Attorney Phaedra Parks attends Angela Stanton's deposition

Embattled local attorney Phaedra Parks, far left, appeared at a deposition for local author Angela Stanton, right, in Gwinnett County in February of this year. Parks is suing Stanton for defamation after she was accused of committing federal crimes in Stanton’s tell-all book, Lies of a Real Housewife. Stanton alleged that Parks was the mastermind behind an auto theft ring that operated in Atlanta. Stanton served prison time for her role in the auto theft ring.

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"Fast & Furious 6" - Los Angeles Premiere

Yesterday, a gossip tabloid reported erroneously that rap artist Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (“Petitioner”) lost his court case to baby mama, Tamika Fuller. The tabloid, Radar Online, reported that Chris was ordered to pay $35,000 for Tameka’s attorney fees.

That’s what her side wants you to believe.

Ludacris did not lose the court battle for custody as was widely reported yesterday.

Click the link below for the correct information regarding Chris Bridges vs Tamika Fuller.

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Judge rules girl brain dead

An Oakland, CA judge has given the go ahead to remove a 13-year-old girl from life support after doctors declared her brain dead following a routine tonsillectomy.

The family of Jahi McMath plans to appeal the judge’s decision, ABC News reports. The family spent Christmas day at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where they set up a Christmas tree in Jahi’s room.

The judge based his ruling on an evaluation from an independent neurologist who examined Jahi on Monday. Chief of child neurology and director of the Center for Brain and Behavior at Stanford, Dr. Paul Graham Fisher, said Jahi “has no response to facial pain, no gag reflexes, no reflexes in her arms or legs, and a complete absence of brain stem and cerebral function.”

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Engagement ring

A Georgia man who cheated on his fiancée must pay her $50,000 for breach of promise, Courthousenews.com reports..

Melissa Cooper and Christopher Ned Kelley had a child together in 2000. In 2004, Kelley proposed and gave Cooper a ring valued at approximately $10,000.

Cooper then discovered that Kelley cheated on her with a woman he was seeing before he proposed to her. Cooper took Kelley back when he promised he would be faithful to her.

But Cooper was forced to face reality when she learned Kelley was seeing another woman in 2011.

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Blurred Lines

R&B singer Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit to protect his single “Blurred Lines” from Marvin Gaye’s family and Funkadelic’s copyrights owners, reports the NY Post. Music producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., are also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The Funkadelic’s rights owners claim there are similarities between “Blurred Lines” and a song they own the rights to.

Gaye’s family say “Blurred Lines” borrows heavily from Marvin’s hit single “Got to Give it Up.”

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gay man kills wife

The Supreme Court ruled on two cases today that will change the way traditional marriage has been defined for ages. The SCOTUS judges voted to strike down key provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the voter-backed law that bans gay marriage in California.

In a 5-4 decision, the supreme court ruled that gays married in states where gay marriage is legal can collect federal benefits in all states — except Utah, which refuses to recognize gay marriage.

The supreme court avoided ruling on the issue of gay marriage altogether. Which means 36 states can still ban gay marriage.

On Prop 8, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of California can vacate and remand the decision, essentially ignoring voters who disapproved of gay marriage.

Meanwhile, here’s an article that you won’t hear much about in the mainstream media: a gay man and his brother have been charged with killing a woman to cash in on her insurance policy.

Update: Earlier I noted that gays who marry in states where gay marriage is legal will be recognized in all states as a result of today’s supreme court ruling. That was incorrect. States where gay marriage is not legal do not have to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

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George Zimmerman jury

The jury in the George Zimmerman 2nd degree murder trial is set. The jury is comprised of all women — 6 whites and 1 Hispanic. Zimmerman was charged with 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, saying he feared for his life when he left the safety of his truck to pursue the unarmed teenager who was returning home from a convenience store.

Under Florida law, 12 jurors are required only when the death penalty is being considered. If convicted, Zimmerman faces life in prison.

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Jessica Simpson lawsuit

A Louisiana couple say actress and singer Jessica Simpson went too far when she tried to pass off their baby as her own for a magazine cover.

The couple is suing Simpson, 32, OK! magazine and Getty Images (which sold the photo). Simpson is accused of double-dipping — trying to make money from OK! magazine after she had signed away the exclusive rights to her newborn’s photos to another magazine for six-figures.

According to the lawsuit, Christopher Hurst and Tracy Gregory took their 2 children to a Dillard’s Department store in Metairie to meet Simpson, who was signing autographs in October 2011.

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