October 18, 2009 in Nation/World

In brief: Adult novelty entrepreneur buffs up candidate resume

From Wire Reports
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Stepfanie Velez-Gentry, a Republican candidate for the New Jersey Assembly, holds a catalog from one of her sex toy parties as she stands in her office Friday.
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Trenton, N.J. – A lot of small-business owners run for the Legislature, but one New Jersey candidate can tout a unique entrepreneurial experience: hosting sex toy parties.

Stepfanie Velez-Gentry is the owner of Nookie Parties LLC. She makes a living organizing parties for women and couples where she sells sex toys, lotions, games, lingerie and other erotic items.

“It’s kind of like a Tupperware party, but with adult novelties,” the 29-year-old mother of two explained.

Velez-Gentry, a Republican from Bellmawr, is running for state Assembly. She started the company in 2007 as a way to help support her family in a tough economy.

She is vying for one of two open seats in District 5, which includes Camden and a stretch of middle-class Philadelphia suburbs.

Camden County Republican Chairman Rick DeMichele saluted her entrepreneurial spirit.

“I knew what she did before she decided to run,” DeMichele said. “She engages people so easily and really gets out there and takes the approach of one voter at a time. She makes a great candidate.”

Boy, 5, dead and brother, 1, hurt after mom shoots them

Los Angeles – A woman shot her two young sons Saturday, killing a 5-year-old boy and critically wounding his 1-year-old brother, police said.

The woman – 26-year-old La’ Tonya Dixon – called 911 at about 8:30 a.m. and told a dispatcher that she had killed her children, Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said.

When police arrived at the apartment complex in South Los Angeles, Dixon was standing on a second-floor balcony waving a handgun and telling officers to shoot her, police said.

She shouted “I’ve wasted my life,” neighbors told the Los Angeles Times.

Officers ordered her numerous times to drop the gun, but she refused. At one point she climbed onto the balcony rail and stood on it, as if preparing to jump, police said. When she eventually put the gun down on the balcony floor, officers quickly tackled and arrested her.

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