Cop killer Troy Davis will die for his crime tomorrow at 7pm. This morning, a Georgia parole board denied the 42-year-old's petition for clemency, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
In making this decision, the parole board sent a strong message to criminals that one day they too will face the executioner if they take an innocent life.
Barring any last minute interventions by the US Supreme court, Davis will be strapped to a gurney at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia and administered a cocktail of lethal drugs that will cease his breathing and stop his heart at 7pm local time on Wednesday.
"It’s the wrong decision," said one of Davis' attorneys, Jason Ewart. "It’s a mistake."
Davis' attorneys had pleaded their client's case to the parole board for three hours Monday. They claimed Davis would be sent to death under an "enormous cloud of doubt" about his guilt.
But a jury of Davis' peers saw no such cloud of doubt in 1991 when they convicted the career criminal of shooting officer Mark MacPhail to death in Savannah, Georgia in 1989.
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick entered last night's Falcons vs Eagles game with his head held high. His spirits uplifted by the smattering of cheers from his family members in the stands. But Vick left the game in the 3rd quarter holding his head and spitting up blood.
The Atlanta Falcons defeated their former star quarterback 35-31 in a hard fought game that ended with a head ringing technical knockout for Vick.
It was an ugly win for sure, with a few bright moments provided by star tight end Tony Gonzalez who caught two dazzling touchdowns.
But the real hero of last night's much-hyped matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Mike Vick was Eagles' defensive tackle Todd Herremans who knocked Vick out of the game with a concussion in the third quarter.
The Eagles had a 10 point cushion when Vick headed to the locker room to get his head examined. He pointed to the scoreboard as the boos rained down on him from the end zone bleachers.
But the lead wouldn't last long with Vick out of the game and Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka subbing for him.
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According to gossip blog TMZ, T.I. was released from an Atlanta federal lock up back to the same halfway house where staffers snitched on him to the feds about his reality TV series.
As you know, the bureau of prisons sent T.I. back to prison on September 2nd for breaking their rules regarding contact with the public while in transit on a luxury bus from an Arkansas facility to the halfway house in Atlanta.
T.I.'s lawyer, Steve Sadow, tells TMZ, "We have good reason to believe that this favorable result was reached because of the proactive and assertive approach taken to protect T.I.'s rights by providing B.O.P. officials and the media with reliable and accurate information and that T.I. did not intend to violate his transfer furlough or any other B.O.P. rules en route from the prison facility in Arkansas to the halfway house in Atlanta."
Sadow adds, "T.I. will be released from custody on Sept. 29, and then will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for a period of 1 year."
Hopefully T.I. can put this sorry chapter of his life behind him and get back to doing what he does best.
According to the NY Daily News, troubled rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced to 6 months in prison for pushing a female out of his slow moving Humvee earlier this year.
Authorities in suburban Atlanta say rapper Gucci Mane will serve six months in jail after pleading guilty to battery and other charges.
DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston said Tuesday that Mane, whose real name is Radric Delantic Davis, pleaded guilty to two counts of battery, two counts of reckless conduct and one count of disorderly conduct.
A police report said Davis pushed 36-year-old Diana Graham out of his Hummer as it rolled down a suburban Atlanta street on Jan. 28.
State Court Judge Eleanor Ross sentenced the rapper to serve six months in custody followed by several months on probation.
The judge also ordered him to complete 12 weeks of anger management classes; pay $5,091 in restitution to the woman for her medical bills; and pay a $3,000 fine.
Hopefully Radric will get the mental health treatment that he needs while he's locked up.
Contagion, Steven Soderbergh's movie about a deadly virus that causes a worldwide pandemic is the #1 movie in America.
The Warner Bros. thriller took in $23.1 million over the weekend, enough to wipe out The Help, which ended its 3 week run at #1.
Contagion, starring Oscar winners and nominees Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow and Laurence Fishburne, has exceeded studio estimates at the box office.
Actress Sanaa Lathan, 40, who plays Fishburne's fiancée in the movie, was in Atlanta on Friday to promote the movie. The buxom beauty participated in roundtable interviews with local media.
Your auntie was the only blogger invited to interview Lathan at the Four Seasons hotel. Unfotunately, we couldn't make it so we asked celebrity blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com to sit in on the interview since she's better at that sort of thing.
Below are excerpts from Tami's interview with Sanaa, which you can read in full by clicking here.
On her favorite things in her closet
"Ooh, I have these one pair of red suede Louboutins that zip up the back. I always pair them with a black dress, they make me feel hott! I wear them a lot lol."
On her favorite designers and personal style
"Day-to-Day I love Bohemian Chic. I’m a flower child lol. I love Louboutins, Prada, YSL shoes. I wore Rachel Roy to the premiere of Contagion."
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Rapper T.I.'s wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, spoke to TMZ.com about the unfair way her husband is being treated by the feds.
"It's important that the world know how unfair he's being treated on such minor charges -- all because he's T.I.," Tiny told TMZ.
CNN obtained copies of bureau of prisons documents which detail the reasons T.I. was removed from an Atlanta halfway house last week and taken to the U.S. Penitentiary on Boulevard in southeast Atlanta to serve out his sentence.
According to the documents, T.I.'s wife, his manager and two unauthorized VH1 producers accompanied the rapper on the luxury bus that transported T.I. to Atlanta from a federal facility in Arkansas.
The feds allege that the men discussed the VH1 reality show and a book, which violates the rules.
According to Tiny, T.I. is the victim of a vicious double standard -- "There are way more dangerous and carefree [celebrities] that get slapped on the wrist and sent on their way."
Tiny adds, "Our family needs [him] ... and because of someone's personal vendetta against him, we have to watch our kids' sad faces everyday when he still doesn't show up at home."
T.I.'s legal team has presented new information to the bureau of prisons that they hope will expedite T.I.'s release from the minimum security section of the prison and allow him to return to the halfway house. His official release date is September 29.
Just as we said all along: rapper T.I. being sent back to prison had nothing to do with the luxury motor coach that transferred him from the Forrest City federal facility in Arkansas to an Atlanta halfway house last week.
According to CNN (via Eonline.com), which obtained documents from the Bureau of Prisons, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris Jr.) was sent back to the clink after prison officials learned that a VH1 producer and T.I.'s manager were on the bus.
"Such people were not authorized to travel with him in the conditions of his furlough," the report states. "[T.I.] further indicated he was discussing a new reality series and a book with those individuals."
But T.I.'s legal team is adamant that no business was conducted on the bus -- even thought the VH1 producer was present for the ride.
"No such business was conducted during that trip as the incident reports," said T.I.'s co-council Jonathan Leonard.
Also, just as we told you, T.I.'s lead attorney Steve Sadow is now blaming the halfway house officials who "ratted T.I. out" by notifying the feds about the reality TV cameras.
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The photo above was taken on August 31st at the Forrest City Correctional facility, not today in Atlanta. T.I. remains incarcerated. We apologize for the error.
Just a few moments ago, rap mogul T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., 30, was released from the federal Penitentiary on Boulevard in Atlanta. TMZ published a pic of T.I. dragging a cart full of his belongings to the same luxury tour bus that Arkansas prison officials claim was unauthorized when he was transported from their facility to a halfway house in Atlanta.
Additionally, TMZ reports that there were two unauthorized individuals on T.I.'s bus.
According to TMZ.com:
TMZ has obtained photos of T.I. just minutes after he left prison on August 31 ... and the photos show he wasn't hiding anything from the prison staff -- including his mode of transportation or who got on his tour bus.
The photos show T.I. in a red shirt, accompanied by a prison guard as he makes his way to the tour bus that carried him and his entourage to a halfway house.
Sources tell us ... T.I.'s legal team believes prison officials targeted T.I. when they picked him up at the halfway house and hauled him back to prison, their reason was that T.I. was not authorized to take the tour bus. Yet the pictures clearly show prison staff knew exactly what mode of transportation he was using.
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On Saturday Ludacris held his annual private dinner at his Straits restaurant as part of his LudaDay Weekend of festivities. Accompanying him was singer Ciara who dined with singers Estelle and Letoya Luckett; actor Lance Gross and reality tv personalities Meeka Claxton, Tika Sumpter, Keisha Knight Pulliam, and random NBA Players. Photo courtesy of Tami of Talkingwithtami.com blog. Visit her blog for more pics!
Ludacris and his fiancee Fab partied at Mansion Elan in Atlanta on Friday night. The party was packed to capacity and it was one of the many events featured as part of his LudaDay Weekend festivities.
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Gossip blog TMZ.com continues to push the story that rapper T.I. was moved to a federal prison yesterday because his mode of transportation to a halfway house in Atlanta -- a luxury tour bus -- was not approved. Now TMZ has published another story which conflicts with their first story.
As we reported earlier, a custom tour bus was T.I.'s method of transportation in 2009 when he left Forrest City prison to return to Atlanta. The tour bus was common knowledge, even on Twitter. The tour bus is not the reason T.I. is back in federal custody -- it's what occurred on the bus -- and the fact that T.I was traveling with a reality TV crew (not to mention a huge entourage).
Tameka "Tiny" Cottle tells us ... when the tour bus rolled up to the Arkansas prison yesterday, prison officials "Walked him over, took pics and told him good luck in life."
TMZ broke the story ... the warden ordered T.I. back into custody after he made the trek to his halfway house, claiming T.I. only informed officials he would be traveling in a van ... and not a tricked out tour bus.
But Tiny says, "This is a bunch of bulls**t ... they should have said something before he got on the bus ... T.I. would have politely gotten into a van."
She adds, "T.I. is one of the strongest individuals I know ... and they just trying to break him in more ways than one and it's not gonna work! 'Cause what God got for him, can't no man take that away ... period!" Source