Rev. Ike, one of the original “prosperity preachers” has died at age 74. A family spokesman said Rev. Ike, real name Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter, died in a L.A. hospital of complications from a stroke which he suffered two years ago.

Rev. Ike preached prosperity (blessings of abundant wealth) through giving more than the expected small percentage of income (tithing). In his heyday, Rev. Ike raked in millions from his parishioners while living in opulence with a stable of women and Rolls Royce’s.

Rev. Ike was the predecessor to modern day prosperity preachers like Creflo Dollar, a College Park Televangelist who was recently slapped with a multimillion dollar lawsuit for fraud.

Police have found the baby girl who was cut from her mother’s womb. The baby is alive and being treated at a local hospital. New Hampshire police arrested a woman and her male companion late yesterday after receiving tips from the couple’s friends.

The woman had pretended to be pregnant for months. But friends alerted the police after hearing about the murder of Darlene Haynes, 23, and noting that the suspect came home too early after giving birth. Haynes’ body was found beaten and mutilated in a bedroom closet in her Worcester apartment on Monday.

Pregnant women at or near the end of their term (third trimester) are advised not to tell strangers (or friends for that matter) the gestational age of their fetus.

Police in Worcester, Mass. are frantically searching for the person or persons who stabbed a mother of three and cut her 8-month-old fetus from her womb.

A landlord searching for the source of a foul odor found Darlene Haynes’s mutilated body wrapped in bedding and stuffed in her apartment closet yesterday. Police believe Haynes’s body had been in the closet for almost a week. Haynes family members say they last heard from her on Thursday.

An 8-month-old fetus would require immediate hospitalization since it’s lungs may not be fully developed.

Police have questioned Haynes’s boyfriend who moved out of the apartment last month. Haynes, 23, took out a restraining order on her longtime boyfriend Roberto C. Rodriguez, 24, after he pushed her onto a glass table and ripped a phone from a wall so she couldn’t call police on June 24.

Rodriguez told police he last saw Haynes when she dropped off their 1-year-old daughter Christina at his house on Thursday. Two other children, Jasmine, 4, and Lilliana, 3, are in the custody of Haynes’s relatives.

The NFL sent out feelers to NFL teams they thought might be interested in bidding for the services of disgraced quarterback Michael Vick. Out of the 31 teams queried — 18 said ‘No thanks’ and the number is expected to climb.

Vick, who spent 17 months in a federal prison for dog fighting, wasn’t exactly burning up the field with TDs before checking in to Club Fed.

Maybe the teams remember that he tends to fumble the ball a lot and throws a few more interceptions than they would like while scrambling out of the pocket.

Or maybe Vick’s salary demands are too laughable to even consider. Then there’s the stigma of having such an infamous ex-con on your roster. That fact alone is sure to be mentioned every time the team hits the field.

So can you blame them? But as AJC sports writer Jeff Shcultz wrote: “Thirty-one teams can say no but it only takes one to give Vick a contract.”

A Boston cop might lose his job after he vented his frustration toward Harvard professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr, in an email.

Gates created a national firestorm of controversy when he was arrested after hurling racist accusations at a white police officer who was investigating a possible break-in at Gates’s Harvard-owned residence in Boston.

Both Gates and Sergeant James Crowley have threatened to file lawsuits against each other.

From TheBostonChannel.com:

A Boston police officer was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly used a racial slur when referring to Henry Louis Gates Jr.

In a mass e-mail, Officer Justin Barrett, 36, called Gates a “jungle monkey,” according to Elaine Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department.
Gates, a black Harvard scholar, was arrested at his home earlier this month on a disorderly conduct charge after he tried to budge open the door of his Cambridge home.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis found out about the e-mail on Tuesday and immediately stripped Barrett of his gun and badge, Driscoll said. The e-mail was sent anonymously to his Barrett’s fellow guard members and the Boston Globe.

Once again, Barack Hussein Obama’s personal physician has spoken out against Obama’s faulty Universal health Care Reform.

Dr. David Scheiner, 70, Chicago-based physician who treated Obama for more than 20 years, said Obama’s vision is bound to failure.

“I look at his program and I can’t see how it’s going to work,” Scheiner told the Huffington Post. “He has no cost control. There would be no effective cost control in his program. The [Congressional Budget Office] said it’s going be incredibly expensive … and the thing that I really am worried about is, if it is the failure that I think it would be, then health reform will be set back a long, long time.”

Scheiner told HuffPo he prefers a more progressive approach to health care reform (such as expanding Medicare/Medicaid to cover more Americans). “His pragmatism is what is overwhelming him,” said Scheiner.

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The paparazzi snapped pics of Halle Berry and her daughter Nahla out & about in L.A. today. The Oscar winner wore the shredded Dirty Courture jeans made famous by singer/actress Zoe Kravitz, daughter of singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. Dirty Couture clothing are all the rage in Hollywood these days.

What did I tell you? Didn’t I say that once Gabriel Aubrey fulfilled Halle’s request for doting daddy shots for the paps he’d be gone? It isn’t like he’s that busy with his modeling career, is he?

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Rappers-turned-actors Common and Queen Latifah exercised in Central park while filming scenes from their new movie titled “Just Wright.” Let me guess, Common and Latifah play a romantic couple? That’s going to be a hard sell considering that everybody knows Queen is not into tube steak.

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Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets and his baby mama, TV and radio personality LaLa Vazquez, attended the TAG Launch party for TAG’s signature series of body sprays at The London Hotel in West Hollywood last night. Everyone looked cute except for ‘Melo who still has problems dressing himself appropriately for a man his age. I will stop just short of saying Melo looks very suspect in his little pink sweater (out of respect to LaLa who is still my girl and all).

But that cardigan sweater and those Louis Vuitton booties would sure look better on a Kanye West or Pharell Williams. LaLa, talk to your man!

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Is anyone else tired of reading about this Beyonce/Kelly Clarkson story? If you’re like me, you don’t care if one wack song sounds like another wack song. Don’t they all sound the same nowadays anyway?

They’re saying Clive Davis is about to kick the American Idol winner to the curb for running her mouth off about her song, “Already Gone”, being recorded over the same track as Bey’s track “Halo.” It seems that Kelly is pissed at a songwriter for pawning off the same track on both singers. I’m thinking that maybe Kelly never head Beyonce’s “Halo” until she recorded over the track herself and then she said, “Hey, that lame Beyonce song sounds a lot like mine!”

Songwriter Ryan Tedder took to his Myspace blog yesterday to respond to the media gossip that Kelly threw him under the bus for basically reusing the same track and pawning it off on both singers.

Today he released an official statement denying he used the same track. He claimed that “Already Gone” — the track he co-wrote with Kelly, and “Halo,” the song he gave Bey, are two “entirely different songs conceptually, melodically, & lyrically.” He goes on to deny trying to rip off the two singers with the same corny track.

But Kelly begged to differ. Speaking on Canadian radio yesterday, Kelly complained bitterly about Ryan duping her, and about J Records releasing “Already Gone” as a single against her wishes once she realized it was the same wack track. Now word is, an angry Clive Davis retaliated by threatening to cut the budget for her new album. The last time Kelly butt heads with Davis, sales of her last CD My December suffered big time.

So what’s poor Kelly to do? Well, there’s always iTunes and ringtones.

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