Monthly Archives: July 2012

Custody Tug-of-War for the Jackson Children Continues

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Judge Mitch Beckloff temporarily stripped Katherine Jackson of her guardianship over the late King of Pop’s three, children Paris, Prince, and Prince Michael II (“Blanket”). Judge Beckloff rewarded guardianship to TJ Jackson, son of Tito Jackson and cousin to Paris, Prince, and Blanket, as their new legal guardian.

During an emergency guardianship hearing, Judge Beckloff said that he did not suspect Katherine for any wrongdoing, but stated that she was being blocked from carrying out her guardianship by unnamed third parties, suspected as siblings Randy, Janet, Jermaine, and Rebbie.

Michael’s mother and siblings appear to be at an ongoing battle for custody of the children, as Katherine’s lawyers and TJ report of suspicious behavior that may be the result of Katherine being held against her will by Michael’s other relatives.

Michael’s will gave Katherine custody of his children and a 20 percent stake in his massive estate, Katherine’s husband Joe Jackson as well as Michael’s eight surviving siblings were completely cut out.

The move to remove guardianship away from Katherine was supposedly supported by the children.

Judge Beckloff also ordered that the children not be removed from California without a court order and that backup guardian Diana Ross and biological mother of Paris and Prince, Debbie Rowe, also be informed of the order to keep the kids in California.

The temporary guardianship will be reviewed at a hearing scheduled for next month, where it is possible that the guardianship action will be reversed.

Lady Gaga Involved in Bratz Dolls Legal Dispute

 

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Popular recording artist Lady Gaga and her management company are currently involved in a $10m legal dispute with the makers of Bratz dolls.

MGM Entertainment, who recently filed legal papers saying that Gaga caused “deliberate” delays to the release of a Bratz doll made in her image, are in the process of suing the singer for breach of contract.

MGM claimed that the doll was scheduled to be in stores by Christmas, but was delayed at the urging of Gaga so that the toys’ emergence would coincide with the release of a new album in 2013.

The dolls had been expected to make roughly $28m in revenue for the 2012 Christmas retail season and agreements were in place for at least six distributors and 10 countries.

According to the breach of contract complaint lodged by MGM, the singer acted in “bad faith” through her withholding final approval for the doll.

Spokeswoman for Lady Gaga, Amanda Silverman, stated that the singer had not seen the complaint and had no comment.

“This is a dispute between Universal Music Group’s mechandising company and MGA,” Silverman said. “ There was no legitimate reasom for dragging Lady Gaga into that dispute”.

Penn State Football Players Decide to Stay for Next Season

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In the face of one of the biggest scandals in sports history, a number of Penn State football players have decided to stay true to their school.   More than 30 of the team’s current players gathered at the practice fields on Wednesday, to announce that they will play for first-year coach, Bill O’Brien, next season.

Although players were allowed the opportunity to transfer to new schools without having to sit out a year, some were passionate about remaining a Nittany Lion.  “We want to let the nation know that we’re proud of who we are,” said Michael Zordich, senior football player who led the gathering, “We’re the true Penn Staters, and we’re going to stick together through this.”

Due to the severe criminal acts that took place, the NCAA has punished the football program with a fine of $60 million, a four-year postseason ban, the discrediting of 112 Penn State victories, as well as significant scholarship cuts.  Furthermore, the school was forced to take down the famous statue of former coach, Joe Pa, outside of Beaver Stadium.

“We are going to see this thing through, and we’re going to do everything we can for the university,” added Zordich, whose father played safety at Penn State.  “We know it’s not going to be easy, but we know what we’re made of.”

 

Two NATO Service Members Killed

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Two NATO service members have died following a NATO military coalition in Afghanistan on July 29.

So far, NATO has not realized the nationalities of the two dead members, and no further details have been given.

These latest deaths raise the death toll of international people in Afghanistan to 44.

This latest causality just pushes back NATO’s plan to give back control to the local Afghanistan forces by the end of 2014.

Chick-fil-A Vice President of Public Relations Dies

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Donald A. Perry, the vice president of corporate public relations for Chick-fil-A, has died.

Perry died of a heart attack on the morning of July 27.

In a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chick-fil-A said, “Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years.  For many of you in the media, he was the spokesperson for Chick-fil-A.  He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him.”

Perry began working at Chick-fil-A in 1983 and was “responsible for external communications and publicity programs in support of key company initatives.”

In the last week, Perry had been busy over the company’s president, Dan Cathy, remarks about gay marriage.  In response to the statement, Perry wrote his own, which stated “going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Katherine Jackson Temporarily Loses Custody of Michael Jackson’s Kids

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Katherine Jackson has temporarily lost custody of Michael Jackson’s three kids.

Paris, 14, Prince Michael, 15, and Blanket, 11, are currently under the temporary guardianship of TJ Jackson, son of Tito.

This new ordeal just adds to the latest Jackson family drama.  The late singer’s siblings Janet, Randy, Jermaine and Rebbie are all against TJ and the three kids because they claim that Katherine Jackson was kidnapped more than a week ago.

Paris caused a stir a week ago on Twitter after she announced her grandmother was missing.  Michael Jackson’s kids had not heard from Katherine in over a week.

TJ was given temporary custody of the children after an emergency hearing on July 25.  He relayed to the judge that he received a “strange” call from Katherine on the night of July 24.  He spoke of how her words were slightly slurred.

Katherine claims that she is fine and wasn’t kidnapped, but rather she was taken to an isolated Arizona spa by her children to relax.

In the end, once Katherine comes back, TJ, 34, will step aside and give custody back to his grandmother.

Chinese Man Subject to Bizarre Assault

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Police of the village Niqiao near Wenling city in east China’s Zhejiang province are searching for the culprits involved in the assault and mutilation of local migrant worker, Fei Lin.

Lin, aged 41, was awoken and attacked at 4am in the morning in his home, where masked assailants proceeded to place a bag over his head and remove his penis.

“They put something over my head and pulled down my trousers and the they ran off”, Lin said.

Police reason the attack to be that of a revenge assault, as Lin was rumored to be involved in several affairs with local married women.

Lin denies these claims.

Because of the abrupt nature of the assault Lin at first failed to notice that a body part was missing: “I was so shocked I didn’t feel a thing- then I saw that I was bleeding and that my penis was gone”.

Police and emergency workers searched for the severed organ, but failed to locate it. At this time they believe it was taken away by the attackers.

Match-up Against Brazil Proves Difficult Win for USA Men’s Basketball

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Brazil’s basketball team proved to be a challenging opponent for the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team on their way to the London Olympics. With the 6-11 trio of players Nene, Splitter, and Varejao, the USA had a challenging defensive test to rise as well.

The USA’s speed and defensive pressure were enough, however, to lead them to a 80-69 victory over the Brazilians. The Brazilian team status as contender for the gold medal caused U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski to state that the U.S. won’t face many opponents tougher than Brazil, stating that “Brazil has a great chance to be in contention for a gold medal”.

Brazilian players Nene, Splitter, and Varejao proved to cause the U.S. team the most threat as each contributed significantly to the score board. The trio Nene, Splitter, and Varejao led Brazil to outrebound the U.S. team 38-30 with six rebounds from Nene, six rebounds from Splitter and 13 rebounds from Varejo. Only one U.S. player had at least six rebounds — forward Lebron who also led the USA with 30 points on 11-for-20 shooting.

“That rotation of three bigs is huge,” coach Krzyzewski said. “They’re tough to defend. … I thought we held our own against them.”

The major concern for the USA team heading into the London Olympics is its lack of size. Tyson Chandler is the only true center on the roster, and the Americans will have to rely on forwards James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love and guard-forward Andre Iguodala to guard bigger players. James and Anthony, both 6-8, tend to play bigger because of strength and bulk, but it still will be challenging for them. Guard Kobe Bryant said the USA was so concerned with Brazil’s inside game, that it hurt its perimeter defense.

“There were certain times we didn’t do a good job on the back side,” he said.

“They’d kick it into the post and when they skipped the ball, our rotations were a little late and gave up a lot of open shots.”

Although the USA trailed 27-17 after the first quarter, with the help of James the USA held Brazil to a five-point second quarter. James, coach Krzyzewski reasons, represents one of the team’s best players.

“His will to win was the most inspiring thing that we had on our team,” Krzyzewski said. “It was a very competitive game by our best player.”

Krzyzewski understands, however, that a player’s offense suffers when he’s expending lots of energy on defense, especially when the U.S. team worked incredibly hard to defend the giant trio of Nene, Splitter, and Varejao. This is where James helps.

“The best thing about tonight was our defense,” James said. “It’s so hard at times when you’re not scoring the ball the way you know you can, and you allow the defense to go down the drain.”

After the game, the team traveled to England. They will play an exhibition game against Great Britain on Thursday, and will then head to Barcelona for six days where they will train and play exhibition games against Argentina and Spain.

Racist Tweet Gets Greek Olympian Expelled from the Games

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As the 2012 Summer Olympics quickly approach, athletes from all over the world continue to prepare themselves for the games.  Greek triple-jump champion, Voula Papachristou, has decided to add writing a racist tweet to her preparation plans.  The 23-year-old athlete took to twitter to on Monday to address her frustration with the increase of Africans in her home country of Greece.

The controversial tweet read, “with so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food”, and was met with immediate disgust by the general public.  Despite her attempts to claim that the tweet was merely ‘a joke’, the Greek Olympic Committee expelled the Olympian from the games in London.

Since being expelled, Papachristou has released an apology via twitter that starts by saying, “I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account.”

Ban on ‘Bath Salts’ May Only be a Minor Speed Bump

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Over recent years, people have been getting high off the chemicals within legally sold synthetic drugs. Collectively known as ‘bath salts’, the drugs can easily be obtained in specialty stores throughout the country.

As the name suggests, the drugs are packaged in misguided labels claiming to be common household items such as bath salts and incense.  When ingested the drug has effects similar to that of cocaine and amphetamines, while also causing violent outbursts in many cases.

President Obama has recently signed a bill banning all production, sale, and possession of over 20 different bath salt drugs.  However, this ban may not be efficient in fixing the problem, being that there is an estimated 100 or more different bath salt chemicals in circulation.  “The moment you start to regulate one of them, they’ll come out with a variant that sometimes is even more potent,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The government is only allowed the right to ban drugs intended for human use.  ‘Bath salt’ manufacturers have avoided this by adding “not for human consumption” labels on their products.  As the problem grows, hospitals and doctors are continuously dealing with extremely paranoid and violent patients.  Many reported cases have been comparable to horror stories, with one situation involving a gruesome act of cannibalism.

“Cocaine is cocaine and meth is meth.  We know what that these things do,” explains Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Center.  “But with these new drugs, every time the chemist alters the chemical structure all bets are off.”

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