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Can We Move Past the Miley Mess?

In Celebrity Life, Top This on August 28, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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Oh what a Sunday it was!! Who knew that Miley Cyrus could disappoint and shock not only her fans, her peers, and the media, all at the same time? Not only that, but did it in an over the top, outlandish, and totally trashy way. A few days have gone by now and I think the social media universe is moving past it slowly, but before we try to forget that this ever happened I must say, Miley is definitely not role model status for young girls and I am sure she has lost brownie points with some parents over this too.

How was this considered to be a performance or entertainment? Did someone forget to tell Miley that children would be watching the show? And what is it with the teddy bears? They should have posted a warning that teddy bears will be used, but not for their usual intended purpose. I don’t think much imagination went into choreographing her performance… and all that can be said about that is, what the ????? And to put Robin Thicke in the middle of that nonsense, I hope that never ever happens again.

One last thing, Miley’s dad didn’t see anything wrong with her antics, he praised her dancing and prancing, but what else would we expect. You know the old saying, daddy’s little girl, the apple of his eye and can do no wrong. The problem is she did everything wrong.

Box office report: ‘The Butler’ repeats at No. 1, ‘Mortal Instruments’ flops

In Top This on August 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Final Powerball Winner Comes Forward In South Brunswick, New Jersey

In Top This on August 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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Reuters | By David Jones Posted: 08/25/2013 11:54 am EDT

NEWARK, N.J., – A New Jersey man has come forward as the third and final winner of the $448 million Powerball jackpot after buying the winning ticket at a South Brunswick supermarket, New Jersey lottery officials said.

Mario Scarnici of Monmouth Junction claimed his share of the prize, which amounts to $86 million before taxes. Two of the three winning tickets in the Aug. 7 drawing were sold in the state, according to a New Jersey Lottery statement released on Friday.

He purchased his ticket from the Super Stop & Shop supermarket in South Brunswick Township.

Jose Perez, a night manager at the Stop & Shop, said the winning ticket has been great for business and that employees are thrilled that the winner came forward to claim his prize.

“We were happy first of all that we sold it,” said Perez in a telephone interview. “We sold a ticket before but nobody claimed it.”

The store received a $30,000 bonus commission for selling the ticket, and will give that money to charity.

According to a report on the CentralJersey.com web site, Scarnici came forward with his two adult sons to claim his prize. He chose the cash option and will get about $62 million after taxes.

Members of a group of 16 Ocean County maintenance workers with a winning ticket will each receive about $3.8 million after taxes. The group, known as Ocean’s 16, bought the Powerball numbers at the Acme Markets in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey.

Scarnici could not be reached for comment, nor could a representative for the state lottery.

Paul White, an engineer from Ham Lake, Minnesota, was the other winner.

The odds of winning the jackpot were about one in 175 million.

(Reporting by David Jones; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Xavier Briand)

New York Sues Donald Trump For $40 Million

In Celebrity Life on August 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm

By MICHAEL GORMLEY 08/24/13 11:11 PM ET EDT AP

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.

Trump shot back that the Democrat’s lawsuit is false and politically motivated.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says many of the 5,000 students who paid up to $35,000 thought they would at least meet Trump but instead all they got was their picture taken in front of a life-size picture of “The Apprentice” TV star.

“Trump University engaged in deception at every stage of consumers’ advancement through costly programs and caused real financial harm,” Schneiderman said. “Trump University, with Donald Trump’s knowledge and participation, relied on Trump’s name recognition and celebrity status to take advantage of consumers who believed in the Trump brand.”

But Trump’s attorney accused Schneiderman of trying to extort campaign contributions from the real estate mogul through his investigation of Trump. Attorney Michael D. Cohen told The Associated Press on Saturday that Schneiderman’s lawsuit was filled with falsehoods. Cohen said Trump and his university never defrauded anyone.

He said Trump University provided nearly 11,000 testimonials to Schneiderman from students praising the program and said 98 percent of students in a survey termed the program “excellent.”

“The attorney general has been angry because he felt that Mr. Trump and his various companies should have done much more for him in terms of fundraising,” Cohen said. “This entire investigation is politically motivated and it is a tremendous waste of taxpayers’ money.”

State Board of Elections records show Trump has spent more than $136,000 on New York campaigns since 2010. He contributed $12,500 to Schneiderman in October 2010, when Schneiderman was running for attorney general, records show. An outspoken conservative, Trump himself flirted with a presidential run last year.

“Donald Trump will not sit back and be extorted by anyone, including the attorney general,” Cohen said.

The lawsuit says many of the wannabe moguls were unable to land even one real estate deal and were left far worse off than before the lessons, facing thousands of dollars in debt for the seminar program once billed as a top quality university with Trump’s “hand-picked” instructors.

Schneiderman is suing the program, Trump as the university chairman, and the former president of the university in a case to be handled in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. He accuses them of engaging in persistent fraud, illegal and deceptive conduct and violating federal consumer protection law. The $40 million he seeks is mostly to pay restitution to consumers.

He dismissed Trump’s claim of a political motive.

“The fact that he’s still brave enough to follow the investigation wherever it may lead speaks to Mr. Schneiderman’s character,” Schneiderman spokesman Andrew Friedman told AP.

State Education Department officials had told Trump to change the name of his enterprise years ago, saying it lacked a license and didn’t meet the legal definitions of a university. In 2011 it was renamed the Trump Entrepreneur Institute, but it has been dogged since by complaints from consumers and a few isolated civil lawsuits claiming it didn’t fulfill its advertised claims.

Schneiderman’s lawsuit covers complaints dating to 2005 through 2011. Students paid between $1,495 and $35,000 to learn from the Manhattan mogul who wrote the best seller, “Art of the Deal” a decade ago followed by “How to Get Rich” and “Think Like a Billionaire.”

Scheiderman said the three-day seminars didn’t, as promised, teach consumers everything they needed to know about real estate. The Trump University manual tells instructors not to let consumers “think three days will be enough to make them successful,” Schneiderman said.

At the seminars, consumers were told about “Trump Elite” mentorships that cost $10,000 to $35,000. Students were promised individual instruction until they made their first deal. Schneiderman said participants were urged to extend the limit on their credit cards for real estate deals, but then used the credit to pay for the Trump Elite programs. The attorney general said the program also failed to promptly cancel memberships as promised.

For Discussion: Tavis Smiley Says Obama Should Be More “ML King-like And Not King-lite”

In Black in America Past and Present on August 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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‘Moesha’ Star Marcus T. Paulk Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Girlfriend

In Celebrity Life on August 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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“Moesha” star Marcus T. Paulk — who played the little brother Myles on the show — has just turned himself in to authorities after allegedly putting his girlfriend in the hospital, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

According to sources, Paulk surrendered at an L.A. jail moments ago …and he was subsequently placed under arrest.

The alleged victim — a singer named Andi Roxx — tells us, it all started at a nightclub in Beverly Hills called Confidential … she and Paulk had gotten into a verbal argument because she wasn’t paying him enough attention.

When they went home, Roxx says the fight got physical and Paulk punched her in the chin. She says she swung back and busted open his lip, so he punched her again in the stomach, and told her to get her stuff and get out. She says he also kicked her in the stomach.

The next morning, Roxx says she went to the hospital with internal injuries. Law enforcement sources say police responded to the hospital soon after, where Roxx told them what happened.

Police later made contact with Paulk himself and his attorney arranged for Paulk to turn himself in today. We’re told the actor is currently being booked.

Calls to Paulk’s reps were not returned.

John Lewis: ‘We’re Better People’ 50 Years After March On Washington

In Black in America Past and Present on August 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Tony Yahle Declared Dead, Comes Back to Life After 45 Minutes

In Health on August 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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A man, whose heart stopped beating for 45 minutes, credits his faith for being alive and says stunned doctors who declared him dead aren’t sure what happened.

The body of diesel mechanic Tony Yahle was being prepared by nurses to be seen by his family Aug. 5 when he began to show signs of life, doctors said. He fully awakened at the hospital five days later.

Yahle, a 37-year-old West Carrollton, Ohio, resident, has been a topic of conversation since, said cardiologist Dr. Raja Nazir.

“In the last 20 years, I’ve never seen anybody who we have pronounced dead … and then for him to come back, I’ve never seen it,” Nazir told the Dayton Daily News. “Actually, I’ve never heard of it.”

Yahle says it’s a miracle and that doctors couldn’t find any defects in his heart. Their last guess was that it was all the result of a possible viral infection, he said.

Yahle’s teenage son said he spoke to his father shortly before he revived, the newspaper reported Tuesday.

“I pointed at him and said, ‘Dad, you’re not going to die today,’ ” said 18-year-old Lawrence Yahle. “I stood there for a few more seconds. I was about to walk back to comfort the family, and that’s when he started showing signs of a heartbeat.”

The teen said he “went from hopeless to hope in an instant.”

Linda Ronstadt Says She ‘Can’t Sing a Note’ Due to Parkinson’s Disease

In Health on August 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

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Linda Ronstadt, the smooth-voiced singer who racked up 11 Grammy awards during a decades-long career, just revealed she “can’t sing a note” due to Parkinson’s disease.

Ronstadt, 67, received the diagnosis eight months ago, but showed signs of the disease as long as eight years ago – although she initially dismissed them as related to a tick-borne illness and shoulder surgery, she tells aarp.org in a story to be published on their website next week.

“I couldn’t sing,” she says in the interview, “and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.”

When she finally did see a neurologist, his diagnosis floored her.

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“When … he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” she says.

Now, she walks with the aids of poles on uneven ground and uses a wheelchair while traveling.

Singing, she says, is out of the question.

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt says. “No matter how hard you try.”

That means she can’t perform the many hits she has released since beginning her career in the 1960s – when she became lead singer of folk-rock trio The Stone Poneys before going solo – including “Blue Bayou” and “Don’t Know Much” (her popular duet with Aaron Neville).

Yet fans can still relive the highlights of her life in her upcoming memoir, Simple Dreams, out Sept. 17. The book does not include details of her diagnosis, but apparently touches on her high-profile relationships with men including George Lucas and former California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Ronstadt has kept a low profile for the last decade, but made news in 2004 when she was booted from a Las Vegas hotel for praising filmmaker Michael Moore during a performance.

Yet the Wall Street Journal couldn’t help but praise her vocal abilities at the time. “She doesn’t need the kind of publicity to drive her career,” said a review. “As a musician, she still has the

Paula Patton on Robin Thicke

In Celebrity Life on August 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Love can sometimes make you crazy — and Robin Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton, can attest to that!

The actress recently told Celebrity Wire that she once suspected Thicke of cheating (before they were married), and went to great lengths to find out if her suspicions were true.

“Before my husband was my husband — I don’t know what got in my head, love makes you crazy — I drove all the way to his house and I was in his bushes trying to look through the window,” she said. “I totally got caught! Thank God I was wrong.” Watch the video above to hear how Thicke reacted.

Patton and Thicke tied the knot in 2005; they began dating in high school. Thicke once shared his secret to a successful marriage with Essence magazine, saying, “The number one thing is that any real relationship starts with respect. You have to respect that person, and that way you’ll listen to them and you’ll care about what they’re saying.” The couple has one child together.

Paula Patton, Robin Thicke’s Wife, Reveals What She Did When She Thought He Was Cheating (VIDEO)

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