One of my loyal readers Cyndi C. emailed me to say she was at home in NYC shopping at Barney’s New York when she ran into socialite Kim Kardashian today.

Kim K told Cyndie she just got off a plane from L.A. and headed straight to the Christian Louboutin boutique at Barney’s New York to do a little shopping.

We know that Kim K celebrated her birthday at her beau Reggie Bush’s bedside (inset). The New Orleans Saints player hurt his left knee during a game against the Carolina Panthers and needed surgery.

Cyndie, who owns a posh condo near Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, said Kim K chose the Bloody Mary’s (below left) which are made out of python skin and retail for $1,365. While Cyndie settled on the Alti pumps (below right), priced at $825.

The 6-inch heels on the Alti Pumps are the highest that Christian Louboutin currently makes. Cyndie will debut her Alti’s tonight in NYC when she steps out with friends for a night on the town.

Cyndie said Kim Kardashian looked smaller in person than on TV. “She’s skinny, but fit,” said Cyndie, who noted that Kim’s infamous butt was covered up.

According to online reports, Chicago police have transferred custody of the “person of interest” in the murders of Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother to the state Dept. of Corrections.

From the beginning, William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia Hudson, was believed to be the gunman who shot and killed Darnell Donerson, 57, and her son Jason Hudson, 29, in their Englewood home on Friday.

But Balfour’s mother and other family members insisted he didn’t commit the homicides.

Hudson’s 7-year old nephew Julian King disappeared from the home after the murders and police believed he was in the company of Balfour, who was arrested Friday at the home of his pregnant girlfriend.

Following his arrest, Balfour’s status was downgraded from “suspect” to “person of interest.” He was never charged in the case.

In an emotional plea Saturday for the safe return of her son, Julia Hudson seemed to suggest that someone other than her estranged husband may have abducted the child.

Balfour remained in custody Sunday, but Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said he would be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections “based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation.”

This move by the Chicago police signifies that the police did not have confidence or sufficient evidence to charge Balfour in the case.

Another troubling aspect is that two cars were reported missing from the crime scene. Police found a green Chrysler Concorde about a mile from the murder scene on Friday night. The car had been listed in the Amber Alert issued for King and Balfour.

The search is still on for Julian King and a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban belonging to Jason Hudson. The FBI has joined in the search.

On Saturday, Jennifer Hudson took to her Myspace blog to make a personal plea for the public’s help in finding her nephew.

She also posted two pictures of the boy in the shirt he was wearing when he was last seen.

Sean Combs continues to demonstrate extraordinarily poor judgment when it comes to exploiting his twins.

Sean brazenly pimps his naked twin girls inside the November issue of L’Uomo Vogue magazine. Yes, those are girls with bow ties on looking like little boys!

Obviously his desperate plea for attention is working because I am posting this incredibly distasteful photo. By pimping his twins to this magazine, Sean Combs has sunk to a new low.

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Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia Hudson made an emotional plea today for the return of her son who has been missing since yesterday afternoon when Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in their home.

Questions had been raised concerning Julia’s whereabouts when it appeared that someone logged into her Myspace page to accept friend requests this morning:

The older sister of actress Jennifer Hudson pleaded for the return of her missing son at the family’s church on the South Side of Chicago.

Julia Hudson made the public plea Saturday for her 7-year-old son, Julian King, who was reported missing Friday from the family’s home. The same day, Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in the home.

Julia Hudson said Jennifer Hudson flew to Chicago after learning the news and the sisters have “been together since.”

The 31-year-old woman spoke from the church podium with the boy’s father, Greg King, at her side. She said her son “doesn’t deserve this.”

“All I ask, I don’t care who you are, just let my baby go. Please. I just want my son,” the actress’ sister, Julia Hudson, said in a tearful plea for the safe return of her son at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church, the family’s church.

Asked if anyone would want to take the boy, she said, “I don’t know. I don’t care. I just want him back.”

Julian’s father, Greg King, spoke outside the church briefly. “I just want my son,” King said. “He needs to come home.”

Julia Hudson said her son was very close to his grandmother, who took care of him when Hudson went to work.

Speaking to the public, Hudson said, “I want you to keep your eyes and your ears open.”

Hudson said the deaths of her mother and brother has left her close-knit family “in a state of shock.”

“It hurts,” she said. “I don’t know what else to do besides pray.”

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A federal prosecutor cut a deal with 13 Barack Obama campaign workers who illegally cast ballots in Ohio on Thursday (10/23). The 13 out-of-staters pulled their ballots after being warned that temporary residents can’t vote in the battleground state.

The 13 workers — including Obama Ohio spokeswoman Olivia Alair and James Cadogan, who recently joined Team Obama — signed a form letter asking the Franklin County elections board to pull their ballots yesterday.

This action came after prosecutor Ron O’Brien personally spoke with lawyers for both Obama and John McCain camps and urged them to make sure their staffs met permanent-residency rules, or face possible felony charges.

On Thursday, the 13 Obama staffers — including four from New York — escaped jail time by tossing out their already-cast ballots after admitting they weren’t permanent residents of Ohio.

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[UPDATED 4:57 PM]

Arrow points to a bullet hole in the front door of the home owned by Jennifer Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson who was found shot to death yesterday. Police say the assailant fired through the door hitting Hudson’s brother Jason Hudson, 29 (inset). Donerson was shot when she entered the living room after hearing the shot. Police found Jason’s body in a bedroom. An autopsy completed today showed defensive wounds on his body. Hudson’s brother-in-law William Balfour, 27, is in police custody but he has not been charged in the murders. Jennifer Hudson visited the morgue overnight with family members to identify her mother and her brother. Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew Julian King is still missing. The FBI has been called in to help in the search for Julian. (Source)

[UPDATED 11:00 AM]

The body of Jennifer Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson was found by Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia around 2:45 PM yesterday. Julia called 911 to report the shooting. She also reported her 7-year-old son missing. Police arriving on the scene found Hudson’s brother Jason shot to death in a bedroom. An Amber Alert issued for little Julian King is still in effect. Anyone who has seen a white Chevy Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859 is asked to call Chicago police immediately.  (Source)

The suspect in the slayings of actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother is now in custody.

Police arrested William Balfour, 27, last night in Chicago. Balfour’s mother, Michelle, said her son had been married to Hudson’s sister, Julia, 29, for several years, but they were separated. She also said Donerson had ordered him to move out of the family’s home last winter.

A relative found the body of Darnell Donerson, 57, lying on her living room floor around 2:45 PM yesterday. Police arriving on the scene found the body of Jason Hudson, 27, in a bedroom of the home he shared with his mother. Both victims had been shot multiple times. The front door was unlocked.

Police made several arrests last night but no one has been charged in the case according to law enforcement sources who spoke to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said investigators were talking to “a number of people in custody” but she declined to elaborate.

The whereabouts of Julia Hudson’s 7-year-old son, Julian King, is still unknown. An Amber Alert was issued for Julian yesterday. The boy was initially thought to be Balfour’s son, but Balfour was incarcerated during the time Julian was conceived.

Balfour was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison for attempted murder and car jacking in 1999. He was paroled in 2006. Julian was born in 2001.

Published reports indicated William may have stolen Julia’s car in recent weeks and was barred from the family home as a result. In a caption posted under a photo of her brother Jason, Julia noted that Jason was picking her up from her job where she worked as a school bus driver because, “William bitch ass sold my car.

Paul Ciliano, a former Chicago police officer and CBS News consultant, said the Englewood neighborhood where the crimes were committed is “probably the toughest neighborhood in the city of Chicago.

“This is notoriously violent area, the most shootings and car hijackings and tough-and-rumble place on the South Side of Chicago,” he told Early Show anchor Priya David.

Members at the church where the tight-knit family worshiped said Jennifer Hudson offered to move her mother out of the area, but Donnerson refused to leave.

These are such difficult times,” said the family’s pastor, Rev. Willie R. Davis, of the Progressive Baptist Church. “To lose a mother and a brother at one time — and then to lose them under these circumstances would be difficult for anyone. We just have to wait until the opportunity permits that we can sit down with them and have prayer. Jennifer is a very strong lady. She is deep-rooted in her faith. We know that through it all, she will get through.

CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers reports that Hudson returned to Chicago last night after news of the deaths. But her sister Julia was still accepting friend requests on her Myspace page as recently as this morning. She is said to be “numb”.

Hudson recently announced her engagement to David Otunga, best known for his stint on VH1’s reality show “I Love New York.”

The star is asking for privacy in her time of grief. Her Web site jenniferhudsononline.com is already filled with condolence notes.

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I will update this post throughout the day.

7-year-old Julian King is still missing

Jennifer Hudson, left, poses with her brother Jason, sister Julia, and half sister Dinah, far right

Jennifer, right, with brother-in-law William Balfour, who is suspected of killing her mother and brother

William Balfour in an undated photo

All photos: Myspace.com


Jennifer Hudson, left, with her mother Darnell Donerson, center, and her sister Julia. Police are looking for Julia’s husband William Balfour (inset), a suspect in the deaths of Donerson and her son Jason

[UPDATED 10/24/08, 8:41 PM]

According to Illinois Dept. of Corrections, William Balfour, 27, was out on probation after serving 7 years in prison for attempted murder and car jacking. Jennifer’s sister Julia, who is a Chicago bus driver, saw the perfect thug in William with whom she had 7-year-old Julian. Police are looking for William and his son. Julia’s employer tells TMZ.com she worked her shift today but hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

[UPDATED 10/24/08, 8:21 PM]

From TMZ.com: Police are looking for William Balfour (bottom left), who they claim could be with the missing 7-year-old. According to records, Balfour listed Hudson’s mother’s address as a place of residence within the last year. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections website, Balfour is currently on parole after serving jail time for attempted murder.


[UPDATED 10/24/08, 7:53 PM]

According to the LATimes blog, Jennifer Hudson is in Los Angeles to shoot a music video for her new album on Monday. She is expected back in Chicago later tonight.

Chicago police issued an all points bulletin for William Balfour who is driving a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with the license plate X584859 or a teal/green Chrysler Concord four-door sedan with a left front headlight hanging off and scratches on all along the left side with temporary tags 332K823.

The SUV was reportedly missing from the area of a home where Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death earlier today.

A relative found the bodies of Darnell Donerson, 57, and her son Jason around 2:44 PM today. Police say they are looking for a Balfour, who is believed to be the husband of Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia. Balfour is in the company of Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew Julian King — Julia’s son.

Friends say Jennifer is extremely close to her nephew who family call “Tugga Bear”.

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the deaths appeared to be the result of domestic abuse, but she declined to elaborate.

A publicist for Hudson at her record label said she was not aware of any incident involving Hudson’s mother. (Source)

Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother found found shot to death in their Chicago home today:

The mother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson was reportedly found dead in a South Side home.

Two adults were found fatally shot at a home at 70th Street and Yale Avenue at 3 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Willie Davis, the pastor of the Hudson family’s church, Progressive Baptist, confirmed that 57-year-old Darnell Hudson Donnerson was one of the victims.

The other victim was a man, the Chicago Fire Department said.

Chicago police are now searching for a man and boy, believed to be driving on the North Side. The man is known as “William,” has braids in his hair, and is driving a 1994 Chevy, according to police scanner traffic. The 7-year-old, known as Julian, is wearing a tan jersey with the number 5 on it, and tan slacks.

The shooting is believed to be domestic.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has been notified of the deaths of two people from a home at the address, but additional information is unavailable.

Jennifer Hudson became famous after appearing on “American Idol” in 2004. She went on to win an Oscar for her performance in the film “Dreamgirls.” (Source)

Thanks to loyal readers James, Cheryl and Marni for the tips.

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Ashley Todd admitted her claim of being attacked by an Obama supporter was all a hoax.

Todd was arrested today and charged with making a false police report. She remains in police custody.

Right from the beginning the details of Ashley Todd’s story didn’t add up. The 20-year-old McCain volunteer claimed she was ambushed at an ATM machine by a knife wielding black man who was angered by a McCain sticker on her car bumper.

She described being punched and knocked to the ground and she said her assailant etched a backwards ‘B’ in her face.

Todd did not report the crime to police until the next day. Her “injuries” were very suspect and her story changed by the hour.

This case is similar to the 1987 Tawana Brawley case. In both cases, it was very evident that the alleged victims were lying.

Yet the media gave credence to these women by continuing to report the story as if the crimes were legitimate.

According to police, former Pistons coach Isiah Thomas overdosed on sleeping pills.

Harrison police were called to the NBA legend’s home around midnight last night to investigate a report of a possible overdose on sleeping pills. Police did not indicate how many pills Thomas took.

Thomas was fired as coach of the New York Knicks earlier this year. Two years ago, Thomas was sued by a former Knicks employee who accused him of sexual harassment.

Thomas and Madison Square Garden reached a settlement with the woman last year.

Published reports say the call came in just after midnight, describing a 46-year-old male at the Azalea Circle home. It was not indicated whether drugs or alcohol were involved. Thomas is 47.

New York Knicks officials would only say that Isiah Thomas is fine. (Source)

According to market analysts, the markets are getting worse as Sen. Barack Obama’s lead widens in the polls.

Most investors know the devil is in the details – and the details of Obama’s economic plans are anything but reassuring.

The country is headed for recession; the only question is: Just how low can the markets and economy go?

It could be a lot lower – it all depends on the policies of the next president.

And, as it looks increasingly likely that Obama will be that man, the markets are casting a vote of “no confidence.”

At least one top Wall Street executive, an Obama supporter from the start of his campaign, has recently urged Obama to rethink his tax plan – and that was before last week’s record losses on the Dow.

But if Obama is rethinking [his tax plan], he’s not saying. As his running mate, Joe Biden tells us that it’s patriotic to pay higher taxes, Obama remains committed to squeezing businesses even if the recession grows. (Source)

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As part of T.I.’s deal with the feds, he taped a public service announcement to encourage Atlanta residents to call police when they see crime happening.

T.I. will surely face resistance from the hard heads within the hip hop community who shrink from snitching. But kudos to T.I. for defying the ignorance and stepping up to help reclaim our community.

Yesterday, T.I. was spotted out & about in West Hollywood with his federal monitor (behind him), and rapper C Rod (is he still rapping?) on the right. T.I. is currently filming the movie Bone Deep out in LA where he has a home.

The Grand Hustle Films production hits theaters in January 2010.

All I know about today’s Morning Wood, Marcus Hill, is he is the favorite male model of one of my loyal readers. She is obsessed with him though I can’t see why. She has hounded me for weeks to post his pics. I’m assuming she’s married since she begged me not to reveal her name. :)

Here are Marcus’ stats:

    Height 6’1″
    Suit 40″
    Neck 15.5″
    Waist 32″
    Shoe 12
    Hair Black
    Eyes Brown

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Rapper 50 Cent was among the stars paying homage to the veterans at the CNN & MTV Present A Night For Vets: An MTV Concert For The BRAVE held last night in NYC. 50’s longtime girlfriend, who shall not be named, was also there. I’m only pointing that out so you know this is the 2nd straight event the couple have attended together. Also performing were Ne-Yo, Ludacris and Eve.


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