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Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, was released from the Seminole County Jail after posting bail in Sanford, Florida, early Monday morning. Zimmerman, wearing a brown Pittsburgh Steelers jacket and blue jeans, walked out of the jail and climbed into a white BMW before speeding off.
Zimmerman will stand trial on second-degree murder charges in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin later this year.
He was granted $150,000 bail by a judge on Friday. During the bond hearing, Zimmerman apologized to Trayvon's parents despite their refusal to meet with him.
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara was praised for urging his client to take the stand. But in a surprising reversal today, O'Mara apologized for Zimmerman's apology, saying the apology was "ill-timed."
The Secret Service scandal has spread to a second hotel in Cartagena, Colombia -- the hotel where the president of the united states was staying while he attended a Latin summit April 12-14.
CBS News correspondent Whit Johnson reports that a law enforcement official told him a 13th agent is under investigation for bringing a prostitute back to the swanky Hilton Hotel where President Barack Obama was staying.
Until now, the investigation had been confined to one hotel, where 12 members of the uniformed division of the Secret Service are accused of partying with as many as 20 prostitutes.
Government officials had been confident that the president's safety was never at risk since the scandal didn't involve his first line of protection: the elite presidential detail.
"Now you're into the hotel where the president of the united states was going to stay, and it just gets more troubling," Sen. Joe Lieberman said on "Face the Nation."
Sarah Palin lashed out at the ousted Secret Service supervisor who wrote on his Facebook that he was "checking her out," when he was supposed to be protecting the former Republican presidential candidate during a campaign stop in 2008.
David Chaney, one of two supervisors who was forced to resign from the Secret Service last week, wrote in 2009: "I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?" -- in the caption under a photo of himself seemingly leering at Palin (above).
He also joked that he was "a stalker."
"Well, check this out, buddy — you're fired!" Palin said Thursday during a Fox News interview.
Palin blamed President Obama for his lax leadership and poor management of government which may have set the stage for the prostitute scandal in Cartagena, Colombia.
Calling the sex scandal "a symptom of government run amok," Palin cautioned the president to be wary of Secret Service agents around first lady Michelle Obama.
"It's like, who's minding the store around here?" Palin told Fox. "The president, for one, he better be wary, there, of when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her."
The "Basketball Wives" publicity machine is running on all cylinders -- assisted by corny write ups on TMZ.com.
This entire season of BBQ Wives centers around 2 episodes -- this week's and next week's -- in which Jennifer Williams, Evelyn Lozada, and Evelyn's fake "assistant" Nia, go to war.
Nia fired the first salvo in January by slapping Jennifer (who I'm told will be paid a bonus for fighting). The slap was conveniently filmed by VH1 in January and aired in this week's episode.
Then, yesterday, TMZ reports that Jennifer filed a civil suit against Nia -- in April -- for a slap which occurred in January. Coincidentally, the civil suit was filed after the episode aired. I'm sure the courts don't take lightly to being pimped for television ratings.
How much are you willing to bet this frivolous civil suit will be dropped before it can be tossed out of court?
Cocaine powder and bottles of cheap whiskey were found in rooms vacated by 11 Secret Service agents who were relieved of their duties after cavorting with prostitutes in Colombia last week.
The agents, who arrived in Colombia on Wednesday, ahead of President Obama, reportedly partied with 10 high ranking military officers at a strip club in Cartagena early Friday. The agents and the military men brought at least 20 of the club's finest prostitutes back to the luxury 5 star Caribe hotel.
The prostitutes reportedly charged $200 each for their highest quality services. But one agent refused to pay a prostitute, who complained loudly to hotel management. The hotel called the police who notified the U.S. Embassy.
At least one hotel room was completely trashed, according to a hotel employee.
“When I went upstairs I walked into a messy room. The room was littered with two whiskey bottles — and a line of white powder, I believed to be cocaine, was on top of a round glass table in the room,” the staffer told NY The Post.
They say that employees look to their boss to determine their behavior and actions. If employees have a lax boss who often breaks the rules in front of them, employee morale and work output will be very low.
As if he doesn't have enough problems, President Barack Obama must now deal with a sex scandal of worldwide proportions which threatens to blow President Nixon's Watergate scandal out of the water.
President Obama spoke on Sunday for the first time about allegations that 11 Secret Service agents cavorted with prostitutes and got liquored up in wild parties at the luxury hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia -- all on the taxpayer's dime.
The 11 agents were relieved of their duties and sent home. Many, if not all, of the 11 agents were married men.
Mr. Obama said he would be "angry" if the allegations turned out to be true.
Reportedly, the Secret Service sex parties were so wild that hotel employees (or the U.S. State Department) issued a curfew to clear the hotel of all the prostitutes by 7a.m.
All visitors going up to the agents' rooms were required to sign in and leave their identification at the front desk.
But one prostitute either refused -- or forgot -- to leave her ID at the front desk.
A search of the hotel discovered the missing prostitute in a room of one of the agents. An argument broke out over whether the agent should pay the prostitute for services rendered before she was ejected from the hotel for breaking the curfew.
The media, on Saturday, reported 2 different scenarios about what happened next.
A black Detroit teacher has lost her job for trying to help her eight grade students organize a 'Wear your hoodie to school' fundraiser.
According to the AP, "Brooke Harris was dismissed in March from Pontiac Academy for Excellence after she supported students' efforts to plan a wear-a-hoodie-to-school day. Martin was wearing a hoodie on Feb. 26 when he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer."
The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., and other groups have called for Harris to be reinstated.
"I'm really confused why I got fired," Harris told The Associated Press. "I don't think I did anything wrong."
According to the SPLC, Harris's eight grade students asked her about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Miami student who was gunned down by George Zimmerman, in cold blood.
Years ago I wrote a post about Khloe Kardashian dating rapper Young Jeezy. Literally minutes after I published that post, an email from Jeezy's publicist landed in my Inbox. She wanted me to know, in no uncertain terms, that Khloe was not dating Jeezy.
Former Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino held a press conference on Tuesday to talk about Sunday's motorcycle crash that landed him in a hospital with broken ribs and neck injuries.
According to ESPN, the Arkansas Razorbacks football coach, "who is married with four children, didn't mention he had a passenger during a news conference on Tuesday, two days after Sunday's accident, and a school statement that day quoted Petrino's family as saying "no other individuals" were involved."
Petrino also didn't tell his athletic director that his passenger was a woman half his age, or that she worked for the university.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long announced the decision to put Petrino on leave at a late-night news conference. He said he didn't know about Petrino's passenger -- 25-year-old football program employee Jessica Dorrell -- until the 51-year-old Petrino called him Thursday afternoon, minutes before a police report was released that disclosed her presence at the accident.
Petrino told Long that he had spent Sunday with his wife, Becky, at a lake and was going for an evening ride when he lost control of his motorcycle.
"When I came out of the ditch, there was a lady there that had flagged down a car," Petrino said. He didn't mention that "the lady" had been riding with him on his motorcycle when he crashed.
Lottery pools at work are as common as apple pie. Usually the pool trusts one co-worker to buy the lottery tickets, and if they win the jackpot they are expected to split the winnings equally among themselves.
That was the plan when co-workers at a Maryland McDonald's pooled their money in hopes of winning the historic $640 million Mega Millions jackpot last week.
But one of the holders of Friday's three Mega Millions jackpot tickets is refusing to honor the agreement she made with her McDonald's co-workers. Now a judge might have to decide if Mirlande Wilson, 37, is telling the truth when she said she purchased the winning ticket separately from her McDonald's co-workers plan.
"We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The winning ticket] wasn’t on the group plan," Wilson told The New York Post.
"I was in the group, but this was separate. The winning ticket was a separate ticket," the single mother of seven said as she and her fiancé left her home.
The tragic death of Trayvon Martin due to racial profiling has dominated headlines around the world. But there is another death due to a different form of profiling that has gone virtually unnoticed.
Like Trayvon, Anna Brown was also young and black. She died at age 29 due to the indifference, and gross negligence, of an emergency room doctor who denied her the basic right to seek medical treatment because he formed the opinion that she was a drug seeker.
On Sept. 20, 2011, Anna Brown showed up at St. Mary's hospital emergency room complaining of acute pain in her ankle and knee. She had sprained her ankle and had visited the emergency room earlier complaining of pain. X-rays of her knees were negative and she was given a prescription for a painkiller.
But Brown knew something was terribly wrong with her. She refused to leave the emergency room. She told hospital security that she could barely stand due to the excruciating pain in her legs.
Brown was literally dragged from St. Mary’s Hospital by police and thrown into a jail cell because the emergency room doctor told police she was a drug seeker. Brown died less than an hour later of a pulmonary embolism -- blood clots that traveled from her legs. This is the same condition that took the life of rapper Heavy D.
Brown, who was homeless, fit the doctor's profile of a "drug seeker" because she was young, black, poor, and in pain.
Once you are profiled as a drug seeker by a doctor or a nurse in the emergency room setting, there is almost nothing you can do or say to change their opinion of you. You will be denied basic health care, and you may lose your life as a result.
If you think what happened to Anna Brown can't happen to you, read on.
Pub singer Beyoncé was seen entering an office building in New York City today. It's the same office building that Bey was seen entering almost daily when she was supposedly pregnant. I'm told the building is where Beyoncé and Tina Knowles' clothing line is housed -- and that Beyoncé is actually working a 9-5 job overseeing designs, patterns, fabric selections and things of that nature. Maybe she's not such a dummy after all? Photo: Tom Meinelt-Jason Winslow/Splash
CNN reports that Sanford police chief Bill Lee is stepping down "temporarily" while the federal probe into his police department's corrupt cover up of Trayvon Martin case continues.
"I am aware that my role as a leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation," he told reporters. "It is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process. Therefore, I have come to the decision that I must temporarily remove myself from the position."
He added, "I do this in the hopes of restoring some semblance of calm to the city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks."
NAACP President Ben Jealous said Lee's stepping aside is not enough. "Parents don't feel that their children will be safe with Lee heading the police department," he said. "He needs to go right now."
What is wrong with these effeminate girly men who play for the Los Angeles Lakers? Don't they understand that being traded is a part of the game? First Lamar Odom acts like a cry baby about being traded to Dallas, and now Derek Fisher is boo-hooing after being traded to the Rockets.
As you probably know, the Lakers traded Fisher to Houston in return for Jordan Hill on Thursday. It seems that, just like his former teammate Odom, Fisher has taken his sudden trade very hard. Reportedly, even his former teammates, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol couldn't console him.
Bryant, Gasol and Andrew Bynum all said they spoke to Fisher over the previous three days since the Lakers traded him, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
A verdict has been reached in the infamous Dunwoody day-care shooting case that dominated Atlanta headlines for over a year.
The eight-woman, three-man jury found former GE engineer Hemy Neuman guilty but mentally ill in the shooting death of Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody pre-school in Nov. 2010.
Sneiderman, a married father of two had just dropped off his 2-year-old son at school and was walking back to his car when a gunman approached him from behind and fired four shots into him at close range. Sneiderman collapsed and died in the parking lot of the school his toddler attended.
One of the pre-school's 48 surveillance cameras captured the getaway vehicle -- a silver Dodge minivan -- as it exited the parking lot traveling west on Mount Vernon Road. The van was later determined to be a rental -- a fact that would figure prominently later on in Neuman's trial.
Police said Sneiderman likely didn't see his killer, but if he did, he would have recognized Neuman.
Less than a year earlier, Neuman's wife, Ariela, had begged her husband to give Sneiderman's wife a job. "There is a couple, they have two babies and the husband's not working," recalled Neuman's Israeli-born wife of 22 years.
"I told him, ‘Please, help this couple,'" she told the Atlanta Journal exclusively.
Neuman eventually hired Sneiderman's wife, Andrea Sneiderman. The two co-workers later began an office romance that would end in Sneiderman's assassination.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is disputing reports that he demoted his star forward Lamar Odom to a lower level team.
Cuban tells TMZ.com that Lamar Odom will rejoin the team after a brief "rehab" stint down with his D-League team. Cuban said the decision was Odom's to make.
Cuban explains, "[Lamar] is doing great. D-League is rehab. [He] needs to get in great shape and then rejoin the Mavs."
He continues, "Know how baseball teams send a guy down to the minor leagues to get some games in and get timing back? Same thing."
"Things are going great. He is working super hard. All is good."
Odom is expected to rejoin the Mavericks when they face Oklahoma City on Monday (Mar. 5).
This is good news for Odom's wife Khloe Kardashian, who never stopped supporting her man. Khloe took to social network Twitter.com last night to rail against blogs who are only focused on spreading false gossip.
Blogs took notice when Khloe Kardashian tweeted "weird day" on the same day that her hubby, Dallas Mavericks star Lamar Odom, was noticeably absent from the lineup during the Mavericks vs Lakers game on Feb. 22.
The Mavs publicity machine cranked out a brief excuse for Odom's absence, calling it "a family matter."
But Radaronline.com reported that Odom took a leave of absence to rush to his dying father's bedside. Under the headline "Lamar Odom Cancels Game, Dad 'Gravely Ill,'" Radar Online quoted a source who said, “It’s a really serious medical condition, which is why Lamar is taking the time off right now."
But according to TMZ.com Odom's father is not gravely ill at all. In fact, the former heroine addict told TMZ he had a stomach virus.
CNN has apparently caved in to pressure from gay groups by suspending political analyst Roland Martin for making a joke about British soccer star David Beckham.
A CNN spokeswoman confirmed the suspension with this statement issued today:
“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being."
Martin came under attack from gay groups after tweeting a wisecrack about Beckham's underwear commercial which aired during Sunday's Super Bowl telecast on NBC.
Martin seemed to suggest in his tweet that his followers “smack the ish out of” any male Super Bowl fan who is “hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad.”
Martin added that “real bruhs” would not purchase underwear advertised by Beckham.
A network suspension is usually the first step towards a contract termination. Martin was a CNN political analyst for 4 years.
Yesterday, Tameka "Tiny" Harris' publicist reached out to Sandrarose.com with the great news that Tiny is expanding her successful Tiny's Nail Bar to a new location.
"We are so excited about the success of Family Hustle and especially proud of Tameka as a business woman, mother, wife, producer and executive producer," wrote Tenisha Ramos of Somar Entertainment in an email.
"As an entreprenuer giving back to the community Tameka is looking for 10 nail technicians and a Spa Manager," she announced.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won a decisive victory over the struggling Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary last night.
A victorious Romney urged his Republican supporters to focus on defeating President Obama, declaring, “I stand ready to lead this party and to lead our nation.”
Romney's ecstatic supporters included Blacks and Hispanics -- the same demographic that helped President Obama seal his historic victory in 2008. Many of Obama's former supporters have switched parties due to their lack of confidence in the Democrats.
So what does this mean for Mr. and Mrs. Obama? Well, let's be realistic here: it means they should start packing the small things first.
The president and the first lady have accumulated a lot more possessions than they had when they originally moved into the White House 4 years ago, i.e. gifts from world leaders and such.
According to Goodhousekeeping.com, they should see moving "as an opportunity to organize and purge." They should consider donating or selling items that they don't want or need -- rather than dragging all that stuff back to their home in Chicago.
I watched bits and pieces of the woefully boring US X-Factor reality show, and the worst part of the show were the judges. A judge is supposed to remain neutral and unbiased. How can a judge make an unbiased decision when he or she is emotionally involved to the point of breaking down in tears?
The glaring flaws of the judge's panel drew widespread criticism from the media - especially after Nicole Scherzinger's fake sobbing during the Top 5 performances show in December. In fact, Nicole's "performance" was so bad that enraged viewers slammed her on Twitter.com, and even threatened her life.
Judge Paula Abdul was universally hated for telling Scherzinger to let the public make the decision whether to send 13-year-old Rachel Crow home.
It was clear that something had to be done about the celebrity judges.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Simon Cowell has fired judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and the horrible suck-up Steve Jones.
Recording exec LA Reid's job might also be on the chopping block. THR reports that "a source close to LA Reid says the fourth member of the X Factor panel has not been informed of any change to his status as judge."
R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, 32, has been appointed Vice President of A&R at Motown Records, according to published reports. Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., left Def Jam Records after 6 years and 4 albums.
Ne-Yo will work closely with former LaFace Records intern Ethiopia Habtemariam, who was appointed senior VP of Motown last September. She also holds the title of executive VP/head of urban music for Universal Music Publishing Group.
Ne-Yo said: "I'm honored that I¹ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson -- these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it."
Ne-Yo's album Year of the Gentleman and Young Jeezy's album, The Recession, were both cited by insiders as part of the reason for the fall out between then Def Jam label head LA Reid and his Executive VP Shakir Stewart.
Both albums, which were A&R'd by Stewart, dropped in September 2008 and failed to go gold by the time Stewart shot himself to death in the bathroom of his Marietta, Ga. home on Nov. 1, 2008.
Apparently Halle Berry's nanny doesn't have good karma because a judge today tossed out her restraining order petition against Gabriel Aubry.
As you know, Alliance Kamdem, 29, took out a police report last week accusing Aubry, 35, of "ongoing" verbal and physical abuse towards her. Kamdem claims Aubry hurled racial epithets at her and shoved her into a door while she was holding Nahla last Wednesday.
In her petition, Kamdem cited another alleged incident in June in which she claims Gabriel violently pushed her out a door.
According to celebrity gossip website, TMZ.com, Kamdem "also said Gabriel didn't like her from the moment she began her duties as a nanny last June. She claims Gabriel said, "You are a spy," and "Nahla doesn't like you, she doesn't want you here."
She said that while she was performing her nanny duties on the set of Halle's movie in Spain, Aubry "would walk over and violently grab/take Nahla away from me."
But the judge wasn't convinced. He called Kamdem's accusations "insufficient and speculative" -- and he advised her to take the matter up in family court. The judge rejected her claims probably because what Kamdem was saying didn't make sense without Aubry's side of the story.
Kamdem has since quit her position as Halle's nanny.
Remember when rumors about Jay Z and Beyonce paying $1.3 million to rent an entire floor at NY's Lenox Hill hospital turned out be a lie? Well, they didn't clear up that rumor like they did with the other rumors about the birth because they want you to believe that they spent that cash. Why? Because the money isn't rolling in like it used to.
Both Beyonce and Jay Z haven't had million selling hits in some time. And you know what happens to celebrities when their endless cash supply stops rolling in but they are still living beyond their means.
According to documents filed at the New York Department of Labor, 28 of the 56 workers at the fashion label were let go on January 6. That's the day before the couple's daughter, Blue Ivy, was born.
During Monday night's GOP debate in Myrtle Beach, SC, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich once again spoke on his much-derided plan to put school children to work. Sometimes it isn't what you say but how you say it. So Gingrich was careful to couch his controversial plan in more acceptable phrasing.
Gingrich insists that black kids don't need handouts from President Obama -- they need jobs. Gingrich says schoolchildren should be given janitorial jobs because, in his opinion, janitors in the NYC public school system earn way too much money.
The average annual salary for a NYC public school janitor is $80,000, compared to a teacher who earns $45,000 annually.
According to the NY Daily News, Gingrich argued the best thing public schools could do for students - particularly black students - was to give them a broom.
"Can't you see that this is viewed at a minimum as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?" asked Fox News questioner Juan Williams, who is part Hispanic and black.
"No, I don't see that," Gingrich responded, with rousing applause from the majority white audience.