They say a sucker is born every minute, and there are plenty of con artists ready and willing to take advantage of them.
Take LaToya Jackson, for instance. She's facing foreclosure on her Las Vegas condo and her finances are in dire straits. Yet she's forking over thousands of dollars a week to a psychic who claims to be able to communicate with pop icon Michael Jackson from beyond the grave.
According to The Globe, LaToya spoke with many psychics before settling on one nut because she knew personal secrets about Michael that only the family knew.
“This woman psychic who lives in L.A. told La Toya some very personal details about Michael that only close family members would know,” the tattle continued. “La Toya knew right then that she was indeed in contact with Michael.”
"Not only does she go to the psychic’s house, but sometimes in the middle of the night when she wakes up thinking of her brother, she knows she can pick up the phone, no matter what time it is and be linked to him via seer.”
“He also communicates he’s constantly watching over his kids, Prince, Paris, Blanket, and sees they’re incredibly loved by their grandmother, Katherine, and the rest of the family,” the Globe source added. “Having this psychic connection to Michael is tremendously reassuring for her.”
Maybe LaToya should ask the psychic exactly what took place in Michael's bedroom the morning he died. That bit of info would help the DA's office tremendously in their investigation into his murder.
Unlike the rest of us, DC sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad now knows the exact date when he will die.
A Virginia judge on Wednesday set a Nov. 10 execution date for John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area that left 10 dead.
Prince William County Circuit Judge Mary Grace O'Brien picked a Tuesday for the execution so that courts would be open the day before in case of any last-minute legal appeals.
Jonathan Sheldon, Muhammad's attorney, said Muhammad would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and ask Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for clemency.
Muhammad was sentenced to death for the slaying of Dean Meyers, who was shot at a Manassas gas station during a three-week killing spree in October 2002 that left 10 dead in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
He and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also suspected of shootings in several other states, including a killing in Louisiana and another in Alabama. Malvo is serving life in prison.
Patrick Swayze has died according to his publicist. He was 57.
The news broke back in March 2008 that the actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which spread to his internal organs. At that time media reports quoted a source who said he had only 5 weeks to live.
But Swayze vowed to fight the disease, and together with his wife Lisa Niemi, who both had pilot’s licenses, they flew to Stanford University Medical Center in California on the weekends for chemotherapy treatments.
By April 2008, the actor was well enough to continue working on a television series, The Beast, which premiered on A&E on January 15, 2009. Swayze was a heavy smoker who was frequently spotted lighting up on the set of his show. He told Barabara Walters that he seriously cut back on his smoking habit, though he hadn't quit.
"I will go so far as to say probably smoking had something to do with my pancreatic cancer," he told Walters.
After suffering a mild heart attack earlier this month, the actor left a hospital and went home to his Los Angeles home to die. His publicist said he passed away today (9/14).
Swayze's best known roles were To Wong Foo, Ghost and Dirty Dancing.
Swayze originally thought he was suffering from gastroenteritis after he began spitting up blood in January 2008. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer tend to appear at a late stage when the cancer has already spread to other organs.
The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills and severe upper abdominal pain that sometimes radiates to the back and right shoulder.
Pancreatic cancer is usually diagnosed in men 55 and older.
Janet Jackson's excellent tribute to her late brother Michael was the highlight of the night during the MTV VMA's last night. Notice how all the dancers are white? That's exactly how Michael would have wanted it.
According to ContactMusic.com, Jennifer Hudson's sister Julia Hudson is pregnant with her second child.
New mum Jennifer Hudson is to be an aunt - her sister is pregnant. The happy news comes almost a year after a family murder tragedy, in which Hudson's sibling Julia lost her seven-year-old son Julian.
The boy was shot and dumped in the trunk of an abandoned car on the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois.
The Oscar winner's mother and brother were also killed in the 24 October (08) killing spree. William Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and home invasion.
Hudson gave birth to David Daniel Otunga Jr. last month (Aug09) and now insiders tell Star magazine that Julia is four months pregnant. The source tells the publication, "When Julia found out, she called Jennifer right away. They're both ecstatic.
"They know they can never replace Julian, but this new baby has brought the family a lot of joy."
Sean Combs was spotted out & about in Manhattan yesterday. Is it me or has Sean lost weight? It looks like his personal training fees (which are rumored to be close to $100K) are paying off.
Yesterday, Sean released the music video for "Angels" a new track off his upcoming album. The pop-tinged track features Sean singing, yes singing with a little help from T-Pain's autotuner. Angels is obviously targeted for that crossover market. The track also features a verse by the Notorious BIG and vocals by Dawn Richards, formerly of Danity Kane. No comment on Diddy's singing talent.
Michael Jackson's older brother Jermaine is busy trying to salvage his Michael Jackson Tribute concert in Vienna after online media floated rumors that the two biggest names on the lineup won't appear.
According to to Reuters, Jermaine, 54, confirms that Mary J. Blige will be busy at a fashion event in Italy that same day. But he claims she will fly in to perform the second half of the concert, which is scheduled for Sept. 26.
We already know that Chris Brown is a convicted felon who probably can't leave the country without permission from his probation officer. But Jermaine says, "He wants to be here. It's just up to what he's going through with his court case right now. "He's definitely going to be here."
Jackson also denied rumors that his family refuse to throw their full support behind the tribute concert.
"I invited my mother, I invited my brothers and sisters as well," he said during a news conference in London. "I am not happy with the talk being said in the press about the support isn't there. My mother from the very start supported this."
Of course he's referring to TMZ's report that his mother, Katherine Jackson, and brothers question why Jermaine is holding a tribute concert in a city that has no connection to Michael.
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was finally laid to rest last night more than two months after he died at age 50 of an apparent cardiac arrest on June 25th. Jackson was interred in a crypt alongside Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, David Carradine, Sammy Davis Jr., and others following a private sunset ceremony at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
The guests were limited to family members and close friends, including Berry Gordy, who signed 10-year-old Michael and his brothers to a recording contract in the late 60s, and Gladys Knight, who discovered the Jackson 5. Knight sang "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" at the ceremony.
Others attending the funeral included Michael's friends music producers Quincy Jones and Teddy Riley, actors McCauley Culkin, Elizabeth Taylor, Corey Feldman, Clifton Davis (who sang the Jackson 5 hit "Never Can Say Goodbye" -- a song he wrote); actress LisaRaye, comedian Chris Tucker, industry veteran Suzanne de Passe, the Jackson 5's road manager and mentor; Lisa Marie Presley, one of Jackson's former wives, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and others. Jackson's longtime friend Diana Ross did not attend.
Michael's brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, and the two boys Michael raised as his own -- Prince Michael I and Michael II., all wore black suits with red ties, black arm bands and a single white sequined glove. The funeral was delayed over two months due to a rift between Michael's mother Katherine and his brother Jermaine over the final burial plans.
One man is in custody in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Spelman student Jasmine Lynn who was struck in the chest by a stray bullet as she returned to her dorm last night.
A memorial for Jasmine Lynn is scheduled for 8 p.m. in front of Spelman’s main gate on Westview Drive. The memorial is being organized by students, not the college, a campus spokeswoman said.
Lynn, of Kansas City, Mo., was walking south on James P. Brawley Drive around 12:30 a.m. when a fight broke out among a group of men on the corner of Mitchell Street and James P. Brawley Drive.
A friend who was walking with Lynn saw the altercation and the gun and she warned Lynn to take cover, but it was too late. Police questioned one man at Grady hospital who was chased, tackled and stomped by bystanders who were tired of the senseless violence.
But police say the gunman got away.
Danays Marquez, a Morris Brown College freshman from Miami, said she heard 5 gunshots and saw Lynn fall to the ground. “She was drenched in blood and it looked like she was taking her last breath,” said Marquez.
Jerome Jones, an 18-year-old student from Clark Atlanta, was struck in the wrist by a stray bullet. He was treated at Grady Memorial and released.
Loneia Powell, a 20-year-old Clark Atlanta junior from Columbus, said it’s not unusual to hear gunshots near the campus.
“Look at the area we’re near,” she said. “It happens all the time.”
A Spelman College student was killed and a Clark-Atlanta student wounded during a shooting early Thursday on the Clark-Atlanta campus.
Jasmine Lynn, a Spelman student in her 20s from Kansas City, Mo., was shot after gunfire broke out during a fight in the 200 block of James P. Brawley Drive, according to police. Lynn was walking with a group of friends back to the Spelman campus when they passed by the fight. "One of the friends actually heard the gunshots, actually saw the weapon and told her to get on the ground," said Lt. Keith Meadows of the Atlanta Police Department. "Before she was able to get on the ground she was struck in the chest by a stray round."
Bystanders rushed to help Lynn. "I walked up to the girl 'cause she was laying on the ground," said witness Danays Marquez. "She was drenched in blood and it looked like she was taking her last breath." A bullet also hit an 18-year-old Clark-Atlanta student in the wrist. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Two people were arrested at the scene, but police did not reveal the charges against them.
The family of a Georgia pastor question why he was shot and killed by undercover drug agents on Tuesday.
Jonathan Ayers, 29, pastor of Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Lavonia, was shot twice in the chest as he tried to steer his car away from what he mistakenly thought was a car jacking attempt.
Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley and witnesses said the police, who were part of an undercover drug sting, identified themselves as police and opened fire when Ayers steered his car "aggressively" toward one agent.
The video shows Ayers putting his car in reverse as two men dressed in plain clothes rush his car with guns drawn. The tape cuts just as he attempts to straighten his wheels. Clearly, there are no agents in front of his car.
According to Shirley, a drug task force composed of police from several counties, were conducting a sting operation. She said Ayers was not a target of the sting operation. But police were targeting a woman Ayers dropped off in downtown Toccoa, Georgia just minutes before the shooting.
Rapper Jay Z held a well-attended press conference this morning at Madison Square Garden to announce a charity concert on September 11 at MSG -- coincidentally, the same day his not-so-anticipated album The Blueprint 3 drops.
The third single off the album, "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna and Knaye West, got mixed reviews and was subsequently dismissed by music critics and fans alike.
The charity concert will raise money for the New York Police, Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Funds. While the intentions behind the gig are good, we wonder if Jay Z would have been so charitable if his album wasn't dropping that same day?
By the way, The Blueprint 3 leaked all over the Internets this past weekend. The entire album can be heard online at MTV.com and Rhapsody.com tomorrow.
Clumsy ox Beyonce got her cowboy boots caught in PVC fencing at a pool party held in Brooklyn, New York yesterday. Neither Jay Z or Bey's bodyguard assisted her. They just looked the other way. Photo: INF DAILY
Pop singer Rihanna was in complete shock when a paparazzi informed her that popular DJ AM was found dead of a drug overdose in his SoHo apartment Friday afternoon. I'm sure this was her reaction after the pap told her that a crack pipe and half baggie of crack was found between his legs.
But Ri Ri recovered quickly and signed autographs before escorting her little brothers Rorrey and Rajad Fenty into a theater to view The Lion King on Broadway Saturday night. Photos (2): Splash News Online
We all thought Obama would exploit Ted Kennedy's funeral by using the solemn occasion to push his socialist agenda, but I guess he chickened out at the last minute and got the innocent kids to do his dirty work for him. Shameful.
According to TMZ.com, Adam Goldstein, AKA DJ AM, left, was found dead in his New York City apartment this morning. Goldstein and former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker were the only survivors on board an ill-fated private jet that crashed upon takeoff from a Columbia, SC airport last year. Goldstein was 36.
The L.A. County coroner, in typical Hollywood dramatic fashion, has finally released the cause of Michael Jackson's death. The actual report itself has still not been released, but the cause of death is due to an overdose of the sedative Propofol used in the induction of anesthesia, and acute benzodiapine intoxication, including Valium, Ativan and other prescription drugs found in Jackson's system. The manner of death is ruled a homicide. So far there have been no arrests made, but Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray is considered a suspect.
Earlier I wrote that singer/songwriter The Dream was named Executive Vice President of Def Jam replacing Chris Hicks who took over the job from the late Shakir Stewart. That was incorrect, according to The Dream.
I did not replace him At DEF JAM he's the EVP of DEF JAM RECORDS and I AM EVP of ISLAND RECORDS.... To all being negative is out of style!
Singer/songwriter The Dream has been named Executive Vice President at Island Records, according to a message he posted on his Twitter account earlier today. The Dream will oversee development of new talent at the label.
The Dream thanked everyone at Island Records and his girlfriend Christina Milian, who is now completely brunette and almost forgotten. He wrote: "I look forward to the challenge of rebuilding music for not only Island Rec. But for Universal Records as a whole. Today I'm humbled and blessed."
He earlier promised to call it quits when his next album "Love King" is released. Hopefully, Island Record's artists won't adopt the singer's signature sound. All of The Dream's tracks sound exactly the same, which can get monotonous.
MSNBC's resident queen Chris Matthews continues his shameless drooling obsession with the heterosexual Barack Obama. On MSNBC's Today Show this morning, anchorwoman Ann Curry asked Matthews "where does Ted Kennedy fit in with the Kennedy brothers?" A simple enough question.
The ever fawning Matthews responded that Ted Kennedy, who died of brain cancer, "turned that torch over last year to Barack Obama. Barack's now the last [Kennedy] brother."
Never mind that Barack Obama had nothing to do with Curry's question. Obama might need to take out a restraining order on Matthews, who once famously said he feels a "tingling sensation" down his leg whenever he thinks about Obama.
According to TMZ.com, the LAPD don't believe that Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, told the truth when he said he administered a small dosage of the sedative Propofol (Diprivan) to Jackson.
The LAPD met with Dr. Murray on two occasions after Jackson died of a cardiac arrest in his rented mansion on June 25th.
In the police search warrant affidavit, Dr. Murray told police he gave Jackson 25mg of Propofol before Jackson stopped breathing. Murray said he normally gave Jackson 50mg of Propofol, but he decreased the dosage because he feared Jackson was becoming addicted.
Online reports attributed Jackson's death to a "lethal amount" of Propofol. The problem is the dosage of 25mg of Propofol listed in the police report is too small to cause death. An average maintenance dosage to adequately sedate an adult for hours is about 400mg (or more) per hour.
Now the police are backtracking and saying they believe Dr. Murray lied about the amount of Propofol he gave Jackson. But that amount is written in stone in the police affidavit. And you can bet that the defense attorneys for Dr. Murray will be all over that affidavit. So if Dr. Murray walks, the LAPD have no one to blame but themselves.
Today the nation mourns the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, the last surviving brother of the famous Kennedy family. Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor after suffering seizures in 2008.
While he will be remembered as the most influential of all senators in U.S. history, some will choose to remember Mr. Kennedy as the man who stood by and did nothing while a 28-year-old teacher drowned.
On July 18, 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne attended a party in honor of his late brother Robert Kennedy on Chappaquiddick island, near Martha's Vineyard. Some time before midnight, Mary left the party with Robert's younger brother Teddy, who offered to drive her to catch a ferry back to the mainland. Teddy, who was drunk, made a wrong turn (so he said) and the two ended up on a narrow unlit bridge with no guardrails.
Some believe that Kennedy, who was 37 at the time, drove over the bridge to find a secluded spot to have sex with the young campaign worker. The bridge was in the opposite direction from the ferry.
Somehow, Kennedy drove the car off the bridge and they landed upside down in the dark, murky waters. Kennedy was able to free himself and swim safely to shore. But Kopechne, who was too drunk to swim, drowned in the submerged car.
This unfortunate accident would have been tucked neatly away in Teddy's past were it not for his attempts to protect his good family name. Instead of contacting the police, Kennedy contacted several campaign aides and nothing more was said about the accident until police found Kopechne's body the next morning. It would be hours later before the car was connected to Ted Kennedy and he finally reported the accident.
Kennedy eventually pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. And because he was a Kennedy, he received a two month suspended sentence. Kennedy's actions forever damaged his reputation and ruined his chances of being elected president of the United States.
Ted Kennedy died yesterday at age 77. Mary Jo Kopechne would have been 68.
According to a police affidavit, Michael Jackson's personal physician waited 82 minutes to call 911 after Jackson stopped breathing on the fateful morning of June 25. Dr. Conrad Murray told police he treated Jackson for chronic insomnia for 6 months.
On the night of June 25th, Dr. Murray said he administered the benzodiazepine sedatives Ativan and Versed by IV push to Jackson all night long to help him sleep.
When those meds failed to induce sleep, Dr. Murray said he administered Propofol 25mg (by IV push?) to Jackson at 10:40 a.m. Murray then left the room for 2 minutes and returned to find Jackson not breathing and unresponsive.
If the police have a case against Dr. Murray, 57, it will be based on the length of time it took for him to seek emergency medical assistance for Jackson after he found him unresponsive. But there doesn't seem to be enough of a case for manslaughter. Gross medical negligence, yes, but it will be very difficult for the prosecutor's office to convince a jury that 25mg of the sedative Propofol (Diprivan) killed Jackson.
Theoretically, 25mg of Propofol could kill a patient whose respirations and blood pressure were already decreased. But attorneys and juries don't deal in theories.
TLC, the record-breaking, four-time R&B Grammy winners who were a mainstay on the Billboard charts in the 1990s, are set to play a show on U.S. soil for the first time in seven years – as part of a benefit concert hosted by Justin Timberlake.
Playing the "Justin Timberlake and Friends" concert, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, the two remaining members of TLC – Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was killed in a 2002 car accident – will play Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay Events Center on Oct. 17. Read more...
If you're confused by the findings of Michael Jackson's autopsy report, you're not the only one. Something doesn't add up. So I'm going to wait until the official report comes out before I jump to conclusions.
Aaccording to the search warrant affidavit filed in Houston and published yesterday on TMZ.com, Jackson died with "a lethal amount" of the sedative Propofol (Diprivan) in his system. Yet the same report goes on to say that Dr. Murray administered only 25mg of Propofol IV to Jackson, which amounts to an equivalent of about 5 teaspoons or less than 1.5 tablespoons of medicine. In other words, that amount is nowhere near lethal.
The report also claims Dr. Murray gave Jackson IV Ativan. I can't ever recall giving a patient IV Ativan when it can easily be administered by mouth or by deep muscle injection. If this report holds up in court then Dr. Murray will probably be acquitted of murder because there is no smoking gun in that report. Any good lawyer worth his salt will tear that report apart in open court.
According to FOXNews.com, Michael Jackson's personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks.
This is not news to anyone, but a source told FOXNews.com that Murray could be charged as early as next Wednesday. In the meantime, investigators will serve one more warrant at a Los Angeles pharmacy as they build an airtight case against the financially strapped cardiologist.
Murray has admitted to giving Michael Jackson a home infusion of Diprivan (Propofol) a potent sedative used to induce anesthesia that should never be administered outside a hospital or clinic setting. Jackson went into respiratory and cardiac arrest when Dr. Murray left him alone during the infusion on June 25th to make phone calls. Jackson was later pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Conrad Murray was forced to shut down his medical practice amid the ongoing investigation into the sudden death of Michael Jackson on June 25. So he made this video to reach out to his patients and supporters to let them know he is fine. "Your messages give me strength and courage and keep me going," said the embattled cardiologist in a video posted on YouTube today.
"Please, don't worry. As long as I keep God in my heart, and you in my life I will be fine," he said.
INF Daily posted these pics of the long suffering wife and daughter of Michael Jackson's former personal physician today.
Blanche Murray, also a doctor, was spotted picking up her daughter, Camille Murray, at the Las Vegas airport. As the paparazzi (and irate Michael Jackson fans) swarmed around them, Camille buried her face in her arm and hung her head in shame.
According to Radaronline.com, Blanche is Murray's second wife. Dr. Murray has admitted to fathering six children with different women, and has been ordered to jail twice in the past several years for non-payment of child support for a son he fathered outside his marriage.
Dr. Murray was the last man to see pop idol Michael Jackson alive before he passed away of a cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009. Jackson, whose death was ruled a homicide, will be laid to rest on August 29, his 51st birthday. Murray has been named as a suspect in the ongoing investigation into Jackson's death.
The Obama's continued their vacation today as Vice President Joe Biden represented Obama at the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver in Hyannis, MA. Obama will hold another fake town hall meeting on health insurance reform with a bussed-in, pre-screened audience before flying off to visit Yellowstone National Park on Saturday and the Grand Canyon on Sunday.
Talk show Diva Oprah Winfrey, center, and her BFF Gayle King, right, comfort Maria Shriver, left, whose mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away Tuesday at age 88.