly Batman, but these days, Peggy Carter’s pop-culture profile is at least comparable to that of the Green Arrow, James Gordon or The Flash. The espionage agent is obviously a longtime part of the Marvel comic-book universe, but her inclusion in both “Captain America” movies made her much more famous, and when “Agent Carter” was announced, I was torn: Sure, it might be a cool show, but what if it was a high-profile train wreck? Not Peggy!

My fondness for the character runs deep: I think “Captain America: The First Avenger” is the best movie to have emerged from the post-“Iron Man” Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Carter, who is so warmly and ably portrayed by Hayley Atwell, provides some of the reasons that rock-solid, emotionally sensitive and exciting origin story works so well. A failure to do right by Carter would have been a particularly painful. To stumble when inventing mostly new characters, as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” did, is regrettable but understandable. To mess up a well-known character who is already beloved, who fits into a known universe and who possesses so much potential — well, a TV train wreck just didn’t bear contemplating, especially given that Carter is one of the few complex, compelling women in the overwhelmingly male MCU.

Happily, my apprehensions quickly faded away as I watched the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” on New Year’s Day. The drama is every bit as brisk and engaging as its lead character, and I can only list one real objection to the show: its brevity. The first season of “Agent Carter” will consist of only eight episodes, so when Carter’s adventures end in a couple of months, I’m betting many of us will feel as though it ended too soon.

Even so, telling one story in a limited amount of time seems like a very Peggy Carter thing to do. Crisp, entertaining efficiency is kind of her thing.

The downside of the short run is that it might not allow “Agent Carter” to explore the show’s supporting characters in detail, which is a bit of a shame. The cast around Atwell is excellent, particularly Enver Gjokaj of “Dollhouse” as a fellow agent in the post-war Strategic Scientific Reserve (a cover for a covert spy agency). Dominic Cooper swoops in from the MCU to have fun playing the rakish Howard Stark again, but I found that James D’Arcy, who plays Stark’s butler, Jarvis, quietly stole the show out from under his flashy boss.

It’s nice to see the cast rounded out with solid players, but the soul of the show is Peggy Carter, and “Agent Carter” quickly and intelligently begins to add depth and texture to the character, who hides a well of sadness under her chipper British exterior. When the series begins, Carter is restless and frustrated within the confines of the sexist boys’ club that is the post-war SSR (a situation that was glimpsed in the Marvel One Shot also titled “Agent Carter”). Her boss and co-workers are often callous and condescending to her, yet “Agent Carter” is never dour or bitter. The show clearly wants to be an energetic slice of period escapism, and it supplies spy-game derring-do with energetic efficiency. Atwell carries the show with forthrightness and aplomb, and there are grace notes that quietly remind the audience that Peggy is still mourning Captain America (who, in this time frame, is a “Cap-sicle” at the bottom of the ocean).

The secret-agent tales in these episodes aren’t particularly new or original; the plots usually revolve around the usual MacGuffins and glowing orbs and chases and fights in warehouses. However executive producers and showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas do a good job of parceling out the show’s overall story into smaller, episodic servings, and “Agent Carter” barrels along confidently in its first couple of installments. The period details generally look swell, and the direction of the show is not only energetic but recalls the classic aesthetic of the first Cap film, as is only appropriate. (See the note below for more on that.)

“Agent Carter” doesn’t reinvent the spy game on TV, but it’s a crackling start to what I can only hope is a long-running, female-centered Marvel adventure tale. The comic-book company has several more TV series in the works (“Daredevil,” “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” among them), and so far, Peggy Carter’s adventures are making me feel optimistic about what’s coming next.

Note: Louis D’Esposito, who directed the Peggy Carter Marvel One Shot, directed the first episode of “Agent Carter” and Joe Russo, co-director of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” directed the second hour.” During the summer, I read news reports that Marvel was exploring the idea of having “Captain America: The First Avenger” director Joe Johnston direct an episode of “Agent Carter,” but a Marvel spokesperson confirmed that Johnston did not helm an episode this season.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” airs its first two episodes 8 p.m. ET Tuesday on ABC.

Ryan McGee and I discussed “Agent Carter,” “Downton Abbey,” “Galavant” and “Empire” on the first Talking TV podcast of 2015. The podcast here, on iTunes and below.


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