Last week, struggling R&B singer chris brown, left, and rapper Fabolous bonded while sitting court side during a recent NBA game.

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Say goodbye to grandma and grandpa.

U.S. President Barack Obama is reenacting the controversial end-of-life Medicare provision contained in the original ObamaCare bill which sent shockwaves through the elderly community last year.

Recall that Obama used his own dying grandmother to illustrate the need to cut waste in Medicare spending by denying expensive medical procedures to the elderly.

The provision, which called for ‘death panels’ to recommend cheaper end-of-life alternatives to doctors and their elderly patients, caused such an uproar in 2009 that Democrats removed it from the final healthcare bill.

Well, it’s back.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.

(Please read that last paragraph again.)

After learning of the administration’s decision, Democrat Earl Blumenauer, the author of the original end-of-life proposal within ObamaCare, urged supporters not to crow about it.

In an email he sent out to his supporters in Congress, Blumenauer wrote: “While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,”

The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

Naturally, advocates for the elderly are appalled — and rightfully so.

“The infamous Section 1233 is still alive and kicking,” said Elizabeth D. Wickham, executive director of LifeTree. “Patients will lose the ability to control treatments at the end of life.”

You’re probably asking what’s the difference between this new law and advanced directives that are already discussed with patients who are admitted to hospitals?

Well, hospital staff aren’t being paid incentives to discuss advanced directives with you. But the Obama administration wants to pay outpatient doctors to “aggressively” discuss advanced directives with you and your Medicare-eligible parents/ grandparents during regular doctor office visits.

And you know what happens when greedy doctors smell money: say goodbye to grandma and grandpa.

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This warms my heart to see the fortunate few unselfishly enriching the lives of others. A retired lawyer who has been dubbed the ‘Skid Row Santa’ made his annual visit to a homeless shelter — handing out $10 bills to thousands of homeless persons who queued up for hours to receive the monetary gifts.

Of course the critics think the homeless would be better served if the donations were made to homeless shelters, but I disagree. The money should go directly to the people who need it the most.

The 69-year-old retired lawyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said Thursday he’s been giving away $20,000 of his own money every year over the past 30 years at the Midnight Mission.

Dressed in red, the benefactor says he’s always moved by the appreciation and gratitude that homeless people show. He estimates about 3,000 people receive $10 bills every Yuletide.

The donor is one of several who hand out money on Skid Row on certain days of the year.

I told you earlier that Rihanna traveled to her native Barbados last night to spend the holidays with her loved ones. Rihanna and her BFF Melissa Forde wasted no time reestablishing their routine of spending every waking moment together.

Remember I told you that Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend, Matt Kemp, and Melissa didn’t get along? Well, now that he’s out of the picture, Mel is back in her life full time.

The girlfriends attended a house party together in the early morning hours today.

It won’t be long before we start seeing pictures like this one again.

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Sometimes good gossip just drops into my lap when I least expect it.

The other day I told you that my jeweler let it slip out that ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ cast member Sheree Whitfield paid $32,000 for a 18k gold Rolex Presidential watch (the one she’s wearing in the pic above, dated December 10).

Well, the other night I happened to be in another jewelry store at Lenox Mall looking at watches, when the talkative salesman told me that Whitfield came into his store and purchased a diamond encrusted Cartier wristwatch for $35,000.

It turns out that both watch purchases were made on the same day. And get this: she paid cash.

Sheree has the whole mall talking about how she’s walking around dropping cash like a broken ATM machine. I thought only dope boys did that?

Where is Sheree getting all that loot from when she can’t even pay her bills on time? Wouldn’t a prudent adult put her money in the bank or invest it?

Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

I was going to title this post ‘More Horrible Music from Willow Smith,’ but you guys already label me a hater and ask why I’m so hard on the 10-year-old. I have reason to be.

Every time I get in my car and turn on the radio, Willow’s annoying single “Whip My Hair” assaults my eardrums. But relief is on the horizon:

Here’s the snippet of Willow’s new track “Rock Star”. Thankfully, this new song is bad (and I don’t mean good), so I won’t hear it on the radio any time soon.

NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony is grieving the sudden passing of his beloved sister Michelle Anthony. She was 36.

ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Michelle Anthony, Carmelo Anthony’s sister, is dead at 36. Carmelo Anthony left last night’s game upon news of his sister’s death. Michelle Anthony suffered from a pre-existing medical condition not disclosed to news Wednesday night.

Carmelo was in San Antonio with the Nuggets when he learned of his sister’s passing. She is survived by four children. Michelle was a resident of Baltimore.

Anthony said he will return to his team after Christmas. Their next game is Saturday at Oklahoma City. Team officials confirm his absence from practice two days earlier was not connected to Michelle’s condition.

The Nuggets released the following statement to news last night: “Our entire organization supports Carmelo during this difficult time for him and his family. It is heartbreaking news, particularly during the holiday season.”

A family representative issued the following brief statement to CBS News last night that “It is a difficult time. especially during the holidays.”

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Last week I quoted singer Brandy’s personal advice for raising children. Maybe Brandy was aware that her advice was way off the mark.

In an interview with Popeater.com, Brandy confides that her eight-year-old daughter Sy’rai doesn’t believe in Santa Claus but she’s still expecting to see a Blackberry under the Christmas tree.

“I got her list, and it is ridiculous. When she believed in Santa, she had a smaller list, but now that she knows I’m Santa Claus, she went crazy. Now, she wants a Blackbery and an iPhone 4. It’s like, ‘Little girl, you are 8, and you’re asking for a Blackberry?'” she tells PopEater.

Brandy said she nixed the Blackberry idea, but Sy’Rai will still get plenty of gifts on her Christmas list.

“It was so cute. She also asked for a hug and a kiss,” the single mother gushed. “Then clothes and shoes. She’ll get that and a few Barbies and American Girl dolls. But no way is she getting a Blackberry.”

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More pics of Ciara looking lovely while sitting court side at the Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game at Madison Square Garden yesterday.

Singer Keri Hilson stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy with her biting remarks about her archrival Ciara. In an interview with Power 105.1 yesterday, Keri was asked if she was nervous about releasing her album, No Boys Allowed.

“I would like to [sell] higher than 35k – I mean anyone would,” said Keri referring to Ciara’s CD Basic Instinct which sold 37,000 copies last week. “I saw a quote where [Ciara] said it’s not all about the numbers and I’m not really a chart reader. I don’t look at charts. It’s probably what she honestly feels,” said Keri.

This morning, an exec reached out to me from Keri’s record label to say that Keri didn’t mean any animosity toward Ciara. “She was just stating a fact,” said the exec. Ouch.

Troubled singer chris brown and rapper Fabolous got in touch with their feminine sides during the Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game at Madison Square Garden yesterday.

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